Helping women optimise their professional persona

We’ve all read the research about senior women. There are too few of us, we’re comparatively underpaid, and we lack the confidence to hustle in the way our male colleagues do. Verve has been created to make women more confident. We focus on helping women in transition to re-boot their professional brand and win the career they deserve.

Our workshops and 1:1s cover topics like confidence, image and vitality, and we teach you how to have challenging conversations brilliantly. Our offer includes a career MOT and lifestyle audit, as well as wardrobe makeovers and tips on impact. We work with senior women transitioning into board-level roles, women returning to work after career breaks or maternity leave, and women who need to re-brand to get on.

Our courses include…

  • Image and impact

  • Presenting with impact

  • Assertiveness

  • Conflict management

  • Leadersmithing

  • Keeping in touch days

We offer one-to-one coaching for…

  • Returning mums

  • Women in career transition

  • Media training

  • Difficult conversations

  • Career review

  • Personal branding


Eve Poole

Eve Poole

Eve Poole is Associate Faculty at Ashridge Business School where she has taught leadership for the past 10 years. She also Chairs Gordonstoun School in Scotland. Her previous career was with Deloitte Consulting, focusing on change management for the financial services industry. Eve specialises in senior leadership transitions, emotional intelligence and accelerated learning. Clients include Barclays, EY, Tesco, Foreign Office, BBC, Royal Shakespeare Company, MOD, Natural History Museum, NSPCC, Church of England and Clore. Eve has a BA from Durham, an MBA from Edinburgh and a PHD from Cambridge.

Sarah Cartwright

Sarah Cartwright

Sarah Cartwright works with people to identify their personal brand and help them develop the skills and confidence to communicate it. Sessions include work on how to act, how to speak and how to look in order to convey the person you want the world to see. Her client list includes Barclays, BBC, Channel 4, Parliamentary Strategic Unit, Foreign Office, KPMG, Pfizer and Imperial College London. Sarah originally studied at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London and was an actor for 15 years. She has theatre and television credits including Silent Witness, the Bill, Taggart and Holby City. Sarah lives in London with her two daughters.

Veronica Burke

Veronica Burke

Ronnie Burke has worked for several years in executive development, most recently on the Faculty at Cranfield University Business School where she is Director of the Talent Development Programme and the Business Growth Programme. Veronica has a special interest in the development of high potential managers and has worked with a number of major businesses in the UK and abroad including BBC, BP and The Home Office. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of London, an MA from Leeds and a PhD from Edinburgh. She lives in Hertfordshire and loves sport!


‘With a friendly and fun approach, Verve offer invaluable advice, tips and support for any woman thinking about brand, reputation and influence in the workplace – particularly great for returning mums’

Hana SearsonBarclays

I worked with Ronnie (Veronica) on a number of occasions, both in client workshops and in the development of proposals, designs and thought leadership materials. She’s great to work with: energetic, engaging, creative and intellectually robust. I always found that she brought great value to clients and colleagues alike.

Chris NicholsAshridge Business School

Eve Poole’s work as a coach and trainer is of the highest standard and combines seamlessly her extensive academic and practical knowledge, with a highly skilled, engaging and personable delivery. She is inspirational, accessible and intellectually rigorous.

Sharon Armstrong-WilliamsClore Leadership Programme

Sarah is a consummate professional who immediately engages, interests and inspires any group or individual she works with. She has the valuable knack of being able to adapt her style of delivery to meet the needs of a wide variety of clients. Her sessions are practical, fun, active and always keenly focused on the specific learning needs of the session. Not least of her talents is the ability to challenge her clients and give feedback that creates impact in a completely charming and supportive way. Sarah can work at any level of seniority with confidence and panache. She is very likeable, great to work with and is a natural collaborator.

Phil HayesManagement Futures Consultancy