About Jan Bowen-Nielsen

DipIoD, FInstLM, MBA, BSc

About Jan Bowen-Nielsen

Inspires Audiences

Jan speaks at events around the world to audiences ranging from small groups of senior executives at masterclasses to more than 500 delegates at conferences. He presents with energy and deep practical know-how and experience to professionals and managers on how to have high quality conversations with clients for deeper trust and team members for higher performance. He is highly engaging and leaves his audiences inspired to go back and make changes to how they work with their teams, their customers and themselves.


Jan is a highly respected and award-winning executive and business coach, trainer, consultant, non-executive director and speaker. He has extensive experience in helping boards, senior executives and leadership teams develop and improve the performance of their organisations, their teams and themselves.

Senior Management Career

Before setting up his own consultancy 15 years ago, Jan had a successful senior management career with blue-chip companies in the UK, Denmark and USA. He became renowned for his ability to initiate and lead successful change programmes within large international corporations, culminating in a CEO role where he implemented a turn-around of an international US-based company.

Executive Coach

Over the last 15 years Jan has coached hundreds of senior executives in large international companies and professional firms, as well as business owners and entrepreneurs in high growth companies.

Impressive Client List

Jan has worked with an impressive list of clients including Shell, Lloyds Banking Group, Tesco, Fujitsu, Aberdeen Standard Investment, Scottish Water, NATS and HP amongst many others.


Jan is a professional member of the Professional Speaking Association, a member of EMCC, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a member of the Institute of Directors. He holds a Diploma in Company Direction, an MBA from Henley Management College and is a qualified coach.


Jan is Danish and lives in the beautiful Cotswolds in the southwest of England with his wife and dog (their daughter is studying at Glasgow University). Jan enjoys endurance events having completed Marathon des Sables, Ironman and other long-distance running and multi-sport events.


Expert, are you listening?

Keynotes & Masterclasses

This keynote speech explores how professionals, such as financial planners, lawyers, accountants and consultants, will benefit from focusing on understanding their client as a person before they look to solve their client’s problems. Learn why professionals should “listen to learn, but not linger!” and how “good advisers understand their clients while great advisers make their clients feel understood”. Jan will also share the power of questions and how to connect on a deeper rational and emotional level to deliver better advice and build trusted relationships.

The sessions are based on a book which Jan is in the process of writing. The book is expected to be published mid-2019.

The keynote (or related masterclass) will be tailored to the profession of the audience and the client’s goals for the event.

For partners and client facing staff in professional services firms such as financial practices, law firms, accountancies, consultancies and other advisory firms.

Climbing the corporate latter inevitably means that you work long hours and become very busy keeping many plates spinning, resolving issues that your team cannot handle themselves. But it doesn’t have to be like that! Developing and empowering your team members should be a key priority for any leader, but often they don’t have the know-how or skills to do so effectively. The keynote speech explores how a coaching style gives leaders more time to be strategic, develop the business and lead, rather than manage. It will look at myths surrounding coaching, skills required and how to overcome obstacles to be successful.

For leaders, partners, managers and business owners.

This keynote will explore how Millennials’ expectations of the work place, how they are developed, and their career hopes don’t relate well to outdated management styles and company values. If companies are to successfully attract, lead and retain Millennials they must offer a new world of employment, leadership, coaching and career development options.

For Boards, CEOs, HR directors and senior leaders

Professionals work hard on building up their technical competencies and expertise, often with regular CPD stipulated by their professional bodies. But these technical skills are in reality merely the minimum, and we have to recognise that to really ensure that we help meet the client’s needs we must first understand them and their situation really well. The basic skill for this is listening, but experts are usually terrible at listening! This humorous and thought-provoking keynote looks at why professionals often struggle to really listen to their clients, and how they ought to regard listening as a professional skill that needs to be developed and honed.

For financial advisers, lawyers, accountants, consultants and advisers

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