Meet RISE Consultant

Polly McAllester

Following a 20 year career in HR, Polly transitioned to independent coaching and consulting in 2020, joining RISE in 2021. Her HR career founded her interest in leadership and the complexities of leading ourselves, businesses and others.

She is fascinated by human behaviour and what it is that leads us to, or holds us back from, success.

Her ability to observe individual and team dynamics supports those she works with to reflect on their habits and practices, connect more deeply, and recognise where to focus energy to make a real difference to personal, professional and business performance (and happiness!).

In Polly’s role as the leadership development director for a commercial property company she was a RISE client, Her work with RISE today brings with it in-depth experience of what is possible when a team comes together with the right support to create greater cohesion, alignment and commitment.

What they bring to their work

curious, relatable, supportive


  • Executive and personal performance coach
  • Certified DiSC Practitioner
  • Neuroleadership Institute Practitioner
  • FK Group
  • Murphy Homes
  • Kingswood Group
  • Scan Computers
  • Heathcotes & Co
  • Royal Exchange Theatre
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Cubicworks
  • Koderly
  • Young Manchester

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"Coaching with Polly has been a subtle yet transformative experience. I would recommend that anyone in a leadership role make this investment if they can. She brings new learning and reframes existing knowledge to offer fresh insight and create new ways of thinking. Her approach is personable, warm and friendly, with a perfectly pitched level of challenge. She'll push you on, but has got your back!"