With the right strategies, tools, and coaching the ability to do extraordinary things is open to anyone willing to take up the challenge.

Saiyyidah Zaidi

Faculty member

Former architect, now high performance coach, psychologist, and author


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Saiyyidah Zaidi

Former qualified Architect and local government Project Director, now coach, tutor, and a global lead in diversity and inclusion.

After qualifying as an Architect at the prestigious Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, Dr Saiyyidah had a successful career in local government where as Director for Building Schools for the Future. She led the procurement of projects with a value of £30m-£300m. Saiyyidah graduated in 2011 from Meyler Campbell’s Mastered programme and has been coaching and facilitating leadership development in-person and virtually since then.

A passionate, life-long learner Saiyyidah has two Masters degrees (with distinctions) in Construction Economics and Management and Applied Positive Psychology. In 2014, she qualified as a Certified High Performance Coach, and more recently studied advanced business NLP with Sue Knight. Saiyyidah is a qualified mediator and peacebuilder whose influence is both macro and micro. With a lifetime of experience, she spent eight years researching identity, intersectionality, and interculturality (using conversation as the method) . Her doctorate was awarded in 2022. A pioneer in the diversity and inclusion space, Saiyyidah’s approach of belonging and understanding, ‘contextual intersectionality,’ and experiential learning is impacting academic institutions, business, and individuals keen to explore inclusion, diversity, and belonging.

Saiyyidah is motivated by knowing that with the right strategies, tools, and coaching the ability to seize untapped potential exists, and doing extraordinary things is available to all. She believes coaching is a delightful partnership incorporating a powerful process where individuals gain a deeper understanding of ‘what makes them tick.’ Working globally across sector Saiyyidah recently supporting leaders in the third sector, executive teams, and partners in professional service firms.

Saiyyidah has lived in 8 countries, and travelled the world with family before returning to live in her native London.

In addition, Saiyyidah is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management and the Founding Convenor at the Centre for Belonging and Understanding.

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