Viv Thackray

History and Experience

Viv Thackray has several years’ experience as a Positive Psychologist and was one of the first people in Europe to gain an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP). She works extensively in the private, public and non-profit sectors in the UK & internationally. Specialising at C-Level and above, she is passionate about applying evidence-based psychological theory to business practice, working with both individuals and companies, including Spotify, The Financial Times, CIPR and The Wellcome Trust. Viv’s particular areas of expertise are leadership and management, change management, positive psychology and coaching, emotional intelligence and resonant leadership, and developing growth mindset organisations.

Viv is an NLP Master Practitioner and uses this as an additional tool in her work as an executive coach, she is also a fully CIPD qualified CTP trainer. 

"Viv was great. I gained very valuable tips and feel like I now have a framework to use and put into practice."
SH, Charities Aid Foundation


Viv works extensively within the private sector in the UK and internationally and also has a wealth of experience working with a broad range of public and third sector organisations.

Training Style

As a fully CIPD qualified Certificate in Training Practice trainer, Viv has an excellent knowledge of learning theories and the variety of learning styles and environments that appeal to clients. Viv’s training style is enthusiastic, informative and engaging and incorporates her knowledge of learning techniques to provide a stimulating, informative and enjoyable learning environment.


Viv delivers a range of management, communication and personal effectiveness courses at the Centre, including: Change managementMoving up in managementCoaching skills for managersNegotiation skillsNeuro Linguistic ProgrammingPresentation skillsDeveloping your personal brandEmotional intelligence and Handling difficult people.


"The trainer was very engaging and encouraging. She was happy to listen and advise us and the course was very interactive which kept me engaged throughout the day." 
KR, Universities UK
"The trainer was fantastic and happily willing to share the extra tips accordingly to special needs. A very good overall experience." 
RP, Anthony Nolan