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Coach and Sounding Board

Ellen Carroll

 Ellen Carroll is an expert ear, a sounding board, your very own strategic public relations, communications and marketing auntie – lifting you, your skills and confidence up.

 Providing mentoring, training and trusted advice and consultancy to public relations, communication and marketing practitioners, agencies and teams, Ellen shares her 22 years’ experience and expertise to help you to overcome your challenges, feel supported, get better results or simply to be a guiding hand.

Each session is tailored specifically to you and her style of mentoring and advice is friendly, positive, inspiring and practical. Recent sessions have focused on issues such as imposter syndrome, feeling overwhelmed and out of your depth, PR and comms strategy, advice on going freelance and setting up as an independent consultant, research and thought leadership ideas, storytelling and messaging, advice on challenging briefs and media pitching.

Who are the coaching and sounding board sessions for?

 Senior agency, freelance and in-house leaders looking for:  

·         Help and support with challenges

·         Feedback and consultancy on briefs and client work

·         An independent sounding board  

·         Strategic and practical input and ideas

·         Advice on setting up on your own, growing your business or career progression

·         Support, confidence and encouragement.


Junior and mid-level practitioners looking for:

·         Help with skills, knowledge and training gaps

·         Access to a senior practitioner to learn from and share experiences  

·         Ideas, access to contacts and opportunities.

·         Advice on building relationships and managing workload

·         Self-belief and confidence building

·         Support, confidence and encouragement.



How it works


Ellen provides a free 30-minute introductory call to find out more about you, your challenges, answer any questions and to check if there is a good mentor and mentee fit.


All mentoring and sounding board sessions are completely confidential and are delivered online via video calls and email. They give you the time, the focus and an independent third party perspective to help you take action.


About Ellen Carroll  


Ellen Carroll is a strategic public relations, communication and marketing consultant and trainer. As well as heading up her own independent consultancy, Ellen also provides one-to-one mentoring, consultancy and sounding board sessions to fellow practitioners.


Ellen brings her understanding and over 22 years’ experience working in-house in senior roles for the likes of Experian, as a freelancer, agency-side and consultancy founder. She has managed some of the biggest and brightest agencies, advised and implemented PR and communication strategies for major global and FTSE 100 players, helped small businesses punch massively above their weight, ensured organisations stay relevant and positioned individuals as the leading go-to experts in their field. Ellen doesn’t shy away from challenges, and continually invests in her own skills.


To Book


If you are interested in discussing a potential mentoring and sounding board session with Ellen, please contact Souha Khairallah, Talent and Professional Development Director, PRCA at


What People Say


“It has been invaluable to have Ellen as an experienced ‘sounding board’. Ellen is extremely knowledgeable, experienced and helpful.”

“Ellen’s impressive knowledge of the industry alongside her hardworking and friendly approach has been instrumental in developing my understanding and facilitating the start of my career.”

“Ellen was a fantastic mentor to me. Her expertise was extremely beneficial in facilitating my introduction to the industry, whilst her diligent attitude and ambition to succeed provided me with a great role model.” 

“Ellen was a vital member of the team at Experian, who shared her knowledge and expertise to help develop and mentor junior team members. She was always quick to understand her division's issues and was adept at creating innovative and creative campaigns to support the business by means of effective, professional and timely communication.”