About us

At Zest we blend award winning psychology and coaching qualifications with experience and continued personal development.  Our team is a vibrant mix of long-established and highly experienced Coaching Psychologists, along with newly graduated Occupational Psychologists who support the development of our products and services. Our work is all about supporting a diverse range of individuals and teams to become confident and effective leaders and develop confident organisations. As such, we also value diversity on our own team, and our wider profession. To support the growth of a diverse pool of Occupational Psychologists – we provide real opportunities to entry level psychologists, and in return benefit from their valuable input. See below for our Hall of Fame; showcasing our team of interns both past and present. We are located in Brighton Eco-Centre – a mark of how we are a sustainable and ethical business.

About Dr Anna Kane

Anna is inspired to understand and address complex issues facing people in today’s workplace. She cares massively about issues such as fairness, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing. She draws upon principles and practices of mindfulness, compassion, creativity, innovation and an appreciation for our innate, embodied intelligence. As a coach, trainer, supervisor and researcher she enables individuals, teams and organisations to experience restoration, growth and transformational change.

Kristy Hobden

Kristy is an enthusiast, eccentric multi-tasker. As office manager her role is to help maintain, guide and provide impeccable administrative skills. Kristy thrives for new adventures while still providing a structure, appreciating that even the greatest minds need a strong supporting character in order to succeed. Kristy is currently studying her BA Hons in Criminology and Psychology & Level 3 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychology, she also enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons.

"The Zest"

A long-established team of psychologists with substantial experience, qualifications and ongoing learning.

We love the insight gained from curious paradoxes such as “self-discipline brings liberation”

Unique tools and solutions, developed to meet your needs, and not available through any other consultancy.

A bunch of friendly, smart and professional psychologists who will get to know you and your organisation.

We love what we do, we have great clients and create brilliant collaborations!

A mix of bespoke products and off-the-shelf products are used to ensure an agile and responsive approach.

We offer you services from senior psychologists, with individual specialisms, at affordable prices.

Our coaches and trainers have regular supervision and take part in professional learning and development.

Hall Of Fame

Kamand Faramarzi

Passionate about leadership development and employee learning. Graduated MSc Occ Psych at Herts Uni, 2021. I am an optimist with strong interpersonal and organisation skills.

Rachel Smith

Passionate about helping organisations value all their people, enhancing well-being at work and employee engagement and satisfaction amongst other things”. Graduated MSc Occupational Psychology from The University of Hertfordshire, 2021. I have strong research skills and am an independent self-starter, with a passion for gaining new knowledge and working in collaboration with others.

Matilda Dethose

Passionate about organizational transformation and inclusivity. Graduated MSc Business Psychology at Loughborough University in 2021. I am curious, organized and love research.

Ramya Repakula

Passionate about Employee Engagement and Organizational Development. Graduated MSc Work and Organisational Psychology at the University of Nottingham in 2021. I am energetic, hardworking and love helping others.

Priya Topo

I completed my master’s in Occupational Psychology from the University of Nottingham. I am passionate about initiatives regarding diversity and inclusion. I am organised, driven and keen to constantly improve professionally.

Lakshmi Bhavana Machineni

Passionate about workplace wellbeing, selection and recruitment. Currently pursuing my MSc in work and organisational psychology from University of Nottingham. I enjoy reading books, planning ahead and travelling.

Bobbie Groves

Studying the field of Psychology intently since 2011. I have focused on helping early career professionals break down the barriers to their work-life wellbeing, balance and success. All of my work is informed by evidence-based, best practice, drawing on my theoretical knowledge and its psychological underpinnings combined with my own lived experience for maximum impact.

Sarah Muljiani

Passionate about well-being, assessments & coaching (love all things org-psych related). Current MSc Industrial/Organisational & Business Psychology student at UCL. I am organised (love making my to-dos and spreadsheets), enjoy talking to new people and thrive in teams.

Akanksha Sharma

Keen interest in understanding human behaviour and mental wellbeing. Currently studying MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology at the University Of Nottingham (2021-2022). Interpersonal communication skills, writing and empathy are my main personal qualities.

Kay Bore

Passionate about learning ways to improve business processes and developing talent. I Graduated MSc in Occupational Psychology at Aston University. Critical Thinker, Quick Learner and Team Player.

Mariam Ismail

Passionate about teaching and research. Graduated MSc Organizational Psychology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 2021. I am a team player, an excellent teacher and a good communicator.

Cyber Essentials Plus

We take cyber security seriously and are a Cyber Essentials Plus Certified organisation.

Happy clients

“I have found our sessions inspiring and supportive, and I am now far more certain about how I am approaching both my career and complex work challenges.”

“I have worked with Dr Anna Kane for the past year and a half. What started as a small coaching relationship with a group of leaders soon quickly turned into a large culture change project in the Civil Service affecting some 10,000 people. This culture change project had fundamentally changed relationships between leaders and colleagues, leading to more confident leadership decision being taken and empathetic outcomes. It is a massive thanks to Anna that we have got to this point. ”

“A big THANK YOU for your presentation at last week’s masterclass. We are really grateful for your support and for the time your took to share your insights. Feedback from the team was this this was one of the best masterclasses we have hosted that that the content of the speaker sessions was rich, accessible, and really valuable for our Consortium members and for our team.”

“A massive THANK YOU for all of your help, encouragement and guidance. You are without a doubt one of the most impressive and inspiring professionals I have ever met. What you’re doing is fantastic and I’m very grateful.”

“Thank you for your time, patience, understanding and fresh perspective.”

“I have had coaching from Anna for over two years now to help me make the most of the biggest job in my career. Her insight and patient guidance helped bring out the very best in me”

“Brilliant. She challenged me but was also supportive and compassionate and mindful herself which created a great atmosphere. Huge thanks - Anna made a real and positive difference to my performance and development.”

“I was wonderfully surprised by how well it did work online. Having attended mindfulness courses in the past (physically present groups!) I had wondered whether being through zoom it might feel rather sterile. Actually, for me, it was far from that. And, in some ways, being together yet removed from each other somehow allowed everybody to participate equally.”

“Coaching helped me to think about aspects I had not previously taken the time to think about properly.”

“Initially, I was uncertain about how the coaching sessions would go and if they would be beneficial. I'm so glad I was able to undertake them, I've really gained a lot from them.”

“Anna has a wonderfully insightful, supportive and challenging style - this helped me to make the most of our time.”

“We created a safe space to talk. Anna listened effectively, but also offered reassurance and appropriate challenge to my thinking. ”

“Anna skilfully combines an intuition for the underlying issues with an evidence-based framework for working through them. She is compassionate and unjudgmental. I very much enjoyed working with her, and learned new tactics and a great deal about myself in the process.”

“So many people experience stress and anxiety as a norm, especially at the moment. Mindfulness is a brilliant tool for breaking the pattern and connecting with a deeper calm and stability.”

“Really personable, easy style. Tailored the sessions to me. Didn't use lots of coaching style lingo and great that she was a really active participant. Unlike other coaching sessions where you can feel like you are talking to yourself. Her confidence model is excellent.”

“This course came at a very good time for me and felt enriching and restorative.”

“I like to think I usually listen to others, but practising mindfulness seems to increase the listening capacity and help increase focus. These will both be important aspects of my work in the coming months.”

“I really liked Anna as a coach. She was challenging when I needed her to be. I was initially uncertain as I wasn't sure how the sessions would build on each other, but I felt that by the end of the sessions I had built a really good rapport with Anna and I felt less self conscious and free to be able to say what I needed to and ask for help where I didn't understand certain things.”

“Anna was really patient and encouraging and I liked her calm and methodical approach. She's also clearly very knowledgeable and I was able to learn a lot from the sessions with her.”

“One of the best courses I have ever experienced, it has improved my mental health and taught me how to meditate, finally it all makes sense! Inspirational and life changing!”

“A much more positive experience than with my previous coach. The conversation felt normal and easy. Anna made sure that I was fully involved in identifying how I might do things differently rather than simply bringing external answers.”

“The best course I have ever participated in! Very grateful for the opportunity”

“Anna made the session easily accessible to me via zoom In light of Covid, at short notice before my interview which was really beneficial for me. Thank you for sharing your model with me. It was really helpful and I will be using those skills for future interviews. Ps, I got the job!”

“Thanks, Anna - I really enjoyed them and found them really beneficial. I only wish I could have more!”

“Initially, I was apprehensive about taking 2 hours out of my week to do it but soon found that it became a very important part of my week that I looked forward to. I thought Anna who ran the course was excellent and managed to create a very warm, open and safe space.”

“Just thank you!”

“Anna was an excellent facilitator. She gently made clear the boundaries; included everybody; and ensured that everybody felt safe and did not push themselves beyond what felt comfortable. She was a calm presence on the screen! And it also helped greatly that she was willing to share - but never overshare - her own emotional responses to some situations. A big thank you!”

“I wish I'd used a reputable coach before now”

“I shall miss our group and Tuesday morning meetings. It was a very special group during an exceptional time in history and it will stay with me for a very, very long time. Thank you, Anna.”

“ A very positive experience. I think we made good use of the time and the coaching is already having a beneficial effect.”

“Very positive feedback on Anna as a coach. I felt that she listened, empathised, but was also able to gently direct and lead my thinking. I always finished the sessions feeling more positive about my work and career.”

“Anna is an inspirational coach who has developed a tool for managers to help themselves build their confidence, naturally. I recommend it any leader out there who is interested in better managing their own performance.”

“She was good at helping me to find my blind spots, to see new angles to tackling issues, and overcoming some 'demons' from the past that have held me back at work.”

“Really easy to talk to. She's very responsive and is keen to not take a cookie cutter approach - instead being responsive to emerging needs. Also her experience of working with more senior levels offered a new lens (and use of language) through which I viewed my own development”

“I worked through self-belief/confidence issues, and feel much "lighter"... a much healthier perspective and the confidence to lead by example with my teams. I now feel more proportionately responsible for things (as opposed to responsible for everything!)… more resilience and energy… more productive and empowered… and a much better-balanced home, work and social life.”

What We Do:

Authentic Confidence

Furnishing individuals, teams and organisations to be authentically confident in fulfilling their purpose.

Authentic Confidence Services


Empowering and supporting leaders and teams through periods of restoration, growth and transformational change at work.

Coaching Services


Qualitative and quantitative research to understand what's happening in and outside your organisation.

Research Services


Events with Zest and external events Dr Anna Kane is speaking at.

Events Services

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