Acorn Coaching and Development

Improving business performance

Our People

Keith Longney

Keith LongneyFounding Director

Keith, the founding director of Acorn, has been involved in management and personal development for in excess of 30 years. Through his direct and focussed style he creates an affinity with his clients, many of whom continue to request his and Acorn's involvement as they move from business to business.

Owner and founder of Acorn Coaching and Development Ltd, Keith has been involved in Management and Personal development for in excess of 30 years.

He has worked extensively with businesses from a wide spectrum, both within the public and private sectors. His involvement in large PFI’s, nuclear projects, and international plc’s, plus SME’s focused on growth, has provided Keith with a unique appreciation of how to optimise change for business benefit. He aims to maximise the contribution of an intervention through connecting with the client's internal development and processes.

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Executive coaching
  • Organisational and Strategic development
  • Change management
  • Strategic and Cultural Alignment within JVs, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Leadership development and the Leadership Pipeline
  • Team coaching


  • Bachelor of Education (Hons)
  • University of Newcastle Diploma of Coaching
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner
  • Solutions-Focused Coaching Diploma

Key Clients

  • Carillion
  • Skanska
  • Balfour Beatty
  • HILL International
  • NSG
  • Studsvik
  • Sellafield LLWR
  • Lexia Group

Recent Key Projects

  • Carillion: Design and delivery of leadership development and team coaching for senior directors
  • HILL International: Executive 1:1 Coaching
  • Skanska: Design, delivery and project management of programme to fastrack high performing teams at Executive Director and Project Director level; Executive One-to-One coaching
  • Lexia: Leadership Coaching
  • NSG: Leadership Coaching
  • SPP1: Coaching the senior leadership of a tripartite alliance consisting of Balfour Beatty, Birse and Sellafield