About Shannon

Shannon is a pioneer in the field of social leadership and is passionate about helping leaders amplify their impact.

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Shannon Banks is managing director of Be Leadership, and an award-winning facilitator, consultant, and coach. A pioneer in the field of social leadership, she founded her company in 2014 to help organizations bring their purpose to life through their people.

Shannon delivers quality, bespoke work to diverse clients across many sectors, including Roche, BNP Paribas, and the UK House of Commons and partners with world-changing organizations such as Teach for India, Grameen Foundation, and Siel Bleu.


Shannon spent twenty years in the technology industry, including seventeen years at Microsoft where she held a variety of global leadership roles across the business and HR. She has won international awards for her work in leadership development and talent management and is a sought-after public speaker.

Shannon was the first Action Learning coach certified in the United Kingdom by the World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL). As one of only twenty coaches globally to obtain the Master Action Learning Coach qualification, Shannon frequently teaches the Action Learning Coach Certification courses held in Britain and uses Action Learning to support her clients in creating sustainable cultural change. She is co-author of the third edition of the field-defining book, Optimizing the Power of Action Learning.


Shannon lives outside of London with her husband and daughter. She is a slow but persistent runner and avid reader who enjoys painting watercolors and spending time in her vegetable garden. She is active in her local community and volunteers with the Runnymede Foodbank.

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