Liz Mercer

Liz is an accomplished trainer, facilitator and executive coach, with a wealth of HR and industry experience. Since 2014, Liz has been running her own business, Perla Development, offering professional consulting services including; the design and delivery of leadership and management development programmes, 1:1 executive coaching, workshop facilitation team development and meetings facilitation.

After graduating in Combined Sciences from Manchester Metropolitan University, Liz’s career in HR and Learning and Development roles has mainly been within the Pharmaceutical sector, most recently within MedImmune and Astra Zeneca.  Her last corporate role was for MedImmune where she led the Learning and Development effort for the European businesses, supporting senior teams, divisional leaders and staff across the US, UK and the Netherlands.  She has also worked in the Aerospace, Manufacturing and Engineering sectors.


Liz has an extensive track record of developing highly effective and rewarding relationships and understands large company organisational dynamics.  She has also managed and mentored staff, enabling her to fully appreciate the challenges that leading and managing others present. She has achieved notable success in maximising individual and team performance through one-to-one coaching and tailored team development interventions.  She utilises industry leading psychometric/feedback tools to support her work and enable her clients to truly reach their full potential.

Liz gained her Masters Degree in Organisational Behaviour from the University of London, Birkbeck College, in 2006.  Since then Liz has attained her certificate in Executive Coaching from the University of Strathclyde and is trained in Gestalt coaching principles.  She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; is accredited to administer and interpret the MBTI Step 1 & 2 and the FIRO-B, and is registered with the British Psychological Society.

Liz is known for her authenticity, encouraging nature, clarity of purpose and ability to share her knowledge and expertise to help and develop others. She believes passionately in the power of the 1:1 coaching relationship in developing and nurturing talent.

Liz has partnered with a variety of organisations in the successful delivery of her services.  These include:

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Astra Zeneca
  • MedImmune
  • Definiens
  • Spirogen
  • Kymab
  • Crescendo Biologics
  • The Phoenix Group
  • RiverRhee Consulting