About Penha-Longa

Through group or individual coaching, we are passionate about helping those in the workplace to build belief in themselves.

About Mia

Mia’s greatest passion is helping people reach their potential.  With an HR career spanning over 28 years, specialising in developing high potential people, engagement, inclusion & diversity and managing change, she considers herself fortunate to have worked with highly talented people, who have challenged and enriched her career.

Mia welcomes a diverse range of clients, from executive leadership to career entry positions, small business owners and those returning to, or leaving the workplace.  She has developed coaching programmes to support people to reach personal and professional goals, whilst balancing their personal values and most importantly, by being themselves

Mia qualified as a Coach at Henley Business School, she has an MBA from the Open University and holds Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (MCIPD).  She is certified in the Hogan Leadership Assessment series.


Brand Story (My Why)

My Grandmother was the only person who believed in me in the exact moment I needed it.

This kind of unwavering love and support changed my life.  I missed the opportunity to reach my potential at school and on entering the workplace, immediately set my sights on correcting that.  My Grandmother’s encouragement and belief in me throughout my working life, has motivated me to succeed ever since. Growing up, I spent a lot of time at her house which was called Penha-Longa, after the village in Portugal where she was born – this has been the inspiration behind my choosing the business name.  Whenever I have reached a crossroads in my life, I think of my Grandmother.  She helped me to focus, cut through the noise of self-doubt and succeed.

Our Values

We seek to support our clients to identify and overcome the assumptions and barriers that keeps them from achieving their full potential; enabling them to feel more engaged and become more productive.  From Penha-Longa you can expect:


Strategic Partnership

To work with you every
step of the way.



Achieve the balance or blend of life and work you deserve.


Personal and Professional

A full career of supporting individuals and teams globally.

What our clients have to say

“I’ve had several coaching sessions with Mia with one that I still reflect on more than a year later.  She has an amazing ability to really listen to what you’re saying, empathise in a genuine way, and craft a question that gets under the skin of the issue.  It means you talk about what you need to, not what you think you do. There is a distinction.  The coaching helped me to recognise that I was holding myself back, what I needed to do to change that, and how I could develop my small business.” Female Business Owner

Mia’s expertise in career coaching, motivation, and talent empowerment is outstanding. I met her while participating in a career mentorship event, and she gave me the “gift” of believing in myself again. Mia has an unparalleled approach to helping talent better align with the business goals and their career objectives. She always offers the most impactful perspective and relevant direction.  Mia is an asset to any company she works for, a great colleague, a good employee, and a thoughtful HR Business Partner.

Zoe Chacon, MBA. Marketing | Media| Paid Social Advertising Marketing

Mia created and delivered a bespoke coaching programme for our Women’s Network, identifying personal brand, articulation of accomplishments and preparation for the next career opportunity as priorities.  Mia has a unique style with her corporate background and natural ability to build rapport at all levels in our organisation.  Feedback was outstanding for all engagements, and I would highly recommend her as a Coach.

Senior Talent, Inclusion & Diversity Director FTSE 100 Company

“Mia is an outstanding coach, motivational and inspiring . . . I have, and still am, achieving things I wouldn’t have achieved without her professionalism and support. She is easy to get to know, very focused on the client and I always looked forward to our sessions together. She made the ‘blockers’ go away – thank you, Mia.  I am very happy to recommend her as an encouraging and supportive coach, who is totally focused on helping you achieve your goals.”

Karen Houston – Business Coach and Training Consultant from KHC & T Ltd

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