Rachel Woods, MSc
MSc Coaching and Behavioural Change, EMCC EIA Senior Practitioner
"..IN ENTERS RACHEL WOODS IN HER SUPERHERO COSTUME."
HOW DID I END UP HERE?
I started my adventures in HR by taking on an advisor role while working as an office manager in a FTSE 250 Construction Business, taking on CIPD training, moving industries and growing into Senior HR Business Partnering within Global FMCG and Medical Foods across the next 16 years. I fell in love with coaching and now I offer the sort of services I wish had been available to me.
I caught the coaching bug after experiencing what it did for me and my management stakeholders from just a two day 'fundamentals' session. Fast forward through to a PG Cert and an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change and here we are.
I'm now accredited as a Senior Practitioner with the European Mentor and Coaching Council, a Member of the Association for Coaching and an affiliate of the International Society of Coaching Psychology. I trained in this along with Executive Coach Supervision at the internationally recognised Henley Business School.
Since 2012 I've coached a wide range of professionals from front line team leaders to senior executives but recognised that HR teams are often overlooked and expected to support themselves. In a role that requires confidentiality, diplomacy and professionalism regardless of the circumstance, a safe space to think, process and reflect is a no-brainer.
On top of the academics and experience, I'm a TEDx speaker and TEDx regional panel member, I have addressed members of the MOD and UCL and am frequently invited to speak at business groups and networking events. I speak about behavioural science including creating confidence and managing mindset.
I sit on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ecopsychology and in 2018 I researched and authored an academic paper exploring this a hypothesis of nature 's impact on coaching, it's 15000 words of what seems so obvious to me now. Nature Matters.
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WHAT IS MY BACKGROUND AND COACHING APPROACH?
My coaching practice is a blend of experiences.
My career as a senior HR professional included strategic resource planning, organisational development, team engagement and wellbeing. I have an eclectic approach to coaching and supervision, which draws on systemic practice, psychodynamics and integrating various models with practical tools to enable deep insights and effective actions. I work always with the goal to ensure sessions are focused, tailored and impactful for you and your organisation.
Clients and colleagues consistently described me as pragmatic, supportive and knowledgeable.
I pride myself in having a no-nonsense, down to earth, curious style which enables clients to find inherent resources to build and sustain resilience, avoid overwhelm and lead well to deliver on their strategic ambitions. Coaching with me is impactful, challenging but also fun, enlightening and refreshing. I am a safe container for your thoughts, dreams, plans and musings.
In 2020, I stepped away from my corporate HR career in order to fulfil the intense calling to provide coaching and supervision.
I still like to work with select charities, currently working with Coaching through Covid to support front line and key workers as they navigate working through the pandemic and beyond, I also donate 10% of workshop proceeds to the Wildlife Trusts as a thank you to nature for her role in my own resilience management.
HOW AM I QUALIFIED?
- DISC Psychometrics Facilitator 2010
- Coach Practitioner, Insights Discovery Psychometrics 2012
- Professional Certificate in Coaching (2013) - Henley Business School
- MSc Coaching and Behavioural Change (2018) - Henley Business School
- NNAS Silver Award (Navigation) 2019
- Outdoor First Aid (2019)
- EMCC Accredited Senior Coach Practitioner (March 2020)
- Professional Certificate in Coaching Supervision (2020) - Henley Business School
- Affiliate Member, International Society for Coaching Psychology
- Alumni - Henley Centre for Coaching
- Editorial Board Member, Journal of Ecopsychology
- Member, Association for Coaching