Rachel Woods, MSc
MSc Coaching and Behavioural Change,
EMCC EIA Senior Practitioner
Coach . Supervisor . Speaker
"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"
Rachel Woods started her 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 and then growing into Senior HR Business Partnering within Global FMCG and Medical Foods across the next 16 years.
She fell in love with coaching and now provides the sort of services for HR Professionals she wishes she'd had. Rachel also deeply dislikes talking about herself in the third person...
So this is 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.
"Rachel has enabled me to shape my own decisions, attitudes and professional confidence over the years"
"..you were right, things didn't turn out as badly as I had imagined, they never do. I should remember that. Thanks for the coaching time, your presence and your interest in me and my situation was both reassuring and encouraging. I feel so much more able to move forward with my plans"
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 their teams 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.
Professional Certificate in Coaching Supervision (2020)- Henley Business School
MSc Coaching and Behavioural Change (2018) - Henley Business School
Alumni - Henley Centre for Coaching
EMCC Accredited Senior Coach Practitioner (March 2020)
Professional Certificate in Coaching (2013) - Henley Business School
Coach Practitioner, Insights Discovery Psychometrics 2012
DISC Psychometrics Facilitator 2010
Member, Association for Coaching
Affiliate Member, International Society for Coaching Psychology
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Ecopsychology
NNAS Silver Award (Navigation) 2019
Outdoor First Aid (2019)
"Having met Rachel on the networking circuit during lock-down, it was with some relief that I finally got to meet her recently. To take time away from the immensely challenging and uncertain world that we live in today, one really needs to make sure it will be a worthwhile experience."
"Rachel's professionalism and knowledge were evident right from the word go as we took a walk in nature, she encouraged me to talk freely and I was able to verbalise some of the challenges that have come to the fore during this time. Her observations were spot on and as a result of our time together I would not hesitate to recommend her services. Thank you."
"Working with Rachel was very enlightening. While apparently in simple conversation, she gently startled and redirecting me to a significant shift in perspective. There was very little forced structure and as a result, I received very powerful solutions. I love this living systems approach to coaching. Highly recommended!"
"My time with Rachel helped me focus on what I needed to do next. I had no trouble with ideas but needed some space and structure to work them through. Rachel's approach and her knowledge of mindfulness was exactly what I needed to move my business forward. Thank you Rachel!"
"Rachel delivered a fabulous worship to our mental health network. Her professional approach, extensive knowledge and engaging style meant that our members learned and developed as a result. Rachel showed us the importance of nature to everyone’s mental wellbeing."
"Rachel was very kind to me during a call this morning. Although what Rachel does is not quite what I’m looking for at the moment, she offered to point me in the right direction of people who could assist. To me, this shows great business skills but also integrity in her profession that she wasn’t only in it just to get me as a client. That’s true professionalism right there. Thank you Rachel."
"Rachel has enabled me to shape my own decisions, attitudes and professional confidence.."
"..a very refreshing shower of common sense."
"Rachel's supervision has all the qualities I need to develop my coaching practice: a trusted, safe space; a great listening ear, qualifications and experience; challenge at a level that stretches me and a professional warm manner where I felt comfortable straight away."
"Thanks for the coaching time, your presence and your interest in me and my situation was both reassuring and encouraging. I feel much more able to move forward with my plans and deal with any unexpected hiccups."
"..you helped me get myself unstuck with an awkward relationship at work, and helped me see things from a different angle and now I feel much more able to have difficult conversations that need to happen."
"I can't say how much having the time and space to think means to me. Rachel is a very patient pair or ears to listen but is also so pragmatic in her approach, I don't get to hide from the things I need to do but I can feel ok about stepping up to them."
"I love how supervision gives me the space to consider how I am working with my clients. It makes me a better coach and Rachel has helped me work systemically with my corporate clients, before I was dealing with just the client and their challenges but now I can help them see their whole world more clearly."