About Emma

Coach — Faciliator — Writer

Hello, I’m Emma.

I help independent workers to pause, reflect and make conscious choices about how they work. My focus is on having conversations that bring calm and clarity to our often chaotic and complex lives.

Here’s what I’m doing now.

My values

I talk a lot about values and their ability to guide our decisions and actions. Understanding my core values was an important step for me in working through a significant period of change in my life and it’s often a starting point for my work with coaching clients.

Clearly identifying and expressing my values here, as a manifesto of sorts, gives me something to strive for and hold myself accountable to.


An unwavering belief in who I am. A solid footing from which to develop and grow.


Building on honesty and clear communication as a foundation for all relationships.


A commitment to upholding professional standards and continuing my development.


A focus on building relationships for inspiration, encouragement and energy.


Staying curious and sharing what I learn. Being open to new ideas and opportunities.


Living and working at a sustainable pace, founded on reflection, routine and compassion.


I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Business & Personal Coaching. Delivered by Barefoot Coaching Ltd. the course is accredited by the University of Chester and the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

I am an ICF Associate Certified Coach. This means that I have completed an accredited training course, have over 100 hours of coaching experience, attend regular supervision and am committed to the ICF’s Code of Ethics.

How I got here

Before becoming a coach I worked in higher education for ten years. Starting out in academic libraries, I later moved into instructional design and communication. By the end of the decade, I became disilusioned with how the universities I worked in were being run and found my work increasingly conflicted with my values.

In 2017 I took some time out to focus on what I wanted to do with my life. Central to this was understanding what fulfilled me at work and finding the common thread that ran through all of my previous roles — helping people to learn and grow. The upshot of this was making the bold move to quit my job and pursue freelance communications work while I retrained as a coach. Since then I’ve been focused on slowly building a sustainable coaching and facilitation business.


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