- Developing Leaders
- Women in the Workplace
Gemma started her career as an in-house HR professional in the late 1990s. After working in senior leadership for some time, she decided to train professionally as a coach, to build on her experience and deepen her knowledge and expertise. She has been a fully accredited freelance coach since 2016, working with a wide variety of blue-chip clients across a range of sectors, including media, technology, financial services, and FMCG.
Gemma is a coaching specialist in grief training, and now uses this blended skillset to help individuals to positively address and recover from all forms of traumatic change and loss, including redundancy, divorce and bereavement.Get in touch
Because every person is different Gemma’s approach is individual and bespoke. Whilst occasionally challenging, what underpins her approach is a sense of trust and respect – a safe and positive space for clients to develop, move forward and grow.
As a positive psychologist, she fundamentally believes no one strives to be average and favours a strengths-based approach to enable individuals to truly flourish, leverage their strengths and reach their fullest potential, focusing only on weaknesses where they are genuinely hindering progress.
Her values reflect how she works:
Compassionate – a belief that caring about the people within organisations is the right thing to do, that people in organisations matter and that happy, fulfilled people deliver results.
Engaging – there’s nothing worse than being ‘talked at’ or having to sit through a long, boring presentation when there’s pressing work to be done. She aims to make the coaching experience as dynamic as possible.
Action-oriented – One of her greatest strengths is her ability to simplify a complex situation into meaningful bite-sized pieces. She takes a practical, hands-on approach and has a ‘can do’ not a ‘make do’ attitude.
- Executive Coaching
- Effective Leadership
- Grief & Loss Coaching – A unique grief coaching programme for employees who have experienced traumatic loss, and want to recover from the impact of this loss quickly, to enable them to re-engage with the working world and be the best they can be at work.
Training and Qualifications
- MSc Applied Coaching & Positive Psychology (University of East London) – first class
- PG Cert Personal & Business Coaching (University of Chester)
- Professional Certified Coach (PCC) – International Coaching Federation
- Chartered Fellowship (FCIPD) – Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development
- Grief Recovery Specialist ®
Gemma works with a wide variety of blue-chip clients across a range of sectors, including media, technology, financial services, and FMCG.
"I would strongly recommend Gemma’s coaching to anyone in a leadership role, even if you don’t know exactly what areas you want to develop. I was sceptical at first, but working with Gemma has given me confidence to define and project my leadership style"Acting CFO, Global Oil & Gas Company
"Working with Gemma on her Grief Coaching programme has transformed how I feel about the loss I was addressing. Before I met Gemma I had no idea that there would be a practical way I could address the grief I was feeling – I just thought I’d have to get on with it and wait for time to heal. This programme basically accelerates this process, but in a manageable way. It isn’t easy at times, as you might expect, but Gemma is incredibly supportive and compassionate. Overall it has enabled me to become more at peace with my loss than I thought possible in such a short space of time."Director, Consulting Firm
"Gemma has coached me through a time of significant personal growth at work, playing a significant role in enabling me to assume greater responsibility and add more value to the organisation without adversely affecting my home life. The coaching has provided me with the means to clearly focus on my priorities and my resilience, allowing me to maximise my financial contribution to the business as the top performing Director for the year"Senior Director, Technology Company