Kate Inwood: Personal Development Coach

Kate specialises in helping individuals create positive moves and fulfilment in their lives.  She holds a CPCAB Diploma in Life Coaching and has her own coaching practice as well as working in a voluntary capacity for a youth charity, supporting mental wellbeing.

My career background is in People Development in the fashion industry and Career Guidance with the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD). When my eldest started school, I decided to take a step away from the daily commute, but it wasn’t long before I realised that I missed the challenge and interaction of a career, so I took a voluntary role as Assistant Editor for the West London branch of the CIPD.  My confidence and experience grew, and I took on an editorial role in a paid capacity as well as helping out with career guidance for our branch members, which suited me perfectly as I was able to use my previous experience to enhance my role.  Once my children became more independent, I decided to concentrate on the area of my role I’d always enjoyed the most, which was supporting personal development, and I qualified with a Diploma in Life Coaching.  

I now have my own coaching business, which along with my voluntary role helping young people and setting up Empowering-Women, has enriched my experiences and strengthened my own well-being.  

Sandie Reed: Career Development Coach and CV Writer  

Sandie has had 20+ year career in the corporate world working in Business Management, Sales and Training before taking a change in direction and qualifying as a Career Coach.  

I had a busy and varied career working for companies such as British Airways and Honda. I didn’t follow a particularly straight path, changing direction as new challenges, opportunities, and life situations arose, giving me plenty of depth and breadth in job experiences that I’m now able to now bring to my Career Coaching practice. I’ve worked for large and small organisations, public sector and not for profit organisations, and after a career break to have my son, set up my own training company supporting (mostly) women develop IT skills to help in their return to work. 

When my son was older, I returned to the business-world and to team management, leading a high-performing Sales & Account Management team, but after some years in the role I realised I needed different challenges and spent some time re-evaluating my goals and values. Realising my passion was in supporting others develop their skills and progress their careers, I studied for a Master’s in Career Coaching at the University of East London, and now have my own coaching practice, helping support people in their career development and career change.  I am also a professional CV Writer.

I am passionate about helping people develop their careers and reach their full potential and setting up Empowering-Women with my fellow coaches has been an important part of this.

Sarah Williams: Life Coach and Crisis Support Adviser

Sarah works for the charity Home-Start, which helps women and struggling families balance the challenges of parenting whilst dealing with family, health or personal issues. She is also a qualified Life Coach and is passionate about supporting women develop confidence and make positive changes in their lives.

I spent many years working in the media and music industries and loved my job, it was incredibly busy and sociable but with very long hours.  When I had my second child, I made the decision to take a career break until my children were settled at school. When I began to look to move back into work, I heard about Home-Start and was keen to get involved and I started as a volunteer.  I soon moved on to paid work for the charity, as Crisis Support, a role that continues to work with the families, but in a more involved way. Having been always interested in psychology and what makes us tick, I decided to return to studying and qualified as a Life Coach, and this has enabled me to provide help and support on a deeper and more professional level and to support and uide mums who are really struggling.  With Home-Start, I also help run a Parenting Group, helping provide a support network for women who are struggling. 

I’m passionate about my role with the charity; it’s such a great feeling to see someone make really positive changes in their lives, and with the right support people can do anything!