The team

Jessica Woodsford

Founder & Co-Director


I have spent the last decade of my career working in the Higher Education Sector. First for the Office for Fair Access, and then the Office for Students, where I worked with higher education providers to improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented students. As well as working with students, I'm interested in working with providers to help them develop a whole provider approach that embraces fair access and participation.

Outside of my career, I have also worked with underrepresented students as a mentor and a coach for a different of different not-for-profit organisations, as well as being the Trustee of a local charity.

This is an area I have always been very passionate about, and I am excited to be bringing the power of coaching to such an important agenda

Rose Sellman-Leava

Founder & Co-Director


Working in the Higher and Further Education sectors since 2015, for the UK's National Research and Education Network, Jisc, I have been coaching clients within the company, across the Higher Education sector and beyond for the past three years. My client base has included lecturers, students, senior management and social influencers. 

I have also worked within Devon County Council's 'Transition' social care team, supporting social workers and getting to know the opportunities and difficulties that care-experienced young adults moving through Higher and Further Education experience. 


The outcomes that coaching achieves are powerful, and I am passionate about empowering all students to reach their full potential and access a future that is right for them. 

Our Associate Coaches

We work with a selected team of Coaches, who have the experience and know-how that supports our  programme. Our Associate Coaches work with us to provide free coaching to students from underrepresented groups as part of our Community Interest committment. 

Phil Boler

Phil is a powerful and relatable coach who has overcome his own personal struggles to become the inspirational coach and person that he is today. Growing up with a severe stammer that dominated every aspect of his life, Phil has since become a successful public speaker and coach. He loves  helping people who are struggling to adapt to changes in their lives, or those who are keen to turn their potential into reality. 

Phil seeks to get to the very hearts of his clients, through a meaningful and completely non-judgmental coaching approach.

Allison Holland

Allison is an executive coach and facilitator/ supervisor for executive coaching programmes with over 10 years coaching experience. Working across sectors, she has led transformational change programmes in the public sector. A member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, Allison brings positivity and support to the coaching relationship, balanced with challenge and a movement towards outcomes. 

Emma Humphreys

Emma is a wellness and personal development coach and her mission is to support people through coaching to be well, feel well and live well through making changes in life, career, mind and body. 

Emma believes people are happier, healthier and more fulfilled when they’re living with intention, when their actions are purposeful and when they’re focussing on what really counts to them.

Emma holds a Distinction level diploma in Personal Performance coaching and a Masters Degree in understanding and securing Human Rights.  Emma's career is in Programme management in both the charitable and public sector with a focus on Human Rights, Community Integration and equal access to services for underrepresented groups. 

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