Meet The Team

Welcome to our team of staff and specialist health coaches, dedicated to supporting you to be your best. 

 

Job Role: HLS Gloucestershire Director

Hi, I'm John.

I love my job as I get to work with every member of the team and hear about the lives we change each and every day in Gloucestershire.  

I’ve found a love in motivational interviewing, and improving coaching conversations, management and leadership within health through our training sessions co-ordinated by Naomi.

 

Secret to success for clients: If I could give any advice to a client joining the service it would be to do it for YOU and your own reasons. However complex, silly or insignificant they might seem to others, they are your goals - own them!

 

Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, positive and passionate.

Job Role: Engagement Lead

Hi, I’m Tim

I work all over Gloucestershire, engaging with stakeholders and attending events and promotions.

My background is in health and fitness and I’m a people person. I love that I get to meet existing and new stakeholders and discuss how we can work together, to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of people in the county through a great service. 

I love finding new opportunities and people to work with in Gloucestershire. We have a great community of people wanting to make a difference.

Secret to success for clients: I believe the secret of success is making small changes and setting realistic goals and targets.

Describe yourself in three words: Outgoing, engaging and approachable 

Job Role: HLS Operations Lead

Hi, I’m Jo

I work in our office supporting our team of coaches and admin staff.

We have a great team who love their jobs, and helping people be their best is at the top of our priority list! I love getting to hear first-hand about our client’s successes and how we're helping people in Gloucestershire to lead healthier lifestyles.

Secret to success for clients: My advice to a client would be: be honest! Our coaches can help you be your best when they have the full picture of what's going on.

Describe yourself in three words: Patient, kind and positive

 

 

Job Role: HLS Training Lead

Hi, I’m Nicki

I'm based at our office in Gloucester.

I look after our training in behaviour change and motivational interviewing.

Seeing people attending courses and increase their understanding and confidence – knowing that it will make a difference to how they do their jobs and how much they will enjoy their work - is really rewarding. 

My proudest achievement since working here is developing a smoking cessation training programme – full, refresher, mental health and maternity - and so fulfilling the varying needs of different professional groups. The huge amount of positive feedback we received was so motivating, and since then bookings have been flooding in!

Secrets to success for clients: Believe change is possible and be prepared to work at that change. I worked with a pregnant woman who was trying to stop smoking. Her partner didn’t want to quit and many of her family members also smoked.  It was very difficult to go against the flow and be the only one not smoking. But she achieved her goal, thanks to her determination and the help of our amazing coaches.

Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, lively, loyal

Job Role: Healthy Lifestyles Coach

Hi, I'm Rikki

I love helping people achieve their goals and feel better in themselves.

My proudest achievement is helping so many clients reach their target weight. In particular, I’ve had a couple of clients with mental health issues. Helping them get through their barriers was a great breakthrough for them - and a great achievement for me as coach.

I’ve recently set up a clinic in the Forest of Dean at a pharmacy. My clients have told me this is a great way to have an appointment during their 12-week programme because it's such an easy location for them to get to.

Secret to success for clients: I’ve found that clients who are successful set small realistic goals that are achievable. This helps keep them motivated and gives them a sense of accomplishment throughout their journey.

Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, dedicated, supportive

Job Role: Healthy Lifestyles Coach

Hi, I’m Michelle

I'm 100% dedicated to my role and love talking to people and getting results.

I love networking and selling the great things we do at the service. Even on my days off I will be singing the service's and coaches' praises!

My biggest achievement was Wendy. She was an older lady who'd smoked for 55 years but never had the courage to give up. She was the only person in her group of friends who still smoked. With our help, she did give up and is still smoke free! She has saved so much money and her health has improved too! 

Secret to success for clients: I believe the secret to success is being dedicated, always communicating your ups and downs and, mainly, being fearless of failing!

Describe yourself in three words: Approachable, honest, caring

Job Role: Healthy Lifestyles Coach

Hi, I’m Khat

I really love adapting our support to clients because each person is different and so is the way we work with them.

One of my proudest achievements as a coach is setting up gym sessions to help people feel more comfortable in a gym setting.

Secret to success for clients: For me, the best success is when a client continues to progress after leaving the service because they have changed their behaviour and are continuing to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Describe yourself in three words: Committed, organised, non-judgemental

Job Role: Healthy Lifestyles Coach - Pregnancy

Hi, I’m Laura

I’m a healthy lifestyles coach working mainly with pregnant women.

My favourite part of my job is seeing someone have that 'lightbulb moment' where they are confident and in control of their new behaviours - that moment when they realise they can, and will, make healthier choices for both themselves and their unborn child. 

My proudest achievements have to be successfully supporting, not just a pregnant client, but their family too, to make positive changes to their everyday health. Having parents make healthier lifestyle choices helps give baby the best start in life. Smoke-free parents mean a smoke-free home. 

The secret to success for clients: My secret to success for clients is being consistent and having an overall ‘drive’ to want to change.

Describe yourself in three words: Positive, motivated and personable

Job Role: Healthy Lifestyles Coach

Hi I’m Alex

I'm passionate about all aspects of health, especially wellbeing.

I feel so lucky to say that I absolutely love my job! Every day is different and it’s fantastic to know that the purpose of my role is to help people in my community.

What I love most about my job is being able to pass on my knowledge to others - empowering them to improve their lifestyles in the long term.

l'm most proud when I help someone achieve a goal they hadn’t even realised was important to them or had never thought possible.

Secret to success for clients: Be open, help us help you understand what you want to achieve and why. Don’t over complicate the plan of action and stick with it!

Describe yourself in three words: Knowledgeable, honest, dedicated

Job Role: Healthy Lifestyles Coach

Hi, I’m Traci

What I like most about my job is meeting new clients and helping them reach their goal. Every day is different, and each person’s challenge is a motivation to me.

The most rewarding part for me is seeing people transform by making life-changing healthy lifestyle choices.

Secret to success for clients: For clients to succeed and get the most out of our programme I believe they must be committed and honest.

Describe yourself in three words: Friendly, patient and non-judgemental. Every struggle you have, I would have myself!

Job Role: Healthy Lifestyles Coach

Hi, I’m Anthony

My passion is to help clients change their lives for the better, through making positive lifestyle changes.

I work directly with our clients who are on Slimming World journeys. I’ve helped them lose an average combined weight of 1300 kg every month – that’s the equivalent of a Ford Focus! I’m very proud of this.

Secret to success for clients: For me, there are no secrets to success. Achieving your goals is the result of support and encouragement from the coaches combined with the belief, hard work and a willingness to want to change from the client.

Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, innovative, determined

Job Role: Healthy Lifestyles Coach

Hi, I’m Rose

I really enjoy my job because I'm able to help and support clients to make changes in many aspects of their life and wellbeing.

One of my proudest achievements was helping a gentleman who was heavily dependent on his drink and smoked 20-30 cigarettes a day. I worked with him over 6 months and he finally quit smoking, lost weight and joined his local rugby team. It was really rewarding to see the huge change in his confidence.

Secret to success for clients: The secrets to success are to trust in the support you are receiving. Develop a desire to be the best and believe in yourself that you can achieve bigger and better things. 

Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, committed and kind. 

Job Role: Healthy Lifestyles Advisor

The best part for me is seeing client's confidence blossom from initial consultation to the end of their programme. Everybody is on their own personal journey, obtaining their own personal goals - I really enjoy being part of this and being able to make a true difference to somebody's life. 

Secret to success for clients: Baby steps! Look at making one change at a time and believe in yourself! 

Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, Passionate and Committed 

 

 

Job Role: Healthy Lifestyle Advisor

Hi, I'm Paula!

What I liked most about my job is enabling people to make a change whether it be big or small.

It's great when I see clients after they have finished their 12-week programme with us and they have maintained the goal they wanted to achieve. 

Secret to success for clients: Commitment in making appointments is really important so that they get the most out of the 12-weeks.

But also honesty to themselves & belief that they can do it even through the difficult times.

3 words to describe yourself: Devoted, attentive & empathetic 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job Role: Specialist Midwife - Healthy Lifestyle Coach

Hi, I'm Michelle!

I Love my job! The word 'midwife' translated means ‘with woman’ and that's what I love - building relationships with women and supporting them to have a healthy pregnancy and become the best parent they can be.

Secret to success for clients: Believing in themselves and having a support system of people around them who also believe in them.

Describe yourself in three words: Positive, energetic, open

 

Job Role: Healthy Lifestyles Coach

Hi I’m Emma,

I love my job! My favourite part is interacting with clients.

Stopping smoking or changing other aspects of our lives can be a daunting experience and an overwhelming decision. However, with help and support from a coach, you are four times more likely to successfully stop smoking. After 12-weeks of support, clients can walk away with the knowledge that they did it and have the tools they need to remain smoke free. It's such a rewarding process to be part of.

I've had clients in the past tap me on the shoulder and say: “Hey Emma, I’m now five years smoke free and it was the best decision I ever made!” When they tell me this, I couldn't be prouder.

Secret to success for clients: Talk to your coach - be open and honest about how you're feeling. Supporting is what we love to do. We have so many hints and tips that we’ve gathered from successful journeys of others and from research that can help you too.

Describe yourself in three words: Kind, supportive, dedicated