Gill Coombs - Coaching for wellbeing at work Gill Coombs - Coaching for wellbeing at work Gill Coombs - Coaching for wellbeing at work

Gill Coombs MSc, Dip.


Facilitation, Workshops and Coaching

for Social Enterprises/Small Businesses/Ethical




  • Are communication issues causing problems in your organisation?
  • Would your management team benefit from some leadership skills development?
  • Could your team do with some time out to look at how to be more effective?


Gill Coombs

I offer a high quality, flexible and collaborative Learning and Development service for organisations in the South West that have the wellbeing of people and planet at the centre of their work.


I draw on many years of successful L&D work with organisations at all levels and across the sectors, and an MSc in Holistic Science, which has deeply enriched my understanding of business goals, communication, relationship, organisational structure and working practices. My aim is to help you do excellent, enjoyable work; work that benefits people and the whole living planet.




A good facilitator not only keeps lively conversation on track, but also brings a different, insightful perspective, and supports the group in conversing openly, supportively and constructively. I offer focused, facilitated discussions for project teams and groups, based around your organisation’s current issues and topics, such as:



(which typically include agreeing core values, creating a vision, laying down strong working relationships etc.)


Creative Problem Solving

(which typically include addressing conflict, finding direction, restructuring etc.)


Team Cohesion

(which typically include exploring different styles of working and communicating, finding common ground, identifying natural team roles, etc.)




I offer one or two day workshops including a wide range of topics such as:


  • Emotional Intelligence: understanding your emotions and their triggers; managing emotions and behaviours skilfully; developing awareness of others; creating positive relationships.

  • Assertiveness: exploring and practising ways of relating to others that support good working relationships, mutual respect and positive outcomes for the greater good.

  • Presentation Skills: tools and techniques for delivering your message effectively to groups; lots of practise and feedback in a safe environment to hone your skills.

  • Dignity at Work: harassment and bullying, and how to avoid them; working positively and creatively with difference; legally protected groups, and other human differences that can lead to conflict.

  • New Leaders: exploring the leadership role; recognising your personal leadership style; understanding and practising a range of skills to help you monitor and discuss your team’s work.

  • Leading Teams for Excellent Outcomes: exploring what motivates us and others; refining communication skills; responding to a range of people and situations; holding difficult conversations.

  • Recruitment and Selection: defining the new role; preparing for interview; asking really useful questions; messages you want to convey; some legal points; making a decision.

  • Supporting Development: some psychology of learning; identifying appropriate learning activities; ensuring that learning moves from the head into everyday decisions and behaviours.

  • Basic Coaching Skills: helping others to do their best thinking; the art of not advising; skilful questions and deep listening; feedback and challenge; supporting creation of a vision and a plan.


Core workshop content and activities are tried and tested, and consistently well-received. However, all workshops are highly collaborative and adaptive, and can be adapted (and often are!) to respond to specific group/organisational needs.




Sometimes some focused 1:1 work around a specific issue such as dilemmas, work/life balance, leadership, working relationships or prioritising tasks or can be really helpful. An initial meeting to discuss the area/s you’d like to work on will help us decide whether a one-off session is sufficient (this does sometimes happen!) or whether you’d like to book in a series of sessions. We’ll review progress as we go.


My Rates


My business rates are £600 per day, and £100 per coaching session. This includes my preparation time, and any follow-up work or written summaries that are requested. Get in touch for an informal discussion about your organisation’s issues/requirements, and we’ll take it from there…


Special arrangements are available for new/struggling enterprises. Please contact me, and we’ll find a way to make it work!





'Gill has done a wide range of work for myself and various teams, across a wide spectrum of areas. Gill has worked on team building, facilitation, coaching and leadership development. To each project she brings a positive approach, excellent emotional intelligence, and a sense of purpose, backed with profound insight. Gill is able to draw on wide experience from work in industry, and the charitable sector, and delivers a wide range of training courses. Working with Gill has always proved a positive experience, she balances the need to support can challenge well, and never loses sight of the individual.'

(Tom Pritchard, Commercial Director at GreenSquare Group)


'Gill's approach to her work is second to none. She is a consummate professional at all times and clearly takes enormous pride in her work. Gill is an experienced practitioner in her field and brings an outcome centred approach.'

(Rob Fletcher, Head of ICT, GreenSquare Group)


'Gill is an excellent trainer and coach. She is very empathetic and works very effectively with individuals and with groups.'

(Wendy Spray, Group Head of Community Involvement at GreenSquare Group)


'You were just great at doing what you did. I think it was really well managed so thank you very much. We do now have a common language and we can identify when things are going awry...hopefully!'

(Team Leader)


'An excellent, well-run day with the balance of discussion and activity with theory managed extremely well'

(Janet Kenward, Principal, Fairfield College)


'The team building days were full of energy and fun, bringing our team closer together without realising it. Gill's workshops were thought provoking and encouraged team members to be honest and open. Everyone who took part in the team building days thoroughly enjoyed them and felt that they had bonded with other colleagues which will help with future working together.'

(Tracey Chant, Commercial Property Manager, Oakus)


'There was a clarity and rigour in her thinking which was unexpected, for me - and a truly unexpected angle of compassion & non-judgement, which I found really exciting. And I was surprised, too, at what a difference it made to share this experience, and be with others in a way that guided and structured our thinking. And then, what brilliant material came up!'

(Judy Hindley, Children's Author)


'Coaching with Gill has been a life changing experience and I now see our regular sessions as a vital tool in my personal and professional development.'

(Jo Curson, Head of Development, GreenSquare Group)



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