My story

Before coaching, I spent most of my working life in project delivery. I've managed 7-figure corporate infrastructure roll outs, been part of a team delivering slick web apps to household name brands, and collaborated with some of the world's largest tech companies. But the part of my job that left me buzzing at the end of the day was helping the people and teams that I worked with to be proud of themselves and achieve more than they ever thought they could. That's what lead me to coaching.

I started Rachel Lee Coaching as a side-hustle in 2018 after completing formally accredited coach training, and made it my full time day job early in 2020. Woohoo! Now I get to spend my time getting curious and supporting my clients to be at their best. Sometimes it's challenging (on both sides) - no two days or situations are the same. And that's what I love about it.

I was born in Harrogate in Yorkshire. Over the decades, I've made my way slowly south down the UK and I now live in Bristol - I lost the northern accent along the way. I'm an outgoing introvert: I love spending time in groups and meeting new people but I also really value time alone to recharge. I embroider, I write stories and poems, I read, I crochet and I knit in my spare time - anything that gets my imagination and creativity going. I like coffee, not tea. I really want a dog.

My values

I often help people to articulate and explore their values in coaching sessions. Our values are the principles that we live our life by - they inform our decisions and behaviour. They tell you a lot about a person - we tend to connect more readily and deeply with people when we understand what's important to them. Here's mine:

BE YOURSELF. Have the strength to always be your imperfect, learning, true self.

EMPOWER OTHERS. Create opportunities for everyone to share, choose, and follow their own path.

GIVE GENEROUSLY. Freely share time, knowledge, and resources. Seek out ways to share with anyone who would not otherwise have access.

THINK DIFFERENTLY. Stay curious. Question everything. Explore all perspectives. Allow time and space for creativity.

BE WORTHY OF TRUST. Mean what you say. Do what you say you will. Do what you do as well as you can.

My qualifications & experience

Credentialled as a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. You can have confidence in the standard of my coaching.

Over 550 hours of team and individual coaching experience since qualifying. I use my experience to support you in the most useful way at the most useful time.

MSc (Distinction) in Occupational Psychology. Postgraduate Certificate in Personal & Business Coaching. I have a wide ranging toolkit and a deep understanding of the psychological theory behind the tools so we can find the right one for you.

Varied work experience before coaching. Over 15 years, I worked in hospitality, legal, IT, and digital agencies. I've been a HR rep, a manager, a consultant, a scrum master, an agile coach and a business owner. I understand your working world.

Member of the International Coach Federation & British Psychological Society. I am committed to continuing professional development. I follow ethical guidelines.

I have regular supervision. Part mentoring, part coaching and part training, supervision enables me to focus on my own personal development so that I can be the best coach for you.