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.
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 an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. You can have confidence in the standard of my coaching.
Over 300 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.
Postgraduate Certificate in Personal & Business Coaching (in progress). 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.
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.
Coaching with Rachel has had an incredible impact. It has made everything so much clearer in what I want to do. I feel I have learnt a lot about how I work and what motivates me as a person and I am really excited to put that into practice. I think coaching has given me the confidence to do what I want to do.
Rachel listens without judgement and doesn’t sugarcoat or skim past difficult topics. She has a unique ability to elevate people and help them be their best selves at work and beyond. The positive impact her coaching has had on the teams we’ve worked in together and my own personal practise cannot be overstated and I sincerely hope we get to work together again in the future!
Rachel is warm and approachable, and always made me feel comfortable sharing quite personal information (even at the very beginning). I never felt judged or like I shouldn’t express myself, which I think is what allowed me to get so much out of the process. It really helped me to clarify what I ultimately want (and don’t want!) from my future and how I can achieve these goals.
Before I met Rachel, I was getting too involved with controlling everything in my life; now I can trust myself and let go more. I’m going to reach my goal so much faster than I thought because Rachel has helped me to see that the things outside my comfort zone can be fun. I have so much more confidence now, it’s changed every part of my life – even the parts that I wasn’t expecting!