Yes We Can

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Coaching collective


We are a group of qualified coaches committed to supporting the development of leaders and managers of small and medium scale not-for-profit organisations across the north east and individuals working independently for social change.


Coaching provides individuals and teams with powerful and purposeful spaces for development by raising awareness, opening up new insight and supporting processes of individual, team and organisational change and transformation.


If you, your team, or someone you know are looking for a qualified coach, simply get in touch and we’ll explain the matching process and costs. You may wish to review our coach profiles below to see if there are particular coaches you are interested in working with.

All our coaches are qualified to at least level 5 with the majority having qualified through our accredited training programme. All our coaches are supervised through a combination of group and one-to-one supervision. We work to a shared code of practice through membership of the Association for Coaching Voluntary and Community scheme.

This programme is delivered in collaboration with VONNE

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Meet our coaches

  • Amelia Reeves

    Amelia Reeves Amelia’s coaching style is based on the belief that challenging conversations with deep, probing questions can help clients to reach moments of clarity and enable them to plot clear, timely actions to ultimately make swift progress. She believes spending an intensive time period collectively looking at how to move towards a goal unlocks options for progress that are difficult to identify alone. Her questions focus on moving the client towards their goals at all times and she offers a high support, high challenge approach to enable the client to make as much progress as possible.

    Her key skills include: business coaching; social enterprise coaching; transition to self-employed coaching; relationship management; leadership development; start-up support; business development; public speaking.

    Amelia’s background is in entrepreneurship, supporting small businesses and relationship management. She currently works with students to improve their enterprise skills and is a business development consultant for a local SME.

  • Di Robertson

    Di Robertson Clients describe Di’s coaching style as warm and energetic with great questions. She is focused on clients making progress and helping them to understand what is preventing them from getting where they want to be. She prefers sessions to be informal and creative with conversations often covering many aspects of the client’s life in order to understand where their strengths and motivations lie. Di believes coaching is a shared experience where the development of a trusting relationship is key.

    Di has worked in senior positions within the public sector for many years. She is a qualified IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) supervisor. She also enjoys working with groups and has experience in delivering workshops for professionals particularly in the context of strategic development.

    Her career background spans Newcastle Council, The Department of Work and Pensions, Family Support, Substance Misuse and Child Poverty. She holds MBA from Northumbria University.

  • Duncan O'Brien

    Duncan O'Brien Duncan loves working with coaching clients as they begin to explore their ability to create meaningful mind-set change. Beginning from the moment they relax into the session he invites clients to gain clarity on where they are now and challenge themselves in a way that unlocks their potential from the past, in the present, and their plans for the future. Duncan has witnessed first hand the impact of a coaching rather than teaching centred approach. He has seen for himself the personal confidence and growth that occurs when a coaching client defines their own goal and pathway aligned with their personality and values rather than being told what they should or need to do.

    Duncan has worked as a personal trainer in health and fitness for six years. Prior to this he worked in the biochemical industry. He completed his PHD in inorganic chemistry at Loughborough University while playing semi-professional football.

  • Helen Rutherford

    Helen Rutherford Helen’s coaching style is to work with the client to identify their goals and focus on their own agenda and priorities for the coaching sessions. She works with clients to overcome any barriers and interference by using probing questions to help them become more self-aware and resourceful, to ultimately take action and identify the way forward. Each session includes the refinement of goals, a review of progress so far and further discussion to help the client improve.

    Her key skills include: relationship management; building resilience; managing change; career/transition coaching; time management; facilitation.

    Helen’s career spans the public, private and voluntary sectors with experience in the logistics, retail and automotive industries. She has spent several years working with voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and educational establishments to help address their needs. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

  • Julie Scanlon

    Julie Scanlon Julie enjoys supporting people to draw on their greatest resource – themselves – to maximise their potential, explore options, clarify and attain their goals. Her approach is facilitative and client-led, offering individuals a safe space for reflection as well as support to take action. Clients are coached to find their own solutions and exit the coaching relationship feeling better equipped to face their challenges, present and future.

    Julie specialises in professional development coaching, executive coaching, career development and career change coaching. Previous clients have worked on issues such as career direction, values determination, decision-making, time management, prioritisation, work/life balance and tackling unhelpful behaviour patterns.

    Julie started her business in coaching, training and facilitation in 2017 following a career of over fourteen years as an academic. In her training and consultancy work, she specialises in gender and LGBT equality, diversity and inclusion, supporting organisations and groups to understand and take action to redress inequalities.

  • Lin Simmonds

    Lin Simmonds Lin’s commitment to coaching derives from her abiding ethos of fairness in all walks of life. She has participated in movements, campaigns and societies that aim to achieve egalitarian goals and eliminate discrimination. Lin believes coaching is another process through which individuals can secure their own empowerment and liberation as they achieve their goals. Lin helps connect clients with their resourcefulness in order to meet and overcome challenges that may initially appear overwhelming. She works with her clients in such a way that they feel empowered to identify and achieve their aims and objectives in a timely and safe way.

    Her knowledge, skills and experience include performance and financial management, research and data analysis, monitoring and evaluation, public sector commissioning, contract management, local governance and accountability, participation and engagement policies, strategies and procedures.

    Lin is currently Deputy CEO of a public health charity and previously led Sure Start in the west end of Newcastle.

  • Liz Allen

    Liz Allen Liz’s coaching style is concerned with what the client wants to achieve and how are they going to get there by setting clear goals and focussing on solutions, emphasising that they have the resources to achieve the outcomes that they want even if they struggle to recognise this. She takes a holistic approach looking at the client as a whole, considering the past and present, recognising that everything is interconnected.

    Her keys skills include: executive coaching; business coaching; leadership development; organisational development; managing change; career/transition coaching; facilitation.

    Liz has worked across the public and voluntary sectors including leadership and management roles at Citizens Advice Bureau, supporting health and social care initiatives, and the NHS as head of Patient and Public Involvement. She currently coaches clients with long-term health conditions and is a non-executive director of a charity supporting people with learning disabilities.

  • Lyn Cole

    Lyn Cole Lyn believes that everybody has the passion and potential to achieve their personal life and work ambitions. She also believes that everybody needs a little help now and again. By focussing on helping people to identify their own unique strengths, Lyn uses a three-step framework to achieve the highest levels of performance, whilst maintaining wellbeing and celebrating the progress made. The person, or team, is always in control of the pace, scale and depth of all activities.

    Her key skills include: executive coaching; management coaching; board and executive team coaching; working with individuals at personal or career crossroads; organisational development; leadership development; facilitation; managing change; managing projects; managing relationships; collaboration tools and techniques.

    Lyn has over 20 years senior management experience including England Grantmaking Director at the Big Lottery Fund. She now has a portfolio of paid and unpaid trustee roles alongside working as a management consultant and Director of GLT Partners Ltd.

  • Robert Laycock

    Robert Laycock Robert’s first experience of coaching was in 2009. Since then he has accessed coaching support at a number of key stages in his career. Having experienced the transformational power of coaching first hand, Robert has developed his own coaching practice to provide individuals and teams with similarly powerful and purposeful spaces for development. He describes his particular strengths as:

    • All aspects of communication
    • Being highly organised and structured
    • Being focused on the client – fully present, fascinated, supportive
    • Self-awareness – being authentic, open, honest, true to self

    Robert’s key skills include: leadership and management development; change management; strategic, financial and business planning; individual and team coaching; facilitation; governance; fundraising.

    His career spans the arts, public and voluntary sectors including 12 years leading a regional arts based charity. He is co-founder of North East Together: Leaders Network for Social Change and Yes We Can developing leaders of social change; and board member of Beacon Films and the Comfrey Project.

  • Sue Osborne

    Sue Osborne Sue describes her coaching style as going the extra mile to support her clients to achieve their goals. She has a naturally warm and empathetic style, asks deep, insightful questions, has excellent listening skills and is adept at exploring sensitive topic areas. She believes her clients are naturally creative, resourceful and capable of finding their own answers to the challenges they face. Sue embraces the benefits of working virtually, recognising the flexibility this offers clients.

    Her key skills include: developing values-based leaders; enabling social entrepreneurs; driving positive social change; group coaching; freelance coaching; building resilience; reducing isolation as an entrepreneur; managing work-life balance; striving for excellence; focusing on goals; public speaking; business development; Action Learning Set facilitation.

    Sue has worked for nearly 20 years in the social enterprise sector as Business Development Director at Shared Interest in Newcastle and now as CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs Yorkshire and North East.

  • William Mortada

    William Mortada William believes that we are all capable, skilful, intelligent human beings but often we aren’t working to our full potential. His approach to coaching is to give the client the space to identify the barriers that are holding them back and to work towards overcoming these barriers so that they can be who they want to be.

    His key skills include: coaching; strategic planning; communication; collaborative working; facilitation; training.

    William has over twenty years experience of working in the voluntary and community sector. This includes managerial roles where he was responsible for leading and managing staff, finances and strategy. William currently works as a freelance website and database developer. He specialises in providing support to organisations with social purpose so that they can make the best use of technology. He also provides strategic advice to voluntary organisations and is a trustee of Recyke y'Bike.

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