Author Archives: JayneSharples

About JayneSharples

Postgraduate Careers Consultant at University of Birmingham | Founder of JS-Coaching: Communicate, Coach, Collaborate

January 2023

Why would I be interested in Awakening?

Helen Amery and Sara Priestley are joining us in January to introduce us to the topic of awakening – what it is, who it’s for, why you might be interested in awakening, and the specific path of awakening that they’ve written about in their newly published book – The Complete Book of Awakening.

After years of their own respective awakening explorations and guiding clients on the journey, Helen and Sara realised that there is a simplicity and logic to recognising your essential nature – which is what awakening is. Given this, and their passion for bringing awakening out of the shrouds of mystery, they decided to capture the complete journey of awakening in a practical book: a workshop in a book. The book guides you in the journey, step by step, with practical explorations that you test against your everyday experience. This means that you too can live with the knowing of who you really are – which is the contentment, peace and ease that you’ve been looking for everywhere else in life. 

On the day they will:

Share about their own respective journeys

Tell us about awakening and the process of it

Invite you to take part in the kind of experiments they offer in the book

Get into discussion and answer your questions

Helen’s coaching journey began back in 2013 and soon after doing her Barefoot Coaching qualification she left corporate life and started her own business in 2014.

Find out more about Helen and her work at:

Sara had a career in corporate IT before leaving to become a massage therapist and then Pilates teacher before discovering the inward exploration of ourself which she now teaches and guides others in. Find out more about Sara:

You can find out more about The Complete Book of Awakening and purchase the book at this link.

It is not essential to read the book before the session!

To book your place at this session email Jayne or Irene.

November 2022

In this session led by Andy Chandler, Managing Director from Barefoot Coaching we will explore systemic coaching and will be introduced to some practical tools to coach with the whole system in mind. We will explore how coaching can be made so much more powerful when we are prepared to coach the whole system which includes, but is not limited to, the person in front of us. During the session Andy will share his own systemic coaching journey and practice. For those of you whose coaching takes place in a corporate environment we will take some time to acknowledge that organisations are in many ways unnatural and temporary entities and yet, like any system, they conform to some important organising principles not least of which is the importance of finding our place and belonging. To tune into the system when coaching an individual we simply need to create a map, sit back and see what unfolds. During this session Andy will demonstrate a powerful technique for making a map together and you’ll have an opportunity to work in pairs to try out what you’ve learned. 

Andy Chandler

Andy Chandler has over 30 years’ experience working as a senior leader across multiple sectors including retail, healthcare and professional services. He first joined Barefoot Coaching as a delegate on the flagship programme in 2014. He calls consciously doing so in the hope of being able to strengthen his leadership with the power of coaching whilst also reflecting that perhaps he was also exploring other alternatives to future career options!

The training was, in his words, a revelation that ignited his passion for discovering the power of coaching and affirmation of his self-confessed status as a life-long learner.

Little did he know then that he would return to Barefoot Coaching in 2021 as Managing Director after several years of building and running his own coaching business. To find out more about Andy and Barefoot Coaching go to:

As well as working on the business, he works in the business as a Barefoot trained, ICF accredited PCC coaching. He has a passion for working with leadership teams and is a practitioner and continuous student of the practise of systemic coaching.

To book your place contact us

September 2022

Vikki will discuss online group coaching, in which either small discrete groups of clients, or larger memberships can be coached online. She will give hints and tips about how to make group coaching effective and what pitfalls to avoid.

There will be the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of this online group coaching approach, compared to individual coaching. Vikki will also share her experience of coaching people with ADHD and why group coaching can sometimes be a great option for people who share a common characteristic like ADHD.

Vikki Burns launched the PhD Life Coach after a personal journey during the pandemic, during which time through personal coaching she reduced her own negative self-talk, improved her ability to get things done and in many ways, changed her life. It was the realisation that she has (undiagnosed) ADHD which led her to seek support and find coaching.

Vikki is an ILM Level 5 Accredited Coach, is a qualified coach through The Life Coach School and an Associate member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. She brings to her coaching work her experience of researching how stress affects health, a high level of experience in developing groupwork skills and experience of evaluating training programmes. 

To find out more about Vikki and her coaching work go to:

To book a place at this session go to Contact

July 2022

As coaches we come across situations where someone shares their mental health concerns.

During this session we will have an opportunity to spend time sharing our experiences and techniques.

We will introduce you to:

  • A proven Mental Health action plan
  • A case study exploring how to use the action plan
  • Discussion re self -care and our support as coaches and mentors when working with clients who share their mental health concerns
  • Strategies to manage situations where a coachee is feeling fragile

Kate Wootton FCIPD MNCP

Kate is an accomplished management consultant and executive coach, having worked extensively for international corporations both in private and public sector.

She worked within the retail, automotive and manufacturing fields as Head of Learning and Development, Management Development Manager and Training Manager for over 15 years and comes from a strong background as Operations Manager.

In 2003 she set up The Ripple Concept Ltd and her experience is in developing and delivering Leadership development, resilience and communications skills programmes.

Kate moved into Mental Health training in 2018 as it brought back into focus her studies in psychology.  She is passionate about understanding as much as she can about people’s behaviours so that she can support them.She runs Mental Health First Aid, Awareness, Champion and Refresher courses as well as wellbeing and resilience programmes within the NHS and businesses.

Kate brings her own particular experience in to each course she runs.

To book your place please send an email to Jayne or Irene Contact

May 2022

The May Coaching Connections session is designed to share the wisdom within our group giving you the time to think about how to find and develop your coaching niche. Even if building a coaching business is not for you, this session will help you to reflect on your “signature” and how you show up as a coach.

The session will include three key parts and will be led by Jayne Sharples and Irene Bayliss with contributions from our panel of coaches:

  • Asha Gosh – Women and creative and communications sector
  • Diane Rance – Corporate and senior leadership coaching
  • Sarah Robinson – Retirement and career coaching
  • Eve Uhlig – Researchers in Higher Education

In part one the panel will share their experience of finding and developing a niche, and their top tips based on what they have learned along the way. You will have the chance to ask questions in the plenary before a deeper dive in small breakout groups in part two of the session.

The group time in part two will give participants the chance to work with one of the panel members choosing the speaker which most resonates in terms of alignment to your coaching journey. You will be given the chance to reflect on your own situation and to work with others to explore options, opportunities and next steps. Whether you have a successful coaching practice which you want to grow, or you are at the start of your journey or if you simply want to reflect on how you show up as a coach then there will be space for you to think and to tap in to the wisdom of the group.

Our final part of the session is about next steps and action. With a thinking partner you will have the chance to reflect on your learning from the morning and to commit to actions.

We look forward to a motivating session which will enable a sharing of wisdom from within the Coaching Connections community.

The names of our panel members will be announced in due course.

Irene and Jayne are the group co-ordinators for Coaching Connections, go to About Us to find out more.

To find out more about our panel please visit go to LinkedIn:

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Please contact us to book your place at the session.