The dream throughout my school life – to be a police officer…it didn’t happen.

Rejected at the first attempt, I was devastated and with no back up plan (who does at the age of 19?), I fell into a job, which developed into a career within the chemical industry.

Being a research chemist didn’t last; 10 years later I was made redundant, had the worst nightmare of an interview and spent 2 years travelling 90 mile a day over the Pennines.


A break and a rest were required so needing to re-evaluate my career, I decided to leave my job in chemistry and go to university to study psychology.

I had no idea where this would end up but by this point, I didn’t care. I chose a subject which I was genuinely interested in and which I thought would give me more choices later down the line. And it did.

What followed was 14 years of working within the Criminal Justice System as a Probation Officer and though this was hard at times, I truly loved the work I did and the chance to help change lives of those convicted of a crime. The latter part of my career within Probation was as a Coach and Mentor to new officers which brought a different set of challenges. Throughout my time with Probation, I co-wrote interventions, workshops and wrote programmes in order to support a change in thinking and behaviour.

I thought I would follow this career path until I retired but the job was not what it was when I started; I was becoming frustrated by the working environment, endless meaningless targets and long, relentless hours. In order to have a better life at home and at work, I had to do something different and coaching provided me with the opportunity and knowledge to reassess the direction of my life.

Following a programme of learning and development of my own, I made the decision to make some changes. I participated in Neuro Linguistic Programming and Coaching training whilst at the same time as working and later completing a Master’s Degree in Applied Coaching. This gave me the opportunity to step out of the Public Sector, transitioning into a coaching role which brings me to where I am today with my own coaching business.

It wasn't an easy decision; at times there was self-doubt and the fear of failing but I knew something had to change. As an introvert, it was and continues to be a challenge to put myself out there in the world and show up as a coach, but anything that came easily would not be worth having and growth comes from those feelings of discomfort.

Over the past three years I have also been part of partnership building a successful E-Commerce business and this is from a position of having no prior business experience or knowledge of E-Commerce other than being an avid consumer.

Decisions made within my working life have given me the chance to work towards creating opportunities. Speaking from experience, we have never lived in a better time to be able to create a life we want.

With the right level of support and engagement, people can make extraordinary changes in their lives and can create the future they want, even if they do not exactly what that future life may look like.

Whether you are looking to change roles, aim to progress within your existing place of employment or wanting to leave the public sector altogether, I am in a position to help and support you make the changes you want. I have done it so it is possible for you to step out of your comfort zone and realise your potential.

My coaching process is high challenge and high support so that you evolve in all aspects of your life. Taking your existing skills and strengths, empowering you to create a future which is better than your past and present.

Work with me if you are currently within the NHS, Education, Civil Service, Police, Prison and Probation Service, Armed Forces or any other Public Sector and wanting to change your career or switch up your life.

My mission is to support you to explore the infinite possibilities and find innovative, real life solutions to your everyday challenges within your career, inspire you to evolve your career and lifestyle to the next level, helping you get back your sense of fulfilment and joy in your work and life.


Invest in yourself; it is your life, your hands, your future.

Ruth Lewis - Life Coach - Qualifications

  • MA Applied Coaching.
  • Certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming | Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming | Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
  • Certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming in the field of Coaching | Certified VUE NLP Coach.
  • Professional Coaching Skills.
  • Certified Practitioner of Creating Your Future Coaching™ Techniques.
  • BA (Hons) Community Justice (Probation)| BSc (Hons) Psychology| BSc (Hons) Applied Chemistry.
  • NVQ level 4 - Community Justice (Working with Offending Behaviour) | Diploma in Probation Studies.
  • Working Effectively with Troubled and Troublesome Teenagers.
  • Level 4 Preparing for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
  • Professional member of Association for Neurolinguistic Programming.
Ruth Lewis - Life Coach - Experience

I am an experienced and creative professional with over 25 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. I am recognised as an individual who is authentic, dedicated and focused, with strong drive to achieve success and support others to realise their potential.

For the past 14 years, I have been supporting people to identify and overcome a variety of challenges, encouraging thinking beyond their current realms of possibility to create the future they want.

Having personally experienced the benefits of coaching, I believe it has been a crucial component to changing my thinking, to push me out of my comfort zone and take action towards my goals in both my business and life.

Let me support you as you as you strive to take your career and life to the next level.

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