Conservation Coaching


The most common leadership failures stem from trying to apply technical solutions to adaptive challenges

Ronald A. Heifetz


Welcome to Conservation Coaching. We support conservation and environmental professionals on their leadership development journey, to be the best versions of themselves, to increase their impact in their work and in the world.

Conservation Coaching can help you develop your leadership skills whilst ensuring you find some balance between 'the cause' you are dedicating your life to, and your own wellbeing and re-find the joy in the work you do.

Conservation is about the care, protection, preservation and development of our natural world and its resources. Leaders in conservation understand the incredible importance of this and give themselves - heart, body, mind, and soul - to make a difference to our world.

BUT

You are often so committed to the world around you that you don’t have the time, and/or opportunity to invest in the care, protection, preservation, and development of yourself.

Stop.
Breathe.

Ask yourself:

It’s time to heal and nourish yourself and your own environment to allow you to have the impact you want to have on our world.

“ If you’re not open to focused introspection & you do not practice it on a routine basis, you will not be a great leader”

John Amaechi

Vision and Mission

Our Vision
Conservation and environmental leaders have the skills, knowledge and aptitudes needed to thrive both personally and professionally, and have a greater impact in the world, both individually and on an organisational level.

Our Mission is to
Deliver high quality, interactive development packages to mid-career conservationists, and support the next generation of conservation leaders to have a greater impact in an increasingly challenging world.

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Conservation Leadership Development Programme

This modular development programme has been designed to combine content on themes targeted at conservation profressionals with group and 1:1 coaching sessions. These elements are combined at a pace that works for you to learn and grow as a leader in a complex world; to create a journey of self-discovery and let you have the impact you know you can have.

There are several core themes that will help you evolve and develop with your changing environment and needs: -

Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence

  • Understanding yourself, your emotions, and your drivers and how this can make you a strong, compassionate leader.

  • Understanding your leadership and those displayed around you and how to get the most of out people.

Wellbeing – Building Strength and Resilience

  • How to move from surviving, to striving, to thriving.

  • Balancing passion for the work with self-care and rest.

Leading and Inspiring Others

  • Moving beyond management into inspiring leadership.

  • Creating an environment for others to thrive and grow, where results are achieved through a collaborative high performing team.

  • How to create psychological safety in a team.

Coaching Services

What is coaching?

Coaching is an opportunity to have a thought-provoking, confidential conversation. Time to think and take stock, re-balance, reflect and focus on what is important.

Perhaps you want to find a better work-life balance and increase your productivity and impact. Maybe you are going through a transition, changing career, or wish to take your career to the next level. Coaching can help you have the courage and self-belief you need to move forwards with all of this and more.

I believe in coaching the whole person so whether you want help with a work or personal issue we'll probably end up exploring lots of the different pillars of coaching.

The benefits of coaching

What you will gain from coaching will largely depend on what your goals are, but the following are outcomes that many of my clients have experienced whilst working with us:

  • Improved confidence - Improved self-belief and confidence to navigate change more effectively, in interviews/job applications or in stating their needs at work or home.

  • Increased job satisfaction and effectiveness at work - Whether they decided to stay where they were or move on.

  • Reduced stress - Developed tactics for stress management, resulting in improved effectiveness at work.

  • Improved leadership skills and effectiveness as a manager - Developed and became aware of their authentic leadership style and felt confident applying it.

  • Increased motivation and achieved goals - Overcame drivers of procrastination in order to achieve desired goals.

  • Increased self-awareness of strengths and values - Which resulted in increased understanding, self-compassion and better decision making.

  • Felt heard and understood - This is sometimes all that is needed to move forwards.

  • Discovered new perspectives and shifted their thinking - Which unlocked a new approach to an old challenge.

Who is coaching for

We offer bespoke packages tailored to your particular needs, your aims and your personality. Our approach draws on proven techniques from many disciplines and is underpinned by elements of positive psychology, Neurolinguistic programming, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness and leadership development.

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Monthly Packages

  • A personal session outline which we will discuss and decide together.

  • A 45 min reflection call 3-6 months after the package ends to discuss progress.

  • At least 1 x 90-minute call per month

  • An additional session to use when you choose. For example, to prepare for an interview you may desire an extra session in addition to the usual monthly 90-minute session.

  • Useful resources and an accountability call between sessions, if desired/required,

  • Explore ideas, challenges and issues and gain clarity on next steps.

  • Benefit from group input, group experience and breadth of topics (from others).

  • Learn from others' experiences and feel reassured that you are not alone in your challenges.

  • Peer support and ongoing group support, should you choose.

  • Time and focus shared with others

Perfect if you:

  • Enjoy group discussions, learning from others and group situations.

  • Are seeking peer support and ideas.

  • Want to work on something that you are happy sharing with a group.

  • Explore ideas, challenges and solutions in depth and develop a clear action plan and goals for development. More time to build self-awareness.

  • Benefit from 1:1 attention and meaningful insights as extra time is available to go deeper.

  • Find meaningful solutions in yourself and learn to be a self-sufficient thinker. Learn skills to become your own coach.

  • Develop trust and rapport with coach and feel personally supported.

  • Time scheduled just for you to focus on specific topics of your choosing.

Best suited to those who:

  • Want support with something confidential or that you would feel uncomfortable sharing with colleagues/a group (e.g. job dissatisfaction).

  • Want time to explore an idea or issue that is long-standing to achieve a significant and long-lasting impact.

  • Can be a little reticent in groups

Organisations

We create bespoke packages to meet your organisational needs including the following:

  • Coaching skills for conservation managers

  • Group coaching sessions

  • Team building, conservation leadership development and training

  • Conservation strategy development

  • Effective team working

The benefits of coaching

What you or your team will gain from coaching will largely depend on what your goals are, but the following are outcomes that many of my clients have experienced whilst working with us:

  • Improved confidence - Improved self-belief and confidence to navigate change more effectively, in interviews/job applications or in stating their needs at work or home.

  • Increased job satisfaction - Whether they decided to stay where they were or move on.

  • Reduced stress - Developed tactics for stress management, resulting in improved effectiveness at work.

  • Improved leadership skills - Developed and became aware of their authentic leadership style and felt confident applying it.

  • Increased motivation and achieved goals - Overcame drivers of procrastination in order to achieve desired goals.

  • Increased self-awareness of strengths and values - Which resulted in increased understanding, self-compassion and better decision making.

  • Felt heard and understood - This is sometimes all that is needed to move forwards.

  • Discovered new perspectives and shifted their thinking - Which unlocked a new approach to an old challenge.


Are you ready to support your organisational development?

About us

Kathleen Harkins

I have been very fortunate to work for a variety of organisations with multi-cultural, multi-disciplined teams. In particular, I have extensive experience of supporting, developing and managing individuals and teams globally - both nascent and well-established - through challenging situations, periods of growth or change, and often remotely. These situations required dedication, empathy, emotional intelligence and intuition, and equipped me well for coaching.

I am passionate about supporting clients during their transitions into leadership roles, as working through a series of my own challenges, I came to realise that people are an organisation’s most valued asset and supporting both personal and team wellbeing and resilience is paramount.


  • Member of the International Coaching Federation

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Business & Personal Coaching (in progress)

  • Mindfulness Practitioner with the Mindfulness Association

  • Change Management Practitioner with APMG

  • International Mental Health First Aid Superviser Level 3 award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health

  • NLP Practitioner Licensed practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming

  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills completed with Scotland's professional body for counselling & psychotherapy

  • CIPD qualification in Training Design and Delivery

  • Certified to use a range of personal profiling tools (MBTI, DISC, BeTalent Resilience, Strengths and Decision Making, SDI Strengths)


Tori Jeffers

Tori has worked for a variety of organisations and in particular, has significant experience supporting, developing and managing individuals and teams globally - both nascent and well-established - through challenging situations, periods of growth or change, and often remotely. These situations required dedication, empathy, emotional intelligence and intuition, and equipped her well for coaching.

Tori is particularly passionate about supporting clients during their transitions into leadership roles, as working through a series of her own challenges, she came to realise that people are an organisation’s most valued asset and supporting both personal and team wellbeing and resilience is paramount to organisational wellbeing and success.


  • Credentialed as an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), I am committed to continuing professional development and I adhere to their ethical guidelines, so you can be confident in the standard of my coaching.

  • Master of Science (MsC) in Conservation and Biodiversity

  • Kinship Conservation Fellow

  • Over 180 hours of team and individual coaching experience since qualifying.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Personal & Business Coaching (in progress)

  • Regular supervision enables me to focus on my own personal development so that I can be the best coach for you and ensures I am adhering to the ICF code of ethics.

Contact us for more information

Contact us for more information

Exploration & Awareness

3 months


To explore challenges and build self- awareness.

3.5 sesssions over 3 months

5% saving available if paid in advance

£700

Behavioural
Changes

6 months


For longer term challenges & behavioural changes.

7 sessions over 6 months

10% saving available if paid in advance

£1400

Lasting
Impact

9-12 months


To see lasting impact and deeper behaviour change.

Bespoke and flexible packages

15% saving available if paid in advance

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