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 in their leadership journey, to be the best versions of themselves, to increase their impact in their work and in the world.

Conservation Coaching can help you start to put yourself first again, 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 - or decide what your next career move looks like.

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.

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What others say

“ 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

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Coaching Services

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 me:

  • 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.

Who is coaching for

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

  • The overworked - You're worried that if you don’t do ‘it’ no-one will. You end up taking on more work than you have time for. Busyness has become a bit of a badge of honour for you but you’re starting to worry you might be heading towards a burnout and want some help figuring out how to avoid this.

  • The tireless, dedicated NGO worker - You’ve dedicated your life to working for a good cause, whether environmental or social. The scale of the problem you are working on is so huge, you wonder how you can ever rest and feel relaxed, knowing that there’s so much to do. You can't afford to burn-out because the world needs you now more than ever before. Together we can work out what a more balanced life looks like for you so you can keep pursuing your passion without sacrificing your wellbeing.

  • Self-doubters - You feel like an imposter or are generally lack self-confidence and realise this is starting to hold you back - whether that's going for that promotion at work, speaking up in meetings, or in your everyday life. You sometimes feel like you don’t belong and you might be ‘found out’ at any minute. You put your success down to luck and shrug off praise from others. You want to believe in yourself and push yourself forwards but it all feels a bit uncomfortable.

  • Finding your feet as a leader - You've just moved into a leadership or management role and you hear lots of talk about the importance of being a 'good leader' and manager but you're not even quite sure what a real leader or manager looks like and whether you are one. Together we can explore your authentic leadership style, your ideas about management, your strengths and skills and how you can apply them to be the best manager you can.

  • Wanting to increase your impact as a leader - You might have been a leader or manager for a while but you've developed some bad habits and want a refresh to get the most out of your team and have the biggest impact in your work. Together we can explore your authentic leadership style, your ideas about management, your strengths and skills and how you can apply them to be the best manager you can.

  • Those in career transition - You are considering, or part way through, a career change or transition. You might be trying to figure our what your dream job is, or you would like some help identifying where your skills, interests and passion will fit best. Together we can look at your desires, strengths and values so you feel happier and more self-assured about your career direction.

"Tori has a really wonderful ability to spot patterns and make connections between seemingly disparate topics. Her reflective listening allowed me to examine ideas from a fresh perspective. I thought Tori did a really nice job of active listening and drawing parallels between several (emotionally-loaded) threads and topics. Overall, working with Tori for these sessions was a really educational experience. I definitely felt supported, heard, and, importantly, never judged."

SB, Career coaching
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Packages

I work with groups, individuals and organisations. I've worked with environmental leaders, students, private sector, jobseekers/career changers, teachers and small business owners.

How

  • I offer flexible packages and a free discovery call, so you can experience my coaching with no obligation to become a client.

  • Sessions usually take place via Zoom. I also offer sessions as phone calls so you can walk and talk, or if you are local to Bristol we can meet for a lovely distanced walk.

  • Sometimes you need coaching at the times when you can least afford it. I have some slots available on Wednesdays, which operate on an honesty-based, pay-what-you-can-afford basis. Please get in touch for current availability.

  • I also offer monthly group sessions which are a more affordable way to access coaching.


Ready to become the best version of yourself?

Tori was really great at creating a safe space for me as we talked through the transitions I was going through in my career. She always had a great perspective and I had quite a few a-ha moments when talking with her about myself in relation to my career, how I work and where I want to go!

Career Coaching Client
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  • 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

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,

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

Contact me for prices

These rates are for individuals paying for themselves, contact me for organisation rates.

Contact me for one-off session rates and session-only rates.

Organisations

I can 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 me:

  • 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.


Ready to support your organisational development?

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About me

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.

My experience and qualifications

  • 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.

  • Varied background before coaching. Over 13 years of experience working with a variety of not-for-profit organisations and large charitable bodies, organising events and managing, leading and developing programmes and teams.

  • I also have a Master of Science (MsC) in Conservation and Biodiversity and am a Kinship Conservation Fellow so I understand the challenges faced whilst working in the environmental sector.

  • Over 150 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 range of tools and approaches to draw from and understand the theory underpinning coaching, so we can find the right approach for you.

  • 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.

  • High levels of empathy and a respectful and intuitive listener.

  • The courage and willingness to tell it how it is, when you most need to hear the truth!

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 me:

  • 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.

Who is coaching for

I offer bespoke packages tailored to the particular needs of conservation and environmental professionals, your aims and your personality. My approach draws on proven techniques from many disciplines and is underpinned by elements of positive psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness and leadership development.

I work with groups, individuals and organisations. I've worked with environmental leaders, students, private sector, jobseekers/career changers, teachers and small business owners.

  • The overworked conservationist - You're worried that if you don’t do ‘it’ no-one will. You end up taking on more work than you have time for. You feel guilty not checking your email at night ‘just in case’, you lie awake thinking of things you haven’t done or wake up in the night and write yourself notes to add to your to-do list. Busyness has become a bit of a badge of honour for you but you’re starting to worry you might be heading towards a burnout and want some help figuring out how to avoid this.

  • The tireless, dedicated, conservation leader - You’ve dedicated your life to working for a good cause, whether environmental or social. The scale of the problem you are working on is so huge, you wonder how you can ever rest and feel relaxed, knowing that there’s so much to do. Your work has been your life and your life is your work but lately you’ve started to wonder what you’re missing out on. You noticed in lockdown that ‘having a life’ was even harder and you’re feeling a bit isolated. You can't afford to burn-out because the world needs you now more than ever before. Together we can work out what a more balanced life looks like for you so you can keep pursuing your passion without sacrificing your wellbeing.

  • Self-doubters - You feel like an imposter or generally lack self-confidence and realise this is starting to hold you back - whether that's going for that promotion at work, speaking up in meetings, or in your everyday life. You sometimes feel like you don’t belong and you might be ‘found out’ at any minute. You put your success down to luck and shrug off praise from others. You want to believe in yourself and push yourself forwards but it all feels a bit uncomfortable.

  • Finding your feet as a conservation leader - You've just moved into a leadership or management role and you hear lots of talk about the importance of being a 'good leader' and manager but you're not even quite sure what a real leader or manager looks like and whether you are one. Together we can explore your authentic leadership style, your ideas about management, your strengths and skills and how you can apply them to be the best manager you can.

  • Those in career transition - You are considering, or part way through, a career change or transition. You might be trying to figure our what your dream job is, or you would like some help identifying where your skills, interests and passion will fit best. Together we can look at your desires, strengths and values so you feel happier and more self-assured about your career direction.


Ready to become the best version of yourself?

Monthly packages include at least one monthly 90-minute call, useful resources and an accountability call between sessions, if desired/required, and a follow-up call 3-6 months after the coaching package finishes to review progress.

People tend to prefer just one session per month so they can let things percolate between sessions, but there is also some flexibility with this to account for life events. So, for example, if you have something like an interview and feel like an extra session would be useful, sessions can be scheduled to discuss or prepare for these specific events in addition to the monthly 90-minute session.

One-off sessions and packages over 3, 6 or 9 months are available to suit all budgets. Sessions can be scheduled within a specific timeframe of your choosing but have slightly less flexibility. Contact me for more details.

How

  • I offer flexible packages and a free discovery call, so you can experience my coaching with no obligation to become a client.

  • Sessions usually take place via Zoom. I also offer sessions as phone calls so you can walk and talk, or if you are local to Bristol we can meet for a lovely distanced walk.

  • Sometimes you need coaching at the times when you can least afford it. I have some slots available on Wednesdays, which operate on an honesty-based, pay-what-you-can-afford basis. Please get in touch for current availability.

  • I also offer monthly group sessions which are a more affordable way to access coaching.

  • Individual sessions or monthly packages. I generally work with monthly packages as it often makes goal setting easier. It also provides a bit more flexibility to schedule in extra time from your package allowance to prepare for life events such as interviews. The number of sessions included in each package are listed - sessions will normally be 90 minutes. For monthly packages, sessions can vary in length and these will be deducted from the overall hourly allocation.

  • Contact me for one-off session rates and session-only rates.

  • All packages include a personal session outline which we will discuss and decide together.

  • All packages include a free 45 min reflection call 3-6 months after the package ends to discuss progress.

  • These rates are for individuals paying for themselves, contact me for organisation rates.

What others say

"Tori is open and adaptable, very friendly and I got a lot out of my sessions with her."
Conservation Manager, Leadership coaching.

" Tori helped me to better understand not only how I think, but also why I think what I think."
SL, Conservationist, Career Coaching
"Tori is a powerful and thoughtful coach. Tori's empathy and ability to connect with others at a deep level, creates a safe environment to explore new thinking. She's warm and engaging and knows when to challenge with really insightful questions. I really enjoy being coached by Tori and would highly recommend her.
Jen, Executive Coach, 2020

"Tori has a really wonderful ability to spot patterns and make connections between seemingly disparate topics. Her reflective listening allowed me to examine ideas from a fresh perspective. I thought Tori did a really nice job of active listening and drawing parallels between several (emotionally-loaded) threads and topics. Overall, working with Tori for these sessions was a really educational experience. I definitely felt supported, heard, and, importantly, never judged."
SB, Comms specialist, career coaching, 2020

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

Are you a conservation leader, working tirelessly for an urgent and pressing cause? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work you have but not sure where it will end, or what the way out is and feel guilty for even wanting a rest?

As a conservation leader, I understand the challenges of working for a critical and urgent cause, often in challenging environments. I know what it's like to be so passionate about your work that it consumes you - your social circle gets filled with work friends and work doesn't feel like work - at least at first. Suddenly you realise it's become all-consuming and you always put work first. Be assured there is a way through this.

Conservation Coaching can help you start to put yourself first again, 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 - or decide what your next career move looks like.