About Helen Woodward

Coach - Consultant - Programme Designer

Programme Designer

I work collaboratively with leaders enabling them to be more resourceful and take effective action. As leaders grow in confidence and competence we:

  • build effective leadership knowledge, skills and practice

  • develop team relationships

  • improve wellbeing

Collaborative learning is key for leaders and teams to manage challenging issues and relationships, and create the opportunities and futures they want.


I was previously Head of School Improvement for the Department for Education, and held lead roles in national, regional and local government, schools and colleges. I designed and facilitated coaching and leadership programmes for the University of Manchester and served as a Magistrate in Greater Manchester.

A commitment to continuous learning lies at the heart of my work; we all have the potential to grow, learn and re-imagine our future!

Away from work, I'm a performing musician and a keen explorer - with my highest altitude gig being in the Himalayas at 2700m!


In 2015 I co-founded Rebuilding Schools Nepal. Since then we've raised £30,000. Huge thanks to everyone who has supported. Our attentions are now on exploring how we can support health care provision with our partner charity Love Nepal.

Find out more here.

Working with Helen has been a transformative experience. She has a gift for creating insights and reflection that changed my view of the world and greatly increased the impact I can have. Through our conversations, she pushed me to question my assumptions and consider new perspectives, which has been incredibly valuable for my personal and professional growth.

Alexander Volz Chief of Staff, CoachHub

Helen's workshop gave me an immensely useful scaffold for working through the question of what I want to do in the next stage of my career and really exploring what I want to do and why, centred on my values and passions. I left with a renewed sense of energy and optimism for the next stage of my life journey, with bundles of inspiring thoughts and suggestions of where to go next. 

Matt WoodcockSenior Programme Manager, Department for Education

A great programme for leadership teams!

The sessions are friendly, open and inviting, not too intimidating. The programme follows a beautiful logic and has a natural flow. If you're at home, it feels more like an invitation to have some 'me time' and develop your leadership skills.

Maxine Roberts - Director of Education, M&P Consulting Ltd