ABOUT LEAH

Leah would describe herself as a human-nature connector, who feels like an explorer by heart, global citizen and a changemaker by soul, with a true passion for nature and people development. Originally from Merseyside in the UK, Leah now lives in a stone cottage in the mountains of Northern Spain, where bears and wolves roam and she feels more deeply connected to her 'Ecoinnersense'. Leah values empathy, freedom, adventure and culture. She's an experienced Coach, youth specialist and wildlife conservationist, with 135-hours+ of ICF ACTP accredited coach training at mastery level. Leah has an extensive background in coaching, youth & community work and in the practice of human-nature connection for wildlife conservation and mental health. For the past decade, she's lived in the UK, Ecuador and Africa, in large cities like Leeds, Kampala and Guayaquil and remote, rural, areas too; working in the international development and personal development field with environmental NGOs and youth & community charities.

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LEAH'S SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • Developed several environmental, mentoring, social education, leadership and coaching projects in the UK, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya and globally on a virtual basis

  • Completed an ICF & EMCC Accredited 135 hour ACTP Credential in Advanced Coaching 'Coach to Lead'. EMCC Accredited Coach & Mentor at Senior Practitioner Level

  • Taken 200+ hours coach training in Systemic, Group, Leadership, Life, Youth & Mindfulness

  • Speaker at the EMCC 27th Mentoring, Coaching & Supervision Conference & EMCC GPS Summit

  • B.Sc. (Hons) in Wildlife Conservation

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Youth & Community Work, MA level, with Distinction

  • Level 7 JNC Professionally Qualified Youth & Community Practitioner

  • Level 4 NVQ in Advice & Guidance (IAG), with years of careers guidance experience

  • 2500+ hours delivery of 1-to-1 & group mentoring & coaching since 2007

  • Trained youth coaches (ACSTH)

  • Edexcel Level 3 Award in Assessing Candidates & Train the Trainer etc.

ABOUT LEAH'S JOURNEY

After a very difficult time in her younger years, Leah eventually managed to change her life around. She left school and studied a BTEC Animal Care in a Welsh college, miles away from her home. In a topic she loved, with likeminded peers and inspiring tutors, Leah found freedom from the anger that she'd held inside. She became passionate about nature and achieved excellent grades for the first time. That gave her the boost she needed to focus on her dreams, which had seemed nearly impossible until then.

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Leah worked every day and night from 16 years old to self-fund her studies, her own home and volunteer placements to achieve her degree in Wildlife Conservation and dream job working in nature. Leah accomplished this by age 22. After that, many more milestones were reached like her post grad in Youth & Community Work, lone travels, leading conservation projects, building youth and community programmes, starting a PhD and developing projects in Africa. 

By Leah's mid-thirties she'd fulfilled her big aspirations. She'd stayed with a tribe in the Amazon Rainforest, met wild gorillas in Uganda, camped alone on African jungle islands, walked to Machu Picchu, visited the Galapagos islands and developed her career. She even bought a forest to preserve, frequented by Iberian wolves. However, Leah's no stranger to crossing massive barriers in life, including a life changing accident in her early 20s. Yet, she never gave up, and lives every day with the optimism and energy she feel it deserves. Now, Leah aspires to inspire others, share her enthusiasm and to connect people to themselves, each other, and the wonderful natural world we live in.

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Teaching social education in Zambia, 2017