Denise Nowell - Youth Coach/Life Coach    


I have spent the last 12 years coaching young people.  In that time I have worked with hundreds of students through my work in schools and private work with families.  Every one of them is unique and every one of them has taught me something new to enhance my coaching techniques. 

Whether it is helping the disengaged 11 year old to re-engage with school, or the 25 year old to identify their path to the right career; I recognise that every young person has something wonderful in them and I feel privileged that I am able to help them identify what that is and how to use it to achieve their dreams.

Through my work with students I have developed coaching exercises which enable them to understand how to be true to the things which are important to them and how to prevent limiting beliefs from compromising their potential.

Through listening to young people I have strengthened my Life Coaching skills and apply these when working with adults.  A child who is struggling with the separation of parents, learning how to communicate with their peers and teachers, or coming to terms with bereavement can offer fantastic insights into how they would help the grown-ups around them if they had the opportunity.

My coaching style is professional, relaxed, exciting and fun!

  • Professional; always working within the coaching code of ethics and Safeguarding
  • Relaxed; creating a comfortable coaching relationship for my clients
  • Exciting; always being excited about what my clients will and do achieve
  • Fun; ensuring that my clients, of all ages remember that it is okay to have fun and be happy

Personal Background

Prior to becoming a Life Coach, I gained extensive experience working in the roles of Manager and ultimately Director in Facilities Management; providing services to Financial Services clients including: GE Capital, Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays Bank.  Throughout my career I have built several highly successful teams through recognising and building on people’s individual strengths and talents.

I have dealt with many challenges in my life including being the ‘child who wouldn’t succeed at school’, the only female in a male dominated working environment, divorce, being a single parent, personal bereavement and redundancy.

I am now very happily married and I have a family which is expanding quickly through two beautiful grown up daughters, their husbands and the more recent addition of grandchildren.  We are a family who love animals and between us we probably have too many pets!   

My interests include writing, reading, researching family history, walking the dogs, swimming and knitting!  I also enjoy eating out, going to the theatre and family holidays.

I have held the positions of School Governor and Trustee for a Charity for bereaved children and I hold a CRB certificate.


Working in association with me is Marie Whittaker:

Marie Whittaker - Qualified Secondary Design & Technology Teacher and Life Coach

Marie has experience of  teaching at KS3, KS4 & KS5, along with experience of working whith SEN and EAL children.  Having taught in various schools since qualifying as a teacher she has found that her true passion is in the pastoral side of working with young people. 

This makes Marie an ideal partner for the work I do.  Her knowledge enriches the Choices Life Coaching model and brings an added dimension to the support we provide for the young people we work with, their parents and schools, through a greater understanding of the challenges placed on education and ultimately families.

Personal Background

Marie is a very caring, enthusiastic and artistic person with a proven ability in pastoral and behavioural management skills.  Her caring nature makes her an excellent listener, always patient, understanding and eager to help wherever she can.  These are all qualities which have supported her in her role as teacher, continue to support her in her Life Coaching work and as a Volunteer in her village Youth Club.

As Mum to two small children Marie leads a very busy life, but when time permits she loves socialising with her life-long friends, walking the family Black Labrador, Lily and being able to read a good book.  Being artisitc, finding time to practise her love of the crafts is also high on her agenda. 

Marie studied Fashion with Manufacture, Marketing and Promotion at the University of Huddersfield which resulted in a BA Honours degree in 2002.  In 2010 she returned to the University of Cumbria to study PGCE Secondary Design and Technology, more recently she has achieved her qualifications in Life Coaching and now works with schools across North and West Yorkshire.