ABOUT LEAH, FOUNDER OF TYMC

Leah's an explorer by heart, global citizen and changemaker by soul. Originally from Wirral, next to Liverpool waterfront in the UK, she now lives in a tiny stone cottage in the mountains of Northern Spain, where there are more bears and wolves than residents. Luckily she has great WiFi and values tranquility, freedom, folklore, adventure, culture and nature. You can see her little village in the photograph. Leah is a humble, enthusiastic and bold Youth and Leadership Coach, with accredited coach training at mastery level. She has an extensive background in conservation biology and youth and community work. For the past decade she's also lived in the UK, Ecuador and parts of Africa, in big cities and rural areas, working with young people and changemakers for some amazing youth & community charities, environmental NGOs and in education.

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LEAH'S SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • 16 Years' experience working with young people, communities and students (11-25yrs.+) in the charitable & environmental sector & education

  • Youth Mentoring since 2007 & Coaching since 2013

  • Level 4 NVQ in Advice & Guidance IAG (courses & careers)

  • 2500+ hours of 1:1 & group mentoring & coaching

  • Completed a 135 hour ACTP Accredited Certification in Advanced Coaching 'Coach to Lead'. EMCC Accredited Coach & Mentor at Senior Practitioner Level: EIA20216129.

  • Holds certificates in Mindfulness & Group Coaching

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

  • Level 7 JNC Professionally Qualified Youth Worker 

  • Trainer, speaker & workshop facilitator (400+hrs)

  • Trains and mentors Youth Coaches

  • Designed, developed & delivered Youth Leadership Programs 

  • Train the Trainer Certified & holder of an Edexcel Level 3 Award in Assessing Candidates

  • Developed 7 youth mentoring & coaching programs in the UK, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya & virtually

  • Experience in supporting young people with their mental health, Autism, Asperger's & ADHD

  • Experienced in nature connection & coaching

  • Extensive staff, student & volunteer supervision

  • Holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Wildlife Conservation

  • Spanish Police Clearance, 2021. UK DBS Clearance, 2014.

aboutmy journey

After a very difficult time in my teens when I hit challenge after challenge, I eventually managed to change my life around. Inspired by a biology teacher, Jane Goodall and books, I left school and studied my passion of animal care in a Welsh college miles away from my home to find new peers and possibilities. I found freedom from the anger that I'd held inside and I achieved excellent grades for the first time. That gave me the boost I needed to put 100% into my 'wild' dreams, which had seemed nearly impossible until then.

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I took positive risks, worked every day and night from 16 years old to self-fund my studies, own home and volunteer placements; gaining that vital experience to achieve my degree in Wildlife Conservation and dream job working in nature, which I got by the age of 22. After that, many more milestones were reached like my post grad in Youth & Community Work, building youth mentoring and coaching programs and my world travels. I had so many adventures during my travels, like in this photograph were I'd hiked a corner of Ecuador to a remote spot.

I'm no stranger to crossing massive barriers in life, yet I never gave up. I saw opportunities for new beginnings instead of bad ends to dwell on. I held onto a future vision and fulfilled my big aspirations; worked with young people and communities in wildlife conservation, stayed with a tribe in the Amazon Rainforest, met wild gorillas, camped alone on jungle islands, walked to Machu Picchu, started a PhD, visited the Galapagos islands, developed several youth projects and led many community programmes, bought a forest and lived in Ecuador, Spain and Africa.

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My life lessons, positive attitude and gratitude for all of life's experiences made me the strong, enthusiastic, intuitive and bold, yet gentle and caring leader and person that I am today.

 

Now I aspire to inspire others and to connect young people and adults to themselves, each other, nature and the world we live in.

 

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Leah teaching personal, social, health education in Zambia, 2017