Neil Woodard

Portishead, North Somerset, BS20
01275 235837 01275 235837 07804 596449 07804 596449
Portishead, North Somerset, BS20

About me

If you’re feeling ‘stuck’ in life, be that due to a professional situation, an unfulfilling career or something less tangible in your life, talking through your situation with someone supportive, independent and non-judgemental will help.  The clarity you’ll gain will be invaluable.  A previous coachee of mine described the process as ‘unscrambling the spaghetti in my head’!!

At my home in Portishead, North Somerset, I help people from many walks of life ‘unscramble their own spaghetti’ and gain this clarity; from there I’ll help you to set goals, make decisions and specify the actions you need to take. My preference is for face to face coaching, but I can also provide Skype and telephone coaching if that suits you (we must have met ‘face to face’ first to establish our coaching relationship).

Having had a variety of jobs in hospitality, care and local government in my early 20s, I then spent 18 years as a Royal Navy Officer, completing a range of middle and senior management roles in warships, operational zones and head offices. This breadth of experience shaped my approach to coaching, which is focused, thoughtful and straightforward. This gets high quality, tangible results, particularly for people who prefer straight-talking, direct support, and dislike too much ‘pink and fluffy’ navel gazing.

My coaching is focused in the following areas:

  • Personal development
  • Career development and career change
  • Management and leadership development
  • Time management and ‘life balance’
  • Redundancy and retirement
  • Organisational development

I am qualified in management and leadership, HR/Personnel, education and training, and have experience of using many coaching tools, techniques and approaches; this allows me to adapt to the coachee’s individual needs and shape my coaching sessions accordingly.  However, the core of my coaching revolves around listening, asking questions to help you to identify and clarify issues, then innovating, planning, decision making, guiding and supporting.

In the past, coachees and colleagues have described me as ‘warm and straightforward’ and ‘aspirational and realistic’.  I think these reflect me and my approach to coaching.

Training, qualifications & experience

Licensed 'Firework' Career Coach

Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management

Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring

Level 3 Award in Education and Training

Practitioner - MiRO Behavioural Mode Assessment tool

Extensive Leadership and Management training and experience (Royal Navy)

Postgraduate Diploma - Personnel Management

Postgraduate Certificate - Professional Management

BSc(Hons) - Transport Management and Planning

Other areas of coaching I deal with

Developing clarity
Decision making
Management and Leadership development


My fees for private coachees:

Initial ’chemistry’ sessions (1 hour) are free; it is vital that we both assess if we can work together constructively and comfortably, and I feel this shouldn’t be charged.

All other sessions are £60 per hour.

Further information

I am not someone who focuses on academic theories; my approach is pragmatic and grounded in reality.  I much prefer to use simple tools and techniques, and use them effectively, rather than follow every new theory or model.

So, although I think my approach will help most people, if you really enjoy deep theory and want to know the psychological background to the changes you will make through coaching, I’m probably not the coach for you.

North Somerset

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

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I work away fairly regularly, but when home, I am generally free; this means I can be flexible and fit you in at times to suit you.

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