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About me

I’m a professionally qualified and experienced coach and mentor with a background in social work, leadership, and learning and developmentment.

My offer

Are you at a crossroads? Have a problem to solve and are unsure how to? Stuck in a place and want to consider what to do next? Thinking about your next career step?

There’s a voice urging you to take that leap, daring you to go for it, and another stopping you. Where do you find the clarity and confidence to make that next move?

I’ve taken that leap many times, the plunge into the cold water. Once made, barriers fade, the exhilaration takes hold, confidence soars and endless possibilities emerge. I can help you make sense of where to go, those next steps.

With a tailored approach to suit you, my coaching is an opportunity to focus and work on issues such as life choices, professional matters, relationship goals, developing positivity, managing stress, building strength, and spirituality. Supporting you to find solutions for yourself.

I offer coaching and facilitation for individuals, teams, groups, and organisations.

How I work

I offer you a safe, reflective, and confidential space that is supportive and challenging. My style of working is compassionate and collaborative, guiding you to take that step confidently and flourish along the way.

My approach is not telling, assuming, or saying what will work for you. It’s helping you to take charge of your development, release your potential, and achieve the results that matter most to you.

About me

I love helping people find a way through and I love doing that by letting them stay in charge and working it out on their terms.

This working style has been a common thread throughout my working life, as a social worker, social work manager, leader and now working in safeguarding and professional and organisational development.

One of my earliest experiences of coaching was running a football coaching school for children between four and seven. As with my practice today, the key to success was building relationships, having fun, working together, finding out about yourself, and learning.

I’m a father of four and in my spare time, I am a pottery enthusiast, cook, cold water swimmer, community volunteer, and advocate for social justice, pushing and challenging myself.

Fees and Additional Information

I offer a free introductory session so that we can both be comfortable about working together.

After that, we will work out a plan for the amount and frequency of sessions and agree the fee.

If you'd like to know more about my coaching or arrange a free introduction I’d love to hear from you.

The sessions can take place either online, by telephone, or face to face. I’m also able to offer some locally-based (2 meters distanced )walking coaching.

You can contact me by email.


Training, qualifications & experience

  • A Professional qualified and experienced coach and mentor and accredited action learning set facilitator and trainer.
  • 30 years experience in UK Local Government, Australian State Government, and the UK Charity sector.
  • A qualified social worker and practice educator who has worked with all client groups with expertise in child protection and safeguarding.
  • My first degree was a BA Hons in Sociology followed by an MA in Childhood Studies.
  • Currently working as a Safeguarding Manager with the NSPCC.
  • Associate Lecturer Oxford Brookes University Social Work Department.
  • Practice Educator for Social Work Students.

Member organisations


Association for Coaching

The Association for Coaching is one of the leading professional bodies for Coaches and Organisations.

The Association is made up of a number of different membership categories, e.g. Associate Member (AMAC), Member (MAC), Accredited Member (AC Accred), with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Accredited Members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

The Association has a Code of Ethics & Good Practice and a Complaints Procedure.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

I am a social care professional and practitioner. I have expertise in safeguarding and child protection and learning and development.

Action Learning Sets Facilitation and Trainer - working with teams and groups within organisations.

Professional and personal mentoring.

Social Work consultancy education and training.


Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer a free introductory session so that we can both be comfortable about working together.

After that, we will work out a plan for the amount and frequency of sessions and agree on the fee.

The sessions are £50. Discounts are available for sessions booked on a block basis or as a coaching package.

I offer affordable coaching sessions to all clients, so please get in touch if you feel you are not able to afford the fee.

1-2-1 sessions are for 90 minutes.

For Organisations and Businesses clients I’m happy to discuss your specific needs working 1-2-1 or with your teams.  Please do get in touch.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I have time every other Friday and have some flexibility for evening sessions. 

Further information


Deborah Glass Woodin, June 2021

I had no hesitations working with Wesley apart from a possibly inevitable (with something new) wondering about how and if this would work as a process.

Since we started working together, I have felt less alone with 'the stuff in my head'. I have 'given a go' to some of the things discussed. I no longer feel overwhelmed and indeed feel more energised. And managed to carry out what I intended.

What I liked best about working with Wesley is the informality and peer-support (rather than the 'professional'/has-all-the-answers) nature of it. There was no overt pressurising or expectation. I feel I have a truer picture, that feels workable-with, of what's going on and my experience of it. I feel if I get stuck again, I have someone to turn to.

I would absolutely recommend Wesley. Particularly, I am sure there are other people out there who are generally competent, skilled, fulfilled in life, but maybe 'stuck' or faced with a dilemma and wouldn't usually think to ask for help - which is a shame.

The most important thing people should know about working with Wesley is how supportive and personable he is. With him, the process can really help and is worth the time and attention.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked

Depending on your needs I offer accessible services, such as online or telephone coaching, and wheelchair-accessible premises if required.

Online platforms

Microsoft Spaces
Wesley Powley-Baker PG Dip Coaching and Mentoring

Wesley Powley-Baker PG Dip Coaching and Mentoring