• "Liz has a real understanding of how people work together"

    "Liz's coaching is absolutely superb - she helps you realise your inner strength & direct your moral compass with purpose"

    "I was able to put the training into action the day after"

    "As a result of Liz's coaching, I manage my leadership time more effectively"

    "Liz gave me the confidence and support I needed to grow in my job"

    "The training helped me build bonds with people I didn't really know"

    "You have brought my mojo back"

    "Liz's coaching is challenging. It makes a difference to my leadership"

    "Liz has helped me make the transition to a new career"

    "In her coaching, Liz asks the questions I hadn't thought of."

    "Thanks for all your help, advice, mentoring and positivity"

    "Thank you for inspiring me with your story. It helped me realise this ... project [is] a life-changing one"

  • What I Do

    Wellbeing & leadership coaching and professional development

    Wellbeing & leadership coaching

    Support for senior & middle leaders, teachers & associate staff in schools and corporate settings

    I coach individual headteachers and senior leaders in school and corporate settings, giving opportunities to reflect on their leadership decisions and styles and to maintain or restore their occupational balances.


    I support staff at all levels whose wellbeing has been compromised or are at risk of absence from work. My coaching supports them in managing the stresses of work and home more effectively and helps strong, resilient leaders to understand the impact that poor mental health & wellbeing may be having on them. I share a range of tools that support my clients in moving forward.

    In addition to seeing clients in the workplace, sessions can take place off-site in a consulting room or at your home for total privacy.

    Conferences, Training Days & Workshops

    For primary, secondary and special schools, MATs and LAs

    All sessions are personalised to meet your needs by discussing your context and desired outcomes in advance. I offer whole day, half day and twilight professional development in addition to conference keynote speeches and workshops.

    • Developing a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing for pupils and staff
    • Developing a culture of wellbeing 
    • The role of governors in leadinging a culture of wellbeing
    • Self care isn't selfish
    • Individual coaching in a large group setting
    • Team building
    • Understanding & embracing change
    • Conflict resolution
    • Leading difficult conversations
    • Letting go & moving on

    All training is personalised to meet the needs of your specific organisation and includes a planning conversation as part of the package.


    On-line coaching

    One to One coaching for clients living outside the Yorkshire region

    I am increasingly receiving requests for one to one coaching from clients across the UK and internationally. In order to keep the cost of coaching to an affordable level for you or your organisation, I have developed an on-line package of six or more one hour coaching sessions. This has been trialled with over thirty clients globally and I have received great feedback about the quality of the experience and the #impact of my on-line coaching.


    You will need a video/audio-capable laptop or tablet and access to good quality high speed broadband internet. The higher the speed of your internet, the better the quality of your experience. I use the latest HD video and audio facilities and share my resources with clients through screen-sharing.


    Not sure if on-line coaching is for you?


    Please e-mail me to arrange a 10 minute trial coaching session to test out your equipment and internet connection and experience the style of coaching that could make all the difference to your work and wellbeing.


    Self Care Isn't Selfish


    Leadership Development

    A range of bespoke coaching and training

    I work with middle and senior leaders in primary, secondary and special schools, coaching and training to improve their leadership effectiveness whilst ensuring the wellbeing of the individual and improving the outcomes of the organisation. Intensive packages of four - six 1to1 coaching sessions or longer term coaching are personalised to meet the leadership development needs of the individual leader. Headteachers, senior and middle leaders have reaped benefits from this form of coaching.

    "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

    John Quincy Adams

    Coaching Women Leaders in Education

    DfE registered coach

    Coaching women in education to progress into leadership roles; Pledge to Coach is a UK Government initiative. The aim is for 1,000 women aspirant leaders to be supported by coaches offering their expertise and passion to make this happen. I work through #WomenEd and am a regional leader for WomenEdY&H supporting women leaders in education.

    Click here for more information

    Embracing the Changes of Joining a MAT

    Coaching for leaders in multi academy trusts

    As the CEO of a rapidly expanding multi academy trust, you will be facing many challenges in scaling up your governance, finances and school improvement processes. You may have a background as an executive headteacher or NLE but you will now be working strategically on a scale far greater than ever before and your established leaders will be working at full capacity.

    How will you ensure the staff in the academies that are new to your trust are on message and working to your mission, vision and values? How are you supporting the incoming headteachers to adjust to their new roles where they are no longer the ultimate decision makers? How are you actively promoting and modelling wellbeing and good mental health across your MAT? How will you raise standards in your new academies without compromising the outstanding practice in your lead academies?

    Coaching you, as CEO, and the headteachers and leaders in your academies will make the transition process less stressful for all involved and develop the professional relationships you desire thoughout your MAT.

    Team Building and Team Coaching

    There is an I in TEAM

    Through the lenses of your mission, vision and values, I will help you develop and maintain a team culture. I work with the team and individuals to promote collaboration and develop the potential of each person. - Available as a series of coaching sessions or training days/twilights.

    "I have no question that when you have a team, the possibility exists that it will generate magic, producing something extraordinary, but don’t count on it.

    Dr. Richard Hackman, researcher on workplace teams.

    Confidence to Return to Work

    Maternity leave, career break or illness

    Returning to work after maternity leave, a career break or illness may seem a daunting prospect and can affect employee mental health & wellbeing. Building on your KIT days, your employees may need short-term extra support to make a successful return to work.

    Work Life Blend; Occupational Balances

    Working Smarter

    Leadership coaching tools, developed 1to1, will enable your leaders and staff to use their time more effectively and have greater impact in their roles without burn-out.

    Retaining Experienced Staff

    Planning to avoid staffing crises

    Retaining experienced teaching staff and leaders into their 50s can be the answer to staffing issues in many schools, especially in shortage subjects. Offering coaching support which focuses on staff wellbeing and the flexibilty for staff to reduce their working hours or leadership commitments, could be the answer.

    Conflict Resolution and Mediation

    Re-building professional relationships

    I work with individuals and teams where there has been a breakdown in their professional relationship. By resolving these issues using a professional no-blame framework I help staff to move forward in the workforce.


    Independent impartial investigations to resolve any issue.

    I aim to complete investigations as quickly and thoroughly as possible to reduce long term costs for your organisation and to reduce stress for all those involved. I have experience of investigating and presenting cases relating to potential misconduct, exam malpractice and grievances.

  • Igniting leadership from within.


    Supporting good mental health and wellbeing.

  • Conferences and training events

    A flavour of my work; please contect me if you'd like me to work with you

    Third Mental Health Knowledge Exchange in Schools

    Birmingham, 5 July 2019

    Developing a Whole School Approach to Mental Health using the School Mental Health Award Competency Framework

    CollectiveEd National Conference

    Birmingham, 4 July 2019

    Using coaching to support wellbeing in schools

    Northern Ireland School Mental Health Award Launch

    Belfast, 24 May 2019

    Seaview Primary School, Belfast, a Gold award school, will be hosting the launch of the school mental health award in Northern Ireland. Attendees will hear about the impact the award has had in schools across the UK, mainland Europe and the Middle East and the amazing work that Seaview Primary does in support of its pupils and staff.

    Northern Governance Conference

    Chester Le Street, 16 May 2019

    How robust governance of mental health can strengthen school leadership

    Wakefield Headteacher's Conference


    How to further develop your whole school approach to supporting good mental health and wellbeing for those in your school’s community

    Nurturing Hearts and Minds: Aureus Culture and Ethos Experience Day


    The school mental health award and how it can support further development of your school's culture.

    Introduction to Mental Health at Work

    Making mental health part of wellbeing at work in your organisation; presentation and discussion

    Bradford Primary Improvement Partnership

    Headteacher's Network

    The impact of using the School Mental Health Award to improve the wellbeing of pupils and staff

    Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools Annual Conference

    Using the key themes of the School Mental Health Award to stimulate conversations and knowledge exchanges around pupil and staff mental health

    Leicester Healthy Schools Nework

    Using the School Mental Health Award framework to improve the mental health and wellbeing of your pupils and staff

    The Rose Learning Trust


    Supporting mental health school leads in developing a whole school approach and the opportunities of collaborative professional working within a MAT

    Supporting Men's Mental Health


    #SelfCareIsntSelfish workshop

    WLiE Yorkshire & Humber Annual Conference


    Panel member;

    staff wellbeing #SelfCareIsntSelfish

    Developing Great Practice for Mental Health in Schools

    Elland Cluster of Schools, Calderdale

    Understand the national context for mental health and wellbeing in schools. Understand the importance of staff wellbeing and share examples of great practice.

    Developing Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

    Pontefract Academies Trust

    Understand the national context for mental health and wellbeing in schools. Develop a greater understanding of how wellbeing can be fostered and cultured in schools, share examples of great practice and reflect on content of the Green Paper

    Governor Wellbeing Training


    Understand the national context for wellbeing in schools. Develop a greater understanding of how wellbeing can be fostered and cultured in school. Share examples of great practice. Understand the role the Governing Body can play in supporting the wellbeing of students and staff.

    Women Leading in Education / WomenEd


    Self Care Isn't Selfish and the Value of Coaching

    Developing a Whole School Mental Health Approach


    An overview of the latest school-related evidence on mental health and strategies to design a school improvement plan around mental health and wellbeing

    WomenEd 3rd Unconference


    An opportunity to learn about events and coaching available across the Yorkshire & Humber region and to network with the regional leads to shape our future events.

  • Testimonials

    What people have said about my work

    Developing a New Senior Leadership Team

    Headteacher - new to post

    "Liz has a real understanding of how people work together. She was an integral part of the planning and delivery of my first leadership residential. Her vast experience in training and developing people meant that I was able to galvanise my new leadership team with the support of her skilful facilitation."

    Wellbeing Coaching

    Deputy Headteacher

    "My measure of success was not to go home crying. I wasn't coping and I can see now that work was out of control. I am now much more positive and can think about the next step in my career."

    Governor Wellbeing Training

    School governor

    "The training was thought-provoking in terms of how we can be pro-active and positive regarding pupils and staff wellbeing"

    Senior Leadership Coaching


    "I can see a big change since you started working with my deputy headteacher ."

    Work Life Blend

    Middle leader

    "As a result of Liz's coaching, I manage my leadership time more effectively and this has given me a better balance between work and home life."

    Developing Leadership in a Company Manager

    Company Managing Director

    "The change in my manager has been fantastic."

    Developing Leadership in a Company Manager

    Company Manager

    "You have brought my mojo back."

    Difficult Conversations

    Middle leader

    "I was able to put the training into action the day after by tackling a situation I had been putting off facing for some time."

    One-to-One Coaching

    Middle leader

    "The best thing about the coaching was it helped me to develop the confidence to do less and ask for more [from my team] ...I have learned to step back and think."

    Developing Senior Leaders

    Deputy headteacher

    "Thank you for all your support, guidance, mentoring, faith, advice and help...I do not think I would be where I am today without it"

    Developing Senior Leaders

    Assistant headteacher

    "Thanks so much for your help and support and faith in me as a leader. My career owes a lot to [you].

    Investing in Associate Staff

    School administrator

    "Thank you for giving me the boost to my self-confidence and self esteem I needed to move forward."

    Investing in Associate Staff

    Student support worker

    "Liz gave me the confidence and support I needed to grow in my job."

  • Self Care Isn't Selfish


    Success Coaching Ltd

    Director, Leadership & Wellbeing Coach, Trainer and Consultant 

    The services shown on this website are available to all employment sectors and to private clients. Click here to arrange an appointment to discuss your needs.

    Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools Award

    Lead Coach & Verifier

    The Mental Health in Schools Award, the Boarding School Provision Award and FE Award ensure schools and colleges are using evidence-based approaches to whole school mental health that align to professional and government guidelines. The award developmental frameworks allow schools and colleges to evaluate current mental health practices, identify gaps, develop and strengthen these and work towards building an emotionally healthier environment. Through this process, schools and colleges commit to making mental health a strategic priority and to developing a positive culture that promotes mental wellbeing for everyone.

    Alison Wilson and Associates

    Leadership & Wellbeing Coach and Trainer 

    I am proud to work in schools in West Yorkshire as part of Alison's team. If your school already works with Alison Wilson and Associates, I can work with you as her associate .

    Department for Education

    Coach - Women Leading in Education 

    I am a DfE registered coach.

    Pledge to Coach is one of the UK Government's initiatives to support 1000 Women Leading in Education (WLiE). I support this programme through #WomenEd; I am a regional leader for @WomenEdYandH and a @WLiEYH advocate.


    Click here for more information.

  • Liz Dawson - now & then

    I work across a range of employment sectors, offering wellbeing and leadership coaching, consultancy, and staff training. I have particularly had impact through working with school staff in supporting their good mental health and wellbeing and developing leadership at all levels.



    I am passionate about the health and wellbeing of all staff and pupils in schools and the impact it has on the recruitment and retention of teachers. I tweet relentlessly about this and other causes dear to my heart and network with a range of organisations across the UK to promote and raise awareness of mental health issues.


    I am committed to supporting the development of all school leaders and women in particular. I am a regional lead for the WomenEd movement; an amazing collective determined to smash the glass ceiling of leadership for women.


    In addition to being director of Success Coaching Ltd, I am Lead Coach/Verifier for the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools Award.


    Before setting up Success Coaching, I worked for over thirty years in the education sector; I have been a deputy headteacher in two secondary schools, an LA leadership consultant and an education trainer.


    I have delivered training to secondary and primary headteachers and their staff on leadership, curriculum development and teaching & learning and have experience of supporting staff through the changes associated with academisation and TUPE transfer. In addition, I have trained teachers in Sweden, Iceland, Romania and Greece on best practice teaching & learning and quality assurance processes and have visited the USA to further broaden my understanding of other education systems.


    I have contributed to DfE publications on careers education, work experience and education business partnerships and have presented at national SSAT and work experience conferences. Previously, I was the Careers Education and Guidance Co-ordinator in two schools and have had the strategic overview of the careers guidance of thousands of students. I set up the Bradford Work Experience team which developed a network of businesses in the West Yorkshire area that offer work placements and other Education Business Partnership links to thousands of students. The ideal of social enterprise to increase the life chances of young people is something to which I am wholly committed.


    As a former director of Bradford Critical Skills Programme Ltd and an accredited National CSP Trainer, I trained teachers across the primary and secondary sectors in the Critical Skills Programme (known as EBD - Education by Design - in the USA) in England and Scotland. I also served many years as a primary and a secondary school Governor and am now a governor of a boarding and day school.


  • Mental Health Media Charter

    Using appropriate language and imagery in relation to mental health.

    Success Coaching has signed up to the Mental Health Media Charter, an initiative through which I commit to my publications relating to mental health being responsible, genuinely educational and stigma-free.

    The charter has been compiled by Natasha Devon MBE in association with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, Beat & The Samaritans. Its purpose it to guarantee that media outlets are mindful of the language and imagery that they use when talking about mental health, recognising the impact that media coverage of mental health can have on shaping social attitudes.

  • My Magazines

    - Created with my clients in mind

    Take a look at the articles in each of my magazines! Mine is not to judge whether the articles will work for you, it is to bring them to your attention. There is a range of subjects covering wellbeing, leadership and school mental health. You can find me here on Flipboard @LizDawsonCoach

    Enhance your experience of reading the magazines by using the Flipboard app

  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

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  • Facebook & Twitter

    Check out my latest updates!

    You can follow me on Twitter & Facebook @LizDawsonCoach for wellbeing and leadership comments and links or why not network with me though LinkedIn?

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