Devi Clark

NewLeaf Coaching and Consulting

+44 7811 377532

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Stone, Near Aylesbury, Bucks United Kingdom

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A career changer herself, Devi helps purposeful people find meaningful careers that make a difference to the world. Devi started her own career wanting to do something socially beneficial which would also teach her about management. She joined the railway industry and worked in contract management, fundraising, operational and training roles before making her first career change.

Seeking a way to help others do what they wanted to do, Devi gained a postgraduate diploma in careers guidance, gaining a special merit for her work. She then worked with refugees to help them find work in a new culture. With doors often closed to refugees, many started their own businesses, and Devi began to specialise in business start up advice and training, soon gaining a job with a relatively new coaching programme called BizFizz. The BizFizz philosophy put the entrepreneur at the centre and provided a coach who was at liberty to do whatever was needed to help them turn their passion into a business. She worked with over 100 clients in East London to help them to start or grow thier businesses.

Devi's next role involved using this experience with individuals and organisations (including business planning, finance and marketing) in her next role, as a consultant specialising in charities and social enterprises. Her work included becoming interim director of the Law Centres Federation at a time of re-structuring, developing a major feasibility study on digital inclusion for several housing associations and undertaking project evaluations on behalf of funders.

After a time, she set up her own business, combining both the consultancy and coaching aspects of her recent work. She coaches people who want to find meaningful careers in the non-profit sector, or who want to start up their own social enterprise. Her consultancy work includes social enterprise set up and strategy development. She is also writing a book, which is due for publication at the end of 2013.

Her clients become artists, writers, find jobs in charities or start their own charities or social enterprises. After years of feeling that they don't fit, Devi helps them to find a workplace and a working style where they feel they belong. Many of her clients are entrepreneurial and many find deciding on just one career is too limiting. If that is the case for you

Coaching Information

Type of Coaching:

Coaching Style: Challenging purposeful people to be true to themselves

Coaching Delivered Via: Live, Phone, Skype

Strengths: I like to coach people who are ready for a challenge, but who yearn for the chance to make a positive difference to the world. I am great at coaching people who live across more than one culture, or who want to combine more than one career in their lives. I believe in my clients, sometimes more than they currently believe in themselves, and help them to live up to their own ideals. I help you to unlock the real, often hidden, barriers that are holding you back from allowing yourself to create what you most care about.

Motto: Find Your Gifts, Live Your Purpose

Coaching Philosophy:
Although I focus on meaningful careers, I coach the whole person.

Looking for coaching buddy? No

Professional Background

Coaching since: 2003

Coaching Education:
Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance / Qualification in Careers Guidance, University of East London. Merit. 2002.
Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC) Coaches Training Institute (CTI)

Experience: I have coached hundreds of entrepreneurs and career changers, mostly from a point of not being sure what they want, into action and achieving a new career or business that they care about. I understand both the practical and emotional aspects of business start up. I also understand the specific challenges of job applications into a new field, confidence, networking, CV development and growing into a new role.

Languages Spoken: English