Hello, I'm Lizzie Martin.
And I founded Work Life Mother to help more professional women like you create careers that enable them to achieve personal and professional growth without having to choose between work and family.
Often we are surrounded with the narrative that becoming a parent stands in the way of achieving professional progress. I believe that this view can change so that my daughters and future generations do not grow up thinking that they have to pick between their ambitions.
I am also passionate about the progress of female talent pipelines and working with organisations who are committed to supporting valuable returning talent.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
My coaching style is a unique blend of life, career and leadership coaching.
To help you manage the next transition in your professional career I bring my experience of leading large, happy and engaged teams with my professional coaching qualifications to ensure that you have the courage, mindset, know how and tools to design a fulfilling future and bring it into reality.
You will experience a mix of coaching and mentoring so that you have guidance and accountability for each step of your journey.
''Lizzie creates a warm and judgement free space where you feel comfortable to open up fully. I was having a challenging time setting guilt free boundaries and Lizzie helped me become more assertive – working with her has been a game changer.''
Mandy, Business Manager
MY CAREER AND EXPERIENCE IN 6 BULLET POINTS…
After completing my Bsc in Management and Business Studies from Manchester University I started on the retail graduate scheme with John Lewis. My first area of responsibility was managing the linen department in JL Kingston. I’d like to think what I don’t know about thread counts isn’t worth knowing
Opened John Lewis Swindon in 2010 and won the award of leading the most engaged and happiest branch of the Business
After 4 years in various senior leadership roles I moved into the Waitrose side of the business and was promoted into a leadership coaching role responsible for supporting a team of senior managers through cultural change. I was working with branch managers and their teams as they transitioned into a new way of working to meet the changing needs of the retail landscape. My love for coaching was born and I had finally found my ‘thing’
2016 my first beautiful daughter was born and my world changed. I was clearer than ever that I needed to create a future that would enable me to pursue my love of coaching AND be present making precious memories as a family. 18 months later I gave birth to my second daughter
In 2018 I gained my professional ICF coaching accreditation through the Rayner Institute and launched Work Life Mother - I started working 1-1 with professional women enabling them to unlock their potential in their work lives, return to work after maternity leave or longer career breaks and re-claim control of their professional identities
In 2019 to support my commitment to personal development and growth I became head of coach training for the Rayner Institute; training coaches to gain their certifications and set up their coaching practices.
BSc In Management and Business Studies Manchester University
Accredited Professional Coach (PCC) ICF with the Rayner Institute
Coach Trainer - have trained over 40 coach trainees and helped them manage a career pivot
PRINCE2 project manager