Mary Hughes

Gimbals and Gateways


For over 11 years, my work has been to help people to find balance and from there open the gateways of change. I know this happens when people find meaning in who they are, what they do and how they do it.  To find meaning in the complexity of our lives, we humans have always used stories and this is where I start, with everyone’s present story.  The rest is about me listening and helping map your continuing journey.

I grew up internationally, giving me an appreciation of what we share at the same time as how different we all are and, helped by early training as an artist,  that we learn from noticing what is going on –  paying attention to experience. Key to my approach is a personal conviction that life is complex, not complicated and complexity is beautiful, rich, natural and helpful.  I love how we use conversation, narrative and our culture to explore it.  This sums up coaching for me: all about sense-making, During a long and varied career in the public service, I was particularly valued for my ability to find a way through, to look at things differently, help others work together for change and my energy in making things happen.

My other experience in brief:

I qualified as an Action Learning Set Facilitator in 2005 and as an ILM Level 7 Diploma Coach in 2007.

I worked as an Associate of Lancaster University Management School’s Centre for Performance-Led HR from 2012 to 2015.

I worked with Kafka Brigade UK as a qualitative researcher into service delivery improvement.

I am a committed networker and committed to supporting coaching as a Profession.

I am studying with the University of the West of England to become a coaching supervisor.

A member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and the Association of Coaches (AC), I am tied through these Professional Bodies to codes of ethics and personal conduct providing an external guarantee to clients.