About Jemma

Qualifications/Areas of Expertise

  • BSc Psychology (Hons)

  • National Certificate - Business (First Line Management)

  • Certified enhanced thinking skills tutor

  • Certified CALM (controlling anger and learning to manage it) tutor

  • Member of the NZLCA (New Zealand Life Coaching Association)

  • Member of the AC – (Association for Coaching)

  • Trained Co-Active Life Coach

  • Certificate in Adult Teaching

  • National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy (vocational)

  • Current ACC provider

Summary of experience

  • Business owner of Headway Coaching in Tauranga for the last 11 years, providing personal and professional coaching services for organisations and individuals both in New Zealand and internationally as well as facilitating training programmes and running seminars

  • Four years experience as a vocational consultant and life coach for a private practice in New Zealand, including vocational assessments, pre-employment assistance, work placements and facilitating  training workshops throughout the North Island

  • Three years in the U.K prison service providing rehabilitative services and teaching cognitive behavioural programmes (e.g enhanced thinking skills, anger management)

  • Three years management experience in the education sector, providing career and personal development coaching for final year students


A little more about Jemma...

I am originally from Manchester in the UK but emigrated to New Zealand in 2006. I married my soul mate in 2007 and we have settled in the bay to enjoy all it has to offer. I love life, make the most of opportunities and I am certainly not afraid of change.

What makes you smile?

(not in any particular order) - Sunshine, being in nature, nourishing food, my adopted cat, my husband, yoga, assisting others to achieve their potential

What are you most proud of?

Emigrating and settling in New Zealand
My marriage
Helping hundreds of people achieve positive change and amazing results
Creating and growing my business


Some other interesting facts about me:

I used to play the piano
I have completed the Tongariro crossing
I love dancing
I lost three stone in weight when I was 18 and have kept it off since
I gave up smoking at age 28
I have experienced lunch in the Grand Canyon

I meditate daily

My clients include:

  • Bay Conservation Alliance

  • Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

  • The NZ Fire Service

  • ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation)

  • CAL Isuzu

  • Waipuna Hospice

  • Tauranga Eye Specialists

  • Katikati Resource Centre

  • Waihi Community Resource Centre

  • The Tauranga Club

  • Kids on 19

  • Maungatapu School

  • CYF (Child, Youth & Family)

  • Wave Creative Communications Agency

  • Avalon

  • Steel & Tube

  • Higgins Construction

  • Aerocool

  • NZET