Ever since being a little girl Gemma has always wanted to change the world and make it a better place for everyone to thrive and be happy. She even wrote this in her school book when she was 8 years old. One of her favourite quotes is 'Be the change you wish to see in the World' (M Gandhi).
After traveling, working abroad and then finishing her degree at uni, Gemma started her career as a Probation Officer and spent 8 years working with vulnerable and dangerous individuals. She loved this role as it matched her core beliefs that everybody has potential and everybody can change.
After having her first child, Gemma experienced post natal depression and although a tough time, working through this she knew that she needed flexibility around work and needed a new challenge to reach out and support more people to support them to make positive changes to their lives. Her passion has always been to support other's to unlock their potential, truly believing that everyone has their own unique gift to share with the world.
This is when she started her own private company - an alternative education centre for young people who were not fulfilling their potential in mainstream schools. The young people were some of the most vulnerable in society who needed additional support and cognitive behavioural strategies to be able to manage their challenging behaviour and address any issues that were preventing them from moving forward. Over the 7 years the centre earned a well respected reputation and was a great success, working with 100's of young people enabling them to understand themselves and teaching them new skills to reach their true potential.
Gemma worked with her own mentor whilst managing her business and raising her two children. She also won a Network She Citizenship Award in 2015 in recognition of this great work. The work / life balance was tough especially with the commute and sometimes missing out on important family stuff, but Gemma made it work.
Gemma is not afraid to talk about how much she loves working - even if this means being away from her children and she works hard to find the right balance. Working is as important to her as being a good mum and she knows she is a positive role model for her own children and others. Gemma believes you can work and be there for everyone else that matters to you and she encourages all women who are ambitious not not settle for less than they want. She believes you can have it all - you just need to know what your 'all' looks like.
Gemma is the founder of The F Movement - empowering ambitious women to stop hiding, believe in themselves and run unstoppable businesses. Supporting women to be the next version of themselves that their business demands. She has her own coach and has studied NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and various coaching practices, and is always up-levelling and accrediting her skills to enable her to be of greater service to more people.
BASc (Hons) Applied Social Science and Women's Studies including person centred counselling and behaviour psychology
BASc (Hons) Community Justice (Probation) and NVQ Level 4
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Diploma
International Coach Federation Diploma in Personal Performance
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Motivational Interviewing / Cycle of Change / Behaviour Management Skills / Risk Management
Business and Leadership
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector - Level 4
Quality Assurance and Verification Assessor Award Level 5
Winner for Network SHE Award for Citizenship
Nominated for Business Women of the Year 2018 - Yorkshire Choice Awards