As Empowerment Coaches involved in developing potential in others, we wanted to help our first child make an empowered move to high school, but had no specific resources to help her.  We decided to develop what is now the Power Up! Primary Programme.

Power Up! Primary:

Lynda Walker, Head of Pastoral Care for year 7’s at Abbey Grange C of E Academy in Leeds, has engaged upwards of 300 children on this programme over the last two years.  [An earlier version of the programme was used at home in the summer holidays.]

Of the Power Up! programme Mrs Walker has said “The programme has been a good opportunity for students feeling nervous about high school and adds to a school’s transition offering…Power Up! Has definite benefits to support any work schools do for children who are anxious about  High School.”

Conversations with local Primary head teachers confirmed that Power Up! Primary is ideally suited to Final Term Year 6 classroom use.  

It requires only WiFi and a few IT skills, to teach this engaging, unique material and additionally, it includes parents in the process.

Power Up! Secondary:

Power Up! Secondary was released in 2015.  Mrs Walker team (Abbey Grange C of E Academy) used it for new year 7’s.

Our thanks go to Abbey Grange C of E Academy and Pannal Primary School for their feedback, which have led to us finding the best technical format, the best programme content and the most suitable means of helping the Year 6-Year 7 transitioning student audience.   

As the authors and technical team behind the programme, we are delighted that Power Up! Programmes have reached this point and we look forward to partnering with schools to see increased confidence, self awareness and great decision-making for transitioning pupils.”


Richard has worked as a qualified personal performance coach since 2007, coaching, presenting and training in organisations using his own original frameworks and tools, following a career in church ministry and the voluntary sector.

His book “The 5 Senses of Self-A Coaching Framework for Personal & Team Empowerment®” was first published in Spring  2010, and a new edition will be available soon.  Richard’s tools and frameworks have been used with clients in the health, care home and church sectors.  His individual client coaching ranges from managers, barristers and accountants, and other individuals seeking strategic life direction or strategic help in their work context, especially in workplace culture.  He is also able to coach you in relation to your work/life balance.  

He is a qualified NLP Practitioner, training under Robert Dilts and Judith Lowe. His Practitioner certification is co-signed by Dr John Grinder, the Co-Developer of NLP.

Prior to qualifying in these areas, he worked to empower people through housing support work for the homeless, managing a team of staff for an inner city youth project, and co-pastoring two churches which he helped to begin in team with others in addition to exploring various expressions of church meeting in the home. Richard is passionate about the subjects of ‘Empowerment’, ‘Workplace Culture’ and ‘Life Purpose Fulfilment.

Richard’s additional qualifications include an Honours Degree in Theology; a Pastoral Studies diploma for Ministerial Church ordination, and a PGCE QTS in Secondary School RE.

*‘Coaching & Mentoring International’ is now part of The Coaching Academy 

Catherine is a qualified Personal Performance coach, working as a coach since 2009. She achieved a distinction in her coaching diploma studies with The Coaching Academy.  She coaches, presents, creates and applies tools in the field of education, self development & culture change. Catherine has facilitated for clients primarily in the Further Education sector, and the NHS and more latterly in the Care Home sector.  She offers English coaching to Secondary School students, and with adults her individual client coaching has included has included topics of career change, business growth and the desire to explore life purpose and direction.  She is passionate about empowering others to achieve their full potential as individuals and team players.

She has worked in the field of Education and Development for over twenty years and has facilitated many new developments within the NHS and educational settings, which have added value to existing organisations.  

Catherine spearheaded, project managed and managed new programmes in further and higher education, working in recent years with the Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust to embed national clinical and service improvement programmes at postgraduate level, for GPs and nurses with a special interest.

In addition to her honours degree in Drama and French, and her PGCE qualification as a Drama and English teacher, Catherine has completed line management studies through the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM),

Catherine has worked in partnership with her husband to pioneer several churches.  She is a mother of two fabulous children and as a published creative author, enjoys script writing.