Coach of the month: Nicky Thomas

Big congratulations to this months Coach of the Month: Nicky Thomas. Nicky has been selected for her hard work with the Schools parent organisation, the Maria Paviour Company. This month Nicky has been in and out of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust NHS to deliver CARI – the Schools wellbeing and engagement tool to over 9000 members of staff. Nicky has then worked closely with staff identified as having low levels of wellbeing to radically improve their happiness at work, using NeuChem Coaching techniques. So let’s celebrate Nicky, and learn a little bit more about this wonderful coach…

How I got here and why the School of NeuChem Coaching?

My professional path has been varied from camera sales and accounts to youth work and working with vulnerable adults. For the last twenty years I have run my own successful photography business. Then I came to a point in my life when I knew I was ready for a career change, but what?

About 8 years ago, after a difficult relationship breakup, I embarked on my own personal development journey. In 2011 I discovered and studied N.L.P. Neuro Linguistic Programming. I became a practitioner and from this time I continued my own personal development with a constant desire for more understanding. I met Maria Paviour through a networking group we both belonged to and became friends. Over time she shared her plans for creating NeuChem coaching.

This really sparked my interest. Something that allowed me to advance my coaching experience with the latest neuroscience-based research. It really hit the mark and so when the school became a reality I was one of the first to get involved.

What has the training been like?

It’s been a real privilege to be part of the initial cohort. Being given an opportunity to learn from and alongside many brilliant and inspiring people.

As the course has evolved, so has my journey. With a regular need to update my learning as the neuroscience research grows and advances, it has been a great challenge. But totally worth it!

There is a mixture of classroom and distance learning, using Skype and an online learning environment created by the School where we can keep in touch with our fellow learners, to work together and create support. To date I have completed my award and certificate in NeuChem coaching and now look forward to finally completing the ILM Level 5 Diploma.

What have I been up to recently?

Over the last couple of months, I have been working with The Maria Paviour Company (MPC) at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUHT). Here, with others from the MPC team, we have been working to deliver CARI, the Schools wellbeing and engagement tool. This survey was sent out a couple of months ago to 9000 members of staff. The results were enlightening and staff members with the low resilience results were offered the opportunity to receive coaching. I’ve been in and out of sessions with staff to coach and interpret CARI wellbeing profiles, and we’ve seen real difference in staff who’ve attended sessions.

Working with the team from MPC has been brilliant, and the reaction to the NeuChem coaching from BSUHT staff members who have attended the sessions has been really positive. Being a person who is passionate about creating opportunity and empowering people, it is fantastic to have the knowledge of a process that is science backed and really works, and it works quickly.

A piece of advise for anyone thinking of joining the school…

Be prepared to work your brain and to learn all about it. To learn new processes that enable you to rewire and retrain your brain. Be prepared to work hard and to gain much and to be able to make a huge difference in people’s lives.

What does NeuChem coaching mean to me?

NeuChem coaching is a new career path and the ability to make a huge difference. NeuChem is life changing, it is empowering, and it is quick to reduce stress and anxiety, build resilience and coping even in stress filled times. I relish the opportunity to work with people who are ready to overcome their limiting behaviours and rewire their brains and to be the best person they can be. Exciting!

If you’d like to find out more how you too could start earning as a coach with the Maria Paviour Company, please get in touch on or come along to our 1 day £50+VAT Introduction to NeuChem: Neuroscience and Coaching. 

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