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The Mater​nity Coach

The Maternity Coach Team

Frances Cushway

Founder and Maternity Coach

BSc Psychology, PGC Career & Talent Management, Registered Career Development Professional, Licensed/Accredited Career Coach.

Member of the Career Development Institute, British Psychological Society including the Division of Coaching Psychology


Frances has coached mothers for over ten years, supporting them through the different career transitions they experience in their working lives. She was shortlisted for the CDI  Career Coach of the Year 2018 and 2021 for her work coaching mothers on maternity leave. She has two daughters.

Alice Draper

Associate Maternity Coach

BSc Management and Marketing of Textiles

Licensed/Accredited Career Coach.

Member of the Association for Coaching.


Alice worked in the retail industry for over 15 years, mainly in head office retail as a merchandiser. After being made redundant whilst on maternity leave she knew she needed to do something different with a lot more flexibility. She used a career coach, who helped her realise that the part of her previous job she loved the most was developing, supporting and coaching her team. She trained as a career coach, and has never looked back. Alice has a son and a daughter.

Catriona Maybury

Associate Maternity Coach

MBChB Medicine and French, PhD Medicine, Licensed/Accredited Career Coach, 

ICF accredited FLOW coach.

Member of  European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)


Catriona works as a Dermatologist in London alongside her coaching work. She discovered coaching when she was struggling to finish writing her PhD thesis at the same time as working, with two young children at home. It really made a difference to have a cheerleader and someone holding her accountable to weekly goals. She would not have finished her PhD without it!

Charlotte Simms

Associate Maternity Coach

MSc Business Psychology, 

Licensed/Accredited Career Coach, 

Lumina Learning Practitioner 

Member of the Association for Coaching


Charlotte has 20 years change management consulting experience with private and public sector clients. As she always enjoyed helping friends (and mums at the school gate) think about what they want to do with their careers after having children, she retrained as a Career Coach. Charlotte now works with working parents to help them figure out how to achieve both the career and the balance that works for them as the needs of their family change and grow. Charlotte has two daughters and a son.

Czarina Charles

Associate Maternity Coach

BA Marketing and Advertising. Licensed/Accredited Career Coach.

Member of the Association for Coaching.


Czarina started her career in PR & Communications before moving into PR Recruitment and then Head of Talent Acquisition for a global communications consultancy. She transitioned into career coaching, as it plays to her skills and strengths, enables her to create, be authentic and most importantly, empower professionals to achieve their full career potential and flourish in their careers. She is proud to have worked with a careerists from all areas of business, including maternity returners.

Denise Devaney

Associate Maternity Coach

Licensed/Accredited Career Coach

BPS Accredited Neuroscience Professional Development Programme. 

Registered DISC personality profiler.

Member of the Association for Coaching


Denise has worked in coaching for over a decade. Her background is a mix of HR and Learning and Development. Denise is passionate about coaching and supports her clients in creating a confident mindset, banishing those self-limiting beliefs and identifying their innate strengths and values. Originally from Ireland, Denise now lives in Surrey with her husband Tom, two children and their cockapoo, Luna. 

Jo Chudley

Associate Maternity Coach

BA Hons Human Communications

ILM Level 7 Executive Coach and Mentor

Member of the ILM


Jo has over a decade of experience in marketing and a couple of years working as a teaching assistant. Drawing on the foundations of executive coaching and the first hand experience of having three children she is passionate about supporting parents at the start of their journey when the world shifts focus. She has navigated childcare options plus the juggle and re-evaluation of priorities. Through maternity coaching she wants to make it an easier journey for new parents.

Lisa Christie

Associate Maternity Coach

MSc Psychology, with specialist training in supporting neurodiverse adults and parents of children.

Member of British Psychological Society and Association for Coaching.


Lisa has over 10 years’ experience of coaching parents and people going through life transitions. She started her career in the City, and set up her business when her middle child was six months old ("I must have been mad!") so she brings to coaching a true appreciation of what it means to juggle home life with a career. She has three children  and is fascinated by  the different joys and challenges parenting brings.

Rachel Wright

Associate Maternity Coach

BSc Psychology, 

MCIPD qualified HR professional, Licensed/Accredited Career Coach

Member of the Association for Coaching


Following an HR career of over 15 years in the Not for Profit and Private sectors Rachel made a transition into Career Coaching. For the past seven years she have been providing maternity, return to work, career change, and career management coaching support. She is a mum of two and personally understands the emotional and practical challenges, and joys, of going on maternity leave, returning to work and thriving in her career.