Jess Baker Psychologist Women's Leadership Coach

Women's Leadership Coach

As a psychologist I’m passionate about helping people to be their best version of themselves: to live according to their core values, and signature strengths and to achieve their ideal self.

My specialism of working with women stems from the fact that no matter how capable or senior we are, we continue to doubt our own self-worth (and given the extant pay gap, so does society, it seems).

Much of my work with women is driven by an organisation’s need to increase the number of capable women in senior roles. I deliver leadership programmes, develop talent pipelines and facilitate co-coaching and mentoring circles.

A lot of women come to me seeking personal support. As well as 1:1 coaching and small group workshops, I also run free online courses and membership coaching programmes. I draw on my own personal and professional experience to share practical techniques that enhance confidence and promote self-compassion.

Business Psychologist

This grin represents how I feel when helping clients to improve their business or their employee’s working lives in some way.

My ten years’ (plus) consulting experience includes designing and delivering programmes on leadership development, culture change, assessment, talent management, team-building and employee engagement. I’ve worked with a wide range of organisations across private and public sectors, started a few failed ventures, and learned a lot as a Senior HR manager in the financial services. 

I’m a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society, and a Principle Practitioner member of The Association of Business Psychologists.

I’m also a real person with a silly sense of humour, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for getting things done. See the Business Psychology page for more details, or drop me a line to talk through your ideas.

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Speaker & Events

I've been told that I'm a natural facilitator and an engaging speaker. All I know is that I love doing both.

From keynote speaker slots for corporate clients (e.g. International Women's Day, CoOp 2018, FSA 2019) and annual business conferences (Women Into Leadership), to speaking at wellbeing events and fesitvals (e.g. Bloom, London Olympia since 2016; Orbti Fitness Festival 2019).

Do you like podcasts? I love discussing all things related to Empowering Yourself, how to Tame Your Inner Critic, tackling the Imposter Syndrom, and why pursuing Self-Compassion is essential.

I'm often asked for my expert opinion on BBC Radio, online articles and in print magazines (e.g. Boots Health & Beauty, Very, NatWest Business etc.), and although I found this daunting at first (I  do practice what I preach, honest) these days I'm delighted to share useful, practical tips. 

What does your “Best Self” look like? 

What does your "Best Self" look like? According to the 'psychological theory of the self', each of us is in pursuit of our 'best self'. Do you remember the old Berocca advert with the caption "like you, but on a better day" while business men and women in suits were...

Don’t Eat Tommy Smartie

Don't Eat Tommy Smartie! This month, May, has had me thinking about permission - specifically, why we wait for others to give us permission when we have every right to get on and be, do, have and create whatever we want. Meanwhile wonderful memories of playing this...

Stop Self-Sabotaging & Find Your Focus

The question isn’t “Do you self-sabotage?”   it’s “How do you self-sabotage?”   Self-sabotaging, huh? It's frustrating, but it's extremely common among high-achievers... and those who would like to be. Sabotage is quite a strong word; it means...

International Women’s Day 2019

The 3 things you can influence for International Women's Day  This year's #IWD2019 theme is #BalanceforBetter. What does this phrase mean to you? What does it mean to your organisation? For me, it means equal opportunity for women to access the upper echelons of...

Declutter Your Headspace

Don't you just love Marie Kondo? I’m catching up with the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo when I go to the gym (it helps me do longer sessions on the cross-trainer) and I'm loving the happy declutter-induced transformation. It's just as heart-warming...

Returning-to-Work Anxiety

It's normal to feel anxious when returning to work. I received a call out of the blue late one Thursday evening, asking if I'd be interested in sharing my expert opinion on BBC Radio on the theme of returning to work. Whether you've been off work for maternity or...

To-Do List Magic

How "Errand Paralysis" Affects us All It was early January: the season of goal-setting and getting stuff done. I was approached by a BBC producer and asked if I'd like to share my tips on how to overcome "errand paralysis" in response to a twitter storm sparked by an...

The Self-Promoter

How to promote yourself better at work.   It's a weird thing when a BBC Radio 5 Live producer contacts you saying we'd like your expert opinion as a Business Psychologist. On live radio. In two hours time. Part of me (my Inner Critic) screams "OMG I'm going to...

Managing your Negative Thoughts

As well as being a queen-gurner I'm pretty good at putting myself down (there I go again). Negative thinking is normal. But it doesn't have to ruin your life.   Did you know that 4 out of 5 thoughts are negative? Let's think about that for a moment......

Tackling the Imposter Syndrome

The Fear of being Exposed is Crippling According to research 70% of us will feel like an “imposter” at some point in our career (and it’s not just specific to women). The classic signs include the following psychological elements. At some level you might... fear...

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“Jess is a highly professional and committed Business Psychologist.

She has strong teamworking and leadership skills and brings a great deal of personal energy to her work. She backs this up with a high level of delivery and is fun to work with.”

Mike Thompson

Head of L&D, Barclays Plc

“The Imposter Syndrome and Managing Your Inner Critic workshop delivered by Jess Baker was thought provoking and instructive. Jess presents in such a calm and soothing manner that it creates the perfect safe environment for participants to share their inner most criticisms of themselves.

Excellent session and would thoroughly recommend this.”

Joan McGarvey

Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Jess Baker facilitated a ‘Personal Values at Work’, a highly interactive workshop helping participants to identify their personal values and provide them with the tools and techniques to increase their personal and professional resilience.

Jess has an approachable style, allowing participants to feel at ease when sharing their personal stories. The workshop ran for 1.5 hours, and we all felt we could have benefited from a longer stretch!

Alisa Salamon

Associate Director, John Wiley & Sons

“I have struggled with my confidence trying to find a permanent role for some time and I needed a change. The most important thing is she made me realise my worth. Jess is a great listener, calm, fun and committed.

I have stopped beating myself up about stuff and have a more positive outlook on my future and abilities, thanks to Jess’s guidance. I can’t recommend her services enough.”

Career Coachee

Manager, Financial Times