About us

To cut a long story short … Jeff and Will have worked together for a period spanning over 20 years. Bringing coaching to the PhD experience began in 1998 during Will’s PhD when Jeff tried out some coaching for Will and it worked in changing his experience of the PhD for the better.

Over the past five years or so we’ve been exploring ways to bring coaching more fully into PhD life, including offering one-to-one coaching, running coaching programmes and workshops, developing coaching material for VITAE and most recently the book ‘Your PhD Coach’.

Will_005Will Medd – Will has a PhD in Sociology, was a Lecturer in Lancaster Environment Centre (2006-2013) and is a Certified Professional Co-Active coach (CPCC/ ICF ACC). As well as supervising PhD students for nearly 10 years, he managed several high impact research projects and has over 15 years of experience facilitating workshops for organisations ranging from the NHS to UK Water. He has been coaching for over 6 years and runs a private coaching practice.  Visit Will’s coaching webpage


Jeff Web trimmedJeff Gill – Jeff is an ICF Professional Coach (PCC), NLP practitioner and Investors in People Specialist. Jeff has wide experience working with SMEs, Social Enterprise, Start Ups and Graduate business skills training. Having worked as a sales representative, product manager and international marketing manager in the pharmaceuticals industry 1973-1981, Jeff founded and managed his own Outdoor Adventure Activity centre (1981-1997) before becoming a Professional Coach, Business Trainer and I.I.P. Specialist (since 1997). Jeff has been coaching for over 15 years and like Will has a private coaching practice. Visit Jeff’s coaching webpage


In addition to the opportunities for PhD students and private coaching, Jeff and Will are now developing ways to deliver coaching to undergraduate students under the theme of ‘Get Sorted!’ (more soon!)