Hi, I'm Imani. I Facilitate, Train and Coach individuals, start-ups and charities to lead high impact initiatives & campaigns.
Whether you’re an individual, charity or start-up, I can help you work in alignment with your values, turn challenging conversations into energising ones and encourage you to challenge the status quo!
In recent years I’ve focused much of my work on belonging; in education, families, communities and work.
I strongly believe that when individuals, groups and communities feel valued, they become more effective in their outer work in service of people and planet.
What i do and how
Since 2017 I’ve worked with individuals, charities and start-ups to develop ambitious campaigns, initiatives and projects for social change.
Coaching and facilitation support
I have 50 hours of coach training, with over 100 hours of coaching mostly in the Creative Industries and Social Impact sector. I work with individuals, teams and organisations to enable them to lead high impact initiatives and campaigns - to achieve social impact. Encouraging them to work in alignment with their values and move away from burnout culture to collective care culture. Read my Align, don't hustle coaching profile, to find out what it's like working with me.
My clients are often Early Careerists, Social Entrepreneurs and Senior Leadership Teams. As a Coach I facilitate the coaching conversation to help them to unearth their understanding of how they are going to achieve their growth ambitions.
Before I became a MOE Certified Coach, I worked with a coach myself (and still do) after I experienced a COVID-19 redundancy in 2020, whilst completing my Masters and experiencing lots of change happening in my life. Coaching helped build my confidence and gave me clarity. I was able to engage in a moment of pause, to think about what was working well for me, where I wanted to see improvements in work and life and decide where I wanted to focus my time and energy.
Consulting and strategy services
I’ve worked in education, social care and the not for profit sector - with a unique focus on character education and social justice - for over ten years.
In 2017, I founded Imani Academy, an independent educational training and development consultancy, focused on reimagining education in classrooms and communities, facilitating workshops with schools and community groups and organisations in the UK.
I now combine my knowledge and expertise as a frontline practitioner and life long learner, to support clients who are motivated to remove barriers to all forms of education caused by social injustice.
I can work with you to ensure that your practices and policies are equitable to all young people, bring children and young people together to create ways to promote belonging, inspire learning, and value identity. I can make the vision of an intersectional approach to belonging in work and education a reality.
"I can't thank Imani enough for the work she has done with us this year. From facilitating a student voice project exploring belonging, to creating, delivering and evaluating a whole school staff training session on intersectionality and anti-racist practice, Imani has worked with expertise, calmness & professionalism and has helped us considerably."
Rebecca Tigue FRSA, Director of the University Training School, University of Birmingham School
samples of select previous work
Here are a few highlights of my coaching, facilitation and consulting work. I share resources for coachees and what I’ve learned through my practice in this blog here.
Character Education Consultant, The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, The practical handbook offers an overview of the value of virtues and character education for mentors in education, going on to present a case study and practical guidance for those looking to introduce a character-led approach to mentoring.
Youth Participation Consultant, SOLVE CYVC, The webinar offers an effective youth engagement strategy for organisations working with young people.
Programme Facilitator, Future Founders Programme Hatch Enterprise, as a facilitator working with female founders over a 6-month programme I will be supporting them to accelerate their business’ success through coaching and facilitation.
Host Facilitator, Enrol Yourself, I hosted a 6 month global learning accelerator; a peer-led Learning Marathon called Education for Liberation, specifically for those who wanted to reimagine education for the future of learning. Each participant explored a self-selected learning question. My question was: ‘How can we learn and feel like we belong, at the same time?’
Coach, Sony Music, coaching 5 interns at Sony to support them as early careerist with personal development and work life balance.
Associate Coach, School for Social Entrepreneurs, virtual coaching support for participants of the Creative Leadership Programme to support people working in the arts and cultural sector who want to strengthen their leadership skills; are driven by social impact in their work.
Coach and Logistics Coordinator, Act Build Change, setting up training programmes ensuring they run smoothly from start to finish, organising the team calendar and communication with partners, alongside supporting in the the coaching of Act Build Change's members and young people to unpack the content covered in sessions.
Thank you for sharing such wise wisdom with our participants, I think they particularly valued hearing about how you approach freelance work and how prospective applications can work in their favour. This in particular, I feel, was a huge boost to their confidence and understanding of how to approach their job search as they entered the final days of the Stand Out Programme.
—Meghan Causer, Senior Programmes Delivery Officer UpRising UK
I really do appreciate all our coaching sessions this past year, it’s GREATLY improved my mindset, I’ve been able to improve my working habits – the good and bad – to approach my work in a healthier way. I ask for clarity a lot more now.
I’ll be moving into a new role in January as a Junior Producer. I can happily say my experience with Sony has been great in contributing to this progress.
—GG, Sony Music Intern - Coachee
I think that before I started working with you, I was quite lost and my life was extremely chaotic. I was someone who probably spent less time thinking about what I was doing or how I actually wanted to do things and more time just going through life worrying/stressing myself out. My confidence grew as I was more comfortable in being vulnerable and honest about what I was going through or how I was feeling. I realised how passionate I actually am about certain subjects and I was shown the multiple realms I can do work in or explore. I was reminded that I am only 17! I have my whole life ahead of me. Journaling helped me a lot and stretching myself to push outside of my comfort zone. I feel more centred and able to evaluate what works for me going forward.
— Olivia, Politics and History Student - Coachee