STEMINISTS /stɛmənɪsts/


1. we support and advocate for women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Professional Coaches

Everyone here is a professionally trained coach – the directors and our team – and we all get regular supervision. We follow the ICF and AC codes of ethics and, because we believe in the difference coaching can make, we have coaches ourselves.

Naturally, we have full professional and public liability insurance in place, too.


Collaborators and Co-Creators

There’s an African proverb we love – “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We partner with our clients to support and guide them all the way.

Through trusting and enduring relationships, we share new ideas and ways of doing things.


We believe in friendship

Coaching can be fun. It’s a positive thing for everyone involved, so why not enjoy it!

Our directors are friends as well as colleagues, which is something we work hard to maintain, being dispersed in different parts of the UK.

And we like to think we become friends with our clients too.

Our high performing team of executive coaches is led by four passionate steminists and egalitarians [from left to right]:
atherine Smith, Polly Downes, Amanda Davie and Marie Haycocks… 

We never stop learning. Growth matters enormously to us. So we’re obsessed with absorbing the latest thinking in the industry. Reading widely, getting out to events and generally asking questions. We bring the best of what’s out there to our work and we love the challenge of stretching ourselves and our clients.

We’re connected. The wider your network, the better. We make a point of building strong connections beyond our business networks – with psychologists, neuroscientists, PhD students – anyone who can add to our team and help us deliver better projects and programmes. We learn from each other and are better coaches because of it.

Integrity also matters. Dishonesty hinders performance and growth. We help companies embed authenticity – everyone has a right to be recognised for their individual talent and difference, and to feel confident in who they are – not who they think they should be in order to succeed in business.

We’re optimistic egalitarians. We know there’s a long way to go before we have gender equality at work. But change is happening – we see it in the organisations we work with. The tide has definitely turned.

We’re Steminists. Yes, it’s a thing! It means we’re champions of women in science, technology, engineering and maths – and all industries that need these skills. Helping these women is what drives us.

Working with Equal Talent is fun. Great fun! We believe that life is too short not to laugh a little. And besides, humour helps build trust and belonging.