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Debra Oakaby is an accredited NLP Practitioner and Coach, with a HR background spanning more than 20 years. She was instrumental in achieving three investors in People Awards for a former employer.

She specialises in showing professional women who feel stuck in a rut how to get clarity and focus. Her ethos is about creating more choices and enjoying what you do. She is passionate about enabling women to overcome their biggest obstacle, THEMSELVES.

She does this with highest-integrity mind-changing interventions and certified personal performance coaching. This means she is able to work more quickly than you can alone.

Debra offers a fabulous personal growth programme tailored to meet individual needs because one size does not fit all. She has worked with a number of amazing women who appreciate getting more 'headspace' to re-balance their lives and some report feeling like 'a weight has been lifted' from them.

During her career Debra almost experienced 'burn out' herself mistakenly believing that she had to work hard and for long hours de-prioritising her own needs, in order to be worthy of her pay. The source of this was low-self-esteem, a leftover from her childhood.

Having turned her own life around by studying personal development and having a coach, she believes that enjoying what you do is an integral part of a growth mindset, which is open to learning and development. And this leads to better relationships and more self-confidence and resilience.

That's why Debra shares her knowledge and expertise. She wants to empower other professional women to take control of their whole life and it's direction, have more choices and time to make decisions, which are right for them.

Your greatest resource is YOU. Kick start the rest of your life by booking a free consultation. Call Debra on 07906 007 613.


  • Think Clearly Coaching

    NLP and Performance Coach
    1 - 5 Employees 2019 - Current
    Think Clearly Coaching

    Started my own business called Coach Me Smart providing career coaching and designing and running workshops and more recently coaching courses for work.  I have now updated my business to incorporate my NLP skills and it is called Think Clearly Coaching.  I have more than 20 years' HR experience and 3 Investors in People awards under my belt.

  • Wandsworth Council

    Head of Personnel (Leisure and Amenity Services Department)
    100+ Employees 2000 - 2011

    Responsible for a providing a comprehensive HR service to managers and staff providing frontline services.  Included employee relations, training and development and recruitment and was a member of the senior management team.

Education History

  • Personal Performance Diploma

    The Coaching Academy
    2011 - 2012

    Completed the Diploma with a Distinction.  Undertook a number of pro bono coaching sessions with members of the public, with good results.

  • Employment Studies and HRM

    London Metropolitan University
    2002 - 2003
  • Human Resource Management

    University of North London
    1999 - 2000
  • Social Science

    University of Westminster
    1991 - 1996
  • NLP Practitioner

    The Coaching Academy
    2018 - 2018

Clubs and Associations

Member of the Association for NLP Professionals

Age UK

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development


Interests and Hobbies

Writing Haikuus




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