Lifelong leadership learning in Cumbria


Nicola Woolley

Secondary Programme Manager

Educated to Degree level, with a background in Education, Nicola moved to Cumbria from the South of England 13 years ago with her Husband. Initially securing a job in a local Children’s centre, this soon gave way to a position as an advisor in Children’s services for Cumbria County council. From this Nicola set up her own business as a freelance development and project manager, working predominantly with education and third sector organisations.  Through her own business she connected with a wide range of clients and partners within the field of education from teaching schools to the Local alliance of system leaders, helping her to develop a range of skills and a greater understanding of current educational systems.

In her role as Programme Manager for secondary phase projects Nicola now has the opportunity to work with a wide range of local businesses and education providers to give young people meaningful opportunities to develop a variety of skills and engage with businesses across a variety of sectors. Nicola has 3 children of her own and is currently vice-chair of governors at their school.

“Children’s education has been at the heart of everything I do since graduating in 2005, in every project managed or service provided, I believe that all young people deserve the best possible start in life and their enthusiasm to learn and develop new skills should be nurtured throughout their education and into their own professional development. The best part of this role is seeing the young people develop and grow in confidence through the programmes we deliver”

“I would never have thought of myself as a natural leader but working with the Centre I have learnt that leadership presents itself in different forms. I like to lead by example tackling challenges head on, which I hope encourages others to do their best, to reach their goals and put their minds to any task that presents itself”


Nicola’s Leadership Top Tip

“Put your all into everything you do and support and encourage others to do the same”


Lifelong Leadership Learning in Cumbria