“Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.”



Katie Gumbrell MA PGCE BSc


I love working with people, helping them to develop their talents by challenging them to try something different and supporting them when their goals feel out of reach. I’m not a counsellor or a therapist, just an interventionist: I believe that everyone can change and anyone can feel better.

Most of the time, I’m a primary school teacher at a lovely school in Reading, Berkshire, UK. Children are amazing and we should encourage them all. I have a nerdy love of all things education and have no qualms about saying that we do not value our state education system enough in the UK. I know and have worked with some tireless and exceptional teachers (both qualified and not) who have changed lives for the better; this should be celebrated and rewarded.

Sometimes, I work as a PSHE specialist with Jigsaw PSHE and others, supporting schools to provide high-quality personal, social, health and economic education. I launched three Connecting Classrooms projects with the British Council, involving schools in the UK, Nepal, Egypt and Lebanon.

At other times, I’m a a personal trainer and specialist Coach in Running Fitness. I have started and grown the Tilehurst Runs Together community, coaching group sessions and individuals with a huge range of goals and experiences with running.

When I’m not working or running around my local paths and trails, I’m a terrible gardener, enthusiastic baker and lover of pubs.


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