A Message from Ruth Hughes, Founder & Director.

We are passionate about supporting well-being and resilience during times of change. We work with businesses, universities, and schools, specialising in supporting those experiencing transition and culture shock, utilising positive psychology and coaching psychology in bespoke consultancy and training programmes.

Employers: Are you ready to start growing your business and improving job satisfaction, productivity and employee retention? With our world-class associates at Curious Human, you can utilise positive psychology and coaching psychology techniques through consultancy and training to build lasting fulfillment and the sense of wellbeing you crave for you and your employees.

Universities and Schools: Are you responsible for UK and International student pastoral care, induction and good mental health? Do you want to improve student satisfaction, success, retention and word-of-mouth recruitment through building resilience and wellbeing? With more than twenty-five years of experience, supported by in-depth culture shock research and evidence-based positive psychology and coaching techniques, we provide unique training and support packages that make us leading UK experts in this field.

Curious Humans – For those starting a new job, relocating, returning to work, retiring, experiencing any kind of change or simply seeking a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in life: Do you want effective evidence-based support and an empowering coaching approach through times of transition in your life? Our Curious Human coaches are all trained at Masters level in order to fully support your wellbeing and resilience during this time of change.

You are not alone; Curious Human is here to support you and help you to flourish.

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Meet Ruth

Bio:  Ruth Hughes is a leadership/career coach, educator, consultant, and professional speaker in the fields of coaching psychology, positive psychology, positive education, culture shock and international student wellbeing.  After thirty years as a qualified teacher and senior leader, working in the UK and overseas, Ruth achieved a distinction in the EMCC Senior Practitioner accredited MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at UEL, founding award-winning company Curious Human in 2018.  Ruth uses evidence-based psychological strategies in her coaching and training programmes, and has additionally worked as Course Director on the Coaching Certificate Programme at Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education; Adjunct Professor in The Science of Wellbeing at A.I.F.S. (London Campus); Associate Executive Coach with Compass Coaching and Associate Coach and Consultant with Worth-it Positive Education, delivering Positive Education training and coaching in schools and organisations supporting and championing young people. Her coaching and training style is holistic, psychologically informed, warm, empathetic and tailored to empower each client to achieve their best outcome.


Ruth is a professional coach, speaker and consultant who has previously worked as a qualified teacher, tutor, Head of Department, Youth Theatre Director, Director of Boarding, Senior Leadership Team member, Deputy Senior Designated Leader (Safeguarding) and Director of Marketing and Admissions. 

A regular speaker and consultant at seminars and conferences for organizations such as the Boarding Schools’ Association, Country Life Future Schools Fairs, and BBSW, Ruth also worked as a postgraduate tutor on the BSA Boarding Management Certificate Programme in conjunction with Roehampton University for six years. Currently, she is at UEL researching an MSc thesis in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology.