Over my career I’ve learnt what makes the difference, not just from theory and qualifications, but from over 25 years of direct experience in high pressure, frontline, training and leadership roles at local and National level. I commuted 2 hours a day (on a good run), I have worked shifts and worked away from home. I’ve had jobs that I have loathed and discovered how to find ones I love. I’ve had poor managers and I’ve had great ones; I’ve been a poor manager and learnt to become a great leader. I’ve worked in dysfunctional teams and I have created Award winning ones. I’ve experienced the loneliness of leadership and the buzz of the boardroom. I’ve lost hours of my life to ineffective meetings and poorly planned training and I’ve worked in organisations in a perpetual state of budget cuts and “transformation”. This is why I’m so passionate about helping you to get off the “hamster wheel” and through professional curiosity support you to ask the right questions to find the right answers.
Throughout my career I have held a passion and track record for providing excellent leadership, training and development. I’m a qualified trainer, facilitator and executive coach and now use my experience to help individuals and organisations gain deeper insight about what they want and how to get there. I utilise active listening and professional curiosity to enable clients to explore and understand the systems they work in to turn confusion into clarity. I create realistic, supportive, tailor made approaches at inspiring places to bring fresh perspectives through training, facilitation and coaching. I regularly travel with my work across the UK – particularly the South West, Midlands and Wales. Individual clients and small groups wanting headspace for a day or overnight stay are able to come to me. I live just outside the stunning city of Wells in Somerset, UK overlooking the Mendip hills. I enjoy managing my smallholding and producing apple juice and cider from our orchards. I have a love of Gloucester Old Spot pigs, cottage garden flowers, baking bread and holidaying in our VW T4 campervan called “Winnie”. I have a strong sense of community. As part of my Lay Leadership I run Sunday Breakfast in the village hall each month as a community connection point.
If you think I can help you or your business to achieve what you need to then please …
I undertake regular supervision to maintain my standards and development
I train new coaches as part of the ILM 5 and Apprenticeship Level 5 Professional Coaching qualifications. I have been trained in Coaching Supervision, Systems coaching, Team coaching and Emotional Management Methods coaching.
I have been a mentor for University of Southampton and University of Plymouth and have previously been an External Associate for the National College of Policing
I am a member of the NHS Leadership Academy (South West) Coaching and Mentoring Strategy Group and part of the NHS Coaching Pool.
I held the office of Vice President of the Global Coaching Support Group and Trustee for Adventure+
I am a Level 4 Trainer, an NVQ Assessor, Internal Verifier and have a TQMI Assessor award
I am a qualified Facilitator and have been trained in World Café Facilitation