Diploma in Coaching
Certificate in Person Centred Counselling
Associate Member of the Association for Coaching
As tall as my teachers I stood out at school for all the wrong reasons! I was picked on until I was 15 when I found my confidence. Like many children I failed my A levels and so couldn’t get into University. And so I learned the art of perserverance and persuasion and convinced the Head of the French Department at the University of my choice to allow me to attend on condition that I lived in France for the next year. As a very young adult I embarked on the task in hand only to be thrown out of the family I was staying with as an au pair! Another family in France, 4 years and many interviews later, I graduated and got the job of my dreams with British Airways! It is these years from infant school to my university interviews that I draw upon with MiniGurus and GuruYouth, offering empathy and understanding of the challenges school presents us with.
When you look back on your life at the age of 90, then 5 horrid years won’t seem that bad I would tell myself in 2007. I am 41 and already the pain of losing my son and my mother has subsided considerably. I have my faith, family and friends to thank for that but talking through my grief helped immensely at the time and empowered me to make decisions to work around the big black hole I found myself in!
After 2 years of therapy following the loss of our beautiful son Charlie, I decided I could use the experiences I had had to help others and went on to work with psychologists in the area of perinatal loss to help those training in the medical profession understand what it was like from the parental point of view. When I tell someone I understand their grief, they believe me and it helps. Of course, we face other types of challenges too and it helps to speak to someone who has come through a life changing situation with all the consequences that holds, and is still alive!
My background is in manufacturing and up until 2014 as MD, I doubled turnover year on year in the 6 years I held that position. I understand first-hand what it is to run a business with the peaks and troughs of the economy, how to motivate excellent people and how it feels to work with demanding or difficult employees and customers alike! I have worked for blue chip companies and negotiated against them and really enjoy helping other business executives to exceed their own expectations as well as those of their shareholders! All through my career I sought advice from people I valued, I still do! We all need support or a sounding board and sometimes we want to be able to do that without fear of judgement. I feel privileged that coaching has enabled me to help other business executives in the same way.