Why did I get involved in learning and development? I started off my career in local government housing after taking an Open University degree, and quickly discovered that I had a passion for learning. When I moved to become a consultant at the Industrial Society I had fantastic opportunities to indulge this passion and to help others to develop and grow. I have always believed that as we spend so much of our time at work it’s important that we enjoy it and are able to use our strengths and talents to best effect.
I am especially interested in leadership and helping leaders at all levels in organisations to get the best from their people. Having just spent the last four years leading a Social Care Charity through a period of intense change, this practical experience has made me even more aware of the challenges leaders face in the 21st Century. I also love to work with teams, creating a safe environment to help them to look at how they operate and how they can become more effective.
As a qualified and experienced coach I have worked 1-1 with senior leaders both providing a sounding board and the right amount of support and challenge for each individual.
What’s it like to learn with me? I do my utmost to make the experience interactive, engaging and insightful and to build on the wisdom that is already in the room. I focus on making workshops practical and relevant so that they lead to action and positive change for each individual. I am always very aware of the importance of building in ways to sustain the learning back at work.
What qualifies me to help? Wide experience of working with people across public, private and voluntary sectors. Practical experience of leading an organisation myself. I am a Master Practitioner of NLP and I developed my Coaching Skills by completing the Industrial Society School of Coaching as well as an NLP and Coaching programme. I am accredited to use MBTI and a number of other psychometrics, and I regularly attend workshops and conferences to update my skills.
What do not a lot of people know about me? I ran the London marathon in 2012 and raised nearly £5000 for charity. I still do the parkrun most Saturdays. I love walking my border collie Sparky, and catching up with my family and friends at home and abroad. I am on the board of two charities and am also a business mentor.