A Unique Point of View
I am a lifelong learner, fascinated with how the brain works, and passionate about helping others be the best version of themselves: a version you choose, not one designed or dictated by someone else.
I have held various senior positions, been an HR Director and a management consultant to all sizes of organisations, and I run my own business. I understand the pressure, the busyness of the day and the unending ‘to-do’ list as you balance that with a family and personal life.
I appreciate that peaks of stress can take you away from your good intentions and the challenge of maintaining your own wellbeing and life balance. I can help you find lasting solutions.
Learning from Life
For many years, I ignored my wellbeing in favour of my ‘to-do’ list. I was whizzing around so fast on the roundabout, keeping everything under control and hitting deadlines, that I forgot to check how I truly felt. I was so lost in the busyness I didn’t realise how much of myself I’d given away. Unconsciously, work was becoming a way for me to avoid the problems in my personal life.
In 2015, I was flung off this roundabout when I contracted Chronic Lyme Disease, a painful and debilitating illness. I was left unable to walk and barely able to string a sentence together. But there is learning in everything, and what it also gave me was the opportunity to press reset!
I have over 30 years of experience in strategic and operational HR, business strategy and consultancy, and I have been a coach for over 20 years.
I love organic gardening and everything in nature (apart from the pests and their unrivalled determination to eat everything in my vegetable garden!), yoga, meditation and walking. I’m also an artist, which provides balance amongst all the ‘work.’
I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. I have a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, an MA in Psychotherapy and an MBA from Henley Management College. My PhD is with Lancaster University and is focused on gender differences in executive stress and behavioural coping strategies, which will be completed in early 2024. I am also trained in many different psychometrics and 360 tools.
My professional coaching training has been with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), Organisation and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) at CRR Global, Team Coaching International and mentor coaching with Clare Norman Associates. Currently, I am undertaking coach supervision training with Marie Faire, at The Beyond Partnership.
Therapy & Beyond
I trained as a cognitive hypnotherapist and NLP Master Practitioner with the Quest Institute, and as a psychotherapy counsellor with the Human Givens Institute.
I am a Reiki Master and spent three years training in energy healing – check out the quantum physics behind this; it really is fascinating!
I live and work from a place of respect, integrity, honesty, trust, kindness and fun, and I value that from others in all my relationships. I believe in the innate resources that we all have and that those resources can be galvanised to overcome whatever life places in front of us. For me, laughter feeds mind, body and soul.
I discovered I could draw and paint during my time with ill-health; now, it has a significant part in my life. I can lose myself for hours in the flow of creativity. The benefits are amazing, and I believe they can provide a wonderful way of expressing and releasing emotions for everyone willing to go there.
Mental Health Advocate
I have always been an advocate for mental health and wellbeing. Now more than ever, with our 24/7 culture, it is essential for all of us to pay attention. We often put ourselves last – work, family, and just about everything else takes priority as we drop further down the list.
Being an advocate for positive mental health, I am also an advocate for creating a society that aims for zero suicide, better support services and employers that place the wellbeing of their employees at the heart of what they do.
The Dark Times
In the past, I have experienced trauma, abusive relationships, bullying inside and outside of the workplace, ill-health and the stress of spiralling finances. Those things happen to men and women on a daily basis, and quite simply – they should not!
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