Describe your journey as a coachI spent 17 years working in the corporate clothing industry, creating uniforms for large FTSE 100 companies with designers such as Jeff Banks and Amanda Wakeley. As sales director, I led a team of 45 salespeople and account managers. Alongside this career I became interested in helping people achieve their potential in life and trained as a psychotherapist in my spare time. I had clients in London and in Wiltshire before deciding to resign from the sales director role and invest in a career as a coach. That part of the journey led to working at a division of Siemens in learning and development and introducing coaching skills to managers. I also spent some time working for a leadership development consultancy before returning to Siemens and leaving as head of people development to run my own consultancy, which I have now been doing for 10-plus years.
What is your sweet spot as a coach?I work mainly with middle and senior managers/directors on developing their leadership style and gaining insights into challenges they are facing. I became interested in mindfulness a few years ago and trained at Bangor University and Oxford Centre of Mindfulness so that I can help leaders deal with ambiguity and uncertainty, be more present and more able to be incisive. I enjoy working one-on-one and with teams as well as working in emergence, as that is when real change happens.
What about you as a person?I love the feeling of freedom that running gives me so I do 10Ks, half marathons, marathons and more recently have started to enjoy road biking. I am competitive by nature so sport appeals to me. I play for a tennis team, and I have recently recently taken up the art of quilting for some quiet downtime.
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