I am a coach and career consultant, and worked for many years as a self-employed “headhunter” in the advertising industry. The most rewarding part of this job was always helping people find a more satisfying role, sometimes in the same company, sometimes somewhere else. When the economic slow-down started in 2002, I decided to add some top-notch coaching training to my skills, in order to help people with the increasing demands of keeping their jobs as well as getting them in the first place.
Now I coach people with a focus on any kind of career transition: stepping up to new challenges, developing leadership skills, understanding impact on others, help and support while looking for new jobs, interview skills.
For many, the challenges spill over into their private lives and have an effect on health, relationships or finances so I also coach around these areas.
I completed my coaching training in 2006. I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and trained with CTI (Coaches Training Institute), one of the coaching schools recognised by the ICF (International Coach Federation) the independent regulatory body for the coaching industry. I hold ACC accreditation from the ICF, the first of 3 stages of accreditation. I am a licensed practitioner of the Firework coaching programme, which is designed to help people find a career which fully embraces their strengths and talents. I also have a primary certificate in cognitive behaviour therapy and training.
I was born and brought up in London and now live in rural Kent. I’m married to Philip and are owned by two gorgeous cats, Mimi and Zin, and we are lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful countryside and a lovely garden - a natural paradise for flowers, insects and birds.
People say I'm friendly, compassionate, a good listener, warm and outgoing, creative, full of life, love and humour. I can also be demanding, provocative and tough. I am honest, and very human and I ask everyone I work with to be the same.
What makes me happy: still being married to Philip, being self-employed for 25 years, nature, growing things in our garden, skiing, speaking French and feeling I belong in France, sunshine, heated debate, roses (all flowers actually, but roses are my favourites!), my friends, un-put-downable books, rock music (played very loud), bright colours, slow food and wine, laughter and irreverence, all animals and birds.