As a coach it is my purpose and honour to support the people I work with as it fulfils my wish to be a contribution in the world. I am deeply inspired by so many of them; whether they are community group leaders, global or small business leaders, humanitarian aid workers, ecologists, activists, public servants (in education and the police) they are engaged with bringing positive change for good in the world.
It has been a lifelong interest to explore and learn how people live, love, create, connect and experience our-selves and the world. I started my professional life by studying Traditional Chinese Medicine in the early 80’s. It suited me to be on the fringe then as I felt my values and commitment to people and the environment were not found elsewhere. The holistic nature of Chinese medicine and its understanding of human beings as a complete whole and inseparable from nature I somehow knew to be true. It was a small step to coaching; to deepening my practice and providing a space for people to connect deeply with themselves and the bigger picture; to the understanding of how we as humans create our experience and can lead fulfilling lives.
A variety of trainings over the years have enabled my own growth and development while deepening and widening my skill set.
My early therapeutic work was with children and families; before moving on to become an acupuncturist, coach, supervisor/mentor and trainer.
I have worked as a coach since 2001, having completed programmes with International Teaching Seminars, a leading international coaching and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) training body, Landmark Education. I am a qualified NLP practitioner, Action Learning Set facilitator and member of The Association for Coaching and have undertaken a wide variety of shorter courses over the years.
My work – and life – are informed by all that I have learnt and grown through along the way. This is best articulated by the Inside Out Understanding or Three Principles. In this field I have attended a variety of short and longer trainings and workshops, in person and online, with Elsie Spittle, Michael Neill, Ian Watson and others.
As a coach I work internationally and clients have come from a variety of backgrounds: corporate (including TalkTalk, Kraft Asia, Babcock International, Mondelez), small business, international development and humanitarian aid, charities, the arts, education and the helping professions. The emphasis of my work is currently with those creating change for good in the world, whether that is with young people and Mental Health, overseas development work, humanitarian aid, in business and education.
I have also coached voluntarily for a micro finance project for women in East London and currently am co-ordinating a body of 25 coaches, who offer pro bono coaching to programme participants at Embercombe (whose purpose is to be a powerful and innovative catalyst for the emergence of leaders and change agents who will take courageous action for a just, peaceful, and sustainable world) and am involved with Resilient Young Minds and Wellbeing Ambassadors.
I have been Supervising and Mentoring since qualifying in 1998; and have been leading a national supervision training course since 2012. I am honoured to support and supervise coaches, trainers, facilitators and health practitioners both individually and in groups. I have supervised voluntarily for The Peninsula Coaching Foundation (a charity offering coaching and coaching skills to young people). I continue to update and develop my supervisory skills with The Bath Consultancy Group.