It's been quite a journey - my love for coaching developed out of my work as an ICS and NVQ Management Assessor. I found I really loved coaching and seeing the difference it makes to people, and a well-timed redundancy in 2011 gave me an opportunity to use all my experience to pursue my own business in coaching.
Earlier in my life, after a degree in English at Newcastle University, where I also studied Latin, Greek and Linguistics, I worked for a year in Edinburgh University Library, with a view to a career in that field. Although I enjoyed this I felt I needed to complete my education... and my next step certainly completed it!!
I got a job as an auxiliary nurse on a female orthopaedic ward and then trained as SRN (State Registered Nurse). Once qualified I went on to work for a large local authority in residential management of homes for older people, where I later undertook Health and Social Care assessment and verification.
I’ve coached people in a number of management roles within a large local authority setting, as well as on a personal basis.
I’m really interested in Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and their application to coaching, together with the emerging insights from modern neuroscience.