When you’ve chosen a line of work that means a lot to you, it’s not motivation that’s a problem, but issues that crop up in the office and with clients. I know this because I’ve always worked in areas I’m passionate about. I found I needed to learn as much about managing and being a team player as I did about developing my professional expertise.
I love a challenge
I love change, it excites me. For me it says ‘opportunity’, ’variety’, ‘growth’. I’ve adapted to life in other countries and cultures – Germany, Austria, Uganda. I’ve been through re-organisation, restructure and redundancy. I’ve been evacuated away from rebel activity with a young family and had to learn new languages and cultures on several occasions. I’ve learned about change from the inside.
I’ve changed my work to fit my circumstances.
- In Oxford I worked in secondary and adult education
- In rural Uganda I taught community development and English
- Back in Oxford I ran a support service for young asylum seekers and refugees
- In Reading I worked in local government in Sustainability delivering:
- Communications and behavioural change
- Support for SMEs in the green economy
I want to help others to experience change as a marvellous opportunity for themselves and others.
Qualifications and Experience
Working as a trainer, facilitator and coach, I give support from a wide range of experience – enabling people working in sustainability, the health sector, the third sector and education to be equipped and resilient to realise their vision.
I have the Professional Certificate in Coaching and Behavioural Change and an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change from Henley Business School (University of Reading)
I have two teaching qualifications (Post Graduate Certificate in Education – P.G.C.E. and Diploma in teaching English to Speakers of other Languages – DELTA) along with many years of experience teaching and training.
I am a member of the Association of Coaching and the International Coach Federation.
Living my values
I’ve always worked on things which really matter to me – education about climate change , community development, community based health education, support for asylum seekers, teaching English at Secondary and Adult levels. So I know what it’s like to have strong values and be committed to a cause. I’ve also known what it’s like to be held back by not having support and understanding as to how to cope in stressful and changing situations. I want to offer you that support to find your creative solutions.
I try to live a life with a low impact on the environment. That’s why I will turn up to your office on a bike if it’s in Oxford or public transport elsewhere, and why I offer Skype coaching. If I have a suntan it’s more likely to be from working on my allotment than from a ‘sunshine break’.