Coaching is about people. It is not something done to you, but it’s an activity that you and I will do in a coaching relationship together, as peers. As such, below I give you some idea of who I am and where I have come from.
The world of business and boardrooms was not one which figured in my career plans. Originally trained as a classical ballet dancer, the stages of venues such as Sadler’s Wells were my workplaces. Family events brought sudden and significant change, the end of a ballet career, and a need to enter the workplace very young. I took many jobs as a teenager, until I entered the tech industry at 18, rising to be one of the country's first futurists for an investment bank, before founding the board advisory and consulting firm, Openeye.
Looking back, I was being asked again and again to coach without realising this is what I was doing, and it was proving highly effective. I went on to formalise this through rigorous training as both a coach and a psychologist. I now consult, coach and write.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society and governed by its code of ethics and conduct. In addition, I am a member of the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology and the Divisions of Political Psychology and Neuropsychology. In terms of qualifications, I hold a BEng in Software Engineering, an MSc in Applied Psychology, an MSc in Occupational Psychology and a Cranfield MBA. I am trained and certified to use psychometric measurements by the University of Cambridge and am a graduate of the Harvard Medical School coaching affiliate Meyler Campbell, accredited by the Association for Coaching. I am also a member of the Institute of Coaching. I received my training in negotiation and leadership at Harvard Law School.