Taking a break from corporate life in 2008 through an opportune redundancy, I retrained as an emotional intelligence coach. This was a defining moment in realising my potential as a coach and facilitator.
With a varied career history, the link in the chain, for me, has always been people. I have pursued an interest for helping and supporting the development of individuals and teams throughout my working life.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, I have collected many strings to my bow that enable me to connect with others through empathy and appreciation.
People matter to me, I believe that everyone should be given the time and space they need to be heard. I have demonstrable evidence that ideas, inspiration and breakthroughs come when people feel safe, secure and encouraged.
Back into the corporate world in 2009, I began taking on roles that enabled me to master and hone my skills. Continually learning and testing material, I developed a toolkit of exercises and activities to enhance my coaching practice ranging from personality assessments to facilitated and targeted workshops. I combine my natural affinity with people with an instinctive curiosity that encourages and enables people to talk, share and as a result, unlock, develop and maximise opportunities.
In January 2019 I became ill with internal shingles. This led to over a year of pain, discomfort and emotional strain forcing me to change many areas of my life. Once active and full of energy, walking became limited and I noticed my stress and anxiety levels increase. When a multitude of tests and examinations for the unexplained pain all concluded with an unknown diagnosis, I turned my focus to a physiotherapist who helped me learn how to breathe properly. This was a pivotal step as from here I began a journey into understanding how to restore my physical and mental health and in doing so learn how to live life on purpose. I experimented, recorded and measured my results and have used this alongside my coaching practice to design and develop my Purposeful Life Strategy.