I am a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, with 25 years’ experience in the area of human behaviour and development. I began my career as an academic, teaching and researching in the area of organisational behaviour before then moving in to practice. Although I have spent most of my career consulting to a variety of organisations, I have also spent some time working as a specialist within a global retailing organisation learning about the realities of implementing organisational development initiatives. My clients have ranged from retailers and high technology companies to Government departments, from fmcg to financial and professional services organisations, the latter including retail banks, investment banks, accounting firms and law firms.
As a coach, my clients are typically at executive or partner level within their businesses, and are often interested in up-skilling as a result of promotion, or are simply motivated to improve their leadership effectiveness. I have worked with many international firms, working with individuals around the cultural and style issues that are going to make them equally effective globally as they typically have been at a country level.
My consulting approach is grounded in a fundamental value driver about improving the working lives and effectiveness of individuals. I believe that in so doing, organisational effectiveness is also increased. In coaching, I also believe that readiness, or motivation to change is a critical issue, and will take the time to ensure that the individual keys to this are properly explored. My approach is also characterised by an unconditional positive regard, coupled with an ability to challenge individuals robustly but constructively and I try to mirror the integrity of my approach in my own behaviour and values, which include trying to have a positive influence in all my interactions.