In choosing to work with a coach or facilitator you have a right to know where they are coming from. So here are some aspects of my own journey to give you a sense of the ideas, values and influences that have shaped me and the way I work.
Over the last 25 years I have worked with individuals, groups and organisations in business, media, government, public and voluntary sector, in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia. My cross-cultural and cross-sectoral experience have given me a keen sense of what we share as a human species, what is distinctive and unique about each of us, and what we also express on behalf of the culture and systems we are part of – and how to navigate our way.
My roots are in depth psychology [download]. I support individuals and teams to understand their strengths and their challenges, articulate their dreams, resolve complex issues (whether about people, systems or strategy) and realise their potential through real action. I encourage people to broaden their horizons and recognise their contribution to the wider global social and environmental issues confronting us. Working with a creative mix of intellectual challenge, psychological insight and reflection (well leavened with humour and a light touch), and a toolkit that includes imagery, metaphor and story, I have established a reputation for growing and maintaining deep personal engagement in my clients and sustained performance and purpose that extends beyond the coaching journey – and, critically, humour!
My career has spanned the arts, health and organisational development. I co-established a successful London contemporary art gallery, then worked as a journalist for 8 years, writing features on the arts, health and women in work for national magazines and newspapers. I held editorial positions at the Sunday Times Magazine and Time Out, and have written, co-written and co-edited a number of books since the 1980’s (see Selected Publications).
I have chaired numerous conferences and seminars nationally and have radio and television experience, both as a best-selling author (of Dieting Makes You Fat) and as Director of the Parenting Forum. I was the presenter of the first series of a successful live television counselling programme which continued for several series (A Problem Aired, Thames Television, 1987).
Since 2003 I have been a core member of Be the Change (now Be the Change Initiative), a non-profit social change organisation which addresses the interconnected dimensions of sustainability: environment, social justice and personal/spiritual fulfilment. BTCI deliver Symposia and Facilitator Trainings throughout the UK and are affiliated with the Pachamama Alliance in the US. I believe business has a key role in helping shape a better world for all.
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived, this is to have succeeded.