My background

Over the past 20 years I’ve been involved in programme management, commissioning and performance management and communications and patient and carer engagement across a broad range of business sectors including the public, private and voluntary sector. My most recent role was a Board Director with a wide programme portfolio, providing leadership in one of the largest NHS organisations in the country with a budget of over £1.2bn. From this I was identified nationally as an ‘NHS Top Leader’. I was also a freelance journalist and publicist for five years, writing for national and local newspapers.  Communication in all its forms has been running like a thread throughout my career.

I trained as a coach and a supervisor and found that working one-to-one with individuals and having conversations that really matter is what is most important to me.  I therefore undertook further training as a psychotherapeutic counsellor and an intersubjective psychotherapist and now have my own private practice.  I provide counselling, coaching, supervision and training.

In addition, I am the Head of Coaching for Ambition School Leadership, providing coaching leadership, expertise and advice to shape the future of Ambition School Leadership’s coaching approach.  The charity aims to transform the lives of children in disadvantaged areas by building a network of exceptional school leaders at all levels.

Memberships

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
  • BACP Coaching

I adhere to the ethical frameworks of the UKCP, BACP and EMCC.

My qualifications

  • Certificate in clinical supervision – theory, research, skills and practice: BACP endorsed (2014)
  • BSc (hons) degree in integrative counselling; Middlesex University (2013)
  • Advanced diploma in integrative counselling; Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013)
  • Diploma in integrative counselling; Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy (2012)
  • PhD (Doctorate) in health policy research: University of East Anglia (2010)
  • First Class BA (hons) Degree in Policy, Planning and Leadership for Health Professionals: University of East Anglia. (2002)
  • Certificate in supervision: The Bath Consultancy Group/National Leadership Council (2012)
  • Senior Practitioner in Coaching and Mentoring: The OCM and accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (2011)
  • Performance Coaching: University of Strathclyde and The School of Coaching (2010)
  • Professional Trainers Certificate: CIEH (2004)

For more information, you can view my LinkedIn profile.

Courses and workshops

  • Psychosexual therapy: Di Johnson (2015)
  • Coping with the specific challenges of the complex client: Dr Ivan Ellingham (2015)
  • Assessment in counselling and psychotherapy: Robert Hinshelwood (2014)
  • Love and fear within supervision: a masterclass: Robin Shohet (2014)
  • Deepening somatic presence: Coaching international (2014)
  • Impact of child sexual abuse on adult survivors: Into the Light (2014)
  • BACP register certificate of proficiency (2014)
  • Making trauma therapy safer – the psychophysiology of trauma and PTSD: Babette Rothschild (2013)
  • Investigating critical incidents in the fee practices of counsellors in voluntary organisations: One to One Project (2013)
  • Deepening somatic presence – the role of the body in coaching: Coaching International (2012)
  • Transforming devastating feedback in coaching – a master class on Offman’s core qualities model: John Leary Joyce, Academy of Executive Coaching (2012)
  • Coaching and neuroscience: Virginia Brown (co-author of Neuropsychology for coaches) and The Performance Coach (2012)
  • Real world coaching: NHS Leadership Academy (2011)
  • Coaching and career transition: The Performance Coach (2011)
  • Coaching and change and resilience: The Performance Coach (2011)
  • Walk the talk – the use of movement in coaching: Tamarix People and the NHS Leadership Academy (2011)
  • Coaching clients on internal conflict and resolution using NLP: Tamarix People and the NHS Leadership Academy (2011)
  • The psychology of achievement and its applications in coaching: The Hay Group and The OCM (2011)
  • Solution-focussed coaching: The Bath Consultancy Group (2011)
  • Equality and diversity in coaching: The Bath Consultancy Group (2011)
  • Disability awareness: Skills for Health (2011)
  • Equality and diversity: Skills for Health (2011)