I began my career in HR and for two decades led human resources at household names such as Nestle Purina and Tesco. My last role was Head of European HR for Carphone Warehouse managing staff across nine European companies.
I didn’t just drift into HR. I made a conscious decision at a young age to build my career in that direction. I’ve always believed the value and power of people and as a coach see often how we can underestimate what we are really capable of. Marianne Wilson put it well when she said:
‘Our deepest fear is not that that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us’.
In 2009, I left full-time employment to start Leaderwise. Over the years I’d grown increasingly drawn to working with people one on one. One of the earliest questions I’d had at the start of my career was how to really get behavioural change through the then ‘training and development’ approaches. It continues to be a prevalent question for me. Ultimately I think a key component is the support of a network, people to help keep us focused, on path, engaging in new practices for the sake of the new behaviours and capabilities that we want to cultivate for ourselves. For me, well executed coaching can therefore be a vital and powerful element of this.
Brands I Have Worked With
I’ve been lucky enough to coach hundreds of leaders from organisations such as LinkedIn, Cap Gemini, Expedia, Affinity Water, EDF and Dixons Carphone to name but a few.