I am a leadership coach with specialist skills in interpersonal and intercultural communication. After a 20-year career teaching Modern Languages, 10 years as Head of Faculty and member of the senior management team, I spent four years in Paris in a leading language training consultancy, again in a management role, working mainly with business clients. On our return to the UK in 2003, I joined a London-based consulting firm, working in the public and private sectors. Around this time I began coaching business clients – and increasingly coaching became the main focus of my work.
I have been working in the NHS since 2008, coaching healthcare professionals across a wide range of specialties and roles, working one-to-one and with teams. I also develop and deliver programmes on leadership, interpersonal communication, resilience, diversity and culture change, as well as Induction programmes for International Medical Graduates coming to work in the UK. My new 9-Module accredited programme for junior doctors ‘The Language of Leadership: Finding our own Voice’ was launched in January 2019.
I have a particular commitment to my work in the NHS and was therefore delighted to join the PSU in 2010. The focus of my work is accompanying my clients so that they can work to their strengths, enhance their interpersonal skills, connect with their own personal authority, and communicate with confidence and authenticity.
I am a member of the Association for Coaching, founder member of a Leadership Action Learning set, and a member of the Guildford Coaches’ Association. I also enjoy taking part in ‘flash-mob coaching’ events, taking free coaching to the streets.
My experiences of living in France and Canada have given me personal and professional insight into the challenges and joys of living and working in other cultures. Pursuing this specialist interest, I co-authored a self-help guide for international medical graduates working in the UK (‘So You Qualified Abroad: The Handbook for Overseas Graduates in GP Training’, Pub. Radcliffe 2014). I am currently working on another book on communication skills for leaders.