Having completed a degree in and International Relations I began my career working in higher education diversity and inclusion focussing on student welfare. I furthered my knowledge in the field by gaining a master's degree in education policy with a focus on Diversity and Inclusion within the Higher Education sector. I am a qualified teacher of Geography with experience teaching in the UK and working with students on their own personal development away from their academic studies. Upon finishing my teaching career, I spent time working in Learning and Development within the Civil Service with a partial focus on equality, diversity, and personal welfare.
I have a wealth of commercial and training experience, gained predominantly in the customer service and transport sectors. I worked around the world, leading large customer-facing teams on cruise ships, training international teams on soft skills to most recently giving communications and conflict resolution training around the U.K. Additionally, I have been responsible for compliance in many different roles and the appointed Data Protection Officer in several companies. My passion for passing on this knowledge and experience is supplemented with academic insights gained during completing an MBA.
I am a game-changing leader, executive coach, and practitioner of organisational development. Having come from a corporate background in broadcast media, I focus on transforming the performance of leaders and teams. I have implemented game-changing programmes across a wide range of industry sectors and organisations. Ever aware that 'the future ain't what it used to be', I prepare organisations to be ready for change and to capitalise on uncertainty. My global leadership work has taken me across Asia, the Americas and Europe, while my online expertise includes webinars, mentoring, facilitation, and podcasts.
I co-host a Global Leadership Podcast, challenging the status quo, asking the big questions, and delivering fresh insights and solutions to performance related problems. 'There's no "going back to normal",' I say. 'Instead, learn to thrive in a no-normal world.'
I have worked across IT, Professional Services, Media and Insights business in a mixture of start-ups and global organisations. Having led L&D teams across the world my specialisms focus around Leadership and Sales. I communicate through high energy interactions which is a primary focus of my sessions. From my base in the UK I am passionate about developing talent, and unleashing people's potential.
Upon completing an Economics degree, I attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and commissioned as a Officer in the British Army. Through this I have proven leadership and management capabilities as a result of commanding troops on the front line in Afghanistan. Additionally, I have extensive project management and strategic supply chain management experience. I have private sector experience through working in an executive support and events role for a global marketing company. Alongside my work here at SeedL I am currently studying to become an accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor.
I am a former college lecturer from Liverpool who became Microsoft Certified in 2009. I now exclusively deliver training online and specialise in Microsoft desktop Apps with a particular focus in Excel. I currently live in Surrey and am a keen photographer in my spare time.
I am an accredited Counsellor (MBACP) with 12 years of practice experience providing one to one and group counselling, in addition to providing mental health training opportunities to organisations. I currently lead a team of counsellors at a prominent Independent School in South-West London alongside running a busy private practice. Further, I also provide organisations and parent groups with my insight to his counselling practice and experience of relating and supporting others. I firmly believe in the power of person-centred counselling and the benefits we can all gain from recognising everyday opportunities for empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence in our busy lives.
I started my career working in an Advertising and Publishing UK based organisation. 23 years of experience gained in Sales, Client Service, Leadership before moving into an L&D role where I learnt my craft in amongst experienced and professional L&D specialists. CIPD qualified and an Insights accredited Practitioner, my career moved into the Financial Services space with HSBC Bank RBWM, which was purely a coaching role.
More recently, leading a Global L&D team within a Professional Services Industry responsible for the learning and development for over 8000 employees worldwide.