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My Story2018-09-26T10:12:53+00:00

Coaching really is all about YOU! 100%

But choosing the right person to coach you is important and will impact on what results you achieve. If you want to know more about me and whether you think I am the right person for YOU, read on.

What gets me up in the morning?

Apart from my alarm clock and knowing I need to lead from the front when it comes to getting our show on the road at home, for me it’s all about seeing each day as a new opportunity.

I feel very lucky – I’ve had some great leadership in my time – I am deeply grateful to the people who believed in me, who saw my potential and pushed me toward it, even before I could see it. People who shaped me to challenge and achieve. And now I’ve found what I REALLY love doing and it feels good to be making a real difference, to help others achieve results and be able to stand back and enjoy their pleasure at what they have achieved.

“If this is all you ever ask for, then this is all you’ll get!”

Snow Patrol

My Philosophy?

I believe that my background in understanding strategy, goal setting and achievement gives me a great foundation in coaching others.

I know what it takes to turn a vision into reality.

Identifying a sound client-based goal from the outset, followed by encouragement and support to create new workable ideas and outline the incremental changes needed to achieve these new ways of working, will lead to radical but tangible results.

I am driven by wanting to help people become the very best version of themselves they can imagine and my commitment to those I work with is to bring enthusiasm, structure and creativity to enable their lasting positive change.

It can be hard to work out what to do first when you’re faced with things you’d like to solve or change.

Clients come to me to work out answers and strategies to deal with challenges they are facing and to make strategies for positive change.

How did I get here?

I spent 30 continuous years in the ICT industry, employed in sales, business development, partnering and strategy development leadership positions.

I worked with many talented but often frustrated individuals and teams across multiple organisational, cultural and geographic boundaries, collaborating to develop new and often ground-breaking solutions.

This collaborative approach was hugely satisfying, and I gained personal momentum every time we achieved results, inspired by what we had achieved and our teams pleasure in reaching their goals – often thought to be way beyond their grasp – by taking a deliberately different approach to the way business was done.

But as time wore on and my organisation and industry changed, I recognised that it was time for a personal change. I had built myself a very credible reputation as a leader in my field because I did love what I was doing – I knew I could still contribute much more than circumstances were allowing.

What did I do to change?

Drastic action was needed. So I asked to leave!

I’m not a natural risk taker by any stretch of the imagination. But I could see that I was losing heart and the environment was squashing my passion for what mattered to me personally.

This was a monumental decision for me and, to make it more difficult, I had to ask on 3 occasions spread over 12-18 months before my employer finally agreed to let me go. Admittedly, I was secretly relieved the first twice they said no……it let me retreat to my safety (but unhappy) zone.

Leaving finally allowed me time to reflect on my life and to piece together my experiences, my loves and dislikes, my strengths and weaknesses. I began to see the clear common threads to “me”:

  • a consuming passion for people – coaching, supporting, encouraging and developing individuals at all levels, allowing them to build their confidence and realise their strengths

and

  • creating change – being inquisitive, questioning the status quo, unpicking ‘roadblocks’ and challenging the art of the possible.

What Next?

As I exited the relative safety of my corporate world, armed with this understanding of my personal motivation, I looked around for things that interested me, things to learn and things that looked fun and challenging.

A friend recommended the Henley/Reading University Coaching programme, I went to meet the ream and some recent graduates there, loved it and took the plunge to enrol.

A year into this, and backed by attainment in this 1st year of distinction in their Professional Certificate (PCIC), I set up my own Executive Coaching business, Ping Thinking Ltd. For me personally, change, pride and adventure had been restarted!!

A Snapshot of Me

My Coaching Focus

  • Personal Coaching
  • Executive Coaching
  • Small Business Coaching
  • Coaching for Companies

Business Focus/Experience

  • Global Business Development, Market and Opportunity Creation (Direct & Indirect)
  • Alliance, Partner and Channel Development (Strategy & Business Development)
  • Coaching Teams for Success (across cultural, geographic and organisational boundaries)
  • Sales Strategy – (Creation & Execution)
  • Relationship Development and Stakeholder Management

Quick Resume  LinkedIn

A variety of roles including:

  • Director, Global Partner Strategy, BT Global Services
  • Director, Global Business Development (APac, EMEA, USA). BT Global Services
  • General Manager, (HP Alliance) BT Global Services
  • Director, Managed & Outsourced Services, BT Global Services
  • Previous 15 years, Various sales, channel and marketing roles including at BT, C&W, Infonet, Global One

Education

  • PCIC – Professional Certificate, Coaching & Behavioural Change (Henley Business School)
  • MSc, Coaching & Behavioural Change (Henley Business School) in prog
  • BA, Tourism Management (Edinburgh Napier University)
  • Dip M, Chartered Institute of Marketing

And the me, me?

  • Passionate about Family – Live in Newbury, with my Husband and twin Daughters, and my best 4-legged buddie – my 6-year-old, fluffy German Shepherd
  • Addicted to Travel, meeting people, and always curious to learn more about the world
  • Mad keen cook and foodie, who loves entertaining and socialising with Friends, Family and Passers-by!
  • “Grape Juice” – love buying and sometimes even drinking wine and have my own spiral cellar

“Life is all about turning points. Some people don’t embrace them, because they fear change – but over more than 40 years in business, I’ve learned to see shifts in success and forks in the road as huge opportunities. Turning points, while they often come from moments of darkness, can steer us in the direction of great light… or lightbulb moments.” 

Richard Branson