I will be celebrating 50 years of being on this planet in 2021 and I live in cute little cottage in Lancashire – that’s in the North West of the United Kingdom if you’re not familiar.
I have enjoyed a 20+ year career in various people-related roles starting at the ground level and working up to HR Director position. I’ve always worked in male dominated environments, working with specialists and technicians and particularly those in the Information Technology space. For 7 years I ran a consultancy business that provided specialist HR and Employment Law support to small businesses in Lancashire. Most of my clients were male. I started this from scratch and grew it into a saleable asset.
My career was my lighthouse, my port in the storm. It was the thing that kept me focused and sane. As a single parent I had to provide for my daughter and I wanted to make sure she didn’t suffer for not having a father in her life. Work was also a brilliant strategy for distracting me from the deeply held shame and self-blame about my unsuccessful personal life. Oh yes, I got really good at beating myself up!
Here my self-development journey started. I loved helping others (I was in HR after all!) and after much soul searching I decided I wanted to train as a practitioner in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy, Hypnosis and Reiki and I hired my own coach for the first time in my career.
I have been coached and mentored by some of the biggest names in the industry. I’ve spent over £30k in the last 2 years alone immersed in my own personal development and I’m accredited to coach using three simple psychological principles which are being referred to as “the renaissance in psychology”. Principles that are the TRUTH behind every human experience.
I now get the privilege and joy of working with employers and families to build more resilient and thriving working and home environments. When the needs of parents are put at the heart of businesses, mental and emotional wellbeing improves AND so does business performance!