Coaching & training consultancy

Business coaching BristolI am a qualified business and executive coach (Advanced Certificate in Executive Coaching, accredited by the Bristol Business School at University of the West England and the ILM level 5) and a member of the EMCC (European Mentoring & Coaching Council). I follow their code of ethics, which can be found here. I have been working as a coach for nearly ten years, which means I have had the honour of seeing what works (and what doesn’t) for a large range of businesses and organisations.

I have worked with a wide variety of both public and private organisations and businesses in many fields, including the sustainability sector, Marketing & PR, advertising and food,  recruitment  (from small businesses to Hays Recruitment), law firms  and retail chains, charities and social enterprises (including Sustrans) as well as financial institutions, banks and government.  All my work is confidential and clients trust me to keep what is spoken about in our sessions between us, unless explicitly agreed otherwise.

Before training as a coach, I established and ran Papadeli, a growing retail and food business, with my husband. I have first hand experience of the challenges of running a profitable business, employing people, developing a strong brand which has retained its relevance for over 15 years.  I also have first hand experience of being in business with my husband and often coach other couples in business, as it can be quite a challenge at times!

Before that I worked in Marketing and Media, which has given me great insight into the power of communication.  I am still very much involved in the marketing and strategy side of Papadeli, alongside my coaching business.

I am fascinated by people and have studied positive psychology which I have been able to share with many clients. I am a certified resilience practitioner, which enables me to share insight into getting the best out of people and relationships, influencing skills and people development.

From spending time with business leaders and managers, I have been privileged to witness many challenges and successes and from these insights, I have designed several training courses and workshops on a variety of topics from management skills and wellbeing, to coaching and  listening skills as well as becoming better at delegating.  These are interactive, original workshops with a keen focus on seeing behaviour change.

I am serious about my work and professional development through a variety of additional training and the attendance of coaching groups and associations such as the EMCC and The Critical Coaching Group.  I am part of a supervision group and read widely on a variety of subjects that help me keep my knowledge up to date in the world of business, human resources and coaching.

Qualifications & training

  • Advanced Certificate in Executive Coaching, Bristol Business School (University of the West of England ILM Level 5)
  • Coaching Core Competencies certificate  Jan 2014 & 2016.
  • Positive Psychology for Coaching Professionals with Dr.Chris Johnstone Jan/Feb 2014
  • Resilience Practitioner certificate, The College of Wellbeing, September to November 2016
  • Nominated Entrepreneur Ambassador in the South West New Entrepreneur Scholarship
  • Awarded scholarship to study “Entrepreneurship” at Babson College, Massachussetts 2005
  • Established award winning food business, Papadeli 2002 (most recently nominated Best Independent Retailer in the South West by Observer Food Monthly readers (2014, 2015 & 2016)

What I bring as a coach and trainer

  • business acumen: I have been involved in running my own business and coaching leaders in businesses for over 15 years.
  • focus: when you’re overloaded with the day to day tasks, it’s hard to focus on what’s important.  Working with a coach who asks the right questions and ensures you maintain focus can transform your business.
  • clarity: taking time to assess what is important brings clear vision
  • decision making: a coach can ask the questions to challenge and stretch your thinking, bringing about well thought through decisions
  • a different perspective: coaching enables you to step out of your day to day and see things differently
  • stress reduction: doing the same thing over and over without stopping to work out what could change – stress helps no-one and is toxic. Coaching helps you identify how you want to be and put steps in place to maintain or increase productivity, reducing stress levels.
  • better relationships: with stress, misunderstandings etc relationships can suffer.  This is bad for business.  Coaching brings tools for improving relationships and communication.
  • a plan for you and your business: we rush through life without stopping to think what we really want – for ourselves and work/business.  Coaching gives you the time to really identify what you want and holds you accountable to ensure you get there.
  • A sense of humour: last but not least, I think it’s vital that we all maintain a sense of humour (where appropriate, of course!)


Voluntary Roles 

Present

  • Progression & Business Mentor, Prince’s Trust.
  • I am a volunteer coach for the CEO of a growing charity.
  • Member of GetSetforGrowth steering committee.

Recent

  • Parent Governor, Chair of the Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee
  • UWE Ventures, Business Mentor.
  • Growth Accelerator Coach


Memberships

  • The Bristol and Bath Coaching Network
  • European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
  • Critical Coaching group
  • Peer supervision for coaches

I have full professional indemnity insurance.