In response to the article ‘A vision of things to come’ by Liz Hall

Coaching at work magazine volume 13 Issue 1.

I am an executive coach working with leaders and influencers and I am called as a woman to challenge the status quo, it’s in my blood, I have always done it.

Since I was a little girl, I wanted to rescue those in need of help, choosing the mouse without a tail as my pet in case no one wanted it. Stepping between those hurting others at school.

Today as a coach, my drive is more refined. My rescuing self, now many years older, has learnt to exist under harness, a harness that was developed over the 19 years I have worked as a counsellor, before I re-trained as an executive coach.

In my private life I am still the girl who has been known to walk into situations of danger, particularly supporting those caught up in domestic abuse, impulsive and risky behaviour.

But in my work as a coach it is another matter.

I attract those in need of a robust and challenging place to discover how to, grow, change and thrive. I draw clients who may have checked out my story and those who have not. Those who work alone at the top, who are in need of coach who is trustworthy and diligent. I am someone who has been round the block, yet I am tightly confidential and safe.

My core values are to bring hope and light, regarding my clients with unconditional positive regard, does not in any way prevent me from seriously challenging actions, behaviours and thoughts that limit them as individuals causing them trouble on many levels.

Away from coaching, I am an ambassador for the charity Restored that is trying to end violence against women across the world. And I am passionate that anyone caught up in a relationship of such harm be supported and facilitated to remember who they are so that they can be free. The noise in the back of my head that drives me on is the fact that 2 women die every week here in the UK alone, at the hands of their perpetrator.

Now, my two worlds are colliding as I take a talk on tour in the 4N Network entitled ‘The trouble with porn.’ But still I am duty bound to educate and support those who are becoming addicted to this secretive often shame-filled addiction. I write and challenge and try and shake things up as I draw links between pornography and domestic abuse. I offer resources to support change and I volunteer my own story as part of the plot.

In conclusion what does this mean?

I am known as challenging and forthright, able to support those in senior positions of leadership. Yet, I can be found without difficulty on google, but still, at the end of the day, I believe that I am called to be authentic and as Brene Brown says ‘excruciatingly vulnerable!