I love stories so it will come as no surprise that I began my working life as a theatre director. From the primary school nativity through numerous school plays, followed by many happy years in youth theatre, I went on to undertake professional training at Middlesex University, RESAD Madrid, and GITIS Moscow. From this starting point I began a creative journey which has now lasted for more than twenty years.
I am curious and inquisitive, and I love to learn so during this time I have continually diversified my skills with particular interest in the way that an open, creative approach can be beneficial in a plethora of different contexts. From imaginative adventures with the youngest children to artistic discovery with older people living with dementia at the end of life, I have a wide range of experience developing and delivering projects in theatre and creative spaces, but also in hospitals, schools, gardens, blocks of flats… Anywhere that the spark of imagination is given space to ignite endless possibilities.
Having experienced the benefits of coaching on a personal level I realised that most of my professional life I had taken a coaching approach as a producer and manager, and also in my creative practice as an artist and director. It was the benefit of this experience, and the associated revelation about my own work, that inspired me to train as a coach. I trained with Deb Barnard in 2017 with the aspiration to continue exploring this wide and creative approach within all of my work whilst also developing my own practice within the specific area of Coaching and Life Design. One year on I continue to investigate how this learning may manifest itself within my work, whilst also developing and growing my one to one relationships with people working as their coach. For me it has become clear that, like many other areas of my work, coaching is all about stories. About the stories we tell, the ones we would like to tell, and the ones that we haven’t even imagined yet.
I am a fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and the RSA, a member of the British Permaculture Association, and an accredited Relational Dynamics Coach.