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 Contact Theatre through their Young Directors’ programme, and 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.
Now my professional life is a mixture of creating and coaching. 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. 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.