Hello….a bit about me
In 2016 I began training as a Professional Coach with Coaching Development Ltd. 2017 and 2018 were all about adventure and discovery in coaching as I sought a rich and diverse experience of coaching to develop my practise and continue my learning journey. 2019 is the year for me to grow my coaching practise and consultancy work into a source of income for our family and of course for me to learn and grow further. Having gained a Certificate in Professional Coaching I am now working towards accreditation with the International Coach Federation.
Opportunities can come from surprising places and coaching is a great way of finding these opportunities and moving forward in new circumstances.
In 2003, less than a year after we married, my husband Matt was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. We knew this was a life changing diagnosis for both of us, in those difficult early days we never imagined the positive impact it would have on our life.
Matt no longer works but enjoys more time with our two girls. He takes his self-management of Parkinson’s seriously. We can’t always predict what each day will hold. Taking on new roles of ‘living with a long term condition’ and ‘carer’ are things we need to accept afresh each day.
My career in the world of corporate hotels and conference venues was no longer fulfilling and I looked for ways to develop myself; setting up my own freelance training business, volunteering in my community and for Parkinson’s UK. I also worked part-time for Parkinson’s UK developing the self-management programme.
New career opportunities have opened up and life is truly fulfilling. Coaching draws together my experience as a leader, facilitator and trainer. I love to see people (including me) grow and become the person they were made to be. Lived experience as a carer and getting to know other carers has fuelled a passion to bring coaching to unpaid carers.
As a Christian I am thankful to God for his grace, gifts and blessings. I am becoming the person he made me to be.