I studied animal behaviour and teaching at Cambridge University. As I entered the workplace, I was involved with corporate change programmes - often alongside some serious consulting organisations. I became fascinated, from a behavioural point of view, by why business people consistently avoided making the changes that so clearly made sound business sense.
So I decided to understand what truly makes people change. I trained in a key change science - Neuro Linguistic Programming, (NLP) - both in the UK and at Santa Cruz University with the amazing Robert Dilts, I became a Master Practitioner and Trainer in NLP.
Keen to test idea you can do anything you believe is possible, I went within 12 weeks from never having owned running shoes to completing the London Marathon. Emboldened, I took this learning into business and set up a change leadership consultancy. I've since worked with FTSE-100 companies, small businesses and individual entrepreneurs. Plus I married my husband Robin, and we had the daughter I was never supposed to conceive. Life was great.
Then life happened. My parents-in-laws became unwell and my father was diagnosed with Parkinson's. We undertook a very stressful home renovation, which continually went wrong. On top of everything, I was diagnosed with skin cancer and early onset osteoporosis. My old way of coping was to run, but I soon realised I could not outrun all of these things.
That is when - ten years ago - I discovered Mindfulness. It became so powerful in helping me manage my state that I decided to train with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre to become an instructor in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
I've now combined Mindfulness with my coaching skills to become The Mindful Coach. I help people improve the ways they live and work, and I support them to explore ways to truly thrive.
Realising the importance of mental and physical alignment, I then went on to train as a Pilates Teacher with Polestar Pilates. This style of Pilates works with the whole body: physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually.
This combination of skills makes me pretty unusual, and I put them to good use.
Recently I've energised the whole team at a hospice - from funding executives, to consultants, administrators and nurses; I've shared Mindfulness practices with NHS employees from across London to support them in working with challenging mental health assignments; I've helped clothing designers find a sense of direction and I've helped boat builders cope with lockdown.
Next up, I'm looking to help teenagers - delivering the Teach.B programme both online, in schools and in hospice scenarios.
In my spare time, I garden, I cycle and love spending time in my New Forest home with my family.
This is me. So far.