I started my business in coaching, training and facilitation in 2017. After a career of over fourteen years as an academic, I was keen to work more closely with my passion for social justice and to continue to help individuals, communities and organisations to be the best versions of themselves that they can be. All of my work is driven by my values.
Training and facilitation
To my training and facilitation I bring academic expertise in how diversity, inclusion and in particular gender and sexuality operate in society, evidenced by my PhD and research publications. Furthermore, I bring over fourteen years’ experience in designing and delivering learning programmes for adults. This includes experience in introducing and nurturing spaces for conversations around gender and LGBT-related issues, potentially sensitive topics. I love learning and developing and am currently undertaking a certificate in action-learning facilitation to add to my toolbox!
Having gained a coaching qualification in 2017, I enjoy supporting people to draw on their greatest resource – themselves – to maximise their potential, explore options, clarify and attain their goals. I offer coaching to individuals as well as to organisations wishing to develop their staff.
I draw on my research experience, knowledge and project management skills to offer a range of consultancy. Examples include qualitative research for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and external evaluation work for the harm-reduction charity, Change, Grow, Live, for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and for Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.
Culture change within organisations
While in the workplace as an academic, I led on initiatives around gender equality in my organisation, setting up a women’s network, a gender champion role, and leading my department to strive for an Athena SWAN award, a charter mark for gender equality in Higher Education. I then held a fixed-term part-time role at another university, leading on their institutional submission for an Athena SWAN award. I believe that charter marks/awards, while not a magic bullet, can be used as tools to bring about institutional change.
Beyond the workplace
I have enjoyed being a trustee at two small charities: Team Kenya CIO, an international development charity that educates girls, empowers women and transforms communities in Western Kenya; West End Women and Girls Centre, Newcastle, which offers support, advocacy and activities for local women and girls.
ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
PhD, Contemporary Literature, Gender and Sexuality
Member of the Association for Coaching
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy