1.What is your
Originally from the UK, I spent
10 years at US Investment Bank Morgan Stanley, initially as a consultant before
being promoted to Vice President leading the Technology Training Team. I subsequently led the Graduate Development
Program and New Employee Learning & Development. Whilst leading the
Technology Training Team, it was a proud moment when the team won a First
Choice Award for excellence in client service. In 2009 I studied an Executive
Coaching Diploma that paved the way for me to begin coaching and develop a
portfolio career affording flexibility around my young family. I consulted for
Barclays Corporate, first as Interim Head of Learning & Development, then
as a Consultant Project Manager for the Chief Operating Officer. At the same
time, I began working as a Career Coach for leading UK Consultants Position
Ignition. I relocated to Brisbane in
2013 and became one of Australia’s first Gallup Certified Strengths
Coaches. In 2015 I launched Growing
Talent, and I now
enjoy partnering with clients to help them realize their career and life goals.
2.What was your
motivation to become a coach?
I’ve always had a fascination with
performance, and how individuality impacts drive and the ability to achieve
goals. As a child I experienced success
as an athlete under the guidance of an inspirational coach who has
unfortunately since passed away. He was skilled
at understanding what motivated me, and his coaching helped me to build
confidence and a belief that winning was possible. As I look back I realize what a difference
his coaching made not only to me but also to many others. This experience
helped me to appreciate the impact of a good coach and piqued my interest in
3.Do you have any
particular areas of coaching expertise?
As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, I adopt a
strengths development approach in much of my work. What I love about strengths coaching is
that it focuses on developing our innate talents rather than our
weaknesses. It’s such a positive
approach to development and works on developing what is right with people not
what is wrong. Research shows that our
greatest opportunity for growth, engagement and performance improvement is
through a strengths development approach. I work with individuals at
all levels of their career to cultivate self-awareness, and build the
confidence, and capability to take the steps needed to define and achieve
4.What do you love
most about coaching?
I just love helping, it’s a real privilege
to partner with my clients. Every person
is unique, I might be guiding a client to define and set a plan to achieve
goals, or posing a question that sparks a light bulb moment! These are magical
moments that can potentially lead to a lifetime of positive change. It’s
wonderful to be able to contribute.
5.How do you define
I think success is personal and means
something different to each of us. For
me success means living a life with passion and purpose, and making a positive
difference in the lives of those around me – my family, my friends and of
course my clients. One of my core values
is growth, so I feel successful when I am pushing the boundaries to continually
learn and grow through life’s experiences.
It’s important for everyone to take the time to reflect on what success
means to them personally, only then can you put in place an actionable plan to
6.What is your
vision for women in the workplace?
I would like every woman to have the
opportunity to achieve her career potential.
I think so many women compromise and feel frustration and wonder about what
they may have