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About me

I am a certified life, leadership and business coach specialising in two areas:

  1. Confidence and Leadership coaching for business owners, ambitious creatives and professionals in leadership positions.
  2. Coaching for Founders and their teams to scale start-ups and develop into confident and purposeful leaders.

Confidence and Leadership coaching

I aim for high-impact, transformational coaching across a journey of at least six sessions. Do you feel like you are constantly seeking validation? Are you over-working yourself and damaging your personal life? Are you continuously working over your interactions and conversations in your head? Lacking intentionality and clarity in the workplace?

 What I am offering/How we work together:

An alliance for success and impact: Leading and building a business should not be a lonely and stressful task! We will form an alliance and enter a co-creative journey together, focussed on your success and the success of your organisation.

Confident leadership: This is about building the courage you need as an Leader of a purposeful organisation. Empowering you with the self-belief and confidence to call others into action. Mission-focussed, you will build powerful relationships, inspire, influence and build momentum. It is time to get clear on the beliefs that will empower you and let go of the ones that drive imposter syndrome and hold you back.

Purpose-lead organisations: Armed with clarity in your vision for change and a clearly defined sense of purpose, we will explore how to turn that into a well organised, values-lead organisation on a shared mission to change the world. We will prioritise developing people and relationships, an area which leaders often avoid until performance is damaged. This is about alignment and coherence in a collaborative culture. It is about continuous improvement, being customer and community focussed and much more.

Paying it forward: The work we do on yourself as a leader will radiate out to others, who will become empowered by you and the work you do together, in turn becoming role models within your team and in the community.

Strategy tools to self–assess: Going forward we will provide you with tools to assess the performance of you and your business at each stage through its development. When you have problems in your business, against what do you assess yourself, your team and your business performance? Learn the right metrics to manage, and how to turn the mirror on the behaviours that drive those numbers in the wrong direction.

Business and Founder Coaching

Sessions for business owners and aspiring founders can be a blend of strategic business and leadership coaching, designed around an assessment of the growth stage and leadership development needs. I am competent and experienced in coaching founders and startups at idea and pre-seed stage all the way to Series C and beyond/scaling to £10million+. I have 15 years of experience developing and managing my own technology company prior to coaching.

From a personal development perspective, to give an example, sessions may address any one of the following and ensure you are effectively investing in your own learning as a leader and manager;

  1. Your development as a resilient and supportive leader, building trust through emotional intelligence and belief in your team, encouraging autonomy, mastery and purpose;
  2. Your development as an inspirational leader: Obtain true clarity of your purpose, vision, values, and strengths. Outwardly facing, this is central to your organisation’s brand, sales, marketing, and customer service; Inwardly facing, this is essential for staff motivation and commitment. For you, this is essential for your authenticity, alignment and wellbeing;
  3. [Self] Management / Mindset– maintaining a growth mindset, developing the habits to prioritise, set your own goals, and manage your time effectively; effective communication; positive relationships. Break through limiting beliefs and trust in yourself;
  4. Team dynamics, communication and performance – including, amongst others, developing standards, setting clear objectives and goals, developing a culture of continuous improvement, understanding communication styles and personality types, dealing with conflict… 

I can also support you in all aspects of your business, from defining your business model or developing your value proposition, to optimizing key systems and resources, including people and hiring. 

Community: I can also connect you to the communities and other support services that exist around you. E.g. start-up ecosystem services

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CTI Certified Coactive Coach
  • ICF ACC Coach
  • Organisation and Relational System Coaching certificate
  • ILM Certificate in Leadership and Management – Level 7 
  • 15 years managment and leadership experience
  • Member of the International Coaching Federation

I am capable in several models of coaching, from a standard GROW approach, to the full Co-active model of coaching in which I was trained for a year. On top of this I am competent with Relational Systems (I trained in ORSC) and Constellations, as well as a myriad of other models, techniques and theory including the principles of Positive Psychology/Dickens process/Time to Think/Abundance:Scarcity/non-violent communication/embodiment techniques/improv/personality profiling (Myers Briggs/DISC)/leadership development models/innovation coaching/models of resilience/3Ps/business start-up coaching/business strategy models/power and influence models.

Member organisations


UK International Coach Federation (ICF)

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Coaches can become accredited by the ICF, who have three grades of membership: Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Master Certified Coach (MCC), with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Master Certified Coach's have achieved a substantial level of training and experience.

Members of ICF are accountable to a professional code of ethics.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

Founder/Startup Coaching


From £75.00 to £150.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Garden Flat, 23 Elliston Road, Bristol, BS6 6QG

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms