Hello! I specialise in coaching women who want to invest in their self-development (building confidence, resilience, self-awareness), and women in management who want to develop their leadership identity. I work with management teams and senior executives to build the underpinning behaviours that support performance for growth, using Action Learning, 4DSystems, and Solutions Focused Consulting.
Contact me on 07854 009 195 or for a free 'chemistry' session or discussion.


I specialise in working with:
• Those who recognise the importance of self-development for career enhancement
• Women who want to develop their leadership identity
• Organisations who value the business benefits of behavioural competency
Of course these groups do overlap!

I specialise in coaching for:
• Confidence, resilience, and behavioural change
• Improved communication skills
• Emotional Literacy and Intelligence

I specialise in facilitating:
• Action Learning
• Team Learning
• Leadership Development


Private Individuals:
I offer a sliding fee structure for private clients.
Why? Because I believe passionately in developing the talent pipeline at 'both ends'.
My first session (the 'chemistry' session!) is always free.
• For clients in junior roles I expect them to identify what they can afford to invest in their development, and I offer flexible payment, and the facility of Skype sessions.

• For clients at other levels of seniority my fees depend on their location, and again I expect a congruent conversation about what they intend to invest in their development.

• I work in blocks of 4 weeks – my focus is to create a robust future-focus, not dependency on a coach.

Corporate & Organisational Clients:
My daily rate starts at £1200, depending on the scope and extent of the brief

I offer individual client sessions at a mutually convenient time. I offer coaching face-to-face, by email, and via skype.


Emotional Intelligence and Literacy
Action Learning
Team learning
Communities of Practice

I am a reviewer for:
Journal of Management Development
Journal of Women in Leadership


  • Transforming Behaviours

    2013 - Current
  • You're Amazing CIC

    2009 - Current
    I also work with a not-for-profit social enterprise, supporting women in one of the most deprived areas of the NorthWest.
  • Stephen Doughty Associates

    Freelance Associate
    2009 - 2009
  • Lancaster University Medical School

    Special Studies Convenor
    2010 - Current
  • Lancaster University

    Teaching Fellow
    1999 - 2001
    Teaching on post-experience and postgraduate programmes in Project Management and Engineering Project Management (Certificate to MSc) - managing behavioural aspects of project teams
  • NHS

    Cardiology Services Manager
    1991 - 1999

Education History

  • PhD in Sociology (Social Studies of Science, Technology & Medicine)

    Lancaster University
    2007 - 2011
    Science and Technology Studies: Situated Learning Theory/Communities of Practice/Safety/NHS Policy The transferable and original contribution that I made to the existing body of knowledge that applies to my organisational work, included: insights around 'apprenticeship' and learning; (apparent)consensus and disagreement in communities of practice; legitimate power (of individuals in positions of 'power'); people who get marginalised in communities of practice


PhD MA (Distinction) MSc Grad Diploma Professional Counselling Adv Cert Expressive Art Therapy Licensed Unitive Coach CBiol MIBiol

Clubs and Associations

EMCC North West (part of the volunteer management committee)
West Lancashire Scout Association
Society for Biology (Chartered Biologist)
Association for Project Management

Interests and Hobbies

Scouting - particularly pioneering (knots & stuff)
70s & 80s music
Gardening for self sufficiency
Forest Schools Outreach
Dr Who
Mean bodrum player

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