I am a Consultant and Performance Coach and former Chief Executive Officer with over 30 years’ experience of engaging with individuals and teams across business, public sector, and the voluntary sector.
I have over 20 years of experience in business development and leadership, focused on opportunities that support social mobility and enterprise.
I started my career as a volunteer youth and community worker and have always had ‘community’ at the heart of what I do. I absolutely believe that local communities, when supported and equipped with the resources they need, can make a huge difference to the lives of others.
I have extensive knowledge and experience in the field of social investment that supports positive outcomes for people and communities. I have advised governments in the UK, USA and Japan on the value of securing social investment to address social inequality. I passionately believe in a ‘hand up’ not ‘hand down’ approach to tackling social inequality.
I have worked on a diverse range of projects including reducing educational inequality in mainstream provision, research into the impact of coaching in business, policy development for SME, community development and impact assessments. I have extensive experience in developing partnerships and networks as I believe we are all stronger, together.
Why I chose this career… I enjoy the opportunities I get to work with a diverse range of people. I enjoy working on new projects or developing others and exploring the many ways in which projects can grow and develop. Social Inequality has always been the driver for me. From my early days in youth and community work through to my last ‘work’ role as a CEO of a youth trust. This is what drives me in my role now, working on projects that redress the balance and create opportunities for all.
Places I love… Manchester is my favourite city in the world followed closely by Dublin (the city where my mother was born). I love the architecture, the sounds, the vibe, just everything really.
The project I am most proud of… Has to be the development of an allotment close to where I live. I am proud of this as I was involved as a resident of our community where we identified a piece of disused land, found the owner, sought planning permission, negotiated a price to buy, worked the land so we could create a community garden and encourage everyone to grow their own fruit and veg. It was only after we got things up and running that we thought about creating a ‘proper’ board and business plan. With hindsight we got carried away with the dream which spurred us on, and it did the job. Now though we are more ‘grown up’ and have a Committee and a Business Plan that shapes how we will sustain our community allotment for years to come.