Prior to working in academic development, I’ve variously taught, or trained others to teach, English for academic purposes, English to speakers of other languages (ESOL), cross-cultural awareness and written and spoken communication. I’ve also been a trainer in conflict resolution and mediation, and have led informal groups in mindfulness practices.
The path hasn’t always felt smooth; in fact, it’s felt positively rocky at times – as if life were throwing boulders in my way – such as the painful time I failed my first year exams and was ‘asked’ to leave; the sudden passing of a dear friend and former flatmate when only in his 30s; the passing of my own mother at the age of 64; redundancy, not to mention riding the twists and turns of relationships. In addition to these life hurdles which we all experience some version of, there were choices to make and points of stuckness to overcome e.g. when anxieties and doubts threatened to derail the completion of my Masters dissertation. These experiences, and others, have prompted me to discover and adopt perspectives and practices that I find essential to navigate through and beyond life’s challenges. It’s because of experiences such as these that I’m able to empathise with clients, and have a wide range of tools to draw upon.
I’m passionate about empowering individuals to realise their potential and to live as bright and as fulfilling a life as they can conceive of. My vision is that as each person experiences greater fulfillment and satisfaction, living a brighter life, we’ll all be of greater benefit not just to ourselves, but also to those in our personal, professional and wider communities.