Training, Skills and Experience

Training and Qualifications

Alongside academic and professional experience, I've been involved in personal and professional growth and development for over 30 years. I'm naturally curious, love learning and I'm a lifelong student of human behaviour!

My training and influences extend across many fields - from coaching, career management, business, leadership, behavioural science, neuroscience and quantum science to western/eastern & positive models of psychology.  I've studied and gained in-depth experience in the areas of health, wellbeing and relationships and I have a keen interest in consciousness, spirituality, mindfulness and meditation.  I enjoy using this rich diversity and breadth and depth of knowledge to inform and underpin my work with individuals and organisations.

My experience includes the following:

Coaching / Mentoring / Consulting / Training

  • Certified Master Transformational Coach - Holistic MBA & Health Coach Institute, USA
  • Professional & Executive Coaching / Career Coaching - Management Futures, London
  • Strengths Coaching with Michelle McQuaid (Strengths Expert) using VIA Institute Character Strengths & Gallup Talents Inventories
  • 'Inside Out' Coaching with Michael Neill (Transformative Coaching Expert, Coach Trainer & Author of 'Supercoach' and 'The Inside-Out Revolution')ANLP - The Association for Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • 3 Dimensional Coaching with Blaine Bartlett, Evercoach
  • Solutions Focus Coaching and Appreciative Inquiry Coaching
  • Myers-Briggs Personality Profiling Practitioner (MBTI) - OPP
  • NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner - Pegasus NLP
  • Firework ICF Approved Career Coach - CareershiftersMBTI-certified_practitioner
  • John Lees Certified Career Coach
  • Windmills Programme Career Coach / Careers Practitioner
  • Feminine Power Mastery Program - Evolving Wisdom, USA (18 month Mentoring & Training in feminine leadership, empowerment and engagement)
  • Train the Trainer and Adult Education Teaching Certification
  • Storytelling for Change, Acumen
  • WBECS - World Business and Executive Coaching Summits 2017 and 2018 - participant in year long training programmes led by international thought leaders and experts to develop cutting edge research, theory and practice in business, mentoring and coachingfireworklogo

Professional Qualifications & Training

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Education, Information & Guidance - The University of Reading (Awarded AGCAS Excellence Award for Professional Achievement by the UK Association for Graduate Careers Services)
  • MSc Information Systems & Technology (Distinction) - City University, London
  • BCom (Hons) Commerce - The University of Birmingham

Wellbeing / Mindset / State of Mind

Neuroscience, Happiness & Thriving:

  • Science of Happiness Certification Course, Greater Good Science Centre - University of California, Berkeley, USA (one of the world's leading centres for research into positive psychology and wellbeing). Studying the science and research behind the factors that create happiness, wellbeing and flourishing.
  • 'Instant Transformation: Exploring the direct path to insight, impact and influence using The 3 Principles' - Training and Mentoring with Chantal Burns (author of 'Instant Motivation') & Dr Mark Howard (Psychologist & Founder of The Three Principles Institute)
  • 'Neuroplasticity of the brain/ understanding power of the mind' intermediate and advanced intensive live workshops with Dr Joe Dispenza (Neuroscience Researcher & Author of 'You are the Placebo', 'Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself' and 'Becoming Supernatural')
  • Brain/Mind Training with NeuroGym, using the latest research and principles of neuroscience to enhance wellbeing and achieve peak performance
  • 'How to break the cycle of depression' - Accredited training with the Human Givens Institute, a unique approach based on addressing physical, psychological and emotional human needs.

Mindfulness, Meditation & Awareness:

  • Meditation Training: 1:1 training with Sandy Newbigging (creator of Mind-Detox Method & CALM Meditation Technique), plus trained in 'The Heart Technique' and Transcendental Meditation (TM) Methodslogo
  • 'Mindfulness Training for Stress Reduction' with Breathworks; plus Mindfulness Meditation Training (based on Buddhist principles)
  • 'Mandala of Being' Power of Awareness Training with Dr Richard Moss, Medical Doctor & leading international consciousness/spiritual growth teacher
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for students
  • 'Practical Philosophy' & 'Living Philosophy' with School of Economic Science

Relationships:

  • 9 month Mentorship with Dr Margaret Paul - Psychotherapist, international wellbeing and relationship expert, best-selling Author & Founder of 'Inner Bonding' Techniqueinner-bounting-logo
  • Imago Relationship Therapy with Margy Wakefield and 1:1 mentoring in Encounter Centred Couples Therapy with Hedy Schliefer (clinical psychologist, international relationship therapist, personal communication expert and TED Talk Speaker)Imago
  • Family Constellations and Systemic Constellations with Steven Victor (US) & Vivian Broughton (UK)
  • Radical Forgiveness - with Colin Tipping. Powerful technique for finding peace, love and acceptance in relationships, health and life
  • Creating Conscious Relationships - year long training with Jewels Wingfield and consciousness work with Jan Day around intimacy, creating authentic connections and building trust, love and safety within relationships
  • Alison Armstrong - trained in The Queen's Code and Understanding Men programmes with Alison Armstrong, international expert and educator on masculine-feminine relationship dynamics
  • The Hoffman Process (8 day world-renowned intensive focusing on personal growth and transformation, creating healthy relationships, healing dysfunctional patterns created in childhood and promoting emotional, psychological and spiritual growth) Hoffman Institute, UK

Training in therapeutic approaches to promote health and wellbeing:

  • RPT -  Reference Point Therapy (Rapid Personal Transformation Therapy) Advanced Practitioner - Trauma Release, Empowerment and Wellness Technique
  • NMT - NeuroModulation Technique Practitioner - Mind-Body Wellness and Health Optimisation Technique
  • Spontaneous Transformation Technique Practitioner - Mind-Body Balancing and Trauma Release Technique
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Reverse Therapy (working with the Mind and BodyMind to overcome symptoms of illness, stress and 'dis'ease)
  • Trauma Release Work (David Bercelli) and Robert Scaer MD (author of 'The Body Bears The Burden')
  • 1:1 mentoring with Christine Page, MD - leading integrated health and wellbeing expert, Medical Doctor and global consciousness/spiritual growth teacher
  • 'Body-Mind-Centering' training with Jens Johannsen and 'Feldenkrais' with Shelagh O'Neill (mind-body & emotional awareness techniques)
  • Energy Medicine (Donna Eden) - healing and wellness approach based on rebalancing the body's energy systems
  • Shamanic Practitioner Training (Shamanka School of Shamanism with Eliana Harvey) - two year study and exploration of ancient wisdom from indigenous cultures, learning how to expand consciousness, restore health and balance from within and promote living in harmony with the natural world.  Also trained in Reiki Healing (Level 2) with Christine Lunt and other energy medicine approaches to create greater health and wellbeing
  • Stott Pilates training with Founder Moira Merrithewdownload
  • Qualified NIA Teacher (trained in the USA) - Mind-Body Fitness Technique based on Martial Arts, Tai Chi, Modern Dance and Yoga).

Career Experience

2015 - Founder / Director - MindFlame Consulting
2016 - Consultant Trainer & Coach - CABA (Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association) - delivering training and coaching to promote wellbeing for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
2001 - 2015 Career Coach, Executive Coach, Development & Skills Trainer - Bristol University
2001 - present Career & Transformational Coach and Wellbeing Practitioner / Teacher.  Specialising in Career, Mindset, Relationships, Confidence & Wellbeing - Private Practice for Individual Clients
2000 - 2001 Lecturer - Marketing and Organisational Behaviour - Bristol Business School, University of the West of England (UWE)
1998 - 2000 IT Business Development Manager - RAC Motoring Services
1997 - 1998 Travel Marketing Manager - RAC Motoring Services
1997 Business Analyst / Consultant - SmartStream Technologies (GEAC)
1996 - 1997 Research Associate - BT Research Labs
1994 - 1995 Adventure Tour Leader (overseas) - Explore Worldwide
1992 - 1994 Sales and Marketing Executive - Thomson Travel Group (TUI)
1987 - 1989 Picador Publishing, Sun Life Assurance, Independent Travel