About me

I have experienced the exhilaration of success, and the disappointment of setbacks and failures.

 

I know the value of a learning mindset, self awareness and inclusive leadership and the dragging effect of a team that is not working well together.

 

It comes from having spent over 25 years leading change in FTSE 100 companies, marketing consultancies and the charity sector.

I am passionate about supporting and encouraging the next generation of leaders as they grapple with the big challenges of purposeful leadership, responsible business, climate change, inclusive cultures and the common good. 

I put my own understanding and experience of business and inclusive leadership to good use through my coaching.

My credentials

My time as Chair of Stonewall involved me moving the equality organisation from campaigning solely for lesbian, gay and bisexual people to include trans people as well as actively addressing racism in the queer communities. 

As global inclusion director at Aviva I introduced equal parental leave.

 

My work has been recognised with The Drum Lifetime Achievement Award and Honorary Fellowship of The Marketing Society.

I continue to hold senior leadership roles as non-executive Chair of two companies (Given and PAMCo),  President of the Market Research Society and sit on the advisory board of Utopia. 

I have held numerous marketing leadership positions working with companies ranging from Aviva, BT and British Gas to Diageo and Unilever.

I founded my own successful marketing consultancy, BLUEdOOR, and became a partner in another, antennae.

 

I worked for over a decade in advertising agencies reaching a board position when I was 30.  

I am a regular columnist for Mediatel.

Training and

Qualifications

Professional Certificate in Coaching, Henley Business School.

Member of the Association for Coaching.

 

I maintain the Code of Ethics and standard of behaviour set out by the International Coaching Federation. 

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