I am an experienced coach and career development leader with over 20 years' experience in global blue chip businesses focused on career development for individuals and strategic people management for organisations. I specialise in helping upwardly mobile female managers and executives to achieve their potential, navigate career transitions and ensure a fulfilling and rewarding career. My coaching area of focus is all things to do with careers and ensuring fulfilment, performance and effectiveness at work, successfully transitioning to a leadership role, dealing with confidence and imposter syndrome, making an impact on return from maternity leave or other career breaks, helping navigate career 'junctions' and decisions, considering and making career changes, finding your career 'mojo' and other related topics to help achieve a fulfilling and rewarding career. How I work: As a Chartered Occupational Psychologist I bring a psychological perspective to my coaching, looking at the underlying factors that influence the way we behave and respond to situations. Where it helps the client I can use a range of psychometric assessments to bring greater clarity and self-awareness to patterns of behaviour. My clients describe me as insightful, open, warm, encouraging and focused on ensuring the client’s success. My credentials: I have spent two decades looking at which individuals get appointed to jobs, which are most successful, which are able to successfully navigate their careers, and which aren’t. With a deep working understanding of what organisations look for in their people, I also offer strategic career management services, in the form of bespoke workshops and (soon) retreats. I am fascinated by careers and career development and have conducted and published research and spoken at various international conferences on this topic. As an expert I have been quoted in Forbes and Virgin.com. With senior leadership experience in global organisations I have lived many of the career and leadership challenges my clients face. I am passionate about helping women to achieve their full potential and this was the basis for founding Shape Talent Ltd – a boutique coaching and consultancy business with a mission to help significantly more women achieve senior leadership roles in business. In addition to being an experienced psychologist, I am also an accredited CCS Career Coach, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and hold memberships with the Association for Coaching, Career Development Institute, the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, the Health & Care Professionals Council and the Psychometrics Forum. Other interests My out-of-work interests include spending time with my daughter, scuba diving, shark spotting, big cats and wildlife conservation. I am a Trustee of Born Free, a leading wildlife charity.
Jess is the founder of PACT Creative Training (Play, Act, Create, Transform). She has 20 years' experience facilitating workshops using fun and playfulness in order to boost wellbeing and lower stress. Jess runs creative team building events for companies, Staff INSET Training in Schools and wellbeing-through-play workshops for children & young people in schools.
Working life began aged 14 in a local pub kitchen on Saturdays followed by a position as waitress at Pizza Hut one year later. Part-time work (WHSmiths, Somerfield, HSBC) continued throughout A'levels and University before landing a full-time position at Richard Branson's newly launched Virgin Finance company in Norwich. A few years later London was calling: a job in marketing at Sky TV awaited. After another few years there, it was time to move away from corporate life so the Amex-card, the car, the phone and laptop were exchanged for a bicycle and second-hand computer. Ten years of self-employed work followed - in London and Berlin with a portfolio of clients in organisations with a social, cultural and environmental focus including Greenpeace, an electric car company and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Then in 2015, 100,000 refugees arrived in Berlin requiring all-hands-on-deck. That included working in several huge emergency camps, hosting refugees at home and setting up Cycling Lessons for Ladies: providing cycling tuition for women refugees in the milder months and in the Winter preparing food together for homeless people at an emergency shelter. So far over 14,000 meals have been prepared as a team. In 2017, a diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 41 meant there was even more to learn about life (and also time to launch a fundraising initiative "Cancer Care for Aleppo"). Returned to work at Friends of the Earth, as a project manager of environmental projects designed by refugees to finish that project. October 2018 started working for Berlin government managing a home for refugees.
As an Integrative counsellor, coach and supervisor I work with adolescents and adults. Helping them to voice and reflect on how experiences and relationships, throughout their lives, have impacted them emotionally, mentally and physically. Supporting clients to move towards positive and healthy self-expression and change.
I am proud to be editor of Psychologies, a magazine that champions, challenges and coaches us to think differently so we can solve our own problems and create a life that nourishes us. Author of Making The Big Leap and The Big Peace, Suzy believes that the secret to happiness is living life to the full right here, right now, committing to a few goals now and again and taking Oscar, the Psychologies dog for a walk round the field when it all gets a bit too much.
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Women's Health and Paediatric Osteopath with an integrated approach to healthcare and a strong respect for the emotional and spiritual nature of the body and mind.