Raised by entrepreneurial parents, I left school slightly prematurely, skipped university and worked the worlds of property and corporate finance. In 1993 I relocated to Hong Kong, operating as a equities broker with UBS covering the subcontinent market, Indonesia and the Philippines. I was one of the first people to advise the Governor of the State Bank of Nepal on opening their markets to foreign investors. The then Minister of Finance of India, Manmohan Singh, was seen carrying a copy of my economic report on foreign investment in Nepal, entitled, ‘Not Yeti But Soon’. I often worked in Karachi at the time the papers were calling it the City of Death due to the bombings which thrilled my parents.
Leaving Hong Kong the week after the handover in 1997, I returned to the UK to work on the UBS London Asian desk. In 1998 I left to set up my coaching business.
I taught for 5 years on the faculty of Coach University, going on to teach the top coaching diploma for the Institute of Leadership and Management. I created the coaching department in a leading Welsh leadership and development and was responsible for training many CEOs and senior directors in the NHS across Wales in coaching skills and approaches. In 2005 I became one of the first Master Certified Coaches in the UK. I put the business of coaching on the map for major UK coaching conferences, running panels and driving the awareness of coaches of the need for stronger businesses to support the work they love. I wrote for two years on this topic for Coaching At Work.
I work at the top of organisations and businesses and across many sectors: Public education sector, IT, private equity, universities, global media, government, mutual society, insurance, wealth management, global toys, global pharma, aeronautics, publishing and national health. Hitherto travelling globally to deliver this work, over the last 5 years I have moved my business entirely to an highly effective virtual platform.
In addition to my private coaching practice i run a movement called Drum – for truer connection and resourcefulness between leaders in their own organisations – www.leaderdrums.com