Working with professional women, frustrated at being overlooked for less experienced people, to help them learn to recognise and communicate their value, so the next job announcement is theirs.
Year Qualified: 2019
Areas of Expertise
Paula’s warm yet professional manner makes it easy to open up quickly and get full use of the time with her. Our conversations helped me through a difficult situation - to understand my role in it, stop complaining and take positive action. Thank you, Paula!
MS, HR/Information Services
Paula is an excellent untangler of knotty problems I appreciated her calmness, empathy and insight. She helped me at a time in my life when a lot of things seemed confusing and it was hard to find a way forward. She helped me understand the work I do and my feelings around it in some considerable depth which gave me the confidence and vision to shape my future.
HC, business owner
Are you experiencing imposter syndrome or just thinking “am I really good enough?” Do yourself a huge favour and talk to Paula. I am so glad I did. Thank you Paula! I wouldn’t be this all singing and dancing version without your guidance. Thank you for fighting, accepting and controlling my demons WITH ME, I can now handle them myself. Most of all, thank you for being YOU and what you do. You have certainly made a difference to my life, making me realise that I DO ADD value in everything I do. We both share the kudos!
Areas of ExpertiseAdhd, Career, Confidence, Emotional and well-being, Leadership & developing executive presence, Life coaching, Transition to a more senior role, Women's health & wellbeing
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- Professional Coaching Skills (Coaching Development)
- Certificate in Group Coaching (Barefoot Coaching)
- Certificate in Understanding Autism (RHACC)
- Currently training as an ADHD coach (Goldmind Academy)
- Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and abide by their code of ethics.
I spent 25 years in large, global pharmaceutical companies, in UK, European and Global roles. I worked in roles from field sales to business and commercial analysis to market research to marketing and global commercial management.
So, I know how it feels to be in a large corporation, needing to have challenging conversations, to influence, often without authority, and to lead across matrix team projects with broad cultural differences.
And how easy it is to become so comfortable with your role that you become the invisible ‘safe pair of hands’.
And how those words are NOT good news for your career progression!
I also spent several years on the steerco of the organisation’s Women’s Network, organising events and conferences internally and growing the membership from 400 to over 2000 in the UK in only a couple of years. I believe strongly in getting the right leadership skills noticed and appreciated in the workplace – both by the potential leaders themselves and their colleagues.
Working alongside the NHS – as well as experience directly managing the commercial interface between pharma and the NHS – means I also understand the challenges of different areas of NHS working and in delivering healthcare.
What drew you to coaching?
I love the work I do. It matters to me that the right leadership skills are noticed and appreciated in the workplace – not just the loudest voices. I tend to work with clients who are frustrated that they are overlooked for less experienced people or those who see the next big step as ‘I don’t know how to do that!’. I help them learn how not to be overlooked, how to step up and be noticed – and do it in a way that is comfortable for them. And along the way, we celebrate some amazing successes and clients can see how far they have come quite quickly.
I’ve always been the friend that people came to for exploring or bouncing around problems. And I’ve always been good at keeping my solutions out of those conversations – because what would be right for me and my life isn’t necessarily right for theirs. And it’s their life. I was coaching without realising it.
I was lucky enough to become an internal coach with my then employer and loved that experience and wanted to learn and do more. This led me to invest in further training, leading to me setting up a coaching business.
My own ADHD diagnosis a few years ago and learning about that has driven me to learn more about neurodivergence. The techniques that are helpful for ND folk are also useful for others, so I incorporate those into my practice too, where appropriate.
Group coaching – from £795 for 8x fortnightly, 2 hour sessions
1:1 coaching – I offer packages from 4 sessions upwards.
Classic package is 8x 1:1 60-75 min sessions from £1500
1 off session – from £200 for 60-75 mins