I am an American lawyer by training who has lived and worked in England for over 25 years. I got my first degree in Russian, and worked as a translator before I went to law school in California. After completing law school I moved to England where I was a commercial litigator in a City law firm for eight years. During this time I had two children, and it was not long before I decided that, for me, motherhood and international litigation was not a comfortable fit. But I loved the law, so I stayed in the profession, ultimately becoming an advisor to top City law firms, major barristers’ chambers and individuals on business development and marketing, management and career development.
I work primarily with the professional services community, but I also have experience working with people in the healthcare industry, science, education, and the media.
I am also an experienced executive coach and trainer, providing leadership skills training and coaching to international organisations, law firms, business schools and individuals both in the UK and abroad. I regularly speak at conferences and record podcasts on issues relating to personal and professional development.
I am familiar with the opportunities, constraints and pressures for executives and employees in the legal profession and other professional services firms, and with the management environment in which they operate. I am passionate about helping people and organisations to achieve their full potential. I want to do a good job and deliver a product that will be of value to my clients.
I have included endorsements from satisfied clients on my website, but working with a consultant, coach or trainer is a very personal thing, and you are never really going to know if I can help you, or if we can work together, until you meet me. That is why I am happy to have an initial meeting, free of charge, to work out what it is you need. And sometimes I find prospective clients don’t need someone like me at all, and I say so!
As regards coaching, it still remains a scary prospect to a number of people. If it would help I can put you in touch with those I have coached so that they can share their experience of coaching with you.