"Thank you so much for today. Best virtual session I have been to so far!"
I feel privileged to be part of a team whose mission is to build kinder, fairer and more productive workplaces – an aspiration I am passionate about. As a facilitator I deliver a range of workplace training sessions, a role which combines my professional and personal experience.
I spent 18 years working as an employment lawyer in private practice as well as time on secondment to a global bank. During this time, I saw first-hand how many, potentially avoidable, people issues arose and how much resource it took to manage them. Often with no real winners but plenty of battle scars at the end. I also saw patterns of behaviour that, if addressed sooner, could have resulted in more positive outcomes for all concerned.
Experience of managing and being managed in high pressured, regulated environments also means I can empathise with the reality for clients and their people. Having worked in international organisations and lived and worked in Japan I can also appreciate how cultural differences can create nuanced challenges for businesses managing staff globally.
Personal experience of anxiety has also given me insight into mental health and what we need to be able to thrive at work and to be our best. It is great to be part of a team that actively promotes this.
I feel fortunate to now be able to share my experiences to help clients build positive cultural changes in their workplaces.
2020 – current: facilitator at byrne·dean
PSL and knowledge manager, Foot Anstey LLP
Senior associate, Foot Anstey LLP
Associate, Osborne Clarke
University of Bristol
University of Niigata Japan
Nottingham Law School