I’m interested in how people can think well for themselves and with other people, and how they can work with their strengths to make significant change and progress. I’m good at creating calm and safe environments where people can get their thoughts in order and plan what to do next.
I turned to coaching, training and facilitation following over 20 years as a policymaker in the UK Civil Service. This essentially involved vast amounts of strategic thinking, problem-solving, negotiation and influencing people at every level. I see many parallels with the requirements and pressures on people working in professional services, and find that my outsider perspective can bring fresh insights and different thinking to thetable.
I enjoy working with byrne·dean because I believe we can and must make work better. The team and the clients always make me think, and the organisation’s values around kindness, mental wellbeing and inclusion resonate with mine.
When I’m not working, you can usually find me outdoors. I love running long distances, seeing where my legs and my thoughts will take me.
2018 to date: associate at byrne·dean
2014 to date: owner, Thinking Alliance: coach, training & facilitation business
1999 – 2013: senior civil servant, principally in Department for Education
1991 – 1999: policy civil servant, principally in Department for Employment
Cambridge University (MA Cantab in Social & Political Sciences (Psychology) & Natural Sciences