I studied for three years to become a professional advertising photographer at The University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, Kent; United Kingdom. After a few years of working with John Turner Studio as a stylist and location finder, I moved on to became an Art director and Set Dresser for production companies, selecting props for TV commercials and feature films for over fifteen years in London and Europe, working with many of the best, including the BBC.
I loved my work and thought it was the film and design I loved; much later I discovered it was really the people. However, it was about then, when I made a few determined choices about the life style I wanted and moved to Granada.
Suddenly, out of work but needing to pay school fees, speaking very little Spanish, I had to get a job. I found myself in front of about forty Spanish military officers who wanted to learn English. They looked at me and I looked back at them. I had no idea what I was going to say; so I told them a joke. It wasn’t a very good one, but they laughed anyway. That’s when it began; not the teaching English, but getting really interested in people, listening to them and wanting to help.
Twelve years ago, I was selected to be a coach for a high performance team within a global voluntary organization, dedicated to promoting peace. I also read a book called The Inner Game of Work by W. Timothy Gallwey and something clicked. I went on to further my training as a coach with Tim in Italy and become the Inner Game ™ Coach Practitioner and ICF member that I am today.
So here I am, still listening and wanting to help people, help themselves. A few years ago, I founded my own small family business which now employs seven people. In addition I coach in person and via skype, write team training modules, collaborate with other coaches and facilitate team trainings and smaller coaching workshops in English. I think I have probably always been a coach, but then again, wearing labels has never been my thing.