My first career was as
a stockbroker where I gained both institutional and retail
experience in both equities and fixed interest stocks. My time there
covered the gilt bull run of 1982 and the 1987 crash. I was fortunate
to spend time on the floor of the Stock Exchange both as a broker
and as a jobber (market maker) as well as to become a Member in 1986.
My last position in 1990, as a junior director, was managing
£50m. Companies that I worked with include Panmure Gordon, E.B.
Savory Milln and Cobbold Roach. I have kept my stockbroking interest and
I remain a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities
Subsequent to my stockbroking
career I set up ICI Hungary, turned around a packaging business and
gained an MBA from City University at Ashridge Business School. My
entrepreneurial streak has also included importing pictures from
Canada and financed oil exploration, not to mention a host of other
potential ventures. These various experiences have given me a
thorough understanding of business and people in various cultures
from both an emotional as well as intellectual point.
My first steps into coaching
were through a personal development seminar in February 1995. This
taster launched me on a path of discovery. This has led me to Santa
Monica, California to train as a personal development facilitator,
to running seminars in France, Antwerp and London and to training as
a life coach. I started up my coaching practice in 1997 in an office
close to Borough Market in Southwark before moving to Smithfield in
the City and here, Canary Wharf, in January 2000.
My initial training was with
Coach University, CCUI, and Insight Seminars amongst others.
More recently I have done courses including a diploma in
Mastery in Coaching with Newfield and the Practitioner
Level in Neuro Linguistic Programming. I am a member of the
Association of Coaching and was the first Director of Development of
International Coaching Federation in the UK. Outside work
I am Chair of some Almshouses in Spitalfields where I am also
involved with the church.