My Coaching Story
I qualified as an ILM Level 7 Executive Coach studying with, amongst others Jenny Rogers, one of the UK’s foremost executive coaches and consultants, gaining my professional accreditation with the Institute of Leadership & Management.
In the interests of Continuous Professional Development (CPD), I have also attended masterclasses and workshops, with many other leading exponents in the field including Leni Wildflower, Carole Pemberton, Julia Vaughan Smith and Jane Cook as well as workshops on Systemic Team Coaching in Practice with the legendary Peter Hawkins at the Henley Business School.
I enjoy working with individuals, organisations & teams, and have a special affinity with executives and practitioners in the creative arts - as I feel this uniquely brings an intuitive flair to all my coaching.
WHY I BECAME A COACH
For many years I have taught and lectured at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where I founded the pre-graduate conducting course, organising masterclasses with such world class practitioners as Bernard Haitink and Mark Wigglesworth. It was at the Guildhall School that I acquired my interest in coaching individuals, and encouraged and sponsored by Guildhall, this has now evolved into my working as a professional coach, with people in a wide range of disciplines, as well as music.
My creative experience in the corporate media world includes working with executives and teams at the highest level, becoming increasingly involved with budgeting, project management and production scheduling, also collaborating as a consultant with the brand company Brandfuel on major corporate events, together with coordinating and managing production schedules for Comcast/NBC/Universal in the US and for the BBC.
In 2017 I was appointed to the Board of Directors UK, which represents and campaigns for Film & Television directors in the UK. One of my passions is the protection of intellectual property (IP) in the creative arena, including of course, my own output as a composer, and in the past I have frequently had to negotiate and consult with major corporates such as Disney.
I also hugely enjoy mentoring young practitioners and business start-ups. I am a member of the The Ivors Academy (formerly BASCA) representing composers, the Performing Rights Society (PPL/PRS), the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), and a member of the professional coaching body the European Mentoring & Coaching Council.
I have had an extensive career working as a composer, producer and musical director in television & film, and have collaborated with a range of major producers including Disney, BBC, Comcast, NBC/Universal, ITV, Channel 4 and M&C Saatchi, scoring many high profile productions, notably the EMMY Award winning Little Lord Fauntleroy (BBCTV) for Downton Abbey creator and Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes, and the Oscar nominated It’s Good to Talk, produced by Barney Reisz (Black Mirror ) and directed by Roger Goldby (The Durrells ).
To work as a coach and mentor does require life and work experience, and I am pleased to be able to draw on all of this as I aim to support and energize my clients!