Who I am and what I do
I am a qualified and accredited executive coach, a creative trainer and an experienced facilitator. I founded Ford Consulting in 2001 and have been successfully helping managers to develop their leadership potential ever since.
More recently I have undertaken training to become a coaching supervisor and thoroughly enjoy my work supporting and developing coaches either working independently or within organisations.
As well as running Ford Consulting I am an Associate Tutor for Personal Development on the MBA programme and Module Leader: Coaching and Leadership Development for the MSc in Human Resource Management at Bradford University School of Management.
I am an active member of the Association for Coaching and chair the West Yorkshire Co-coaching forum - a six weekly event for coaches to come together and enhance skills, share best practice and gain valuable feedback, support and encouragement.
My approach is practical, realistic, results focussed and business savvy. I assist my clients to set clear, challenging yet achievable targets and work to ensure that these are in alignment with team and organizational goals. I encourage clients to identify and work on issues within their control and to prioritise these so that effort is directed towards issues that will make a real difference to them, their performance and the organization.
My coaching is mainly non-directive. I use skilled questioning to enable my clients to find their inner resources and move themselves forward but will also offer input where appropriate.
I am flexible in my approach, using a range of creative skills and techniques depending on the client's issues, goals, learning styles and preferences. Theories underpinning my work include; emotional intelligence, clean language and emergent knowledge, change, systems thinking, positive psychology and adult learning.
Areas of Specialism
My areas of expertise include; managing the transition from doing to leading, developing leadership capability, enabling and supporting organisational change, building confidence, maximising individual and collaborative performance, promoting creative thinking and innovation, communicating more effectively, making career decisions, developing coaching skills, enhancing personal effectiveness, integrating theoretical learning with real-life issues and harnessing reflective learning.
I also have experience of working with individuals with neurodiversity;anxiety, depression, dyslexia, dyspraxia, AD(H)D & Asperger's. Assisting them to identify and utilise their strengths and develop strategies to overcome their workplace challenges.
Prior to setting up Ford Consulting I spent ten years both nursing and managing in the NHS before moving into clinical training in the Healthcare Industry. From here I progressed to the role of UK Training and Development Manager for a large global dialysis company.
The skills which I developed during my nursing career enable me to build strong working relationships quickly. However my sound commercial background ensures that I am not afraid to challenge my corporate clients to seize their potential and heighten their performance.
When I'm not working I'm usually taxiing children to various activities or social events but when I'm able I enjoy walking in the hills, reading crime novels or listening to music. I also sing with a local choir and love going to the theatre.
- Accredited Coaching Supervisor
- Accredited Executive Coach
- Accredited Clean Leadership Coach
- Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching Supervision
- Postgraduate Certificate in Executive & Business Coaching
- CIPD Specialist Electives in Learning & Development
- Postgraduate Diploma in Management
- BSC (Hons) in Nursing Studies
- Registered General Nurse
- Association for Coaching - Accredited Executive Coach & Accredited Coaching Supervisor