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.
In 2009 I undertook training to become a coaching supervisor and was among the first few supervisors in the UK to be accredited by the Association for Coaching. I 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 at Bradford University School of Management, a Coach Practice Tutor / Academic Marker for Novum, and an Associate Coach with Genius Within.
I am an active member of the Association for Coaching and chair the West Yorkshire Co-coaching forum - a monthly event for coaches to come together and enhance skills, share best practice and gain valuable feedback, support and encouragement.
My coaching style is a mix of practical structure and creative playfulness, whilst remaining realistic and results focussed.
I assist my clients to set clear, challenging yet achievable goals and contract to ensure alignment with team and organisational aims where appropriate.
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 their organisation.
I am flexible in my approach, offering a variety of interventions depending on my client's issues, goals, learning styles and preferences. These range from skilled questioning and dialogue to more creative methods such as the use of images, colour, metaphor, music, movement and the outdoors.
Theories underpinning my work include; emotional intelligence, change systems, clean language, emergent knowledge, positive psychology, neuro-diversity and adult learning.
Areas of Specialism - Coaching
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 neuro-diversity;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.
My supervision style is reflective and imaginative and I use a variety of creative methods to aid exploration and learning including the outdoors, images, colour, metaphor, music and movement.
Models used in my supervision work include Hawkin’s Seven Eyed model, Page and Woskett’s Cyclical model and Gibbs’ model for reflection.
Areas of Specialism - Supervision
My areas of expertise include; developing creative skills for coaching, providing external supervision for internal coaches, promoting reflective learning, providing on-going practice opportunities for coaches, supporting coaches working towards accreditation and developing coaches in training.
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.
- ILM recognised Neuro-diversity Coach
- 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