A bit about me
I started my working life the day after I left school as an apprentice hairdresser. I attended college (now Halton College), where I completed my qualifications. I loved working as a hairdresser; I learned so much about listening, caring for people, and communicating well. Importantly, these skills have been invaluable throughout my life and work.
I’ve had four career path changes, and each has been possible because of the skills I’ve learned, developed and transferred from role to role. At the age of 32, I began a degree course in Applied Psychology at Liverpool John Moore’s University here in Liverpool and in my fifties I undertook a Level 7 coaching qualification.
My interests include art and design, theatre, music and dance, and I love good food and fine dining. I’m passionate about learning and encouraging people to read and develop their interests. I listen to many podcasts and audiobooks these days, by leading coaches such as Nancy Klein and Julie Starr and inspiring business leaders and entrepreneurs such as J.K. Rowling and Steve Jobs, and psychological and social research authors, like Bessel Van Der Kolk and Brene Brown.
I have volunteered extensively for causes that I’m passionate about. I chaired a prolific HIV Charity ‘Sahir House’ during the 1990s and The Dyslexia Foundation for the last seven years. This paved the way for tpm becoming a dyslexia champion and inclusive learning provider.
Currently, I am the Vice-Chair of the recently formed John Haynes Foundation. A charity that focuses on coaching and mentoring young people and represents the legacy of my good friend John Haynes to our city. Volunteering is rewarding, challenging and character building, and I would recommend it to all learners and professionals.
In creating tpm, I wanted a place to live, work and learn that welcomed everyone equally and where people could be themselves entirely. A place where learning barriers and difficulties were no problems and where respect and support are a given. tpm inspires me every day. It’s the single most motivating driver in my life. So many people’s futures depend upon the services we provide, and every day I find pride within what we do.