About

Supporting women in education, business and sport

My vision is to support women in education, business and sport to be their career best. As a values-led coach based on authenticity, compassion and trust, I aim to harness the transformative power of one-to-one coaching conversations. As your coach, this involves deep listening, insightful questioning and using a range of effective tools and techniques, in particular, drawing on Gestalt approaches to co-create positive change.

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My career to date has mainly been in universities as a senior academic, and more recently managing large-scale strategic student education projects whilst mentoring and coaching university staff. Previously, I have taught in secondary and further education, worked in the business sector as a marketing manager for an international academic publisher and also in sports coaching and administration . My clients to date are professional women at varying levels and stages in their careers, including teachers, university academics, administrators, senior leaders and consultant clinicians.

My approach is informed principally by Gestalt coaching theory and practice which foregrounds the power of heightened self-awareness and focuses on the here-and-now. Woven into my approach is a range of creative and effective coaching tools, techniques and resources, leading to new perspectives and shifts in a client’s thinking.

I am a qualified career coach and accredited as a Senior Practitioner through the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). My professional practice is underpinned by the EMCC Global Code of Ethics: https://www.emccouncil.org/quality/ethics/ and I regularly attend coaching supervision sessions, coaching conferences and workshops as part of my continuing professional development.

I work both face-to-face and remotely online and in addition, I advocate the benefits of coaching in the outdoors – an open and creative space to think and feel differently. This alternative setting for coaching conversations includes walking, cycling and golf. I find coaching professional women both motivating and inspiring, contributing to significant change in someone – nothing short of a privilege.

As a former England hockey international, when I’m not coaching I’m cycling, playing golf or walking in the Yorkshire Dales. I also enjoy live music, theatre and comedy.

I look forward to working with you

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Testimonials

Associate Professor in STEM Education, University of Leeds, UK

My coaching relationship began with Karen about 12 months ago, following an impromptu conversation about imposter syndrome. At that time, my career was at a crossroads and I felt in a bit of a rut, despite a good track record.

Over the past 12 months, Karen has really helped me to understand where I am in my career, what my options could be, and has really helped me to find the answers I was looking for! Also, during that time period, I’ve applied for other roles and was then promoted. Karen really gave me the confidence to push myself forward and have a go, in a way I hadn’t been doing previously.

Karen has a great style of coaching. She is so authentic, bringing her own experiences to the conversation, so it really felt like a two-way relationship. Karen’s also not afraid to ask challenging questions – something that is sometimes needed if we really want to make progress! Karen has also helped me to kick the imposter syndrome into the long grass, for which I am very grateful!

Senior Project Manager, International Development, Chester, UK

In just 6 coaching sessions with Karen I moved from feeling like I was in a quagmire, paralysed by uncertainty, fear and unchallenged beliefs, to feeling positive and confident having devised a long-term vision based on my values and thoroughly explored ideas, with two feet firmly on solid ground (and already implementing my detailed action plan!).

I wholeheartedly recommend Karen as a coach, in particular due to her perceptiveness and her ability to find just the right balance between non-judgemental and supportive listening on the one hand, and incisive questions and challenges on the other, all delivered with kindness, good humour and helpful guidance towards resources, tools and reading.

Senior Project Manager, University of Leeds, UK

Karen immediately made me feel comfortable sharing my thoughts and feelings in our coaching sessions. I appreciated her clear explanations of her approach to coaching and how this could work for me. She always listened carefully to understand my perspective – as well as sharing her intuitive observations and providing the right level of constructive challenge when needed.

I found Karen to be a very insightful and inspiring coach with a very positive energy. Coaching with Karen benefitted me immensely and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.

NHS Senior Manager, Leeds, UK

I think I recognised that a pivotal point in my career was on the horizon but probably didn’t realise how much I was on a treadmill at work. The sessions with Karen helped me to get my head above the parapet, scan the opportunities that mapped to my wider life goals and strengths/skills. It was hard to identify goals initially but the techniques she equipped me with helped to ground some literally transformative changes personally and in relation to career goals. I am well on the way to achieving these now and am using the tools with others.

The need for us all to take time to think is a key learning point and I realise now this was the one thing I had not taken for myself.

Go for it! You might be amazed at where it may take you.