About Harriet

About Harriet

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I am a business coach with a specialism in leadership development.

Helping people to develop the unique story that is their life is my passion and my professional life has revolved around this.

My 20s were spent in journalism (Reuters, the Independent, Africa Analysis) where I developed a talent for interviewing individuals, and writing news and features. Subsequently I became a probation officer writing court and parole reports for a rather different kind of client, and for the last ten years I have worked as an executive and personal coach. Truly seeing the person in front of me, attuning to them, understanding their world, is really important to me.

I have a private practice for individual clients focused on personal and professional development ,  as well as working in organisations. Clients include:

Global businesses – senior executives from Apple, Ebay, Nissan, PayPal, Mitsui, Kellog Engineering, Ashridge Business School, GSK, Ogilivie, ESRI, EIPC

Government – Directorate of Maximum Security Prisons, governor teams from various prisons, Business Link, the NHS

Third Sector – Look Ahead Housing Association, the Shaw Trust, Headlines, Royal Veterinary College community and outreach project.

I have particular experience in multi- and trans-cultural organisations with multiple locations, including issues around cultural norms and difference, communication styles, integration and equality. I have coached in the Middle East, New Zealand, various parts of Europe and of course the UK where I am based. One of my favourite briefs was to devise and deliver two three-week programmes developing Arab women leaders in Dubai. I also coach several sheikhs from Saudi Arabia addressing both personal and business issues.

I have been at the forefront of the development and practice of Equine Guided Learning, mainly coaching executives through this powerful approach. I also train other people in this leading edge modality.

I have trained in natural horsemanship with Monty Roberts and in Parelli methods as well as with other leading horse whisperers. There is considerable overlap in developing horses and people – including the need for creating a solid foundation of rapport and trust, listening at a non-verbal sensed level, an empathic approach, and exploration and expansion of learning edges with a spirit of curiosity, creativity and play.

Room-based coaching sessions can be supplemented with this powerful and transformational approach if desired.

I have degrees in English Literature and Community Justice,  PG Dips in Journalism and in Social Work, and am currently completing a Masters in Psychosynthesis  Psychology applied to Organisational and Leadership Coaching.

My work and my pleasure has taken me to many countries, in particular India, Morocco, Dubai, Jordan, New Zealand, United States, Japan, Cuba and Venezuela as well as many European countries.

I practice a variety of approaches including mindfulness, motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, integrative psychotherapy,  Advanced Integrative Therapy and of course Psychosynthesis. Tools I use include Myers-Briggs, 360 appraisal and other diagnostics.

I work to the BACP Code of Ethics and am covered by professional indemnity insurance. My coaching activities are fully supervised.

My partner and I are currently developing a small retreat centre in the East Midlands which includes residential sabbaticals for individuals seeking a safe container for personal/professional development, group work facilities and a centre for Equine Guided Learning and we also offer massage and yoga/tai chi and other complimentary activities around well-being.

My favourite way to switch off and tune in to  myself is to go for a long journey in unfamiliar territory on one of my horses, preferably with an adventurous friend. I love music, nature, exploring other cultures, and enjoying life with friends, family and pets.