My work with graduates, postgraduates and current students is informed by many years
of experience... by googling my name, you will get an impression of the range of work
that I have done, and the diversity of organisations that have commissioned me. Very
unusually, within the careers world, I have considerable experience of working directly
with a diversity of blue chip employers to help them attract, select and develop high
potential people. This has proved invaluable in helping my coaching clients to 'look at'
themselves through the eyes of their target audience, and to understand how selection
decisions are actually made...
I have enjoyed every aspect of my work as an independent consultant, but I have
particularly gained huge satisfaction from helping people at the early stages of their
careers... and so, quite recently, I made a positive decision to focus my practice on helping
graduates and postgraduates... mainly (but not exclusively) people in their early – mid
20s. I’m not aware of anyone else who specialises in working with this important group
An overview of the professional experience which informs my work includes:
- Helping a diversity of individuals – from recent graduates to CEOs – to make a
fresh start after accepting redundancy from numerous organisations including ITV,
HIT Entertainment, IMS Health.
- Designing and delivering graduate recruitment programmes for organisations
including McLaren Racing and McLaren Automotive, IMS Consulting and IPC magazines.
- Researching and writing graduate recruitment literature for companies including BT and BP.
- Career Development coaching for individuals within organisations including ITV, L’Oreal,
IMS Health and The Environment Council.
- Career Development programmes for high potential staff within UAL, Granada Media, IMS
Health and IMS Consulting and several UK universities.
- Organisational reviews of careers and employability provision for universities including
Southampton University, Imperial College Business School and The University of the Arts,
- Conducting qualitative research to inform career development for professional bodies
including Directors UK, The Science Council and Animated Women UK.
- Researching and writing several well received books, including 'A Career Handbook for
TV, Radio, Film, Video & Interactive Media' (2000).
- 12 years (10 part-time) between 1982 – 1994, as a London University careers adviser,
based at LSE, UCL and Imperial College.
- 8 years as a trustee of CRAC – The Careers Research and Advisory centre/Vitae.
- 6 years as a visiting tutor (continuing..) at The London Film School.
I am qualified to administer and give feedback on a range of psychometric tools, including
the Myers Briggs type Indicator (MBTI).
Real management experience too
After an initial academic training in Psychology at Manchester University – where I became
very interested in how people make – or don't make – decisions, I spent the first stage of
my career as a manager in the communications industry with Granada TV, the BBC and 'Time
I am married, with two (very different!) graduate daughters – now in their early thirties, and building
their own lives and careers – one in London and the other in New York. Over the years, I have
worked with many of their friends as they have faced challenges in their educational or working
Now into 'stage 3' of my own career, I continue to enjoy doing something that feels really