Mindfulness Coach and Business Strategist
Deborah has been a generative leader – listening, being present, taking responsibility for the mood of the people within companies, standing up for her principles, building trust within teams and networks.
Deborah is a Business Psychologist who first became interested in Psychology 30 years ago which led to a BA (Hons) in Psychology and Law in 1978. She then went on to become a Chartered Certified Accountant and to receive an MBA from the University of Bath. Deborah has held a number of directorships and executive positions culminating as Chief Executive in 2008 and Business Director/Area Director in 2012. Her strengths are:
- understanding the power of EQ (emotional intelligence) in forming strong interpersonal bonds which she applied to complex stakeholder relations and building high performance teams;
- facilitating large and small groups through developmental processes to achieve positive business and personal growth and coaching high performance.
As a qualified Corporate and Executive Coach and Reiki practitioner, Deborah has extensively studied Authentic Leadership for 20 years and has completed the Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy course at the University of Oxford and further courses with Bangor University. She undertakes an annual Mindfulness retreat and attends many in depth discussions and workshops on a regular basis.
Deborah has practised mindfulness, yoga and meditation regularly for the last 10 years. She walks and gardens and loves cooking. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Graduate Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society. She is also a member of the local Chamber of Commerce, a member of Action for Happiness and a supporter of The Charter for Compassion.
Nigel is our Operations Director. He spent 35 years working for a bank in the City before applying for early retirement in 2012. He brings with him a wealth of experience and personal understanding of the day-to-day issues and stresses many of us face in our business and private lives. He held various project and programme manager roles during his career but highlights leading the rollout of a new project management software tool to 12,500 staff worldwide, whilst at the same time setting up two technical support teams in dual locations, as perhaps his biggest achievement. In his is final role before retiring he was responsible for managing all notable and significant risks and issues for a £500m global programme which included staff redundancies, a desktop transformation programme and the worlds largest network transformation programme. Nigel was a qualified assessor and coach for the banks Future Leader Programme and also a mentor for staff new into management roles.
Nigel is a keen golfer, gardener and hill walker.