Some background

I worked for the John Lewis Partnership for my entire corporate working career. Initially in selling roles but then I found my niche and passion in learning and development and it was in this area that I remained with the ethics and values of John Lewis Partnership sitting comfortably with my own. I took redundancy as part of a Personnel restructure in 2017.

I have wanted to start a coaching practice for a number of years but found it difficult to find the time needed to get it up and running. Coaching2bu was officially born in 2016.

My other great passion is athletics and in particular, endurance running. I have run 17 marathons myself, but again, my real soul work lies in coaching and I coach athletes in distances from 800m and cross country to the marathon and beyond. I am a volunteer coach at Colchester Harriers AC, working with the top senior group. I also work with a number of athletes based in different parts of the country, writing their training programmes for them, helping them to decide on races and race strategy, and generally supporting their athletic development.

If you are interested in finding out more about coaching for running, please check out www.run2bu.co.uk.

My role in your coaching

To listen carefully to what you are saying and be supportive. To help to raise your awareness by asking questions and reflecting back some of what you have said and perhaps, how you have said it. To help you to create actions which will move you forward. But also to maintain responsibility for your welfare throughout while respecting the confidential nature of the conversation.

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My coaching approach

I like to think I am a friendly and easy going person and I hope this comes across in my coaching approach. I like to be informal although I will spend time contracting around the subject and looking at how we can best work together to create the right environment. I’d want the coaching session to feel like a pleasant conversation but with the odd question or two thrown in that has really challenged the coachee’s thinking and maybe given them a new perspective on something. At the end of it I’d hope that the coachee doesn’t feel as if they’ve been ‘coached’ at all and yet they have come away clearer about the road ahead with some positive actions to take.

What are the drawbacks?

I don’t think there are any, you have to pay for it which might be one, but a small investment in yourself which could bring you huge personal dividends has to be money well spent.