"I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter".
Walt Disney, Co-Founder of Walt Disney Productions
This quote sums up my take on life and my attitude towards it! I've been running my own successful consultancy business since 2007. During this time clients have come to know me as someone who adopts a calm, friendly, pragmatic and proactive approach to delivering excellent tailored, client care.
Prior to 2007, my career included positions within the catering and hospitality, equestrian, farming, medical, consultancy and training areas ... and yes, that's an awful lot of different areas, but alongside my formal education, this has given me a vast range of knowledge, experience, tools and techniques upon which to draw.
No one working day is ever the same for me and I relish the constantly changing nature of the work I do. The challenge of taking complex client requirements and working with them to find the optimum solution, whilst keeping people involved and engaged, gives me a real buzz!
Well, to be at my best, I need to balance my work with time spent outdoors, either walking my dog (Meg), helping on the family farm or riding horses. Being out in nature is very grounding and inspiring to me as it provides an opportunity to observe, reflect and develop ideas.
I also find volunteering for Pets As Therapy (PAT) extremely rewarding. Meg and I visit two local residential care homes and a local hospital as part of the volunteering scheme with Meg bringing a huge amount of happiness to residents, patients, their families and staff alike. What's especially amazing is watching Meg interact with different people in different ways. She can be enthusiastic with staff and family members, calming to those with dementia and encourage physiotherapy for those needing to stretch and move - how does she know what to do??
Continually learning and developing myself, my work is supported by the following: