Di’s first career encompassed thirty years as a teacher, twenty-three of which were at senior leadership level and culminating in eleven years as a headteacher. Di’s extensive experience ranges from leading people early in their careers to middle and senior-leader groups and leadership at strategic board level. Her deep knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning has enabled her to transfer her skills, to thrive both in the online learning environment and through working in person as a coach. Di coaches individuals, groups and teams in the private, charity and public sectors. Her natural and warm style prompts reflection, open communication and high levels of motivation, confidence and engagement. Di delivers highly effective, enjoyable and well-regarded virtual sessions, such that ‘we forget we are online’ as well as high energy, impactful face to face sessions. She brings credibility, authenticity and empathy to her coaching clients.
Di is a Professional Certified Coach, accredited by the International Coach Federation. She is qualified as a Systemic Team Coach (Academy of Executive Coaching), a group coaching trainer with Barefoot Coaching Ltd, a leadership development coach and facilitator and trained as a Positive Intelligence Coach.
Di’s approach to working with others whether on a personal, group or organisational level, focuses on ensuring that a clear purpose is underpinned by shared values and vision. Di poses those questions which prompt effective and incisive action planning as well as bringing perspective and accountability. She facilitates progress through insight, positive support and challenge in a psychologically safe environment. Through her coaching Di champions diversity and inclusion, creative leadership and evidence-led innovation, and wellbeing and high performance.
Examples of recent work
- Waterwise.org: Team Coaching
- VA Associates: Leadership Development Training (with a large corporate organisation)
- Mind Over Mountains: Group Coaching for Wellbeing
- Anglian Water: Executive 1 to 1 Coaching
- Leicestershire police: ‘positive action’ 1 to 1 coaching
- Taylor Wimpey: 1 to 1 personal development coaching (Senior Leader)