I was raised in Birmingham and have moved around the UK with my education and work. I came to Scotland in 1984 to begin postgraduate, scientific research at the University of St Andrews. In 1990 I co-organised and participated in a two-year expedition to cycle around the world (also using planes, trains, vans, boats & camels!) and raised money for Practical Action, a charity committed to education and using sustainable technology to fight poverty in the developing world.
I have a varied professional background that includes teaching, training, educational development, service management and, more recently, consultancy in project & change management. I have worked with public, private and social enterprise organisations.
My early training in NLP was with Michael Spence (Centre of NLP Excellence (Scotland) and then with Matthew Ferguson (Motivation Training). I have a General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP) certified by the General Hypnotherapy Register (Reg. No. 3741) and registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (000185-A11).
I am a Master NLP Practitioner and have a Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy from the BeeLeaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and working toward accreditation by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I am also a volunteer counsellor at PF Counselling Services in Edinburgh.
Many people ask me why I wear a headscarf, the reason is that I have Alopecia, my hair does not grow. Public figures who also have Alopecia include the presenter, Gail Porter, olympic swimmer, Duncan Goodhew and the comic, Matt Lucas. If you, or someone you know, have Alopecia, the charity Alopecia UK has lots of information, news and support; it is a common condition and there are lots of people like us!