• Work is a fact of life so why not enjoy it?

    If you are looking to get more out of your working day, you have come to the right place

Executives | Entrepreneurs

We invest a lot of our time, energy and emotion working to provide for ourselves and those we care about.  We maximise the return on that investment when we know what our work is for and it fits to our values and aspirations,  it is taking us towards our goals, we are valued for our skills and talents and we have fun doing it and have great, energising working relationships.  If any of these elements are missing, we can find ourselves in roles we are not suited for but beating ourselves up about it, doing things for which we haven’t developed the skills – and doesn’t necessarily want to, chasing other people’s motivators because we are not sure of our own or spending too little time with those we care about.  Work is then stressful and unfulfilling….and unhappy.  

Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined”. – Johnny Carson

When our working lives are expressions of our best selves then everything else in life just falls into place.  There is more of us to go round and we are calm and alert.  We have more resilience and presence, creativity and flexibility.  We are more effective leaders of ourselves and others.  Unfortunately, most of us are just ploughing on; over thinking, overwhelming, over reacting and overworking ourselves and all the while ignoring those nagging doubts.  Our best selves get buried under exhaustion and doubt and that reflects on our family life as well as our results at work.  Why do we go on like that?  Because:

“You can’t see the label from the inside of the jar”

So for you executives out there, that means you become so immersed in the day to day that you can never answer those performance questions:

  • Am I ever going to feel confident and capable in this job? 
  • When I am going to stop fearing that this is the day when I get found out? 
  • Will I ever feel like a leader?

or figure out:

  • Where do I go from here? 
  • How do I make a move?
  • I am working harder and harder but what’s it all for?
  • Is this what I am meant to be doing?

For those of you starting up on your own, or thinking about it, the entrepreneurial life can be lonely and there’s no one to give you another perspective when:

  • Your early results are disappointing what you don’t know what to do differently.
  • You start wondering if you even cut out to run your own business.
  • There’s no one to keep you accountable and motivated. 

Finally, being established in business doesn’t make it any easier as there’s bound to come a time when you start asking yourself these sorts of questions:

  • what do I have to do differently to get my business to next level? 
  • I am exhausted but how do I take a step back?
  • how do I move from day to day operations to a leadership role as the team expands?

That’s where I come in.  I have a track record of helping people like you achieve their goals with my signature blend of humour and humanity.  I am the Change Agent so I am here to help you identify the changes you can make to your working life so you can feel happier in your work and life.  Not only that, but I will help you through those changes and support you along the way.   

“Shirley is an excellent coach, not least because she is one of the most insightful people I have ever met.”

A happier working life starts with a free chemistry call.


“Change the way you look at things and the way you look at things will change” – Wayne Dyer”

My clients are corporate professionals and business owners.  They range from young professionals to seasoned executives, mid-life career changers, start-up entrepreneurs and owners of mature businesses.  They come from a variety of industries and backgrounds but they all have:


  • Frustrated by a perceived lack of progress
  • Engaging and energetic
  • Ambitious for themselves, their families and their work
  • They are ready for more challenge 
  • Willing to step out of their comfort zone

A sense of personal responsibility

  • Willing to reflect on past events behaviours and open up even if it’s a little painful
  • Accepting of feedback and challenge from others
  • Take responsibility for their results
  • Commit fully to the change process

A sense of fun

  • A great sense of humour
  • They don’t take themselves too seriously


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The Chemistry Call

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The Power Hour

A one-off session that gets you moving

The Core Package

A 6-session package to get you moving

Core Concentrated

A workshop style 3 hour coaching “intensive”

Core +

Programme of 6 coaching sessions with full support in between.

With the exception of the Accelerator, our conversations generally take place via Zoom videoconference, Facetime or phone. Face to face conversations are available, especially to local clients, but may incur additional travel expenses to the Change Agent which would be agreed upfront and are payable by the client.


“Warm, charming and honest, Shirley is a truly lovely person to work with. The help she offers is worth every penny.”

You played a key role in me obtaining my new job. I knew my previous role was not the right one for me but you helped to identify what I required from a job to be fulfilled, what motivates me. Your assistance with interview preparation and technique was brilliant and allowed me to feel calm and confident for my interview. I am truly grateful for the support and encouragement you have given me.
C.M. St. AlbansFinding the right next step
Overall, I found the process very helpful, supportive and insightful. When I first came to you, I knew partly what I didn’t want from a job/career, but was unclear on what I did want. The sessions provided a platform to discuss my thoughts, ideas and jumbled views in a supportive, professional and totally confidential environment. I was at ease from the first few minutes and knew I could talk in total confidence and trust.
A.B.R SwindonA new direction
I came away feeling more positive ‘about me’ and it did give me the confidence to search for other opportunities. Coaching also reaffirmed what I thought I knew about myself to be true.
A.M. SwindonGetting clear on my skills and strengths
Shirley's professional and caring approach was different to other coaches I had come across. She gave me the time to unravel what was going on for me. Her questions helped me discover what was really important for me to move forward on, which could have easily disappeared at the bottom of the to-do list. Her insight into my patterns and behaviour were really helpful for me to understand why am behaving the way I am, and therefore what I can do to change it. Thank you Shirley for helping me take the right next step.
J.N. SwindonUnravelling ideas and priorities
I had an insightful session with Shirley following my DISC sale person profile. Shirley has provided me with the knowledge and information to discover who are my ideal clients for both my businesses so that I can focus specifically on those individuals that I enjoy working with and who would benefit the most from my own expertise. I would recommend going through this process with Shirley to really focus your mind on how to grow your business with the right people. Thank you Shirley.
R.F. SwindonFocusing on the right clients
I needed a kickstart to help me move forward with a second business, which had been languishing for a little while. In a couple of sessions, Shirley helped me to find some focus and unblock some of the barriers which had been holding me back. She helped me work on improving my confidence as well as making some key business decisions. Her insightful approach was of great benefit and I would definitely recommend her if need help getting unstuck in your career or business
T.P. Swindon
Shirley is an excellent coach, not least because she is one of the most insightful people I have met. She really gets to the root of an issue and has made some very helpful suggestions which I am now working through.
J.S. Swindon
"Shirley is an intelligent and thoughtful professional coach. She's inquisitive and rather than taking a standard "top down" / standard questions approach, her methods are more engaging and collaborative. Shirley has a substantial corporate experience which provides her with the informed platform to engage constructively and develop a deep relationship with her clients. I recommend her!"
P.R. London
With Shirley’s help I have developed a mindset which allows me to take on any situation with a winning mentality. Shirley also has the ability to make you feel completely at ease and her style of coaching allows for self-exploration which enables you to find the solutions for yourself. She follows up often so you have the feeling that she is always there for you”.
R.T. SwindonWinning Mindset


“A wise man changes before he has to” – George Raveling

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