I am Shirley - The Change Agent

my story


My working life

I was a corporate professional for 25 years working mainly in highly demanding retail financial services environments often with a highly commercial or strategic focus.  Now I have my own coaching business and help corporate professionals and business owners to shape a working life which works for them.  I have worked in a number of financial services institutions, with very different cultures, in roles covering strategy and planning, financial management, capital and risk management.  I started my working life in economic consultancy and then spent 15 years at Nationwide Building Society.  Recognising that I had got too comfortable, I left the relative comfort and certainty of full-time employment to become a freelance project manager. 


I loved the variety and challenge of living by my wits but after 10 years in contracting, I answered a long-held call to coaching.  One of my big motivators is the joy of seeing people, and organisations, achieve their goals and being a part of the success story. 

Drawing on my corporate experiences I help corporate professionals become more effective, less stressed and more motivated in their current role.  I also help them design career paths which align to their values, personality and aspirations.  I also support business owners who often need help to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.  Many of my clients have left corporate life to start afresh but they have yet to leave the corporate mindset behind.  I learned after months of frustration and loneliness that I needed a new identity – that of a business person not “a former…” or a “used to be but now I am…”.  It was tough but I have developed my own style which helps me focus on doing what feels right for me, my clients and the type of coaching business I want to run.  After all, it is my business and my purpose.  No one else’s.  I help others to do the same.


My coaching style 

I am playful and challenging.  My approach is designed to help you overcome your roadblocks, see your situation with fresh perspective and  connect with what’s really important to you.  

I can be provocative and cheeky but it is for good reasons and always appropriate.  I am flexible; sometimes we need to go deep and explore beliefs and thought patterns, other times a “walk and talk” will do the job or some serious whiteboard based action planning is called for.

Ultimately, I help you develop the courage to take action and keep at it so you see results!  Let’s talk and you can decide whether or not I am the coach for you.  A clarity coaching call is free.  Call 07990 514537