My background

I have a managerial / senior executive background in the fields of not-for-profit and statutory (local government and national health service). I have set up two not-for-profits in UK and run two businesses in UK and NZ.

I am an active member of various networking groups including:

  • Facilitator & member of Elite6 Rangiora
  • Treasurer an&d member Business over Breakfast (BoB)
  • Communications Director & member of the National Speakers Association NZ (NSANZ)
  • Facilitator & member of Venus Networking (Merivale) Group
  • Member of Synergy Networking
  • Member of Riccarton and Everest Toastmasters Clubs

I have held several counselling and listening roles, in-house trained counsellor for local government in England, UK, Samaritans and Victim Support volunteer specialising in rape and serious assault. I am a qualified Life Coach and a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

On a Personal Level

I am married to Jeff and am really enjoying being self-employed having recently set up my new business.

I am blessed to have an amazing family which include 4 adult children, 2 adult step-children, 5 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 2 inherited grandchildren!

My interests include being an active member of Toastmasters International (TI), tramping, reading, travel, particularly exploring NZ, amateur photography and spending time with family and friends. My annual highlight is visiting my family in England and Scotland!

As a consultant and coach, I am honoured to have the opportunity to walk alongside my clients journeys to help them achieve their personal or professional dreams and goals, and so it seems reasonable for me to share with you all that dreams can be achieved!

On the flip side to that there have been times when I have experienced huge struggles and feel I bring my experiences of those times and my counselling skills to support others including my clients.

My husband and I have enjoyed the NZ lifestyle achieved our ‘NZ dream’ to purchase a 10-acre lifestyle block, design and build our home and breed alpacas. We achieved this only two years after moving to NZ!

After over 6 years we decided to downsize and stay in North Canterbury, so embarked on another dream to design and build our new home, this time with views of a natural wetland lake and near to the ocean!

My family have described me as being loyal, supportive and empathetic, whilst friends and colleagues have described me as being passionate, caring and sincere, with everyone saying I have a great sense of humour! These qualities are being invested in my clients so each person receives a positive and successful experience.

Why I became a consultant and coach

I am dedicated and committed to investing in people and their success, and enjoy working with people to help them change their dreams into reality.

My life like anyone else’s has been a journey of self-improvement, self-development and personal growth.

My life has been very full both personally and professionally and have taken opportunities in life which have been positive and negative, all of which have made me ‘me’!

I am passionate about supporting people and organisations accomplish their full potential as part of their personal, professional development and leadership potential. I specialise in supporting, challenging, inspiring and encouraging people and organisations realise their aspirations.

I have 8 years’ experience as a counsellor and listener and this year graduated with ‘Excellence’ completing my Diploma in Life Coaching with NZ Institute of Business Studies (NZIBS).

Establishing and Naming my Business

I established Success Factor Consultancy & Coaching Ltd on 1 April 2016, my purpose being ‘working together to make a difference’. These words resonated with me as it embodies what we all aspire to achieve in our lives, to help others, one by one, and make a difference to each and every person. (See Starfish Story)

Starfish Story

Once upon a time there was an old man who used to go to the beach to do his thinking and his writing. His daily routine was walking along the foreshore every morning. One morning as he was walking along the shore it was the day after a big storm had passed and he found the beach littered with starfish. Thousands of them as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. Away in the distance the old man noticed a boy approaching. It was unusual to see a boy on the beach at this early hour. As the boy walked the old man noticed him pause every so often and bend down. He noticed the boy was occasionally bending down to pick up an object which he then threw into the sea. As the boy came closer the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what are you doing?” The boy paused, looked up, and replied “I’m throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up on to the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves. When the sun gets high they will die unless I throw them back into the water.” The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid your effort won’t really make much of a difference. The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the waves. Then he turned, smiled and said, “I made a difference to that one!” This story is from ‘The Starfish Thrower’ by Loren Eiseley.