I graduated with a Joint Honours degree from the University of Sheffield in Geography & Politics in 2001. I began my career in economic development, with a focus on the built environment and infrastructure, spending 3 years with a niche consultancy in Leeds which had spun out of KPMG. During that time I studied part-time and qualified from Sheffield Hallam University with a MSc in Urban Regeneration. I went on to become a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).
I joined the Public Sector Strategy team at Deloitte Consulting in 2006 and moved to London shortly afterwards. Between 2008 and 2011 I was seconded from Deloitte to HM Treasury as the formative member of the Equitable Life Payments Scheme Team. The Equitable Life Payments Scheme was a £1.5 billion government programme to compensate policy holders who lost sizeable portions of their pension as as result of the Society’s collapse in the late 1990s. I acted as Head of Policy and then Head of Operations for the scheme. I designed, built, and was a member of the programme’s Senior Management Team and Board, and briefed Ministers and senior Treasury officials weekly.
I returned to Deloitte in 2012. I was the Business Account Manager for a £70 million annual revenue account. One of my key roles was coordinating the quarterly Partner Executive Group meeting, Chaired by Lead Partner for the Group and attended by Head of Public Sector at Deloitte UK.
My life changed enormously in 2011 when I took a five month sabbatical from Deloitte. I embraced my dream of leaving it all behind to go and live in my trusty Volkswagen campervan in the French Alps for the winter. You can find out more about my skiing and climbing adventures on my no longer updated personal blog onefootinlagrave. I returned to the corporate world knowing that my skills could be more useful elsewhere. I left Deloitte in September 2013 to set up my own venture, as an executive coach and consultant.
Eighteen months into my entrepreneurial journey, I found myself facing an altogether different challenge. Diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer my plans had to go on hold as I journeyed for 2 years through several operations, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Now in full remission, I bring that experience to the table when I coach clients, particularly from the perspective of dealing with uncertainty and building resilience. I also recorded some podcasts about what I learnt from the experience with some cool dudes. Listen to That Wasn’t in the Business Plan with Khe Hye, and Everything is Workable with Jerry Colonna.