I spent my childhood on the move, never in one place for longer than 2 years and often moving every six months so I was constantly in unfamiliar territory, surrounded by strangers and often lost both physically and emotionally, not knowing how to act in these new environments.
As a result, when as a teenager we moved to England and I was unsuccessful in breaking into established friendship groups and was often very lonely.
Until I joined the Red Cross, in particular joining a group who provided first aid at the Snetterton motor racing circuit in Norfolk, England. Then I found it easy to make friends as I was joining a community which shared ideals and a common sense of purpose.
Following a successful career in the RAF, my time in the National Health Service strengthened that belief in the power of the community. I eventually became the Chief Executive of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, and in particular, I was privileged to work with teams of specialists who by combining their knowledge and skills, worked together to achieve miracles on a day to day basis.
In 2002 I took a different direction, leaving the NHS to set up my own business as a leadership coach in the commercial world. Once again, I found myself in unfamiliar territory, surrounded by strangers and lost in a new world of marketing a small business.
Over the years I have added to these experiences through my formal education in coaching, mediation and group facilitation, alongside my NHS Chief Executives development programme and an MSc in Social Research.
As an accredited coach/trainer I gained a solid grounding in the principles of business development and marketing techniques. The main thing I learnt from all this formal education is to have the humility to seek out others who have the expertise I need for my own development and to assist my clients.
Now, although moving into semi-retirement, I will continue to support the local business communities in Northampton and Milton Keynes and in particular help the next generation of business people who have struck out on their own to build the business of their dreams.
I know that we are only truly successful in business and life when we harness the talents of each of us and work together.
My other interest outside but influences my work is as a Trustee of the Green Business Network. This local group of business people is dedicated to helping everyone make the changes needed to build a sustainable future for our children.
I'm looking forward to a quieter and gentle life with my wonderful husband, my son, and the boss of our household Zoe, my German shepherd dog.