Background

I am a qualified and accredited Life and Executive Coach, having trained in co-active coaching with the Positive Success Group in Galway.

Using strength based coaching I enable the client to set their own goals and agenda and work towards positive outcomes.

I am an accomplished public speaker having appeared around the world discussing a wide variety of topics from social media and it’s impact on the generation of tomorrow to the inequality that some minority groups live with. I’m always open to having my opinion challenged and enjoy hearing others speak.

I’ve held various positions within the health services in the UK and Ireland and talked about my experiences as a student nurse as part of my “Pennies from Bevan” series.

I often give presentations in topics such as Event Organisation to Social Media and train people in setting up new parkrun events and how to be an Event Director for parkrun Ireland. I coache people in speech writing and using skills to memorise speeches, as well as training people in various subjects including Sign Language, Health & Safety at Work, Crochet and Event Organisation.

My career path has followed two distinct paths: journalism/media and healthcare and I’ve enjoyed work as a freelance journalist, writer, stage/floor manager and film editor as well as nursing in a busy Accident & Emergency department, a surgical ward and working for the ambulance service in the UK.

I like to challenge myself and this has lead to many exciting experiences from hitchhiking to the Pyrenees from Birmingham to losing five stone through Weight Watchers, as well as learning new languages. At the weekends I can be found either on the ground at parkrun or in the air in a Cessna 172.

Career

My career has spanned two main disciplines, which began with me working as a freelance writer and ghost writer. My work mostly involved technical reviews of movies and lifestyle pieces about the LGBT+ community. From there I moved to working as a continuity editor for a TV & Video production company and hosting my own radio show, then on to becoming a freelance stage and floor manager for various studios, theatres and events, managing anything from small town hall productions to larger multi-day outdoor events.

Moving into healthcare, having been a volunteer with the British Red Cross for a number of years, I started working with the ambulance service. While in university, training to be a nurse, I supported myself through taking on freelance design and writing work and managing websites and product design for a number of different companies. From nursing I moved back into writing and started contributing to various print and online magazines. Arriving in Ireland I went back into healthcare, managing a day centre for people with challenging behaviour but kept up my freelance work.

I still write, and also coach people in public speaking and effective presentations, as well as training people in event management, effective social media and meeting facilitation, with the odd bit of design work thrown in. I have regular bookings to act as a ‘Master of Ceremonies’ for various events around Ireland and the UK and has taken my talks to the US and Spain.