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Q&A - extracts from a not too serious interview

How long have you been a developer of people?

Maybe too long (!) but for over 20 years

What did you do before?

Line manager, Marketing manager, National Account manager

How did you get into this role?

Turned left somewhere...initially took on training responsibilities as part of new HR role, probably before it was called 'coaching'!

What do you specialise in?

Creating insights to help develop leaders, professionals, teams, and individuals; personal development; coaching 1-1 and in teams, coaching supervision, and 360 degree feedback

Can you give me your 5 top tips?

Focus just on what's in front of you; start writing your next job profile now; give your team a damn good listening to; embrace change (it'll be fine); be the leader you could be...

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A musician (only partly achieved/self taught!)

What's your favourite food?

Middle Eastern mezze's, anything with aubergines in it, bread making...

What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you?

Say less, mean more...

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

Isobel, iPod music player/music faves, sunglasses...oh, and my drum (I know, that's 4 things..but its my list)

What is the best thing you have ever won/got for free?

Blagged my way in to a Beatles concert for free! (showing my age now)

What are you most proud of?

My kids, my successful changes of career, my drumming

Who is your favourite actor/actress?

Colin Firth & Penelope Cruz - need I say more?

If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would it be?

West Africa - either Senegal or The Gambia

What really annoys you?

Sloppy and poor customer service, tech products that don't work well, big egos

In your opinion, what makes a good coach?

Presence, positive interest in learning and growth of the individual, self-confidence, interactive communication skills, creativity

What is exciting you in the realm of learning & development currently?

Developing Presence and Mindfulness in ourselves as coaches and supervisors - a lifetime's work. 

Do you use social media at all - Blogs/Facebook/Twitter?

Am blogging, occasional Twitterer. Active on Linked-In, and use Facebook for my drumming mostly.  Attended a Social Media training course, which was fun - turned out I'm not as dopey technologically as I thought I was!