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Feb 25, 2020


Vision Board Workshop - Women in Property South West

Great morning collaborating with Association of Women in Property hosted by Thrings in Bristol where I delivered my Vision Board workshop. Vision boards provide a different and very powerful way of manifesting our goals, creating clarity of thought and focus, enabling us to build on those goals taking one action at a time. Every action we take brings us a step closer to achieving those goals and as the participants saw during my workshop, anything is possible - we just have to believe it and we will achieve it! Thank you to Natalia Sokolov at Thrings for championing the event. Taking the lead and being a contribution to others is what being a great leader is all about...hat's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Feb 13, 2020


Tiverton School's Dragon's Den event

Delighted to be invited to Tiverton High School to support the students at their 'Dragons Den' event where they had to create a new online game. I wish I'd had an opportunity like that when I was at school - the students developed their skills in entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation, leadership, presentation skills, communication skills, teamwork, engaging and connecting with an audience etc. It was great to see our leaders of the future get out of their comfort zone and experience what it feels like to pitch an original idea to a panel of strangers and an audience of their peers. Great job, well done everyone. Thanks to Jessica Marks for creating such a fun and informative event and to my fellow judges Steve Lodge, Scott Baxter, Emily Pike for a lively and fun debate.What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Jan 15, 2020


Vision Board Workshop - Women in Property Devon & Cornwall

"Anything worth having doesn't come easily!"

We all experience roadblocks, things happen out of the blue, things don't go our way and it can be difficult to see a bright future ahead, a life we really want instead of a life we've ended up in!

I was delighted to deliver my "Believe it, Achieve it" vision board workshop to Association of Women in Property Exeter.

As part of my coaching practice I use this technique as a different way of looking at personal reflection and self-discovery around goal setting. Are you present in the moment or are you just moving from job to job, promotion to promotion, just like clocking in and out with your ID badge? When you hit a roadblock, using phrases like "I can't, I wish, I won't be able to" creates a negative space and reinforces our limiting beliefs. We get stopped, we tell ourselves we can't do it and we just give up!

During the workshop I used techniques to allow everyone to see that they can achieve ANYTHING! I can't wait to see what these ladies achieve in 2020.

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Jan 08, 2020

University of South Wales

Stakeholder Management

When we think about stakeholder management and how to engage diverse groups of people on a major project, it's not often we talk about checking our own behaviour as a Project Manager and the soft skill set required to manage many different individuals with differing viewpoints. I was delighted to be invited to the University of South Wales to share my insights and experience with the students currently undertaking their masters degree in construction project management. We had an interesting discussion around why stakeholders care about a project and what can we do as a PM to either leverage their support or mitigate opposition by addressing our behaviour as a leader. We looked at the Iceberg Model to understand the underlying reasons behind a particular viewpoint from stakeholders - why people have certain beliefs about the way things are done and what underlying structures (that may not be obvious) support those beliefs? We then looked at how we can influence others as a lead PM. After the discussion the students split into groups where they were presented with five different stakeholder scenarios and they had to work out how to deal with the situation and the stakeholder group. It was a great day of learning, discovery and fun! Thanks to Miranda Thomas.What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Nov 14, 2019


How to speak with Confidence!

Great evening sharing public speaking tips and tricks at a workshop with the solicitors and financial planners networking group at Tilney Financial Planning, Exeter. Everyone got fully engaged and involved in participating by getting out of their comfort zone and doing an impromptu speech. Great work ladies - we can all conquer our fear of speaking in public and you proved it! Thank you to Stacey Seaborne-Hall for hosting and to Helen Heggadon and Sharon Wayland from South West Speakers Toastmasters for bringing their amazing skills and sense of fun.

Oct 09, 2019

Exeter, UK

Mace - World Mental Health Day - Workshop

It was an absolute pleasure to be invited to deliver a workshop to the leaders at Mace for their World Mental Health Day event in Exeter, UK yesterday. We had some very open conversations around mindset - how our thoughts, reactions, responses and actions impact not only ourselves, but those around us. We looked at strategies for developing trust as well as how to add value to others and to our organisation as individuals. Rachel Thomas gave an incredibly poignant and informative speech about her journey of transition as a transgender individual. She talked about the importance of community and how the different communities that she's part of helped her and how Mace has been such a supportive employer, creating an open, accepting environment for her to thrive in. Thank you to Paloma Hermoso for inviting me and to her team for making me feel so welcome. What a great day. Keep on having conversations with those around you - you never know how you may inspire someone without ever knowing that you made a difference to them...

Jul 12, 2019

Taunton, Somerset, UK

South West Speakers Officer Training

Great day training leaders in Toastmasters, a global educational non-profit organisation in public speaking and leadership. I led a session for my club South West Speakers and several other clubs in our district on Excellence and how to deliver excellence as an individual, as a leader of a club and how to create a culture of excellence. 

Apr 07, 2019

Romania, India, Philippines

Seventh & Eighth Tour with Arcadis - Delivering 21st Century Manager programme

Absolutely delighted to have completed the final module for the second cohort of global leaders with Arcadis through February and April 2019. It's been an incredible two year journey developing over 200 leaders of the future. I look forward to hearing about the progress of all these amazing Arcadians as they lead from the front. Congratulations to everyone...

Sandy Park, Exeter, UK

CESW Leadership Symposium

I am delighted to have been invited to speak at Constructing Excellence South West’s (CESW) first ‘Leadership in the Built Environment Symposium’ at Sandy Park, Exeter, Devon, UK on Thursday 14th March 2019, from 10am – 3pm. It’s a great opportunity to focus on how the construction industry in the South West will attract the leaders of tomorrow.


Who should attend?

If you’re currently working in the construction/property sector across the West Country of the UK and want to progress your career by leading the future of the industry, this event is for you. Maybe you’re considering joining the construction industry and want to find out more about it, this event is for you too.


What’s in it for you?

You’ll discover amongst other exciting things on the day:

  • what it takes to become a great leader

  • how to communicate as a leader?

  • how to build and lead a collaborative and diverse workforce?

  • the value of executive coaching as a leader

Come and join me, come and say hello, I’d be delighted to see you…

Mar 08, 2019

Bristol, Exeter, UK

International Women's Day - various locations across the South West UK

I am honoured to have been invited to speak at International Women's Day at various events across the South West UK. Several events are planned throughout the week, culminating as a big celebration on Friday 8th March 2019. Details to follow...

Feb 25, 2019

Exeter, UK

Leadership Development Workshop, Barratt Development Plc

Private event not open to the public

I'm delighted to be collaborating with top UK house builder Barratt Developments. Following a successful workshop in October 2018, I've been invited back to continue working with the team at Barratts throughout 2019. Looking forward to transforming our leaders of the future in the South West...

Nov 27, 2018

Bristol, UK

Empowering Women in Bristol Breakfast Event

I was very excited to be invited back to speak at the Empowering Women in Bristol networking event for women in the construction and engineering industry on Wednesday 28th Nov at the Arcadis in Bristol, UK. Natasha Wallace, the Disruptive Coach and collaborated together - I shared how to understand different personality types and what this means related to how we work together to build effective working relationships and Natasha shared her extensive knowledge around how to manage conflict related to difficult conversations we face at work. It was a very informative, fun, interactive, successful event.

Oct 31, 2018

Romania, India, Philippines

Sixth Tour with Arcadis - Delivering 21st Century Manager programme

Next tour with Arcadis delivering a workshop on how to maximize your talent and how to have difficult conversations at work. In addition to the face to face training, I'm delivering a webinar on Mental Agility.

Oct 02, 2018

Romania, India, Philippines

Career Coaching Webinar - Arcadis

A 1.30 hr webinar for managers on how to have an effective career conversation with your team members. Delivered to over 150 managers around the world

Jun 26, 2018

Exeter Library, Exeter, Devon, UK

Empowering Women in the South West - Unconscious Bias

Public event - come and join me....

Very honoured to be invited back to speak at the next Empowering Women in the South West breakfast networking event for women in the construction industry at Exeter Library on Wednesday 27th June, 9.00am - 11.00am. This event will focus on unconscious bias and gender stereotypes in the workplace and will include presentations from myself, Gillian Risdale, Regional Director Highways, South West and Wales, WSP and Ismini Vasileiou, Lecturer in Information Systems and Programme lead of the BSc (Hons) Digital andTechnology Solutions at the University of Plymouth


How do you deal with those thoughts in your head that determine how you make unconscious bias decisions about the people around you? You CAN reframe your thoughts to make a different choice so that you engage with a wider variety of ideas and perspectives, creating a more vibrant and collaborative environment to enable you to discover exciting new innovations and ideas - that's how businesses thrive and grow and that's how you can make an incredible contribution to your organisation and the people around you.


Come and join me and discover something new for yourself.  You'll meet the fantastic women of the South West UK who are really making a difference in the construction industry.


Look forward to seeing you there. Don't forget to come and say 'Hi'. I'd love to meet you and find out about what you're up to in the world...


May 27, 2018

Philippines, India, Romania

Fifth Tour with Arcadis - Delivering the 21st Century Manager programme

Off again on my next worldwide tour. Lots of exciting topics to discuss around people management and how to engage your teams, how to find yourself a sponsor within your organisation (as oppose to a mentor), who will support your career development as well an interesting discussion around around how to develop your change agility skill set. 

Jan 28, 2018

Philippines, India, Romania

Fourth Tour with Arcadis - Delivering the 21st Century Manager Programme

Great news, I returned to the Philippines, India and Romania to inspire a second cohort of leaders in the construction industry for Arcadis. Now, over 200 managers and leaders of the future will be going through the 18 month management development programme. 

Nov 19, 2017

Philippines, India, Romania

Third Tour with Arcadis - Delivering the 21st Century Manager Programme

Very excited to be returning to the Philippines, India and Romania to deliver Module 4 of the programme. It's great to see over 100 senior leaders develop and grow as we move through the 18 month programme.

Oct 09, 2017

Yerevan, Armenia

Launch of 1st Annual Leadership & Management Forum, Yerevan, Armenia

I am delighted to announce that I am working in partnership with Inspired2Learn a South-West UK based provider of the Chartered Management Institute's management and leadership qualifications. 


On the occasion of 25th anniversary of UK-Armenia diplomatic relations, the British Embassy Yerevan in partnership with the IAB International Academy of Business, held the 1st Annual Leadership and Management Forum aimed at increasing awareness of the value of leadership and management in the capital Yerevan, Armenia.

I delivered a keynote speech on strategic leadership to over 100 CEO's and senior leaders in the morning and as part of the afternoon sessions, I delivered a workshop on the Growth Mindset. I am very excited to be collaborating with local and international organisations.

Aug 31, 2017

Philippines, India, Romania

Second Tour with Arcadis - Delivering the 21st Century Manager Programme

After a very successful launch tour in July 2017, I return for my second tour to deliver the next module in Arcadis' 21st Century Manager training and development programme. Very excited to meet everyone again and to be part of the development of over 100 managers. 

Aug 23, 2017


Exeter City Council - How to become an Empowering Speaker - Workshop

In August 2017 I was asked by Exeter City Council's Housing Development Department to deliver my public speaking workshop on 'How to become an Empowering Speaker'. We spent the morning going through all my tips and techniques and by the end of the workshop, all the participants had created their own three minute speech and several of them presented their speeches to the group. A great way to learn and develop your skill set. 

Jul 25, 2017

Cardiff, Wales

Empowering Women in Wales - Presentation

Public event.


The Empowering Women's network is expanding to Cardiff, Wales and I'm very excited to announce that I've been part of the team championing the expansion of the network with WSP and Arcadis. Our launch event was on 26th July 2017 and over 50 women in the construction industry sector showed up. What a great way to launch a new network. 

La-Chun Lindsay, Managing Director of GE Aviation, Maxine Prydderch, an Assistant Design Engineer with Network Rail gave inspirational speeches about leadership, diversity and the promotion of women in the industry. I was the third speaker and gave my speech on how to become and empowering speaker.

Jun 04, 2017

Philippines, India & Romania

Launch Tour - Arcadis - 21st Century Manager programme

I am very pleased to announce that I am working in partnership with Arcadis, a global design and consultancy firm in the construction sector to deliver their management training development programme globally in Manila, Philippines, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai in India and Yasi in Romania. On my launch tour I am delivered 'Managing Your Performance', using eight different models as discussion topics. Fantastic to learn about different working and business cultures from all over the world. 

Mar 16, 2017


Women in Property - How to network effectively - Presentation

I am delighted to present to Women in Property from the construction industry about how to be an effective networker.

Lots of tips, tricks and strategies for making network events WORK for you so that you have quality connections, build relationships and create leads that turn into revenue generating clients

Feb 20, 2017

Exeter and Bristol

CIHT - Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation - How to become an Empowering Speaker

I'm supporting members within the first ten years of their career in the construction industry to improve their public speaking skills, in particular for the 2017 Colas CIHT Presentation Award, a competition designed to recognize young professionals in the CIHT and to encourage them to develop their communication and presentation skills.

I covered two cities reaching out to many engineers across the West Country - Exeter on 20 Feb 17 and Bristol on 27 Feb 17.

Feb 11, 2017

Taunton, Somerset

Toastmasters South West - Workshop Facilitation - Follow-up event

I am delighted to have been asked back to co-facilitate this workshop which is a follow-on from the Speaker to Trainer workshop from 2016.

“Workshop Facilitation” is a workshop that builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the “Speaker to Trainer” workshop and designed to help participants to put the theory learnt in the previous workshop into practice. The workshop will give participants the opportunity to apply the steps in the Training Model to prepare an actual 45 minute workshop. Additional input on ‘the team around you’ and ‘workshop structure’ will further develop participants knowledge of the bigger picture of what is involved from the earliest stages of planning to successful delivery of a workshop.

By the end of the workshop participants would have a workshop outline that had been critiqued by fellow participants, myself and my fellow course leader. They will be aware of the steps they would need to take to develop their materials and outline to deliver their workshop. It is anticipated that participants would then have the skills and techniques to go on to deliver their workshop.

Jan 16, 2017


Ashton Park School, Bristol - Employability, The Edge Programme 2017

I was asked back to the school to get involved in a programme that supports school leavers preparing themselves for the working world. I am talking to them about how to speak and present in public etc.

Jan 03, 2017

Exeter, Devon

RGB Recruitment, Exeter - How to become an Empowering Speaker/Effective Networking - Workshop

It was great to deliver a workshop on how to speak in public as well as how to network effectively. We shared lots of tips and tricks and everyone left with a packed action plan.

Oct 28, 2016

Taunton, Somerset

Ashton Park School, Bristol - Lloyds Bank Career Development Day

This was a private event for the young people of Bristol. I spoke to them about how to present themselves for interviews, how they can shape their own future, telling them my story and the ups and downs of my own career path. I wanted to empower them to be the BEST they can be....

Nov 19, 2016

Global Online Summit

Global Leadership Coalition's International Young Leaders Virtual Summit 2016

The two-day Virtual Summit follows the GLC’s United Naions Event on Entrepreneurship to be held on 16 November in New York. It provides an opportunity to take part in the global conversation about education, to hear thought leaders share a vision to transform the future, experts providing skill builder lessons and the opportunity to listen to presentations by the winners of the 2016 Entrepreneurship Challenge. Participants will interact with their peers and propose options and ideas for innovations in education.

Friday, November 18th 2016, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm EST
Saturday, November 19th 2016, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm EST

Key Note Speakers:

  • Sustainable Environment or Thriving Societies by Kirsten Gallo
    Environmental sustainability and what it would take to have a thriving world.

  • Critical Thinking by Joy Vaughan
    Critical Thinking and its importance to advancement in the 21st Century.

  • Gender and Technology by Khaitsa Wasiyo
    How we empower women to use technology to expand their contribution to the world’s advancement.

  • Ethics (To be Announced)
    A discourse on the impact of ethical actions on the success of our future.

Skill Building Sessions:

  • Know Your Purpose to be announced

  • Public Speaking by Penny Wood - Saturday 16th November, morning session Eastern Time

  • Time Management by Andrea Lawrence

  • Financial Literacy by Kevin Jackson

  • Self Esteem to be announced

Winners of the 2016 Entrepreneurship Challenge:

  • David Abaane Adombila – Ghana – First Place Winner – David Farms

  • Marcella Jeremiah – Grenada – Tied for First Place -- Reneescentsationz

  • Floyd Thomas – Grenada – Tied for First Place – Soursop Eden

  • Judith Attamah – Ghana – Runner Up – JA24FOODS

  • Zaahir Muhammad – Trinidad and Tobago – Runner Up – Z Paddlers Co

Who is Invited
Participation in the conference is open to young men and women between the ages 18-29 years old from around the world, including aspiring entrepreneurs who are interested in making a difference in the lives of their family, community, country and around the planet. We also encourage people to attend who are working in education, with youth organizations, and/or youth development.

Nov 15, 2016

Exeter, Devon

Women in Leadership - Becoming an Empowering Speaker - Presentation

Oct 28, 2016

Taunton, Somerset

Toastmasters South West - From Speaker to Trainer - how to become a professional trainer

A closed event for Toastmasters in the South West of England. I'll be co-presenting the full day workshop to help speakers transition into becoming successful trainers - it's a very different skill. You are more of a facilitator than a speaker and I will discussing the technical skills around creating, preparing and delivering an effective training session.

Oct 16, 2016


Bristol Water - Becoming an Empowering Speaker Workshop

Oct 08, 2016


A great event with Toastmasters seeing how people improve their public speaking skills....

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