My coaching is the culmination of my eclectic career to date, as I bring together in service of my clients my creativity, my own entrepreneurial leadership journey and my deep interest in both the human and commercial side of business.
I began my career as a professional pianist, working largely in musical theatre in London's West End, as well as making various TV appearances with the likes of Lionel Richie and Gary Barlow. For much of this chapter, I moonlighted as a strategy consultant with Spectrum Strategy Consultants, working with large international clients to devise critical new media strategies as the importance of the Internet emerged.
I then spent 3 years with a small investment company, initially tasked with analysing early dotcom era business plans and later operating in a business development role for a diverse range of portfolio companies.
In 2003, I co-founded with Martha Lane Fox the karaoke company Lucky Voice, where I continue in a part-time executive role after 13 years as Managing Director. In growing Lucky Voice to become synonymous with high-quality karaoke experiences in the UK and increasingly overseas, I created a multi-faceted business which encompasses high-street leisure operations, international franchising, extensive proprietary technology and a B2C digital subscription offering.
My constant focus on self-development during this period, and my consequent evolution from self-confessed grumpy autocrat to enlightened motivational leader, inspired my move into coaching and continues to inform my approach.