Since Sadler Heath’s inaugural breakfast in 2002, I have watched it become a rare and trusted learning place where we can turn up, and pay proper attention for a change to our own development needs, questions, and vulnerabilities.
As recently I stepped back from decades of full-on self-employed practice as coach and facilitator, the last 16 years of which were supported by Sadler Heath with its smorgasbord of sessions, including a few featuring my own “edgy” topics, I did not expect to become a Sadler Heath moderator. Yet I hear the call and it’s appealing. After all, I’m committed to carry on developing myself, not only to be getting into other stuff (mindfulness, yoga, jazz piano, running, volunteering and writing). I’ll also enjoy the chance to give something back to this community I’ve come to love.
‘I’ve been attending Sadler Heath events since 2007 and love the opportunities it provides for learning and being personally nourished. I’m a founder member of the Sadler Heath Chiltern community which was established in 2013. For the last 20 years I’ve worked as an executive coach and facilitator, and hold the Academy of Executive Coaching Advanced Diploma. My clients are in charities and in the corporate world, where I work principally with high potential individuals to enable them to bring their best selves to work and to transition successfully into more senior leadership roles. I previously worked as a management development consultant. You can find out more about my current work here.
When not working, I practise yoga and plays squash competitively and I’m a committed long distance walker, hence my photo which was taken at the end of a 100 mile walk to raise funds for Hope Against Cancer.’
I’m a retreat leader, change agent, executive coach and facilitator, working both 1:1 with leaders and with groups to provide challenge, insight and support in the pursuit of personal and business results. I trained with the Academy of Executive Coaching and the London Gestalt Institute. In previous roles I was a scientific Botanist nerd and then a leader within a large multinational organisation, but now spend my time working with organisations, running leadership retreats, working with a charity that supports people with dementia and being a home bird.
Moderation begins well before the Sadler Heath event. I enjoy the preparation stage, supporting the presenters to build on their initial idea, encouraging it to blossom and helping them to fit this into the ethos – this means that the presenters are at their own learning edge and willing to share responsibility for learning with attendees, who are all there of their own free will. During the event my role is to top and tail the event, essentially this means saying welcome and thank you. I also like to join in as a participant, keeping my invisible moderator hat on, out of sight in plain view.
My passion and commitment in my working life has been around enabling people to get out of their own way and enjoy being who they are and what they bring to the world. I have worked as a coach and facilitator in the commercial, public, and not for profit sectors, and am predominantly working in the not for profit sector now. I am particularly interested in the relationship between our capacity to be in touch with our own vulnerability and our effectiveness as powerful leaders.
I like to work creatively in partnership with clients to uncover their authentic voice, creativity and leadership in the world. Inspired by explorers since childhood, I’ve created and facilitated development experiences in the UK and around the world and I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside hundreds of clients across five continents. I experience my work as a continuing development of vocation in response with what is unfolding for clients. Many are reporting that the cultures within their professions are challenging their ability to develop the very sense of calling and vocation that originally drew them into their sphere of work.
I love Sadler Heath for the nourishing space it helps to create for individuals to be at their creative edge. I’d welcome ideas and expressions of interest for the nascent SH Norwich community.
My Clients say I’m loving, mischievous, creative and help them to reconnect a sense of who they are in what they do. What can be better?
Lorraine Purbrick was a moderator of Sadler Heath for many years. Together with Tessa, and wonderfully supported by husband Rob, she started and ran the Chilterns community which was very successful and popular. Very sadly, Lorraine passed away on 16th January 2017 having courageously faced cancer for quite some time. She had an amazing faith which we believe supported her until she died. We miss her deeply.
I’m an experienced facilitator and coach with particular expertise in leadership development, leading collaborative change and team-building. I started my professional career as an accountant and then became a consultant with KPMG in 1992 before starting my independent practice in October 1995, which has continued ever since. I enjoy working with a whole variety of organisations, teams and people and thrive on connecting people with each other. I was born and brought up in Africa and so love the fact that about 20% of my current work is there.