I started my working life as a translator, having studied Modern Languages at University, but then spent many years working in social housing, becoming an elected fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a senior director and then CEO of a large national charity. It was when I was seconded into central government to oversee the production of some new national quality standards that I ﬁrst became interested in Positive Psychology, particularly strengths-based approaches to improvement, such as Appreciative Inquiry.
I was amazed at how quickly performance improved when the focus was on what worked well and what people were proud of. I trained as an Appreciative Inquiry practitioner and started to use the approach with the people and organisations that I worked with.
In 2019 I ﬁnally found the time to complete my MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at Bucks New University and am proud to now be an Associate Lecturer on this amazing course. Although now semi-retired, I still work with organisations as an Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner, trainer and coach.
On a personal level, I practice yoga regularly, have recently become a Master Reiki Practitioner and am training to become a menopause and wellbeing coach, with the aim of supporting women in my local community. I also gained my black belt in karate about 10 years ago, which was a rewarding and surprisingly spiritual experience!