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I offer one-to-one mentoring / coaching sessions, face-to-face, and on-line, via Zoom. This is the most secure on-line platform for confidential conversations and is being used by many professionals.

During this very challenging time many people may find it helpful to have a trusting and confidential relationship with a mentor / coach. I see this as someone to listen, empathise, guide and be with you through this period of prolonged adjustments to life with the challenges of COVID-19 and beyond.

I can offer you Mentoring with mindfulness and compassion to develop your inner resources for coping. Working with me will help you to manage your life minute by minute, day by day and month by month.

I invite you to browse my website at and contact me via e-mail at to discuss what I can offer you.

Since 1978, I have been working in the field of education as a qualified teacher, mentor, coach, tutor, supervisor and administrator. I completed my PhD in 2010, and between 2010 and 2017, I tutored, mentored and supervised individuals undertaking postgraduate degrees. The pastoral care of students and staff alike made up a significant part of my work. I engaged with individuals within dynamic, empathetic, and safe working relationships using reflexive and reflective practices, counselling skills, mindfulness, mindful self-compassion and creative writing.

I have recently retired from higher education and work in private practice as a mentor/coach, mindfulness, and mindful self-compassion facilitator. I mindfully support and facilitate individuals’ professional and personal development as they move through life transitions towards achieving their aspirations.

Integral to this process is helping those I work with to manage and maintain well-being through challenging life experiences.

The developmental mentoring/coaching relationship is a rich and empowering learning experience that develops a reflective, mindful, and self-compassionate approach to life which can reduce the effects of anxiety, panic attacks, burnout, depression, and stress in daily life. This form of developmental mentoring with mindful self-compassion is for anyone.

The work I do is underpinned by compassion for self and others, loving kindness, and a sense of common humanity. We are all learners in life who struggle from time to time. Reaching out for one-to-one mentoring/coaching support can, from time to time, be just what you need and is a respectful and self-compassionate act.

As someone with extensive experience in education for life, I have come to believe that I must engage with, and introduce clients, to tools which facilitate introspection, awaken, and develop awareness of self in relation with others in society, and enhance ability to befriend uncertainty and suffering.

I am influenced by Michael Oakeshott’s work and like he; I wish that we all as learners of life, perceive teachers [mentors, coaches, therapists] as fellow learners walking alongside us. I embrace education for life as an adventure into ‘unchartered oceans of ideas’ filled with uncertainty without need or worry for a destination; converse with others; explore; ask questions and discover; take risks; make mistakes and move on (Fuller, M. 1989).


Doctor of Philosophy                                    University of Brighton, Brighton, UK

Thesis entitled: The Mentor/Mentee relationship in Physical Education Initial Teacher Training.

Master of Arts:                                                Leeds University, UK.

B.Ed. (Hons) in Physical Education:               University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

Certificate in Education:                                University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. (Qualified                                                                          Teacher Status)

Other Professional Qualifications

Certificate in Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice – Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body & MindfulnessUK

Mindful self-compassion teacher training – The Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion, USA & UK

8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion Certificate  –  The Centre for Mindful Self-compassion

Learning to be Mindful Certificate – The Bath and Bristol Mindfulness Courses

RAIN: The Nourishing Art of Mindful Inquiry Certificate – Michelle McDonald

Developmental mentoring with Dr. Gillie Bolton (PhD)

ASA Certificate in Counselling Skills

Professional Tennis Coach    –    United States Professional Tennis Registry


1978 – 1997:                    Secondary Teacher and coach.

1997 – 2017:                   Senior lecturer University of Brighton: teacher trainer, mentor trainer, teacher, tutor, mentor, and supervisor.

2018 – present:               Mentor/coach and mindful self-compassion facilitator.


45 minutes Introduction and assessment session £45

50 minutes One to one mentoring/coaching: £55

Package of one-to-one mentoring + written reflective session summary + recommended meditations + creative activities; £65

Posted on 19 January 2022