My career profile
I joined the Fast Stream of the Diplomatic Service after University and postings included Oslo, Paris, Policy Planning Staff, HR. Since 1999 I have specialised in recruitment, promotion and coaching, chairing Fast Stream Assessment Centre Boards and the Foreign Office Final Selection Board – the last stage of the graduate recruitment process. Since 2015 I have focussed on assessment and coaching for a number of government departments. In 2017 I designed and trialled a new Assessment Centre for the promotion of senior diplomats. I have also worked with graduates and undergraduates trying to decide what career path to follow and helping them prepare for interviews and Assessment Centres.
I am passionate about coaching because I enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of helping people to use their own skills and abilities to perform better, achieve new goals and map out the way forward.
I am proudest of the work I did with someone cast down and demoralised by a bruising Assessment Centre experience, who went on to pass at their next attempt and to go on to the success they merited.