Following a degree in Chemistry, I took the next logical step and became a personal fitness trainer. The transition from being a fitness fanatic to coaching stressed executives and housewives was an interesting one. Inspired by my moderate success, and driven on by youthful ambition, a business partner and I set out to change the world through fitness. We started and grew a training business before selling up and moving into health clubs. Our passion and arrogance helped us to raise funds to open six health clubs in two years. We were then made an offer of £12m for the business, of course, we turned down it down. We went on to open a further two health clubs, before learning about the danger of combining ambitious growth with poor cash management. A stint with another founder-led national chain of health clubs was all I needed to convince myself it was time for a change. I undertook an MBA at the Cranfield School of Management, determined to understand what I could learn from a more corporate and international approach.
I joined Telos Partners at the start of 2005, initially taking an interest in our leadership development and coaching activities. I then became more deeply involved in our strategic client work, working with Divisional Directors and Business Unit Leaders to initiate and implement organisational change. More recently, I have begun to combine the learning from the last 7 years, with my previous experience as a business owner. In doing so, I have led the development of our offer for ambitious business owners, determined to help them to create a substantial and meaningful business for the long-term. I am also drawn to encouraging larger corporations to become more entrepreneurial.