I have worked for companies such as Marks and Spencer, Warner Music UK, Electronic Arts, Whitbread, Costa Coffee (China), TSL Global and The Princes Trust. More recently as HR Director.
I am a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I also hold a Certificate of Competence in Psychological Testing from the British Psychological Society, an Honours degree in Retail Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. I have a developing interest in workplace well being and in September 2017 will be starting an Msc in Workplace Health and Wellbeing at the University of Nottingham.
In addition to HR consultancy work, I am director and co-founder of Mindfulness Sussex Ltd trading as Work with Mindfulness, Mindfulness London, Mindfulness Sussex and Mindfulness Retreats offering public and private Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses and retreats. My own mindfulness practice informs my consultancy work and I have also completed a mindfulness-in-relationship foundation course with Karuna Institute as well as a mindfulness teacher development training at Bangor University.
I have been lucky enough to able to combine my career with things that I love and feel passionately about, this has included: Training as an RYA Ocean Yachtmaster and PADI diver and then running charter and dive yachts in the Caribbean. Volunteering with Earthwatch and spending time in Namibia with the Cheetah Conservation Fund and in Hawaii with the Dolphin Intelligence Project. Working with TimeBank as a volunteer refugee mentor. Taking lessons and facing my very real fear of singing in public!
I live in West Sussex with my husband Ed Halliwell and two young sons.