About Me

and why I’m the one who can help you.

Hi, I’m Paul.

It took me a while, too. 

Everything was set up for success: a degree from Cambridge University, and a Master’s from Durham. Tipped for a great career, I moved from role to role in large organisations, working all hours in high-pressure environments.

And I set my sights on promotion. Because everyone knows moving up the ladder is the definition of success. Don’t they?

Before I knew it, I was adrift.

Deep down, I knew something wasn’t right. So I started putting out the feelers. I did more training and looked at lateral moves, because everyone says that’s a good thing to do. I made a huge list of my strengths and skills, and tried to find jobs that matched, but even that didn’t work. Why couldn’t I find a career I wanted?

Around this time, my first daughter was born. And wow, did I find that tough. Life was not turning out how I’d pictured it when I was younger.

Then, out of nowhere, my health dropped through the floor. One day I was running a 10k, and the next I couldn’t even answer my front door. Life and careers were looking very, very different. 

work life balance

Hi, I’m Paul.

It took me a while, too. 

Everything was set up for success: a degree from Cambridge University, and a Master’s from Durham. Tipped for a great career, I moved from role to role in large organisations, working all hours in high-pressure environments.

And I set my sights on promotion. Because everyone knows moving up the ladder is the definition of success. Don’t they?

Before I knew it, I was adrift.

Deep down, I knew something wasn’t right. So I started putting out the feelers. I did more training and looked at lateral moves, because everyone says that’s a good thing to do. I made a huge list of my strengths and skills, and tried to find jobs that matched, but even that didn’t work. Why couldn’t I find a career I wanted?

work life balance

Around this time, my first daughter was born. And wow, did I find that tough. Life was not turning out how I’d pictured it when I was younger.

Then, out of nowhere, my health dropped through the floor. One day I was running a 10k, and the next I couldn’t even answer my front door. Life and careers were looking very, very different. 

Hi, I’m Paul.

It took me a while, too. 

Everything was set up for success: a degree from Cambridge University, and a Master’s from Durham. Tipped for a great career, I moved from role to role in large organisations, working all hours in high-pressure environments.

And I set my sights on promotion. Because everyone knows moving up the ladder is the definition of success. Don’t they?

 

Before I knew it, I was adrift.

Deep down, I knew something wasn’t right. So I started putting out the feelers. I did more training and looked at lateral moves, because everyone says that’s a good thing to do. I made a huge list of my strengths and skills, and tried to find jobs that matched, but even that didn’t work. Why couldn’t I find a career I wanted?

Around this time, my first daughter was born. And wow, did I find that tough. Life was not turning out how I’d pictured it when I was younger.

work life balance
career and health problems

Then, out of nowhere, my health dropped through the floor. My joints ballooned overnight and I spent 3 months in bed, and much longer on crutches. One day I was running a 10k, and the next I had rheumatoid arthritis and a spinal condition. They’d been hiding, and came out to play in my mid-thirties.

I felt anxious opening emails and lost sleep every night. Precious time with my partner and children trickled away in trains and meeting rooms. Demotion would have been a relief. I wanted a balance of everything but it seemed too good to be true.  

I wished I’d had definable career goals early on, and longed for an exit strategy.

But I had a mortgage. And bills to pay. And mouths to feed.

I felt anxious opening emails and lost sleep every night. Precious time with my partner and children trickled away in trains and meeting rooms. Demotion would have been a relief. I wanted a balance of everything but it seemed too good to be true.  

I wished I’d had definable career goals early on, and longed for an exit strategy.

But I had a mortgage. And bills to pay. And mouths to feed.

When my second daughter arrived a few years later, and I was still stuck in a job that was wrong for me, I knew something had to change. I wasn’t spending enough time with my family, and couldn’t be the role model my girls need. My health was suffering, and fulfilling work seemed like fake news.

I got a coach. More than one, in fact. And that was a great start, but I took it further. I started to build my whole-life, 360-degree process for understanding what is truly meaningful, and making it happen.

And I saw what had always driven me: helping others rise through dilemma and challenge to find richness and meaning in life. 

And that’s where you’ll find me.

When my second daughter arrived a few years later, and I was still stuck in a job that was wrong for me, I knew something had to change. I wasn’t spending enough time with my family, and couldn’t be the role model my girls need. My health was suffering, and fulfilling work seemed like fake news.

I got a coach. More than one, in fact. And that was a great start, but I took it further. I started to build my thorough, future-proofed process for planning a meaningful career and making it happen.

And I saw what had always driven me: helping others rise through dilemma and challenge to find richness and meaning in life. 

And that’s where you’ll find me.

A few things I’ve done

Learnt (some of) 9 languages

Stopped a forced marriage

Talked a man down from a bridge

Published photographs in magazines

Studied and married in Rome

Saved the life of a stabbing victim

Training and qualifications

I’m a certified Animas transformational coach. My training is accredited by the globally recognised International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Association for Coaching.

I am a Global Member of the ICF and an Associate member coach with the European Coaching and Mentoring Council. I have a coach myself and am committed to my personal and professional development, through training and supervision.

qualified career coach

Training and qualifications

I’m a certified Animas transformational coach. My training is accredited by the globally recognised International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Association for Coaching.

I am a Global Member of the ICF and an Associate member coach with the European Coaching and Mentoring Council. I have a coach myself and am committed to my personal and professional development, through training and supervision.

qualified career coach

Training and qualifications

I’m a certified Animas transformational coach. My training is accredited by the globally recognised International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Association for Coaching.

I am a Global Member of the ICF and an Associate member coach with the European Coaching and Mentoring Council. I have a coach myself and am committed to my personal and professional development, through training and supervision.

qualified career coach

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