Fiona has always taken a coaching approach. Her first boss gave her the job because
she got him talking more about himself than anyone else had in years. As an Independent
Financial Adviser, she coached her clients to clarify their life goals. A neighbour
observed that “Fiona is amazing at almost intuitively summarising a complex matter
when you are overwhelmed, and asking just the right questions to help you work out
what to do next”. That was a long time ago and since 1998 Fiona has developed her
natural coaching skills much further through practice and training.
Fiona is based mainly in Poole, works by phone and Skype (or in person seeing clients
at their place or from her new garden office)
She lives with Tony overlooking Holes Bay enjoys a busy social life, lots of holidays
and anything to do with Thai food.
Powerful combination of skills and experience
Fiona has a Degree in Communication, was a highly qualified Independent Financial
Adviser (IFA) within a large accountancy firm, where she was also the Training and
Competence Officer, pension transfer specialist, director and holistic adviser to
mainly business clients in the North East of Scotland. In 1999, when still training
with CoachU she moved to Surrey and for 4 years, 3 days week coached over a 100 advisers
in London and the South in the very entrepreneurial national firm Millfield Partnership.
While there, she also worked on national projects with marketing and compliance while
coaching a variety of other clients in her own coaching business 2 days a week. Fiona
then moved her base to Poole to concentrate on her own business.
She trained as an NLP practitioner with with Jeremy Lazarus in 2003 has learned to
manage client risk with Lisa Wake, has undertaken Inter-collaborative training (for
Divorce) with Lisa Alexander and Yurval Berger of Gardner Brown Consulting in 2008,
Trained as a Master Practitioner of Thought Pattern Management™ with Robert Fletcher
in 2009 and regularly facilitates conference calls with other Practitioners for continuous
professional development. She regularly attends NLP conferences and collaborates
with other coaches, often speaks to networking groups and enjoys writing inspiring
articles and newsletters.
Fiona now specialises in transforming challenging situations for people who normally
are quite happy and successful in life, using a powerful combination of Coaching,
Neurolinguistic Programming and Thought Pattern Management™.
She works with business owners, professionals, people going through challenges of
divorce, relationship breakdown, litigation, redundancy, stresses at work, lost,
motivation and adapting to lifestyle changes or loss. The common theme is that they
want to change the situation, can influence it, (even if they don’t know how) and
they want to get back in control and enjoying life again quickly. She is also passionate
about facilitating different professionals working together to help clients experience
a better service during a challenging time.
How Great Transformations Evolved
“I guess I’ve been helping people develop themselves or their businesses all my adult
life. Although I trained as a holistic life and business coach with CoachU in 1998/99
many clients for the first 2/3 of my coaching career were financial advisers, professionals
and small business owners who wanted more time, more money and better life balance.
In 2004 I had a full practice, so I brought more coaches in to the team and began
trading as ‘Great Coaching Services Ltd’ (instead of Great Life Coaching)
In 2005 I got interested in coaching people through divorce, an experience which,
though never easy, can be life shaping not just life breaking. I did research and
learned more skills to help in this situation and co-developed the ‘Wise Steps for
a Successful divorce programme’.
In 2008 I was planning to develop a network of enlightened professionals to help
make divorce easier, set up ‘Coaching through divorce’ website and I trained in Thought
Pattern Management™ (TPM) in Spring 2009 to learn more skills to help people let
go of patterns from their past which divorce can stir up. But the TPM had a profound
effect on me. I realized it was time to let go of some goals, simplify my business,
embrace the amazing new things I had learned and concentrate on doing more of the
work I love. This has lead to the development of Great Transformations.” Fiona
New Garden Office
Holes Bay - Poole
Fiona is described as an enthusiastic, professional, intuitive coach, who has a sense
of fun, is caring and compassionate yet business minded, inspiring and practical.
She helps clients move forward on different levels from their deepest beliefs to
the most practical actions. And she smiles a lot.