Hello, I’m Madeline. I guessed you’d like to know who you’re dealing with!
So what’s my story? I’ve had various everyday jobs and I’ve also worked in senior management roles – in various businesses, jobs and countries. Like you perhaps, I’ve experienced a lot of change in my own working life. I’ve made big changes, taken time out for family responsibilities, been promoted, made redundant and ten years ago I set up my own business.
I’ve been coaching for more than ten years now – helping each person to get a more successful working life and rewarding career. I know what it’s like to want something better than you have right now. As well as enjoying one-to-one coaching, I’m a big user of digital and social media, which really has become an essential part of working life. I enjoy sharing my knowledge about ‘digital’ stuff in order to help my clients be better informed and feel more confident. I can help you get a really great professional profile online – as well as help you to use digital to find the work that you really want to do.
We can work together wherever you are, either face-to-face or by phone or Skype. Do get in touch for a chat if you’d like to find out more.
If I were a book, I’d be very readable. My relaxed coaching style means that you’ll find me easy to talk to and you will feel really listened to.
I won’t judge you or measure you up against anyone else. I’ll simply value you for who you are. You get coaching and more – individual support between sessions too. I’ll also challenge your assumptions, simply because that can help you to see more opportunities and to do more than you imagined. My job is to help you think deeply about what’s important to you – and then to have you go out and get it!
After university I taught in Italy for a couple of years, then worked as a Learning Designer back in the UK, creating computer based learning for big companies. Working in technology, media and training, I made my way up from Project Manager to Principal Consultant and to Corporate Communications Manager for a plc. After a company acquisition, I was on the management team of a web-startup before moving into higher education. Then, after a year at University College London (UCL), I found my perfect job – leading a team of Learning Media specialists at the Open University (OU). I worked at the OU for seven years with my team, producing all the books, software, video and teaching materials for the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Family commitments brought me back to the Isle of Wight and I’m based there now, working with individuals, business and university people from all over the world. Sometimes on the phone or on video-call, sometimes writing and designing learning solutions. I often jump on the ferry, catch the train and fly out of Southampton Airport too. Find out what motivates me here.
My journey has been interesting and challenging. My purpose now is to help you to get what you want and need from your professional life. Oh, and I don’t do stuff that you can just google!
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.~ Chinese proverb
I have learnt to confront my colleagues without feeling confrontational. I can address inappropriate behaviour in the workplace in a calm and professional way.~ Franca
Coaching, teaching and employability projects to develop researchers, staff and students
Writing national guidelines to help staff manage internships and placements
Working on career development strategies with early career researchers
1-1 career coaching to develop awareness of careers outside academia
Working on the future of publishing with European Marketing Directors
Designing and producing online and video based learning for IBM (UK) Sales
Team coaching and 1-1 coaching for education professionals
Leading teams of writers and media developers to design and deliver flexible distance learning
Working with clients to train their staff online and as Admiral’s Corporate Marketing Manager
Coaching and support for staff affected by change and redundancy
Designing online learning for university professionals
Writing and sub-editing online versions of the Land Registry Annual Report
Working with subject specialists to produce online learning on construction and property law