Hi, I’m Olivia and I live in the Cambridgeshire Fens with my partner and our 2 dogs. I am a personal & career development coach and I love empowering others to live a life aligned with their values and beliefs.
I am no stranger to career change. My first career was in law enforcement as frontline police officer. After 9 years I left and worked in the corporate sector as an HR Manager and have since retrained as personal & career development coach and set up my own business helping police officers transition away from the police service.
There are a combination of reasons for my career changes. I suffered with ill health; PTSD, anxiety and depression in the police, and unexplained chronic pain when working in HR. In both careers, despite having success, I felt like I was acting the role of someone I should be, rather than being my true self. I felt like there must be more to life than doing jobs that I was not happy in. That's when I retrained as a coach and my job is now helping other people find their path in life.
My passion is helping police officers find their identity, identify their transferable skills and abilities, and find a new life outside of the police family.
Coaching - A Personal Experience
Being coached myself has had a significant impact on my life. I feel like I know who I am. I have broken down some of the barriers I put up, I have taken risks, and I have purpose and direction. My confidence has grown and I have learnt new things about myself. Here are just a few real life examples of the impact coaching has had on me:
I left my job, retrained as a life coach, and set up my coaching practice.
I learnt new skills like how to build a website.
I pushed myself to do things that scare me, such as climbing and ziplining in spite of a lifelong fear of heights.
I spoke to people and built connections, a challenge for someone who can be shy and very introverted.
I stood up on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo and spoke confidently and without preparation for 5 minutes at a live recording of 'My Favorite Murder' podcast in front of 3,500 people, including the 2 podcast hosts (as pictured). This led to me to discover a love of public speaking. This episode has since been released to their 19.5 million listeners.
What Else Do I Do?
In addition to running one to one coaching sessions with clients I also:
Run group coaching workshops and webinars
Dedicate my time to being President of Anglia Communicators Toastmasters Club
Volunteer as a coach for the charity Yes Futures
Write, host and produce a podcasts
Helped set up and run a voluntary coaching initiative, Support Haven, to assist people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
Speak at events to share my experience and knowledge