My career was originally focused within the service industry, in the hotel sector on bustling reception desks. I have always enjoyed the variety of working with the Public and thrived on the multitasking skills demanded from this role. From hotels I moved into the world of travel and at aged 23, I moved into an Office Manager role, leading a team of 9. My skill base was significantly widened as a result of this promotion and apart from the day to day administration roles, I learned a lot in the areas of H.R, database management and leadership.
In 1995, I decided to learn the family business and joined Mark David Enterprises Ltd, the UK Distributor of a leading German kitchen brand: Nolte Kuechen. My roles were many and varied and through the years, I moved from order checking to Office Manager and finally to Operations Director. Over a 25 year period, I created and executed many projects including: training programmes, websites, marketing campaigns, exhibition stands, showroom launches & events. I was a Council member on the National Training Group for the KBB industry, heading up the marketing steer group. The essence of my day to day work was to ensure the entire operation ran smoothly and to trouble shoot when it didn’t. At our peak, the business turnover was £5M, we employed 15 staff, owned 2 kitchen showrooms and serviced over 100 stockists nationwide and in Ireland. I was also the financial controller for the company and used Pegasus, Sage & Quickbooks software within this role. In 2014, we experienced many significant changes to the business model and downsized to a single retail showroom which gave me the opportunity to develop my own business.
From my personal interest in the practise of mindfulness and meditation to qualifying to teach, I opened The Centre of Wellbeing in 2014 to become a community hub. The Centre consisted of 3 studios and offered an array of classes, courses and therapies. The community was built through the members and the Wellbeing Network: Elysian. In 2020, I took the decision to close the doors on the physical location and take The Centre mobile. We now facilitate classes, workshops and relax days in many venues, we co-host wellbeing cafes every week whilst also presenting a wellbeing radio show called The TLC Show.
In June 2014, my passion for wellbeing led me to a 5 day Intensive where I met Pete Hirst, the creator of ‘rethinkyourmind’. We realised we had many common goals and that our shared vision was centred in the empowerment of the individual through education & signposting to available options. In September 2014, we registered our Community Interest Company: Develop-Insite CIC and we are now fully operational. This CIC enables us to facilitate projects that focus on positive mental health like ‘rethinkyourmind’.
I believe that we never stop growing and learning and I am very passionate about facilitating projects and providing a safe space for people to explore the options, learn from the experiences and feel empowered to live the life of their choosing.
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