Experience

one woman, eight menAs mentioned in my biography, I have many years of professional experience, and more than 2,000 hours of clinical practice. You can learn more about this below.

British Telecom Telephone Engineer

I was the first female telephone engineer in Stoke-on-Trent. This gave me ample experience in working in a rapidly changing industry, and the stresses of being the odd one out – in this situation, the only female in an all male environment. I worked for BT for eight years.

High School Teacher & Head of Department

I worked in four very different schools over a 14 year period. As a Head of Department, I had to manage and improve a weak and divided department. Part of this involved building a team, then improving results at all Key Stages, changing the department culture for staff and students, and putting in place a comprehensive recording, reporting and assessment system. Within four years and two new staff, I had built a united and supportive team, achieved results 22% above the national average, 12% up on the results when I took over the department and comparably 5% higher than any other department in the school.

As Head of Department I had many responsibilities, including:

  • Control of the budget
  • Annual Department Plans
  • Annual Appraisals of Departmental Staff
  • Performance Management
  • Professional Development Training of staff
  • Mentor to Associate Teachers
  • Guest lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University

I also prepared bids for equipment and resources, wrote job descriptions for staff, and recruited and interviewed candidates. I was seconded to the Senior Management Team to assist with the implication of various policies, review the school reward system to engage disaffected students.

Trainer and Counsellor

All these roles prepared me amply for work as a trainer and counsellor. You can find out more about my specific experience in this area in my biography, or find out more about my qualifications.

Qualifications

  • MSc. Counselling Psychology
  • BEd (Hons)
  • Certificate in Supervision
  • PGCE Management
  • MBACP

Contact

Phone:
07525 668262
Email:
gill@trainingandcounselling.co.uk
Website:
www.trainingandcounselling.co.uk