I have learnt through my years of experience in business that the lifeblood of any business is good communication. I set up ‘the circle’ to work with all people and their businesses; to encourage, develop and promote – positive communication: individual, team, internal, external – any communication that helps people to realise their potential within business and in the context of their broader life – in a way that makes them happy.
I established my own business in 2001, after career experience in the food and drink sector, including business development and marketing – both within client and agency: Unilever (Bird’s Eye Walls), Diet Coke, Groupe Chez Gerard Restaurants and Merrydown Cider.
Monkhouse Food & Drink is a brand communications agency – working with premium food and drink brands; primarily SMEs and dynamic start-ups, plus working with industry trade shows both UK and overseas – retail and food service. I have been working in the food, drink and hospitality sector for over twenty years. A second business, Monkhouse Granary, is a family-run conference centre based in Shropshire on our tenanted sheep and arable farm!
My work with businesses through my agency has taken my involvement way beyond marketing and communications, as strong trusting relationships have developed; more guidance and support with overall business communications strategy and decisions. This led to me embarking on the Meyler Campbell mastered programme for executive business coaching – to fine-tune my skills. I now coach individuals and teams from a wide range of business sectors; food and drink, finance, law, media, education, horticulture… My focus is not a sector but businesses where my practical and very real approach to business will be valued. I have strong understanding of SMEs and their challenges and how this experience can be of benefit to the more corporate world. The need to think quickly, smartly and with agility. The issues surrounding growth and the need for more strategic thinking in SMEs and how in larger businesses/ teams – there needs to be a sharing of knowledge and expertise through an open and honest approach to effective team working. I feel that there is real value in the knowledge of SMEs and start-ups, being reflected in the thinking within larger organisations. I am not a ‘trainer’ – I am a communicator.
Other possibly interesting things about me…many years ago, I played lacrosse for Wales – training as part of the World Cup squad aged 20 and captaining and vice captaining international sides, and my time playing for Wales included a senior Welsh lacrosse tour to America. Sport plays a key part in my life – now with running (for fun!), coaching young children athletics/ cross country and supporting my own children, when I can…I bring this sporting influence into my approach to working with clients.
I also have a personal passion for enterprise in education and am working with young women, on ensuring that enterprise is in their DNA throughout school. The objective is to constantly encourage them to think about how everything that they do prepares them in some way to be ‘ready for work’. They are starting ‘the circle’ – questioning> listening> thinking> enabling…
I am hands-on, practical and like to make a real difference to people; without sounding ‘cheese-y’! (my parents are cheesemakers…).