Charlotte Whitehead is a career consultant who offers a strengths-based approach to personal and professional development. She works mostly with people who are at a transition point in their work or life.
Her work encompasses:
- Career counselling, guidance, and coaching for early, mid- and late career professionals.
- Career guidance and strengths development for PhD researchers, postdocs and academics.
- Strengths development for new managers and leaders.
- Strengths coaching for personal and professional development.
Situations she can help with include:
- Change of career.
- Finding something to do that feels meaningful - uncovering a sense of purpose and direction.
- Deciding whether to become self-employed or set up a business.
- Returning to work after a break.
- Choosing between career options after school or university.
- Considering what to do in retirement.
A range of tools and exercises is available that can help you work out what to do next. The first step is to discuss with Charlotte where you’re at and find out what the options are. Please feel free to contact Charlotte for an initial (free) discussion so that she can advise on what might be best for you.
Charlotte is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach (2016) and Business Builder Profile (BP10) coach (2016). She is also an Accredited User of the Morrisby Guidance Service (2016). She is qualified to administer psychometric ability and aptitude tests and holds the Test User Certificate in Occupational and Ability Testing (British Psychological Association, 2016). In 2017, she completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Education, Information and Guidance through the University of Warwick.
Charlotte is a member of the UK’s Career Development Institute. She abides by the CDI’s Code of Ethics and maintains her professional knowledge in accordance with the CPD guidelines laid down by the Careers Profession Alliance. She is listed on the UK Register of Career Development Professionals (membership number: 00563609).
Charlotte holds a Masters Degree in Education (Open University, 2002) and a BA Degree in Paper Conservation (Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London, 1993).
She has sixteen and a half years’ experience working in the UK’s higher education sector in a range of roles, latterly specialising in training and development for PhD and postdoctoral researchers.
Prior to working in higher education, Charlotte trained as a paper conservator and worked in public sector institutions and private practices in the UK, Australia, the USA and Malaysia.
My name is Karen Muir and I am a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, trainer and employee engagement facilitator. I work with individuals and teams in education, corporate and personal settings to give them a fresh perspective. I firmly believe that intentionally applying your strengths to your everyday life is a powerful and transformational experience.
As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, I help you and your teams explore what is great about you. If you feel that we would be a good fit and would like to discuss things in more detail, then please do get in touch.
Please see my testimonials below and also visit my website www.rutlandcoaching.uk
Working with managers, individuals and teams in corporate and faith-based environments, I help people discover more about themselves and understand their colleagues to improve overall effectiveness.
As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, I am able to combine my experience and draw out best from individuals and teams. I seek practical ways how each person can contribute their best to enhance the smooth running of the team or project.
I am also adept in church settings, running courses for groups and providing individual coaching. Helping people to explore how wonderfully they are made, so they can start to identify their purpose. Maintaining an external viewpoint, I may challenge the status quo and expand the horizon in order to seek new perspectives. Helping clients discover their unique contributions, I look for practical examples, so they can live a more fulfilled life.
With over 20 years experience of working with people in high pressure roles e.g. Armed Forces UK, Education Sector and Financial Services; I offer a range of 1-2-1, group and team interventions to support learning, growth and sustained change. I am particularly passionate about helping individuals and teams identify and leverage their strengths in order to improve well-being, build capability, enhance teamwork and optimise performance and growth.
My signature coaching style is one of care, appropriate wit and challenge.
Did you know aspiration in childhood is a strong indicator of not just success, but wellbeing and longevity? In my kids school they promote both high aspiration and a growth mindset. Strengths Psychology fuses these aspects together beautifully by helping us all to recognise and then develop the potential within us.
This is radical! Why? Because our potential is already within us. We don’t need to try to be something other than ourselves. We simply need to focus our efforts on developing our innate talent ~ becoming all that we can become.
I’ve been a passionate advocate of Positive Psychology ever since I studied Psychology at London University in the late 1990s / early 2000s. Since then the field has flourished with the body of knowledge and evidence about how to live our best lives becoming part of mainstream culture in education, work, faith and life. What’s sometimes lacking though is the cultivation of practices that allow us to embody psychological wellbeing.
This is where ‘working your Strengths’ comes in. It is a daily practice, much like brushing your teeth, running, yoga, walking the dog, reading with your children... when we live and breathe our Strengths with intentionality and focus we flow through our days and towards our goals. Much like an arrow speeding towards a target.
My own experience in work has centred hugely on mental health and wellbeing. In strategic commissioning roles in the NHS and Social Care, as a management consultant and more recently working in a strategic role in homelessness prevention. In homelessness prevention we are finding the introduction of trauma informed practitioners and trauma sensitive services has been key to helping our workforce better understand and engage with their clients, many of whom have extremely troubled backgrounds. We also know that we must work with a client’s strengths and assets if we are able to move them from survival to getting back on their feet and for some, the chance to thrive.
I believe working in these strategic roles keeps me connected to issues that matter to me and give that extra meaning to my life. The people I meet and places I go keep my Strengths fuelled and ultimately make me a better coach.
I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa. I have lived in the UK for 5 years now. I am married to my lovely husband who is in the army, so yes I am also an army wife. We have a beautiful son who has the best smile. (obviously, I'm biased)
I love the outdoors and exploring different parts of the UK. We try as a family to go somewhere different over weekends when my husband is home. I enjoy travelling to Europe and experiencing different cultures and traditions.
Richard is an experienced and successful coach, working with business leaders, education leaders, students and parents. He uses a strengths-based approach to see how we best operate when we know and utilise our talents and strengths, as opposed to our deficiencies and weaknesses. Richard’s career began as a youth worker, running youth provisions and services and then as an education and employment specialist for serious and prolific offenders in the youth justice system. This was followed by moving into central government, working in the Department for Education, Department for Work & Pensions and Public Health England, developing and implementing national policy. In recent years, Richard has been offering his consultancy services to the education sector on issues such as, emotional wellbeing and intelligence, pastoral and behavioral strategies, staff welfare and leadership development. This ultimately led to training and accreditation, through Gallup, as a strengths based coach. Richard is passionate about coaching individuals towards being the best version of themselves, with the expressed intent to find near perfect performance and effectiveness of their teams. Having worked with many clients, across different sectors, the outcomes and benefits have been significant for both the individual and their organisations.
Prior to joining the consulting world, I held several senior HR and Leadership Development roles within BSkyB and Lloyds TSB.