After living on a Greek island in my early 20s, I graduated with a good degree in the 1970s. It was a time of major strikes, economic turmoil, recession, and the ‘glittering prizes’ we had expected were not to be found. The streets of London were not paved with gold and my career dreams were shattered.
It was suggested that I go on to do a Ph.D. and I was accepted to do this at a Welsh University. Academia was not for me though as my career prospects would be limited by such a rigid specialisation.
I obtained a research position at BUPA, a private medical health insurance and health-testing organisation in London. This was a temporary assignment and I left to migrate to Australia in 1980 for more adventure.
The adventure took me from Sydney to Hobart, and not in a boat race, to Newcastle and back to Sydney where I worked for the NSW Department of Corrective Services for a few years conducting research and running drug & alcohol and education programs.
A trip back to the UK, Greece and to Sri Lanka and the death of my father in 1988 led me to give up this work and do some serious soul searching.
I undertook some career coaching and affirmed that my talents and passions lay in the areas of training, consulting, coaching and counselling. These were all things that I had experience of in previous roles.
After putting myself through some rigorous training and education, in 1989 I started my consultancy offering group facilitation, training, coaching and counselling. I worked with local, state and federal government agencies, non-government organisations and a variety of private sector companies and private individuals.
Using my coaching skills and expertise, I have helped many hundreds of people to achieve their life, professional & career goals.
I am fortunate enough to be living and working my passion by facilitating transformation in others.
I do believe in work/life balance and love comedy, watching it and performing it, creative writing, learning Greek & visiting there when I can, exercising and enjoying people.
My education and professional development has focused mostly on how to understand people and bring out the best in them. I have been coaching for 20 years and continue to develop as a coach. My approach is said to be caring with a bit of ‘tough love’ thrown in!
Tina’s education, accreditation, professional development & memberships
- B.Sc. (Hons) Sociology, London University, UK
- Post grad. Dip. Social Science, UNE, Aust. Majoring Psychology & Counselling
- Lifetime accreditation in the Human Synergistics’ Leadership Development Tools – the Life Styles Inventory (LSI), the Leadership Impact tool (L/I)
- The American Management Association DISC Model
- Integro DiSC Model
- The Genos Emotional Intelligence instrument
- Certified practitioner of The Leadership Circle & The Leadership Circle Culture Survey
- Powerful Presentations & Super Teaching (ELI, USA)
- Learning to Learn & Training to Train (Stephanie Burns)
- Professional Skills in Conflict Resolution (CRN)
- Action Method Training (School of Training for Trainers, NZ)
- 4-MAT® Model of Curriculum Design (4-MAT Australia)
- NLP Training
- Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy (NSW School of Hypnotic Sciences)
- Training in Gestalt and Psychodrama
- Career & Job Transition Coaching (Career Planning & Adult Development Network, USA)
- Cert IV Workplace Trainer & Assessor
- Coaching for Psychotherapists
- Intensive Coach Training Results Coaching Systems
- Mentor coaching with Barbara Anderson MCC
- Member of International Coach Federation of Australasia
- Professional Member of Career Development Association of Australia
- Member of Open Colleges
I am a professional, accredited transitions coach currently running my own private practice, Spark Coaching Solutions. My clients range from people looking to change careers, start up their own businesses or create a goal-focused life plan. I made my own personal career transition two years ago when I decided to pursue coaching after a 16+ year career as a creative director in television.
My passion for coaching comes from leading creative teams in my role as an award-winning creative director. I realised that I had a talent for spotting potential in people. By encouraging them and giving them projects that were aligned to their specific skill set, not only would they flourish, but their productivity and creativity increased as well.
Over time, I came to realise that the things I found effortless, ie: nurturing talent; listening; creating rapport; identifying potential; client liaison; interpersonal relationships, were actually my key strengths. This realization led to an epiphany, which, in turn, led me to coaching
A resilient and agile reinventor, I have successfully negotiated and survived several major life and career transitions having lived and worked in London, Hong Kong, Washington DC, Moscow, Toronto and Sydney. I have survived redundancy and successfully supported teams through a major company buy-out. Leveraging skills gleaned from my coaching studies along with those acquired via a wealth of personal life experience, my clients benefit from my approachable and empathetic nature and my ability to create a safe, judgement-free space in which to explore what their future holds.