I am a pragmatic and experienced business development advisor and qualified executive coach. I work with businesses to help them develop their vision, and create simple, compelling business plans for sustainable long term profitability. Filling a gap in the consulting and coaching world and with a unique blend of strategy and hands-on support, I have helped more than 60 businesses achieve their goals in the past 5 years. My board level business skills were originally honed in the competitive retail and mail order world, and I have found that the dual focus on customer experience and excellent financial performance are transferable across all industries. I now work with diverse companies, both business-to-business and consumer facing, to help them create successful companies; ones that attract and retain good quality customers and fabulous staff. Increasingly I am called upon to provide leadership & management training, which is hugely rewarding and enjoyable. About half my work remains in the retail/wholesale/producer arena where I work on everything from growth strategy, to sales and marketing, to supply chain and sourcing.