Susie is passionate about bringing humanity, vitality and meaning to life inside and outside the workplace.
She is an ICF accredited executive coach, performance coach and workshop facilitator specialising in presentation, communication, creativity, innovation and leadership development.
“Susie is a great coach – she takes time to listen and understand and I feel more confident and able to come up with a clear way forward. She is able to challenge in a non-threatening way and is good fun to work with.” - Relationships and Engagement Manager, Forestry Commission England
Susie joined Maynard Leigh in 1997, and her broad range of clients include: Aardman Animations, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deutsche Telekom, Capgemini, Orbium, Santander, Bertelsmann Arvato, Roche and Travis Perkins.
Susie began her career as an actress and singer training at LAMDA (The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art), and the award-winning Shakespeare & Company, in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, USA.
In the UK, she earned a best actress Time Out fringe award nomination, describing her performance of Marlene in Top Girls as a “triumph”.
Her background in the performing arts inspires and influences her coaching and facilitation. Understanding the tendencies that “we can be our own worst critics,” alongside the challenge of “how to be yourself under pressure”.
“Susie's coaching helped me successfully address challenges in my role as a senior manager facing re-organisation. Her coaching skills enabled me to remain focused in a changing work environment and to make the right choices. Ensuring a trustful atmosphere and by asking insightful questions, this enabled me to quickly define strategies and move forward. Her coaching is a wonderful mix of encouragement and challenge, leaving me feeling energised and positive after each session.” - Senior Manager, International Assignment Compliance, Daimler AG Germany
In her work she is passionate about the importance of body language and voice, and the tyranny of “living in one’s head”, believing the body tells the story. To quote Sir Ken Robinson’s words of warning on bodies: “their body [is] a form of transport for their heads… It’s a way of getting their head to meetings.”