After graduating with a degree in psychology, I started my career working for British Gas in IT. I’m no techie, but I’ve always been very analytical so programming and systems analysis suited me. I moved into team and project management and then change management, which brought me back to psychology.
Redundancy offered me the chance to study full time for an Occupational Psychology Masters. When I graduated in 1997, I decided to go self-employed because I was enjoying the autonomy of life outside the corporate world. I worked on a freelance basis for a number of different consultancies, which gave me the wide-ranging experience I needed to become a Chartered Psychologist.
My freelance work was with large corporates and public sector organisations but in the mid-2000s I got introduced to the mid-sized, privately owned business sector and I was hooked. I find the work so much more varied and I like having an impact on a whole business. I still occasionally do freelance work, generally at a very senior level in large organisations, but most of my work is in the mid-sized business sector.