I help academics of all stripes walk their most inspired paths in and outside of the university. I give them the tools and go on the barricades for them to keep in close touch with their vocation. So they can make strong choices about how they view and organize their work, and experience greater joy, meaning and impact as a result.
Some common situations I can help with:
you’re changing jobs or roles, or moving into a different phase of your career: you want the choices you make to be empowered and well-considered ones
something doesn’t seem to be working: it’s time to take a step back and re-assess where to go from here
that deeply meaningful project you have kept on the backburner: it feels like time to commit
An exploratory conversation with a 30-min free sample session is the best way to experience what it would be like to work with me. I also enjoy being a resource for others, so please connect with any and all queries. I would be delighted to hear from you!
About me as a coach
The freedom, the fun and the intellectual satisfaction I feel when doing research and teaching made me want to become an academic. I have studied and worked in different disciplinary and interdisciplinary university departments in the Netherlands, the UK, and Singapore.
It's been a great adventure and I have been successful in ways I did not expect - contributing in a deeply satisfying way to communities of practice and learning, and building a body of work I am proud of. I also faced many challenges along the way, including struggling to finish my thesis and not completing my tenure track. You can hear how coaching made a difference for me in the interview excerpts on this page.
My passion for coaching dates back as far as I can remember. It has taken on a more distinct shape in recent years. I trained with the Coaches Training Institute, known for its industry-leading standards of rigour and quality, and became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) in May 2018. I am also a member of the International Coach Federation, and credentialled by this organization as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC).
As a life-, career- and leadership-coach for academics and others, I support and champion people in finding their own way forward through a respectful, creative partnership model. Aside from academics of all ranks (from PhD student to full professor), I have coached professionals in the creative and tech industries as well as other coaches and consultants.
I coach both in person and via video or audio call.
For a visual expression of what I am about as a coach, check out the "magia" print by Spanish artist Eva Armisén - which also hangs in my home office.