As an executive coach, Barabara works mainly in the public sector. Her expertise is in helping clients develop the confidence, resilience and skills to perform at the highest level they can. A visiting senior fellow at Cass Business School, she is currently working with chairs of foundation trusts and aspiring trusts on their leadership development programme.
Previously she led the Learning and Development function in both the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills, where she designed and delivered leadership development programmes for senior leaders and high potentials. Before then, she held similar posts in higher education and the private sector. Her early career was in social work, where she worked across a range of settings and client groups, and was accredited as a mental health officer and as a practice teacher.
Barbara has a Masters degree in coaching and development, which was awarded with distinction, and an earlier Certificate of Performance Practice in Coaching from The School of Coaching. She also has a Masters degree in social work and social policy from LSE, and a PhD in social policy from Edinburgh University, which focused on the maternity services. She is a Fellow of the CIPD, winning the class medal on graduating. She continues to publish from her research and practice.
Barbara is accredited to use MBTI Step 1 and Step 2, the Bar-on Emotional Quotient Inventory, the Transformational Leadership Questionnaire and Board Leadership 360, the Hogan Personality Inventory and the Hogan Development Survey.