About your coach
If you want to know a bit more about me, then please just ask. I'm a down to earth kind of person, practical, friendly and genuinely interested in people. Take a look at my testimonials and see what other people say about me. I am based in Manchester but thanks to the internet and mobile phone apps I can work with you almost anywhere.
I am a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (registration number SW81757) and a qualified personal performance coach. I have management and leadership qualifications with extensive experience at a senior level of managing staff and services in the public, private and voluntary sector. I am also accredited by the CPD Standards Office.
I trained as a social worker because I believe in the individuals' capacity to change, with the right support at the right time, to almost anything. I moved into managing teams and services as I wanted to make a difference on a bigger scale to organisations and their service delivery. I believe that it is the people who are the heart of an organisation and it is they who have the potential and ability to achieve the most when it matters the most.
Some of my greatest professional achievements to date include a senior management post held in the NHS, managing community out-patient drug treatment services in Manchester. I was instrumental in the development and delivery of the largest NHS drug treatment centre for crack cocaine users in the UK, recruiting, training and developing the staff teams to work in communities across Manchester. I developed service user and volunteer programmes, working with and for vulnerable adults to reach their full potential. I managed services within an NHS Mental Health Trust and have extensive experience in managing teams by developing the people within those teams to perform at their best under pressure. This often included challenging organisational culture with innovative ideas, resolving problems with inventive solutions and sharing complex issues with stakeholders for wider resolution.
I now coach individuals and teams to work out where they are and what they value and believe in. We then work to set goals and actively take steps to reach their full potential. I believe that taking time out of your life to do this is a necessity. Investing in yourself and your business by taking care of your learning, development and wellbeing should not be a luxury. I also believe that you can achieve significant success with some changes to how you think and behave, and I work with individuals and organisations who are achieving exactly that.
I am now offering you a 30-minute Free Telephone Call to see if you think we can work together. Call me on 07971210748 or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page. I hope to work with you soon.
I've changed my name! I'm now Sue Walton as I was married in the Lake district in April 2018 to the lovely Mike. Everything else remains the same at Sue Lewis Coaching.
I entered coaching following a somewhat unexpected promotion in my job and with a somewhat vague notion that I hadn’t really planned to arrive at this particular point in my career and had allowed (as most people do) events to take their own course.
My initial reasons for entering coaching were driven to a large extent from anxiety arising from the job change, but as soon as I started working with Sue, it was clear there was a much bigger picture to explore. My own experience of coaching and working with Sue has been to work out whether where I found myself in my career was really where I wanted to be. This was not an easy question and for me this involved looking at my tendency to day-dream about other (I imagined), better and more fulfilling jobs, about which I knew very little.
Working through this process and formulating plans to tackle the most difficult parts of my current job, I naturally and over time, came to the conclusion that my current job gave me all I wanted from a career, but it needed some adjustments to make it fit better into my life, values and priorities. I would say the greatest benefit to the process was being able to commit to what I am doing now and be more deliberate in how I approach my career.
Sue has the skill of not leading with her own opinions, but listening and teasing out what really matters, encouraging commitment to changes in a structured way and allowing the process to unfold and decisions to emerge without forcing them. Not an easy thing to do. I would recommend the process to anyone finding themselves in a job they never chose, you never know you might find, like me, it’s actually the right one after all.