I engaged in coaching after feeling that I was not meant to be working in leadership roles any more. I’d had episodes of illness, long term health problems and family difficulties meaning that I felt I had been left behind with my career. I’d had so many knockbacks and hadn’t achieved my leadership goals despite lots of effort. Coaching was very valuable to make me realise that this is the right direction of travel for me in my career and not to compromise on this goal or to be put off by failure. Fiona really challenged me to act and to put my experience and knowledge into use which I successfully did. This process enabled me to re-build my confidence at a time when I was close to giving up completely.