Shirley is a professional coach and project manager, passionate about supporting busy achievers work on what is meaningful to them, and also to help organisations to improve collaborative working. She support individuals to balance their task and people focus, and to negotiate relationships with others. This usually means improving soft skills, particularly understanding intentions and maintaining flexibility of mindset. She particularly enjoys and promotes group coaching because those in the group naturally improve their coaching skills as a result.She has just completed a Professional Doctorate in Coaching and Mentoring (July 2019) which studied project managers’ learning from coach practice. Dr Shirley is a volunteer with the Project Management Institute UK chapter, a coach mentor with a national coach training organisation and also an officer of Ferndown Speakers (since starting the group in 2012), a local Toastmasters’ group helping people to practice their communication and leadership skills. Her background was formerly in engineering and Information Technology (hardware design and software testing), then project management in Software Development gaining PMI’s PMP accreditation in 2002. Since 2005, she has been undertaking the transition to being a professional coach. In 2014, she earned an ACC credential with the ICF, and she adheres to the ICF code of ethics.