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Our journeys to finding our True North

We are passionate about helping you to on your journey to success, and thought it might help you to know  that we too have experienced twists and turns on our path to find the things we are naturally good at, can excel in and which really fulfil us.

 

Behind every success story there is a story of self-discovery, hard work and intentional excellence.

Hover over the markers on our trail map below to see some of the things that have led us to our True North:

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Born into a low income family in the 1980s and feeling that I had few options open to me, I joined the army at 16 as an apprentice marine engineer.

While on a promotion, I was encouraged to pursue a degree and I chose to study Law.

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In 2006 I was posted to Germany, and a few years later I was encouraged to consider a commission and was told I was 'wasted as a soldier' - someone believed I was able to do more and was destined for greater things.

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Having graduated in 2010 with a First Class Honours degree in Law, I began the process of CE(?) commissioning - I was the youngest and lowest ranked soldier to embark on this process and commissioned in 2013 into the Education and Training Service (ETS). In 2014 I gained my PGCE and in 2016 my MSc (distinction).

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After leaving the Army, the first significant role I took was as Learning and Development Manager at Sky Betting and Gaming. At first I suffered from imposter syndrome after such a shift from the military, but in 2018 I began to recognise my Strengths - particularly in designing Safer Gambling strategy and training. Completing my Strengths assessment helped me understand my talents and take pride in them.

I joined EPIC Risk Management in 2019 and took their Safer Gambling training global.

Inspired by the work EPIC do and our own experiences of the EPIC Restart Foundation's outdoor development programme and Strengths, Caty and I began to develop True North

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Everything had seemed to be going to plan....until I neared the end of my degree and people told me a career in music was almost. I also had a dental accident which meant time out of Uni and a lot of dental operations. As someone who doesn't mind admitting I feared 'failure' I quickly tried to switch to another career and landed in Financial Services and became a trainer, I thought, 'by accident', working my way up the ranks over the years, before my first L&D manager took a chance on me. With no qualifications and very limited experience, she gave me my first job in the HR team as an L&D Consultant.

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I feel very lucky that during my childhood I was able to experience lots of extra-curricular activities, mainly music-related, and had numerous different groups of friends and a number of influential teachers as a result. I attended an all-girls grammar school and was seemingly on a path to a career in music. Qualifications always appealed to my Learner, and this led me to study music at University - my first big challenge was moving away from home.