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Sharon Porter

Leadership Coach

Further to working in the education sector for many years, Sharon left her teaching and leadership roles to focus on the development of others. She is currently a freelance consultant and Vice-Chair of BAMEed Bristol & Southwest.

Sharon believes we are all receptive to making positive change, and we are constantly changing through learning. She asserts that we must sometimes unlearn behaviours to successfully move forward.

Sharon has a calm, positive and approachable manner which allows clients to discuss options, speak candidly, and process thoughts in a safe space.

When Sharon is not coaching or delivering workshops, she is learning Spanish, mastering the weighted hula hoop, or reading an actual, real-life, paper book.

RECENT INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

The Hobbs Consultancy: Associate 2021- Present

Create and deliver webinars and workshops on Diversity and Inclusion for organisations developing racial literacy. Where attendees are from global audiences, issues of race are addressed using varied approaches.

Babbasa: Inclusion Associate 2020-present

Development and delivery of the ‘Bridging The Gap’ series of workshops, research, and coaching for local organisations looking to develop inclusive working environments.

Leeds Beckett University: Coach  2020 – Present

As part of the ‘Centre for Race, Education & Decoloniality’ work with leaders on the Anti-Racism School Award to guide them through the process of becoming a more inclusive and racially literate school.  This culminates in verification of evidence to demonstrate a minimum benchmark has been achieved.

Cabot Learning Federation & Academies Enterprise Trust: Education Consultant, Specialist Leader of Education, Lead Practitioner, Curriculum Leader  (2008-2020)

Responsibilities included coaching middle leaders, mentoring new teachers, developing teacher training programmes, co-ordinating the publication of revision materials, and leading whole school Professional Development.   

EDUCATION

University of Bristol (September 2017 – August 2019)

Master of Science in Educational Research: Merit

Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy: Merit

University of Bristol (September 2006 – June 2007)

Post Graduate Certificate in Education: Secondary Mathematics

Open University (2002-2005)

Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Research Methods

University of the West of England (September 1996 – June 1999)

BSc. (Hons) Psychology & Health Care

COACH TRAINING & SPECIALISM

Oxford Brookes University

Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors 

Institute of Leadership and Management (Level 7)

I specialise in coaching:

  • Senior leaders in reflecting and processing ideas to better inform strategies and move their practice forward
  • New leaders making the transition to senior roles, working to develop their presence and influence in organisations
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