"My coaching with Andrew came at the right time for me, and he provided exactly the right space for me to do some deep breathing metaphorically speaking! I felt I had been rushing from one thing to the next for too long, never having the chance to really do more than skim read any aspect of my work. I was at a point where this had come to a crunch and I was really struggling to manage all of it.
Discussions with Andrew, his patience and measured approach, helped me to stop and think, to take each of the key aspects of my work in turn and look at these and size them up, to recognise how much of a demand they each made. The pinchpoint is now past, I work hard, but I am really pleased that much more often I am able to really engage with issues and think and plan strategically. I feel proud of that and I constantly sing Andrew's praises in helping me get here. I also often tell people that I think the conversations on the phone rather than screen were essential to this because of the level of concentration it gave me - at a time when we were all so stressed as a society in lockdown, this was particularly important."