“Deep inside all of us, we know there is someone we were meant to be. And we can feel when we’re becoming that person.”
Elisabeth Kubler Ross
Penny Shapland-Chew is a personal and professional coach, consultant and facilitator, working with individuals and teams.
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management with wide-ranging experience of leadership and management over twenty years in the arts and creative industries, including being part of founding: the Orange Prize for Fiction (now Baileys Prize), The Reading Agency, Free Word and Excellence in Local Government and Health. She is based in St Albans and London.
She works with people who want to think deeply about their purpose and their work, as she has about her own. She has experienced many transitions in both her work and home life and has assimilated the light and the darkness from her experiences.
In work, she has stepped out of the known and into the unknown many times. She is optimistic and positive, whilst acknowledging that some life and leadership situations are lonely and challenging.
Penny’s coaching and consulting comes from a place of calmness and considered reflection. She creates a calming and centring space for her clients, energised by brilliant friends and colleagues and nourished by swimming or walking in nature.
She fine-tunes her intuition through mindfulness and systemic awareness. These practices have enabled her to ‘unlearn’ patterns in her own life and relationships and brought greater courage, and clarity of life purpose. As Ben Okri put it, ‘It is not what you have experienced that makes you greater, but what you have faced, what you have transcended, what you have unlearned.’
Penny continues her own personal and professional development through regular coaching and supervision.