About Sandra

Sandra is an award-winning Management Consultant, Director, and Coach with over 25 years’ experience in operational and strategic business development: including leadership, change and strategic management, human resources, people development, project management and programme development.  She has extensive experience in helping businesses improvement profitability, people performance and organisational leadership to develop and achieve strategic objectives.

Sandra is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a member of the Institute of Consulting with a Diploma in Strategic Business Coaching, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.  She is an Expert Panellist of the High Growth Network across Europe, specialising in HR and Guest Expert on the 360 SME member website.

In addition, Sandra, has held senior appointments in a number of large organisations in sectors such as transport, retail, engineering and manufacturing; local government (NHS and Social Services), higher education, charities and voluntary organisations, along with trustee/directorship roles.  She has also worked with SME businesses to improve focus, processes and performance making immediate impact on profitability and results.

Sandra has been National Chair of the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) WiM Network (2010 – 2013) growing its membership from 5k to 23k members during her tenure.   Sandra has developed the on-line community WIMUK  and the Horizon Mentorinprogram which is designed to support women in their management and career development.  This programme has trained and support hundreds of women through mentoring and mentoring support.

Coaching & Consultancy Experience

Sandra holds a level 7 Diploma in Strategic Business Coaching.  Her business coaching experiences includes working with senior managers and business owners in the UK and across Europe, South Africa, the US, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.  Sandra was Finalist Growth Enabler Professional Excellence Business Coach in 2010, was awarded the CMI Outstanding Contribution Award 2010 and CMI Outstanding Contribution Award 2009.

With over 20 years direct coaching consultancy and mentoring experience working directly with individuals, groups, and team supporting business start-ups through to providing coaching and management coach training within large corporate organisations.  In addition, her wealth of experience has included associate business coaching for a number of other organisations including Pera, NBV, Skills, Exponential Training to name a few.  Sandra has developed and run a number of in-house coaching & mentoring programmes for private and voluntary organisations, as well as being a Coaching and Mentoring Trainer and Assessor for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

More recently Sandra worked with the CMI in the role of Head of Membership Engagement developing the businesses membership structure across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  In this role, she developed the CMI’s Mentoring programme, redeveloped the Companions, and WiM Network, along with restructuring the Membership Engagement department to enable it to provide greater responsiveness and higher quality service to the CMI 100,000 members.

Sandra held senior roles of other organisations such as Arriva, Terex, Otis, UTC, and is currently Director of Open Mind Training & Development, Inspiring You, and holds a number of NED roles in other organisations.

Awards & Qualifications

  • LABA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Business Coaching
  • Chartered Fellow of Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • Fellow of Institute of Consulting (IC)
  • National Chair of Women in Management (WiM)
  • Level 7 Certificate in Business Coaching
  • Member Institute of Business Consulting
  • A Chartered Manager (CMgr)
  • An EMDA Women’s Ambassador
  • An East Midlands Business Champion
  • An Associate member of the Institute for Learning (IFL)
  • An Associate of the Charted Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)
  • Chair CMI Women in Management Network Group in Leicester & East Midlands
  • A Myers Brigs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner
  • An Associate Member, the European Coaching Institute (ECI)