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Una McGarvie

Una has enjoyed a varied and exciting career spanning both the public and private sector. When reflecting on her career, which took her from IT geek through to project management, change management, consultancy and learning and development, she says ‘it all makes sense now as I feel I have so much to bring to the organisations I work with’. Una is also a contributing author to The Effective Change Manager's Handbook (Kogan Page, 2014).

Professional Background

In her early career Una worked on Police IT Systems before entering the world of Project Management. She then extended her expertise into learning and development, change management and consultancy. She is experienced working at both a strategic and operational level, from delivery of transformational business change to managing service delivery within challenging business targets.

These days she is most ‘at home’ in the learning and development arena, especially when she is coaching and developing others. She coaches people at all levels in an organisation and at all stages in their careers. She has considerable experience working with those at middle and senior leadership levels within organisations and has particular expertise in helping people transitioning from management into Leadership.

When asked to describe her approach to coaching she says:
“My belief is that sustainable change can only happen when people engage not just with the intellect but with the emotion as well. I believe in authentic leadership and encourage those I coach to achieve this. In essence I hold up a ‘mirror’ and say ‘this is what I see, now is this what you intend?’”

Personal Profile

Una lives in London with her son (and IT whizz) Luke and, when student life wears them out, her other son, Matthew and her daughter Maddie scurry home for some home cooking and TLC. To relax she enjoys reading, sketching, catching up with friends and is a bit of a closet jigsaw fan. She says she can always be tempted to venture out into the world with the promise for a frothy coffee or a glass of wine!.

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