Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden, CPsychol, FHEA

As an independent consultant I design and deliver bespoke personal and professional development programmes and coaching interventions for organisations and individuals nationally. I am also Director of Learning & Development at Green Onyx Consultancy Ltd, a specialist provider of online development programmes. I am a Chartered Psychologist, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and member of the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology.

My focus is on transferable skills, with specialisms in personal effectiveness and self-development topics. All my provision draws heavily on my varied experience in research, psychology, and coaching: I use evidence-based practice, experiential learning and psychological principles of learning and self-development in my work. I see in the people I work with that starting points, motivations and goals differ between individuals, and more importantly they differ within the individual throughout life.

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What got you here, won’t always get you there…

My ‘career path’ has been one of discovery and serendipitous happenstance, propelled by making some good (and some not so good) decisions and drawing on courage I didn’t always think I had. I left school at 16 with a single GCSE (in Horsemanship), and returned to education in my late twenties, culminating in gaining my PhD in Psychology in 2012. While writing up my thesis, I decided that a linear career path might not be for me. Instead, I pursued the aspects of my HE experiences that I found most rewarding: teaching, training and development.

Along the way I have built up 12 years experience in universities (as student, researcher, and in professional services), from which I have gained an excellent understanding of the Higher Education sector and the requirements and challenges for those that work, study and research its context. Before moving into consultancy, I cut my teeth in researcher development at the University of Sussex and at Vitae. Holding freelance trainer licences for Springboard and Spring Forward development programmes adds another dimension to my learning and development portfolio. In addition I’m working towards the ILM L5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring, and expect to complete in early 2017.

My journey has convinced me that learning and development may happen at any stage in life, providing you are willing to understand yourself better, identify opportunities, source support, and draw on your courage. I am now in a privileged position to act on my passion to engage and support others in their own development journeys, wherever they may be headed.