Sian is the kind of person you want by your side in a crisis. Today as a leading professional speaker, she has an inspirational message to challenge us on our personal responsibility to take a leadership role in our own lives.
Sian has had to deal with several crises of her own. She has had a number of near-death experiences, including meningitis, almost dying in childbirth, and being diagnosed with cancer four days before immigrating with her family to New Zealand. As the saying goes 'whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger'.
Sian's challenges have been many and varied, but this has not stopped her from achieving great success in work and life. In fact, until the age of 13 Sian was unable to read at all! This resulted in some humiliating experiences, and eventually led to Sian being one of the first people in the UK to be diagnosed with dyslexia. Had her parents not been psychiatric nurses, she may have been educated as developmentally disabled. To see Sian today, that would seem quite unbelievable.
Background Dropped into one of the UK's top private schools at huge expense to her working parents, Sian was definitely out of her comfort zone. However, it was there that she acquired her skills as an observer of people. Taken under the wing of one extraordinary teacher, Sian's life transformed after a single lesson.
In her working life, Sian has held high-powered management positions. She has run children’s prisons for some of the UK's most dangerous and unwanted adolescents and was Head of Inspection for Social Services, ensuring the care and protection of some of society's most vulnerable people. She has 'whistle-blown' twice in her career, closing down an institution that had contributed to the emotional and physical abuse of the children in its care and uncovering a multi-million dollar fraud. She was faced with the choice of advocating for the vulnerable or turning a blind eye.
Sian contributed to the UK Government's legislation on child protection and has continued her work in the youth-justice field in New Zealand. She has held several board positions, including Chair of the Grievance Panel at Korowai Manaaki, New Zealand's largest youth justice residence.
Television Sian has also presented and contributed to two prime-time television programs: The Big Stuff on TV3 and Starting Over on Vibe. Both shows assisted people to breakthrough challenging situations and create new opportunities.
Today Sian is a highly sought-after executive coach, working worldwide with captains of industry, top sports stars, management teams and families in crisis. She is not afraid to ask the hard questions and does so with poise, humour and an uncanny knack for drilling in on the key points of an issue, to gain clarity and get results. She has confronted, challenged, entertained and inspired audiences wherever she has spoken. She will make your audience laugh and cry, and they will leave with the ability, tools and motivation to make a difference in their working performance, job satisfaction and personal lives.
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