Shirley Hensher

The Change Agent

Thanks to this campaign, I can coach people with ambition in a town that has ambition too.

Like many Swindonians, I came to Swindon for work. Having joined Nationwide in their High Holburn Head Office in May 1992, within weeks I found myself having to decide between unemployment or a move to the West Country. Not much of a choice! As a 25 year-old Londoner, I really couldn’t see me staying here any longer than I had to… 25 years on I am still here!

Good, well-rewarded work has always been accessible and there is a great choice of places to live and beautiful countryside on the door step (what a great place to be as a runner). There is also a strong sense of community and communities; for sport (e.g.the Run Swindon Ladies), the arts, businesses (so many networks and sources of support) and the town itself. My fate was well and truly sealed when I met my husband, a born Swindonian, here. After 15 years, I left Nationwide and full-time employment to become a freelance contractor in project management working mainly in London.

I have recently embarked on my third career, working for myself as a personal coach. As The Change Agent, I help people wanting more from their career to design and implement strategies to give their work the purpose and fulfilment they seek. I have always been ambitious in my work and enjoy taking on new challenges. Thanks to this campaign, I can coach people with ambition in a town that has ambition too.

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