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Mary Doyle | Rocket Girl Coaching | St Albans, UK
Entrepreneur of Excellence

I am a highly professional leader with 20+ years of software/services support and business experience in the electronic payments industry. In 2017 I completed my professional coach training, and now work full time as a personal and executive coach. I have set up my own coaching business which helps men and women (especially people with a disability or unconventional background) get past their own challenges, find new directions, and make a great success of them. I also work as an accessible aviation consultant, disability equality trainer, and writer.

I am passionate about human potential, customer experience, inclusion, and technology.

As a coach, I support people with issues such as self-confidence, career development, and relationships. I work with professional people, some of whom may have a medical condition or disability (visible or hidden).

I am in continuous coach training and supervision and have professional indemnity and public liability insurances. I also hold an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate required to work with children and vulnerable adults. I have completed level 2 training in adult safeguarding.

Being a wheelchair user and having previously lived with depression as a teenager and adult has given me:
* the drive for disability to be normalised in business and outside the office
* the tenacity and resilience required to succeed in a demanding workplace
* enhanced communication abilities leading to trust and stronger relationships
* compassion towards myself, colleagues, customers, everyone
* a passion for continuous self-development and curiosity

I want businesses to recognise the value in having a diverse workforce which reflects the customers being served and the society in which we all live. And that disabled people are paying customers who deserve and expect a high-quality experience when buying goods and services.

I am very active in working towards accessible aviation and ensuring disabled passengers can travel with safety and dignity. Through my consultancy work, I am committed to making aviation open to all, ensuring the highest customer safety, enjoyable customer experiences and also commercially appealing for the airlines. With the UK Government's Airline Passenger Charter announced in late 2018 this is a great opportunity for airlines and airports to provide a world-class standard for all passengers. This is absolutely my life work in recent years and cannot wait for air travel to be available to all disabled people.

Outside of work, I have also volunteered for many years as a student mentor and ambassador for a flying related charity, which provides scholarships to disabled people. I learned to fly a light aircraft in 2012 and this is one of my greatest achievements. And through volunteering as a listening volunteer for Samaritans, I have seen life can be challenging for many people. I advocate for women in STEM and aviation and I'm an active member of the Women In Aviation UK chapter.

I know from my own experiences that you can have the life you want. It requires honesty, resilience, hard work and some good fortune. I am very proud to be running my own business and supporting other people to live the lives they aspire to.

I have been fortunate to be named as one of the most influential disabled people in the UK (Disability Power 100), and one of the Daily Mail Top 50 Fabulous Femails. I’ve spoken at the Fawcett Society for women in STEM.

I believe in working hard and having serious fun. Rock your difference and thank you for your vote!

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