Deborah Henry-Pollard is a coach supporting creative professionals in their practice. She has 30 years' experience of creating strategies across the arts, charity and retail sectors and brings this expertise to helping her clients find their own solutions. She worked with individuals and organisations including English National Opera, Cameron Mackintosh, Studio Voltaire, Siobhan Davies Dance, Chester Gateway Theatre, Cheshire Development Education Centre and Chester Literature Festival.
Describe your approach to teaching:
My approach is to help "light the blue touchpaper" which sends the creative fireworks into orbit. I can people to see both their big vision and the small next step and help to 'translate' business concepts in a way that is accessible by using metaphor, analogy and imagery. I work to each person's strengths and am committed to supporting them in finding their own solutions. I also have the desire that people discover that the skills and imagination which feed their creative work can also be used to be successful in other areas of their professional lives.
What inspires your own work?
My own work is inspired by my belief in the importance of the arts, and my own creative practice of dancing the Argentine Tango, an improvised dance which enhances and contributes to my coaching style.