Passionate about helping people to unlock their full potential, Vanessa launched her business, Energise, in 2007. Drawing on a wealth of experience in people development and diversity, Vanessa helps organisations and individuals to break down the barriers that hold people back. She brings all this to life with an enthusiastic, approachable style, specialist knowledge, real life examples, humour and fun! 

Women’s Development

I thoroughly enjoy running courses for women, including the fantastic Springboard women’s development programme. Women from the public, private and charitable sectors have participated in my Springboard programmes; I have seen participants make exciting progress including going for promotions, starting their own business, gaining more confidence and seizing more opportunities. I love seeing these results!

I also work with employers, unions and women’s organisations to unlock women’s full potential. Initiatives include gender equality audits, launching women’s networks, facilitating peer mentoring circles and workshops. Popular training topics include Assertiveness, Self-Marketing & Attracting Opportunities, CV’s & Interviews, Networking, Career Options & Women’s Enterprise.

My clients include the NUS, UK Resource Centre for Women in Science Engineering & Technology, Skillset, Ambassadors for Women’s Enterprise and the Police Federation.

I also work with individual women offering one-to-one coaching sessions.

People Development & Diversity

Specialist consultancy on diversity and people development courses are also part of my portfolio. My clients include Samworth Brothers Distribution, Metropolitan Housing, East Midlands Further Education Council, NHS, Probation Trusts, Local Authorities, Universities and charities. I aim to engage and motivate people towards making a difference.


I am passionate about making a positive contribution through volunteer giftwork, reflecting the Springboard ethos: ‘leave the ladder down for those coming up behind you’. I am a youth mentor, fundraiser for Leukaemia Research, sit on an independent advisory group on gender issues for a local council and the planning committee for my hometown’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day.


“100% professional, enthusiastic, warm and engaging”

“Vanessa made my time in her Springboard programme a very worthwhile, enjoyable and valuable time. Vanessa is always smiling which makes her extremely approachable whilst being extremely knowledgeable in her field”

“Vanessa is a trainer with creativity, integrity and who will enable you to achieve great results”

“Vanessa is a highly professional, lively and encouraging trainer. She fully engages with her audience, keeping a good pace to her workshops. Her communication skills are excellent, and I strongly recommend her”

“Vanessa makes equality training fun and interesting, but with a clear message for everyone to take away and use in their work and everyday lives”

“Vanessa is a lively and engaging trainer. Very motivating and inspiring”

“I was a little jaded with career coaching, but working with Vanessa was fun, informative and relevant. Her own experiences of setting up a consultancy business were inspiring and pertinent and she certainly made me consider my own background in a wholly new and positive light”

“She is an exemplary trainer and motivator; she can work with the super confident to reach higher heights and the very unconfident to take the first steps. She is always professional, personable, friendly and has impeccable integrity. I have recommended her a number of times as I feel my association with Vanessa is a positive reflection on myself – I am that impressed with her enthusiasm and her results. She is the sort of woman you want to spend time with in order to improve yourself and your business”

Chartered Member CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development)

Managing Director &
Principal Consultant, Energise
Tel: 0791 368 0088
Textphone: 18001 0791 368 0088

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