Rocket Girl Coaching
About Mary Doyle
Shaw Trust #Power100 2018, one of Britain’s most influential disabled people.
Nominee for National Diversity Awards 2020 Positive Role Model – vote.
I’m a fully trained personal and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience working for global, billion dollar software and telecoms companies. I am also a wheelchair user.
I provide consultancy for the Flying Disabled campaign (regularly featured on BBC radio and TV) to enable passengers who are wheelchair users to fly with dignity and safety. I also work alongside Gearup TV and the UK Chapter of Women In Aviation to promote inclusion, diversity and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) in business and aviation. I was privileged to speak at the Fawcett Society Annual Conference in 2018 about being a female leader in STEM for 20 years. I was also named in the Daily Mail, Britain’s 50 most remarkable women in 2018.
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 have decades of lived experience, direct corporate management experience and a Level 2 Certificate in Inclusion and Diversity to ensure I am current.
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.
As a coach, I love nothing more than helping you take on your most important challenges, find exciting new directions, make brave choices, and turning your life into an outrageous success.
Together, we address issues such as self-confidence, career development and relationships. I have overcome a number of these issues and more to create a successful corporate career of over 25 years and a wonderful life.
I am high energy and people often use this to propel themselves into action.
I use my wealth of experience from my corporate positions and as a person who successfully deals with a disability in my own life, to assist my clients to maximise their potential. I have 25+ years of business knowledge, plenty of life experience and an excellent network to call upon for my clients.
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
- an ability to use humour to get important messages across
My clients (who are both disabled and non-disabled) often recommend me to others, and describe me as friendly, approachable and empathetic, with a natural ability to build productive relationships. I want my clients to have absolutely the best coaching experience possible.
I’ll listen, question, challenge, motivate and encourage. I’ll work out strategies with you to get you to where you want to be.
I’m dedicated to fun as life is very serious. We’ll have some fun along the way and find all of the silver linings to make a better future than you had imagined.
I will give you a gentle kick in the butt if I think you are playing small with your greatness.
I’m only successful when my clients are loving what they have achieved.
I also hold a Guinness World Record for pulling a Boeing Dreamliner in 2018, not by myself!
Training, Qualifications & Experience
In my second year of business, I was named on the Shaw Trust #Power100 2018, as one of Britain’s most influential disabled people.
I have completed the Alchemy of Coaching programme, being run at Egrove Park, the residential centre of the Saïd Business School. Ian Saunders, one of the Alchemy founders is very involved with executive coaching at Saïd Business School.
This level of study of 120 total hours (along with coaching hours) will result in the Accredited Certificate of Coach Training (ACCT) from the Association for Coaching (AMAC), which is a leading independent, and not-for-profit professional body dedicated to promoting best practice and raising the awareness and standards of coaching, worldwide.
I follow all the ethical standards set by the Association for Coaching (AMAC), and trust is a priority in coaching.
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.
I work as a volunteer for several charities for people with disabilities, supporting and mentoring the service users for several years.
I have also volunteered for the Samaritans as a listening volunteer, supporting people who need the time and space to talk things through, in a confidential and non-judgmental environment.
I have had exposure to a range of clients with conditions including SCI, CP, MS, mental health, body image and neurodiversity. I have an in-depth understanding of the trials of life faced by many people with unconventional backgrounds and I’m the coach with direct lived experience of pushing through adversity and what it takes to make each day a success. If you have survived and thrived so far I consider this to be a great achievement and you’re already a superhuman to me.
I’m interested in your abilities and potential, I’m fascinated by people, and I consider many people to be superhuman because life can be very hard. I want everyone to reach their own level of awesomeness. Whatever your condition is, it’s likely you have real positive strengths which you have maximised to ensure you live a full and happy life.
The History Of Rocket Girl Coaching
I am a wheelchair user since the age of 13, following multiple surgeries due to cerebral palsy, a condition acquired at birth. My last operation left me in a worse condition than I was prior to surgery and my independent mobility was massively reduced. This had a significant strain on my family relationships and schooling in my teenage years. Accepting the use of a wheelchair was a huge turning point in that realising it gave me a freedom that my legs could not, it was absolutely liberating.
From this point on I took part in all that life had to offer, and being a wheelchair user was not going to stop me from the career, lifestyle or relationships I wanted. However, life does throw curve balls at many people. My family was very impacted by having a disabled child and included other family stresses. I have experienced depression first hand, including when I was a teenager and later when I was married. Throughout all of this, I held down a full time and challenging, professional career for 25+ years, in which I was very successful. I am a person with a disability and this is part of me but not all of me.
I was originally a software developer at British Telecom for 8 years. I then worked as a Service Delivery Manager for many of the worlds largest banks and financial institutions, keeping their payments systems up and running 24/7 for 365 days a year. Being on call was a way of life. I also successfully staff managed teams based across the globe for 15+ years, and understand the skills needed to be a remote manager and employee in a fast moving and culturally diverse environment. I now work full time as a professional coach and I love to help employees who are struggling with work issues or decisions, getting that next role or help people manage the elusive work/life balance. Work doesn’t have to be all work and no fun, let us work together to bring the fun back.
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. And through volunteering as a listening volunteer for Samaritans, I have seen that life is difficult for everyone at some stage, and there are often multiple events in one person’s lifetime. People find themselves in circumstances which are very debilitating, even when everything appears to be fine on the surface to their family and friends. Coaching does not have to be for dramatic events, it can be useful to be coached before the crap hits the fan, so you can potentially change the outcome.
I know from my own experiences that you can have the life you want. It requires honesty, resilience, hard work and some good fortune. Through my coaching, I hope my clients find the bravery to address the issues they bring to our sessions, with confidence and excitement.
Being an old school analyst/programmer from the late 80’s, I’m also a huge space and aviation geek and have been privileged to meet my heroes, in Dr. Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11) and Major Tim Peake (European Space Agency and ISS Astronaut). And I’m working on my Private Pilots Licence, and fly solo. This has shown me that dreams are possible to achieve and you have to play the hand you were dealt with like it was the hand you wanted and work to your many strengths.
And Rocket Girl Coaching was born.
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I’m based in Hertfordshire and do all my work over Skype.
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