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CARO KINGSNORTH

I started life as a dancer and so working at communication as an art is in my DNA! Later on in life I worked as an operational manager in Tour Operations and went on to head up the Training and Development Department for Hertz Car Rental UK. 

I have been coaching and facilitating senior leaders and teams for the past 20 years.  I am passionate in my belief that all people have great potential and, if you can unlock that potential, the individual grows in both competence and confidence. I work with people to explore a combination of their own strengths plus new ideas, tools and approaches that are in alignment with meeting their individual goals.

Best results happen when the individual is clear about what they want to achieve and is prepared to put real effort in to what they do between the sessions. My approach is light on process and any single methodology.  Instead I work with the individual to establish clear goals and the groundwork that will enhance their personal development.

Last book you read…
"The Culture Map" by Erin Meyer.  A great book for understanding international communications!  For leisure, it was "Fallen Angel" by Ken Hames, my partner!

Your heroes include…
My mum and dad.  Both had great intuition and were kind compassionate people. Nelson Mandela, for his focus on non violence and Marie Curie for putting her life on the line for medical science.

Favourite line from a film…
"You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!”  Michael Caine in ‘The Italian Job.  The original film, of course.  The car chase through Turin reminds me of a situation when I was managing a ski programme and some of us were driving out the company cars, which just happened to be the Italian flag colours, red, white and green.  We were trying to get out of Bergamo at one stage and it really did feel like The Italian Job!

Best day at work (so far)…
Every day!

Who make you laugh…
Ken, my partner, all the time.

Last journey you took…
The last big one was to Namibia in November 2017.  We took a group out to the Namibian Desert and it is really one of the most stunning places on earth.  The diversity of the geography and being able to see truly wild animals, which are still unhabituated to humans, so are curious rather than aggressive, is a pure joy to experience.

What’s on your desk…
'Piles' .... of paper!

How do you deal with stress…
I ask myself what I am stressed about and why?  I go for walks…long or fast ones and I make myself write lists!

3 people you’d like to have dinner with (dead or alive)…
Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Judy Garland, Lau-Tze, Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford, Margot Fonteyn, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley!

Favourite place…
The Italian Dolomites….anywhere there really.  You can walk and do the Via Ferrata in the summer and ski all over it in the winter.  Perfect!