I first came across Diana Parkes on Twitter. She had responded to a column I’d written about the things that stop – or seem to stop – women reaching the top. We had so many shared interests we decided to meet and I knew straight away that I wanted her to be my coach. I’d been a newspaper journalist for nearly 10 years, but my industry was on its knees, and I knew it was time to start thinking about the next phase of my career. I also knew this wasn’t going to be easy. I’d had the job of my dreams, and thought it was unlikely I was going to walk into something similar again. If I wanted a working life that worked for me, I knew I’d need to build it, piece by piece. Diana helped me clarify my vision of what this was, and saw me through every step of the way. As a journalist, I’ve had to be pretty thoughtful, and pretty analytical, but she helped me think of things I hadn’t thought of, by drilling down and not giving up. It takes a while to build a “portfolio” career, and, more than a year after starting, I’m still trying to get some bits of it off the ground. But I think I know where I’m going and this has a lot to do with Diana. She combines a rigorous analytical approach with in-depth psychological knowledge and emotional intelligence, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.