Hey, I'm Barbara...

and I’m here to help Business Owners and Leaders, stop holding themselves back, unlock their potential, become more effective and get the results that they really want in their business, and life.

So, if you’re ready to grow you’ve definitely come to the right place!

Over the years I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with thousands of people from business owners at the very start of their journey through to CEO’s and Managing Directors, and I know from experience that sometimes we can make things harder than they need to be.

 But the thing is that it doesn’t have to be this way.

Your version of success is absolutely yours for the taking.

Barbara Nixon

I’ve been in the People Development Space for all of my career – 26 years and counting.

My story began when I was 21 and fresh out of university. At the time I’d just had my eldest daughter and it was then that I landed my first job working for one of the largest food retailers in the UK in the People Development Department.


Little did I know that I’d stumbled head first into my purpose.


In fact I can remember the very first time I realised what my purpose was, and trust me I know this is going to sound super corny and weird but it’s all true!


I was about 22 and I was delivering a section of the company induction to about 300 new managers. All of the new managers were sat on their seats in a big auditorium and I was waiting nervously at the side of the stage for my turn whilst the CEO was doing his thing.


I was half listening and half trying to remember what I was going to say when all of a sudden his words cut through my mental noise.


He said: ’you’re all managers now…someone will have helped you get to where you are today. Now’s your turn to help other people. That’s your job!




His words hit me like a tonne of bricks!!


Just like that I knew what I was here to do!


To help other people grow and succeed!


And I have to say I’ve been doing that ever since.


So, that first job led to 12 years working in the Head Offices of two of the largest food retailers here in the UK.  


 I led large teams of training professionals, I designed A-LOT of development programmes, I was responsible for the Management Development for all the Managers in the retail arm of the chain, I managed large scale programmes, projects and even larger budgets, and I worked for all areas of the business…all of which I loved and it gave me the broad commercial knowledge that helps me to help my clients today.


Then in 2010, during the biggest economic downturn we’ve had, I decided that that was the time to realise a personal ambition and start my own business.


I’d just gone back to work after having my youngest child (I now had 3 children and a step son all of whom were under 13) and I realised that I wanted more from my life…Freedom!!


I could count on one hand how many times I’d done the school run, and I wanted my life to change.


It was then that I decided to jump ship and I can honestly say that I’ve never looked back and since then I’ve had the pleasure of working with thousands of people at all levels of their business journey, from those just starting their businesses to Senior Leaders, Managing Directors and CEO's of 7 and 8 figure businesses. I’ve worked across the UK, Europe and USA working with leaders of companies of all sizes, I published a book – The Boss Hat a guide for new managers, grown two businesses to 6 figures, and continue to work with amazing people to help them un-lock their potential, grow their confidence, become more effective and get the results that they really want (and need.)


I’ve also got 12 years experience working in senior management for two of the big 4 retailers in the UK, I co-ran a training consultancy for 5 years, have a degree in Journalism and Psychology, I’m a Chartered Member of the CIPD, a 2 x qualified Coach an NLP Practitioner and Time Line Therapist and have been featured in the BBC, Addicted2Success, and Thrive Global.


But what about outside of work?


I’m married to Dave and together we have 4 amazing kids and dog. I’m a personal development book addict, A Netflix binger, a big tea drinker, a veg grower, a lover of travel and being outside in general, and I’ve also tried my hand at Stand Up Comedy and Improv. I’m also incredibly Down to Earth, and love nothing more than to have a laugh, and yes when we work together we will have fun and it'll be like working with your best friend but you'll get results at the same time.

If this sounds like your thing I'm glad that you're here.

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