Kerry Maitland

Pilates Instructor & Life Coach

A bit about Kerry Maitland

Life is all about learning! I am a local girl who grew up in a close loving farming family, the middle of three children. After graduating with a Sociology and Psychology Honours degree, I enjoyed a 16 months backpacking trip around the world. What an experience, I have seen some amazing places, met some great people and came back with 46p in profit!

I didn’t have a clear idea for a career, I knew that I wanted to work in an office environment, for a big brand, wear a suit and earn decent money. I also knew that I didn’t want to work in sales, or with children. I realised that Human Resources (HR) could be a fit for me and landed my first HR role with Siemens, followed by American Express and Vosper Thornycroft. Six months later I had a collection of suits and had enrolled in a Masters in HR Management.

In 2004, I moved to Santander. I learned that I thrived on building relationships and helping others grow and harnessed with this knowledge I progressed up the career ladder, before finishing my time at Santander as a Senior HR Director in a newly acquired bank in the US.

July 16 2013 was my wake up call, when my mother unexpectedly passed away. It made me realise that life is too short. I had enough of organisational changes, restructures and performance management and needed to take control of making my dreams come true.

Fast forward and I’m back in the UK, living with my partner and have built a career that gives me the freedom and flexibility I have craved! I’m using my 20 years HR experience and coaching skills to help people make positive changes to their lives, helping people grow and live the life they want.

Qualifications

CTA Certified Life Coach
MA Human Resource Management
Charted Institute of Personal Development Graduate
Psychometric Level A and B
BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology
Level 3 Pilates Instructor

Favourite Quote
‘Aim for progress not perfection’ – Marie Forleo. If you wait for perfection you will never get anywhere, anyway life would be boring if we were all perfect!
Interests

I love to travel and want to experience as much of the world as I can. My highlight this year was swimming with humpback whales in the wild. Closer to home, I’m on a mission to walk the South West Coastal path.

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