Johanna is a retired Commander, Royal Navy in which she served for 23 years, starting right at the time the WRNS was disbanded and women were just starting to go to sea with the men. She had the usual smattering of shore-based and seagoing appointments, including at home and abroad, including Afghanistan.
She then made the successful transition into life as a managing consultant, transforming zero commercial knowledge into £1M+ in sales. She has been running her own business for 3 years now, offering a range of consulting, coaching, mentoring, mediation and tutoring services for both public and private sector, SME and corporates.
Her focus is always on the people side of business, and specifically helping leaders understand the shadow they cast as leaders so they can shape it to get the best out of their workforce. These conversations invariably touch on the impact of stress on our performance. Johanna uses her experience from a near-catastrophic flooding incident onboard the Antarctic Patrol Vessel HMS ENDURANCE to bring the topic of stress to life. As well as recounting the experience, Johanna invites listeners to consider their own ‘sinking ship moment’ and shares how they can ‘diagnose’ their own stress in order to build personalised resilience.
The sorts of topics Johanna tends to speak about include stress and resilience, leadership in difficult circumstances, psychological safety, leadership style and effectiveness and a number of topics around that core. She has presented at various MOD leadership conferences including the Joint Helicopter Command Air Safety Conference, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s Leadership Conference and the Women in Defence 10 year anniversary conference.
She has also been a guest lecturer for Brighton and Cranfield Universities and is a current tutor for Portsmouth and Winchester Universities – the latter 2 on the HMG Help To Grow: Management programme.
Johanna is a Chartered Manager and holds post-graduate qualifications in leadership and coaching and is certified by both the EMCC and the CMC.