Sherry Bevan is a successful author, coach and speaker.
A former Global Head of IT Service in a City law firm, Sherry has spent more than 25 years working in professional services, building, creating and leading high-performing teams. She started working for an international law firm in London when it launched its first office outside USA; while at the firm, she was promoted while on maternity leave (twice), and successfully applied for flexible working. After ten successful years, she left to head up the launch of the UK operation of a leading outsource provider based in Atlanta, Georgia.
During this time, she volunteered extensively for NCT, at both branch and national level. She trained as an NCT breastfeeding counsellor and qualified in 2010. She continues to devote much of her spare time to supporting new mums in the very early weeks after birth. In August 2015, Sherry was nominated to take on the figurehead role of NCT President.
In January 2012, Sherry launched her own business. The business has evolved over time and she now dedicates herself to The Confident Mother which advocates an approach focused on celebrating and loving life as a woman and as a mother. She helps ambitious women get clear on what they really want (from career, work, life and leadership) then find the confidence to do it. Sherry believes that you create that feeling of confidence when you balance these five confidence circle elements: contribution, wellness, work, family, and the feminine.
The right balance will be unique to each woman and will change at different stages in your life. Get these five in balance and you will love your life – you will have more confidence, energy, clarity, focus, fun with your family and you will feel fulfilled.
- Contribution – the contribution that you make to the world, what is unique about you, where you are adding value and being valued – some might call this your purpose or mission.
- Wellness – it’s hard to be confident if you’re not confident in your own mind and body, and you have the strength, wellness and health to go out and do what you want to do in the world.
- Work – whether you have your own business or a career, it’s about valuing and being valued for the work that you do.
- Family – obviously one is about family, your relationship with your children and with your partner, if you have one. Possibly your relationship with your family too.
- The Feminine – it’s also about being a woman, and not just a mother. It’s about accepting, embracing and actually enjoying being a woman, and the challenges and opportunities that brings.
Sherry is frequently invited to comment on Sky News and BBC Radio; for 18 months she was a weekly contributor Birds on the Blog. She writes and presents for NCT both nationally and locally. She has had articles published in City AM and HR Director. She worked with Dr Christian Jessen to highlight the importance of taking a proper break.
The Confident Mother is part autobiographical and part a collection of learnings from her first successful online conference in January 2015. Sherry wants all mums to know that good enough really is good enough. You don’t need to be the perfect mother. She wanted to reach as many people as possible with this message, and the online conference seemed to be the perfect vehicle. Excerpts from the interviews form a substantial part of the book published in September 2015, as well as exercises and activities to help women on their own journey to The Confident Mother while balancing contribution, wellness, work, family and the feminine.
Sherry is an action taker and she knows exactly how to help you overcome the confidence blocks and inertia that are keeping you stuck.
Find out how to work with Sherry here.
Fun facts about Sherry:
- She was the first female President of Catford Cycling Club, one of Britain’s oldest cycling clubs, established in 1886.
- She keeps pet rats; at one time after a “breeding incident” she had 52 of the whiskery creatures.
- She runs marathons even though at the end of each one, she swears “Never again”.
- She suffered with terrible morning sickness in her first pregnancy and survived the first three months on a bizarre diet of lettuce and mints.
- She has broken several bones in her body – mostly accidents involving two wheels on a bicycle or motorbike.
- She rides a motorbike – currently an RVF400.
- When she was a little girl, her favourite toy was a penguin, called “Penguin”. Penguin still lives with her now.