I grew up in the former mining town of Chesterfield in North East Derbyshire. My school was a normal secondary school with no 6th form and an uninspiring view of careers for women in STEM, which was sad for me, because I have always been a bit of a science nerd! I completed A-levels at the local college and secured a place in a university in Buckinghamshire. After a year it was clear that the financial burden of living away from home was too much. I transferred to Sheffield Hallam University (living at home) where I completed a BSc (hons) in Recreation Management.
Since then my career has twisted and turned in lots of exciting directions. Already a dancer and fitness instructor, I started working in corporate events after graduation, then moved to pharmaceuticals, then to medical devices, to IT, Cyber Security and now I work for Vodafone Business looking after 14 of our global pharmaceutical and medical device clients. The scope of my role covers phones, of course, but also AI, IoT, Cloud, Cyber Security and Big Data.
Alongside my corporate career I teach fitness and dance classes, mentor young people, provide coaching for small business and people in corporate roles and I have recently launched a mentor matching platform called ‘My Mentor Finder’. Currently I am training to become a certified Mindfulness Practitioner and will soon be adding this to my services.
I have always been a ‘yes’ person, striving to be courageous despite growing up with crippling shyness. This ethos has given me so many opportunities from cheerleading for a League One football team, appearing on Soccer A.M., working in a West End theatre, recording a demo with one of Kylie Minogue’s producers, having tea with a Diplomat at Harrods and winning Sales and Cyber Security innovation awards.
I feel very strongly about creating an equal and equitable society where people of all backgrounds, abilities and means are supported. I believe that mentoring and coaching should be available for everyone, regardless of the job they choose, where they come from, or whether they are full-time, part-time or voluntary workers.
In 2018, I was delighted to be invited to my first guest speaking engagement at the Your Future, Your Ambition event at the Emirates Stadium, London. I have since completed multiple speaking events, workshops and podcasts and I love to offer this alongside my coaching and events work.
You can listen to my podcasts appearances or visit my YouTube channel, links below:
Where I Work.
Face to Face
For face to face meetings and workshops, I currently cover most of the South East United Kingdom. Arrangements can be made for engagements in other locations, please get in touch to discuss.
I work with clients and companies from around the globe. Recently I have had the pleasure of working with coaching clients in The Philippines and Ethiopia, distance is no barrier in this digital world.
Professional Accreditations & Accomplishments.
Professional Diploma in Social Media Marketing
Mentoring for Mentors Professional Certification – 100%
Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry Certification
Cyber Security Speciaisation – Usable Security
RBS Cybersecurity Innovation Competition Winner
Exercise to Music – Level 2
Zumba Instructor Network Qualified
Stability Ball Expert Instructor
OCN Level 1 Counselling Skills
16 years of corporate experience and 36 years of dance experience.
Mentor at The Girls’ Network
Mentor, Speaker and Workshop Facilitator for Generation Success.
TED Talks Audience Mentor
BSc hons: Recreation Management
HND Leisure Management
Social Media & Resources
Facebook Page: Tara Huddless Ltd.
Small Business Sisterhood, a group of ladies growing or starting small businesses, sharing ideas and support: message me at 07949205732 to be added, or join us on facebook
Tara Huddless Ltd. Registered Company in England and Wales: 11894697