Val runs her own consultancy practice in the City. Clients include household names such as the Bank of England and the Prudential. She has a record for challenging boundaries, and 'telling it how it is'. Her early career was in teaching English Literature in schools and universities in the UK, Denmark and the US. She recently gained a Ph.D from the University of Warwick Business School which brought together the two disciplines of literary criticism and organisation development. Val is now studying creative writing at the Manchester Metropolitan University.