I am Richie Forde, Executive Coach and the Founder of Edge Coaching Services; a coaching service focused on assisting and supporting Barbadians of all ages to realize and maximize their true potential.
I am an accredited Associate Certified Coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). I have trained with Performance Consultants International and The Coaching Academy in London specifically for coaching within the education system.
As one of 13 children living in the United Kingdom, I recognized from early, the importance of having structure, guidance and a strong support system. My journey to becoming a Performance Coach was not a straight path. At the tender age of 16, I decided to leave school to undertake a 'City & Guilds' in Food Preparation and Cooking. With a dream of one day becoming a top chef!
I sought guidance from my mentor on how best to pursue my dream. This led me to join the British Army, a change to my original goal but I relished my time with the army as it taught me several valuable life skills such as discipline, teamwork, camaraderie, determination, and perseverance. These values would serve me well throughout my life and career. Being in the Army allowed me to travel the world and on a personal note, make my father proud of the man I had become.
After leaving the British Army I became a vocational trainer, working with students who were excluded from the educational system. This focused my attention on not only catering but helping others – training, coaching and guiding young adults who had chosen a career in catering.
The experience of validating others learning through the D32 and D33 vocational training qualifications, was satisfying and fulfilling. It was great to see how each person was learning and growing. Working with these young adults gave clarity on the next step in my career as I wanted to help more young adults and children. This led to my enrolment at Wolverhampton University, where I undertook a degree in Hotel & Catering Management and Licensed Retail Management in order to become a more skilled instructor. It was during the period as a Restaurant Manager and working with several college apprentices, that I developed additional skills. It subsequently led to the fantastic opportunity to start a programme as a teacher in a secondary school. This role enabled me to flourish. Not only was I sharing my passion for cooking, but it helped open the eyes and minds of the students through teaching.
I later moved into a more senior teaching role where I also took on pastoral care of the students. This was an exciting and extremely rewarding challenge as I applied numerous behavioral strategies to better understand and guide the students to reach their potential.
So, having educated hundreds of students in the UK, I’ve brought this passion to Barbados where my main focus is the further development of Barbados’ most precious resource; it’s people!
I stand ready to help guide Barbadians of all ages and walks of life to reach and maximize their true potential.
I wish my parents were here to see me now, I know they would be very proud.
I look forward to working with you!