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Leila Singh '94 

Course studied:
BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance and Retail Management


Your position and industry: Sales Executive, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Financial Services; Accountant (FCCA); The Limitless Success CoachTM; Award-Winning Author; International Speaker.

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?
The Modular Degree system, range of business courses and flexibility of modules was by far the main driver for my choice of University, along with the ability to have all 3 years of work (exams & coursework) contribute towards my final degree result, rather than relying solely on year end exams. Finally, the location of a beautiful historical City, and distance from London.

What was your inspiration to move into your current profession?
I have been furnished with great career opportunities and experiences over the last 20+ years, and fortunate to enjoy a diverse range of roles - Finance/Accountancy, Recruitment, Corporate Finance, Treasury and latterly Sales. Upon consolidating my wealth of skills, knowledge and experience, and incorporating my avid interest in personal development and extensive personal growth journey, I have discovered my passion towards coaching others towards realising their true potential and empowering them to be the best version of themselves, an incredibly rewarding profession, working with talented, driven, top performing individuals.

What is the best advice someone has given you?

'You can achieve anything you set your mind to!'.

What advice would you give to others?

Step outside of your comfort zone – for this is where you will realise exponential growth and fulfilment, achieve more than you ever imagined possible, and live a life devoid of regrets! You are only confined by the stories you tell yourself! Live your life on YOUR terms; do not allow others to define you. You are a unique individual – embrace you!  'Your dreams of today can be your future reality!'.

After graduating from Brookes what were the next steps for your career?

Seeking a training contract to pursue my accountancy qualification, and commencing studies towards my ACCA qualification.

What success stories/achievements have you had in your role?

In my sales exec role at HPE, I have smashed my sales quota 5 out of 7 years, received multiple awards for my sales performance, delivered approx. $700M+ of business, and managed several of our largest EMEA/Global Accounts. In parallel, I qualified as a Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Hypnotherapy, am training towards my coaching accreditation (Level 5 IIC&M), have written and published my first book, “Success Redefined – How to Leverage Your Natural Talents to become Limitless!”, and spoken at large corporates and other events sharing the System I created (as featured in my book), the Ultimate Success Blueprint TM. I coach clients both at HPE and privately, am a student of the Anthony Robbins Mastery University, and a member and coach at the Professional Speakers Academy.

Are you currently working with Brookes? If not would you be interested in mentoring a student?

Currently no. Absolutely - yes! :)

What is your best memory of your time at Oxford Brookes?

The social environment (including being a committee member on several Societies), my first year living on the Wheatley Campus and life-long friends made!

Other comments

I consider my 3 years at Brookes to be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences to date.