Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Dive Deep, Climb High

Focusing on leadership in higher education, Mel Loizou asks her guests to share what leadership means to them. The Dive Deep Climb High podcast is fun, honest, and relatable. It enables you to dive deep into your role and the leader you are.

To climb high, unleashing the power and potential of you and those around you. With inspiring stories, practical tips, and a little bit of fishiness this show will help you realise that sometimes the apparently impossible is absolutely possible. 

Dive Deep. Climb High. Can Do Leadership in a World of Can’t.


Apr 25, 2023

In this episode, we explore what it means to lead by your values. Having started out her career in retail, Sarah shares with us her transition to the student accommodation sector and some of the lessons she has leaned along the way.  As current Chair of ASRA we dive deep into her leadership journey and how she realised that being the best leader she could be, meant being her true authentic self rather than trying to emulate other people.



“When I first started my career, I spent a long time looking up to, other leaders and managers, thinking, ‘oh, I really want to be like you.’ You try and adapt your style to be like that person and then you see somebody else and think, ‘I want to be like that person.’  Suddenly it dawned on me to just be myself. Through being myself, being friendly, and being everything that makes me who I am, I am a better leader.”



Sarah Reynolds currently works at Brunel University as the Deputy Head of Student Living. She is also the current ASRA chair.  Sarah has worked within the student accommodation world for the past eight years both in the University & PBSA sectors. She spent the first half of her career in retail, starting her journey as many people do; working part-time whilst juggling studies. It’s from here that her passion for people really developed and she began her management career. Sarah loves working within this sector. The vibrancy of the students that she works with, and the dynamics of her teams makes each day different. She feels lucky to have a job she enjoys so much and a career that has taken her down very different paths.



Sarah’s ASRA email address:


ASRA website:

ASRA Twitter:

ASRA Instagram:



Mel is a Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Speaker, Podcast Host & Mum. Specialising in leadership and change management in the Higher Education sector, Mel uses her Fish Climb Trees philosophy to help individuals, teams and organisations, shift from that place of believing they can’t, to one where they know they absolutely can. 

If you would like Mel to help you with your leadership and change management challenges, then please book a free 30 min call via


Check out Mel’s Book, When Fish Climb Trees*:  When Fish Climb Trees

Check out Mel’s TEDx Talk, Ditch Your Fishnets, Boost Your Resilience:




 HOSTED BY: Mel Loizou


The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. Please conduct your own due diligence. 

*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.