In short; award winning professional coach; award winning writer; international speaker; inspirational international trainer and facilitator; past president of the International Coach Federation in the UK; experienced in working internationally with both experienced and fast rising leaders; a ‘coach’s coach’ – supporting, coaching and mentoring great coaches and leaders in the coaching profession around the world; involved in and leading ground-breaking initiatives that advance the coaching profession and the impact of coaching in the world.

Or alternatively…father, husband, son, fascinated by life, loving nature, aspiring guitarist and humbled mentor to young people.
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Who I work with

I’m based in Surrey, near London in the UK. Clients currently range from the US to Eastern Europe to Africa. I work with leaders and professionals (often CEO’s, Chairs, Presidents, Managing or Senior Directors, Founders) in organisations from small start-ups to complex multinationals.

How the coaching began

It was a major illness in 2002 that stopped me in my tracks. It forced me to think about life, work, family and everything that’s important to me.

From this seemingly dark, but actually transformational, space came the clear calling to become a professional coach.

So in 2004 I left what was a highly successful career – having moved through professional engineering, management and consultancy roles to become a Director in a trade body – and set up Coaching Professionals.  At its heart is the desire to help people transform the way they work, the impact they make, the life they love and the legacy they leave, bringing together all that’s important to them in healthy, balanced and fulfiling ways.

I re-trained including becoming an NLP Master Practitioner and NLP coach and began working with business leaders and people who were up to good things.

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Supporting and leading in the coaching profession in the UK

I joined the International Coach Federation and got involved. They invited me to play a larger role, and moving through two directorships I became President in the UK in 2007.

This was joyous work – supporting hundreds of coaches and a wider profession in doing good things.  We built a team, a shared sense of purpose and found ways that were highly creative, productive and effective and as a result membership grew so that we became the biggest chapter in the world.

As a result of this work I received the ICF President’s Award for ‘evolutionary leadership’ and ‘contribution to the global profession’ and was nominated Coaching at Work Magazine Coaching/Mentoring Person of the Year.

Supporting the profession internationally

Stepping back from this role, I continued to be involved in a wealth of other projects with the ICF. As part of the ethics committee I was involved in co-writing the ICF’s global Code of Ethics. I have judged on international awards for best practice in coaching, and I supported other leaders and teams in the coaching world. I have been invited to support and speak to the coaching communities in Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, the US and the UK. I’m currently working with Rajat Garg, MCC, in India, on an International Bill of Rights (one page, plain and simple language) for all users of coaching, to further ensure ethical practices in the profession around the world.

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And when I’m not working with Coaching Professionals…

In 2011 I co-founded The One Leadership Project with a wonderful man, Dr. Alister Scott. The Project supports organisations that care for people and planet as well as profit. They are game-changers, catalysts, creating a positive legacy. The project provides a blend of coaching, facilitation, mentoring and training support. It has three key philosophies: Think Beyond. Act as One.  And Enable the Catalysts. To read more about this work, visit

Outside of work

I’ve been married for over 25 years, and we have three children, two of whom have had to deal with disabilities. I love the countryside, reading, and am currently brushing up my guitar skills to start gigging. I have daily Tai Chi and mindfulness practices, and recently canoed across England from Bath to Godalming, having a great time and raising money for the charity my wife runs (providing theatre performance workshops for able and disabled children). It’s a humbling delight to be involved with A Band of Brothers and the work they do supporting young men.

To find out more about how the coaching can help you, call +44 (0)1737 243589, or e-mail