Here’s my bio:
I enjoy being an expert coach with over twenty-five years coaching and teaching experience, and I work with a range of high performing individuals to take them from where they are now to where they want to be in all aspects of their lives – I help them achieve what otherwise would have been considered impossible.
‘I love working with people to help them be the best they can be.’
I’ve worked with people practically all of my adult life and when I say worked with them I mean I’ve either helped, coached or taught them in either sport, business, or life. I’ve worked with all ends of the spectrum of human life, the vulnerable, the fragile, the leaders and the successful, in a variety of settings. And with a profound interest in personal and professional development, I’ve continually honed my craft along the way learning from the likes of Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Stephen Covey, and Brian Tracey to name but a few. In fact, I’ve invested financially, near £35,000 and an incredible amount of hours over the last 30 years into the personal and professional study of leadership, management, coaching, teaching, psychology, and personal development, so my work draws from a wide range of teachings and methodologies.
My coaching started just after I had left military service where I gained my Civil Service certification as a Physical Education Instructor. This intensive course enabled me to attain the following coaching qualifications:
Amateur Swimming Association Teachers Certificate
British Amateur Weightlifting Association Instructor
British Basketball Association Coach
British Canoe Union Supervisor
English Volleyball Association Coach
Rugby Union Preliminary Coach
British Amateur Gymnastics Coach
Control and Restraints Instructor
Basic Mountaineering Expedition Award Leader
The certification was followed by years of invaluable experience in coaching teams and individuals and copious amounts of continuous professional development. A back injury curtailed my career and redirection was necessary. And to say that this was not without great personal physical and psychological challenge is an understatement. However, with resilience, a positive attitude, and a track record of self-belief and values that would not permit me to throw in the towel, I adapted, overcame obstacles, and embarked upon a new career.
Without delay, I returned to education and attained a Higher National Diploma in Business and Marketing, A Degree in Business Management, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education and Training). I also became an NLP Practitioner, and I can honestly say I’ve put everything I’ve learned to good use, even the algebraic equations and the business French.
Since, that redirection in life I’ve been: divorced, happily remarried to a wonderful woman (for 21 years now), a company director twice, an executive coach (Purely Success Coaching), a board member of an international organization, a charitable trustee, a registered university lecturer, a leader in education, and a fiction writer. During which time I’ve taught and coached leadership, management, and public speaking to countless individuals.
I’ve also lived in Spain for eleven years and travelled extensively. I firmly believe that travel is good for the soul.
I left my last role with the biggest ever challenge of my life to confront. I’d developed an eye disease which resulted in a significant loss of sight and I couldn’t continue in the job I loved as a leader in education. I officially finished my work in the August of that year, and because I have a thirst for living life to the full, I registered as a self-employed author in November, writing fiction. I wasted no time and undertook further training and adaptation to use specific technologies such as speech to text and text to speech software. And whilst writing has its own challenges, it can often at times be a lonely, isolating pursuit, especially for someone like me who is a people person. So, after helping some friends, I decided to open up my coaching practice again, and haven’t looked back.
You see I’m passionate about working with people, especially those who are intent on making a difference to our world and I recognise that these extraordinary, successful people face challenges too. They may be powerful leaders, passionate individuals who thrive on success and vision, and yet they can still feel that the next stage in their life is a new, daunting, and seemingly insurmountable challenge; a giant leap. I work with these people to help them transform those feelings, qualities, and capabilities into beneficial future proof realities for their benefit, and the benefit of others.