About me

I've had some great opportunities for learning throughout my career.  I've set up an organisation from scratch and grown it to employ over 1,500 people giving me first hand insight into the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur.  


I've set up a new division in an international business and mobilised complex multi-million pound contracts which have involved thousands of staff and coordinating the activity of over thirty supply chain organisations. Through these experiences I've recognised the importance of leading beyond my authority and developing senior leaders and technical experts to deliver market leading performance.

As a psychology graduate, qualified and credentialed executive coach and able to deliver psychometrics in both ability and personality, I can offer a comprehensive coaching experience for people looking to deliver their best in life and work.

I am a Clore Social Leadership Fellow in recognition for my work in the social impact sector and I was awarded an MBE by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2014 for my Services to the Young People of England.  


I am a Non Exec Director & Governor of the University of Manchester and supporting the strategy and governance of the largest Russell Group University, turning over £1bn with 12k staff and over 40k students is a huge privilege.

I love the outdoors, walking, camping and taking adventures in a camper van, so much so I am also a co-owner and NED of Manchester Camper Hire. I sometimes combine the two ventures for leadership/coaching retreats, so watch this space!

I still support the Charity I formed in 2006, Young Advisors, which trains and supports young people to improve their local communities.  It was during my time as founding CEO at Young Advisors that I launched a legal challenge with the Charity Commission to enable young people aged 16-18 to become trustees, making Young Advisors the first youth led charity in the UK to have trustees aged under 18.


  • Business can and should be a force for good.  Check out my Social Impact to see how I achieve this

  • Nurture responsible, positive disruption within your business

  • Work with integrity

  • Be pragmatic

  • Be authentic, which includes accepting vulnerability

  • Work with the expertise in the room

  • Appreciate difference. Diversity opens our mind and helps us to stay connected

  • Fun and creative - after all, fun nurtures creativity!

  • Focus on strengths - asset based thinking

  • Combine passion and purpose for results

Qualifications & Accreditations

  • Psychology BA (Hons.), The University of Reading

  • Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching, Academy of Executive Coaching (Middlesex University)

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (009374990I)

  • Psychometric Test User Occupational Ability and Personality, The British Psychological Society (RQTU 534897)

  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator Step I & Emotional Judgement Inventory (EJI), The Myers Briggs Company

  • Strong Interest Inventory®, ABLE® Series and Saville Consulting Aptitude Assessments

  • Psychometric Products: Strengths, Decision Styles, Resilience,Team, Inspiring Leader and Winning Attitudes: Zircon BeTalent

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Coach Practitioner, The Priority Academy, (CTAA)

  • Certified Action Learning Facilitator

  • QCF Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)

  • Prince II Project Management (Manchester Method, MCC)

Currently enrolled on:

  • PG Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching - Barefoot Coaching Ltd (Chester University) August 2020-February 2021

  • NLP Practitioner Certificate (ABNLP Assoc) July 2020-October 2020

Biog and CV for download

  • Here's my latest biog in a word document for events, conferences and workshops.

  • My CV for commissions, tendering, NED roles and new contracting opportunities.

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