James Hutton

James is skilful at working with leaders and managers who are considered high potential, partnering with them on career progression and through periods of transition to enable high performance. James works with clients from major corporates and start-ups through to the charity and not for profit sector.

His coaching philosophy is based firmly in his belief in people and their ability to achieve their potential. Enabling this through an informal yet challenging approach, allowing clients the space to explore from multiple perspectives, bringing insight and support to deliver change. He is perceptive with an informal approach to coaching, operating in an open and non-judgemental way that focuses very much on supporting an individual to un-lock potential barriers and find solutions, inspiring them to take action.


James has also worked as a consultant, designing and delivering a range of development interventions for corporate businesses across a variety of sectors. In his most recent role James was Head of Talent and Development for News UK (The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times) his responsibilities included the talent strategy and leadership development. He also introduced internal coaching capability to News UK in 2012.

The internal coaching programme trained over 40 coaches and was featured in Coaching at Work magazine in March 2014. James has spoken at a number of conferences about internal coaching, including the CIPD conference in 2014 and Coaching at Work conference in 2016. Sharing his passion about coaching as an enabler to personal and organisational development.

In 2016 James completed a Masters level post-graduate certificate in Coaching from the University of Sussex and Roffey Park. His formal coaching education began in 2008, completing an accredited coaching programme with the Executive Coaching Consultancy. He is accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council at Senior Practitioner level and receives regular supervision. James is also a licensed NLP Practitioner and is qualified to use a wide range of psychometric tools including Hogans, MBTI, 16PF and Quintax.


“James is truly insightful. He brings a calmness and reflection to his coaching that is truly engaging and inspiring. His thoughtfulness is empowering and my personal growth developed significantly with his help. I think it is unusual to find someone who is truly balanced like James.”

Former Board Level Director, Media and Telecoms

“Coaching with James far exceeded my expectations, and it had a significant impact on how I handled a stressful return from maternity leave, and a challenging leadership role. James provided the perfect combination of practical advice, calm professionalism and dry sense of humour. James instilled a framework for approaching problems, and a new way of looking at tasks that I have employed at work, and life. I felt we achieved a huge amount in a limited time together, and I'm still learning and building on it now.”

General Counsel, Technology Company

“James an exceptionally good coach, he used a number of techniques to enable me to reflect on my management style to help me develop and introduced me to a number of strategies to deal with situations that were frustrating me. James has helped me to refocus on my career and personal goals and for this, I am very grateful.”

Director, Transport Company

Case Study

“We've had fantastic results from the first programme. Some 70 people have been coached as a result of that, and the feedback has been amazing. People are saying coaching is the best part of their job, even though it's not actually part of it.”

James Hutton, Head of talent and development, news UK

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