Jim Macleod CB CVO

Jim adopts a calm and person-centred approach to coaching. His coaching philosophy is based upon a view that personal growth occurs best when people have the opportunity and space to really challenge themselves. His coaching sessions help clients evoke clear visions and identify any self-limiting beliefs to assist them develop their own plans of action. With an approach that brings a warmth and ease to his sessions, he creates a psychologically safe environment for even the most challenging conversations. By blending coaching techniques alongside his own life experience, Jim supports his clients build their confidence, and skills. Further, by helping his clients grow their learning mindset, they develop the capability to self-coach long after the sessions have finished.

He usually works with individuals in leadership roles from across the public, private and third sectors; but his easy style makes him accessible to the widest range of clients. Jim has experience in supporting people in complex and challenging leadership positions develop their confidence, overcome obstacles, and thrive in demanding roles. He works well with complexity and can help clients see clarity in complex problems. Jim also supports up and coming leaders to accelerate their careers by helping them build their capacity, resilience, and ability to keep learning. Additionally, Jim has a deep interest in gender diversity and has been extremely successful in coaching women moving into more senior leadership roles.

Jim is an accomplished leader who retired from the Royal Navy as a Rear Admiral in summer 2022. He now works in leadership development and coaching and is the Chair of Forces in Mind Trust, a major military charity. He has a proven track record in leadership development, leading strategic business change, solving complex organisational problems and bringing fun into the workplace; he brings this experience into his coaching to help his clients unlock their potential and develop their ability to learn, grow and succeed.

As a coach he receives professional supervision from i-coach academy and adheres to the International Coach Federation (ICF) code of conduct. He lives in Hampshire, with his wife, two young children and a recently acquired cocker spaniel puppy.

“Two weeks and feels like we have been working together forever! Could not have dreamed of a coach relationship like we have, especially in such a short period of time. The ease for which we can have an open honest conversation, the expertise and insight you bring forward on my leadership. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with you.”

VP Sales and Marketing, Global Food Distributor

“Jim is very insightful and knows the right questions to ask to get me thinking about some of the underlying issues.”

HR Director, Pharmaceutical Sector

“I thought there is no way this is going to change me ..[but]… you were able to reframe the way I thought about things and reframing my thinking was incredibly powerful - it was like a lightbulb moment.”

Senior Operations Leader, Public Sector

“Through Jim’s questions I came up with my own answers... Very relaxed supportive and calm, I didn’t feel judged in any way… [I] really enjoyed my session with Jim.”

Music Artist Agent

“Working with Jim was an extremely rewarding experience ..he created a calm and safe space to discuss and explore the different themes we identified …. I came away from the sessions feeling an increase in my self-awareness but also my self-worth and my confidence.”

Senior Manager, Logistics