James Edgar

James is an Executive Coach and HR Director with nearly 20 years’ experience working across a range of organisations and sectors including: Ford; Citi; Sodexo; Barclays; and in interim roles.

He has executive experience managing divisional businesses with significant growth, leading significant change and culture management projects in international environments, with both private and public sector clients. Throughout his career James has been passionate about keeping people at the heart of agendas. A natural coach he has supported numerous leaders throughout his corporate life and more recently building up a private coaching practice.

James enjoyed a varied upbringing, is half Japanese and has a natural sense of curiosity which he brings to his work as a coach.

When coaching James seeks to enable clients by exploring with them their own drivers, motivations and beliefs, how they see themselves and experience events. He supports clients to explore and understand their interactions with key individuals, teams and the wider organisational context. By working with the context and tapping into the client’s inner selves, clients are able to create more powerful and authentic actions and results.

James establishes strong coaching relationships which are built on warmth, trust, safety and challenge. He provides clients the space to explore and support and challenge, to test and learn both for the current coaching journey and future ones.

James has coached a range of clients ranging from large multinational organisations such as Sodexo, Laird Technology, and ABK Bank (Kuwait) through to SMEs and start-ups. He has coached C-suite clients from Chief Information Officers, divisional unit MDs through to senior and middle managers across a number of functions including; HR, Strategy, Audit and Risk.


James holds a Post graduate diploma in Human Resource Management and an MBA from Warwick Business School (Distinction). In addition to successfully completing i-coach academy’s Certificate in Coaching Practice accredited as an EMCC EQA award at Senior Practitioner level, he is also a trained mediator. A Fellow Certified Institute Personnel and Development member, he holds membership of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, the International Coaching Federation, and receives regular supervision for his practice.

“After every session I felt a sense of purpose and was much more reflective and aware of my actions on others, he helped me get a clearer view of what I can do about the things that can’t be changed which left me feeling much more level headed and aware of my emotions and able to channel my frustrations.” Head of Resources
“I felt hugely empowered… I was impressed how James listened to and understood my situation, probing with the right questions that helped me see certain situations from different perspectives” Director of Strategy