James has been coaching at executive level for over 25 years in a wide range of organisations and sectors, both as an independent external coach and internally in the Civil Service; where he led a programme to build a coaching and mentoring service to drive cultural change.
His early career was in the oil industry, with roles ranging from building cross-country pipelines to strategic planning as well as representing Exxon on worldwide lubricant quality forums. His interest in coaching arose from an earlier background in international sporting competition.
James brings an engineering training and mindset to 25 years coaching experience. He aims to promote a collaborative enquiry with the client into the human systems; ‘how does all this work and what needs to change?’ His own experience is evolving, informed by academic study, individual and group supervision as well as experience of leadership from inside and outside organisations. Coaching includes 1:1 executive coaching and team coaching, but he also works as a coach supervisor. As well as extensive public sector coaching, he has coached at director level in many other sectors including: construction/engineering, telecoms, technology, health and housing. His coaching has addressed a range of issues concerning the individual, team or organisation, including; career and personal development, confidence, resilience, team relationships and engagement, organisation strategy, mergers and acquisitions, as well as diversity and inclusion.
He has a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering. James is a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) as well as a master timeline therapy practitioner. He is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator accredited, an accredited mediator (Regent’s College School of Psychotherapy & Counseling) and has Higher Professional Development (coaching supervision) through Oxford Brookes University. James is co-author of the Oxford University Press workbook on Teamwork for Primary and Shared Care and a chapter in the Sage handbook of Coaching on Coaching and Organisational Development. He is a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher and engaged in an enquiry to take learning from yoga philosophy and practice to enhance executive coaching.