Martin Horton

Martin’s expertise rests in the fields of leadership and organisation development, change leadership, facilitation and executive and leadership team coaching. With a wide range of international experience drawn from across the private, public and charity sectors, he has worked successfully with leaders at all levels in supporting them to awaken their best selves so that they can function more effectively and lead more skilfully

Underpinning this experience, he brings a deep understanding of organisation development and a supportive though challenging application of knowledge. He combines this with a passion for enabling leaders to: make a real and measurable difference; embrace diversity; build a sustainable capability within themselves and their teams; and work better together for mutual, team, organisational and societal benefit.

Martin’s coaching approach aims to build effective relationships with leaders and teams to enable solutions to emerge through transformational dialogue. Strongly values-led, his coaching philosophy works best with clients that are: comfortable with heightening their self-awareness as a means of learning about themselves; open to feedback; prepared to follow a path of opportunity; curious about and prepared to try different approaches; and willing to be challenged. Martin works with clients to explore their worldview and takes a systemic perspective of the client and the environment in which they operate. His coaching practice is supervised both on a 1-2-1 basis and through professional action learning sets.

Typical coaching issues that he has supported clients with have included: developing strategic leadership capability/capacity, transitioning into a new role, adapting leadership style/approach, leading change, enhancing personal performance and impact as a leader, empowering others and letting go, managing complex relationships and delivering more effective senior team leadership.

He has worked with a diverse range of clients variously on organisation development and coaching, a selection of which include: GSK, Manx Telecom, News UK, Ministry of Defence, Defence Academy, Historic England, Alzheimer’s Society, Young Lives versus Cancer, The Children’s Society, National Children’s Bureau, The Myton Hospices, Penny Brohn, Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity, Scope, Turn2Us, York Archaeological Trust and Women in Sport.

Clients have said of Martin that: he helps them feel safe and open/receptive to challenge and change; he is patient and insightful with the right level of challenge and questioning; he expertly reads moods and feelings; he helps people to value themselves more; and brings great empathy and communication skills, which mean he is able to adapt his style quickly and fine tune his approach to group or individual needs.

Martin had a successful 30-year military career in various learning and development and communication engineering roles with the Royal Air Force. He holds the NTL Certificate in Organisational Development, undertook the Institute of Leadership and Management’s Level 7 Certificate/Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring programme, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. An alumnus of Windsor Leadership, he has also supported the charity for many years as a volunteer facilitator on core/bespoke residential programmes and for 5-years as a member of the Chairs and Facilitators Executive. He has a Masters of Defence Administration from Cranfield University and is accredited to use the Strengthscope psychometric.

“Martin supported me to understand my unique strengths and to recognise these as strengths. Previously my huge admiration for my peers, who were very different in style and qualities from me, made me feel like I wasn’t as good or as strong as them.

My coaching gave me a sense of self, a new confidence and the courage to be the best version of ‘me’ that I could be. Martin created the right space and a bespoke approach that allowed me to feel comfortable and to be open. I felt supported throughout my journey. Martin shared enough of himself for us to build a relationship and rapport quickly and I always felt really listened to. Calm, warm, caring, skilled, adaptive, responsive.

I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t have felt able to take my next steps in my career, without the support of Martin. Our work together gave me a deeper understanding and confidence in myself which allowed me to feel comfortable in my own skin.”
“Martin’s professionalism was great, and the willingness to listen and feedback examples of how different techniques would help me was amazing.

His strengths as a coach are: professional, constructive feedback, easy to talk to, friendly, great knowledge and focused on what coaching is trying to achieve for the individual.

Martin is a very professional coach who is committed to anyone he is coaching.”