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’ career includes working within media, retail and leisure sectors in senior talent, development and HR roles. 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.
James has been coaching clients for over eight years, after initially completing a nine month accredited coaching programme with the Executive Coaching Consultancy and is currently studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching (Masters level) with Roffey Park and the University of Sussex. He is a licensed NLP Practitioner and is qualified to use a wide range of psychometric tools including Hogans, MBTI, 16PF and Quintax. James is also a member of the Association for Coaching and receives regular supervision for his coaching.
“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
“James Hutton has been my coach since January 2016. During the time we have been working together he has helped me to examine and acknowledge some of my automatic responses to things and very significantly helped me to ‘unblock’ myself from my avoidance of using my network to help connect with the ‘hidden job market’. The change that he helped me work through directly resulted in landing a new role. James has a very calm presence – giving you both space and silence to talk. He takes information from you and shows you how it all fits together as well as checking on the practical challenges and influences to a situation.”
Senior HR Leader
“James has been my personal coach for the past 9 months and is one of the people who had a huge positive impact on my personal and professional life. James is extremely knowledgeable and has a unique technique of structuring the coaching sessions so that I can discover and implement the key learnings in the easiest way possible. It’s incredible how much I got to know myself through the sessions! James has helped me identify my intrinsic motivational drivers and improve essential skills such as leadership, management and communication.”
CEO, Digital Start Up