A Newfield Certified Coach (NCC), Certified Trainer of NLP and FCIPD-qualified specialist with 25 years' experience of enabling individuals, teams and organisations to do more of what they are capable of doing, and to be more of who they are capable of being. I offer ontological-based coaching to individual leaders and managers; team facilitation; and short leadership development programmes. Experienced across all sectors my approach is highly pragmatic. Coaching is entirely bespoke to each client's aims. T: 0161 336 7788 or 07752 768388. email:


My main area of expertise is Ontological Coaching which is a proven, powerful methodology for personal change, leadership development and business improvement. Ontological Coaching focuses on our Way of Being since this is where leadership comes from. Our Way of Being is a dynamic interrelationship between language, emotions and body, shaping how we observe the world. To bring about fundamental lasting changes, shifts need to occur in all these areas so that we are able to be congruent in our language (including listening), emotions and how we configure and use our bodies, allowing us to become expanded observers and take more effective action. I offer in-person coaching in and around Manchester; nationally and internationally via Skpe.

I have four strands of coaching: Take your leadership to the next level (for current leaders interested in leading-edge approaches); From expert to leader (for those who are experienced specialists moving into leadership or management); Tackling a specific challenge; and Beyond the practise of leadership into the practise of a meaningful life. These are offered to help clarify what you might be seeking but basically we can start anywhere as I will attune to your specific aims.

I also train short leadership development programmes which can be attended as open programmes or delivered in-house. These programmes are recognised by the ILM (the Institute of Leadership and Management) and include:

Ontological-Based Leadership: Transform your organisation by transforming yourself - 2 days

Effective Conversations: Improving workplace results and relationships one conversation at a time - 2 days

Leadership With Substance: Engaging both spine and heart at work - 3 days



  • One Life 2 Live

    Owner, Ontological Coach, Writer and facilitator of open workshops, Practis
    2009 - Current

    Personal and spiritual development for the real world. Matters of the soul in contemporary times.

  • Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester (MoSI)

    Head of Human Resources and Visitor Experience
    2001 - 2009
    Combined role as Head of Human Resources and Visitor Experience. Responsible for 45 core staff and up to 70 staff during temporary exhibition times. Member of the Museum's Leadership team together with Director and four colleagues. Responsible for HR strategy and organisational change. I believe in treating your employees the way you would like them to treat your customers so this role gave me the scope to put combined HR and customer strategies in place. During this time we became the first museum in the UK to win a World Class Service Award for Customer Service.
  • United Utilities Plc

    Human Resources Manager
    2001 - 2001
  • United Utilities Plc

    HR Advisor - Norweb Operations
    1996 - 2001
  • The Leadership Dimension

    Ontological Coach - Leadership and Executive Development
    2012 - Current
    The Leadership Dimension

    Ontological Coaching.Leadership and executive coaching. Leadership training and development. Open courses and in-house programmes. Senior team facilitation.

Education History

  • Embodied Leadership

    Strozzi Institute
  • Certified Trainer of NLP, Time Line Therapy(TM) and Hypnosis

    The Tad James Company and Advanced Neuro-Dynamics
    2008 - 2008
  • Chartered Fellow of CIPD

    Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
    1993 - 2005
  • CIPD - Diploma in Personnel Management

    University of Salford
    1993 - 1996
  • BSc (Hons) Business Studies

    University of Bradford
    1986 - 1989
  • Foundation Course in Art and Design

    Stockport College
    1985 - 1986
  • A Levels

    Xaverian Sixth Form College
    1983 - 1985
    Business Studies English Literature History
  • Diploma in Ontological Coaching

    Newfield Network Inc
    2012 - 2013


Newfield Certified Coach (NCC); Certified Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis and Create Your Future Coaching Techniques(TM); FCIPD (Chartered Fellow of the CIPD); British Psychological Society - Levels A and B SHL - Occupational Testing; OPQ (Occupational Personality Questionnaire); Certified Assessor of Thomas International Products; Advanced Certificate in Employment Law; Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management; BSc(Hons) Business Studies.


Clubs and Associations

Member of the International Coach Federation; Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; Institute of Leadership and Management. 


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