It all started on the beach… and its been a fascinating journey so far! I have travelled many “miles” over the years, experienced many challenges and embraced numerous changes along the way. I have always loved the idea of coaching people… to see them grow and develop and achieve their goals, both as individuals and in teams.
Establishing my own business 28 years ago, I now operate as an executive coach working across a range of business sectors (with senior executives and senior teams) including finance, legal, investment, hospitality, consulting, academia, banking, and public sector amongst others. And I also work with individual clients who are committed to their own personal development.
As a senior rugby coach (in the amateur era) I coached Ayr Rugby Club, Loughborough University (whilst studying for an MSc in Management) and Edinburgh Academicals, Scotland’s oldest rugby club. Also, as an SRU Advisory Coach I helped to develop Scotland’s coaches of the future as well as guest coaching in Spain and Sweden.
My own journey of development over the years has embraced many approaches and disciplines in the world of psychology and personal and team development culminating in discovering The Three Principles paradigm which now forms the basis of all the work I currently deliver.
As a sportsman in my earlier years I competed in a range of sports at a senior level, all in the amateur era, including rugby, cricket, hockey, football and golf. On another note, a musical one as it happens, I have played the oboe for many years, performing in music festivals, orchestras and musicals.
To date, I have written and published two books, Guardian Angel and its sequel, The Corporate Shaman, thankfully both well received!
And I'm looking forward to more adventures ahead!
Looking back over many years I have had, like most people, moments of inspiration arising from an Insight that has been triggered when working or playing in a variety of contexts. And in some cases key individuals in my life have helped spark these Insights. Here are some of these wonderful people…
The person who first introduced me to psychology was my lecturer - a Mr Carr - at College whilst studying to become a teacher.
John Lamb, my oboe teacher, for 6 years while I attended school.
Jim Greenwood, the world-renowned rugby coach and author with whom I coached whilst studying for a Masters in Management at Loughborough University and later during their summer schools.
Malidoma Patrice Some, Shaman and author who opened my eyes to the separate realities experienced by people from different cultures and traditions.
Ram Chatlani with whom I’ve worked over many years, learning and benefiting from the practice of Chi Gung, encompassing the physiological, mental and spiritual elements of our human experience.
All the great writers on The Three Principles, especially Sydney Banks and my great friend Ian Crawford Hogan who introduced me to the 3Ps.
And finally, all the wonderful people with whom I’ve worked and from whom I’ve learned over the past 50 years… and all the great friends and team mates with whom I’ve competed with and against at sport.