Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, is quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.” Well, it’s certainly a true statement for me!

I’ve been a teacher in primary and secondary schools; an Education Manager of large and diverse teams in two different local authorities in Scotland; a composer of music for national TV news programmes and documentaries; an Education Adviser with a global audio streaming and media services provider; and recently I’ve brought my life experience in engaging and working with individuals and groups in undertaking a ‘Diploma in Coaching and Positive Psychology’ accredited by the ICF (International Federation of Coaching) and AC (Association of Coaching).

Coaching is a managed conversation, with the coach responsible for that management. Coaching is focused on personal growth and professional development with a clear aim in achieving goals, changing behaviours, shifting perspectives, and overall self-improvement.

I’d been struggling of late with identifying a new pathway forward after something of a career break. I didn’t want the ‘break’ to become a self fulfilling ‘full stop’. Alan has been pivotal in helping to clarify my choices and give me the confidence and the tools to work through next steps. Not in the same direction but to leverage new and exciting opportunities in a different field.

MW – Former CEO and founder of Intuitive Media Australia and Skoodle, the world’s biggest online safety platform for schools. 

After completing my master’s degree, I found myself at a crossroads in my journey as a school leader. That’s when I was introduced to Alan, a leadership coach. Alan excels in establishing a strong and positive rapport with his clients, which immediately put me at ease. Through our coaching sessions, he employed various techniques that facilitated deep self-reflection, providing valuable insights into my practice and skillset. With Alan’s expert guidance and support, I gained the confidence to make informed career decisions and have now secured my first headship. I look forward to continuing to work with Alan as my new journey begins.
GS – Headteacher, South London