James delivers talks and workshops to corporate and sporting audiences all over the world. Much of his work includes training, assessing and mentoring corporate candidates for internal and external coaching accreditation programmes that are aligned with the Association for Coaching, the International Coaching Federation, and the Institute of Leadership and Management. In addition to his role with Coaching Australia, he is also an Associate with a number of prominent British training companies including Sir John Whitmore’s Performance Consultants International and Carol Wilson’s Performance Coach Training Ltd.
The focus of his work is aimed at dramatically improving performance, dynamic communication and connectedness both in the workplace and in a wider context. He believes that facilitating morale, motivation, self-awareness and responsibility provides a strong base for recruitment and retention of valued, key players who can make a difference to the world.
Working in all sectors, he has worked with a number of enlightened clients, including:
Channel 4 Discovery Channel
American Express International Personal Finance
English Churches Housing Group IKEA
Barclays Bank Bank of Nigeria
Westfield Shoppingtowns Ltd. Astrium (Paradigm)
Medtronic N. Somerset Education Council
Phillip Morris international Hilti Corporation
James has always been fascinated by the challenges associated with personal achievement and high-level contribution. His philosophy for leadership revolves around enthusing and empowering new leaders (rather than encouraging fervent followers). His strategy is to target individual, fundamental people-issues, thereby allowing teams and companies to stay “healthy from the inside out”.
Between 1990 and 2002 he worked as an England National Team Volleyball Coach and Clinician where he created, coached and managed elite team-sport programmes and athlete talent pathways as well as training and mentoring hundreds of new coaches. During this time he also worked as a university lecturer in Coaching and the Psychology of Sport at Leeds Metropolitan University.
He has a BA Hons in Arabic and French from Leeds University (1984) and an MSc in Sports and Exercise Science (majoring in Sport Psychology) from Leeds Metropolitan University (1999). He is committed to the work of Amnesty International and speaks regularly on their behalf and has published a book, Seven for a Secret – an educational fantasy novel aimed at encouraging young people to explore their attitudes towards living with bereavement and grief.