I was born and grew up in New Zealand. My first 5 years of work were for Price Waterhouse as an accountant tax specialist, I was also a lecturer and examiner at Otago University in Tax Law in addition to being a course developer and presenter for the New Zealand Society of Accountants. Along side this I co-constructed and drove rally cars for 6 years.
In 1993 I moved to the UK to follow my first love of motorsport and expand my amateur career to a professional one. My speciality is commercialising the marketing platforms that top tier motorsport present. I focus on innovation and creative deal structures.
My work resulted in the Williams F1 team being the first legacy team to go non-tobacco with Compaq as its prime sponsor, Inmarsat becoming the first ever prime sponsor of the World Rally Championship and BP Castrol becoming the prime sponsor of the Ford World Rally Team, and technical partner of Ford Motor Company.
More recently my work created an agreement for KPMG with McLaren Applied Technology and the McLaren F1 team, setting a new standard for the structure of commercial partnerships in sport. My work has produced in excess of $850 million of new sponsorship revenue into Formula One and the World Rally Championship.
I have trained with the Coaches Training Institute and Coaching Development Ltd (ACSTH by the ICF) and am a member of the International Coach Federation. I have a mindfulness practice spanning the past 12 years and have studied a variety of personal development programmes such as the Hoffman Process, the Art of Living Programme and the Karuna Food Programme. These add a richness to the core Coaching methodologies. I view Coach training as an on-going activity, in addition to having my own coach and supervisor.
I felt I was on top of life, had a successful career, was travelling the world and had a full social life, when in 2012 I was knocked down with a stroke as a result of a brain blood clot. My experience of the stoke was that of having a clear calm mind focused only on the day I was in and not worried about the future. This was a transformative experience for me. Combined with the personal development work I had already done my interest shifted to working with other people to help them overcome career blockages, remove limiting beliefs, improve their relations with others or simply be happier. My stoke and recovery experience is invaluable for understanding client concerns or fears, work life balance, assessment of life priorities and getting clarity on objectives.
I bring to clients the ability to consider different perspectives based on experience of growing up in one hemisphere and working in another, a curiosity of people along with choices they have made and why, and knowledge of factors preventing transforming changes. My work style is directed towards a transformation process for clients, my manner is rigorous, compassionate, sometimes challenging if appropriate and overall guided by the desire for positive change in a client’s life.