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Duncan Piper-Blake

500+ hours of coaching experience

Executive Coach · Leadership Coach · Career Coach · Performance Coach

London, Surrey and Reigate

United Kingdom

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I'm a certified professional coach, trained by the International Coach Academy and credentialed by the International Coaching Federation, the world’s leading coaching body. I help executives, leaders and rising stars achieve higher performance, increase their wellbeing and find greater fulfilment by supporting them to navigate or create meaningful changes in their professional and personal lives.

I was formerly the founding chief executive of The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology – a brand new multimillion-pound university at the heart of industry – where I made continuous coaching a pillar of the degree programme. Before that, I built and ran a leadership development company, delivering programmes to thousands of participants from across the UK, US and Asia, including extensive one-to-one coaching. I have also served on the boards of a social justice charity and an inner-London academy.

My coaching practice is informed by my wide-ranging experience, but I don’t offer advice, quick fixes or corporate sound bites. Our work will go much deeper: my job is to listen, observe, share reflections and ask powerful questions to help you to see your situation in 3D, work out what you want to do, and then do it.

I developed the Cadence Coaching Model to help my clients unlock their greatest potential, founded on four core elements:

An ethical coaching space of acceptance, recognition and optimism;
An open, committed and honest client, who brings a clear challenge or ambition to each session;
A coach, who provides a carefully calibrated blend of accountability, creativity, challenge, warmth and pace into the room;
And a powerful coaching process that allows the client to see and accept the reality of their current situation, decide what they want to be different, explore the various ways of making that change, converge on a course of action, commit to it, and then enact it.

You can learn more about Cadence Coaching on my website.

Duncan has an incredible ability to facilitate self-discovery. He never imposed answers or tried to solve anything but in exploring and guiding my own thinking, helped me to understand new perspectives on my past, present and future … I came away every time with my horizon expanded, my shoulders relaxed and my mind fizzing with excitement at the opportunities and ideas I had uncovered. Working with Duncan gave me precious time to both reflect deeply and move my thinking forward – which made my decision-making more efficient so that I was able to direct my energy to the right places, benefiting me physically, mentally, financially. Duncan is a fantastic coach with a calm and generous presence and I look forward to reconnecting in the future.
Lucy, London, UK

If you feel we might be a good fit, do get in touch. Call me on +44(0)7719 192 988, or email me on
Professional body membership

International Coach Federation

Level of membership/accreditation

ICF - Associate Certified Coach


Certified Professional Coach (International Coach Academy)Associate Certified Coach (International Coaching Federation)Coaching Fundamentals (Co-Active Training Institute)

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I really valued Duncan's input as my coach. We quickly established a safe space to explore and unpick thoughts and feelings that were blocking my progression. Duncan was gently challenging and helped me notice and identify some big feelings. Over the course of 6 sessions we worked through a plan that allowed me to develop and test some new collaborative models of practice, drawing on some of the theories I was studying on the course. We spent time reflecting on managing up and managing down and this has encouraged me to be bolder and try new styles of working, ultimately increasing my confidence as a senior manager, thank you Duncan.

Specialist areas
Communication Confidence Decision Making Leadership Mental Health New Role Resilience Time Management Work/Life balance Partner Offer
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