I was fortunate enough to have worked with Alistair as part of 1-2-1 management sessions, as well as having him help facilitate several group workshops for our organisation. For the workshops, Alistair’s knowledge, patience and moments of inflection were invaluable. His approach to the sessions resulted in a group of executives, leaders and managers, all with varying agendas and focuses, unlocking a number of common goals and making sense of ambiguity that had hung over the company for some time. On a 1-2-1 level, I find Alistair to be insightful, understanding and with a high level of integrity that allows him to seamlessly be seen as a journey companion from the beginning, rather than someone simply leading you down a prescribed or predetermined path. I’ve often joked that Alistair has mastered ‘the dark art of unlocking the potential you already have but aren’t fully aware of’. He simply has a natural gift for encouraging and allowing those he works with to unearth realisations and epiphany moments you may never have unlocked yourself. It’s been a hugely worthwhile exercise working with Alistair, he’s an inspirational and trusted coach and I genuinely feel both my long-term career and personal wellbeing have been improved greatly as a result of my time with him. Thank you again Alistair.
I worked with Alastair when I led a federation of primary and secondary schools in the UK. Over a four year period he provided invaluable challenge and support to leaders and governors in our efforts to bring about effective organisational change. Of particular value was Alastair’s skill in building trust between previously disparate groups of people by finding common ground and inviting all to have a stake and voice in change. One noteworthy outcome of his work with was the setting up of an active parent voice group which went on to play an important role in school improvement.
Hi I am Tracey Forester, Director of a customer service centre in Care Quality Commission. Alastair kindly worked with me over a period of six months as my trusted coach. The sessions were always thought provoking and Alastair had a comforting style to really focus attention on the things that were important to me. Our sessions were backed up by testing these things out in the work place which helped me gain confidence in my role and put emphasis into my own self direction and personal development. I found Alastair focussed completely on me and not on theory. Interestingly Alastair helped me gain considerable understanding of my strengths and how best to use these whilst of course focussing on my development. I would recommend Alastair as a coach.
Alastair is an inspirational coach who has integrity and quickly earns your trust. He has provided me with self belief and confidence to view difficult circumstances from a different perspective and understand how to overcome these whilst being mindful of relationships with others. As a result I have progressed in my career and as a person. I would highly recommend Alastair if you are in need of a professional coach with a sense of humour and the ability to help you find the right path. Rebecca Bain, Senior Manager, HSBC
I have worked with Alastair across a 3 year period as a trusted coach. During this time he has helped me develop a clearer understanding of myself and the environment in which I operate from which I could then translate into a path of development. Through encouragement and providing a range of different perspectives I have been able to develop both personally and professionally in an authentic manner. Alastair has a wealth of experience from which to draw upon and is never phased by what he encounters. He is able to stretch people outside of their comfort zone and lead them on a journey of self realisation and sustainable improvement. 3 years on, I am a more confident and dynamic leader and Alastair has played a critical role in aiding this development. P.B. Director
I've had four sessions with Alastair so far, starting in April 2017 – and they were greatly transformational! Alastair and I started working together as part of a programme facilitated by my employer to improve my leadership performance at work. Alastair understood my personal objectives and needs quickly in our initial phone conversation and offered himself as a trusted coach with some elements of a mentor. We worked towards my own wellbeing in the context of the organisational and management culture of my employer. We identified my strengths and weaknesses. We explored my work and personal relationships and histories and their interconnection through a range of different lenses. He helped me to reconnect with my authentic self, to release bottled up anger and to resolve long standing family conflicts. I feel that I’ve become more integrated, resourceful and positively assertive with increasing levels of self-esteem and self-trust as a result of my work with Alastair. And this transformation has impacted both my personal and work relationships tremendously and positively. Professionally, this has crystallised in stepping out of my learnt relationship with my employer and starting my career as an independent researcher and consultant in 2018. I’m extremely grateful to Alastair and would recommend him as a trusted coach: he is friendly, trustworthy, flexible and very effective. Laura Abramovsky (Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies)
Alastair is an excellent coach with a strong understanding of how business works and how the leadership and team dynamics effect the business outcomes. In particular, Alastair excels at team coaching and facilitation. The work he did with me and my Senior Leadership Team helped us understand each other a lot more and to work more effectively as a team. I strongly recommend Alastair for CEO and leadership team coaching and facilitation. Tony McGuire, CEO
Wow, simply brilliant support when I really needed somebody to help guide me through many problems I faced. It may have been a few years ago, but the thoughts, the advice, the coaching has stayed with me and I continue to respect the insights that Alastair gave me. MPC, Company Owner
My team and I have been working with Alastair for over 18 months now and unquestionably we have been more successful as a team and as individuals as a result of his help. He encourages exploration of yourself, your team and the system around you in way that throws new light on problems and more often than not can yield actionable insights. I have personally found discussions on systems thinking, envisioning the change you wish to create and objectifying situations very thought provoking and incredibly useful. He strikes a good balance between being helpful and being challenging and is excellent at flexing his style for different sessions and for the needs of the person he is talking to. Dave Chapman (digital transformation)
I have been working with Alastair as an Executive Leadership coach for over 12 months in two different roles in the education sector. I have found him to be a good listener, well-versed in leadership literature and research and, most importantly, able to ask questions which have helped me to reflect on my own leadership within my organisation. Alastair is very reflective and personable and is a skilled coach who always takes time to follow up coaching sessions so we hit the ground running at the next session. I would highly recommend him.