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Martin Vogel

500+ hours of coaching experience

Leadership Coach · Executive Coach · Team Coach · Coach Supervisor


United Kingdom

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Leadership Coach & Coach Supervisor - London

I help senior executives and emerging leaders who face complex challenges and I provide supervision to coaches who work with them.

I have long interest in working with people leading creative teams. I worked for 20 years in broadcasting, mainly in the BBC. Beginning as a reporter and news producer, I moved into strategy and digital media development and became an internal leadership coach before setting up my own practice in 2008.

Openness and Candour
My clients bring a range of topics to coaching: stepping up to challenging roles; making an impact amid rapid change; making wise judgments when others are floundering. People appreciate the openness and candour that I bring and the sensitivity with which I enable people to face up to difficult issues.

Sceptical of unrealistic goals, I encourage clients to focus on being the best they can be given the reality of their situation.

Reflective Space
My approach holds strategic and systemic considerations while digging deep on salient matters. It draws on inquiry skills honed in journalism, coaching and strategy development and a career-long interest in the role of organisations in society.

I create a reflective space in which clients can connect with their values, understand their networks and foster equanimity about the inevitable compromises of working life. This enables people to be more aware of their influence and to exercise it effectively and ethically.

I have particular experience of working with board level leaders in the media, higher education and the cultural sector. Media clients include the BBC, Sky, Telegraph Media Group and The Guardian. Higher education clients include King’s College London, Leeds University and the Open University. I have coached senior professionals in a wide range of cultural organisations including the British Library, Tate, Almeida Theatre, Manchester City Galleries and Dundee Contemporary Arts. As a Fellow Coach with BetterUp, I work with leaders in fast-growing companies.

Professional Qualifications
I completed a diploma in supervision with the Coaching Supervision Academy and gained a Masters with distinction in coaching from Oxford Brookes University, where I developed a research interest in the influence of stories on our sense of self. Other professional qualifications include: i-Coach Academy, the BBC’s coaching network and an MBA from the London Business School. I am a trained instructor in mindfulness meditation, a licensed practitioner of the MBTI and FIRO-B psychometric instruments and accredited in Analytic-Network coaching.

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Professional body membership

Association for Professional Executive Coaching & Supervision

Level of membership/accreditation

APECS - Accredited Executive Coach


MA in coaching, Oxford Brookes UniversitySupervision diploma, CSACoaching diploma, i-Coach AcademyCertificate in mindfulness teaching, Bangor UniversityMBA, London Business SchoolTrainings:Analytic-Network CoachingNarrative coachingArt in coachingWriting in coachingNadine George voice workMindfulness in coachingMindfulness-based compassionate livingTrauma-aware coachingPsychodynamics in coachingGroup relationsGroup analysisInsight DialogueOutdoor intelligenceNon-Violent CommunicationAction learning facilitationArt of Hosting conversationsAccreditations:Hidden Leadership profileMBTIFIRO-B

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I truly enjoyed and always looked forward to my coaching sessions with Martin whom I found to be engaging, results-driven and simply professional. He built a supportive environment where I could fully engage my mind, have honest and confidential conversations without any fear of being prejudged. I was left with a strong sense of self-belief, empowerment and achievement e.g. strong communication skills and better management of resources. Martin’s got admirable knowledge and insights in media management matters. A lot of that came through our conversations and his compelling blog. (SM)


My sessions with Martin served as a healthy space to focus and reflect on my professional situation. I was able to understand some of the obstacles that were impeding my progress and development such as my workflow and leadership style. As a result, I was able to approach my work differently by deploying context specific styles dependent on the situation. The aspect of the coaching conversations I valued most was Martin’s investment and understanding. I was initially unsure whether my particular situation could be appreciated by someone external, however Martin demonstrated that he was able to make sense of a variety of situations including my own. M.J.W.


Martin was a thoughtful and progress coach who helped me to believe in my ability to perform in a new role, at a new level. He challenged, supported and above all listened to my thoughts.


I worked with Martin after a false start with another coach. I found his approach to be flexible and dynamic, and he balanced listening to my espoused needs and working with them, and challenging me when appropriate. I was a difficult customer, as I find it easy to identify problems but hard to find solutions when the barriers are my own cognitions and behaviours. Moreover, midway through our series of appointments I went through some significant life changes which he was able to work around and integrate into our discourse about my work identity. Martin was good at identifying and helping me to recognise my competencies and leadership attributes, but more than this was able to help me accommodate to them, and be more realistic and authentic in my goals and actions. I haven't yet found my next HE leadership role, but when I do I feel much better equipped to approach it as myself, and to understand its relationship with the rest of my life.


Martin has played a vital role in helping me author my unique coaching philosophy and approach. The learning comes not only from the supervision space he provides but also from observing him conduct the conversation with such sensitivity, rooted in values and an openness that makes it possible for something fresh and new to emerge. In supervision, he creates a safe space where I can volunteer my practice with all its rough edges and ethical dilemmas and navigate through the complexity with ethical maturity and equanimity. I always leave the supervision space with the experience of being fundamentally validated but also incredibly challenged to expand and deepen and sometimes alter the premises of my work.


I had a coaching relationship with Martin when stepping into a leadership role as Group MD in a media company at a time of huge change and challenge. Martin was excellent at helping me stand back from the day to day and think strategically about challenges, helping me get the best out of myself and team. Martin's calm approach was hugely helpful and he was a great sounding board at points where I felt most challenged.


Martin worked with me over several months to support my leadership and career development while I was working at a leading UK university. Martin has a wonderfully refreshing and reflective style which really helped me form my own views and direction. After working with Martin, I decided to move in a different direction and set up my own business. I would highly recommend Martin, and hope to work with him again in future. Kate Kettle. Founder & Director of Varsity Scholars


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