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Dave Stitt

500+ hours of coaching experience

Team Coach · Executive Coach · Leadership Coach · Performance Coach

London, Birmingham & Newcastle

United Kingdom

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Leadership Team Coach

I work with construction industry executives and teams helping them get clear on their business results, then identify barriers to progress and work out their next move. In follow up sessions clients appreciate their progress and refocus on their way forward – all the way to the realisation of their goals.

In recent years I have logged over 1600 hours of executive coaching.

I have over 40 year’s operational experience in the construction industry, the last 22+ of which as an independent leadership team coach. This experience helps me empathise with and support my clients and to challenge them by asking the right questions at the right time. I am an Accredited BS11000 (collaborative working) Facilitator, a qualified coach to senior practitioner level and an AoEC* Certified Systemic Team Coach. I am also a Chartered Management Institute Mentor.

I am a chartered civil engineer and chartered builder and first trained as a coach in the mid nineties as a participant in an organisational transformation programme. This experience shifted my career direction towards people, team and organisational development. Since then I have been involved in and led change programmes for several UK national organisations.

I believe that situations are complex and resist identifying any one thing or person as being the cause, instead I help my clients explore their system and the patterns at play and their role in co-creating those patterns then to shift ineffective patterns in order to free up progress. I also believe that relationship is the foundation of results so relationship building is a fundamental part of my work.

In the face of complexity I adopt a straight forward and practical approach to helping my clients achieve their desired business results while enabling them to permanently operate at a higher level.

I have recently published my third book "Deep and Deliberate Delegation – A New Art for Unleashing Talent and Winning Back Time". I am the author of “We Need to Talk about Collaboration” and co-author of "21st Century People Leadership" - both books specifically written for UK construction industry leaders. I am a frequent ‘blogger’ with a growing worldwide list of executive subscribers.

Since my youth I have been a ‘fitness fanatic’ and keen sportsman: I competed at club and county level in golf and have raced in over one hundred triathlons, winning several and representing Great Britain in the 1991 Triathlon World Championship, Australia. I currently swim long distances in open water at a steady pace though am on an intensive coaching programme to increase speed without further effort.

Me in five words: energetic, responsible, healthy,
straight, and passionate.

*Academy of Executive Coaching

If you’d like to explore how I can help your team to get clear on their business results, give me a call on 07904186855 or email me so that we can book in some time to talk.
Professional body membership

International Coach Federation

Level of membership/accreditation

ICF - Professional Certified Coach


Icoach academy Certificate in Coaching PracticeAoEC Certificate in Systemic Team CoachingTeam Coach Studio Certificate in Team CoachingCoaching Constellations: Fundamentals one and Fundamentals two and Practitioner Programme

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Dave provided coaching to me over several sessions. These were carried out via video conferencing due to several factors outwith our control. At our first session Dave clarified the role of a coach, and we discussed goals for the upcoming sessions to gain clarity on my goals and point of focus during the sessions which was helpful. Dave kept me on track while working through some current leadership challenges helping me set realistic and measurable goals gaining clarity and insight from a fresh perspective. It was helpful that Dave had experience in the construction sector, but not essential to the sessions. Primarily it was Dave’s clear insight and direct approach that helped focus me on the goals and challenges ahead. Outwith the sessions we have kept contact due to Dave’s genuine interest in the development of people he contacts with. I would recommend a discussion with Dave if you are considering coaching and I will certainly look to work with him again in the future.


Over an eighteen month period Dave coached our project leadership team. His approach is to bring people together, strengthen relationships and collaboration, tighten alignment and intensity of focus and to hold the team to account for its commitments. This approach gave our leadership team the opportunity to come up for air, take stock, regroup and then press on together. The ensuing team effort was very powerful and our achievement remarkable. I recommend Dave to any organisation looking to sustainably improve project leadership and delivery. Wayne Riley, Project Director.


Dave worked with us over an 18 month period and would highly recommend him as a leadership coach. He is relentlessly focused on purpose and subsequent positive results. Excellent one-to-one coach that has really helped our people to enable high performance. J.C.


Our joint contractor and client leadership have been working with Dave for a while now and I would definitely recommend Dave to any major project. Whilst it is still early days Dave has been able to bring together a group of 10 individuals who have not worked together before and help them articulate their vision. The progress monitoring tool is really useful as it brings a hard measure to issues which can be difficult to measure. As a team of ex engineers that is really important that we can put a number to our performance. I am looking forward to our happy score improving. I have also found the support from Dave between team focus days really valuable in keeping the leadership team on track along with helping with some specific leadership issues I have been facing much as we all do from time to time. I am really looking forward to continuing our work in the future. R.H.


I would definitely recommend Dave to a business colleague – his understanding of industry and effective coaching are a powerful mix. Dave Stitt gets it! D.H.


I’ve known Dave for c25 years and worked with him as a coach for c15 years, both personally and as a coach to some of leadership team at Ryder Architecture. He is great at creating focus and space with the discipline to have maximum impact in the time available. Dave is challenging and like all coaches, he can show us the way but it’s down to the coached to invest the effort to make a difference. M.T.


I have been working with Dave for a little while now. I have found the sessions fantastic. They have really made me think and without doubt the time invested will have a considerable impact on me personally and our business in the years ahead. R.C.


I have been working with Dave for over 5 years, he's extremely supportive and committed to his clients and even though I am no longer working on a formal programme with him, I still turn to him in moments of professional challenge. To anyone considering working with a coach to professionally grow and develop, I couldn't recommend Dave highly enough. In 2015 I started a coaching programme with Dave, it required a lot of work on my part and I was very impressed that this was also clearly reciprocated on Dave's part. Every conversation I have had with Dave has given me a new insight in to myself as a leader, he's helped expand my thinking on how to tackle team management and has got concepts and ideas to really stick. Through this I was able to really drive the engagement and the performance of my team. We in fact achieved industry leading performance and nine months after completing my coaching programme with Dave I was promoted. Working with Dave has exceeded all my expectations and I really hope I get to work with Dave again. Fern Curtis, Area Manager - Severn Trent Water


Dave spent some time coaching me, he was masterful in creating opportunities to work through some long-held and unhelpful barriers. I have come away with a clear idea of what next steps to take - knowing that I can return to speak to Dave if and when I need too.


I first met Dave when he was still working for Wates in a Change Management role. Since then Dave has worked with myself for something like 12 years and helped to improve performance across the Costain Group. Initially Dave helped devise delivery of the hugely successful IBP Training Programme and was the only external person involved a programme that had a significant impact on Costain's performance. Since then, Dave's insights and ability to see the wider picture (based on his extensive knowledge of the industry) has been extremely helpful to both myself and the wider Costain. As a performance coach, Dave poses challenging questions that examine the purpose of what is being planned or done, and drills down to examine patterns of behaviours and what the business benefit that is trying to be achieved. Throughout this time Dave has also been extensively involved in team-working and collaboration, his strengths lie in bringing teams together and finding a common purpose about which they can work together. Tony Blanch, Business Improvement Director, Costain


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