Clients, past and present

Bournemouth FC
Brentford FC
Bridgwater College
Darton College, Barnsley
Do Lectures
Dorling Kindersley
Education Scotland
Fife Council
Finnish Football Association
Football League
George Spencer Academy
Inspiring Leadership Conference
Kinross Primary School, Kinross
Leicester City FC
MK Dons
Ninestiles Academy Trust
Oxford Said Business School
Richard Challoner School
RSA Academies Trust
Saint John the Baptist School
Scottish Government
Sec Ed Magazine
Seven Kings High School
St Mary's University
Swansea City FC
Teach First
The Football Association
The Harris Academies Trust
The League Managers Association
The Premier League
Turkish Football Federation
Woodhill Primary School
Wyndham Primary Academy, Derby

About me

I have over 25 years’ experience in influential training and development roles. In that time I have completed over 1,700 presentations, events or programmes and  worked in schools or colleges in every education authority in the UK.  I have written best-selling and award winning books.  I have worked for football clubs from the Premiership to the Conference. I have made a difference.

My recent work is on the role of trust in shaping High Performing Organisations. A new book, Trust Bonds: Leadership Lessons from High Performing Organisations is out in January 2018.

I deliver motivational presentations, provide guidance on professional development and deliver training. Although I’ve lived and worked in England most of my adult life I remain a proud Scot.



An inspiration, as ever…

Oli Thomlinson, Principal, Paddington Academy, London

More than any other intervention the generic tutor training programme which you devised has transformed coach education within the FA

Danni Every, former Head of FA Learning

A driving force behind the principles of our learning programmes which now have global reach.

Kate Lewis, former Commercial Director, Frog Education

We look through the eyes of one of education’s undoubted masters and find ourselves nourished and enriched by the account of what he sees.

Geoff Barton, General Secretary, the Association of School and College Leaders, former Head Teacher

An inspirational staff developer

Dame Reena Keeble

Don't follow him at a conference!

Professor Sir Tim Brighouse

Relevant, funny, challenging and inspiring - the feedback we had on your keynote was excellent

Steve Munby, Chief Executive of the Education Development Trust
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