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What my clients say

Training

David establishes an excellent rapport with those attending his training. Sessions are fun and thought-provoking, and he creates an extremely vibrant atmosphere in a very positive learning environment. I am 100% convinced that anyone attending one of David’s sessions will leave full of enthusiasm and positivity.

Richard Foster
South Lakes Community Learning & Skills Manager

David came highly recommended from head teacher colleagues as an excellent coach & trainer and led a CPD morning on well-being & resilience for staff. The resulting 2-hour session was a perfect way to kick-start the new year: it fully engaged my group of 13 teachers/leaders, TAs & school administrator, encouraging us to challenge ourselves & reflect honestly on personal strengths & areas to develop.

My staff are still buzzing with ideas David provoked & many are keen to develop these further, through applying the tools and models he gave us, taking up his recommendations for additional reading and/or follow-up 1-1 coaching sessions. I was especially impressed with how David took the time to get to know our school & our particular staff challenges beforehand, enabling him to really tailor his content to our needs.

Andrea Walker
Headteacher, Old Hutton CE Primary, NLE & Associate General Advisor for Cumbria LA

David is both a talented coach and an exceptional human being. He has that rare gift of genuine facilitation, that reassures and supports others to be completely open and accepting of themselves, whilst gently encouraging them to grow. Without exception, I have found David’s coaching sessions to have been helpful and was impressed with his ability to maintain a beautiful balance of challenge, support and empathy, throughout each one. He remains flexible in his coaching style, thus ensuring that he can constantly adjust to meet the needs and preferences of his clients. From my own experiences of his coaching, I would have no hesitation in recommending David as a professional coach to people of all ages, genders and cultures, be it for business and/or personal growth. It really is a complete pleasure to know and work with him.

AJH
Business Development Manager

David is a warm, supportive coach who is passionate about his work and the impact it can have on others. Through using TIFF and the Functional Fluency Model he has helped me gain some really useful insights into my own personality and strengths that I have been able to apply to work, new business and personal situations. I feel more confident and empowered about my business ideas and capabilities and with the help of David I can visualise an exciting future and know I will get there.

Harriet Wills
Senior Communications Manager, Health Education England
Coaching

I was delighted to find out how helpful TIFF is; I’ve now got the means to respond more and react less. The profile tells me what’s positive: the strengths I can celebrate and use, the behaviours I need to improve or enhance, and importantly what to do less of. I can use this superb feedback daily to expand my life and thrive in those areas where earlier I didn’t. TIFF feedback also avoids the pigeonholing and labelling that some techniques tend to do. Thanks for introducing me to this technique. It’s the best I’ve come across as a trained coach and mentor.

Frank Roe
Director, Gain Success Ltd.
Coaching

David is a fabulous coach, smoothly blending his extensive experience as an educator with his skills as a coach. Using his wit and charm to create a comfortable atmosphere for building rapport he will enable you to find solutions to even your most challenging of situations. He patiently, skilfully but very purposefully facilitates deep exploration and wiser decision making.

Stephen Moore

Coaching sessions with David have proved very effective in supporting not only my mental health and wellbeing but my ability to operate more effectively at work. The sessions, built around a shared understanding of Functional Fluency, have enabled me to recognise my particular strengths and focus on improving these. I would highly recommend David and this type of support to anyone working in education.

Matthew Towe 
Headteacher, Sedbergh Primary School

David’s friendly, accepting and accommodating ways make it easy to talk about challenges. He is a coach with a clear drive to help his clients… helping me understand my behaviours and to facilitate behaviour change through promoting my own self-awareness. I like the clear way David explains the models he works with, as well as some of the creative imagery he uses, which has helped me see the relevance of the Functional Fluency Model for my own work and life. In sessions, David provides me with space to think, and demonstrates good listening skills.  

Hannah Ehlert
Coppice Craft Tutor and Nature Connection Facilitator