I’m Gary and I provide open, honest and effective coaching that helps you achieve your goals, have better professional relationships, overcome professional challenges and lead more purposeful and meaningful lives.
I’ve got over 20 years of experience working across industries and sectors. I’ve fixed combat fast jets and helicopters for the British Royal Air Force, I’ve developed in-car navigation systems for Jaguar, Nissan and Saab. I’ve represented the Intelligent Transport and Road Haulage Associations in their respective EU associations. I’ve managed EU funded research projects with international partners spread across Europe and the Globe. I’ve managed cross cultural and international teams and coached scientists, researchers, entrepreneur CEOs and interns. I’ve written proposals and won funding under the EU and UK government funding schemes winning several million in funding for clients and partners. I’ve even won funding for my own ideas and started a technology company.
Along the way, I’ve failed badly and made mistakes. I’ve suffered from impostor syndrome, feelings of not being good enough, and even depression. Despite this, I’ve always been driven by a desire to grow myself and help grow those around me.
I coach within a value-based model called Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT). In ACT we place a lot of emphasis on connecting with your values so that you can make meaningful choices. My goal for my life and my business is to make a difference. Thus it seems important for me to tell you about my core values and how I live them.
I value openness, honesty and authenticity. I don’t like deception and manipulation, this is why I use an evidence-based model with my coaching. It is also why I am uncomfortable with selling and marketing, I enjoy the data, analysis, tools and strategy of marketing. But not the sales side, I still feel uncomfortable asking people for money to have a conversation with me. I’m trying to open and honest with myself, my family and my clients. This is difficult to achieve but very rewarding, this is why the emphasis on living your values is important in ACT, you get a greater sense of vitality from value based living.
I’m happy that you have decided to come on this journey with me that we call life, if you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to ask.
In the meantime, what’s the one biggest obstacle or challenge you are facing in your life or work right now?
Certificates, workshops and education
Foundation in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Contextual Consulting
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (ongoing study)- Insitute of counselling
Leading people and teams – University of Michigan
Effective virtual teams – Open University
Maths for Science – Open University
Exploring Psychology – Open University
Science a foundation course – Open University
HNC Electrical Engineering – Royal Air Force