I’m Gary and I believe that science and technology have the power to change the world for the better. I believe that international collaboration leads to better solutions for the challenges that we are facing as a society. I believe that knowledge, learning, and innovation are the tools that will ensure the security, growth, and harmony of the human race for decades to come.
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.
What is your background how did you become a coach?
I think one of the reasons I’m successful as a coach is that I’ve had a wide and varying professional and personal life. I was born in London but grew up in the Oman in the middle east. I was surrounded by interesting people who were open minded about living in another country and experiencing everything that life has to offer. This gave me the desire to travel and expose myself to new cultures and different ways of thinking.
I opted not to go to university but rather joined the British Royal Airforce as an avionics engineer. I like to joke that even though I’ve been out of the RAF far longer than I ever served, I will always be ex-military with a mindset that comes from my initial training. Military training is very practical and solution oriented, I was trained to repair complex aircraft systems quickly and effectively under pressure. I continue to have and apply this practical solution orientated mindset to everything that I do.
This in-depth engineering and military leadership experience gave me skills that were useful to the car industry. And I left the Airforce to pursue a career with Jaguar cars working with a team who developed one of the first car navigation systems. From there I worked in several other car companies Vauxhall, SAAB and Nissan, where I lead teams to develop car navigation systems and set strategies for advanced vehicle entertainment and navigation systems.
In 2007 I moved to Brussels, Belgium to take a position in a transport industry association where I coordinated international research teams funded under EU innovation programmes such as FP6 and FP7. I also wrote, submitted and won proposals for funding under the same programmes. This was a time in my life that I felt under tremendous professional pressure and was out of my depth. No previous experience had equipped me with the skills I needed to coordinate large international research teams, spread across Europe and sometimes across the globe. Running international research teams is a multi-disciplined task and I had no choice but to train myself, so I took courses in project management, communication and leadership to increase my skills.
I then spent some time as a freelance proposal writer, helping others develop and write proposals for UK and EU funding. I was successful at this, even winning over £450,000 in UK funding for my own concept. But I found that what my clients appreciated most about my proposal writing skills, was my ability to motivate, organise and challenge them on their thinking.
A couple of years ago I went through a major life transition, a long term relationship failed, and I failed to see this coming. I also failed to see how my pressures at home affected my professional life, I stumbled professionally and I felt lost and stuck in my career. I thought I wanted to develop a professional consulting company, but it was only through the process of being coached myself that I discovered that what I enjoyed most was training and teaching others. It was then I decided to become a full-time coach.
Why do you coach?
I coach because I enjoy helping people grow personally and professionally and I believe that it isn’t about how much money I earn but how many lives I change. Coaching gives me the opportunity to change lives.
I enjoy helping people learn more about themselves and give them practical evidence-based tools to solve the problems in their life. Coaching is learning journey for me and for you, during coaching we will discover and uncover new knowledge. I am a life-long learner and I’m curious about how human beings behave and relate to themselves and others around them. My own personal development is important to me, and I constantly keep my skills up through continuing education and practical based courses and workshops. I learn by doing, and I challenge my clients to do the same. I truly believe that you can only learn through trying and failing.
Who are your typical coaching clients?
Each client is different and has different problems and challenges, some may feel stuck at work and are struggling to step up in their careers. Others may already be leaders and managers but require support and guidance managing complex environments. Some are looking to transition to a new career path, or are seeking a new more challenging role. But I find that my typical clients are educated, probably between 25 to 35 years old and working in science, technology or engineering and EU affairs.
Certificates and education
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