I offer a friendly, supportive and confidential coaching service, and I work under the APECS code of conduct. I provide one-to-one and systemic coaching, and can arrange corporate programs including other coaches if required.
I did my coaching training with the Institute of Psychosynthesis, where Aubyn Howard and Paul Elliott run a Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching course in association with the University of Middlesex.
For further details about how I coach, and related services such as mentoring, please have a look at the coaching tab. Or give me a call — my contact details are below.
My career has been spent mostly in the uber-rational world of energy, but my personality is naturally much more geared towards creative pursuits..
In the energy sector, especially oil and gas, decisions are made by economists and engineers, brandishing calculators and clip-boards, hard-headed, until recently usually male-dominated. Predictability, safety, reliability are cherished values: people want to be as good as certain that if they decide X, then Y and Z will result. It is not an exaggeration to say that lives depend on this.
My engagement with the sector early on was as a journalist. I tracked prices and markets, and wrote extensively about the oilfields, refineries and storage depots that I visited. For me, the oil sector was a dark and enigmatic world; it felt both dangerous and glamorous. It inspired poems, short stories and even the odd novel, although not any that you’ll find on the airport bookshop! I also topped up the coffers with travel and magazine writing, and wrote several country guides.
Over time, I specialised in oil and gas pricing, working both in the Far East (Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea) and in the Middle East (mostly in the UAE and Oman). While I was a consultant on several large oil, gas and power projects, I worked with many engineers, whose calm, self-effacing approach to problem-solving was so different to the ego-centred world of journalism. I came to admire them. I also learned pottery and painting and kept writing poetry and — most creative of all — bringing up a family!
Nowadays, I am excited by the growth of renewable energy and the new technologies that are rapidly transforming the whole energy sector. I hope it will be a way to deliver energy to people while limiting global warming.
The Latin name for the Loggerhead turtle is Caretta Caretta. I love turtles, and wanted to call my coaching business Caretta because of that. I was brought up in Kenya, and when I was a child, loggerhead turtles were a common sight while snorkelling off the white, sandy beaches that line the coast. Nowadays, sadly, they have become progressively more endangered.
Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching is based on the psychological insights of Roberto Assagioli, an Italian psychotherapist who knew Freud and Jung, but whose philosophy of life was deeply influenced by eastern wisdom and the practice of what we now call “mindfulness”. Assagioli’s teachings about the Self and the Will are fundamental to the PCL approach,
Assagioli believed that the Will can be developed through constant practice, much like a muscle is developed by regular exercise. He saw the Will as the expression of Self, the unique essence of a person, in tune with the higher Self that guides and informs our behaviour. Unless we know the Self, we lack true purpose and meaning.
Assagioli developed the theory of sub-personalities, which has become increasingly popular as a tool for self-analysis in recent years. Do you have times when you feel you’re acting out a role, or behaving in a way that isn’t fully you, but just a character that you play? Everyone has these personae, and understandimng how they guide you, and sometimes how they trap you, is key to self-awareness.
I’ve been living in Lewes in East Sussex since 1997, with my wife, two children and two cats. My interests include painting and pottery, creative writing, food and wine. I also enjoy going to the pub with friends and the Lewes Depot cinema.
I have worked as as a journalist, market analyst and energy consultant in Europe, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Middle East. The time I spent in Japan was especially precious, and fuelled my love of pottery, and a life-long enthusiasm for hot springs. I was born in Austria, so naturally I’m a committed pro-European, and I have a passion for languages!
In recent years, my career focus has become more managerial, and working as the managing director of an international business information group gave me an insight into the pressures and challenges faced by senior executives. My coaching experience includes working with clients from different cultural backgrounds.
I am active on social media and I run several websites related to my creative and travel interests.
My contact details
If you would like to arrange coaching for yourself, or would like to discuss the use of coaching in your workplace, please get in touch. You are welcome to use email or my mobile phone, ideally text me first and I will call back.
+44 (0) 7703 341 529