MY AUTHENTIC LIFE
In my twenties I was a Network Director in charge of the transmission output of BBC TV channels.
I never got over the novelty of pressing the button to play EastEnders to the whole country.
Fast-forward twenty years and I became a corporate Director of Media
Planning at the Discovery Channel where I was experiencing the best and the worst of working life in a global US corporation.
My intuition told me that this way of living and working was not right for me. I felt like a square peg in a round hole and I didn’t need my intuition
to tell me that I was bored and tolerating life.
Outwardly successful, and seemingly living the high life with all the trappings of success, I realised that my relationship with myself had taken a backseat to ambition and distractions.
Looking back I can see that I was living on auto-pilot, in fact I’d say I spent about 15 years asleep to myself.
At the time, I didn’t like the look of the default future I was heading towards. I realised that it was time to invest my time, energy and resources into creating a life that worked for me.
After a summer sabbatical looking after a friend’s dogs in Rome I decided to train as a coach because I had a long-standing interest in personal and professional development.
Building a coaching practice involved quitting my successful,
well-paid corporate job and taking risks. It required me to make sacrifices, learn by trial and error, experiment and adapt. I had to live through an extended period of uncertainty and insecurity, but
I made a conscious decision to do it anyway.
I discovered that my positive mindset fits well with coaching, and that without realising it I always had a natural coaching style of leadership.
I love the good things in life especially music and international travel although I'm most likely to connect with my true self eating 'Slow Food' with close friends and family over a long afternoon lunch at an organic ristorante agriturismo in Italy.
OTHER THINGS YOU MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT ME. . .
I studied Physics and Music at University.
I competed in the Penge Latin Formation Dancing team, we were UK champions and we appeared many TV shows at the time.
I have been a UK juror for the Eurovision Song Contest.
I have many sides … the fun philosopher, the nerdy scientist and the creative artist
Even though I’m sociable and outgoing I can experience crippling social anxiety, it’s often present but I am mastering being with it rather than fighting against it.
My dog Ivor stars in TV commercials.
I stopped eating meat three years ago.
I have an uncanny knack of random celebrity encounters.
I unexpectedly ended up having lunch with Peter Gabriel on Christmas Day, Dolly Parton sang a solo to me, I broke up a blazing row between the Bee Gees and I met
Gay Life Coach
My work brings me into contact with people of many different identities and I especially enjoy working with a diverse range of people. As a gay man and Co-Founder of the Gay Happiness Project I have personal experience of gay life and identity which some clients find helpful.