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Testimonials


Sometimes it is just useful to talk through your thoughts out load. James is clearly a good listener and provokes further exploration of your own values, helping to get to the core of your being.
— Ryan Anthoney, Founder and Director at Anthropology UX and Client Service Director at 3Sixty
 Ryan Anthoney, Founder and Director

Ryan Anthoney, Founder and Director


James is so good to work with because he asks the right questions. And he is able to empathise quickly. I continually benefit from his expert bespoke and person centred approach!
— Rosie Sirkett, Owner and Founder of Relax Bristol; massage on demand
 Rosie Sirkett, Owner and Founder

Rosie Sirkett, Owner and Founder


James helps people and groups to open up, and unearth views and ideas that may previously have been dormant.

James did an outstanding job of creating an environment in which everyone felt able to open up and share. James recommended using Lego Serious Play to achieve these goals and he nailed it.

There’s a leap of faith to be made, but if you do step out you’ll realise the unknown-unknowns that make all the difference to growing a brand, team and company.
— Luke Errington, Founder & MD, Swoop Patagonia, Swoop Antarctica, Swoop Arctic
 Luke Errington, Founder & MD

Luke Errington, Founder & MD


We had a great idea, we had great people, and we had great ambition. What we were short on was clarity, direction, and structure. Having very limited experience and knowledge in the online space, we were a bit lost and daunted by the perceived size of the task ahead. James enabled us to break it down into bite sized chunks. Furthermore, he guided us to which parts should be tackled first. He gave great support and insight. I firmly believe that without James’ input we would be very far behind where we are now. I would highly recommend him to any start-up who wishes to super charge their idea and get beyond the planning stage into making things really happen. We continue to work with James and consider him a central component of our adventure.
— Ciaran Hughes, CEO at Bluerock Project

Coaching is an art of elicitation that James clearly lives and breathes.

Through the art of conversation (and various lines of questioning) James is able to help the individual navigate their own circumstance by focusing on options, insight and practical measures in equal measure.

James’ style, whilst understated, is edged with humour and empathy. The value is emergent: I have found myself in sessions subconsciously thinking: “wow, so THAT is what i actually think about X” - the implicit becoming explicit in a moment. Insight such as these lead to obvious next steps and individual progress.

For me, coaching has been (and still is) a journey; I feel really privileged to be sharing that journey with such an empathetic and insightful human as James. Whole-heartedly and whole-spiritually recommended.
— Nic Hemley, Head of Development, ScottLogic
 Nic Hemley, Head of Development

Nic Hemley, Head of Development


To be honest, 6 months ago I was more than a little sceptical about coaching - if you’re totally new to it perhaps you can relate to my mindset. I simply didn’t understand it or even know what it was – I now get it, love it and know when I’m in need of it.

I can’t articulate what it is better than anyone else so instead I’ll try to explain what I get from it.

I’m an entrepreneur and founder of a tech start-up and as such I need to wear many different hats. My focus needs to shift from software engineering to marketing to company development to pitching to HR to funding to you name it. In an ideal world, each task would finish before the next starts – but this is not an ideal world. It’s no wonder that my thoughts become tangled, decisions get postponed and my anxiety rises.

For me coaching helps me to articulate my vision, the decisions I need to make and explore the consequences of those decisions. It’s incredible how effective it is. If I’ve not had a coaching session for a few weeks I slip predictably back into a condition I now know is the ‘cloud of unknowing’. Coaching helps me to zoom out, take stock, look to the future and ultimately make decisions.

A recent session with James stuck with me for days. We used Lego Series Play as a tool to aid in articulating the past, present, values and vision. Entrepreneurship really is a roller-coaster and I was in one of its dips at the time and it was the final vision exercise that stuck with me and helped turn my mindset. In this case, it was a simple realisation of why I’m doing this that reinforced my conviction that it was worth doing. Just one example of many.
— David Foreman, Founder and CEO, Shop Saviour
 David Foreman, Founder and CEO

David Foreman, Founder and CEO