2012 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. Jungfrau, Switzerland

A bit about me: As an international athlete I was always curious about how the best trained so for a year I lived in east africa to learn from the top Kenyan distance runners. During my running career, which included a marathon best of 2hrs 18min, I was also lucky enough to spend time with some of the most experienced and generous coaches in sport.

After a career at Unilever doing work such as launching Vaseline Lip Therapy, pioneering early internet marketing and graduate recruitment & development I came to understand that the practices underpinning sustainable high performance apply whether you are trying to qualify for the Olympics, grow a small business or transform your organisation.

Since 2005 I have focused on bringing these performance practices to life through team coaching and resilience and personal leadership programmes. My experiences have included working with: fast growing organisations; mature multi-national businesses; not for profits; government and across a diverse range of industries as well as teaching on the University of Bath Executive MBA programme. This year I have added to my coaching education and accreditations with the Certificate in Systemic Team Coaching and next up will be the ORSC Alchemy programme with one of my co-coaches.

Running remains part of who I am and I get immense satisfaction from inspiring and supporting runners of all abilities to run faster or further, or both! My Masterclasses ‘Run like a Kenyan’ and ‘Marathon Magic’ are great fun, while teaching complete beginners to run has provided me with some incredibly rewarding moments and I have delivered Coach Education events for England Athletics.

For my own inspiration and wellbeing I spend more time on the bike and cross-country skis these days which enables me to fully enjoy the trails in Switzerland, where I live with Karin. Cooking provides a source of relaxation and creativity at the end of the week.

At my best I bring: Curiosity - Hope - Perspective - Creativity

What you won't find on my CV: as an 11 year old, in 1984, we went on a family camping holiday - behind the Iron Curtain to Hungary, which was eye opening!; as a teenage competitor on ITV's quiz show, Blockbusters, I got to ask 'can I have a P please Bob?'; secretly I would like to run a pop-up restaurant for a night - Tavolata Rapperswil 2019?