Coaching for Change Leaders

Working as a leader in the environmental and social responsibility sectors can be soul-destroying. Navigating all the bad news while maintaining professionalism and motivation sometimes feels impossible. However experienced and competent we are, having someone to talk to in a professional, confidential and supportive space is hugely helpful.

My specialist coaching service combines personal and professional support. It helps you:

Find a safe, neutral place: to express and explore your emotional responses to current ecological and social challenges, in both personal and professional contexts;

Deepen your understanding: of the psychology of sustainability and change processes;

Develop tools and techniques for self-care: to build your resilience and regenerate yourself in the face of unprecedented challenges;

Get practical support: with the design, development and evaluation of change projects;

Explore next steps: in your professional journey as a change leader;

Access resources and evidence: to create clear and credible communications for stakeholder engagement;

Build your professional community: for support, insight and collaboration.

Sessions are available online, across timezones. The first 30 minute session is free of charge.

Charlie Németh

Dave has helped me to reach a deep resolve in my choices for the direction of my life and the work that I wish to do in the world.

Organisation:Teacher, Hungary

Dan Ryan

Dave’s deft touch can be found as traces of invisible thread through many of Eden Project’s experiential learning programmes. He is a gentle and artful consultant that will help you make the most of the resources you have to hand; be it people, places, kit, knowledge, or time. He is equally capable of directing you, unblocking your problems, or simply guiding you towards the right solution for your programme needs.

Organisation:Eden Project

Julie Gilbert-Binns

When I contacted David, I had no idea where my interests would lead me! I loved his non-prescriptive approach, the flexibility and openness which allowed me to explore so many different strands of this fascinating topic.

I thoroughly enjoyed our sessions and found David to be an inspirational, enthusiastic and sensitive coach who focused on helping me identify my particular areas of interest and feeding my curiosity. I have only scratched the surface and I hope some day to expand my knowledge further and apply it even more to my work.

When that time comes, I know who to turn to.

Organisation:EcoSoul

Marc Forrester

Dave helped me realise that I am strong enough to make change in my life that will benefit me and others. The confidence is now in me to say what I think and not say what I think others want me to say.

Organisation:YouthLink Scotland

Keith Hackwood

I heartily recommend David’s work to anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and experience within the broad purview of ecotherapy. The bespoke nature and pacing of the work, together with David’s extensive experience, strong companionship and challenge gives a blend of embodied practice with imagination and study, making for a profound synthesis and optimal conditions for deep change.

For me it was a tremendous vessel in which to simmer and steep, one that promoted the risky business of leaping, that served encountering the nobly camouflaged layers of self and led me to “be able to stand in the wreckage of what used to be (my) certainty” and have that be a flourishing of wild and previously unseen truths.

I recommend David, the man and his work, to anyone with heart enough to commit and head enough to set the compass.

Organisation:Synthesis Wales

Peter Wooding

I gained a massive amount of insight both personally and professionally. I was profoundly moved by the process. I came away refreshed and inspired.

Organisation:Venture Scotland

Richard Profit

Dave has given me the confidence and capability to set and lead my global organisation’s climate strategy.

Organisation:PepsiCo.

Danielle Levy

A considerate, generous, and passionate coach – I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with David!

Dan Ryan

Dave has worked with me and my team for the past few years on team dynamics, programme design, and personal coaching. He is an extraordinary trainer, though that word is a dis-service here, his wealth of experience in the broad fields of outdoor education and facilitated wild experiences is un-paralleled. His attention to detail, subject knowledge, and impeccable research means all learning experiences with him are enlightening, thought provoking, and deeply practical.

Organisation:Eden Project

Sandra Cunningham

I have worked with Dave since 2014, firstly through the online Nature Psychology course and more recently by engaging with him as my coach. He has a richness of knowledge, wisdom and experience that I feel so lucky to be able to access – and my only wish is I had found him sooner.

His grounded, open and, I think, quite modest style heartens me greatly in a world where humility often seems scarce. I leave every session with Dave feeling energised, inspired, renewed and hopeful on this emergent journey of mine. To anyone who wants to understand what it really means to climb down from our human superiority and truly inhabit the world as nature intended – and lead others in doing so – I can’t recommend Dave enough.

Organisation:Walking Coach

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