Meet the Team

Carol_Wilson_MG_7293_2 credit Ed MillerInternational speaker, writer and broadcaster Carol Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of Culture at Work and Performance Coach Training, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management, an Honorary Life Fellow and Global Advisory Panellist to the Association for Coaching, and a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association. Carol designs all our programmes as well as selecting and training the trainers who deliver the programmes, in conjunction with Head of Training James Wright.
Carol is a specialist in working with multicultural groups and won the‘Change Leader of Tomorrow’ award by HRD Conferences Mumbai, and was nominated for ‘Influence in Coaching’ and ‘Impact in Coaching’ awards by the Association for Coaching.  Her article “Developing a Coaching Culture” was chosen as a Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012.
She is the author of ‘Performance Coaching: a Complete Guide to Best Practice Coaching and Training” ’ (Kogan Page 2014) featuring forewords by Sir John Whitmore and Sir Richard Branson, and a contributing author to ‘Excellence in Coaching: The Industry Guide’, ‘The Handbook of Knowledge Based Coaching’, ‘Essential Life Coaching Skills’, ‘The Hidden History of Coaching’, ‘The World Book of Values’ and ‘The Handbook of Coaching and Feedback’, an internal publication at IKEA. A Transpersonal Coaching Session with Sir John WhitmoreShe has published over 60 articles in a wide range of publications, including a monthly column for Training Journal, and is currently working on a doctorate at Middlesex University. In 2005 she founded Clean Coaching with the late David Grove, creator of Clean Language and Emergent Knowledge.
She has worked as a coach, trainer and advisor since 2000 and prior to that experienced the value of a coaching culture at first hand during a decade working at board level with Sir Richard Branson at Virgin. Later she worked at board level with Island Records, Warner Brothers and Polygram, as a Director or Managing Director. She was the first woman to found a chart-topping record label, Dindisc, and discovered many artistes including Sting, The Human League, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and the Buzzcocks.
Carol is a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide including The HR Summit Budapest, the Asian Emerging Leaders Summit Hong Kong, Guts for Change Mumbai, Catalyst Australia, the China Executive Coaching Conference,  the HR Forum, the Dubai Women in Business Conference, Procter & Gamble Sales Summit, the Royal Bank of Scotland Leadership Summit, Cranfield School of Management Business Growth Programme, the HRD Conference, the Training Journal Conference and the CIPD Annual Coaching at Work Conference.
She is a trustee of the charity The Ministry of Entrepreneurship, where she designs coach training programmes to young people who have had challenging lives.
To see video clips of Carol speaking, visit our YouTube channel.
James Wright MA(Hons) MSc, Head of Training
James cropKeynote speaker James Wright, MSc, is a specialist in team building and dynamic communication, pursuing a philosophy for leadership that revolves around enthusing and empowering new leaders rather than encouraging fervent followers. He delivers coaching and leadership programmes to organisations all over the world and is an expert in training multi-cultural groups. His strategy is to target fundamental people-issues, thereby allowing individuals, teams and companies to stay healthy “from the inside out”.
In the 1980s James was a National Sales Manager in the emerging telecoms industry. Between 1990 and 2002 he worked as an England National Team Volleyball Coach and Clinician where he created, coached and managed elite team-sport programmes and athlete talent pathways as well as training and mentoring hundreds of new coaches. During this time he simultaneously lectured at Leeds Metropolitan University on courses including Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership, and Social and Psychological Foundations of Physical Education and Sport.
Moving on from the sporting world, James has now worked with Performance Coach Training Ltd since 2002. Always fascinated by the challenges associated with personal achievement and high-level contribution, the focus of his work is aimed towards dramatically improving performance, communication and connectedness both in the workplace and in a wider context. He believes that facilitating morale, motivation, self-awareness and responsibility provides a strong base for recruitment and retention of valued, key players who can make a difference.
James has a BA (Hons) in Arabic and French and an MSc in Sports and Exercise Science (majoring in Sport Psychology). He is the author of Seven for a Secret, (Fisher King 2007), a comforting coaching perspective for bereaved children aged 10 to 110, and Kid Pro Quo  Essential Parent-Coaching Skills for Growing Confident, Cheerful Children (Fisher King 2013).
James is committed to the work of Amnesty International and speaks regularly in schools and colleges around the UK on its behalf. He also holds the voluntary position of Head of Training with charity The Ministry of Entrepreneurship where he develops the training team and delivers coaching skills programmes to young people who have had challenging lives.
TraceyTracey Woodcock, Operations Manager
Tracey Woodcock manages client liaison, accounts, course bookings,

logistics and enquiries. Always efficient and happy to help, Tracey is a key player in keeping our show on the road.


Michelle Drapeau, Project ManagerMichelle crop

Michelle supports our PR, marketing, media and client liaison activities and edits Carol’s written work. She is an experienced, published writer and has written articles for both trade and consumer magazines.
Sir John Whitmore, founding partner in Performance Coach Training Ltd

about-johnwhitmoreSir John Whitmore was Executive Chairman of Performance Consultants International Limited. He believed in sharing the best leadership, social responsibility and other people skills among different countries and cultures for a sustainable future for all. A pioneer in the development of performance coaching, rated as the Number One Business Coach by the Independent Newspaper and as having had the most impact on the coaching profession by the UK Association of Coaching, John wrote five books on sports, leadership, and coaching, of which Coaching for Performance is the best known having sold 300,000 copies in 17 languages. John was instrumental in contributing to and approving to our foundation coaching skills courses.

David Brown, founding partner in Performance Coach Training Ltdabout-davidbrown

Previously adviser to Prudential Bach Securities Ltd, Macquarie Bank Limited and Hill Samuel Australia Limited, David Brown is Chief Executive Officer of Performance Consultants International Limited. David has contributed to the development of Performance Coach Training and Culture at Work substantially both creatively and in terms of business structure.



Wendy Oliver BA(Hons), Coach, Trainer and Coach Supervisor

Wendy Oliver

csa logo-smallPastedGraphic-5Wendy Oliver is a highly qualified executive coach, coach supervisor, facilitator and leadership trainer who works at senior manager and CEO level. Since 1994, Wendy has supported teams, executives and organisations to achieve and excel in their aims through supporting and developing their people potential. Prior to that she gained her strong commercial approach working in senior sales management roles in the pharmaceutical and IT arenas; this experience supports her intuitive, inspiring and results oriented style.

Wendy is a Master Executive Accredited Coach and Assessor at the Association for Coaching and holds membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD). She has delivered training and facilitation for us for the last 7 years.

In addition, Wendy is passionate about the success of young people and works on a voluntary basis with the charity Youth at Risk, coaching 15 year old underachieving boys.


Dr Clara Seeger, multi-lingual coach and trainer

Previously an investment banker in equities sales at UBS, Clara has worked as a coach and trainer since 2002, specialising in neuro-leadership. She is the author of Investing in Meaning – An Alternative Approach to Leveraging your Portfolio and numerous articles about coaching and neuroscience within the financial sector. Clara is fluent and can deliver in Greek, German and English and regularly delivers coaching and training programmes  for us.


Allard de Jong, multi-lingual coach and trainerAllarddeJong

Fluent in English, Spanish, French and Dutch, Allard has more than ten years experience as a coach, trainer and leadership development consultant. Previously he worked as a corporate manager in marketing and consulting, covering a wide range of industries throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia. Allard delivers programmes for us all over the world including South America and Africa.


Lynn Cox, coach, inspirational speaker  and multi sensory artist

Completely blind since the age of 18, Lynn once thought she would rather die than lose her sight. Yet she has discovered the transformational qualities of darkness, with the imaginative and visualising opportunities it affords, and now creates workshops to help others explore its power. Lynn delivers communication and leadership training sessions which take place in totally dark spaces, where the group creatively solve problems and, being right out of their comfort zones, learn how adaptable they are. Lynn specialises  in working with people in the creative industries and  is an Equalities/Diversity Trainer providing creative interactive training to many organisations including Tate Modern, Ambassador Theatre Group & Ikon Gallery. She is the instigator of Experiences in the Dark creative exhibitions and business workshops that give participants a different approach to life/problem solving. Lynn contributed a chapter to the Association for Coaching book  ‘Diversity in Coaching’


Darren Robson, philanthropistDarren robson_01color

Darren is a senior leadership consultant and founded the Ministry of Entrepreneurship, a charity aimed at beating the poverty mindset among disadvantaged young people, and for which we provide coach training courses to develop their life skills.


Paul Tabley, sports and performance coachpaul-tabley

Based in Melbourne Australia, Paul Tabley is a personal, sports and transformational coach. His work focuses on combining life coaching skills with sports coaching, helping people to improve their game on the golf course, tennis court and in the arena of life in general. Paul achieved top 5 ranking as an international Real Tennis player.


Jeffrey Wotherspoon, Reducing Offending SpecialistIMG-20150731-WA0015

Jeffrey Wotherspoon specialises in crime prevention and the rehabilitation of offenders whom he enables to use their strengths in order to gain a greater sense of self-awareness and purpose, and to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Jeffrey has a background in youth work and has supported some of London’s most challenging young people between the ages of 14-25 at the Kids Company, where he was a part of their High Risk Outreach Team. He excelled in his role there and was a face on their ‘SEETHECHILD’ Campaign

Jeffrey also has experience working with the Newham Youth Offending Service and volunteering as a Mentor for Trailblazers at HMP/YOI Isis. Currently he works with SparkInside where he facilitates workshops and provides one-to-one coaching sessions for young people in custody between the ages 18-25 years old, and supports high-risk adult offenders in an ‘Approved Premises’ for up to six months whilst they are on license.

Jeffrey is an ILM Endorsed Executive Performance Coach and Accredited High Risk Conflict Resolution Specialist. He is currently licensed by Crisis Prevention Institute as a Management of Actual and Potential Aggression (MAPA) practitioner.

In addition, Jeffrey is an experienced trainer who has worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He has trained staff and service users in a variety of programmes such as Coaching Skills, Conflict Resolution (Mediation) and niche projects which he developed on request.

One of Jeffrey’s proudest achievements was training six senior Governors who each run a prison in Kenya on a three day ‘Introduction to Coaching Skills Course’, via the Ministry of Entrepreneurship (MOE) and the African Prison Project (APP). The governors came to England for a two-month secondment programme, and upon leaving they made a list of the things they would put in place as a result of the training they received whilst in England; at the top of their list was coaching skills.