David Head

Executive Coach
Fearless Engagement

"Leadership is all about people and building relationships based on trust and respect. Without the right support it can be a lonely place.

I work hard to give a broader perspective by challenging you to ask the right questions of yourself and the people around you. Regardless of whether this is around EI, influence, overcoming blind spots or issues more specific and personal to you, the outcome should be the same; lasting value for you and your teams."

The Personal Bit
60 seconds’ work and play…

3 words that sum you up?
Curious. Instinctive. Resourceful.

And 3 words that don’t?
Negative. Controlling. Judgmental.

The best audience/coachees?
People in demanding roles who know what they know, but don’t always know what they don’t know or how to deal with their own challenges. We all have them…

What makes you laugh or smile?
Children trying to be grown-ups or grown-ups behaving like children…

Talk to me about…
Whatever it is that keeps you awake at night (or consumes your waking hours) and struggle to resolve.

Ideal superpower?
Time travel – I am incurably curious.

Biggest ‘Doh!’ moment?
Arriving at Heathrow Airport a comfortable 90 minutes before my flight was due to leave… from Gatwick.

When not coaching, you’ll find me…
Playing club level tennis, freshwater swimming, walking with my family or eating and drinking enthusiastically!

My Objective:

"To enable leaders to gain greater insight into themselves and their teams, fully understanding the dynamic effect they have on one another, leading to greater motivation, performance, and fulfilment."

Executive Coach

David’s 30-year commercial career encompasses numerous C-suite roles across marketing and executive search, co-founding his own business which specialised in board level searches for clients ranging from magic circle law firms to some of the ‘big 4’ consulting firms. The depth and breadth of his experience have given David a deep-rooted understanding of the commercial context in which leaders operate, a clear grasp of the responsibilities they shoulder and crucially, the gravitas to command their respect.

David’s coaching style is always perceptive, insightful and plain speaking yet mindful, and is appreciated in an environment where often objective and honest opinion are scarce – one of the reasons why his client relationships are deep and enduring.

Above all, David helps leaders to grow, stretch their vision and push their boundaries. He is greatly skilled at enabling individuals and leadership teams craft strategies that deliver change and real business results with agility, pace resilience and consistency.

Professional Credentials

Coaching Specialties and how David can help you…

David has extensive experience working with senior leaders and managers to facilitate personal and organisational transformational change.

Having started his own business, he has a core knowledge and understanding of the challenges and pressures faced by senior executives and brings invaluable support to your side.

With a BA Hons in Politics and International Relations, the experience takes leaders on a journey that is results focused whilst ensuring the emotional element is also discussed and engineered towards achievement. He believes that both are needed in equal measure for guaranteed success.

His philosophy is that even the best can get better. By asking insightful questions and offering his views where appropriate, he aims to inculcate a coaching and mentoring style of leadership for clients, such that they take a similar approach to themselves, and their teams over time.

My time with David:

“David is both intuitive and insightful and manages to combine challenge with a relaxed, informal approach. I learned a lot about myself as a leader. Its has been hugely rewarding and beneficial and I have taken many of the things I have learned into my day job. I feel far more able to influence and challenge people and the business in the right ways”

Successful projects include:

  • Coaching and mentoring several Partners in a National Law Firm looking to improve its performance, and the development of its leadership. Each has been successful over the four years I have worked with the firm, evidenced by promotions and repeat business.
  • IT Director aiming to improve his emotional intelligence and the leadership of his teams. He has since taken on a more senior role.
  • Lawyer moving from private practice into her first GC role, aiming to transition effectively. She has since been promoted to a full board level position.
  • Marketing leader looking to establish herself in a new business sector and drive significant change. Having helped her through the first 90 days we successfully worked on her influence and impact.
  • Senior strategist looking to move into a C-Suite business leadership position in a world renowned Publishing organisation.

Commercial Experience

Business Background and a life in the real world…

Originally a Marketer with Ford of Europe, David went on to join both global and boutique executive search firms, which he co-founded and helped to grow. He completed Board level searches for clients ranging from a magic circle law firm, a ‘big 4’ consulting firm, an international commodity trader, a FTSE 250 Retailer as well as publishers and well-known charities.

Wishing to work in a more in-depth way with individual clients, David retrained as an executive Coach in 2011/12. Since then, he has worked in a wide range of sectors, with a focus on Business and Professional Services. His relaxed and focused style of working ensures maximum impact, particularly when addressing difficult people challenges and during periods of significant business change.

Qualifications & Certifications

  • BA Hons - Politics and International Relations, 1st Class
  • EMCC accredited Coaching Diploma, with merit (Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring)


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