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John's capacity to take people and teams to levels they never thought they could achieve in their life is what gives him his energy and raison d'etre. John knows only too well the pressure people will be under if they are to play key roles in cracking the current challenges that face them.

His job is to make sure that they retain their confidence, steadiness, courage, vision and energy throughout the challenge.

A founder of The First Ascent Group and Executive Stretch. Co.UK, John has spent his life studying and developing leaders. He is also a notable leader himself. In a former life as a senior police officer in London, he honed his skills on the anvil of life whilst leading his officers into action in dealing with riots and unrest in a volatile London. His leadership was tested fully when failure was not an option and lives were at stake.

His sensitivity and political awareness, when holding the role of Divisional Commander of one of the busiest police stations in one of the most dangerous areas in London, enabled him to negotiate peace, calm and order in a community which was tearing itself apart. These skills have taught him how to find ways through seemingly intractable human resistance.

In his personal life, he has relentlessly taken on challenges in leading teams to remote parts of the world on a wide variety of expeditions - including first British ascents of peaks in the Himalayas. Over the past few years he has rowed across the Atlantic and run across the Sahara desert. He has selected teams racing to the North Pole and is currently preparing to take a group of executives to engage in the challenge of climbing unclimbed peaks in a remote area of Kyrgyzstan.

John has designed, promoted and delivered Leadership and Team Development programmes to a wide range of managers from private and public sector organisations in the UK, the USA and world-wide.

John has an M.Phil. in Leadership & Organisational Behaviour and is a Fellow of the Institute of Personal Development. He was trained in Consultancy by the Tavistock Institute and is a qualified Oxford, Cambridge and RSA accredited Executive Coach. He is an energetic person who knows how to motivate others to give of their best. He is comfortable working in the Boardroom as well as coaching top class performers in the field.

John is licensed to deliver M.B.T.I., FIRO.B, FIRO Element B, Insights Evaluator, Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (A.S.E.), Emotional Intelligence JCA, Occupational Stress Indicator (A.S.E.), Team Climate Inventory (A.S.E.), Strategic Alignment Instrument (O.P.P.), F.A.C. 360 degree Leadership Questionnaire, PIN-POINT-Finding People That Work (A.S.E.).

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ABOUT US

Established in 1986, we have been providing ideas and booking FAMOUS FACES for over 30 years.

Our clients range from PLCs, event management specialists to government organisations, guilds, universities, schools, charities and sporting clubs.

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