As a former professional rugby player and England International, I have always felt incredibly fortunate to have been in a profession I loved and was utterly passionate about for over 16 years.
To reach the highest peaks with extraordinary teams and finish my career captaining my country was a genuine privilege; however, in 2012 injury forced me into early retirement and I found myself unprepared for transition and unable to cope with enforced and unexpected change.
I needed time for personal reflection on who I was, what my skillsets were and how to apply them in life after sport. Becoming a World Champion in a team environment relies upon skill and behavioural interdependencies and I realised the learning on my journey was something I could use to assist others to succeed in their own environments.
A chance act of kindness during my career lead me to being offered the opportunity to benefit from an experienced business and life coach, who challenged my thinking and supported me to ask better questions of myself during this period.
Ultimately, this had a hugely positive impact on my transition, allowing me to realise that my unique qualities and skills were all in working with people; the ability to motivate groups and individuals, coupled with the soft skills needed to help work with teams and individuals to drive or support their own personal journeys and to catalyse the right team and personal behaviour to succeed.
At the centre of each part of my journey has been that behavioural change and the need to respond and adapt to those shifting conditions, something others experience every day, whether in business or in sport, reacting to changing conditions that are absolutely relevant to modern societal and economic trends.
Since retiring from rugby in 2012, I have launched a start-up company with our employees supporting hundreds of young students through the power of sport in the education sector, founded a charitable foundation raising over two million pounds supporting young families with brain tumours, trekked to the geographic North and South poles and gathered significant other life experiences in other areas along the way.
As a coach I work on the assumption that we normally know the route to solve our own questions, but sometimes we just need a little encouragement, challenge and self-adjustment to help us realise we are capable of more than we ever imagined.
I am now singularly driven to support others in business or sport, to realise their purpose, understand their skills and recognise interferences with a desire to unlock their potential, whether that be as individuals or members of a wider team environment
ICF certified coach
IAFPD certificate in coaching
ILM certificate in development
Associate Member of the institute for leadership and management,
Mental health first aider