Jim Pirrie BSc Eng (Hons), MBA

Jim has been coaching since 2003 and has been a member of the International Coach Federation since that time.

His coaching work aims to address a gap: Senior professionals are likely to have access to coaching either through an executive coach programme run by their employer, or they have the resources to personally invest in their own coach.

Yet the time when coaching will make the biggest impact is at the early and mid-career stage. Some far-sighted organisations do indeed recognise that an external coach can significantly accelerate the effectiveness of graduates and new starters, as well as mid-career professionals joining from other industries,and have invested accordingly.

Nevertheless, many early and mid-career business professionals don't have access to a coach. To reach those individuals Jim also publishes the 'Nobody Needs A Coach' Podcast - a practical podcast for business professionals.

Jim's professional background ranges from research engineering in aerospace and electro-optics to marketing, product development and project management in the telecoms sector.

He started his career in airframe dynamics research at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough and has worked in blue-chip technology companies including Thorn-EMI Electro-Optics, Cable and Wireless and Virgin Cable Media.

Since starting his own training and coaching consultancy in 2001, Jim has worked with organisations of all sizes: Magic Circle law firms and Big Four accounting firms in the City of London; a global civil engineering firm; global consulting firms; niche consultancies; local professional services firms; and individuals.

Jim holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, one of the UK's leading business schools, and has taught Marketing and International Trade and Finance at the University of Portsmouth.

He is also an NLP Master Practitioner and Certified NLP Coach, and has been a member of the International Coach Federation since 2003.

Also in 2003, he became a Certified NLP Trainer, studying at the NLP University in Santa Cruz, California with Robert Dilts, Judith DeLozier and Suzie Smith.

His interest in storytelling as an essential skill for business professionals has led him to study storytelling and voice work at the International School of Storytelling, theatrical impro with Keith Johnstone in Canada, and to take a foundation course in drama and performance at one of London's leading drama schools.

When it comes to his own Continuous Professional Development, Jim believes it is extremely important for a coach to 'walk the talk' - to work on their own mental health, wellbeing and personal development as well as business and professional skills.

He brings this extensive business, personal development and performance background to his work as a professional development coach, working with business professionals to consolidate and accelerate their professional careers.

Jim has also built a reputation for creative and highly interactive training experiences and has delivered training courses across the globe for some of the most prestigious professional services firms in the world, and he supports his one-to-one coaching work with training workshops to help his clients become highly effective business professionals.