John’s deep experience of working at the very top of plcs combined with his extensive coaching skills and experience make him a potent coach for CEOs and Executive Committee members. John has a hard-headed understanding of the commercial context in which the senior leader operates, a clear grasp of the responsibilities they shoulder and the gravitas to command their trust.
“John’s advice and support was a great asset to me and to senior executives in my team. He has a great combination of unflappable common sense, practical business experience and thoughtful insight, all delivered with a welcome sense of humour. I would highly recommend him to any director looking for confidential and experienced mentoring, coaching or support.” Chairman,
PZ Cussons PLC
John helps leaders to simultaneously grow and lead exceptional people with purpose and profit. He is a coach and advisor to CEOs and Executive Committee members of some of the UK’s largest companies. He equips leaders for the enormous demands of the senior executive career. He is plain speaking, saying what he believes to be true, but always with care for the receiver.
One of John’s most significant distinctions is his ability to help a leadership team craft a strategy that engages leaders and their followers to deliver change and real business results with agility, pace, resilience and consistency.
He regularly works with FTSE 100 executive teams to help them be more effective as a team and deliver business results with greater speed and effectiveness
Prior to becoming an executive advisor and coach, John had a 30-year commercial, diversely cross-cultural, executive career across engineering, retail and financial services. He has served as a member of the executive committees of 3 FTSE 100 organisations: WH Smith plc, Norwich Union plc and Aviva plc. He also has significant NED experience in healthcare and financial services.
John is CEO of Alexander, Europe’s Leading provider of Senior level coaching and top team development and facilitation.
Qualifications and Development
- Accredited Business Coach (Worldwide Associate of Business Coaches)
- Degree in Law (LL.B. Hons)
- A sought-after advisor on and leader in business education, he has sat on the boards of the CIPD and the Centre for Executive Education (CEDEP) at INSEAD, the European Business School
- Trustee of the Bloomsbury Festival
- Companion of the CIPD
- Graduate of the Meyler Campbell Coaching Mastered programme
- Fellow of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School
"We all have challenges and for a senior leader they are not simple or straightforward. To be of real, lasting help to my clients, we need to go deep and think holistically to discover what’s really going on and co-create solutions"