Philip Houghton FRSA, FIOC

Phil is a highly experienced coach working with FTSE100 CEO’s, Functional Executives and their leadership teams. He also has considerable international experience having worked across Europe, Middle East, Asia and the USA.

Phil’s clients comment on his ability to recognise and leverage their core strengths and to challenge them to achieve more than they thought was possible. He is valued for his calm insight, creativity and ability to cut through to the core issues.

“Phil’s coaching has been big value for us”

FTSE 100 CEO, FMCG

Coaching Experience

In his 20+ year career as leadership coach, Phil has worked with well over 50 CEO’s, hundreds of executive teams and many thousands of senior managers and executives. He has also led a number of organisational change, OD and leadership development initiatives for clients seeking to imbed a wider cultural change more deeply in their organisational DNA.

He has a significant track-record of value creation in Financial Services, Retail, Private Equity, Supply Chain and Distribution, Manufacturing and Professional Services.

Commercial Experience

Phil’s career started in Executive Search before later moving into General & Country Management with DHL in the Middle East. Prior to joining Alexander, Phil also worked with PA Consulting Group, Deloitte and Sibson-Segal Consulting as Senior Principal and Partner.

Qualifications and Development

  • Fellow Royal Society of Arts
  • Fellow of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School
  • Member Worldwide Association of Business Coaches
  • Member British Psychological Society – Accredited Psychometrics user – Levels A & Intermediate level B
  • Instruments: MBTI, Belbin Team Profiling, 16PF4-5, Morrisby Abilities, MAPP, Strong interest Inventory, Holland SDS
  • Various coaching Master Classes including “Inner Game Coaching” – Gallwey and Whitmore and “Career Coaching” (USA) – Richard Bolles, the world’s leading career coach and author
"I love working with Leaders who want to step back, reflect and see things differently. Coaching is a wonderful process for bringing insight, clarity and energy where it’s really needed. Partnering clients as they commit to things that are really going to make a big difference – commercially and personally – is wonderfully satisfying”

Keith Krasny

Francesca Lanza Tans

  • ″No wonder so many top leaders worldwide seek his counsel.″ Chairman, Peak Inc
  • ″He is a highly effective coach and is able to help me work through critical and sensitive issues.″ Senior Partner & MD, The Boston Consulting Group
  • ″Probably the best event ever, a masterclass.″ Meyler Campbell ‘Fishbowl’ Attendee
  • ″Alexander has been an enormous support to me in developing our leadership capabilities.″ Chief Executive, Railway Children
  • ″He has an unflappable common sense, practical business experience and thoughtful insight.″ Chairman, PZ Cussons PLC
  • ″You have made a huge difference to my landing at GSK this year.″ President Consumer Healthcare Worldwide, GSK
  • ″A great foundation from which we can set goals for achieving our dreams with enthusiasm.″ MD, GoodBrand & Co
  • ″I would highly recommend him as a coach to others in leadership roles.″ Senior Partner & MD, The Boston Consulting Group
  • ″You have played a vital role in helping us on our journey towards becoming a truly world-class organisation.″ President RDQ, Jacobs Douwe Egberts
  • ″Highly supportive coaching, advice and challenge – very focused on my specific needs.″ CEO, South West Trains
  • ″I have rediscovered my confidence and have taken on challenges that I wouldn’t have thought I could deliver on.″ IT DIrector, Muller UK
  • ″I’m excited about the big ideas we identified for each of us.″ MD, GoodBrand & Co
  • ″He combines a wealth of practical business experience with a deep insight into human behaviour.″ Chairman, Performance Consultants International
  • ″He is very skilled at asking questions so that I examine all possible options.″ CEO, The Post Office
  • ″We were able to work through some tough issues in an extremely challenging business environment.″ CEO, Muller UK
  • ″He has helped inspire and motivate me and my team to a level I would once not have believed possible.″ HR Director, Whitbread Restaurants
  • ″No wonder so many top leaders worldwide seek his counsel.″ Chairman, Peak Inc
  • ″He is a highly effective coach and is able to help me work through critical and sensitive issues.″ Senior Partner & MD, The Boston Consulting Group
  • ″Probably the best event ever, a masterclass.″ Meyler Campbell ‘Fishbowl’ Attendee
  • ″Alexander has been an enormous support to me in developing our leadership capabilities.″ Chief Executive, Railway Children
  • ″He has an unflappable common sense, practical business experience and thoughtful insight.″ Chairman, PZ Cussons PLC
  • ″You have made a huge difference to my landing at GSK this year.″ President Consumer Healthcare Worldwide, GSK
  • ″A great foundation from which we can set goals for achieving our dreams with enthusiasm.″ MD, GoodBrand & Co
  • ″I would highly recommend him as a coach to others in leadership roles.″ Senior Partner & MD, The Boston Consulting Group
  • ″You have played a vital role in helping us on our journey towards becoming a truly world-class organisation.″ President RDQ, Jacobs Douwe Egberts
  • ″Highly supportive coaching, advice and challenge – very focused on my specific needs.″ CEO, South West Trains
  • ″I have rediscovered my confidence and have taken on challenges that I wouldn’t have thought I could deliver on.″ IT DIrector, Muller UK
  • ″I’m excited about the big ideas we identified for each of us.″ MD, GoodBrand & Co
  • ″He combines a wealth of practical business experience with a deep insight into human behaviour.″ Chairman, Performance Consultants International
  • ″He is very skilled at asking questions so that I examine all possible options.″ CEO, The Post Office
  • ″We were able to work through some tough issues in an extremely challenging business environment.″ CEO, Muller UK
  • ″He has helped inspire and motivate me and my team to a level I would once not have believed possible.″ HR Director, Whitbread Restaurants