A team of professional coaches and trainers, drawn from the worlds of business, sport, the services and the arts, work to unlock that extra potential and inspire elite performance in people.
David’s career started in the Army, based in the Far East serving with the Gurkhas. He completed a variety of roles from the recruitment and training of soldiers in Nepal and Hong Kong, to representing the United Nations in South Korea. This time gave him valuable insight in how to engage, lead and motivate people in a multi‐cultural environment.
David then moved into the training and hospitality industry, where as a Director with Style Conferences Limited he led a variety of teams in supporting organisations such as Xerox and British Airways in operating their corporate training centres. Here, he developed a sound understanding of business development and leading change; Style Conferences enjoyed extensive growth prior to being acquired by the Rentokil Initial Group and then De Vere Venues.
David set up THE COACHING TEAM specifically to bring together an inspirational group of achievers who he believes can consistently inspire peak performance in others.
Nigel is a former International Rugby Union player (England and the British & Irish Lions). He is presently the Head of Team Performance at the England Rugby Football Union, having had previous extensive coaching experience as the Head of Performance Team Development with the British Olympic Swimming Team, Elite Coach Development Manager at the England RFU, the forwards coach at Worcester Warriors Rugby and a UK Sport Elite Coach. Not only does he have a passion for sport, Nigel also has a passion for coaching and helping people to get the best out of themselves and their teams. He supports us on many performance coaching projects where he shares his experiences from sport, to help people develop their team, individual coaching and leadership capabilities.
Kenton’s passion is climbing, the outdoors and he is now acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest high altitude mountain leaders. His record of success with clients on Everest is, without doubt, the best of any expedition leader. Kenton has personally summited Everest sixteen times (two of these being back to back in the same week – a Global first) the most recent of these being in May 2022. Kenton supports us on a number of leadership and teamwork projects where his experiences and amazing stories inspire people to challenge themselves to perform at their very best. His engaging style and his personal achievements, add an exciting extra dimension to our workshops.
Will and The People
“David perfectly understood the brief, came perfectly prepared and delivered a very powerful day to a multi-cultural audience- A great success!”
Managing Director EMEA, Industrial & Logistics, CBRE
“The workshops have been really well designed and the negotiation training has had an immediate impact on some of the deals being structured. I also know several people found the session on prospecting particularly helpful. We judge the value of the courses on the immediate feedback as well as ongoing improvement in the performance of the individuals. On the basis of both, we have regarded our money as well spent and would have no hesitation in recommending the services of David and his team.”
VP Marketing, CACI
“Wow! Yesterday was a fantastic learning intervention surpassing mine and my colleagues’ expectations. You delivered a brilliant experience for the delegates. The tone and content were spot on and really challenged, not just our ability to coach face to face or at distance but also our ambition to do so in respect of our goal setting”.
Head of Region, MARKS &SPENCER
“David is without doubt one of the most inspirational characters I have had the pleasure to deal with. His high energy, enthusiastic style has been used by many people in our organisation to develop leaders and sales professionals throughout Europe. David has a great ability to be able to quickly understand individual business cultures, integrate with its people and develop business models which focus on the core objectives and visions. A real asset to any business.”
General Manager, AIR PRODUCTS UK
“I have had the pleasure to use David as a consultant for a number of years while at Control Risks and have always been keen to work with him, as an individual, irrespective of the company he has been working for at the time. David has enormous energy, passion and drive for his work and I have always found him to be an expert advisor, both within the context of the project we have been working on and on a 1:1 basis. He is able to understand a situation or problem very quickly and has an instinctive comprehension of and rapport with people; these attributes make him highly successful as a consultant and an absolute pleasure to work with.”
Learning and Development Manager,
“David’s style is high energy, high impact and fun. His delivery to the brief was spot on, incorporating a good combination of practical exercises and group discussion. I highly recommend David; he is the most talented business coach I have had the pleasure to work with.”
Commercial Director, VALASSIS
“David and The Coaching Team create fantastic opportunities for teams and their members to bond, learn something about each other and themselves…and to have a bit of fun! Thanks David for creating such a fantastic day with the Band and for helping us to get to know each other better”
Sales and Customer Services Director, RIAS
“Thank you for attending the EMEA Kick-Off meeting in Orlando for us at Progress Software. The comments from the team were highly complementary and many viewed your session as the highlight of the Summit trip. Presenting to any audience of nearly 200 people can be daunting but add the complexity of 16+ cultures and languages and you have a real challenge. You met that challenge and then some! I really appreciate your dedication and total professionalism when dealing with us at Progress and in many ways view you as part of the team.”
Vice President, EMEA
“I recently attended a sales training course led by David Harman. David is an inspirational trainer, with obvious experience, and delivered the course with a natural flair, engaging all team members fully. The feedback, post event was excellent from all involved. Thanks David!”
National Sales Manager at Nexus Vehicle Rental
“Just to inform you, as a region I had the best ever figures of actual new business of over £1.25MM against a target of £900K, which in real terms for us was an excellent result. This I believe comes from the training and self-belief you have shown us all in Air Products. Thanks David for giving me the belief that I can make a difference to the people who work for me and with me.”
Regional Sales Manager, AIR PRODUCTS
“The training with you was...let me put it like this...very inspiring! No, really, it was really packed with interesting ideas, discussion and techniques, which I have already integrated into my tool box! This was also the feedback we gave back to our national management in Germany and directly to our Managing Director. I wish we could have you directly here in Germany as a trainer for our leadership circle! Best Regards from Berlin.”
Business Manager, Hays
“I thought the whole day was massively beneficial, I like the fact that everyone had their input and say and more importantly everyone had the opportunity to have their say. I think the exercises were fun and interactive with a chance for all to get involved. I think it was nice that some of the quieter individuals in the group spoke out and had the courage to do so. Excellent and inspiring story on the Everest challenge.”
Delegates at Carphone Warehouse Online Solutions
“Thanks David. I think everyone found the session useful. There are a number of ideas we can take into the forthcoming appraisal round. The sessions will hopefully make people think in a different way about the process. Good luck to you and kind regards”.
“Thanks David. I found the training very helpful and I am using your methodology with current appraisals. It is helping me instigate some important changes in the team”.
“Thanks David. Very timely… appraisals kick off next week for my directs. And I used a version of the situational coaching to assist my Appraisal prep… went down well! Cheers.”
Delegates on Performance Coaching workshops, CBRE
“Fantastic facilitator – loads of valuable conversations and insights gained”.
“Really impressed by how relevant and genuinely useful the advice was”.
“Provided great frameworks for thinking in new ways and rethinking what I thought I knew”.
“Very interactive and stimulating”.
Delegates on Management Coaching workshops, Rapha