Qualified Wellbeing Coach
After serving twenty seven years and retiring as the Quartermaster of 59 Commando in 2011, Chris set about a new career in Woodland Management and small-scale farming; using his Shire Horse Alice to extract the timber; the horse was also used in the summer months to conduct conservation works on Exmoor National Park when the bracken was growing strongly.
A freak accident whilst in a competition effectively ended his lifestyle overnight. The resulting financial difficulties had a huge impact on him. Unable to see a return to his passion, the idyllic lifestyle was gone. Financial worries and the decline in his farming activities led Chris to a spiral of despair, unable to tell or ask anybody for help. This manifested into Depression and elements of PTSD.
Chris believes that time for deliberate thought is now a rare commodity or skill, the ongoing rapid development of technology does not replace the requirement for human interaction. Wellness, wellbeing and complexity management are emergent organisational challenges that cannot be confronted in isolation. Having experienced both ends of the mental wellbeing spectrum Chris passionately believes that the coaching conversation explores the ‘here and now’ enabling resolutions to destabilising thoughts and actions that impact team performance. This was his route back towards thriving.
Chris lives in France just south of Paris and delivers talks on the Mental Wellbeing Spectrum for INSEAD Business School. He also runs his own talent management and coaching practice. He laughs that he can get into London quicker than he could whilst living in North Devon.
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"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle"
"Placing time in the calendar for such sessions has paid dividends"
Richard Walker OBE, Head of Engineering Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) UK
Chris engaged with my senior leadership team in a manner that was very open and honest, prompted reflection and engagement and drove each of us to ask of ourselves - what am I going to do differently tomorrow and every day thereafter to make a difference for those we lead and manage. Placing time in the calendar for such sessions has paid dividends by enabling subtly different conversations and fresh perspectives in comparison to business as usual.
"I needed trust and confidentiality which I received"
Serving Lieutenant Colonel
Chris helped me slow it all down which allowed me to see clearly and put my thoughts into perspective. We explored awareness and resolution dispelling my fears that I wasn't worthy of my position; my doubts were unfounded. I needed trust and confidentiality which I received from our first session and throughout our time together.
"Chris helped me see things as they were, and not how I thought they were"
Veteran working in the London Financial Sector
A friend suggested I speak to Chris when things started to get on top of me. I was a new employee and did not want anyone at work to know I was struggling on numerous fronts. Chris helped me see things as they were, and not how I thought they were. He listened and encouraged me to talk, allowing me to examine my beliefs right now. I appreciated that he was a fellow veteran and connected quickly at our first session. I welcomed that we progressed session by session.