Influencing Specialist - UK

Colin is a senior leadership coach and author who helps senior leaders to increase their impact, influence and results through the subtle skills of influence. His work has been used in over 20% of FTSE 100 companies and 30% of Fortune 100 corporations.


Colin is an influence strategist who works with individuals and teams in large organisations to help them achieve the results they deserve. This means taking a strategic view, understanding the context, building buy-in and driving practical action. As a subject matter expert on influence in large organisations, Colin has written 7 books (including Influential Leadership with Kogan Page and Political Dilemmas at Work with John Wiley). He has presented his work around the world at many business schools and with The Conference Board in New York.

Commercial Experience

Colin was responsible for the strategic development of AXA’s international division which grew by 35% CAGR and posted an 83% increase in premium income in his final year rising to over £850m. At Zurich he coached and mentored the leadership talent pool which in its first year drove top-line growth of over £300m and expense savings over £60m. During his time with Zurich he coached and mentored over 500 senior leaders. He combines his personal experience in corporate life with solid research to offer his clients profound insights into how to achieve results with greater influence.


Straight-talking yet warm, Colin drives his clients to challenge their thinking and focus on practical action to increase their influence, and their results. He adopts a highly ethical approach to influence and encourages those he works with to find practical ways to build trust, foster collaboration, and gain mutually beneficial results.

Coaching Experience

With over 15 years’ experience of coaching senior leaders, Colin has built a strong reputation globally as an influencing expert. He works in different industry sectors including retail, banking, distribution, telecommunications, technology, pharmaceutical and energy in many locations including Europe, Africa, North America and the Middle East.


MBA International Strategy and Complexity – Warwick


“The individual I have turned to for coaching in the last couple of years is Colin…Colin has helped me discuss difficult issues in a robust way and has encouraged me in some of my eccentric decisions, such as ignoring organisational hierarchy when creating my leadership teams.” Carolyn Brown, Transformational CIO