Director of Coaching and Senior Consultant

Mark has a wide ranging role for FDG and the group companies, fresh Professional Development Ltd and Online Mentor Ltd.  He is a Business Development Manager, the Coaching Division Manager, a Programme Manager (for the Senior Associates Programme and the Paralegal Development Programmes), a coach and a fresh trainer.

In a 20-year training and HR career Mark has held senior positions in legal learning and development.  Mark brings a deep understanding of the sector and how learning and development can help achieve firms’ business objectives.

At DLA Piper between 2008 and 2013, Mark held international responsibility for associate development and partner selection.  Subsequently he was Head of Learning and Development for Nabarro.

Mark has enjoyed coaching individuals both formally and informally.  This led to him completing the Coaching and Mentoring Skills Post Graduate Diploma at Sheffield Business School in 2013.  This is a world-leading course with substantial input from the UK’s top practitioners.

Mark’s in-depth experience of firm’s partner promotion processes and new partner development schemes make him ideally suited to coaching both aspiring and new partners.  He also understands very well the demands on senior business support professionals in law firms.

As a coach Mark is pragmatic, direct and supportive.  He understands how time poor leaders in the professional services sector are, and the concomitant need for focus and results.  Progress is made largely through skilled questioning and listening; input and feedback will be offered where needed.  Coaching relationships will be conducted in complete confidentiality.

Mark has an MSc in Organisational Development and Consultancy, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring Skills.

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