Our Coaches

Samantha Coles

Business Owner / Coach

“Like many people, I’ve faced personal and professional challenges, which have at times been difficult.  However it’s at these points that I have proven my strength and determination to stay true to my own values and ambitions – vital if you’re to be successful at adapting to and embracing change.

“I have spent time immersing myself in drastically different cultures and have been intrigued and amazed at how people can respond so differently to challenges. There isn’t one overriding formula to help us move forward with success – every person and situation is unique – which is why coaching is such a powerful intervention.”

Favorite Quote

If you think you can or you can’t, either way you’re right! (Henry Ford)

Background

Sam enjoyed competing in athletics and sailing before heading off to university to study business. She has experience in communications, events, operations and logistics in sport, retail, travel and the third sector. Working at a senior level in communications, she’s worked on award winning communications and crisis and change management within blue chip and other leading organisations. Sam has worked in Kenya, Sudan, USA, Japan and the UK. She left her previous position at a leading charity, to qualify as a coach and set up Back in Front.

Personal Performance Practitioner

Paul Jones

Facilitator

“Whilst I believe management and leadership theories provide a solid foundation, my experience shows that true success lies in the practical application – the ‘doing’ – and it is an area in which I have great results. I believe in the power of transformational leadership and I’ve witnessed first-hand the benefits of uniting a team behind a collective, common purpose. Many leaders are quick to judge subordinates but less quick to equip them with the tools and skills that they need for increased confidence and sustained development, potentially missing out on building team morale and cohesion which leads inexorably to higher performance and increased success.

On a personal level, I get great satisfaction out of spending time with my wife and daughters. Music is a passion of mine and I’m an accomplished pianist, a mediocre drummer and I’ve sung not wholly successfully in many bands.  I’m also keen on sports and play rugby, row, cycle and enjoy mountain hiking.”

Background

Paul is a learning consultant with over 20 years of experience in personnel, team and leadership development. A charismatic, people-focused operator, Paul had a distinguished career in the British Army, notably in the fields of leadership, management and officer training. Paul instructed at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and commanded soldiers on operations in Afghanistan and throughout the world.

Paul is a certified trainer and facilitator of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® He has been engaged by large corporate companies and public sector organisations to develop leadership, improve problem-solving and decision-making within organisations, and to help improve communication. He holds an MA from the Cranfield University School of Management and is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Nick Thiel

Coach

“I’ve always had an interest in personal development and how not only to get the best out of myself, but to pass that knowledge on to others. I took a career break to pursue that passion, qualified as a Coach and now continue to consult at a senior level in banking, alongside providing well-informed executive and life coaching workshops.  As a divorced parent of three children, I have been through the emotional mill and come out smiling, mainting a successful career and enjoyable personal life. I get a buzz out of helping others navigate the sometimes difficult path of life in the most effective way possible.”

Favorite Quote

Give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish you feed him for life.

Background

Nick is a coach and trainer with a background of contracting as a Senior Business Analyst within investment banking, engineering and building. Nick has developed and provided highly respected training programmes across a number of sectors. Nick started his career in sales and moved to IT before contracting at a senior level for almost ten years. He is experienced working with a variety of people in difficult and often challenging circumstances and he prides himself on his understanding of business and people and the important relationship between personal and company performance.

Personal Performance Practitioner

Kate Edwards

Coach

“Being a New Zealander and having lived in Hong Kong and the UK, as well as travelling extensively, I have quite a global experience of life. I’ve had a varied career, but by far my proudest acheivement has been raising my three kids with my husband, Mark. I now spend a lot of my life with three bright, ambitious and loving teenagers and I love it! If we ever come across challenges I’ll say ‘Build a bridge and get over it!’ I once heard my kid’s friend call me a ‘wise old owl’ – hilarious.”

Favorite Quote

Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.

Background

Kate started her career as a primary school teacher and despite loving teaching she was tempted by the flexibility of the business world. She moved into public relations, before setting up a very successful business manufacturing upmarket hanging souvenirs. Kate sold her business when the family moved to Hong Kong and set up further businesses making bean bags and jewellery. On returning to the UK ten years later, she created a stunning modern garden which is regurlarly visited by garden enthusiasts. Kate is always seeking new challenges and as her children became more independent she reinvented her career as a coach. She now loves working with people from across the globe.