John Hughes

John Hughes

“I am known for bringing new perspectives and creative ideas to tough situations.”


John has worked as a Field Engineer in the Oil Industry before joining professional services where he has focused on Organisation Development for more than 20 years. He has started two companies and regularly works as an Associate in the Waverley network.

John has 20-30 coaching clients at any give time, focused on their development as leaders, role transition, CEO confidante and Startup Founders.


  • BA, Natural Sciences (Cambridge)
  • MSc, Management (Bath)
  • Personality Assessor
  • Diploma in Gestalt Therapy
  • MBTI
  • FIRO-B
  • NEO

Examples of recent work

  • Culture Integration
  • Pharma Startup
  • Leadership Programmes
  • Exec Coaching
  • Strategy Development
  • Market Engagement
  • Role Transition
Waverley Learning are very vested in what they’re doing, very committed. They’re dynamic individually and collectively, they are 100% invested to the learners when they go into a program, it really is a sense of ownership of the experience that I don’t necessarily always see with every other vendor or learning partner that we use.
Lisa Smisek - Director of Learning, Kearney
There’s a credibility and a humility that you just sense when you’re engaging with Waverley Learning. I’m personally very drawn to that.
Karen Brown - Director of People and Talent, Tearfund
It is the extent to which Waverley Learning understood all the requirements, the innovation that they brought, the talent they brought. Their whole style takes the frantic pace at which we work out of the equation, the messages comes through really clearly. They’ve tuned into the challenges of our organization and made observations that have given us added value. It’s always based on our needs.
Alison Maher - Head of Learning, GWR
Their Developing Skills course consistently gets the best feedback of any standard developmental course that we offer. They’re clearly doing something right in terms of engagement, for those individuals to realise their own development within that situation. Waverley Learning listen to what’s going on, the chats that they’re having with my colleagues. They’re able to play that back, this is what’s going on in your business. As an organization, they provide great insight into to us.
John Probert - Director, Mercer
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