Mike King

Mike King

“My greatest satisfaction comes when people discover a depth of self-awareness that reveals their core values, talents and life purpose. Alongside this is the need for humility to accept our limitations and the courage to be true to ourselves. I believe that most people underestimate their potential and that exposing ourselves to challenge is the way to grow and develop.”


Mike started his career as an Officer in the Royal Navy where he learned that leadership is not about rank, it’s about people and relationships. Following a short spell as a personal development tutor at Outward Bound in Scotland, Mike moved to Ross on Wye to join the Leadership Trust. He spent the next 25 years developing leaders from highly diverse organisations, cultures and nationalities, including Course Directing the flagship Leadership in Management programme. Mike collaborated with Tim Richardson at PwC to co-create and deliver their firm-wide Emerging Leaders Programme for 400 participants over 10 years. He designed and delivered bespoke programmes for clients across private, public and voluntary sectors. Mike now works as a freelance coach and facilitator with a select group of organisations including Waverley Learning.


Mike holds an ILM Level 7 qualification in Executive Coaching and Mentoring. He is a member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and holds the CIPD Certificate in Training Practice. He is an accredited practitioner of the Performance Climate System and Mirror Mirror alignment tool. He has a Level 3 Award in Education and Training.  Mike is also a qualified mental health first aider.

Examples of recent work

Mike has worked with Essex County Council on their Personal Effectiveness program, helping design and facilitate a suite of remotely delivered Personal Effectiveness interventions for Essex County Council,

Mercer’s ‘Developing your Skills’ programme & team reconnect events, KPMG Saudi Arabia developing client relationship and influencing skills.  

Mike volunteers with the Herefordshire based charity, the Cart Shed, supporting people with mental health challenges using outdoor based occupational therapy.

Coaching experience

Mike is a leadership development coach with the Leadership Trust, supporting delegates to interpret the results of 360-degree feedback and prepare for experiential development courses. Clients are then supported to transfer and apply their learning in the workplace with ongoing coaching as required.  He has recently coached senior managers at Branston Ltd, one of UK’s largest potato producers and is also a well-being coach for the charity ‘Mind over Mountains’, helping restore mental health through therapeutic outdoor experiences.

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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