Dr Declan Woods

Programme Director

Describe your journey as a coach

I started my working life as a trainee lawyer, served as an officer in the British Army, and worked for organisations such as the Foreign Office. I also qualified as an HR professional (Fellow CIPD) and gained an Executive MBA (University of Warwick) along the way. What connected many of these experiences was trying to bring about significant change in large, complex organisations. I realised while working as a change consultant for Accenture that change really happens through conversations with, and between, people. This realisation led me to re-train as a psychologist, as an executive coach and, more recently, as a team coach. I have been a practising as a coach for the past 20+ years and am an HCPC-registered and chartered psychologist.

What is your sweet spot as a coach?

I specialise in coaching C-suite-level leaders in large, complex roles and organisations. I draw on first-hand experience as a director of an international business, with board experience as a non-executive director. I became the inaugural global head of standards and accreditation at the Association for Coaching (AC) and co-authored the Global Code of Ethics for Coaching and Mentoring. I was also invited to join a four-person team to create a set of industry standards for team coaching. 

What about you as a person?

I live in the Surrey Hills with my wife and two teenage boys – and our dog, Monty. I run mountain marathons and chair a small local charity. A little-known fact about me is that I managed to let Her Majesty the Queen’s corgis escape from the garden of Buckingham Palace! Oh, and I have also acted in the TV series Spooks.
Georgina Woudstra

Mastering the Art of Team Coaching

A comprehensive guide to unleashing the power, purpose and potential in any team