Creating conversations that change lives
The magical process of positive change - that's what drives our passion. Making connections, supporting the process and taking pride in being able to add tremendous value to both coaches and clients.
Believe in better
Coaching has so many benefits but is often reserved for the top teams, mainly due to cost.
The Growing Coaches is on a mission to make coaching more widely accessible by opening up access to a coaching resource which was previously hidden.
By connecting coaches from the top university accredited courses with clients looking for low cost, high quality personal development support, we deliver amazing value as we support individuals to be more motivated, engaged and productive in their life and work.
The coaching relationship is key to successful outcomes. Automated matching helps get the relationship off to a great start.
Coaching involves creating an environment to support positive change, resulting in new levels of awareness and motivation.
Coaching delivers huge value to coachees and in turn to their teams, their organisations and to their lives.
Working with accredited training programmes
Initially we partnered exclusively with Henley Business School, welcoming coaches from their triple accredited Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching programme. We have now extended this and welcome coaches from other university accredited courses such as Barefoot Coaching, University of East London and Oxford Brookes University.
“I am delighted that the Henley Centre for Coaching is partnering with The Growing Coaches to provide ‘real-life’ coaching assignments and experience for many of our coaches undergoing post-graduate coaching qualifications. I am equally pleased that The Growing Coaches has been founded by a student on one of our own coaching programmes and we look forward to ‘growing together’ for many years to come.”
Meet the team
The Growing Coaches was imagined and created based on first hand experience of coaching and coach training as well as of developing people and teams within large organisations.
Paul is a passionate believer in the power of 1-1 coaching as well as the benefits of creating a coaching culture within organisations.
Paul grew up in Edinburgh and studied economics at Aberdeen University before stumbling into a retail career. Over 25 years Paul worked across 4 leading national retail businesses, spending 7 years as a main board director both in plc and PE backed businesses.
A leadership course back in 2009 sparked Paul’s initial fascination in the power of coaching and subsequent training led Paul to develop a coaching style of leadership as well as coaching both informally and formally across the company and specifically supporting high potential colleagues.
In 2019 Paul decided to leave corporate life and gain an accredited coaching qualification with Henley Business School. It was here that Paul came up with the idea for The Growing Coaches.
Paul observed that a large proportion of the cohort were struggling to find people to coach (mainly due to time and the desire to coach outside their immediate network). He also recognised that coaching tended to be reserved for top teams due to the cost and so Paul wondered if there would be an appetite for connecting this emerging coaching talent with populations who would benefit from working with a coach. It turned out that there was: from the coaches, from businesses and from the coach training providers – a true win-win! And so The Growing Coaches was born.
Paul now spends his time on a portfolio of interests: leading the growth of The Growing Coaches, partnering with his own coaching clients, consultancy & advisory work and his new found love of writing poetry. He is also continuing his studies on the MSc in coaching and behavioural change with Henley Business School.
Jamil Qureshi is a firm believer in the role of coaching for optimising potential, having witnessed first-hand the inspiring and life-changing impact of his own performance enhancing approaches. Jamil is delighted to have joined The Growing Coaches as cofounder and looks forward to helping create connections that inspire positive change.
Jamil Qureshi is one of today's foremost practitioners of performance enhancing coaching and is an expert in high performing teams. Jamil is also a world recognised speaker on all aspects of the psychology of performance, psychology of leadership, leadership attitudes, improving people, cultural change techniques and team performance.
Jamil has enjoyed working with a rich diversity of the most talented and successful business leaders, sports people and teams in the world; helping six individuals get to World Number 1.
Jamil has coached 22 golfers inside the top 50 in the world and in 2006 he was appointed as the first-ever official psychological coach to work with the European Ryder Cup team. They made history in winning by a record-equalling margin.
Jamil was voted in the top 100 most powerful men in golf 2008 by his international peers and ranked among the most influential coaches in British sport in 2009.
He has successfully coached within three English Premiership football clubs, Formula 1 teams and racing drivers and the 2009 England Ashes winning cricketers.
In business and industry Jamil has worked at board level to middle management in a variety of sectors. He developed and delivered management and leadership programmes at board level for Coca Cola, Hewlett Packard, Emirates Airlines, Serco, Marks and Spencer, and Royal Bank of Scotland. He has also worked across Lloyds Banking Group on their ‘Journey to World Class’ programme.
He is also one of only a few external psychologists ever to be allowed to study astronauts on the 2008 NASA Space Programme and he also lectured on the prestigious WorldProgram, in the US, UK and China through Ashridge and Fordham Business Schools and Qing Dao University.