I’m an artistic director, cultural leader and programmer with more than 20 years’ experience in venues, festivals and cultural organisations, most recently as Director/CEO of the Gulbenkian Arts Centre in Canterbury and as Artistic Director for London’s Rich Mix.
In the last 20 years as I’ve made my own journey in the arts and worked with artists, organisations and leaders, it’s been clear that many of us find ourselves overwhelmed, lacking clarity about what we want to do next, feeling that we’re on a hamster wheel with little or no time and space to think and imagine different ways of doing things.
As I’ve moved jobs and trained to become an independent consultant and coach, 1-2-1 support has offered me precious time to pause and reflect on what’s important to me and space and confidence to begin to make changes and new plans. Without having this support to share my fears and dreams, I don’t think I would have had the courage and clarity to make changes in my life.
I now want to share my experiences and use my training and expertise to help other individuals who are looking to make changes in their lives.
My work with individuals is rooted in coaching, where I provide a safe, non-judgemental and pro-active space to help people discover what they need. I can also offer a more hands-on approach, making use of my work experiences and knowledge as an advisor and mentor to offer suggestions, solutions and another perspective on specific issues.
Working 1-2-1, I tailor my offer to best support the person I am working with so they get the most out of it. As your coach, mentor and cheerleader to encourage you to do the next difficult thing, I will provide a safe and confidential place to help you choose how to move forwards.
Before starting work with a new client, I offer a free 30 minute chat. During this conversation, we will explore what it is you’re looking for and whether my style of working would be a good fit for you.
Please email me if you'd like to arrange for a chat.
I’m an accredited Relational Dynamics coach and you can read a little more about my training at https://relationaldynamics1st.co.uk
"Oliver is clearly an experienced communicator and understands the impulses and ambitions of people instinctively – he’s a people person essentially. Having coaching sessions with him have been seriously useful."
Wajid Yaseen, Director, Modus Arts
"Coaching with Oliver has helped me understand how to use my energy better. I was able to voice concerns and swiftly understand my behaviours so I could implement changes. This is helping me deal with stress better; improving productivity, creative time and positivity. Highly recommended."
Bex Burch, Artist / Musician