James Butcher - BA (Hons) Psychology, DMS, Diploma in Counselling
James Butcher is an experienced coach and facilitator specialising in appreciative learning - helping his clients to learn from their strengths and successes, and to do more of what they do well. James focuses on helping others develop team excellence, personal effectiveness, successful collaborative relationships, and resilient leadership. His work includes coaching individuals, designing and facilitating development programmes and team events, mediation, and advising on organisational and leadership development.
James is known as an insightful coach, a skilled facilitator, and someone who brings rigour to the application of psychology to the world of work. He has worked with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors, including:
- PricewaterhouseCoopers - development programmes and coaching for senior managers, including for PwC Zambia and PwC’s Middle East practice
- Bristol City Council - executive coaching
- Arup - a consulting skills programme and executive coaching
- Royal College of Surgeons - a leadership development programme
- The Body Shop – a development programme for staff representatives
- Brighton & Hove City Council – mediation for the Sheltered Housing Service
- National Grid - a communication skills programme
- Scottish Environmental Protection Agency – executive coaching
- eBay - a performance feedback programme
- Chevron Belgium – an influencing skills programme
- Shetland Islands Council - a talent management programme
- Coca Cola – executive coaching
Working with SOLACE Enterprises, James has helped design and deliver the Academy of Executive Leadership, a programme for senior managers in local government, run in collaboration with Ashridge Business School, and Leaders in Partnership, a major development programme for local authorities across Sussex, Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight.
James has a BA (Hons) in Psychology, a Diploma in Management Studies, a Diploma in Counselling, and has completed the Advanced Training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. He has trained in the use of Appreciative Inquiry, and is currently undertaking an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology.
As part of his MSc, James is researching the contribution of organisational culture to individual performance and well-being. He contributed to a symposium on applying positive psychology to the world of work at the 2010 Positive Psychology conference in Copenhagen. He has lectured on the business applications of Appreciative Inquiry at the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology at University of East London, and has contributed case studies of his work to the newly-published book “Positive Psychology at Work: How Positive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry Create Inspiring Organizations”. He recently joined “How To Thrive”, an organisation training teachers to deliver a resilience curriculum in schools.
“The time when I worked with you one-to-one was probably the single most valuable learning experience that I have had.”
“Thank you very much for your support and advice at the workshop. I found it extremely beneficial and feel far more relaxed and self confident.”
“James is a very good listener and probes things. He forgets nothing you say and picks up on the things you don’t say (more importantly). He challenges but in a very calm and encouraging way.”
“I feel much more confident when dealing with difficult situations at work. This has been down to the fact that my overall confidence has increased but also I have been able to put into practice the new techniques with confidence.”
“I wanted to thank you for an excellent course last week. For me it provides tools and techniques that I will use to influence, but equally to self reflect and question my beliefs about me and the world around me.”
“It's been great working with you. I've found our sessions really eye-opening and incredibly helpful.”
“Just wanted to say thank you for the course yesterday. I thought with limited time you managed to provide an excellent, well-balanced event which was interesting informative and good humoured.”
“Just to let you know that I found the session particularly useful, interesting and very encouraging.”