Client Testimonials

Team Workshops

I personally enjoyed the workshop enormously and found it useful but, and far more importantly, a number of colleagues have commented extremely positively both in person but in wider forums about how useful it was.

Luke Williams

Programme Director, Group Liquidity Risk Management Improvement Plan

Many thanks for your help on this and the general feedback in discussions after the session was that it was very helpful/thought provoking and has provided both individuals and the group with the stimulus to ongoing development. I have not seen levels of honesty within this group like during the conversations we had in the workshop. A very positive outcome from my side.

Neil Black

Performance Director, British Athletics

‘Well prepared and fantastic facilitators who took the time to know us, read the room and push boundaries to bring the most learning from the session. Listened to everyone equally whilst maintaining brilliant energy and seemed to get us.’

Colin Breen

Head of Operations, Legal & HR (EMEA), Radtac/Cprime

Will and Crista ran an excellent workshop to unite a previously disparate project team who were working in silos to unify them in a common challenging and highly technical objective. They mediated and used carefully chosen techniques articulating from their worlds of both business and sport to guide the discussions. There was a very relevant reflecting period on shared experiences,  whereby they raised vulnerability (not discussed much in the business world) to prize out individual strengths and weaknesses. They demonstrated the impact that these have on relationships as a means to improve team performance. We have found their involvement incredibly beneficial and would recommend them for other businesses.

Iain Mackinnon

Global Head of Treasury, HSBC

Everything that he has done for us flows and develops, it isn’t formulaic. I’ll happily recommend working with Will.

Emma Beal

Managing Director, WLWA

The term insights in bang on, I left the session with a deeper understanding on how we can identify people’s lead energies and connect with those we would potentially struggle with. As a team we all have a greater awareness and appreciation for each others personalities.

Rob McGolpin

Client Success Manager, Cprime

Your session today was excellent and extremely valuable for how we build a team.

Alan Smith

Global Head of Risk Strategy and Senior Executive Officer of Group Risk, HSBC

Will’s sessions were insightful, fun and thought-provoking. It was fascinating to delve into my personal Insights profile, my management style and find ways to improve my own and my team’s performance. He created a safe space, had a great understanding of group dynamics and definitely brought out the best in me. During his sessions, I bonded more than I expected with several colleagues and now have stronger and more successful working relationships with them. I also managed to overcome my fear of public speaking and in fact, my confidence grew so much that with Will’s support, including guidance on visualisation techniques, I agreed to become one of the companie’s ‘Train the Trainers’. Delivering these sessions has been incredibly rewarding and something I hope to continue to do. I am now a better informed, more open-minded manager who has the confidence to empower not only my team, but progress my career in exactly the direction I’d like. 

Tarah Cunynghame

Head of Retail and Tours, MCC

Will’s communication skills, passion and honesty create an extremely motivational environment. You must spend some time with him.

Paul Tweddle

Assistant Coach, Somerset CCC

“Many thanks for your help on this and the general feedback in discussions after the session was that it was very helpful/thought provoking and has provided both individuals and the group with the stimulus to ongoing development. I have not seen levels of honesty within this group like during the conversations we had in the workshop. A very positive outcome from my side.”

Neil Black

Performance Director, British Athletics

Will facilitated a strategy away day process for the Society of Occupational Medicine Board and Staff Team – this involved reviewing our strategy and business plan and providing sessions helping our team reflect as to SOM’s organisational effectiveness and future strategic options. Will skillfully helped us understand how we could move to the next level, backed up his in-depth knowledge from the sports world. I would highly recommend Will to organisations, wishing to build effective teams and plan future strategies

Nick Palh

CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine

I love the make-up of the sessions ran by Performance Catalyst – the balance of team building, interaction and insightful information is a rock solid combination. I couldn’t recommend it enough.”

Maria McMilla

People & Admin Manager, Ivors Academy

My colleagues and I benefited from a variety of leadership development and management training sessions delivered by Will, whose ability to know when to ask searching questions and provide direction to a group is matched by an understanding of when best to stay silent and allow debates and discussions to naturally evolve. He has a calm, thoughtful and non-judgmental presence which invariably meant that working with him was thought-provoking, challenging and provided us with practical tools to take with us when we left the room and re-entered our workplace.    

Abi Carter

Former CEO, MCC Cricket Foundation

Performance Catalyst worked with the Senior Leaders at Magna Vitae at every stage of the process from project inception to delivery and analysis. The profiling has not only been personally insightful but has also formed the basis of ‘new’ conversations, relationships and behaviours within our teams. At every stage PC have been there to support, explain and interpret. This has been an incredibly valuable piece of work that has been expertly managed at all stages. This has benefited the company in further understanding its workforce and the staff understanding each other.”

James Brindle

CEO Magna Vitae

“Overall the feedback was very positive – whilst some clearly found that it took them outside their comfort zone they agreed that was a good thing and that what they took from the session made the discomfort worthwhile. The key themes that you mentioned when we spoke (and in your summary) are clearly still front of mind amongst the team and there has been more and better interaction between the Senior Team. “

Kevin Witts

Regional Head of Tax, Asia Pacific, HSBC

The Ivors Academy team had the delight of attending an Insights Discovery session with Will at Performance Catalyst. The team unitedly found it a great asset both in personal and professional development and as a bonding experience. The model was brought to life through the use of breakout rooms and short presentations outlining key points. Will was a fantastic trainer, keeping the conversation going at pace and even recommending further reading materials which team members have followed up on. Overall, Will was excellent in engaging team members, offering ample time for questions and answers throughout the morning. We would highly recommend this training

Graham Davies

CEO, Ivors Academy

Will was absolutely fantastic throughout our time at the milestone event. He gauged the temperature in the room expertly and helped all members of the team to engage and contribute during the process. He made the last few days a pleasure to be a part of.

Other one word discriptions from the team: engaging, authentic, passionate, brilliant facilitator,calmness, confidence, inclusive and interactive

Deloitte Event Participants

Coaching & Mentoring

Will’s professional approach and personal touch not only put my mind at ease, it brought the best out of me. That’s what Will always does for those around him. A fine example of character, intellectual and sporting pedigree that rubs off on people who join him.

Anna’s coaching sessions helped me identify challenges within and beyond my control. It provided an
opportunity to think through coping mechanisms I’ve tried, failed, excelled at, and my role in each
scenario. I was able to recognise existing internal resources and develop new to sustain a high
level of resilience in my environment. I found reason to be optimistic at the bleakest experiences
and embrace change however big or sudden. I have come out the other side understanding that my environment (people inclusive) may not
change but I can focus of what should, my perspectives, decisions and response. I consider this a
valuable outcome for the workplace and life in general.

I cannot think of another individual that has had such a profound impact on my life. Nick, You have allowed me to become who I want to be and to be truly happy.”

Anna’s coaching sessions helped me identify challenges within and beyond my control. They provided an opportunity to think through coping mechanisms I’ve tried, failed, excelled at, and my role in each scenario. I was able to recognise existing internal resources and develop new ones to sustain a high level of resilience in my environment. I found reason to be optimistic at the bleakest experiences and embrace change however big or sudden. I have come out the other side understanding that my environment (people inclusive) may not change but I can focus on what should, my perspectives, decisions and response. I consider this a valuable outcome for the workplace and life in general.

“I have worked with Nick for the last year now. We first started working together at a moment of significant transition in my personal and professional life, causing a lot of instability. From our very 1st conversation, he demonstrated an ability to understand my long-term vision and current predicaments/circumstances clearly. He was very thoughtful and attentive, making me feel comfortable. As someone somewhat sceptical of coaching, it was important to me to work with someone I could genuinely trust, like a friend, to have open and honest conversations. Nick has helped me focus on my personal development during this phase and reflect on my leadership style; as I embarked on a journey as a founder raising money, building a team and executing our strategy.”

Nick’s highly personable style and ability to dig deep with guiding questions and reflective candour resulted in me clearly articulating areas of change, thinking through different approaches, and focusing on specific, measurable actions to take away and implement. He has challenged me to challenge myself to be the leader I vision myself to be. I have successfully met many of the objectives I’ve set myself and, most importantly, refound my purpose and rebuilt my confidence along the way. Nick is extremely professional, personable and considerate. Flexible and always available, putting my needs at the top of his agenda.”

Will’s coaching helped enormously with a few particularly challenging scenarios. He has an excellent perspective, listens intently and has great understanding to help you draw out the next steps of your very own action plan. His style is clear, empathetic, respectful yet challenging. I always walk away from our conversations feeling empowered, enlightened and look forward to the next time we talk.   

Over the past few years I have worked regularly with Nick, and I honestly believe that my success and achievements during this time would not have been possible if it weren’t for his excellent coaching. Sessions with Nick helped me to re-focus, allowing me to regain control of my goals and achieve a sustainable work-life balance. By breaking down my time and the steps necessary to move forward, he enabled me to have more confidence in my own abilities, and recognise what I could achieve. I look forward to my sessions with Nick as they act as a checkpoint in my life, where I can review my progress and prepare the next plan. He has helped me to achieve clarity and an increased sense of confidence.”

Will is so refreshing to know. His zest to consistently improve as a well rounded human being – and help others do likewise – makes him someone I trust completely

Paul Nixon

Ex-England, Kent CCC and Leicestershire CCC player

Will is a fantastic sounding board for me and offers a reassuring sense of guidance without it being intrusive. He has had a hugely positive impact on my career to date.”

Greg Smith

Ex-Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire CCC player

Will’s knowledge and guidance fill me with confidence, and I completely trusted him to help me clarify and pursue my career options. He genuinely cares about my development, and he instilled a sense of calm and reassurance

Anna had a huge impact on my life. The best way to describe it:  it feels to me like steering a big ship, where making a 1 degree change (small changes in perspective, choices or just becoming aware of the “inner critic”) will make a massive change in where my new destination will be in the long run.

Anna’s masterful facilitation is nothing short of revelatory. Through patient and diligent probing, Anna was able to ‘unlock’ in me several ‘hurdles’ with which I had unconsciously been grappling. Her careful steering of conversations during our fortnightly sessions enabled me to bring a significant amount of clarity and coherence to my professional trajectory and environment. I would recommend Anna’s coaching and methodology to anyone

Will has that wonderfully creative skill of listening intently, then asking really challenging questions which lead me to think differently. Every time we meet I feel inspired and motivated to work even harder towards fulfilling my potential

Michael Thornley

Ex-Sussex and Leicestershire CCC player

I really enjoyed my sessions with Anna; she is a wonderful coach and human being; kind, considerate and gentle – Anna and I had some very deep conversations on a number of topics – she helped keep myself grounded, remember the aim of my journey and guided me softly through it. I’ve left with a sense of calmness but also determination to carry on this journey. I’ll always remember my sessions with Anna with fondness and take her words with me as a guide further.

I’ve only had 3 sessions with Anna and I can confidently say that the personal and professional growth I’ve experienced have had an impact on my life. The best way to describe it: it feels to me like steering a big ship, where making a 1 degree change (small changes in perspective, choices or just becoming aware of the “inner critic”) will make a massive change in where my new destination will be in the long run.”

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