chester universtity

About me

I am a professionally certified coach and mentor, with broad leadership experience in substantial businesses.

Before developing a coaching practice I enjoyed a successful corporate career, holding a variety of board level positions, including managing director of a leading insurance group. I have a law degree, financial services qualifications and an MBA.

I trained as a coach with two highly regarded schools; the Coaches Training Institute and Barefoot Coaching. I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, have a Post Graduate Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching from the University of Chester and am a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

My love of coaching comes from an urge to use my life and business experience for the benefit of others, a sense that I would have benefited enormously from having my own coach at times in my life and career, the pleasure of working with interesting people who experience great outcomes, and knowing that I’m good at it!

I work with leaders and professionals. My coaching brings experience, warmth, integrity, and challenge. Coaching doesn’t always need to be serious so expect some playfulness. It’s your life and you can choose what you do with it; let’s have some fun working that out and making changes.

When I’m not coaching I like to be with my family, keep fit, learn new stuff, get into the hills and travel. In recent years I’ve trekked in Nepal and Ethiopia and travelled throughout Japan, China and Kenya. I have chaired a regional charity, volunteered in a national one and currently coach professionals in one of Britain’s largest charities.

About coaching and mentoring

If you have further questions, or would simply like to talk things through, please ring me on 07899903587 or email me at mark@markcolliercoaching.com

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a way to facilitate purposeful change, a way of empowering people to find their own answers, and then encouraging and supporting them as they continue to make important changes in their lives.

I partner with my clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to fulfil their potential. I help them to discover, clarify and align their goals, learn more about themselves, working with them to unearth their own solutions and holding them accountable for the changes that they commit to making.

Personal Coaching

Life can be complicated. We can lose sight of what is really important to us and misplace our energy, motivation and power.

Coaching is purposeful. And everyone is different. Some people use coaching to achieve a specific objective, to get from A to B. Many want to overcome specific challenges at work. Some want to get past limiting beliefs and find ease. Others want to re-discover their sense of who they are, create new horizons and embark on a new adventure. Some people don’t know what they want; they just have a sense that it isn’t what they have, and want to work with a coach to find out what it might be.

Personal coaching is a unique way of helping you to:

  • Access your own inner resources
  • Find your own answers
  • Make important life choices & changes
  • Lead a fulfilling life and reach your full potential 

Executive Coaching

An executive coach works with leaders and professionals to help them improve their performance and their sense of ease at work, in much the same way as a sports coach works with an athlete.

Executive coaching gives you the chance to press the pause button, get things off your chest, and find the time and space to think in a confidential and supportive relationship. It is a powerful development experience that will generate clear benefits.

I coach leaders and professionals around work and life issues. My clients should expect to be listened to and be challenged, and to enjoy working together in a strong relationship from which they can create powerful outcomes.


Mentoring is more directive than coaching; it’s more about providing advice and sharing thinking, information or relevant experience. A mentor is someone who has something specific to offer, often from their own direct experience (whereas a coach is curious about drawing out a client’s own knowledge, vision and potential).

On paper, coaching and mentoring are very different. In practice they are easily distinguishable. However, both can be valuable within the same client relationship.

I am often hired because a client values my business experience; seeking a coach with professional credibility, one who knows what it is like to lead, is familiar with the issues and can speak the same language.

My business experience

Having run large businesses I understand the challenges that leaders face, the pressures to constantly drive things forward, manage change and get the very best out of the team. Perhaps most importantly, I know what it feels like to be in the middle of it all.

During my executive career I held board level responsibility for a broad portfolio of business functions. As Managing Director of a large financial services group I created and executed strategies and business plans that delivered record profits and market leading returns.

The years that I spent in senior leadership roles leave me with considerable business experience, including coaching, mentoring and supporting hundreds of people through organisational change.



I have a law degree, financial services qualifications and an MBA.

Coaching Training

I trained as a coach with two highly regarded schools, the Coaches Training Institute and Barefoot Coaching.

Coaching Qualifications

I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, have a Post Graduate Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching from the University of Chester and am member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.


Contact Details

TELEPHONE: 07899 903587

EMAIL: mark@markcolliercoaching.com

Some words of wisdom

Whilst no substitute for commitment, action and change, wise words can often provide a much needed signpost, helping to point the way.

Here are a few I'm happy to live my life by...

"To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life."

Robert Louis Stevenson


"For the first time in human existence, we have a choice to shape our work to suit the way we live instead of our lives to fit our work... we would be mad to miss the chance."

Charles Handy

"You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness & trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams.
You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don't
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly."



"He who knows contentment is rich"

Lao Tzu