As principal of Coach the Mind, Michael Astrop brings to any assignment objectivity and sensitivity. He spent his early years in the world of sales and marketing and in the late 80’s moved into executive coaching, working for blue chip clients like BTR, The Automobile Association, Kuwait Petroleum (GB) Ltd and Hutchinson Personal Communications.
In the 90’s and became a lecturer in organisational and human behaviour at Huddersfield University and, after deciding not to make academia his permanent home he moved into leadership and management development working with clients as diverse as the Ministry of Defence, British Waterways and Toshiba.
As coaching has become more popular he has moved into developing coaches and supervisors within, academic institutions and business, he is a tutor for the Institute of Leadership & Management working Huddersfield University, Liverpool John Moore’s and Manchester University, delivering the Level 5 Coaching & Mentoring qualification and the level 7 Coaching Supervision qualification.
Having worked in many sectors of industry Michael recognises that, ‘one size’ does not fit everyone and his ‘agile’ approach, enables him to take an eclectic behavioural based approach to what he calls a ‘self-realisation’ methodology. His 40 years of work life experience, has enabled him to develop an empathetic approach to all situations that recognises the imperatives of the business without, losing sight of the needs of the person.
He combines an active learning development and coaching consultancy with writing, teaching and delivering seminars throughout Europe on marketing, management and personal development issues.
Upon leaving the Private Sector with a successful track record in Senior Management. My career covered Operations, Training & Development through to Management Development. In 2006, I set up a business diversifying into Education delivering to public and private sector offering Professional & Vocational Training & Development.
As a coach, mentor and professional trainer working with Business Owners, Senior teams/managers and Middle Management teams throughout a wide range of organisations from/for over 28 years using deliver methods from work-based learning, blended learning, classroom delivery, one-to-one delivery, consultancy, coaching and mentoring.
Passionate about professional development with strong inter-personal skills, an insightful, confident and pragmatic in approach, plus naturally a focused individual dedicated to delivering excellence and results through people.
As a fully certified Professional Trainer, Coach, Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer, working with a variety of different clients, employer and companies identifying training needs, delivering Professional Development and Higher Level Education through group delivery as well as 1-2-1 coaching with individual’s to development and strengthen their knowledge, skill and performance in the workplace.
A learning and development professional, with excellent communications, team working and organisational skills, able to prioritise schedules and work to deadlines. With both strategic and operational experience, having worked in industry covering all private and public sector roles with a broad experience of working with and managing people.
Having started in the hospitality trade, rising to middle management of complex entertainment sites Kathryn moved into retail and developed a keen appreciation of customer service needs and processes. She joined Coach the Mind and qualified as a trainer before delivering a range of programmes in communication and customer service.
She then decided to, qualify as a counsellor and moved into working with drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Then taking more of a coaching route she moved into working with the business sector, as well as, qualifying to become a trainer assessor. She has now returned to Coach the Mind to cover all forms of business to business communication.