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philip beddows

Founding Partner

Philip has 28 years experience in the coaching and mentoring arena and was fortunate to have had training and CPD with three of the pre-eminent Inner Game coaches.

He works with senior individuals and emerging leaders at critical transition points in their careers or their firm's development, to enhance their commercial performance and enable them successfully to achieve personal goals.  He has a passion for helping people and seeing them realise their full potential in the context of their business.

This involves providing support and guidance for clients in situations when they are facing a fresh challenge and need to refocus or re-energise; when moving into a key leadership role through lateral hire, promotion or relocation; contexts where more effective relationships would support enhanced performance; or when moving on from and exiting their current firm and transitioning to a new mainstream corporate role or portfolio career path where they can become high-profile alumni - this may include non-executive appointments.  Philip & colleagues also work to assist with secondments overseas, helping to ensure successful integration or re-integration of key talent. 

He has combined his coaching practice with commercial experience, having been involved in founding, starting up, selling a number of businesses in the human capital sector, often being responsible for creating new or refreshing existing brands.  He co-founded and led one of the non-search practices of leading UK headhunting firms Baines Gwinner and, after acquisition, Whitehead Mann.  From the latter, he helped lead an MBO, which resulted in the foundation of BG Consulting Group.  A richly varied set of life experiences includes leadership positions in the military, political, educational and charitable spheres.

His sector experience is very broad and includes a high level of expertise working in financial and professional services. He has gained deep experience working with a broad range of businesses that reflect the global interconnected nature of the sectors he typically works within. He has worked with people from all continents and more than 40 nationalities, and delivered assignments across EMEA and Asia-Pacific.

Professional memberships, training and qualifications:

  • Member of Board of Governors – International Association of Coaching (IAC).
  • Founding Fellow – Institute of Coaching Professional Association, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.
  • Non-executive – Institute of Legal Talent & Leadership (prev. the Institute of Mentoring).
  • Member – European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC).
  • Graduate of The School of Coaching’s flagship ‘Coach’s Programme’ (accredited by the EMCC to Senior Practitioner level; and by the ICF). The School was Europe’s first coach training organisation.
  • Certificate of Professional Development in Executive Coaching, from The University of Strathclyde, Centre for Lifelong Learning.
  • Accredited – Harrison Assessments.
  • Education: University of Reading, BA (Hons) History; and Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3, French.
  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society.

He enjoys writing, when he has time, and has had articles published in business, financial and HR media on leadership, succession, mentoring & coaching, non-executive directorships & portfolio life, the economy & corporate purpose, and careers. 

Philip contributed a chapter on ‘Mentoring and coaching across cultures’ for the book 'Mentoring and Coaching for Lawyers: Building Partnerships for Success', published by Globe Law and Business in October 2014, on behalf of the International Bar Association.