John Gray

Originally qualifying and practising as a solicitor, John has also worked at the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva, in grassroots peace-building in Burundi, and establishing and leading a community mediation service. Since 2001 he has been freelance offering organisational consultancy and facilitation, non-managerial supervision, and also latterly coaching. He has developed a number of professional development programmes and initiatives, including supervision skills, effective conflict skills, team building, reflective practice, managing change, and globally responsible leadership skills and practice. His coaching practice is with leaders and leadership teams, in a wide range of local, national and international organisations. In addition to his coaching, and his faculty role with AoEC, John is a part-time lecturer in leadership and management at the University of York’s Centre for Applied Human Rights.

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Meet the AoEC team – John Gray

1st June 2023 by John Gray

I’m John Gray, and I hold the lead within AoEC for our participation in and support for the global movement…



19th April 2023 by John Gray

I was lucky a few years ago to take one of my coaches with me on holiday. The holiday turned…


Beginner’s mind and learning how to be a coach

24th January 2023 by John Gray

As faculty on the AoEC’s Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching programmes, we meet many highly-qualified, highly-experienced and highly-effective professionals. And…


A metaphor for risk-taking and creativity in coaching

25th August 2020 by John Gray

Over a series of coaching sessions, what does it mean for coach and client as they deepen their understanding of…


Business-speak: Short-cut or rat run?

27th March 2019 by John Gray

As a business coach, I notice that my clients use jargon or business-speak all the time. It’s an indication that…


The art of cheering quietly

29th September 2018 by John Gray

In coaching, as in all other formal and informal helping relationships, there come many times when the helper needs to…


"Giving me my life back": Using coaching to mitigate the impact of anti-social behaviour.

19th July 2018 by John Gray

Case study written by: Anne Jones, Project Manager of Alliance Support Coaching John Gray, Faculty, Academy of Executive Coaching Engaging…


Coaching the living: lessons from sitting with the dying

30th May 2018 by John Gray

I should straightaway say that I’ve never yet had the privilege of sitting with someone who is dying.


The 13th Fairy – a stakeholder analysis fairytale for our times

12th December 2017 by John Gray

The recent interlude during the Brexit process, when Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party temporarily delayed and then influenced the negotiations,…