Richard is a certified Integral Coach with over 5 years of coaching experience, in particular with high potential individuals, but also with mid-level corporate and public sector managers. In his coaching he seeks to balance coaching outcomes with a focus on the client as a whole person, often working on a profound level that allows the client to shift their way of being in the world.
He is the founder of his own renewable energy company, and is passionate about coaching and mentoring young high potential individuals and entrepreneurs.
Having spent the first two years of his career in corporate finance in London, Richard made the switch to human development work when he was asked by the leadership of the Democratic Alliance (DA) to start the DA Leadership Academy in 2007. The academy is a party-funded initiative set up to develop the leadership competencies of existing and potential future DA leaders.
During his four-year stint as director of the academy, Richard was involved in the design, implementation, facilitation and coaching aspects of a variety of different leadership development and training interventions. Most notable amongst these was the DA Young Leaders Programme, which has received praise from Helen Zille and other party leaders for successfully attracting and assimilating new talent into the organisation.
Part of Richard’s role as director of the DA Leadership Academy was both to coach internally and to oversee coaching within the organisation. Since 2007, he has put in over 300 coaching hours whilst with the organization, coaching aspiring young leaders and national directors alike.
He was also responsible for recruiting and supervising nation-wide coaching teams to handle the growing coaching workload within the organization, and was fortunate to work with some of the top coaches in the country in this regard.
Richard then started his own renewable energy business in 2010 and entered the market as an independent coach.
Richard joined Connemara as an associate in 2011 and facilitates leadership development programmes and coaches their clients.
Richard has a Bachelor of Social Science in Philosophy from the University of Cape Town, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the same institution. He is one of the youngest graduates of the UCT GSB Professional Coaching Course (PCC) in the world, having completed all of the required programmes run by the Centre for Coaching and New Ventures West (USA).
Richard continues to mentor student coaches with the UCT GSB Centre for Coaching. He has also had the status of Associate Coach bestowed on him by the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Areas of Expertise
- Coaching young, high potential individuals
- Implementation of small and large-scale coaching interventions
- Design & facilitation of graduate development programmes
- Coaching & mentoring entrepreneurs
Richard brings a dynamic and fresh energy to the world of coaching, integrating both depth of philosophical approach with practical forward moving entrepreneurial energies.