Christian Stafford


Chris is a very experienced coach and facilitator, who has a background in team and individual coaching.  With over 20 years of learning, development and leadership experience, he is an expert facilitator and transformational coach. Chris has a unique ability and experience that enables him to combine lived experience of leadership with his passion and flair for delivering learning.  He has proven experience of creating a facilitative/coaching environment, ensuring clients are able to achieve tangible results.

Former clients describe his style as warm, empathetic, challenging, authentic and transformational. His real strength is his ability to listen intently and challenge thinking, to ensure clients gain the maximum success from the learning experience and help them to achieve the outcomes they are looking for.  He is able to create an environment where clients feel comfortable and psychologically safe to explore their desired objectives, with appropriate challenge creating a transformative experience.

Key Experience

  • Director of a Social Enterprise Community Interest Company – design, facilitation and coaching for community groups
  • 20 years of managing and leading teams in the financial, professional services, technology and retail industries.
  • Designed and facilitated NHS programme of learning, Young Co-op Business Leaders Programme and listening events for senior leaders for a national transport organisation
  • Influenced and shaped coaching culture process and practice across a c. 250 employee sales centre.
  • Led the internal coaching programme across The Co-op, overseeing and providing CPD and supervision for 70+ coaches across the organisation.
  • Experienced in supporting minority groups, ensuring coaching takes place with a lens of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Qualifications, memberships and other relevant skills

  • EMCC Practitioner Course via The Performance Coach – 2015
  • Co-op Coaching Programme – 2018
  • Strengthscope Practioner and Strengthscope Team Practitioner – 2018
  • ILM Level 5 in Effective, Coaching and Mentoring – 2019
  • ICF Certified – Mastering Your Power Coaching Programme – 2022
  • ILM Level 7 in Coaching Supervision – Current
  • Troop Member of Chimp Management Ltd

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