About David Sleightholm
I have been a freelance management and HR strategic advisor since 2003, delivering coaching and mentoring, and providing leadership, strategy and HR advice, facilitating action learning, undertaking HR assessments, dispute resolution and mediation. I specialise in working in companies who are on a journey from the public sector, and whose managers are often uncertain about where they stand and how best to lead and motivate a workforce, some of whom have deep-seated objections to the direction of travel.
Prior to that, I had over 20 years management experience, 12 at Deputy Chief Officer level, which included responsibility for Operations and also Finance, ICT, Facilities, Legal Services and HR. I managed holistic organisational change. I was involved with extensive policy advice to government and staff and union communication and negotiation.
Professionally, I am interested in the development of coaching and mentoring. I am International Vice President of one of its professional associations and oversee its work on quality; this covers the ethical code, competences, CPD and supervision policies diversity and regulation. Up until recently I had oversight of the development of its coaching, mentoring and supervision standards, the EMCC EQA, EIA, ESQA, ESIA and ISMPE. Being Vice President of an international not-for-profit professional association has been a profound learning journey
I am a member of the faculty of a coach-mentoring training company, running programmes and working individually with candidates who are learning coaching skills. I am an external assessor at Middlesex University.
Amidst all the organisational involvement detailed above, I get enormous pleasure out of helping someone reflect, take stock, deepen their awareness of their situation and its context, identify new possibilities, establish goals and make progress toward them. There’s nothing like it!