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Paul Starbuck MCC - Managing Director
Executive Coaching, Team Development and Leadership Specialist
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“I care about helping leaders help themselves, their teams and their business unleashing their full potential.  I build trusting, authentic partnerships focused on the executive’s growth through a fun, relaxed style and keeping things simple.”

Career Background and Strengths


An experienced executive leader with 35 years of retail and healthcare leadership.  Paul has led an accomplished career across the disciplines of HR, Finance, Operations, Property, and Audit as well as leading big field leadership teams across the United Kingdom and Ireland.  Paul has led big change and transformational projects including organisational design, operational improvement, people changes, resourcing, introduction of new systems, risk management, technology and store formats. 


Paul has a non-executive director and board experience with an extensive understanding of leading highly successful teams in the corporate area.

As an Associate with Honest Conversations

Paul’s passion for coaching stems from his innate desire to empower others and his drive to not only see others succeed but succeed with them. Paul has worked with senior leaders, directors, c-suite and executives across all sectors including board level of some of the biggest businesses on a global scale.  Bringing a mix of high support and challenge, Paul works to stretch clients thinking to unlock their true potential and deliver the changes they want to make in their organisations.  

Paul focuses on the “executive growth through powerful and challenging conversations with a sprinkling of fun and simplicity on the way”. By putting the client at the centre of the changes they want to make, Paul equips them with the leadership skills, executive capabilities, and personal confidence necessary to achieve their objectives. Paul’s passion and energy to support leaders making change is infectious.

Coaching and Leadership Experience

Includes Microsoft, General Electric, KPMG, Jaguar Land Rover, SAP Global, Adecco, British Telecom, Boots, Morgan Stanley, Unilever, Ralph Lauren, Astra Zeneca, Coca-Cola, Standard Chartered and NHS. 

Key sectors:

•    Retail
•    Healthcare
•    Pharmaceuticals
•    Telecoms
•    Oil & Gas
•    Finance 
•    NHS
•    Public Sector
•    Finance
•    Hospitality
•    Technology
•    FMCG 

Qualifications and Training

ICF MCC (Master Certified Coach Accreditation)
EMCC Senior Practitioner 
ILM Level 7 Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring
Chartered Fellow (CMI)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Diploma in Professional Consulting. 

Hogan Assessments Certification
Korn Ferry LPA & 360 Accreditation
Thomas International PPA & TEIQue Accreditations. 
FAA Level 3 Mental Health First Aider

Paul is a member of the Institute of International Coaching Federation (ICF), European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC), and the Charter Management Institute (CMI).

What Clients Say

“I worked with Paul over a 9-month period as part of BT’s executive talent programme.  I can genuinely say that that the experience and insights that Paul brought about were game-changing.  Through the perfect balance of challenge, support and encouragement, Paul created an environment wherein I was able to critically assess my values, motivations and desired career outcomes.  With that clarity, we then worked through a specific and measurable plan of action, which, in turn, gave me real data points to build upon.  What made this possible was Paul’s adeptness as a coach but also the real-world experience he had from his time as senior leader in industry – he’d walked in my shoes giving him credibility and authority.  Finally, Paul is a great guy – his personable nature really allowed me to open up, shared my inner-most thoughts and make real breakthroughs.  As a result, I’d highly recommend Paul as a coach – you’ll enjoy the journey and have real impact against your personal or professional goals.”
Director, Global Operations

"From our initial discussion it was clear Paul understood my problem and had the means and tools to support and help my development. Paul clearly outlined the process we would undertake and what he expected to me to gain out at the end - making clear that I would have to do the heavy lifting - while he guided and coached. From our first engaged session to our last Paul challenged me and got to think differently regards the outcomes I wanted to achieve, he highlighted the positives in the skills and tools I had to achieve our agreed goals - but always asked what was needed to be exceptional. With each session I found myself viewing my professional achievements differently - building a new found confidence in taking the next executive step in my career. I recently took a huge step in my executive career - one that was helped and supported by the guidance and coaching from Paul. 


I can highly recommend working with Paul if you are looking to develop and evolve your professional career - as my new journey begins I would have no hesitation in working with him again for coaching and support in helping me achieves success and my professional goals"
Managing Director

Inspiration outside work

Paul has a love for family, friends, well-being, sport, music and a fabulous sense of fun!

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