Ian White

Years of Experience: 5/6


Qualifications & Professional Memberships:

  • Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching with the Coaching Academy

  • NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship)

  • PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education)

  • BEng 2(i)Hons Civil and Structural Engineering

  • Accredited as a Senior Practitioner with the EMCC 


Specialist Areas:

  • Leadership coaching

  • Performance Coaching

  • Career Coaching

  • Managing Change

  • Building Teams

  • Assertiveness and Conflict, having difficult conversations

  • Developing a coaching leadership style and culture

  • Establishing purpose, values and actions for culture and climate

  • HR processes and policy, including investigations and hearings



What my clients want in ten words:

To reflect, process, think deeply, to be challenged and grow.



How I coach:

  • Face to Face

  • Skype/Zoom/Video Call

  • Walk and Talk Coaching

  • Telephone


Where I coach:

  • Home

  • Leeds

I worked as a Civil Engineer and then as a Teacher in challenging schools, becoming a Deputy Headteacher, with a total of 15 years of senior leadership experience.


I am a qualified and accredited coach (EMCC) who has worked with Senior Leadership Teams and team leaders (middle leaders).  I also provide leadership training, either through programmes or one-off sessions, usually followed by a series of coaching sessions to embed learning.


My coaching style is a solution-focused approach using a blend of models with a focus on the FACTS model of challenging coaching.  


The FACTS coaching model I find especially useful with leaders as it involves, giving Feedback, holding to Account, setting Courageous goals, allowing Tension in the coaching relationship and holding System thinking central to the relationship and context of the coachee.   This model also focuses on providing high levels of challenge and high levels of support.


In addition, aspects of GROW, GROWTH, OSKAR, as well as creating ‘Thinking Environments’, have shaped me as a coach.  Contracting and building rapport are also fundamental aspects of my coaching practice. 


I find my role as a coach, working alongside a leader in their own ‘hero’s journey’, incredibly rewarding.   Throughout it all, the greatest learning has been my own journey, understanding my own state, how I am in the coaching session, my influences, ego, bias and thoughts, and how this improves the experience for the coachee.  Supervision has been an incredible part of understanding myself, who I am as a coach and improving my own ability to be aware of myself during a coaching session. 


I am passionate about the growth and development of leaders and share The Leadership Coaches values of passion, integrity, exceptional service and social responsibility.

We as a company are currently in a stage of rapid growth and with this comes challenges and change.  Some of our leaders have to adapt to new roles, with new clients, staff and expectations across the company within very short timescales.   Ian has been instrumental in bringing about change with our leaders and equipping them for new leadership challenges.  He has credibility and capability as a coach, and leaders report that he is able to provide a high level of direct challenge in a safe and secure context.  From our perspective, the change in our leaders has been significant.

Ian White has been a leadership coach supporting participants on our leadership development programmes for four years, over this time he has supported over 64 Middle and Senior leaders within Secondary Schools and Multi-Academy Trusts. These participants are often dealing with large scale change, for example, implementation of the new Ofsted frameworks and the effect on curriculum, schools and ways of working, schools being taken over by Multi-Academy Trusts and restructures within departments. Last year 100% of Ian’s coachees said that working with him had enabled them to connect my values and my behaviour in my work at school and enabled them to build confidence and capacity to face challenges and recover from setbacks

Ian’s work has been fundamental in shaping both the culture and systems in our school.   The main focus has been Ian’s support to secure a coaching culture in school.  Leadership training, supported by regular 1-1s with the coaches has resulted in skilled, confident coaches who carefully balance the needs of the coachee with the needs of the organisation.  Ian will ask the questions that need to be asked, say what needs to be said and challenge my thinking until we have worked through a problem.