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Mike Phillips

Executive coach


Mike Phillips

Having spent much of his corporate career in senior leadership roles in the energy industry, Mike has a proven track record in leading change, strategy development and delivering growth with teams in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He has served on JV boards, regional leadership teams and led global strategic partnerships for BP Plc. 

A natural leader with strength in building relationships and engaging with stakeholders, he has developed high-performing teams, embedding values and setting direction whilst learning to navigate internal systems and make choices. He attributes much of his success to building teams that embrace diversity, value unique perspectives and collaborate effectively.  

Today Mike works as a coach both in the UK and overseas, he is also a Non-Executive Director and Trustee at Reading University Students Union. 

Coaching Style and Expertise

Mike has a passion for coaching and, from his experience, comes a curiosity that can bring a very different perspective to his client’s challenges. It can help them to develop new ideas, bring clarity to their thinking and help them to understand their own behaviours and those of their colleagues allowing them to make a change. He has enjoyed coaching leaders at all levels in a wide range of Public, Private and Not-for-profit organisations.  

Mike’s aim is to empower leaders to maximise their potential and to achieve their goals and ambitions. He is experienced in using a variety of coaching tools and techniques, as well as simply listening and acting as a sounding board for his clients, this he believes can be one of the most powerful coaching techniques of all.


- MSc Coaching & Behaviour Change, Henley Business School 

- Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching, Henley Business School 

- BSc Engineering Science & Business, University of Warwick


- EMCC Senior Practitioner 

- ICF Member  

- Lumina Spark Psychometric -Qualified Practitioner 
- Lumina Leader 360 – Qualified Practitioner 


Industry Experience (Coaching) 

- Energy Industry   

- Publishing  

- FMCG  

- Travel & Hospitality 

- Not for profit  


Critically, Mike encouraged me to think more creatively around my situation. I had up to this point a very either / or approach to the questions I was asking myself, this was making it difficult to arrive at a way forward I was comfortable with. Mike explained that not all decisions are binary and helped me think about the same questions through a different framework. The result was energising and productive. The journey with Mike continues and I feel I am making great progress around important questions related to my professional future.  (CEO / Founder, International Travel Industry)  


Mikes approach is excellent for me – he listens to everything that’s going on, reflects back what he is hearing in a far more cogent way than I can present and helps clearly identify focus and areas to work on.  His insight in this area alone is particularly helpful. We used the decisional balance matrix to help me see my way clearly through a tough decision. The framework we used has really given me a different way to think about the issues and balances in this decision and I’ve been reflecting back on it all weekend.    (Director, Not for Profit)