Phil Dickson (FinstSMM) - Commercial Director and Senior Business Coach

Phil has over twenty five years' sales, training and managerial experience including twenty years of business consultancy. Commencing work as assistant manager in a retail outlet, Phil pursued a career with Harper Collins as a production editor. He then progressed to sales, receiving 'Salesman of the Year' award for worldwide sales. This involved orchestrating media promotional activities such as winning air space for authors on regional radio and TV interviews. His career developed to a senior management position where his major projects included marketing, strategy design and sales operational initiatives.

Harper Collins invested generously in his management and leadership development - including specialist coaching skills and psychometric profiling.

Phil became a Director of Associated Training in 1989 and grew the business to become a world class provider delivering to global clients in every industry sector.

In 2009 the company bought the specialist business coaching company, Business Coaching Foundation (BCF), which was already well established but served to further upgrade Phil's own expertise in this area. He is accredited to ILM level 5 as a business coach.

Additionally, Phil happens to be one of only a very few commercial leadership coaches to have delivered programmes at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Phil continues to provide coaching support and deliver ILM accredited business coaching programmes for international clients such as Airbus, Enterprise Ireland, Allianz, Lufthansa, O2, Unilever, HM Prison Service, Thomas Cook, PPG, Virgin-Active and the BBC. Phil is a licensed Paradigm™ psychometric practitioner.

He is married with a daughter reading politics at Warwick University who keeps him 'grounded'. He plays the piano and composes, reads voraciously and has an encyclopedic knowledge of Cinema, the Roman Empire and Space Exploration.