Trainer Profiles

Martin Smith PHD

Martin is a senior lecturer in the social sciences at Nottingham Trent University and an independent training consultant. He specialises in extreme difficult behaviour in the workplace and personality issues which go well beyond simply awkward. He has over thirty years training experience in communication, interpersonal skills, conflict management and personal safety. He is also a psychotherapist specialising in the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress, phobias and PTSD.

Presenting and advising directly to a range of organisations on a range of issues that not only cause difficulties but drain the very life out of teams and people at all levels he also presents to a variety of Public and Private Organisations both here in the UK and in the United States of America. Martin designs and writes training programmes for individuals and groups and develops personal coaching strategies.

He is a past member of The Institute for Leadership and Management – ILM and the Chartered Management Institute – CMI as well as a life member of the Open University Psychological Society, a member of the Association of Contextual Behavioural Sciences ACBS, and a senior accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy – BACP. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in psychotherapy working from solution focused and brief therapy methods. He has a Bachelors degree in psychotherapy and a Doctorate in Psychology

Mark Evans

Mark is an accredited European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) Coach Practitioner and is an accredited therapist with the Human Givens Institute and National Counselling Society.  

Since 2005 he has worked as a coach and therapist in Higher Education, business and in private practice. Mark belongs to the EMCC Academic Members Forum that promotes the use of coaching in Higher Education. Prior to working as a coach and therapist Mark worked for MIND as a Mental Health Advocate and The Telegraph Group as a Strategic Planner.

He draws from a range of coaching and therapeutic theories and approaches including Solution Focused Coaching, Human Givens Therapy together with mindfulness and performance tools such as Guided Imagery.

Ken Way BSc Psych

Ken Way is a highly experienced executive coach, having started his career as a sports psychologist, completing projects for the UK Government’s Sports Council, amongst others, before working in industry in roles as diverse as production, marketing and training. On returning to his original field of psychology he added qualifications in psychotherapy and related fields to specialise in coaching and training.  

Ken’s coaching approach benefits from his considerable experience as a trainer of ‘soft skills’ which means he is able to call upon models and approaches from a wide range of interpersonal programmes – for example: influencing, building relationships, developing impact and presence, listening, building confidence, leading effective teams, motivation, non-verbal impact, strategy implementation, handling conflict, energising and inspiring others and many more.

Some coaching assignments reveal that it is difficult to separate work issues from personal life – they impact on one another. Where appropriate (and obviously with permission) the coaching approach may therefore focus on life outside of work. It is here that Ken’s qualifications in psychology and psychotherapy really count – helping individuals to see beyond the obvious. His experience as a sports psychologist also adds a level of expertise and a dimension that many coachees really appreciate.