News: Martyn Carr Coaching

Posted on 19th September 2018

We all need a coach sometimes…

I got into coaching back in 2006 after someone encouraged me to read ‘Coaching for Performance’ by Sir John Whitmore. ‘Wow’ I thought, ‘this is the missing piece in my leadership skillset’, and so persuaded was I by Whitmore that later that year I signed up to an MSc course in Coaching & Development.

If you want to be a more effective leader, coaching is an incredibly useful skill. Virtually everyone can benefit from having a coach at some stage in their professional life – that’s why so many senior executives do! Coaching is one of those words which most of us think we know what it means yet often people don’t. Sometimes it’s easier to say what it isn’t! It’s not consultancy, nor counselling nor therapy. It’s not even mentoring or advising, which many people confuse coaching with. Rather, coaching is about learning and when done well it combines a certain attitude or belief in the potential of people to find the solutions that are best for them with a specific set of skills, including asking effective questions and listening with great care and attention.

These days there are coaches specialising in all sorts of arenas: life coaches; sports coaches & career coaches to name but three. At Martyn Carr Coaching our passion is inspiring leaders to grow. For me it’s about current leaders e.g. Business Owners, Executives and their leadership teams, and would-be leaders – the people who either want, or their organisation’s want, to grow in order to take on greater responsibilities.

Professionally I have always viewed myself as a student of management and leadership. Over the course of a 30+ year career, I have tackled a wide range of management disciplines. From production buyer, on to IT analyst programmer and project management, to credit management across into business operations plus a stint in new product development before returning to leadership roles in IT and consulting. I have worked for some major brands that include American Express, Legal & General, Thomas Cook, Sainsburys and EMI plus not-for-profit organisations too.

I have lived in Burgess Hill for about 25 years, and I am now focused on ‘Martyn Carr Coaching’ which I believe passes the Ronseal test of doing what is says on the tin. I am keen to work with local businesses to help current and next generation leaders become more effective through coaching. So if you want to know more about how coaching can support you or your leaders please get in touch via the web site for an introductory chat.


I am very pleased to have joined BHBPA. Many thanks to Peter Liddell for explaining how the association operates and I look forward to meeting the members in the coming weeks and months.


Martyn Carr



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"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."

Nick Broom, Managing Director
(PVL UK Ltd)

"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "

Judi Arditi, Director
(Travail Employment Group)

"“We have been members of BHBPA from its inception, and seen the organisation steadily grow and expand into the dynamic entity it is today, bringing positive benefits to all its members.""

Peter Hook, Manager
(Computer Systems Engineers)

"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "

Steve Cridland, CEO
(Burgess Hill Town Council)