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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"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."

Steve Mooney
(Steven Mooney Machinery)

"“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)

"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."

Mims Davies MP, Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex

"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.

It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"

Susan Fleet, Managing Director
(Lea Graham Associates)