About James Butcher

James is a coach and facilitator with 25 years’ experience, focusing on helping people develop team excellence, personal effectiveness, successful collaborative relationships, and resilient leadership.

James is known as an insightful coach, a skilled facilitator, an energising trainer, and someone who brings rigour to the application of psychology to the world of work. He works with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Arup, Cancer Research UK, Coca Cola, Bristol City Council, The Body Shop, BBC Worldwide, ATKearney, and Brighton & Hove City Council.

For many years James was an associate with SOLACE Enterprises, as the company’s Head of Leadership Development. James helped design and deliver the Academy of Executive Leadership, run in collaboration with Ashridge Business School, and Leaders in Partnership, a collaborative leadership programme for local authorities across Sussex, Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight. As an associate with Practive, James is a member of the faculty of the NHS Leadership Academy, and has worked widely in the NHS.

James has a BA (Hons) in Psychology, a Diploma in Management Studies, a Diploma in Counselling, and has completed the Advanced Training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. He has  trained in the use of Appreciative Inquiry, and has an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology.

As part of his MSc, James researched positive organisational cultures, to identify the conditions that help individuals to perform at their best; he presented his findings at the 2012 Canadian Positive Psychology Conference. In 2010 he contributed to a symposium on applying positive psychology to the world of work at the European Positive Psychology Conference in Copenhagen.

James has lectured on the business applications of Appreciative Inquiry at the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology at University of East London, and has contributed case studies of his work to the recently-published book “Positive Psychology at Work: How Positive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry Create Inspiring Organizations”.  He is currently writing a chapter on resilience for a forthcoming book on leadership for nurses and midwives.