Career Guide: Alistair Roberts

Alistair is an executive coach concentrating largely on people and business development. He had a long army career before transitioning into the legal sector and brings a wealth of experience to the Position Ignition team. He has a lot of experience working with law firms and is one of our specialists in this area as well as working across a variety of other sectors and with a range of individual clients such as those in private equity, private wealth management, recruitment, property industry and consumer services.

Alistair was drawn to working with Position Ignition as he enjoys the process of people development and playing a part in that. Through the successful completion of four significant career changes and a great many career moves within the whole, he brings genuine experience and realism to late career planning.

Alistair spent 27 years in the army before deciding to retire from there and change careers. He joined the Norton Rose M5 Group of commercial law firms as its Training and Development Director. In 1998 he was appointed as the Professional Development Director of Eversheds, with a seat on its operational executive, and was responsible for driving the HR aspects of integration of the seven member firms into a single partnership.

In 2003 he left Eversheds to go sailing around the world and then eventually set up his own consultancy in the UK in 2005. Since then he has held two Interim HR Director roles for the large commercial law firms Burges Salmon and Kennedys and also moved into coaching.

His coaching work came about as an extension of his training and development work and his enthusiasm throughout his career, for working closely with people and helping them to achieve their goals. Alistair became a professional coach after graduating from the Meyler Campbell School of Coaching, which is accredited by the Law Society. He has a great ability to create rapid rapport with his clients, has an empathetic ear and also believes in using a challenging approach to ensure that commercial objectives are met and that success is measured from any coaching or guiding that is undertaken.

Alistair was educated at Cambridge and The Royal Military College of Science (RMCS), Shrivenham (Cranfield University).  He also subsequently returned there (to RMCS) as an instructor in leadership and military technology.

Alistair is also in psychological assessment tools. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development and is a Committee member of the Army Benevolent Fund; The Soldiers Charity.

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