Mike Payne




Michael is an experienced Director with enhanced and engaging leadership skills, honed in multiple roles in the private, public and third sectors.  He has developed his unique style in numerous leadership positions ranging from leading Royal Marine Commandos in high-tempo operations; specialist high-performing teams in a fast-paced commercial environment in the City of London; Senior Management roles within an innovative, high-profile national charity; and latterly as a Coach, Facilitator and People Developer.  He now focusses on enhancing organisational health and strength by helping people to find their performance and leadership potential.

Having been educated and coached to challenge conventional thinking - and to remain agile, adaptable and responsive – he avoids pre-determined and ‘one size fits all’ theories. He builds rapport quickly and believes in a more holistic approach to improving leadership, enhancing management ability, and getting the best out of people; by building organisational and personal resilience, strong values and an enviable culture. 


He is passionate about a people-focused approach to developing organisational effect and is fascinated in what makes people work effectively; how they learn, engage and deliver, and the importance of understanding yourself and being authentic.


Michael believes that the behavioral dimension, both internally through culture and values, and externally in terms of client engagement, is critical to organisational success and building capability.  He works collaboratively and enjoys helping people to develop a harmony between work and life; where, as well as being ambitious and committed to work, he is convinced that you can also have fun, improve your performance and enjoy your career journey!


He has a BSc(Hons) in Human Biology, a post-grad Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Executive Management; Senior Awards in Leadership & Management and Human Resource Management.  He is also a qualified management coach and mentor; has a Professional Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector; is a PRINCE2 Practitioner and a Practitioner in the Management of Risk. 


Michael is mentor to Royal Marines Young Officers and delivers a Recovery Programme for Help for Heroes to introduce Wounded, Injured and Sick Servicemen, Women and Veterans to countryside activities.  He lives in Devon - with his wife and four young boys - and enjoys rugby, fishing, cross-fit and country pursuits (usually with his children in tow!).  When he has spare time follows his interest in cooking meat, conservation and current affairs.