Chris Grady

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Linlithgow EH49 & London SW4
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About me

Creative Life Support for you and your business

I have worked for 30 years in the arts, charity and creative industries. My specialist areas in professional business are project management, marketing, fundraising and new brand development. If you are pretty sure you don't want to stay "here", and need help identifying, exploring and reaching "there" then get in touch. I love to share the journey.

I have worked across the UK as well as in Berlin, Mexico, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Seoul, Moscow and with small and medium enterprises ($1-£6m projects) in many European countries. I continue to teach marketing, fundraising and management modules at MA level, and work internationally to help make business connections trans-nationally.

My move to coaching follows 7 years of mentor/guiding emerging entrepreneurs and creative business managers. With the supportive training of The Coaching Academy I have gained new tools, and greater understanding of how to help individuals and business leaders as they consider one core question:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do /with your one wild and precious life?” to quote the poet Mary Oliver.

My current clients range from returning corporate executives in Scotland, legal sole practitioners in Suffolk, osteopaths in London, homeopathic healers in Cornwall, copywriters in Australia, and a singer/record producer in San Francisco. Each wish to move their life, their career, their projects forward from "here" to "there" - together we explore what, where & how.

My questions to Chris were: Where to go from now? I think I know what I want to do but I’m not sure if I can do it? Chris response was to help me asses where I am now and be clear on what my goal is. The result: I believe I can achieve my goal, have a clear action plan of how to work towards it and most importantly an abundance of confidence. “ RJ / Dance Company Feb 14

It’s rare to find someone who makes listening into an art form. Immediately from my first session with Chris Grady I felt heard, understood and guided to become more effective, creative and happy in my life, my art, and my professional work.” SU / Social Enterprise Nov 13

My new e-book "The Anatomy of your Creativity" is commissioned by Bookboon for business managers and leaders, offering an array of practical tools for individual resiliance and business growth. I look forward to sharing this with you.

You can read my blog here.

Training, qualifications & experience

30 years SME management as variously Head of Marketing, fundraising Appeal Co-ordinator, Chief Executive, General Manager, joint Project Manager (£6m building project) and international copyright and licensing manager.

Diploma with The Coaching Academy in "Personal Performance Coaching"
7 years of listening/mentoring through a programme of monthly surgeries in London.

Visiting Lecturer (and head of Masters programmes) at variously Mountview Academy (accredited by University of East Anglia), Anglia Ruskin University, Edinburgh Queen Margaret University, Goldsmiths College (part of University of London), covering marketing, multiple project management, fundraising.

Open Space Technology facilitator working to create conference programmes for the medical sector and the arts & business.

Corporate Training course developer and leader in personal impact for individual managers, boards of directors, and sales/influencers.

Life exploration in understanding and supporting those working in alternative therapies, and the holistic approach to wellness. [I am not a practitioner in these fields, preferring to work in harmony with those who are gifted/trained in this work]

Other areas of coaching I deal with

Holistic Medicine, Wellness Practitioners, and Naturists.


Additional information

I offer the following under my CGO (Chris brand

CGO Surgery Programme
One hour session (usually face to face) on an agreed surgery day
Monthly in London, and occasionally in Manchester, Edinburgh, York
Rate: Pay-what-you-can

Online PWWIYC Sessions (Pay What When If You Can Sessions are part of my offer as we live in lockdown. Do get in touch if you need one or two sessions to help find focus.

CGO Coaching 6-Series
Six one-hour sessions over a period (usually fortnightly over 3 months)
Skype/Facetime or in person with reasonable continuing email checks
Rate: £480 for business, and limited number at £360 for not-for-profit

Many of my coaching clients come through my ongoing surgery programme, and I am always happy to offer a pay-what-you-can first coaching session by skype/facetime or in person (plus travel costs where necessary)

CGO Group Coaching
Available for networks, organisations, group, team or brand development
Bespoke programmes from 2hr events, to ongoing interventions
Rate: in discussion

CGO International
By arrangement an ongoing relationship with an International business
Seeking a mix of coaching, marketing & product development expertise
This can be on-site, intensive, or by retainer
Rate: in discussion

When I work

Times by arrangement to suit our skype/zoom connections (timezone). After lockdown I will be happy to travel but most work is cloudbased with clients nationally and internationally

Further information

I am married to Dr Kath Burlinson, a theatre director and highly regarded corporate coach, with whom I have created a number of company and executive intervention programmes.

My son, Michael Grady Hall, is an actor, trained at RADA and with a growing number of National Theatre and RSC credits. My daughter, Anna, works for Stonewall in individual giving having previously been with the Prince's Trust in fundraising communications and spent a year working at the Calais Refugee camp

Kath and I are based in Scotland (Blackness, West Lothian) and London (Clapham North) and spend glorious time co-ordinating our diaries as we criss-cross the country, and check in to railway stations.

My book "Your Life in Theatre" a self-help careers guide for anyone in the creative industries at any stage of their life is being well reviewed and enjoyed. I continue fortnightly blogs which may form the basis of book 2 [...dear other coaches...this is a parked idea, not a Goal yet]. "The Anatomy of My Creativity" is a short e-book which came out mid 2016.

I benefit from coaching myself, and continue to be delighted by the richness of my encounters with fascinating people.

Blackness, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49

Type of session

In person

Key details

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Chris Grady
Chris Grady