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TIM JOHNSTON

Executive Coach & Consultant

UNITED KINGDOM | LONDON

Tim’s coaching style embodies a calm energy, supporting and inspiring clients to bring their own energy and expertise to solve complex challenges. He is deeply reflective, allowing him to gain a perspective from which to ask challenging questions that bring clarity and a path towards action. He is able to be deeply empathetic and sensitive, whilst also direct, realistic and practical. ​

Based in London, Tim works with a range of clients including Board level executives, financial services professionals, and individuals in transition. He has 25 years of Investment Banking and Hedge Fund experience as a trader, trading manager and leader of business units and global teams.​

After graduating in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from Oxford University in 1993, Tim joined Goldman Sachs in London as an equity trader. His interest in managing and developing people, in addition to being responsible for devising and executing business strategy, led him to a management role at Bear Stearns in 2000. From 2003 Tim worked in hedge funds and with the Wellcome Trust in London, before joining JPMorgan in 2010, where he ran the European Cash Equity trading business, and for a period the Global Program Trading business, leaving in 2018.​

In 2015 Tim studied part-time at Insead University, completing an Executive Masters in Coaching & Consulting for Change in 2017. On leaving finance, he trained with Barefoot Coaching and is an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC). He also trained as a legal mediator with the London School of Mediation in 2020 and is part of their teaching faculty. This additional qualification allows him to bring a balanced approach to difficult or conflictual situations, in which reality-testing and supportive challenge can bring small but productive shifts in the client’s perspective.​

Tim is particularly interested in diversity in the workplace (having written his thesis on the difficulties of hiring female traders), as well as using outdoor coaching settings both one-to-one and in groups, to animate greater possibilities and transformation. He spends his leisure time hiking, rowing, and immersing himself in music and photography.​

   

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