About Phil Drinkwater

I’m a successful business owner with a creative edge. I’ve worked in highly analytical roles, as well as managerial and directorship positions.

My focus in life is helping business owners and senior leaders to get the most from themselves in order to grow the organisations they own or work within. 

Who am I as a person?

I think values are a good way to understand someone. 

My key values are efficiency, kindness, security, personal development, intelligence, creativity, entrepreneurship and openness.

A brief history

Technical, creative, analytical & people skills

I have an unusual mix of technical, analytical, creative and people skills honed through a long and very successful career, before becoming a Business & Executive Coach.

University & early career

I studied Computer Science at University, achieving the highest mark ever awarded for a final year project.

I began my professional life as a programmer working on computer games. My creative side flourished, but I wanted to help the business improve management processes, becoming a Programming Manager. I then moved into Project Management, running teams up to 50 individuals across different continents, where I learned how to be a more effective critical thinker.

Developing own businesses

In partnership, I then started my own online business, which grew from nothing to over 20 employees, achieving over a million visitors a year through SEO, which I discovered largely through trial and error. In my role, I also focused on data-led User Experience improvements.

I also trained as a psychotherapist and was also a professional photographer for about a decade, simply because I loved taking amazing photographs.

Business & Executive Coaching

More recently I became a Certified Coach and have moved towards performance coaching in business since people and their minds totally fascinate me, and I recognise the growth that individuals can gain from coaching.

Three things I enjoy

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Cooking

I love the creativity of taking a set of ingredients and turning them into something delicious … although the eating only takes a fifth of the time!

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International travel

I’ve travelled to nearly 50 countries now. A few highlights were walking the Inca Trail, seeing the Big 5 in Kenya and enjoying the islands of the Philippines.

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Hiking & trekking

There’s nothing like walking up a hill or mountain (that’s me at the top of a mountain in Scotland), or through a forest, to clear the mind and gain some clarity.

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