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About Chris

Originally from Eastwood in Rotherham, Chris’s corporate career has taken in design engineering, academia, contracting, project investment, programme management, and sustainability.

He has held management positions and directorships in several successful multinational businesses and three SMEs. At present, he runs a Sheffield-based coaching network, Damflask Consulting, and hosts the podcast “The Compassionate Leadership Interview.” His coaching experience has encompassed private businesses, third sector organisations and the NHS.

Chris has a first-class honours degree from Trinity College Cambridge and an MBA  from the University of Sheffield. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in coaching and mentoring from Sheffield Hallam University and is accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council as a Senior Practitioner. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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"Chris is a brilliant coach with great personal life experience... He has helped me develop a more strategic approach to my career, improved my focus and enhanced my understanding and practice of leadership."

Private client, London

My Mission

My mission is to help create a more inclusive and convivial society, by making the work of outstanding compassionate leaders known, and by helping people think about how they can embrace compassion within their own leadership practice.

I share the view expressed by Michael West in episode 13 of The Compassionate Leadership Interview. "Compassion is the most important focus we should have now as a species..." If we treat our colleagues with compassion at work, then we will be so much more likely to treat our customers and patients (in the NHS) with compassion, and then our colleagues and our customers will take that compassion out into society and the environment.

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