What my Clients say

A great asset as a Business Coach

“Phil is a wise owl. He has a wealth of experience which he is happy to share in guiding and advising you without dictating the way forward. He is friendly and cheerful and is always part of the solution and never adding to your problems. I worked with Phil at a very challenging time personally and professionally and having Phil on the team made things easier to bear. I thoroughly recommend Phil – a great asset as a Business Coach.”

CEO – Training Industry

Boosts my self-understanding which underpins my self-belief

“I’ve found our sessions boost self-belief because I leave them equipped with new ideas & thoughts to help me tackle my business issues. Our sessions sometimes force me to challenge my opinions, assumptions, prejudices and the underlying drivers behind my personality.  I find that this introspection ultimately boosts my self-understanding which underpins my self-belief.”

Director of Managed Services – Global Telecomms Industry

Phil challenges me to be more self-aware

“Phil is an exceptional Executive Coach, very knowledgeable and intuitive.  He is currently coaching and challenging me to reach my next career move within the organisation. He is thought provoking, inspiring and insightful and it is great to leverage his knowledge and experience as he understands the environment I work within.  He has given me tools to  develop my communication style to be in line with Board Level and flexible enough to communicate to the wider audience.  Phil challenges me to be more self-aware of the impact I have on others and not be afraid to not know the tiny detail.”

Head of HR

Coached to CEO level

“I have a high regard for Phil’s ability to listen and tease out the issues, discuss them, then put them in context or give examples/stories to help the recipient put them into their context.

I identified a manager who I hoped had the potential to rise significantly within the organisation.

Phil did a first-class job blending a coaching and mentoring approach. The candidate grew enormously and developed the emotional intelligence and self-awareness which is fundamental in a senior management role.

The manager’s insight into different approaches to achieve behavioural change in an organisation was also developed.

He is now no. 2 in our organisation, reports directly to our CEO and attends our board meetings. His ability has been recognised outside of our company and he has recently become, on a part time basis, CEO of an associate organisation.

This very rewarding success for the manager in question and for our organisation is down to the candidate’s potential and equally, in no small measure, Phil’s coaching, mentoring and Emotional Intelligence skills in developing those abilities.

I have no hesitation in recommending Phil to deliver this form of senior management development.”

Chairman – Charity

Helped me get results from our Board of Trustees

“I needed a coach who was independent, had broad business experience and could help me get results from our Board of Trustees and my staff. Phil delivered on all of these and more and I could comfortably discuss all topics in complete confidence.”

CEO – Mental Health charity

A wealth of insight and experience

“I have engaged with Phil for executive coaching within my organisation and for individuals within my own team.  Phil undertakes the role with complete professionalism and brings a wealth of insight and experience, at the same time truly challenging the coachee and bringing real tangible impact on performance.”

HR Director  – Utilities Industry

Phil is passionate about the client experience

​”Working with Phil Summerfield is challenging – and that’s a good thing! We engaged Phil to help us review the business from a fresh perspective and map our path going forward. From the early days onwards Phil challenged many aspects of how we do things and in his coaching role has enabled us to take a more holistic and objective view of our business processes, decisions etc. With Phil’s extensive business experience it’s inevitable that he adopts a consulting role too and his ability to seamlessly combine input from both coach and consultant standpoints is invaluable. Working with Phil is fun but that never means that his input lacks candour whether we’re dealing with strategic or operational issues. It’s essential that people working in our business are client focused; Phil is passionate about the client experience and constantly challenges us on how we can add even more value to our clients. As I said above, it’s a good thing.”

Managing Director – Learning Management Systems Industry

A true professional in his field of expertise

“If you want to push yourself or your organisation forward and need a partner you need look no further than Phil. He really is a true professional in his field of expertise.”

Senior HR Executive, Utilities Industry

Unique, different but always purposeful

​”An outstanding and experienced business professional, Phil’s many years of consulting work manifests itself in good listening skills combined with advice based on knowing what makes some companies succeed whilst many others struggle. As a coach and mentor Phil is great fun to work with, never taking himself too seriously but unfailingly able to challenge the status quo and work in tandem with short or long term business objectives, tactics and strategy. Unique, different but always purposeful, Phil is most definitely a good man to have on board.”

Director of Global Marketing – Business Software Industry

Rapid and sustainable growth for all parties

​”Phil’s professionalism and experience is apparent, his sense of humour too! I very much enjoyed our time working together in in the UK building a successful business partnership which enabled rapid and sustainable growth for all parties.”

Managing VP Information Industry

His communication skills are excellent

​”Phil is an extremely professional individual who sees assignments through to completion – often going above and beyond. His communication skills are excellent and his integrity is above reproach. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Phil again.”

Chief Technology Officer

His approach is considered and structured

“Phil is an extremely experienced professional who works regularly at Board level. He has a great deal of experience in IT related business transformation. Additionally, his role as MD of his own successful business and his additional role as non-Exec Director of another organisation demonstrate his overall breadth of experience. His approach is considered and structured and I would be happy to recommend Phil to others.”

CEO – Leisure, Travel & Tourism

Strong focus on relationship management

​”Phil and I worked closely together, setting up and running Ernst &Young’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) SAP business. Phil is extremely professional in his work, delivers high value and has a strong understanding of both the business and the SAP aspects of this market. He operates equally well at Board and other levels of organisations. His wide business experience lets him challenge and debate future opportunities and strategy. He has excellent communication and sales skills driven from his strong focus on relationship management and customer service. Phil is also great fun to work with and I would happily work with him again and recommend him to anyone.”

Partner – Ernst & Young Management Consulting

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