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Sloppy Hills



Rediscover purpose
Achieve focus
Take confident action 

To help you to make sense of the challenges you face, to resolve dilemmas and to explore future possibilities. The result is more focus and clarity, allowing you to take more confident action.


Where do I coach

Based in Oxfordshire UK, I work in London and Oxford, and across the UK, Continental Europe and Africa 

Why would you want to work with me? 

To help you to make sense of the challenges you face, to resolve dilemmas and to explore future possibilities. The result is more focus and clarity, allowing you to take more confident action.

Accreditations and qualifications

  • Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching, AoEC (Academy of Executive Coaching), 2016.

  • EMCC (European Mentoring & Coaching Council) accredited coach, at Practitioner level.

  • BA Honours degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

  • Doctor of Professional Studies, Global University for Lifelong Learning - GULL. (An Honorary degree)

  • Accredited practitioner in the MBTI and SDI diagnostic instruments

  • Qualified EFT practitioner (Advanced Certificate)

  • Part-progress towards an MSc in Systems Thinking, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, but this was discontinued when I emigrated to the UK in 1999

  • Member of the Trusted Coach Directory


My origins

My work experience was gained in two very different parts of the world, and this multi-cultural exposure has informed and enriched my approach to individual coaching and to organisational development work:

The first 17 years were spent gaining invaluable corporate experience in Unilever Southern Africa, with exposure to market research, HR, union negotiations and talent management. In the last four years with Unilever I was Head of Management Development and Graduate Recruitment & Development for Sub-Saharan Africa.

My family and I relocated to the UK in 1999, where I worked as a Senior Training Consultant for three years with an Oxfordshire-based training consultancy. Thereafter I started my own business, specialising in people development consulting, management training and since 2012, in executive coaching. My coaching  credentials were formalised in 2016 by gaining the Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching, with AoEC (Academy of Executive Coaching) in London. I have also earned full accreditation as a coach with EMCC (European Coaching and Mentoring Council)


I subscribe to the EMCC Global Code of Ethics in my coaching practice.

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Clients & Testimonials




"Over the past two years my coaching sessions with Dirk have been especially useful in giving me an outlet to explore challenges in my work and personal life. The nature of my work role can be isolating, and Dirk has provided a useful outlet for me. He helps me to look at things in perspective, to see issues from the other side. This gives me invaluable insight that would otherwise be difficult to obtain, and it helps inform my actions.


Dirk has also been especially helpful in mentoring a highly-valued technical specialist in my team, on how to communicate more effectively with clients, and with me. The result is that we now have more structure in the way we run calls and client meetings. We are now achieving better, and quicker results on projects  that would not have been possible before Dirk’s involvement."

CS. Company Director, data analytics industry



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