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Business development specialist, trainer and personal coachJohn Bolan


Johnís primary interest is in developing individuals and teams to improve their business performance by developing the personal and behavioural† skills needed to achieve their personal and organisational goals.† He uses his knowledge of coaching tools and techniques and the experience of implementing challenging changes for people in both the private and public sectors.† He is trustee of two charitable organisations one for young people in sport and the other for those approaching retirement.

His career started in Employee Relations followed by strategic and operational roles in HR and IT.† Up to 1996 John worked for National Power plc and was responsible for HR, IT and performance management in NP Group Technology.†


John is an experienced designer and facilitator of change and development programmes.† In the last 15 years he has designed and implemented organisational change and development programmes in the UK, USA and Europe for professional services, technology companies, engineering, NHS and other public and voluntary organisations.† He is an experienced coach and an accredited practitioner for MBTI, SDI, Facet5 & Belbin


Examples of assignments that John has been involved in include:

  • Designed and facilitated innovation and strategy conferences in France, Luxembourg and Germany for a multinational industrial client twice a year over the last 3 years
  • Designed and delivered a negotiating and influencing skills programme for business development† teams in the worlds largest steel producer
  • Designed and implemented a relationship development programme for managers in a global telecommunications business resulting in a growth of clients and business
  • Provided and implemented a facilitated management approach for a global IT company
  • Facilitated and coached senior medical staff and their teams in a major NHS Hospital
  • Design and delivery of HR Strategy, Consultancy skills and Career Management programmes for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.†††


To help individuals and businesses be successful through a better understanding of how they improve individual and collective performance to achieve their full potential.


I have coached and worked with Nikki for over 5 years.† During that time I have come to recognise the values driven approach of Vaga and its people, which makes it a trusted and respected advisor to its clients organisation and associates.††