About Donnie

I want to live in a world that is in balance (and maybe even a world that allows us to be ourselves!) I’ve made it my mission to help people like you figure out what’s critically important so that you can live your life in alignment with who you really are.

My work with you is all about finding your version of success (whatever that may be).

I’m part coach, part pagan with a dash of autism. I’m definitely a unique mix! This has gifted me with an uncanny knack of seeing a person’s true energy and capability (even when they can’t see it themselves).

I love creating a supportive, safe space for people to figure out who they really are and what is important to them. I find joy in helping people discover what they really need to feel fulfilled in life. I feel strongly about people having the time and space to rediscover their truth.

I was born in Edinburgh and grew up in the Highlands of Scotland. My soul still holds the peace gained in the wilds of the West Highland coast. University life in Edinburgh and later, work life in London were the early stages of a career in Electrical Engineering. Finding my first proper job took me to another wild place – this time Exmoor in Somerset.

Twenty years later, I was high up in blue-chip corporate management, living in Whitstable, Kent. I was well-paid, well-qualified, highly experienced and with good prospects for further promotion.

And I felt like I was dying inside. But now I know why.

I was miserable, overwhelmed, exhausted and unfulfilled.

So, in 2009, I left the corporate ‘life’, retrained, and joined my wife to run our own coaching practice together.  Thirteen years later, here I am – happier, healthier, and wiser – and still happily coaching some amazing people.

I really love my work. I enjoy making a difference to peoples’ lives. The most amazing things happen when people see their true capabilities. I really do believe that people are capable of incredible transformations when given a little time, safe space, and the right support.

Donnie in winter woodland

Ten Things You Need to Know About Me

  • If I offer help, I am 100% invested in helping you!
  • I create and hold a safe space for people wherever they are
  • I recharge my batteries in ‘quiet space’
  • My autism is a superpower in my coaching work
  • My autism style is “problem -solver”
  • I love tech and gadgets, but I don’t automatically leap to buy the latest thing
  • I don’t always do small talk very well
  • Good quality dark chocolate works for me!
  • I am human too, fallible and with vulnerabilities

Ten Words to Describe Me

  • Calm
  • Reassuring
  • Insightful
  • Thinker
  • Problem-Solver
  • Puzzler
  • Cyclist
  • Logical
  • Different
  • Highlander
Donnie

Five Beliefs That I Hold

  • Everyone can grow and transform
  • I can coach people in their area of need, no matter what subject
  • People want to feel good about themselves
  • Nature is powerful and we need to treat her well
  • Humans are diverse creatures, let’s celebrate that

My Sanctuary

This photo was taken by me. It’s in the west coast of Scotland on the Applecross peninsula. My Mam was born and raised there, and I used to spend summers there with the wider family. The view is across the bay to the old Gaelic church. The last time my Mam and I were there she pointed out that there were now seven generations of the family in the churchyard!

The natural stillness, and timelessness, of the area is soothing. I was lucky enough to spend time out in a boat catching fish on a six-hook line, mackerel was still plentiful back then. We pulled up pots containing lobster and crab. My great aunt was a wonderful baker, even the Queen complimented her on her baking. The summers were idyllic.

Life moves on, we get busy and so too does the west of Scotland. Applecross is now on the NC500, the North Coast 500-mile round trip. It’s a fabulous place, and off the main route it is still a sanctuary.

It’s a sanctuary to me as it was to others centuries ago. Its original Gaelic name is A’ Chomraich, this translates as The Sanctuary.