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Dr. Alan Watkins

Alan Watkins is a uniquely skilled scientific businessman. He has a very broad mix of commercial, academic, scientific and technological abilities.

Over the last 13 years Alan has worked, lectured and consulted on leadership development to both small and medium sized enterprises and large multi-nationals all over the world. He has coached many of the UK’s leading businessmen and worked with numerous Boards and thousands of Senior Executives in the FTSE 100 through his own company Cardiac Coherence Ltd.

Alan has recently been appointed as an Affiliate Professor of Leadership at the European School of Management, London. He has built their Systemic Leadership Institute, which brings the most advanced personal, interpersonal and organisational practices to leaders to help them be more successful in a rapidly changing and complex world.

Originally trained as a physician he also has a first class degree in Psychology and a PhD in Immunology. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience at Imperial College, London. He is a Board Member of the Institute of Wellness & Health (IWH) at the University of Westminster, London. He is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Integrated Medicine at the University of Buckingham.

He has published a wide variety of scientific papers in various peer reviewed scientific journals, written several book chapters and his own book on Mind-Body Medicine was published in 1997. His second book on Leadership is expected to be published in 2010.

Alan has extensive media experience in radio and television. He recently featured in his own ten part series for BBC1 called “Temper your Temper” where he coached ten individuals with anger issues. He also contributed to the BBC series “The Truth about Food”.

He has been the Chairman of an autism charity for the last 7 years. The charity is now the UK’s leading provider of behavioural services to autistic children and regularly advises government and other international organisations.


Visit his website: Cardiac Coherence

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Footdown

The Footdown Scotland group recently reflected on the benefits of being engaged with Footdown. We received wide and varied responses such as: Exposure and commitment to up-to-date thinking Challenging our “norms” and having our thinking “stretched” An…More

Filed under: Mentoring Groups, Scotland Fifteen
Posted on April 14, 2014 by Footdown

Footdown Scotland group are delighted to announce that their April 2014 group meeting will be addressed by guest speaker Steve Allen, Deputy Chief Constable, Police Service, Scotland. DCC Allen will speak on several interesting leadership challenges including…More

Filed under: Footdown News, Mentoring Groups, Scotland Fifteen, Speakers
Posted on February 27, 2014 by Footdown

The Footdown Scotland group met for their usual monthly meeting this week. As a departure from the norm, facilitated by a packet of M&M’s, we decided to learn some stuff about each other that we didn’t know.…More

Filed under: Leadership, Mentoring Groups, Scotland Fifteen
Posted on February 18, 2014 by Footdown

Scotland group leader Cameron Thomson is delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Fulton as chairman of the Scotland group. As an existing group member Ian is already very experienced in the workings of the group. His…More

Filed under: Leadership, Mentoring Groups, Scotland Fifteen
Posted on February 18, 2014 by Footdown

The Footdown Scotland group met for their usual monthly meeting in January 2014. Previewing some of the issues that they are likely to face in the coming 12 months, subjects such as – developing a senior management…More

Filed under: Leadership, Mentoring Groups, Scotland Fifteen
NovaSAR World 1
Posted on February 12, 2014 by Footdown

I am delighted to tell you about a Footdown event.  We will be bringing together highly talented and passionate leaders who share a desire ‘to be the best that they can be’.  This will be a special…More

Filed under: Events, Footdown News, Forthcoming Events, Mentoring Groups, Surrey Hills
Posted on February 12, 2014 by Footdown

In a central London venue on: Tuesday 25 February 2014 10.30 am to 12.30 pm You will have the opportunity to meet members of existing Footdown groups and hear about the difference it makes to them personally…More

Filed under: Events, Footdown News, Forthcoming Events, Mentoring Groups, Next Event
Bigger Prize, A Front cover
Posted on February 11, 2014 by Footdown

STOP PRESS: On 20 February, one of Footdown’s favourite speakers, Margaret Heffernan, will be launching her latest book: A Bigger Prize The Olympics, talent contests, rich lists, prizes. We regularly depend on competition and expect it to identify the…More

Filed under: Leadership, Speakers
Posted on February 7, 2014 by Footdown

Footdown is delighted to announce that we have won a £180k government grant to develop a programme to help businesses to succeed. In partnership with Bath University’s School of Management the funds from the regional growth fund…More

Filed under: Footdown News
The Forbury Hotel
Posted on December 23, 2013 by Footdown

Wine-tasting and networking at the Forbury Hotel, Reading; Thursday 30 January 2014 We wish to invite executive leaders in the Thames Valley to a networking evening at the prestigious Forbury Hotel, Reading.  Combine wine-tasting with networking and…More

Filed under: Events, Forthcoming Events, Mentoring Groups, Thames Valley
Posted on December 19, 2013 by Cameron Thomson

It’s that time of year again when we dust off the tinsel, eat quantities of food that we regret well into Spring and look forward to a visit from our favourite old bloke in a big red…More

Filed under: Leadership
Posted on December 18, 2013 by Vikram Banerjee

I am often asked what is the purpose of a leadership consultant or coach.  I am often asked what can I tell the CEO of an organisation about running his or her business that they, having been…More

Filed under: Leadership
Posted on December 6, 2013 by Cameron Thomson

“As companies are comfortable with the concept of customer segmentation, so too must they become comfortable with the concept of staff segmentation.” How do you lead a team that spans four generations? Cameron Thomson, regional director for…More

Filed under: Leadership
Posted on December 6, 2013 by Footdown

On 29 November, Footdown were proud to team up with their friends at Nine Feet Tall to work with the Bath Rugby Foundation, a charity very close to both organisations’ hearts, who’s principal aim is to enhance…More

Filed under: Footdown News, Leadership
Posted on December 3, 2013 by Mike Roe

The Bath Footdown Fifteen has just enjoyed its annual Advance for the 10th time. A decade on and still with founding members, the impact and experience was just as powerful as the first time. With Nigel Risner on…More

Filed under: Bath, Leadership, Mentoring Groups
TV Advance Nov 2013 photo 1
Posted on November 27, 2013 by Simon

The Footdown Thames Valley group enjoyed a new venue for its 2013 Advance meeting; the Old Swan & Minster Mill provided a high-quality and peaceful backdrop to a day-and-a-half of reflection, discussion and setting plans for 2014. …More

Filed under: Mentoring Groups, Thames Valley
Posted on November 27, 2013 by Vikram Banerjee

Everyone responds to pressure differently. It’s a simple truth that some leaders thrive under pressure and some will choke under pressure. Over the last few weeks we have looked at the pressure that David Moyes is now…More

Filed under: Leadership
Posted on October 22, 2013 by Vikram Banerjee

In my last article I spoke about leading under pressure and sympathized with the stresses that David Moyes must be under currently, having succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson. There is one person that has transcended most other sportsmen…More

Filed under: Leadership
David Moyes 4
Posted on October 8, 2013 by Vikram Banerjee

The pressure is on. Seven games into his debut season as Manchester United’s manager, David Moyes is facing tough questions about his team’s performance as he undertakes the impossible task of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson. “On the…More

Filed under: Leadership
Esther McMorris
Posted on September 27, 2013 by Footdown

Esther McMorris and management consultancy Nine Feet Tall have done the double at the Bath Business Awards this year. Esther, founder and CEO, won Business Person of the Year award, whilst Nine Feet Tall picked up the Business of…More

Filed under: Bath, Mentoring Groups
Ricky Lambert4
Posted on September 19, 2013 by Vikram Banerjee

  “Every football fan loves a story and this year we’ve had plenty..We’ve had our fair share of scandals, protracted transfer dramas or rifts between players. But ever so occasionally along comes a story that really warms…More

Filed under: Leadership
Bristol Rugby 3
Posted on August 29, 2013 by Vikram Banerjee

Bristol Rugby Club have an illustrious past, and strong ambitions as a rugby club. Andy Robinson was confirmed as Director of Rugby at Bristol Rugby in February 2013, recruited with the aim of leading Bristol Rugby to…More

Filed under: Leadership
Posted on July 25, 2013 by Vikram Banerjee

In what is fast becoming a fantastic summer of British Sport, even rivalling the unbelievable Olympic summer we had last year, the latest British hero is Chris Froome. Froome won the 100th Tour de France title, finishing…More

Filed under: Leadership
Posted on July 3, 2013 by Vikram Banerjee

“I think he comes across as a happy-go-lucky sort of joker, but he is a much deeper thinker about the game than that,” Ex-Australia Head Coach Tim Nielsen “Portly, bald and partial to XXXX lager and cigarettes;…More

Filed under: Leadership
Posted on June 20, 2013 by Vikram Banerjee

In the last article we considered some of the reasons why homeworking is increasing in popularity.  In order to see what conditions are needed for effective homeworking I want to address some of the criticisms. Some leaders’…More

Filed under: Leadership
Posted on June 4, 2013 by Vikram Banerjee

From the outset, I need to admit, I wrote part of this article sat at my dining table! What was until recently the preserve of the few is become more and more prevalent as more of us…More

Filed under: Leadership
“I’ve got the power.” Andrew Mercer at Beckton
Posted on April 8, 2013 by Footdown

It began with a chat between members of the Bath Footdown Fifteen. Now, after nearly 7-years of battling, 2OC, headed by Footdown founder and Chairman Andrew Mercer, has just signed a £200m+ deal with Thames Water. 2OC…More

Filed under: Footdown News
Charles Cook
Posted on April 8, 2013 by Footdown

Charles Cook, member of Bristol Footdown Fifteen and founder of a ’boutique’ law firm, features in the North Somerset Business Magazine for Leaders.  As part of a series looking at young people in business, the article makes…More

Filed under: Bristol, Mentoring Groups
Tessa Munt, MP for Wells, Somerset; Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Nigel Hunton, Chief Executive, MBA Polymers
Posted on April 2, 2013 by Footdown

Recently MBA Polymers, the world-leading multinational plastics recycling company, called on the Government to suspend VAT on recycled plastics to help stimulate consumer demand and encourage investment in the UK’s plastics recycling industry. The call was made…More

Filed under: Bath, Mentoring Groups
Rob Law - Member of Bristol Fifteen
Posted on March 26, 2013 by Footdown

Manufacturer Trunki has teamed up with fellow Bristol-based business Aardman Animations to launch its first TV advert. The ride-on suitcase maker, which brought manufacturing of its products back from China to the South West last year, has joined…More

Filed under: Bristol, Mentoring Groups
Posted on January 31, 2013 by Footdown

Steve Peters is an advisor to Liverpool FC, GB Cycling Team, and business leaders. The book looks at the way in which irrational behaviour can have a negative impact. He explains the key elements of your psychological…More

Filed under: Leadership
Posted on January 31, 2013 by Footdown

Turn the Ship Around by David Marquet is an explanation of the critical leadership tools he used in turning the worst performing nuclear submarine (Sante Fe) in the US Navy into one of the best. He leads,…More

Filed under: Leadership
Posted on January 23, 2013 by Footdown

In The Five Dysfunctions of a team, the new CEO recognises that the company has innovative products and great talent, however the executives are not working together as a team, negating the advantages of the companies innovative products…More

Filed under: Leadership
Posted on January 11, 2013 by Footdown

Footdown Scotland Fifteen finished 2012 in style. Our December meeting took place in Glasgow and was very well attended, including a flying visit from Footdown CEO Mike Roe. While the mood was very seasonal (assisted by some…More

Filed under: Footdown News, Recent Events, Scotland Fifteen
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Posted on January 11, 2013 by Footdown

Footdown Scotland Group continued their series of monthly peer to peer mentoring sessions this month. Discussion points included such matters as – How we socially engage and integrate remote workers with head office activity Reviewing our “must stop doing”list Alignment…More

Filed under: Footdown News, Recent Events, Scotland Fifteen
Esther McMorris
Posted on December 6, 2012 by Footdown

Footdown recently facilitated a Coaching Champions workshop for Nine Feet Tall. Esther McMorris a member of the Bath Fifteen and founder of Nine Feet Tall found the workshop helpful and challenging for the organisation. “We dragged all…More

Filed under: Testimonial
Posted on November 7, 2012 by Footdown

The Footdown Scotland Group met recently for their usual monthly peer to peer group mentoring session. Here are a selection of comments from attendees that circulated after the meeting – “Very thought provoking” “Great to see the…More

Filed under: Footdown News, Mentoring Groups, Scotland Fifteen
Posted on October 9, 2012 by Sam Elly

Footdown’s Cohort 6 School of Coaching starts on 29th November 2012 in Somerset. What’s included? The nine-month programme includes: Six days of tutor led learning in great venues with lunch and refreshments All materials and tools, including the use of…More

Filed under: Uncategorized
Sam Elly running the Bristol Marathon 2012
Posted on October 3, 2012 by Sam Elly

Green Sam: it was great to do the run for such a worthwhile cause: Clic Sargent. And I am so grateful for everyone’s kind sponsorship. The race itself was tough but made easier by the feeling that…More

Filed under: Events, Footdown News, Recent Events
John Pontin
Posted on June 19, 2012 by Footdown

John Pontin, is a member of the Bristol Fifteen group, which was Footdown’s third group to be launched and held it’s first meeting in June 2007, with leader Anne Summers. The group contains many of the original members and all share…More

Filed under: Bristol, Footdown News
Posted on June 19, 2012 by Footdown

Trunki and Tea Bags An evening in the company of entrepreneurs Rob Law and Mike Brehme. Rob is the founder of Trunki and Mike is the founder of Clipper Teas, and both are members of the Bristol…More

Filed under: Bristol, Events, Forthcoming Events, Next Event
Bath Fifteen at the House of Lords
Posted on June 13, 2012 by Mike Roe

On Tuesday 12th June the Bath Footdown Fifteen experienced one of their more ostentatious venues for a meeting when at the invite of fellow member Lord Paul Strasburger, the group spent the day at the House of…More

Filed under: Bath, Events, Footdown News, Mentoring Groups, Recent Events
Footdown Boardroom at the Great British Business Show
Posted on May 31, 2012 by Footdown

Invited by Footdown member Warren Cass, a Footdown team attended the Great British Business Show held at the Excel centre in London. The team, including Footdown leaders John Snell and Andy Gilbert, hosted a number of ‘boardroom’…More

Filed under: Events, Footdown News, Recent Events
National Event
Posted on May 30, 2012 by Footdown

Sixty people attended the Footdown National event in the stunning surroundings of Englemere, Ascot. Footdown members Kriss Akabusi, Midge Ure and Warren Cass presented workshops in the afternoon and in the evening Midge Ure was interviewed by Richard Lyddon…More

Filed under: Events, Footdown News, Mentoring Groups, Recent Events
At Morton Fraser with Midge
Posted on May 30, 2012 by Debbie Richardson

The Footdown Scotland Group recently welcomed their Patron, Midge Ure, to their monthly group meeting. Midge is a member of the Footdown Bath Fifteen and has taken a keen interest in the establishing of the Scotland Group.…More

Filed under: Events, Footdown News, Recent Events
The Great British Show
Posted on May 16, 2012 by Footdown

Come and say hello to Debbie, Sam, Vikram, John and Andy at The Great British Business Show. We are running the SME Boardroom and Stand 968 and we are looking forward to meeting anyone attending the event at London’s ExCel on…More

Filed under: Events, Footdown News, Next Event
Posted on May 9, 2012 by Cameron Thomson

From Hashtags to retweets … and what we can all learn from the Porn Industry We had a really exciting business mentoring session in Scotland last week. Warren Cass, member of Footdown Cotswold Mentoring Group, came to join us and…More

Filed under: Footdown News, Scotland Fifteen
Footdown Insight
Posted on May 4, 2012 by Mike Carter

Last week we continued our work with MBA Polymers and their new CEO Nigel Hunton, Bath Fifteen member. Nigel is using the iFootdown® method and approach to help build a new team, gain alignment around the vision and values and…More

Filed under: Footdown News, iFootdown®, Testimonial
Great British Business Show
Posted on May 3, 2012 by Debbie Richardson

I am really excited to announce that we will be part of this year’s Great British Business Show in London. The Great British Business Show is an exhibition designed to provide UK business owners with expert advice…More

Filed under: Footdown News
Posted on May 3, 2012 by Miranda de Freston

Whilst scanning through The Economist: “The World in 2012″ it took me till page 66 to find anything remotely related to or mentioning women in business until I found this –  ”Women Will Get A Lift to the Top” - interesting…More

Filed under: Leadership
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