Mike is a Level 3 triathlon coach (the highest award in triathlon coaching). He runs his own private coaching business, ZigZag Alive, supporting clients of all abilities and ambitions, from nervous novices to high performers in swim, bike, run and triathlon. He was the Head Coach at Brighton Tri Club (Triathlon England's Club of the Year 2015), from 2014 to 2017, leading a team of 25 qualified coaches. He is a British Triathlon Federation mentor to other coaches.
Mike is also a Swim England (formerly ASA) qualified Swim Teacher and teaches children with disabilities to swim through the charity Level Water.
He has an academic background as a social scientist, a PhD from Sussex University, an MBA from Imperial College Management School and had a long career in the UK civil service as a senior team leader and manager. Alongside running ZigZag Alive he is now a Visiting Fellow at Brighton University and has published in the prestigious peer review journal Science & Public Policy.
More personally, Mike has and continues to go through his own journey of confidence and facing sometimes difficult change - bereavement, radical change of career and all the twists and turns of starting anew. This underpins a personal philosophy of always believing in what can be achieved with the right degree of challenge, expert care and encouragement.
Mike also practises and tests out much of his thinking on himself. In the last few years he embarked on an adventure to learn cross-country skiing (after lots of falling down first time round). He has also plunged in to SwimRun, completing the challenging Isles of Scilly Ötillö SwimRun. And he undertakes adventurous open water swim challenges, including the Dart 10km and Hurly Burly. Follow his exploits and the amazing challenges his clients put themselves forward for, on the ZigZag Alive blog and clients' stories.
Contact Mike by email or phone: 07758 703572