Jim Laing is a former teacher, headteacher of two schools and Chief Education Advisor for a large local authority. He has also trained as a Mediator (Law Society), Coach (Hay Group) and Counsellor (Central School of Coaching and Therapy). Jim set up his own consultancy, Ridgeway Associates, in 1999. Although originally specialising in education, Jim now provides support for a range of leaders in both the public and private sectors.
Jim has presented at conferences in the USA, Germany, France, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the Netherlands and throughout the UK. He has written many articles for newspapers and professional journals and authored e-learning programmes on mentoring and conflict resolution.
Over recent years Jim has specialised in Leadership Coaching. As part of the team delivering the International Leadership and Management Programme he coaches educational leaders and also enjoys spending time in classrooms and lecture rooms around the world, learning about learning wherever he can.
In his home county of Wiltshire, Jim leads the training for the Headteacher Mentoring Programme. He has also delivered many programmes for the National College for School Leadership and other national organisations such as LSIS and QIA. For more than eight years, Jim has been providing one-to-one leadership mentoring/coaching for senior staff at Aberystwyth University.
Jim has two grown-up children and lives in Wiltshire with his wife, Ruth, who worked as a primary teacher for over 30 years.
About Ridgeway Associates
Founded by Jim Laing in 1999, Ridgeway Associates is a development consultancy dealing with management, leadership, teamwork and conflict resolution.
Our unique approach to leadership stems from Jim's concept of the 'Senses of Leadership'. Whilst leadership in any organisation is difficult at times, we must look for the simple truths at the foundation of outstanding leadership.
As well as drawing on Jim Laing's significant experience as a leader, trainer, headteacher, consultant and business owner, we have access to a whole network of experienced, forward-thinking professionals in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Areas of expertise include:
Coaching and mentoring
Conflict resolution and mediation
Senior/middle management development
Specialist education expatriate support
You can read more about the services we offer and how we can support your organisation here.
We take a personal approach to each assignment, assembling a specialist team with the right mix of expertise to meet your needs.
Here's what previous clients have had to say about their experience with Ridgeway Associates:
"I have made huge steps in my leadership journey"
"I found a great deal of immediate and direct personal relevance in the presentation and expect to make thorough use of it in my management and leadership development"