About John

About Dr John Ankers

Coaching is really all about you. But the best coaching relationships are built on respect and trust. With that in mind, you may be wondering who I am - Can we work together?

So a little about me - After graduating in 2002 from The University of Liverpool I started a business called “The Thing Detectives”, aiming to track down long-lost items for people. It was loads of fun and landed me, terrified, on TV (Channel 4’s Richard & Judy). But being able to help people in small ways wasn’t enough. In 2005 I began a PhD in Systems Biology and remained a researcher in cancer biology and ageing after I obtained my doctorate. In 2015 I finally faced another niggle – that my academic work had taken me away from helping people face-to-face.

I came to coaching with a scientist’s scepticism but also with hope that I could improve and enrich lives.

Training with Barefoot Coaching and The University of Chester, I obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching (PGCert) in 2017, accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). I am thrilled to be coaching!

I live in the North-West of England with my wife and two young children. When I’m not coaching, writing is my passion.

In life I've suffered loss, anxiety, and made difficult choices. Equally I've found happiness, challenge and peace.

So that’s me. But what about you? If you would like to work with an honest, down-to-earth coach, or if you’d like a chat to help you decide, please do get in touch.

Looking forward to talking to you,

John

Dr John Ankers

What I can do for you

COACHING AT CROSSROADS
Explore your next step, or your next leap.

RELATIONSHIPS
Explore relationships in all areas of your life, perhaps family or at work?

BALANCE
Help you to examine the balance of your life and adjust if necessary.

VALUES
Help you examine your values and identity, or those of your team.

FIND THE MISSING PIECE
Does it feel like something is missing?

GROUP COACHING
Bespoke coaching sessions for groups and teams.

Mini Testimonials

Please see my full testimonials page, too.

I feel like my path is clearer after coaching with John.

Sally

Senior manager
I'd never thought about my situation that way. John's coaching had me thinking for days after our session.

Victoria

Academic Group Leader
John has such a calming presence.

Amy

Post-doctoral research associate