coaching & mentoring

Helping you to unlock your full potential, being the best you can be in both your personal and professional journey.

What is Coaching & Mentoring?

“Coaching is the art of facilitating another person’s learning, development, well-being and performance.
Coaching raises self-awareness and identifies choices.
Through coaching, people are able to find their own solutions, develop their own skills, and change their own attitudes and behaviours.
The whole aim of coaching is to close the gap between people’s potential and their current state.”

– Jenny Rogers Coaching Skills

 people focused

Most importantly I enjoy working with people, helping them to be the best that they can be in their personal and professional journey – see my recent feedback



Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring.

SSAFA volunteer mentor training course and subsequent update programmes



Volunteer coach at my local rugby club achieving England RFU Level 1 coach and referee qualifications.

  Volunteer mentor with the military charity SSAFA. This incredible military charity works with serving members of our armed forces, veterans and their families.

Seven successful mentoring relationships completed over the last six years.


To ensure that I offer the very best practice, I commission regular supervision from highly qualified coaches. 


I am an accredited member of the Association for Coaches.


I practice my coaching and mentoring in line with the ‘Global Code of Ethics for Coaches, Mentors and Supervisors’ – see more here

My Background


I’ve always been passionate about Coaching and Mentoring, whether that’s in as a volunteer or in a professional context.


During my career, I’ve coached and mentored individuals in different contexts including Graduates in their first professional role, those struggling at work, and those who can’t see how their career will develop.


In December 2017 I set up The Mayne Consultancy and realised a life long dream to work for myself, using my skills and experience to add value to a range of clients. The Mayne Consultancy owns and runs North East Coaching and Mentoring.


As a volunteer, I’ve coached at my local rugby club achieving England RFU Level 1 Coach and Referee (now retired), and I’ve been a Volunteer Mentor with SSAFA for nearly six years. This incredible military charity works with serving members of our Armed Forces, veterans and their families. Following formal training and on-going supervision, I’ve now mentored five medically discharged (Wounded, Injured or Sick) soldiers, sailors and airmen, as they transitioned out of the military and start their civilian journey. My personal development is supported by formal annual training and supervision from Regional Mentoring Co-ordinators.

Self Development

To continue my development I’ve recently undertaken a Level 5 qualification with the Institute of Leadership and Management in Coaching and Mentoring. This involved over 25 hours of supervised coaching with two different coachees. Additionally, submitting three assessments on academic theory, delivery of best coaching and mentoring practice, and personal reflection/development. Across the three papers, I averaged 95%.

How Does it Work?


The journey and direction is set by you


I will support your journey with a robust process, supported by appropriate tools and exercises.


Each coaching/mentoring session lasts between an hour and an hour and a half.


Your coaching journey is typically between four and six sessions. Mentoring may take place over a longer time frame depending upon your needs.


We meet at an appropriate location and convenient time


There’s no set rule for the frequency of your session, life can be busy so it could be weekly, bi-weekly (the most common) or even longer between sessions


Be prepared to do some light touch homework, but most importantly create some time and space to reflect on your journey.

Testimonials & Featured Clients

"My coaching sessions with Darren allowed me to navigate a difficult period with clarity and structure. I was able to re-connect with my personal values, reflect on my skills and effectively manage a career change. I found Darren’s coaching style to be gentle and encouraging, and this enabled my self-esteem to gradually return. He supported me to produce a realistic and achievable plan for my professional and personal future, and equipped me with effective tools to take away, allowing me to move forwards with positivity and confidence.”

KJ, 2019 – Coaching

“Darren provided me with coaching in early 2019. It came at a perfect time when I was back from maternity leave and considering how I balance my career and ambition with a new family. Darren has an almost magical skill for helping you to see through the challenges and barriers you face to decide what really matters to you. He listens and coaches in such a way that makes every session enjoyable and feel worth the time your taking out of your busy day to do it. Every step of the way Darren showed belief and kindness in his coaching. The exercises he guided me through allowed me to create a plan of action that felt exactly right for where I was in my career and what I wanted to achieve. The exercises were simple, understandable and have become tools I can use both now and in the future to drive change I want in my career and personal life. Darren has given me the confidence and conviction to make the changes needed. So a massive thank you Darren and I would absolutely recommend you to anyone looking to make positive difference in their career and life! .”

KK, 2019- Mentoring

“Darren was my mentor for a little over 18 months whilst I completed the Greggs Corporate Graduate scheme. During this time Darren successfully aided my professional development including but not exhausted to the understanding of basic professional competencies, developing strategic methods of working and general professional readiness in order for me to move into a professional role. I have thoroughly benefited and enjoyed my time working with Darren we have formed an incredibly strong professional relationship which has facilitated honest conversation, detailed feedback and extremely beneficial short to medium term planning. I have secured a full-time managerial position and feel that the work I have completed with Darren as my mentor has enabled me to do this. The current graduate market is extremely competitive, working with Darren has placed me above and beyond where I could have originally seen myself from a professional perspective at the commencement of my placement at Greggs plc. I shall always be grateful for the work Darren and I have completed during his time as my mentor.

WB, 2018 – Mentoring

I’m ready when you are, your journey begins with a simple chat.