Richard Colley

Every morning I wake and feel lucky! I live in the house my grandfather, father and myself were born in, in the Peak District, UK. I am married to Julie who I fell in love with when I was 18 and we have 3 grown up children Katie, Henry and Lizzie. I have a passion for the outdoors especially sailing or exploring in the high mountains. I established Sladen Consulting 15 years ago to focus on creating and conducting performance enhancement and change efforts with individuals, groups, and teams – around the world. I do this through the design and delivery of creative, high-quality learning experiences, facilitation of strategic team events, process and organisation development consultation and coaching. Our clients tell us what makes us special is our ability to understand the business, culture and nuance of their organisation, and our global network of brilliant facilitators who bring their work to life, making a real difference which generates value.

Professional expertise

Richard has built credible and extensive experience as a coach, consultant and facilitator specialising in helping people manage, negotiate and change critical relationships and conversations to improve business results. He remains committed to working with companies to develop the skills of their people who have critical business roles and are navigating difficult relationships and complex situations. He has 30+ years experience of improving the way in which teams and businesses can creatively build productive relationships to achieve business results through facilitating clarity of vision, navigating change, improved problem solving and decision-making.


  • Designed and delivered B2B global sales and relationship management programmes for Professional Services banking and technology organisations.
  • Driven cross functional change programmes creating effective agent networks and designed impactful plans and structures enabling sustainable change.
  • Provided executive coaching services to enhance personal and business performanc e.
  • Designed and delivered leading edge training solutions for developing the leadership and management bench strength within a company – 10,000 participants in 2019 alone.
  • Designed and delivered action learning programs to build capability whilst enhancing ability to tackle real time business issues.
  • Developed and facilitated strategic planning and team visioning retreats, events and conferences.
  • Engaged individuals and teams in conflict resolution to resolve complex and ambiguous business problems.
  • Designed and delivered large conferences.
  • Designed and delivered global role out of Diversity and Inclusion programme to enhance employee engagement and improve business results.


Richard served for five years in the Royal Navy before joining the corporate world. Following an initial four years in-house with Tesco, Richard held a number of leadership roles with global consulting companies. During this time, he consulted with public and private organisations where he designed and delivered development and change solutions for individuals and organisations as a whole. For the past 15 years, Richard has worked for himself, running Sladen Consulting and Sladen Lodge, a corporate retreat which he has built in the Peak District National Park, UK. Richard has a global network and reach.

PROFESSIONAL qualifications

  • Diploma and Practitioner in Design Thinking
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching
  • Member with the Association for Coaching
  • Licensed Difficult Conversation Coach
  • Member of the Professional Speakers
  • Licensed SDI, MBTI and Insights Facilitator
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