Ivor Twydell


Ivor uses his experience from being one of the UK’s top police officers to help senior business executives develop the strategies they need to focus and lead effectively in challenging high-stakes situations. His approach draws on executive coaching, NLP and Mindfulness techniques to help his clients remain both grounded and pragmatic. He particularly specialises in conflict resolution at both an individual and team level, driving alignment and effective collaboration in situations that were previously threatened by a breakdown in working practices and communication.


Ivor joined Bedfordshire Police in 1986 and was quickly recognised for his calming presence in emergency situations and his operational leadership skills. His success in hostage negotiation and directing firearms teams resulted in Ivor being fast tracked to become police commander for Luton, one of the busiest and most challenging police divisions in the UK. He led the force’s response to a number of significant incidents, including serious rioting in 2004 and terrorist attacks in 2005, prior to graduating from the UK Police Senior Command Programme in 2006. He was then appointed as Assistant Chief Constable for Gloucestershire, leading 2000 police officers and staff and being responsible for a budget of £130 million.

Since leaving the police force in 2012, Ivor has coached senior leaders and teams across a diverse range of sectors including finance, technology, energy, engineering and manufacturing.

Education, Qualifications, Professional Memberships

• UK & FBI-trained hostage negotiator
• Accredited Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation
• Certified Organisational and Relationships Systems Coach
• Graduate of Coaches Training Institute coach training programme
• Accredited ‘Immunity to Change’ facilitator
• Certified Voice Dialogue facilitator
• Certified NLP Practitioner
• Accredited Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Training Institute
• Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
• Member of the International Coaching Federation

Contact details

E: ivor.twydell@theprestonassociates.com
M: +44 (0)7775 714 703
T: +44 (0)20 7373 5663

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