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Martin works with leaders and coaches who are exploring how to have positive impact in these turbulent times.

He provides reflective space in which to bring self-knowledge and perspectives on the wider world. It’s a space in which to unknow old certainties, allow self-compassion and find freshness and creativity.

Martin’s approach draws on skills honed in journalism, coaching and strategy development and a career-long interest in the role of organisations in society. Outcomes for clients may include more grounded resourcefulness, enhanced ability to influence within their networks and a propensity to take wise action, guided by ethical maturity.

Leadership development

Martin’s coaching is mostly focussed on leaders in the media and higher education. Media clients have included the BBC, Sky, The Telegraph and The Guardian. In higher education, he works with senior leaders up to an including vice-chancellor level. Client universities include King’s College London, University of Leeds, University of Exeter and De Montfort University.

Martin has coached senior professionals in a number of London boroughs as well as a wide range of cultural institutions including the British Library, Tate and Almeida Theatre. As a Fellow Coach with BetterUp, he has worked in fast-growing global companies and start-ups.


As a supervisor, Martin provides reflective space for coaching practitioners both one-to-one and in group settings. He works with independent professional coaches as well as supporting internal coaches who are usually offering coaching in addition to their functional responsibilities in organisations.

With Hetty Einzig, Martin developed ecosystems supervision groups. This is an innovative approach that encourages an integration of one’s identity as practitioner and citizen.


Martin spent 20 years in broadcasting, mainly in the BBC. He began his career as reporter and news editor and later worked in BBC News as a strategy advisor and on developing new digital services.

He is a volunteer mentor with House of St Barnabas, which supports people who have experienced homelessness to find work.

Personal development and accreditation

Martin gained a Master’s with distinction in coaching from Oxford Brookes University, where he developed a research interest in the role of stories in leadership development. He qualified as a supervisor with the Coaching Supervision Academy.

He has other professional coaching qualifications from i-Coach Academy and the BBC’s coaching network, an MBA from the London Business School and is a trained instructor in mindfulness meditation.

Martin is an APECS Accredited Master Coach, a CSA Accredited Supervisor and a member of the Trusted Coach Directory.


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Art in coaching Mindfulness in coaching
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Psychodynamics in coaching Non-Violent Communication
Group relations Action learning facilitation
Group analysis Art of hosting
Mental Health First Aid Outdoor intelligence


Blog posts: Martin Vogel and The Unknowing Project

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