Protostar Leadership Development - Company Profile

Formed in 2007, Protostar Leadership Development supports managers from many leading organisations, utilising management consultants with at least 20 years senior management experience with global corporations.

Using award winning tools such as our online 360 degree feedback questionnaires, Protostar are renowned for helping managers achieve full potential. Whether we are helping you to provide stress management at work, coaching your managers or undertaking an employee engagement survey, it will be highly cost effective leadership development support, with an agreed ROI.

Now supporting clients across Europe and in Mexico + USA, we are able to support your leadership development and talent management on a global scale.

Protostar Leadership Consultants

Michael Coates

Michael Coates Protostar Management Training Services

Founder of Protostar, Michael started his career in retail management, progressing into customer service, sales and management training, for high street names and business schools.

More recently, Michael was part of a $14 billion US manufacturing company, for whom he led the HR services group across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

During his 10 years there he had operational control of staff based from Moscow to Zimbabwe and was responsible for all aspects of HR, organisational development and management training.

Currently developing leaders in both the UK and Mexico and winner of the best paper award at the 2016 Global Advances In Business Communication conference, Michael brings a unique global view to everyday issues.

Prolific blogger and author of management articles, plus Psychology and Organisations published by Pearsons. Michael is a regular speaker at HR and global business conferences and is also a visiting Professor at the Tec De Monterrey University in Mexico.

Michael holds a MA in HR Strategy, DMS, plus a Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma and is a qualified teacher (PGCE) He is also an Associate Member of the Association for Coaching (AMAC) and is one of only a few UK coaches to hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching.

Renowned for his confident and engaging style of delivery, Michael can quickly help organisations analyse their issues and he excels at both one to one and group training/coaching. He has recruited staff, delivered feedback, executive coaching and management training across Europe, USA, Mexico, Southern Africa and Dubai.

Sue Timson – Associate Consultant

Protostar Leadership Developlment UK - Sue Timson

Sue is an experienced business leader and executive coach. During a 20 year career in media sales, marketing and management she amassed a wide range of experience and led numerous change projects.

At the core of Sue’s experience is 11 years with EMAP, a FTSE 200 company, where she held the position of Group Sales Director and was a member of the Radio Board. Her key achievements were built on developing highly performing teams and her success in the role was based on a combination of clear, strategic thinking and considered, insightful people skills.

Sue’s work with clients includes delivering management training, transforming teams and managing successful change. As a coach Sue is known for her supportive style but she challenges clients to stretch their thinking and achieve their goals. She is a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner and an active member of the Association for Coaching for whom she chairs executive coaching events run at Northumbria University.

Alan Marshall - Principal Consultant

Protostar UK Leadership development, Principal Consultant

Alan has nearly 30 years of HR experience and brings a number of specialisms to Protostar that enable us to fully support global leadership and HR teams.

Alan's wide ranging HR experience also includes expatriate management with experience in 28 countries, joint venture start ups in India and China plus a broad range of HR responsibilities across Europe.

Additionally European compensation and benefits experience in many countries including the numerous expatriate payrolls.

Alan designed, launched and managed a HR Administration shared service centre and has many years of experience dealing with US organisations. He also offers extensive management training services (IPP Tutor, Presenter, Author and Fellow) and is FIPP accredited.

Dr Bill Moir

Bill Moir Protostar Leadership Development UK

A highly experienced HR Director, Bill Moir has provided strategic advice on organisational development and has also implemented tactical learning and development programmes to help blue chip companies and SME’s achieve their goals through their people.

As an executive coach and learning and development specialist, his recommendations and programmes are overlaid with best practice gained from many years practical experience within the field of HR, Learning and Development and Recruitment.

His writing and delivery is therefore informed by the evidence and expertise of working cross culturally with an impressive portfolio of organisations such as American Express, Amnesty International, BAA, Japanese Tobacco International, Local Authorities, Mitsui, Nike, Novartis, NHS Trusts, Microsoft, PRCA and Whitbread plc. This experience has enabled Bill to develop his thoughtful and challenging approach.

Within the field of Organisational Development Bill has been influential with a wide range of businesses in directing the business leaders into adopting both strategic measures and practical applications of theory into practice.

This experience has further enabled Bill to develop his participative and interactive facilitation style, which is further informed by his recent award of Doctor of Philosophy in Human Relations.

Gill Main - Associate Consultant

Protostar - Leadership Development and management training UK

Gill’s pragmatic, hands-on approach to both leadership/management and personal development comes from operating at the sharp end of business over the last 25 years.

Through her days as a supervisor right up to director of her own companies, Gill’s aim has never changed; to influence the thousands of people she coaches so they understand the impact their behaviours have on themselves and others.

A diverse range of individuals has benefited from coaching with Gill.

As each one shares their professional or personal experiences and challenges, Gill helps them to change their behaviours thus achieving success and overall well-being. This often life-changing result is down to Gill’s unique coaching style which combines traditional leadership development techniques with complementary approaches.

Now with well-being as a central element of all her executive coaching and training programmes, Gill’s focus is on encouraging leaders and managers to embrace their supportive role as well as managing productivity.

Jason Oshinowo

Protostar Leadership Development, Jason Oshinowo

A recent partner to Protostar Leadership Development, Jason runs the highly successful Vita Physical organisation and through that he supports our clients with their well being and Occupational Health issues, particularly to do with Musculoskeletal Disorders.

With an ageing workforce and an increasingly sedentary life style, Musculoskeletal Disorders are one of the most common causes of employee absence.

With a Bsc Hons in Osteopathic Medicine, Jason and his team have an excellent track record of supporting organisations and are a prime example of how we take a holistic approach to tackling management development issues.

Protostar also utilises a number of associate consultants across the UK. Profiles available on request.

Testimonials Protostar Leadership Development

“The level of training and consistency of dealing with the Supervisors on a one to one basis has been excellent and the positive results of this training are now being clearly demonstrated on the shop floor.”

Garry Wilcock – Production Manager (Manufacturer)

“Protostar provided us with support on reward,performance management and change management. They were quick to react to feedback and provided solutions in quick timescales. Their solutions met our requirements on a practical and cultural basis.”

Michelle Sharman, HR Manager – (Qualification awarding body)

“Staff are always motivated and eager to attend training sessions provided by Protostar and the impact of the sessions have had some positive outcomes in the development of individual staff members.”

Julie Donovan – General Manager (Care Sector)

“Protostar conducted an employee survey which was very comprehensive and well structured. We then used Protostar in a number of management development workshops as a follow up to the survey with very beneficial results”

Stephen Clarke– Commercial Manager (Printing Sector)

“Overall the quality of the training delivered to our Company was exceptional, the course was tailored to our needs and the delivery of the training was at the right level for staff to be able to relate to the content. Would highly recommend Protostar”

Leif Friestad – CEO (Electronics Supplier)

“They have also provided excellent advice and support relating international appointments and a company restructuring. Recently they have provided coaching for managers leaving the organisation and in all instances, feedback has been excellent. I have worked with their consultants over the years and have no hesitation in recommending them. "

Sandra Bateson HR Director ( B2B distributor)

Our Values


Protostar - Leadership development and management training

The nature of our work means that we are exposed to both personal and sensitive data. Protostar consultants will always treat such information appropriately and all data held will meet your country's data protection laws. No personal data will be shared with 3rd parties without express consent.

Business Ethics

Excellent business ethics is at the core of our management training

Protostar consultants will at all times display high levels of business ethics and will not engage in supporting any customer initiative that is perceived to not be within the spirit and intent of relevant laws or where the nature of the initiative is inappropriate, discriminatory, or not conducive to supporting an appropriate working environment.

Carbon Offsetting

Protostar Management training  and leadership strive to minise their carbon footprint

Supporting global organisations inevitably means long haul flights and Protostar will offset these using Climate Care. 

In the UK we aim to use rail travel where possible or our Euro 6 level cars.

Global Community

Michael Coates, Founder of Protostar UK
Managing Director Michael Coates - Christmas Day In rural Mexico

Protostar have an office in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and support a local rural community by collecting and delivering clothes/household goods every 3 months.  

On Christmas day we return to distribute gifts to over 250 children.  A highly rewarding and tiring Christmas!

Protostar Leadership Development live by example and support those least able to support themselves, whether that be a manager struggling to succeed or a rural community coping with drought.

Contact Details

Protostar Leadership Development Ltd

Portland House

Belmont Business Park




Phone UK Office              0191 3855455

Phone Mexico Office       0052 55 8526 1377