Peter Burditt  

Peter works as a senior executive coach and motivational consultant for a number of highly successful business leaders, their teams and their organisations. He coaches senior executives on both individual and corporate strategies for success.
Peter combines pragmatic business experience, psychological insights, strategic awareness and over 17 years of business coaching at senior level.

Professional Coaching Experience
Peter’s early professional career began as a treasurer in the shipping, energy and oil sector. He then held a number of board positions in the international financial sector.

He has had experience in IPOs, trading, structured finance, corporate finance, government advisory, infrastructure finance, private equity and project finance and ultimately became Global Head of Strategy for what is now Barclays Capital.

During his time as a financier he spearheaded a number of government infrastructure privatisations and became deeply involved with the processes of culture change, transformation and the effect of change on the motivation of all those involved, particularly the key decision makers.

Peter went on to retrain in psychology with the London Gestalt Centre, as a coach and a Gestalt Process Consultant.  Peter has gone on to develop a number of internationally recognised motivational techniques and models of strategic developmental behaviour. He is the founding sponsor of the Burditt lectures for the Academy of Executive Coaching.  His coaching methods provide clients with fresh insights into how they can manage themselves, their bosses, colleagues and clients particularly around change and transformation.

Where appropriate some of his clients request in-depth support around individuals’ psychology of trading.  Latterly he has specialised in the development of behavioural finance models (psychology of risk) for a number of the world’s leading hedge funds.

Peter’s clients use his expertise for a range of business reasons and his recent assignments have included:

  • Coaching private equity executives to manage the businesses in which they have taken major investments.
  • Coaching top performers with leadership skills in order support career progression to the board.
  • Design and delivery of a leadership and management programme for a major financial institution incorporating strategic brainstorming.
  • Strategic communication, prioritising and implementing strategic imperatives, coaching, feedback and facilitation, the welding of teams, managing change and transition.
  • Board interventions to increase effectiveness of team dynamics and internal conflict including a significant assignment for a private equity firm to review whether 90 of designate chairmen were fit for purpose.
  • Managing a 360 degree morale and motivational assessment and implementing a number of team building initiatives to increase divisional effectiveness in the light of the morale findings.
  • Building multi-year relationships with a diverse range of the world’s leading global hedge funds and specifically working within a number of these funds to support traders/ investors understanding their trading psychology, their blocks and solutions for enhanced and sustainable trading performance.
  • Supporting the COO of a global organisation to achieve promotion to CEO.
  • Strategic mentoring of the board in a fast growing global electronic equity trading business.
  • Transformation and transition coaching: supporting senior executives with integration into new senior appointments, relocation (one continent to another) and promotion from specialist to board member.

Business Experience
After qualifying as an accountant in the 1970s, Peter spent 23 years working in the City. He began as a research analyst for a leading investment bank, was then seconded to P&O as a Group Treasurer and then to Burmah Oil as a financial advisor. On returning to the bank, he advised a number of governments and multinationals on privatisations and financing strategies.  He headed up the energy, mining and minerals and project finance teams for Citicorp and Barclays Bank.

In the late 1980s as a main board director for a leading merchant bank he prepared a number of Chief Executives and their companies for stock market flotation, MBO, or trade sale.  Later, as Global Head of Strategy for BZW (now Barclays Capital), he successfully welded together the diverse cultures of de Zoete Wedd, Durlacher, Barclays Merchant Bank and the treasury operations of Barclays Bank.

Peter has thus combined a successful career as a corporate financier across all product areas and has a deep interest in motivational development. The satisfaction and personal sense of achievement that Peter felt in enabling others to direct their energy was the catalyst for him setting up Strategic Development Consultants 17 years ago where he now has the privilege of supporting boards, C suites in many of the world’s leading corporations.

Professional Coaching Development and Qualifications
A founder member of the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), Peter was an architect of a number of the AoEC’s accredited courses. He regularly provides master classes for experienced coaches.  He supervises coaches who are working in investment banks and at FTSE 250 at board and management committee levels.

He is also now an accredited executive coach with the Association of Professional Executive Coaches and Supervisors (APECS) and is a Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine.


  • Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA)
  • FSA Registered (lapsed)
  • Business Diploma from City of Westminster Business School
  • Trained in psychology with the London Gestalt Centre, as a coach and Gestalt Process Consultant
  • Master Coach Classes of the Academy of Executive Coaching
  • Diploma in Gestalt Process Consulting
  • Licensed in EQI- Bar- On (Emotional intelligence)
  • Licensed in Hogan – HPI, HDS, MPVI

Professional Affiliations

  • APECS Accredited Executive Coach
  • AoEC Accredited Executive Coach
  • AoEC Accredited Coach Supervisor
  • Member of Association For Coaching
  • Fellow, Institute of Coaching Professional (ICPA) at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate.
Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine

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