Lynn Harrison - Head teacher

Irthington Village Primary School

With the Likeability Leadership programme, Maurice offers a highly personalised and bespoke package, which consists of 5 days working one to one. 

As a headteacher of 10 years, I have been on all manner of leadership and management training courses. The work with Maurice simply does not compare. Working as you do, in a one to one situation, Maurice quickly develops a trusting relationship whereby you can truly be yourself , discuss any issues you have at work (or home) and because Maurice is not affiliated to your school or local Authority, he is totally impartial and objective, his focus is you!

I can honestly say that I now think about everything in a totally different way, I approach issues at school in a more measured and effective way. I am certainly not the finished article, but I know that I have changed for the better, I have a clear  understanding of myself and those around me.

I would recommend this course to headteachers who are new in their job and would welcome such supportive professional development , or heads who have lots of experience and simply need a fresh approach.

UCFB Turf Moor Burnley

Pitch to Boardroom business strategy game 2nd year students

It was a privilege to work with the 2nd year students at The UCFB Burnley campus recently
with Stuart Blyth CEO of Pitch to Boardroom. 

The day included "The managers teamtalk" which was held in the Burnley FC home team dressing room, followed by an afternoon session of Pitch to Boardroom. 

A highly unique teamwork, leadership and business board game which is based around both strategic business and football decision making.

Feedback has been very positive indeed, with a second session taking place at UCFB Wembley Campus late November. 

Pitch to Boardroom UCFB Turf Moor Burnley

Business strategy game 2nd year students

The "Managers team talk" proved to be a very popular new session within the Pitch to Boardroom strategy game concept. 

CEO Stuart Blyth commented " It helped to bring the day even more alive" with some very real and motivating subject material for the students to reflect upon.

Above are some of the students "signing" autographs prior to the teamtalk. Bringing a real sense of authenticity to the programme content.

One of the most impactful subjects was the "Your business card" challenge!


The " Who am I " careers programme

Careers coaching and guidance for the Sunderland AFC under 18 scholars

The "Who am I " careers programme aims to educate young people to know more about the range of careers open to people with the right qualifications, they will then have a clearer idea of the routes to better jobs.

Employers can give an authentic picture of work that schools alone can never convey., but they need to work in close collaboration with schools.

Personal guidance tailored to individual needs and above all inspiring teaching. That's what the "Who am I" careers programme delivers. 

A schools / college careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout and raise aspirations.

"Who am I " helps candidates to, understand personal profiling, values , behaviours, attitudes, personal branding, interview techniques and how life skills effect the recruitment process.

St Roberts of Newminster Catholic School and Sixth

Personal branding inset day

Teachers and pupils had an excellent morning finding out about who they really are!!! The Personal Branding session really challenges the individual to look at themselves.

They designed a Personal Brand image, which highlighted individual values, behaviours and brand unique selling points.

The 6 form students certainly bought into the day with some really outstanding work 

" Really made me think about who I am "
" Challenged me to live in a real world environment "
" I now feel like I both know and understand myself so much better "
" The teachers also found the day a challenge and an emotional insight " 

Nick Page - Head teacher

Norman Street Primary School

I was starting my third year of headship when I began working directly with Maurice, having entered the role filled with both enthusiasm and self belief. However, following two back to back Ofsted inspections mixed with the everyday pressures of life, the confidence in myself which I had originally in abundance, began to be gradually eroded from me.

After many hours of consultation and challenge, Maurice created a specific personal development programme, which was bespoke to both my personal and professional requirements.Working with Maurice enables you to stop, take a deep breath,reflect and ensure that you are taking care of yourself in the same way that you would naturally, as a leader, look after your staff. Maurice’s work is based around “the one person” and allows you to explore the real you.

It has had a significant impact upon not only myself, but my team and the total school. Helping me again, to look closer at the head teacher I strive to be and helping everyone to maintain and grow our good school status.   

Kinder Park Nursery

Joanne Routledge, Owner

I asked Maurice to create a personal development plan for both myself and my senior management team.within Kinderpark Nursery. This was also to include a Vision, Values and Behaviours day which, all of my staff attended.

The results have been outstanding! Both from a personal and professional perspective.

We now have a robust and measurable Performance Management process, which challenges each staff member to develop themselves thus creating a really positive values led culture within the team.

I have also grown in so many ways as a person and would like to thank Maurice for what has been a memorable experience indeed.

Joanne Routledge    

"Ofsted visit yesterday" We are all ecstatic with the outcome.... Outstanding!
Thanks for the work you did with us in establishing the leadership and reporting structures etc. 
It all really contributed to the end result. 

Leadership and Management Development

Good to Outstanding " The head teachers journey"

mh Coaching & Leadership have an impressive performance record, when it comes to providing strong leadership and management development, to both the Primary and Secondary school sectors. 

Following the introduction of  their unique  "one to one" head teacher coaching package, team Vision,values and behaviours, head teacher/governance annual performance review and the Governor legacy programme . A 100% success rate has been achieved, in helping both the develop special measures and notice to improve schools to Good with Outstanding features.

Clients within the Cumbria Council and Sunderland City Council boundaries would be more than happy to share how their successful partnership with mh Coaching and Leadership works

Middlesborough Academy

Psychological and emotional development of the young professional footballer

Middlesborough Academy and I have had the pleasure of working with Maurice Hepworth for the past three season. Maurice's contribution cant be overstated, as he has managed to write, produce and deliver a development strategy which supports the psychological and emotional development of the young professional footballer.

During his time with the academy, Maurice has been extrememly efficient and competent with his delivery of workshops, mentoring and telephone support to a group of highly charged young people. Maurice's ability to extract values, extract feelings and emotions from young people is a skill which seldom people possess. 

We as a football academy are delighted to offer our support to Maurice and his growing influence on young professional athletes.

Barry Dawson

Calderdale Council

Likeability leadership

As a directorate management team, the vision, values and behaviours work that Maurice led on was an amazing professional and personal life changing experience.  We embarked on this journey not really understanding where we were going and the impact it would have on our management styles; our ability to work together as a team; to lead and be part of other teams; and as individuals. 

The impact was extraordinary and was completely different to anything any of us had undertaken previously in the management and team building exercises we had been involved with in our careers.  To start by examining yourself; the vision you have; the values you believe you have and how you portray them and behave was an inspirational way of looking to and managing required change.  This approach led to a very quick realisation of what we as a team had to do to change and how we could do it to become better leaders, managers, colleagues and friends.


Maurice was the catalyst in ensuring we examined the real issues and put into place joint and personal actions to improve our abilities and management.  As a team, we would wholeheartedly recommend Maurice to anyone as he has a unique caring empathy backed by outstanding experience that he brings in to every situation. 

He will challenge but is also prepared to be challenged.  He is extremely transparent; honest; has excellent integrity and motivates people to maximise their talents for the benefit of the organisation and themselves.  A very humble and inspiring man.

Kevin Ball

Sunderland A.F.C

“I deal with young footballers every day and never forget how big an influence I can be as their coach. Maurice has got some excellent ideas which challenge players from youngsters to adults and right across the ability range. 

Coaching is about understanding people as well as understanding football. Maurice''s commercial experience, dressing room knowledge and mature life skills enable him to facilitate outstanding learning. 

Thanks for today, it was the best session I have ever had in all of my coaching career

His ability to link the dressing room culture to other walks of life is unique!!

Kevin Ball

Retail and operational excellence

Wear Inns, Service with Attitude and Style development sessions

'“Maurice has a real knowledge of financial, operational, customer service and importantly, people, gained during his impressive and successful business career. I value both his professional judgement and personal integrity. He has been of real value to both the short term consolidation process and future strategic vision of Wear Inns “

John Weir Managing Director

Baby Ballet , Halifax

Leadership and Business Development

Great to be part of the future development and growth programme with Claire and her team at Baby Ballet.

Such a unique way of influencing, enriching, changing, developing children, parents and famliy lives . 

Claire says " Thanks for an amazing journey so far. We are getting so much from all of your input and ideas and wanted you to know how much we appreciate it."

Whitbread plc

Likeability leadership

The brief was to build team spirit, focus on people development and have some fun doing it!
Judging by the positive comments coming from the team, we think it was "Mission accomplished" 

"The day was not what I expected, it was MORE......"
"Really enjoyed the day. very positive and inspiring"
"It took me out of my comfort zone and improved who I,am"
"Picking the team and the subs challenged me to appreciate the strengths of the other people in the region." Maurice, thank you for a very inspirational day. Your a great motivator and you brought fun into everything we did.

Maurice was inspirational in his leadership, motivational in his coaching and humble in his delivery. 

Sunderland AFC academy

Education and welfare programme

“During my forty eight years in education I have rarely come across a presenter/teacher who has all of the qualities which Maurice possesses. 
Also within my thirteen years of involvement in the Premier League scholarship programme, there have been some good presenters but none have been in the same category as Maurice Hepworth in terms of impact, dedication to task, inspiration and professionalism.”

I recommend Maurice, his skills and knowledge without reservation.

Brian Buddle,
Education and Welfare Manager, 
Sunderland Association Football Club

Blair Adams

England Under 20 International and Notts County AFC

Congratulations to Blair Adams who was recently capped by England at under 20 level. 
Blair and his brother Luke are both supporters of m.h Coaching & Leadership in their Football and Wellbeing in the Community  programmes.
Well done Blair and were all "Buzzin" for you.

Blair says " Maurice not only is a good friend , but also plays a crucial part in my personal coaching and mentoring needs"  He is always just a phone call away!

Middlesborough AFC under 18 squad 2014

Dream, Believe and Achieve Life Skills Session

Great to spend some quality time with the outstanding young footballers of MFC Academy, who were both honest and challenging in their views.
Refreshing to receive some really positive feedback from not only the players but also the backroom staff.
A pleasure to work with these guys!

"Maurice, the boys all rave about your sessions and they actually look forward to Friday afternoons."
Barry Dawson, Academy Education Manager, Middlesborough AFC

Wolverhampton Wanderers Academy

Nick Loftus, Education and Welfare Manager

" Maurice has proved a huge hit with our under18 youth team players. They enjoy both the content and variation of his sessions. His interpersonal skills, knowledge of the game and the way he adapt his busineass , boardroom and dressingroom understanding is quite unique."

I would recommend him to any perspective client.

Nick Loftus
Education and Welfare Manager

Barry Knowles, Premier League Football Coach

The "Dream, Believe and Achieve" Next Steps Project, Bath University

"This course was worth its weight in gold to the academy players it was designed for" They attended the course at a low ebb and went away very positive. Every session had a purpose and a value. 

The interaction of being a manager and also understanding the boardroom culture was excellent learning for the players. It was also great to see them delivering a team talk and presenting a budget to the board of directors! 

 The overall content of the course was very strong. My own personal man management skills will definately change after this course.

Thanks Maurice for all of your help. 

St Joseph's RC Academy

Applied Learning, St Joseph's RC Academy, Jarrow

Ryan Gibson, Director of Applied Learning, St Joseph’s RC Academy.“What is outstanding about m.h Coaching & Leadership is the carefully considered and thorough preparation, engaging course materials and the enthusiastic and commanding style of delivery that is underpinned by both a culture of support and motivating challenge.”
 In some words of the sixth form students “The sessions were fun, insightful, interactive and very well presented..... I benefitted from the programme as I now know what I need to do..... and  am more confident about it.....I had much more fun than I expected and learned a lot more at the same time. 10/10 brilliant........Thank you for putting the fun and enjoyment back into teaching for me.

Nelson Mandela Foundation, South Africa

Sello Hatang, Chief Executive

One of the highlights of my evening was to meet Maurice Hepworth, the former Arcadia Shepherds player . 

To think that whilst playing in South Africa he was part of the team which helped bring down the apartheid barriers of professional soccer within my country.

"You carry with you a very special legacy indeed"

Thank you my friend!

Sello Hatang

The Alzheimers Society

Fantastic support for the event

The recent Football Talk In and Charity Night sponsored by m/h Coaching & Leadership on behalf of The Alzheimers Society was a huge success.

Raising just under £3,000 and supported by former players Dick Malone, Micky Horswill, Ritchie Pitt, Gary Bennett and Paul Bracewell. 

Roger Tames and Paul "Goffy" Gough hosted the event brilliantly!! 

Thanks also to Kevin Ball, Phil Bardsley, Ian Gray, Darren Saliki, SAFC Supporters Ass and all of the raffle prize sponsors. Without your fantastic support, we could not have made this event happen