About

Insightful      |      Empowering      |       Fulfilling

Spark Coaching was established in 2017 by Allison Hutchinson. He is passionate about igniting the spark in clients, organizations and accelerating effective leadership.

In the current external business environment rapid changes are bringing uncertain and unsettling times. Spark Coaching enables leaders to gain clarity and become emotionally agile by helping clients unhook from unhelpful mindsets and behavioural patterns.

Allison brings over 30 years of business leadership experience to executive coaching. He has a track record of empowering personal success through better habit installations and developing a growth mindset. He delivers one to one coaching and professional skills development training with executives focusing on key sectors such as FinTech, Creative Industries, and Higher Education.

Allison has a Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching from the Association of Executive Coaching and is a qualified counsellor by the British Association of Counselling Psychotherapy. He is also a qualified Test User for Korn Ferry Talent Q by the British Psychological Society.

Services

Coaching 1:1

Listening to ignite the Spark is not a cliché, but a transformational experience. As a thought partner, Allison comes along side top executives to help them go much further than they could on their own.

Team Coaching

Engaging with diverse teams to Spark the ‘leader’ shift from fragile to agile. The team program option is tailored to organisational needs, but multi-faceted and underpinned by robust psychometrics and neuroscience research.

Speaking

Unpacking current and challenging topics, Allison has a unique approach to communicating with his audience that Sparks real change beyond the moment.

Recent Clients

NITEC, Enterprise Causeway, Future Screens NI, Ulster University Business School, Executive MBA.

My Story

Sometimes life throws us an unfair curve ball. Mine was a diagnosis at 35 of a degenerative hearing condition. By 40 I had lost 95% of my hearing and daily life became a struggle. A new dawn rising. “A medical miracle, the nurse called it” as she wheeled me into the operating theatre to receive a cochlear implant. And it was! I lost my hearing but learned to listen again, followed by a new hope rising driven by a passion to help people get unstuck. Fast forward 10 years, I am leading a new business as an Executive coach with a track record of working with top performers as a thought partner to help them achieve more than they could on their own.

The significance of Spark coaching is that I now listen to ignite the Spark in my clients.

Endorsements

In 2019, 30 creative business leaders took part in the Future Screen NI Lead2Grow programme we hosted at Enterprise Causeway. I saw first-hand the influence Spark coaching had on the cohorts. Clarity, confidence, a new sense of purpose where some of the results. I witnessed his coaching helping leaders unscramble the daily business noise and prioritise future decision-making. The business results impressed me so much that I decided to also avail of Allison’s executive coaching. The Spark experience marked a significant shift in my journey of self-awareness helping me achieve greater impact as a leader in my organisation.

Jayne Taggart

Chief Executive at Causeway Enterprise Agency

Spark Coaching has partnered with Nitec since 2017, spearheading proactive leadership development during a time of significant transition. The results are outstanding. There has been an immediate impact for the organisation marked by enhanced effectiveness, confidence and resilience experienced by staff. Allison is warm, engaging and quick at building rapport with executives across a range of job roles and responsibilities. He is highly skilled and is able to raise awareness and empowerment to action in others.

Nigel Mulholland

MD Nitec Solutions Ltd

Allison is a hugely effective coach and delivers his coaching in such a way that you feel safe while challenging yourself, your thoughts, your approach, your career inhibitors, and enhancers. The Korn Ferry Assessment was very enlightening, and I refer to it often. But what really sets Allison apart is the man himself! He instantly instils trust, he is warm, listens deeply and his coaching is hugely impactful!! If you need a coach for yourself or for your team, I highly recommend Allison Hutchinson.

Debbie Rymer

FCIM, CHARTERED MARKETER, CIM COURSE DIRECTOR AND SAND MARKETING CONSULTANT

Allison facilitated our induction residential for the Executive MBA at Ulster University. When offered, he took the opportunity to attend our dinner on the first evening which meant he got to know the participants in an informal setting first and then on the second day when he delivered his sessions, he had already began to build a rapport with and knowledge of the group. He delivered a number of sessions to help executives to consider their motivation for undertaking the programme, their leadership journey to that point and helped them begin to consider how they would make the most of the programme going forward. Sessions were delivered in an energetic and interactive manner balancing personal stories and insights alongside activities, discussion and fun. Participant feedback was excellent.

Mark McCrory

Executive MBA Course Director, Ulster University Business School

Allison is a very effective executive coach who draws from a solid base of knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of coaching as well as a strong intuitive ability to align with where his client is at. He is a naturally warm rapport builder, with bags of integrity and humour and has a great understanding of the business world. He is hugely committed to his ongoing development as a coach and I know delivers exceptional outcomes for his clients.

Niamh Shiells

Advance Coaching Ltd

Allison is an oasis of calm, centred focus; his executive coaching skills are hugely effective. He listens deeply and is highly skilled at reflecting what he feels and notices, especially in what’s ‘not being said’, in service of the client. His calmness enables him to use his challenge skills without disturbing the client. I’ve spent time working with Allison, and am totally happy to recommend his services

Trudy Arthurs

Transformational and Executive Coach

Contact

Allison Hutchinson

Spark Coaching

Northern Ireland