We help people to be more confident and have the clarity and direction to help themselves – so we’ll let our clients tell you about the benefits of our coaching and mentoring through their testimonials.

About David

David is an enthusiastic coach and consultant with a real passion for people development, especially in the context of their careers.

Clive Wilson, Primeast

David is engaging, professional and evidently well experienced in his chosen career. He is a pleasure to work with and nothing is too much trouble. I would highly recommend him!

Melissa Watts, Leeds Metropolitan University

With his warm and engaging personality David quickly develops rapport with the young people we support.

Becky Cumberworth, Leeds Education Business Partnership

Students & Graduates

David is living proof that social networking works! I first met David on Twitter where he approached me to write a blog on employability for his site, Learning to Leap. Since then, I have gained from some brilliant knowledge and insight from both David’s work and from him personally and see him as a major influencer in the employability space. David has in depth knowledge of what companies look for, not only when hiring graduates, but also in the early career stages and has invaluable advice to benefit my generation of graduates and undergraduates!

Chris Milborrow, Recent Graduate

I’d like to say thanks for the incredibly useful talk you gave, I’m not as scared of graduating now!

Frankie, Student, Leeds Beckett University

I loved the event, I left feeling very motivated about the prospects for getting a job! David was a great speaker, and inspiring to listen to.

Emma Feneley, Final Year Student, Leeds Beckett University

“Extremely motivating”, “inspiring talk”, “opened my eyes”, “really good process”, “practical, engaging, relevant”, “has the knowledge we needed”; “I’ve experienced many interviews but to finally have a structured way of answering the questions is really useful”.

Undergraduates, Leeds Beckett University

Your insight and ability to motivate and inspire was invaluable.

Graduate, Sheffield Hallam University


David is professional, informed, organised and approachable and helps students and academic staff alike. His enthusiasm is truly infectious and I would highly recommend David to any company or university. His Employability Hub is a fantastic resource and his creative ideas to enhance student and graduate employability, such as his Employer Days, are second to none.

Dawn Leggott, Principal Lecturer, Languages, Leeds Beckett University

“David has supported us with a number of employability events at Leeds Trinity. His work is very engaging and always tailored to the audience in question!”

Karen Howden, Director of Careers & Employability, Leeds Trinity University

“David is energetic, thorough and effective. He understands about how students can make a rapid transition into effective and valuable employees.”

Graham Webb, Principal Lecturer, Languages, Leeds Metropolitan University

Helen Whitrod Brown, Associate Dean Enterprise and Partnerships, Leeds Beckett University

The 3 themes of Engaging Employers (Level 4), Developing An Online Presence (Level 5) and Investigating The Transition From Student To Professional Life (Level 6) were pitched at exactly the right level for our students. Your professional and informative approach was most welcome and we have also received some excellent feedback from the students.

Nick Halafihi, Principal Lecturer, Sports Business Management, Leeds Beckett University

Your presentation was excellent! We thought that your topic was very interesting and that you contributed very well to student groups.

Fabien Bougard, Employer Partnership Manager, Leeds Trinity University

I’ve just spoken to the student ambassadors in your session who were brimming with praise about the workshop. They said the students were engaged and all actively participating, the ambassadors also said that they learnt lots of tips to apply to their studies also.

Kim Somerville, Director of Communications & Marketing, Leeds Trinity University


I worked with David during a challenging period at work. Over a 9 month period we had a series of 1:1 coaching sessions, these helped me navigate my way through leading a transformation project in a high-pressure industrial environment. A very valuable experience which contributed to a very successful outcome. Our coaching sessions: helped me set clear goals; pushed me to see things from a different perspective; helped me realise it starts with me – self-awareness! Allowed me to dictate the content, pace, and frequency of sessions; pushed me out of my comfort zone and above all helped me provide my own solutions. David was very professional and personable at all times. A critical friend and advisor!

Jim Worsley, Plant Manager, British Steel

I attended a CDI course on becoming self employed run by David Shindler and based around “Learning to Leap”. It was really useful with lots of helpful tips on becoming self employed: from how to market your skills to dealing with tax and setting up networks. It was one of the best courses I have ever been on and certainly gave me the confidence to take the plunge!

Olwen Parkinson, Self-employed

Laura McLarty, Independent Youth Researcher, 4D Research

What attracted me to David as a coach was his wider perspective. He had the experience and depth to be able to deal with what I needed at this time from a coach. He gave me a safe space to share emotionally and professionally. I always felt I was on his radar and he was giving me enough attention. I found the tools and materials he used very helpful. David was responsive to my needs for how often we met, an email or a call. What he said he provided was what I got.

Manager, International Charity

David is an unfailingly professional and approachable coach. He writes and interacts in an extremely engaging and articulate way. He offers intuitive, pertinent and perceptive insights, which act as ready catalysts for further personal reflection. His feedback is always highly personalised, and it is well-balanced in terms of being both challenging and supportive. I would have no hesitation in recommending his coaching service to others, and would be open to the possibility of doing further work with him in the future.

Oliver Mansell, University Administrator

Gina Scholfield

David has been a great coach for me and has provided me an opportunity to fine tune and develop my management skills and techniques back at the workplace. He listened very carefully and provided me with very useful, informative and constructive feedback that allowed me to make appropriate learning decisions and adjustments to improve my management style and approach.

Broadcast Engineering Manager

The coaching gave me a lot of focus. It helped me ask those questions you don’t really ask or formulate the answers to yourself. It’s the accountability thing… this is what I’ve done and I’m getting to where I need to be.

NHS Manager

Businesses & Employers

David facilitated a staff training of trainers for VSO and International Citizen Service (ICS) staff from across the globe as well as various job readiness workshops for ICS alumni. In both cases, working with David has been fantastic: David is hugely knowledgeable on the topic of youth employability and successfully shared his knowledge and passion with his training audience. David’s contribution has been key in working towards the ICS objective of increasing volunteers’ employability. Feedback from staff and alumni was equally positive and highlighted David’s ability to relate to young people, effectively facilitate and cover workshop content in a concise and engaging manner. I have appreciated David’s flexibility and can-do approach and hope to work with him again in the future.

Julika Niehaus, Programme Development Manager (International Citizen Service) at VSO

The intervention has made a real difference and achieved what I hoped it would.  Some difficult issues have been aired and this has produced a more open culture. It’s given me a framework and tools to take the SLT forward.

John Shanahan, Headteacher, Lowton High School

David is extremely perceptive and has a wonderful way of teasing out the root problems and the steps needed to explore alternatives and do things differently.  His support and encouragement ensured that I followed those steps and achieved my goals.

Small IT Business Owner

David never assumed anything. He has taken the time and trouble to really understand our company.  As a result his proposals and his contributions are intelligent and insightful.  Participants always find his sessions relevant and engaging.

Libby Alexander, Training & Development Manager, Royal Shakespeare Company