Jonny Searle MBE
Olympic Gold Medallist and World Champion Rower
As a speaker, executive coach and mentor, Jonny draws from a unique combination of experience; twenty years as a leader and lawyer in private practice and industry; ten years as an elite sportsman; and fifteen years of coaching and talent development.Speaker enquiry
Jonny is a former Olympic and World Gold Medallist athlete, who competed as part of the British rowing team over a ten-year period, from 1989-1999.
Jonny’s sporting career highlights include winning an Olympic gold medal in 1992, an Olympic bronze medal in 1996 and a World Championship gold medal in 1993; all achieved whilst balancing his private practice lawyer career.
Since his retirement from elite sport, Jonny has served as General Counsel and Company Secretary at Modern Times Group MTG AB, one of Europe’s leading digital entertainment companies. Most recently Jonny has served as Group General Counsel of The Blair Partnership, a rights management business and worked with UKTV as a special advisor.
Jonny is therefore able to draw from a unique combination of experience; twenty years as a leader and lawyer in private practice and industry; ten years as an elite sportsman; and fifteen years of coaching and talent development.
As an executive coach and mentor, Jonny is passionate about inspiring, encouraging and enabling people to identify what success means to them and to make changes in behaviour, belief and commitment to achieve that success. He has helped individuals and teams to identify their purpose and to establish a culture for success.
His experience of coaching within elite sport, and competing in that environment paired with his business experience, grants him a unique insight into a high-performance culture.View more
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“Jonny is an excellent coach with a highly effective and engaging style. He combines keen analysis with the ability to ask the right questions and before you know it you are at the heart of an issue, making real and meaningful progress. He comes highly recommended”
Partner, City Law Firm
“Jonny was able to successfully filter the noise around development options to really help focus on what mattered. This was done in an engaging and genial style with appropriate challenge.”
Partner, “Big four”, Financial Services Firm
“As a result of working with Jonny, I have a far greater awareness of myself and my team and this has contributed to me and the team improving our performance at work, due to better teamwork and understanding of each other. Jonny has a calm and reflective style of coaching and is personally very engaging and able to put people at ease. He is insightful and, perhaps uniquely, is able to draw upon from his roles as a general counsel and an Olympic athlete to illustrate a point or provide an alternative perspective.“
Lawyer, City Law Firm