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  • Business Psychologist
  • Organisational Consultant
  • Clinical Psychologist
  •  Executive Coach
  • Author
  • Thought Leader
  • Professional Speaker

Mike specialises in:

  • Building a positive organisational culture (higher performance and profitability/less office politics/conflict).  

  • Building emotional and psychological resilience in individuals, teams and organisations (lower stress & sickness absence).​

  • Improving workplace communication.​

  • Improving the performance of leaders and leadership teams with individual & group leadership coaching.


Mike is also a clinical psychologist with over twenty years experience in helping people to change. He now uses psychology to help organisations improve performance, wellbeing and profitability.

SAID business school

Mike is a leadership coach on the Executive MBA, Oxford High Performance Leadership and Driving Disruptive Growth Programmes at Said Business School, University of Oxford.  He is a Fellow of the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College, specialising in psychological resilience and leading under pressure.

Mike is the author of two books:  'The Saboteur at Work: How the Unconscious Mind Can Sabotage Ourselves, Our Organisations and Society', and ‘Anti Burnout: How to Create a Psychologically Resilient and High Performance Organisation‘. Mike was educated at LSE, Oxford Saïd Business School and the University of Birmingham.

In his spare time, Mike supports West Bromwich Albion FC, writes, and takes photographs with vintage cameras.

Mike has also been an independent expert witness since 1997 with a passion for delivering reports that effectively address the questions presented in the letter of instruction. His focus is on providing constructive, positive, and practical advice in plain English.

Over the years, he has gained extensive specialist experience in psychological trauma in personal injury (especially complex cases), clinical negligence, employment-related psychological injury (industrial accidents and stress), and Severe Personality Disorder.  He is also accredited as an expert witness by Cardiff University Law School.

His main clinical interest lies in psychological trauma, and he possess significant expertise in assessing and treating complex post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorder.

"This [psychological assessment] had been carried out, on joint instructions, by Dr. Michael Drayton, a consultant clinical psychologist, whose report is dated 26 October 2006.


Dr Drayton also gave evidence to the judge. In my judgment, his report is an impressive piece of work. The thoroughness of Dr. Drayton's work is demonstrated, in my judgment, not just by the
length of his report and the detail which it contains, but also by the range of issues
which he discussed with those whom he was assessing."

Lord Justice Wall

“I reject the suggestion that Dr Drayton and/or Professor Wilcox were
other than properly qualified experts. I also reject any suggestion that they have acted

in any way improperly in their role as experts in this case.


Dr Martindale's suggestions to the contrary are in my view illustrative of her loss of objectivity
and her belief that anyone who potentially undermines her claim in this litigation is
acting improperly to thwart her...I prefer the views of both Dr Denman and Dr Drayton
that it was not negligent… I certainly prefer the evidence of Dr Drayton on 
this point...I find no breach of duty..."


His Honour Judge Godsmark QC

Dr Victoria Martindale - and - Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Case No: C37YM961


Date: 27.08.2019


  • European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC)
    Accredited Senior Practitioner  EIA20193100


  • Tavistock Consulting
    Executive Coaching - Senior Practitioner Level


  • London School of Mediation

​       Accredited Mediator

       (Civil & Commercial, Workplace

       & Employment)

  • University of Oxford - Said Business School
    Oxford Programme on Negotiation


  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPSsS)

  • London School of Economics and Political Science, (University of London)  ​Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc Hons.) Social Psychology, 2:1

  • The University of Birmingham​ Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology, (ClinPsyD) 

  • Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd​
    Cardiff University Law School Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate Accredited Expert ​Witness (CUEW)


  • Tavistock Institute London​ Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy

  • Albert Ellis Institute (University of the State of New York)​
    Certificate in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)


  • EMDR Association of UK & Ireland, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Psychotherapy, Grade: EMDR Practitioner

  • Behavioural Coaching Institute Diploma in Behavioural Coaching.

  • Institute of Group Analysis​ Certificate in Group Psychotherapy

  • White Hart NHS Training Centre (Harrogate)​
    Certificate in NHS


​Mike's qualifications & experience​​​​​


  • Leadership coach on the Executive MBA, Oxford High Performance Leadership and Driving Disruptive Growth 
    Programmes at Said Business School, University of Oxford.

  • Organisational Consultant and Executive Coach at Opus Performance Ltd

  • Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Expert Witness) at Opus Performance (medico-legal) 

  • Consultant Clinical Psychologist UK National Service for
    Personality Disorder.


  • I was a leading member of the management team
    (Head of Clinical Psychology) that developed a new a new
    and innovative service for treating some of the hardest to help people in the UK National Health Service.


  • Head of Service to Adults with Severe and Enduring Mental Health Problems at ​Wolverhampton  Healthcare NHS Trust.  I managed the psychology service for people with ​severe mental health problems.

  • I also developed and was acting Director of Wolverhampton's first Early Psychosis Service.


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