Dr Alan Watkins


Alan gets out of bed every morning because he wants to accelerate the development of leaders globally and reduce human suffering. He takes joy in helping people appreciate their true brilliance and understand how they can reach a new level of capability, performance and fulfilment every day.

Alan is recognised as a global thought leader on human performance, complexity and well-being. He has a broad mix of commercial, academic, scientific, and technological abilities and is one of the few coaches in the UK to have won an Oscar, well an industry Oscar or EVCOM to be precise, for best animated short film. Drawing on his background as a physician and neuroscientist he integrates many lines of development and advances from multiple scientific fields.

Prior to being the CEO of Complete Coherence, a data driven leadership development consultancy, Alan worked for 11 years in the health care system in the USA, UK, and Australia. He has published a wide variety of scientific papers in various peer reviewed journals, written many book chapters and a technical book on Mind Body Medicine in 1997.

Over the last 22 years Alan has been a coach and confidant to many of Europe’s top leaders. His combination of in depth understanding of human consciousness, depth psychology, neurophysiology when integrated with his commercial acumen makes him a robust, challenging developmental coach. In his spare time he write books on leadership and how to solve the world’s toughest problems. He is currently writing three separate books; one on Innovation, one on the future of HR and one on AI. Prior to this he wrote five other business books:

  1. Our Food Our Future: Eat Better, Waste Less, Share More, was published in Nov 2017
  2. Crowdocracy: The End of Politics, was published in May 2016
  3. Wicked and Wise: How to Solve the World’s Toughest Problems, was published in Jan 2015
  4. 4D Leadership, was published in Dec 2015
  5. Coherence: The Secret Science of Brilliant Leadership, was published in Nov 2013.

What we do

Complete Coherence are a leadership development consultancy that specialises in developing enlightened leadership by coaching leaders and executives teams as well as driving transformation across the whole organisation. Our approach is deeply scientific, drawing on the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience and human performance research. We run our business crowdocratically.

We partner with you and bring thought leadership across a range of commercial, cultural and leadership challenges to enable you to build a system capable of sustainable success in an increasingly Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world.

Complete Coherence was founded in 2004 by Dr Alan Watkins, who is recognised as an international expert on leadership and human performance. Our approach differs profoundly from most other consultancies in that it is multi-dimensional, and focuses on ‘vertical development’ rather than teaching leaders, delivering skills training or increasing knowledge. Vertical development has been recognised as the number 1 trend in leadership for the next ten years and is increasingly seen as the primary source of competitive advantage in tough markets.

Our portfolio of clients include easyJet, Unilever, SAB Miller, Direct Line Insurance, Thomson Reuters, RSA, Accenture, TNT, Tesco, Allied Irish Bank, Primark, Gemalto, BOC, Dentsu Aegis Network, Whitbread, Royal London, Cath Kidston, New Look, Farfetch, Christian Hansen, Pick n Pay and many more.

The Complete Coherence team has established close and trusting relationships with numerous business leaders, Olympic athletes and coaches in addition to political leaders, many of whom endorse us publicly.