Wayne grew up in a very humble household in Yorkshire, the eldest of four children, and recognised that he needed to do something outside the norm to improve his destiny. He joined the Royal Marines at just 17 years of age having been inspired by the Falklands War. Within hours of arriving on the platform at the Commando Training Centre, he knew he had found his new family.
His career is exemplary; having commissioned through the ranks, a highly decorated Officer in the United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF). He has more than three decades experience of operating in adversity, in the most challenging of situations, and in some of the world’s most hostile environments. He has conducted hostage rescue operations, Non Combatant Evacuation Operations, Offensive Actions, and Surveillance Operations all over the World, working alongside many other government organisations and intelligence agencies. He was involved in every major conflict from the mid-80s’ until his retirement from the military in 2017, and held a range of key appointments, both in combat and at headquarters level, including a two-year command assignment with the United States Seal Team Six.
During his tenure as the Officer charged with Recruiting, Selecting and Training new Special Forces Operators, Wayne developed a particular interest in Human Performance and developed a holistic programme based on resilience, physicality and technical ability now used across all specialist military units and beyond.
Wayne has coached and mentored people from different backgrounds and with diverse capabilities, helping to develop their leadership skills, build resilience, and provide personal, tactical, operational and strategic guidance.
During his transition, and since leaving his role with UKSF, Wayne has led numerous expeditions and challenges all around the World. He was the first serving Officer to walk unsupported to both the North and South Poles, he co-established a new route on the North Face of Kilimanjaro, and has led teams across the Sahara, through Vietnam and Cambodia, and South and Central America raising millions for charities.
As a result of the experiences, both during his military career and beyond, Wayne has developed a deep understanding of the need for mental aptitude and resilience as well as for physical strength and skill. He also recognises the significance of the subtler skills, such as effective communication in personal and leadership development, and the importance of strong emotional bonds, shared values, goals and beliefs that help foster belonging to create a high-performance culture. Wayne is accredited by the International Coaching Federation.
He has advanced diplomas in Leadership and Management from the Institute of Learning and Management and Coaching and Mentoring from the Chartered Management Institute.
Wayne is also a Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) practitioner, and he was trained by the Hostage Crisis Negotiation Unit (HCNU) as a Hostage and Crisis Negotiator.