David Parks

Leadership Coach
C-suite, Directors, Executives, Leaders, Managers, Rising professionals,

David Parks brings 25 years + of global experience in helping clients deliver more impact through improving their leadership.


Originally from a small town in Northern Ireland, he has collected a world of life, leadership, military and sporting experiences that shape and inform his approach to leadership and coaching.


His superpower is connecting high leverage behaviors to exceptional business and organizational outcomes. He knows what works and what doesn’t which results in better coaching results faster.


He is passionate about helping his clients become the best version of themselves by focusing on creative and enduring leadership practices. He builds awareness on creative leadership strengths and illuminates potential blindspots that hinder performance.


Past clients and projects have included: Microsoft (Executive Bench Program / Leadership Excellence); GE (XLP / ECLP / HRLP); Mayo Clinic (Physician Burnout Project); Salesforce (Leading for Success); GAP (#BestBossEver) and many more.


Prior to launching CircleUp Coaching, David was with Bluepoint Leadership Development and the Tom Peters Company. Prior to his leadership and coaching career, he gained battle scars and experience as a manager and leader Marks and Spencer, FFI / Forte Hotels, Omnicom and the British Army.




HND, Business Studies – University of Northumbria

DMS, Management Studies – University of Teesside


Coach Training and Certificate Level: 

Master Coach / Leader As Coach – Bluepoint Leadership Development 2008

Accelerating Coaching Excellence (ACE) – Coaching.com 2022

Leadership Circle® Certified Practitioner – Leadership Circle 2023


Additional Assessments/Licenses: 

Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) 360


Completed 200+ triathlons including 3 Ironman events.

Won the lottery visa to live and work in the USA.

Dream never realized – to play rugby for Ireland.

Proud father to two student athletes – Conor (Rowing); Fiona (Equestrian)

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The Leadership Circle – Creative Leadership

The Authentic Leader

Leader As Coach

Leader As Innovator

Leader As Communicator

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