Dave Heddle

Dave Heddle

Principal Consultant
United Kingdom


  • Business improvemet
  • Board Facilitation
  • Consulting, facilitating and managing of organisational development projects
  • Facilitating organisational development processes e.g. strategy work, visions etc
  • Facilitating project start ups, issue resolution and problem solving sessions
  • Technical development e.g. models in line with client requirements
  • Training sessions in team development, leadership, coaching, facilitation and project management


An engineer by training, a manager by profession, the majority of Dave’s working career has been spent in management within the engineering industry.  During this time he gained significant experience within highly demanding and challenging environments and has developed, through necessity, into an effective thinker and achiever offering proven strategic planning, project manag ement, facilitation, coaching and communication skills.

Previous career experience:

  • Programme Manager for cultural change initiative involving 6700 employees, UK
  • Internal Consultant co facilitating a Business Process Re-engineering project
  • Business start up for a rail rolling stock refurbishment company, UK
  • Project Manager for engineering projects, £13 to £26 million

 Some recent assignments:

  • Strategy work with boards in the manufacturing, engineering, construction, oil, rail and logistics industries
  • Consulted with and facilitated the development of various organisation’s vision and strategy
  • Project delivery improvement
  • Facilitation of improvement programmes
  • Developed the in-house capability for what was the largest JV in China to shape the company culture, values and methods of working together
  • Development and delivery of Executive & Talent development programmes
  • Lead consultant on development of the Coverdale Change model and Approach to Change
  • As part of an internal project managed the set up of Coverdale China as a new business venture
  • Lectured on the Beijing International MBA, Peking University

Education and training:

  • Electrical Apprenticeship, UK
  • City & Guilds Electrical & Electronic technical certificates parts 1 – 5
  • NEBBS Diploma in Supervisory Studies, Fife College, UK
  • HND Management Studies, Fife College, UK
  • Institute of Industrial Managers, Diploma in Management Studies, Fife College, UK
  • Diploma in Management, Strathclyde Business School, UK
  • MBA, Strathclyde Business School, UK
  • Member of the Chartered Management Institute

Working languages:

  • English

Dave says:

“My ability lies in bringing the best out of people so that they go on to achieve greater and better things.  When this is aligned to organisational development the results can be extraordinary.  I have a particular interest in business improvement and the part leadership plays in this.  What do I get from my working life?  I can honestly say I learn something different every day.  When I get some time off I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren – they never fail to surprise me.  I love sport, in particular football and hold a coaching licence with The Scottish Football Association.  I live in a converted Blacksmith’s workshop that along with the large garden requires lots of tender loving care.”

Has been with Coverdale since 1998