Carlos Lopez-Real is a personal life coach and executive coach, primarily within the creative arts and educational sectors. With a background in psychology, philosophy, education, and the performing arts, he has over 20 years of leadership experience. He is passionate about enabling people to maximise their potential, both in their professional and private lives.
I have worked as a leader in the performing arts for over 20 years, running my own music business, performing, recording, and touring internationally. I have also promoted several club venues, curated festivals, and generated and managed public and private funding. As an educational leader, I have worked across all sectors, including Higher & Further Education, Secondary, Primary, and Adult education. Since 2005 I have focused on the HE sector, setting up and leading innovative degree programmes at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where I am responsible for a large teaching team.
I have also worked as a consultant for both UK and multinational companies, running training workshops in Collaborative Leadership and Team-Building skills. I have presented at conferences in the UK and Europe, bringing together my work in the fields of innovative pedagogy, coaching and consulting.
I hold an MA in psychology and philosophy, a PGDip in jazz & studio music, a PGCert in Teaching & Learning in Higher & Professional Education, and a Level 7 Diploma in Coaching & Mentoring. I’m also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
“You create an easy atmosphere to talk. This is a crucial thing. You have that welcoming, yet serious, approach.”
“I’m going away today feeling that I’ve realised things, rather than that I’ve been told things. You made me think of next steps – so I didn’t just go out all fuzzy, thinking ‘oh well that’s fine”
“You’re quite patient and don’t immediately rush to finding a goal. You gave it time, so I had the sense of two people looking at a problem. I didn’t get the impression that you were going through the list of coaching techniques.”
“You keep it moving, but I feel like I’m in control…You ask the right questions at the right time… You bring me from a position where I feel a bit stuck, and elaborate it into something more meaningful and useful.”
“I always feel welcome and not afraid about confidentiality. You keep me focused on a goal. I always feel like it’s structured without being constrained.”