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Coaching & Mentoring

Develop your individuals and teams with coaching and mentoring

At Universal Defence and Security Solutions, we are committed to your professional growth and excellence in the ever-evolving world of defence and security.


Elevating Leadership Excellence

We are committed to fostering leadership development and operational efficiency through our tailored Coaching and Mentoring programs. Our approach is deeply rooted in our ethos of supporting and assisting our clients, enhancing their leadership capabilities and organisational effectiveness.

At Universal Defence and Security Solutions, we are your partners in navigating the complexities of leadership and operational excellence in the defence and security sector.

Meet Our Experts

John Kingwell
John Kingwell CBE UDSS Mentoring Lead
John has considerable operational and MOD experience. He has had 4 sea commands including the Task Group that delivered maritime strike into Libya in 2011.

John has considerable operational and MOD experience. He has had 4 sea commands including the Task Group that delivered maritime strike into Libya in 2011. He also served 4 times in the MOD. As Head of Finance and Military Capability (Navy) he was the maritime advisor to the MOD’s finance director and provided analysis on the Navy’s financial performance and where appropriate the reapportionment of resources. In 2005 he was the first senior advisor to the newly established head of the Iraqi Navy in Baghdad.

As a Rear Admiral John was the Director of the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) – the MOD’s independent strategic think tank providing impartial and objective advice to highest level policy makers in defence and across government. In addition to delivering all UK joint doctrine he oversaw the strategic trends programme (Global Strategic Trends and the Future Operating Environment) which set the long term context for policy makers.

He was then the Deputy Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies and in his final role before leaving the Service was the Commandant (2019-2020). RCDS is responsible for preparing the next generation of strategic military, civilian and industry leaders from the UK and 55 other nations.

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Fidelma Hewitt
Fidelma Hewitt UDSS Mentoring Director
Fidelma specialises in mentorship, She is a successful Business Mentor/ NLP Practitioner for small to medium size companies and private individuals.

Fidelma brings a wealth of experience operating in a number of areas from cyber, to people, to business mentoring and strategy, and beyond. She is a senior member of the Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists (ACCPH). She is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Legal Executives and was on the Co-Founder and Board Member of an AIM Listed Company.

Fidelma’s passion is helping clients to grow their businesses not only through the sourcing excellent candidates to fill vacancies but also in providing strategy and business development support where necessary.

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Peter Grinsted
Peter Grinsted OBE UDSS Coaching Lead
From a long career in the Royal Air Force, Peter has considerable leadership experience, leading complex, multinational teams in both operational and programme environments. He firmly believes in the power of coaching to support and help develop leaders and is committed to offering high quality coaching to a wider audience.

His last tour was as the Head of UAS Team within Defence Equipment & Support where he was responsible for equipping and sustaining UAS operations for all UK Armed Forces whilst maximising synergies and efficiencies across the programmes.

He also had additional pan-government responsibility for developing the UK government policy and strategy for the UK UAS enterprise. Prior to this, he was on loan service to the US Department of Defense in the multi-national F-35 Joint Program Office where, as Deputy Director Logistics and Sustainment, he was instrumental in developing the global support solution for F-35. He now manages his own business consultancy helping clients with strategy development and optimizing marketing opportunities.

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