The Who – Matt Barker
The Why – Matt keeps the K2 operational engine running smoothly and leads the team of coaches. He loves coaching individuals and teams and leading the programmes of work we do with many of our customers. He delivers impact and provides insights that generate performance improvements.
The How – As a coach Matt simply loves helping people improve. He has a strong desire to understand the performance challenges being faced and then encourages and supports people to achieve things they didn’t think were possible. Whether creating an impact with individuals and teams or generating insight at a leadership level, he’s great at bringing the science of human performance together with an instinct for what works. He leaves people with actions plans that can be brought to life quickly and with great effect. Whilst many might think “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” Matt thinks “if it ain’t broke, I wonder how we can make it better”.
Never Stand Still – Literally in Matt’s case. He was an international 800m and 1500m runner (PBs of 1:48 and 3:41), is an enthusiastic cyclist, has a young family and a busy work life. If you see him sat totally still for any length of time, let us know and we’ll check to see if he’s feeling OK. He gained a degree in sports science a masters in exercise and health science, directed the fitness service for a successful chain of health and leisure clubs, set up a consultancy and then merged that business with K2 in 2006. Since then he’s kept on learning, developing new skills and finding improved ways of helping people to perform better.
Quite simply, we're a team of very
different people from very different
backgrounds - sporting, corporate,
academic - who all share a common
view of the world. When it comes
to high performance, success is a
matter of choice.
We know we’re nothing without our customers. Their incredibly hard work on the road to high performance is what turns knowing into doing, whilst getting us all excited when we discover how good they really can be.
Some of the best known brands and businesses in
the world give us the privilege of working with them.
A few of them are listed here. If you’d like to talk to
our customers about their experience in working with
us, let us know and we’ll put you in touch directly.
Hall of Fame
Our purpose is to help the corporate world to think, prepare and perform like world class athletes. Being world class means consistently demonstrating qualities that epitomise the elite and make them different from the ordinary, and the people in this Hall of Fame have shown themselves to be extraordinary in doing that
They adhere to the principles of high performance, especially when times are tough
They apply high performance principles consistently, not as a one off
They’ve internalised the principles and value using them
They role model them
They've done these things effectively to drive results
They have a drive to continue their performance journey and keep setting higher standards
We feel proud to have worked with them
We’re privileged to know some people who, in our view, are world class in their chosen field. This section of the website is to celebrate these people and shares their stories.