Steve Marples

Director and Lead Consultant

The Wise Owl

I work to build strong and trusting relationships that enable me to help people to be the best they can be.

What My Colleagues Say About Me...

  • A wise owl with lots of experience
  • A great partner, teacher and leader
  • Brings all his heart to everything he does. A true authentic human connection with others
  • Patient and considered, always like to be in his company
  • Always there for all of us, with a smile


I love meeting new people, seeing them realise their potential, potential they probably never thought they had.  I love to learn, everyday you can learn something new, from someone or from a situation.

I am just as comfortable with the shop floor as I am with senior executives and enjoy coaching people at all levels.  I have been leading change and transformation as a consultant for more than 30 years and also put all this experience into action in a senior executive role in the oil & gas industry.  My main experience has been across many areas of manufacturing, also oil & gas, mining and construction.   I founded and eventually sold my own business  that focused on safety culture transformation (largely in the Oil & Gas industry).  Safety is something I am particularly passionate about and I believe that everyone should be able to go home safe to their loved ones.

I love working with people and helping them to be the best they can be.  I see the good in people and enjoy working at all levels of an organisation to help create a shift.   I am a very open person and I believe that people find me authentic and empathetic and easy to talk to.  I am a big believer in bringing care and humanity into the workplace and it is at the heart of the style that I bring.   It certainly wasn’t the case in my early experiences in manufacturing and consultancy.  I bring a real passion for what I do and I hope a sense of fun too.  I build open and trusting relationships that enable me to have the difficult conversations that can be needed to bring about transformation.

What I’m really good at:

  • Executive coaching
  • Leading change
  • Safety culture transformation
Hobbies and interests...

Sports Fanatic

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Responding to COVID-19

We’re continuing to support all our clients during these uncertain times, as they navigate through the various challenges facing their organisations. Generally our work is about supporting people to take on new challenges and building the capability to lead when you don’t know the answer - and through this crisis we’re enabling our clients to do this from a place of care. Something is happening during these times that resonates with us on a deeply human level. It has made us realise how closely we are all connected and how new levels of trust, empathy and caring for one another must be part of how we organise ourselves moving forwards.

We’ve been gathering learnings, building on our experience and we’d be happy to share these with you. We are supporting many other leaders as they think through how to ‘re-generate’ their businesses and create the next version of themselves based on what matters most.               

Over the next few weeks you will see our COVID-19 Resource Centre on Our Insights page offering our latest learnings and thinking. If you’d like to explore our approach further, we’d be happy to have an informal chat.

Stay safe, The WhyNot Team