My current and past client base includes, amongst others: The John Muir Trust, Queen Margaret University, Health in Mind, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, The European Distance and E-Learning Network, Jewel and Esk College, East Lothian Chiropractic, and Highland Fling Childcare.

Having worked with Craig on a range of parliamentary and international projects I can attest to his professionalism, wide knowledge and ability to get to the heart of issues.  Craig is goal-oriented and he will bring his intellect and commitment to bear to ensure his clients achieve their objectives.” Vanessa Glynn,  Former Head of Europe Team, Scottish Government and of External Liaison Unit, Scottish Parliament.


Craig is accustomed to dealing with high level players…..has shown exceptional organisational abilities….he has been regularly called upon to undertake tasks beyond the normal remit.” IR, Department for International Development.

Craig is, quite simply, the best listener I know. He has a really gentle, approachable coaching style, but is also not afraid to ask tough questions when needed. During our sessions, we talked about everything ranging from streamlining mundane practicalities, right through to some really big questions about values and purpose.

It was Socrates who is credited with saying that “the unexamined life is not worth living”. Now, whilst I think that’s a bit of an overstatement, I do believe that an examined life is far more worth living. Overall, the coaching sessions were one of the best investments I’ve ever made. Even many years later, whenever I feel off-track, I still use the techniques Craig taught me, to figure out why, and to set a new direction. If you are feeling similarly in a rut, and need some help to figure things out, I highly recommend Craig’s services.”  DS, Chemical Engineer.


We engaged Mercator Coaching and Consulting to help produce a Development Plan for a  Round 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Working to a very tight timeframe, Craig, Rick and Sunci very quickly identified how best to apply their relative strengths to the task, got to know us as an organisation, and remained focused on the agreed brief.

Whilst we won’t hear from HLF for a few months, we feel that the exercise has fully met their requirements. The process of working with Mercator generated valuable feedback from partners, identified an extensive set of leads and contexts for future work, and offered objective analysis of our work that gives a fantastic platform for the growth of the John Muir Award in England.

The quality and quantity of information  – delivered under significant time pressure – has exceeded my expectations. A well-balanced combination of collaboration, consultation, productivity and enjoyment has been very much in evidence. Working with Mercator over the past 2 months has been a very positive experience for John Muir Trust staff.Rob Bushby, John Muir Award Manager for the UK, The John Muir Trust

Dr French contributed to the implementation of the European Union funded projects POERUP (Policies for OER Uptake) and ODS (Open Discovery Space – Socially-powered multilingual open learning infrastructure to boost the adoption of eLearning resources).

His tasks included assembling country studies about the state of art of the use of open educational resources (OER) and launching research work about worldwide e-learning policies by elaboration of the research methodology and its implementation framework. He represented EDEN effectively and successfully at the related international meetings. He has always worked with elan and motivation, with a strategic approach.Dr Andras Szucs, Secretary General, European Distance and E-Learning Network

Book review for Friends are Good on the Day of Battle (Helion, 2017)

For any fans of this division or with interest in the “learning curve”, a good addition to your library.” The Long, Long Trail

Friends are Good on the Day of Battle is a book which one hopes will set others on a similar process when recording the history of a Great War Division.The Western Front Association

This is an extremely impressive piece of work……Wholeheartedly recommended, whether or not you are a Scotsman!” SOFNAM Autumn 2018

All those interested in the history of the British army in the First World War are in debt to Craig French. Professor Sir Hew Strachan