Shirrell Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2JY

Ruari Chisholm

Managing Director

Ruari is the managing director of High Performance Development. He specialises in designing and delivering leadership and teamworking programmes for organisations within the public and private sectors, as well as international sports teams.

He started his career as a full time sportsman representing his country in sailing. Ruari then moved on to join the Royal Marines where he gained invaluable experience working in, and leading teams within a challenging environment. He specialised in amphibious operations and maritime counter terrorism. After leaving the Marines ten years later, Ruari became the Training Manager and Principal of the Leisure Management College at The UK Sailing Academy, where he was responsible for all vocational courses in leisure management and careers in the watersports industry.

In 1998 Ruari moved into training within the corporate world, gaining valuable experience designing and delivering programmes for major blue chips companies. During this time he was project manager for an army and civilian initiative running programmes at Sandhurst Military Academy.

Ruari now works in all areas of leadership and team development and specialises in experiential training. He has worked with high performing sports teams such as The England Rugby and Netball teams, The English Cricket Academy and Great Britain Girls Ski Team. Ruari has also worked developing race teams for the BT Global Challenge Yacht Race and was responsible for the skipper selection process for the 2000 BTGC race. 

In his spare time Ruari enjoys keeping fit, participating in all watersports and other adrenalin sports such as skiing and skydiving. Ruari is also qualified in sports psychology and is a personal trainer.