Mal Lugton

Personal Development Coach

My original background is that of a professional engineer, trainer and mentor working world-wide with clients from multi-national corporation's through to local / regional (even family owned) businesses. As well as being a Personal Development / Life Coach, I am a part-time volunteer "teacher / practitioner" with Cruz Vermelha (the Red Cross) in Portugal and have also run "inner-city" youth clubs in the UK.

About Me

I provide professional adult and youth personal development coaching to individuals and small teams. I am normally based in Portugal but I provide coaching internationally through a variety of mediums – including (where practicable) face-to-face. I have worked with people from many diverse cultures and circumstances.


"Before I had a coach in my life I knew, abstractly, what I wanted in my life. However that "I knew" was all very uncertain and I had lots of doubts. Once I started coaching sessions with Mal things started to make sense - and now my future is very clear for me. As Mal said he would - he's teaching me to coach myself. Coaching has been awesome and has given me a view of what my most wanted future could be (if I want it and work for it) and has also helped me to see how to get that future. Coaching has also helped me to know me better, understand my personality and my likes and dislikes."
Guilherme - Portugal
"Coaching from Mal has helped me retain focus through a number of challenges I have faced in attempting to get my own coaching business off the ground. Mal has helped me focus on what I have achieved and what I can do, rather than what I can't and has kept me positive when I have "wobbled". Looking back over our sessions, I have gained clarity, made steady progress and been supported very well. Mal is very supportive in his coaching style and has a wonderful way of making me feel good about myself and energises to do more. I'm sure I would have given up before now without his input."
Fiona - UK
"I started being Mal's coaching client because I was looking for a way to motivate myself and set firm goals, since I am at a crucial stage of my life where I have to make the best decisions for myself and my future. Mal gave exercises and tasks to do that have enhanced my understanding of which are the best ways for me to learn, what type of person I am (both practically and personally), and for the first time in my life, I have mapped out, literally, a step-by-step order of how to achieve my ultimate goals in life, by using principles taught by Mal, such as, the SMART principle.
Mohamed - Portugal & UK
"I have gained a confidence and direction that I have been seeking for a long time. Working with Mal has helped me to see where I am now, where I was yesterday and where I want to go tomorrow. I am clearer in my life plans and have found an emotional well being and perspective that is helping me put everything into place."
Lucy - Australia
"I just wanted to write you this message to tell you how much I appreciate the time you gave me in our recent coaching program together. As I write this I struggle to bring my feelings to paper as the words that flow from my fingers are not coming close to describe the sentiments I feel towards what role you played in my life in the recent months. As I look at the goal I was working on, and look at where I am now, I realise I would never have achieved that if it hadn't been for your generosity in the time you spent with me.
Sabrina - UK