About James Batho

Hello, it’s nice to meet you. I’m the lead business and life coach at Transition Partnership.

I can help you to see and accept that all change requires a transition. And then, in a trusting partnership with you, create a plan to help you meet your challenges and make your choices so you retire ready.

I can help you because I’ve been there.

As a child, we travelled a lot as a family, following my Royal Air Force father around the world. I got to see and experience many different cultures, customs and lifestyles first hand. Socially, it meant changing schools every few years and struggling to maintain friends. This gave me early insight into the vagaries of life and the many transitions that can result.

After university, I began working with IBM and spent the next 13 years in many areas of this massive organisation. But one day I got to the point where I knew I had to make a choice: stay on or grow elsewhere? You probably know the feeling: do I stay where I am comfortable but unchallenged or do I leap into the unknown of a new situation where there is more risk but potentially more reward too?

I chose to leave and moved twice before the next big change—redundancy. I was luckier than most because I had the choice to stay, but none of the options open to me within the organisation appealed.

I needed to spend time with my three older children, so I looked into options with flexibility and ended up choosing self-employment under a franchise opportunity. I could apply many of my skills from my corporate career and ended up growing the business successfully for several years.

A second marriage followed and a new family grew. Life presented the chance to move from England to Australia. I realised I couldn’t relocate the business so I transitioned once again into a new career as a teacher. I completed an 18-month post graduate certificate in education to teach high school science. I had some great times working as a supply teacher in the UK before moving to Australia in 2011. Once here, I continued to work as a supply teacher but, again, alternatives were crossing my mind.

A chance conversation introduced me to the idea of supporting people into retirement … and here I am.

My deeply personal experience of this important area has led me to realise that many seemingly successful people are unaware of the challenges this life stage can present. I am now passionate about showing people their choices and helping them to make one of the most important transitions they’ll ever make—retirement.

I look forward to taking this journey with you so you act now and retire ready.