Doug Crossley

  • I’m your Writer, Coach and Collaborator
  • London & Internationally

You name the creative rut and let a man with a spade in his head dig you out.

What do you call a man with a spade on his head?

Doug: A man who has developed a sense of humour because people really love to tell him that joke. Also, a man whose name serves him well because to dig and explore and uncover is the reason he was placed here on earth.

I work in a number of ways. As a writer on creative projects myself, and as a coach and collaborator to others. I invite you to explore my website for examples of different projects I've played a part in and drop me a line via the contact page if you have a project you'd like to discuss.

My passion is transformation. I'm insatiably inquisitive about our capacity as human beings to transform. I enjoy shape shifting and trying things out, and I want to know my own resistance and fears so I can be familiar with them. This is clear to see see from the variety of projects and arena's I've played in. Additionally, I love to support people through key moments of transformation: personally and professionally. I believe we work to live and we are inherently capable of living unusual, intriguing and deeply individual paths.

I am a longstanding student and advocate of what is often referred to as "mental health". So much so I stand firmly in the belief we can now just address it as "health", seeing as the issues that often present in this area are very rarely exclusive to the mind. I've spent 15 years of my life as an ally to the spirit and consciousness enquirer, thirstily reading and exploring avenues to wellbeing, recovery and connection. I love to explore roads less travelled and help others find a balance that suits them.

As a result, alongside my work as a writer, I'm now also working as a coach. I work as a speaker coach alongside my speechwriting offering, and also as a business and life coaching (details will be published on this site very soon).

I'm the guy to bring the "who can help me with this?" task to. Whether you're looking deliver the most exhilarating speech of your career, daring to write a book, or dreaming about make a daunting shift in your life.

Find out more about me below...


SpeechwritingSpeaker CoachingCoachingPlaywritingIdeation & ConceptingConceptual CopywritingTreatment WritingVideo ContentTone of Voice & Brand StorytellingShort & Long CopyTraining / Workshop FacilitationImprov ComedyPiano* (*improving)GhostwritingScript Development


McCann London/Paris, Comic Relief, Saatchi & Saatchi, Sky News, Barclays, ESPN, Nestlé Fitness, Cheerios, Nature Valley, Tabasco, Disney, ABC Studios, MediaCom, National Geographic Channel, EY, BOX TV, BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy Forum, Arcola Theatre, Bush Theatre, BDA Creative, A Perfect Tribe


Freelance Integrated Copywriter at Inc: Hoot Comedy, FCB Inferno, McCann, Sapient

2011 – Present London, UK

Senior conceptual creative. Specialist scriptwriter with a sharp eye for social. The quirkier the brief the better. Experienced in everything from massive 360* campaigns down to the specifics of social and TOV.

Freelance contracts ranging from one-day to over a year. In massive agencies, design studios, production companies and direct to client. Agencies include McCann London & Paris, FCB Inferno, Sapient Nitro, VCCP Kin and Design Bridge. Production companies include: Hoot Comedy, The Edge Picture Company, Casual Films.

Clients include: Yahoo, KFC, Havaianas, British Airways & Open Skies, Nestlé, Cheerios, Sky Media, Vodafone, PwC, Compare the Market.

BAFTA Rocliffe Winning Screenwriter & Playwright at n/a

2007 – Present Nationwide

I’m a highly skilled playwright and screenwriter. I studied at The BRIT School of Performing Arts and later at Guildford School of Acting where I wrote my first play. I’ve since honed my skills through invited writer’s groups at The Royal Court, Bush, Arcola and Soho Theatre. I’ve been commissioned to write plays for some great organisations including York Theatre Royal, Action Transport Theatre and Arts Council England.

My work has been performed on tour nationally, and in theatres including The Other Palace (Formerly St James Theatre), Theatre503, Arcola Theatre and York Theatre Royal. I was longlisted for the Best Play Award at The Writers Guild of Great Britain for my work with Action Transport Theatre.

Trainer / Workshop Facilitator at Freelance inc.

2007 – Present London

I offer training packages for groups and on a one-to-one basis. Specialist areas include: Speechwriting, Creativity, Scriptwriting and Storytelling. I recently became an associate trainer to Albany Associates and Fibre Training.

My experience as a creative leader and workshop facilitator spans adults and young people, with a wide range of learning abilities, in a number of different contexts.

Clients include: Theatre Royal Masterclass Trust, Cragrats (formerly Speakeasy4Schools), InterAct Drama and Great Ormond Street Hospital and Action Transport Theatre.

My workshops and training are fun, playful and practical. I’m a passionate advocate for education and personal development. I love to learn and I like to enable people to envisage and actualise their potential.


BAFTA Rocliffe, Forum List Comedy Winner

Won for my original TV Comedy – FAIRIES

Best B2C Promotion and Information, EVCOM

Innovators Award Winner, Ideas Tap / Peter De Haan Trust

Ideas Tap is online resource recognising excellence and offering funding opportunities to emerging creative artists.


BA Honours Theatre at Guildford School Of Acting / Surrey University

2003 – 2006 Surrey, GB

BTEC National Diploma & A Level Perfomance Studies at BRIT School of Performing Arts

2001 – 2003 London, UK

10 GCSE’s A* – B at Birches Head High School

1996 – 2001 Staffordshire, GB