Darren Shirlaw began his career in the funds management industry, where he gained important insights into how management teams develop strategy and how this impacts company valuations.
In 1999 he launched Shirlaws, one of the fastest growing international business coaching organisations. Shirlaws Business Coaches work alongside clients to guide their businesses and achieve long-term, sustainable business growth. Originally established in Australia, Shirlaws now also operates in the UK, USA and New Zealand with more than 100 coaches working mainly with mid-tier clients, typically 20 to 1,000 employees. Shirlaws is a portfolio of companies that advise private enterprise how to grow, fund or exit their business in order to enjoy their life’s work. They provide support and give their clients the confidence to change, the freedom to choose and the courage to invest.
In 2016 he semi-retired and now spends most of his time working in the Shirlaws Foundation. The Foundation is currently focused on activities supporting people and their families in the Private Enterprise space specifically for businesses who have revenues under 1m.