What We Do

Unf*cking Work

Work Pirates works with business leaders, CEOs and Managing Directors to dismantle outdated practices within the workplace and create something that works for everyone. In simple terms, we unf*ck work. 

From recruitment to onboarding, team development and talent retention, we prepare businesses for the new future of work.

Through bespoke workshops, training programmes and consultancy services, we help leaders and staff gain the confidence, courage and tools to do things differently, creating a fulfilling and innovative workplace where everyone is empowered.

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Leadership Development

(aka Being More Pirate)

People-led leadership development programmes, enabling leaders to harness their strengths and those of their team using Gallup Strengths.

Building Better Businesses

(aka Getting Ship Shape)

It all starts with people. The right recruitment, the best onboarding and the tailored staff development. Building for the future in today’s rapidly evolving environment means taking bold chances and unf*cking work.

Neuro-inclusive Workplaces

(aka All Pirates Welcome)

Enabling you to create a neuro-inclusive work environment that enables everyone to be their authentic selves and draw effectively on their individual strengths.



A Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a Chartered Workplace Psychologist with some forty years of experience in solving people, team and organisational problems. James and Michelle solve complex business challenges with a creative and collaborative strategic approach to people management and talent development.

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James Eves

Captain of Strategy

Work Pirates’ Captain of Strategy James brings over 20 years of experience working across three continents in various sectors.

As a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach with an MBA, James has particular expertise in helping aspiring Work Pirates to identify and use their unique strengths to unfuck work for themselves and others. James loves to get into the nitty-gritty of what makes people tick, and enjoys exploring opportunities to enable people to flourish within work. 

Fluent in three languages, James loves to travel and is particularly fond of France, where he loves to take in the scent of the patisseries and the taste of Fleur de Sel salt (if you know, you know!).

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Michelle Minnikin

Captain of Culture (AKA Quartermaster)

Work Pirates’ Culture Captain (AKA Quartermaster) Michelle has over 20 years of experience in organisational psychology, recruitment, coaching and personal development across various companies.

A Chartered Psychologist and Coach, Michelle is passionate about helping people to find the courage to unfuck work. She helps leaders, employees, and organisations eliminate toxic practices and meaningless company value rhetoric, clearing the way to create authentic principles - a Pirate Code - that allows everyone to thrive.

Bookworm Michelle loves to read everything, from sci-fi and dystopian literature to historical fiction as well as books on personal development, and she's currently writing her first book, Good Girl Deprogramming, which will blast open the toxic truths of patriarchy in the workplace.