Half-time cigarette at Premier League football ground forced this former Derbyshire Chief Superintendent to kick the habit – and now he’s inspiring others

A FORMER police chief superintendent turned life coach is hoping to inspire others to make a positive change in 2019 at a conference in Derby this weekend.




Kul Mahay retired from the force in 2015 after spending 32 years with Derbyshire Constabulary. At one point in his career, Kul was one of the most senior Asian police officers in the UK.




Kul Mahay will host a conference called Ignite Your Inner Potential at the Riverside Centre in Derby. Penguin PR: public relations, media and communications

The 52-year-old, who lives in Derby, has built himself a new career as a leadership coach, trainer and motivational speaker. He also wrote a book – titled Smash the Habit - published in 2016, explaining how he has overcome all sorts of habits himself, from stopping smoking and drinking to giving up tea and coffee.




Two years ago he set up Ignite Your Inner Potential; working with leaders and companies encouraging them to think about the power of creating people-centred cultures.




He said: “This was always a dream of mine to create a ripple effect of positive mindset across the UK and to think we have international attendees this year is simply unbelievable.”




On Saturday, January 12 he will welcome 300 people from the UK and abroad to his first conference of 2019, which will be held at the Riverside Centre near Pride Park, Derby.




Kul will be joined by a wide range of speakers at the event, each with a powerful story to share. Each of these speakers is new to public speaking and has been personally coached by Kul through his unique intensive public speaking programme.




At his conferences, Kul uses the energising power of Bhangra; the traditional Punjabi folk dance, which he says is “a great way of raising energy levels.”




He also tells of the time when, in command of 20 officers at a Premier League football match, he lit a cigarette which triggered an emergency response.




“I was at a match in command of these officers when I lit a half-time cigarette,” he recalls, “I was blissfully unaware that I was standing directly underneath a smoke alarm which then triggered an emergency response.




“It could have seen 30,000 fans evacuated from the ground but, thankfully, eagle-eyed safety officials spotted me puffing away moments before triggering a clear-out.




“It’s fair to say that I took some stick with people ribbing me about it afterwards!

“I laughed it off but the reality was that I almost triggered a football stadium to be evacuated because I couldn’t go 90 minutes without a cigarette. And I was one of those in charge of safety on the day!




“It had a serious effect on me and made me start to reassess my whole life.”




Kul went on to give up his 20-a-day habit – before eliminating alcohol, meat, junk food and even tea and coffee from his diet.




Now he uses his experiences to inspire others to make positive changes.




“Sometimes events force us to take action to make our lives better,” he said, “it isn’t rocket science but I feel that, if I can do it, anyone can.




“The more widely I can spread the message, the better.”




For more information about Ignite Your Inner Potential, visit www.kulmahay.com. Tickets are still available for the event in Derby via the Eventbrite website www.eventbrite.co.uk







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