People

Our associates

We have a broad network of associates, which allows us to create a team with the perfect blend of experience and expertise for your assignment.

Alison Rose

Alison is a highly experienced specialist in talent management, L&D, leadership and executive coaching. She brings gravitas, commercial focus and pragmatism to her assignments.  As a coach she focuses on building a working alliance so that senior leaders can explore their options and develop strategies for change which meet their aspirations and those of the organisation.  She specialises in career transitions, in unlocking high potential talent and in developing leadership effectiveness.

Alison has 20 years senior experience in business, including 14 years in FTSE100 or equivalent companies.  She has designed and implemented strategic talent management and talent development programmes for Executive Committees and other senior levels in Sodexo, Abbey and BAA.  Alison led the learning and OD functions in Sodexo, bringing a centre of excellence to life for the first time in this complex multinational business. She has innovated in learning management, developing one of the UK’s first corporate universities at BAA.  In Sodexo she introduced in-depth assessment for hiring and onboarding and also set up an internal executive coaching practice, personally coaching many of the senior team. Alison is currently researching for a Doctorate, focusing on coaching in talent management programmes.

Beverley Shears

Beverley is a highly experienced executive coach. Key areas of her coaching practice include strengthening Board effectiveness, enhancing personal impact, and personal branding and visibility. She works to build self-awareness and reflection, to hone signature strengths and effective self-management of potential risks to success. She has extensive Board-level experience in both private and public sectors, with a record of delivering major transformational change, service delivery and driving bottom line performance in large, complex businesses.

Beverley’s career has encompassed significant roles at London Underground, South West Trains, the Ministry of Justice and the Olympic Delivery Authority, where she was responsible for the widely acclaimed London 2012 Games-time Customer Experience Strategy for the public transport sector in the UK. As a chartered Director and a member of the IOD Board of Examiners and Diploma Panels, she can bring leading-edge thinking to her coaching.

Clare Cohen

Clare is a key member of our coaching faculty. A Chartered Occupational Psychologist with an MSc in Psychometrics and a Post-Graduate qualification in Coaching she has enjoyed 20 years of international coaching and consulting experience and has worked across sectors spanning professional services, IT and finance to media and retail, in clients such as Virgin Media, KPMG, PWC, Prudential, CRUK, DaimlerChrysler, Damovo and Shell.

Recently as a resident internal Executive Coach at KPMG, she coached Directors and Partners through promotions and relocations, tough client bids and engagements, restructures and other challenging change agendas. Her coaching model and approach is grounded in sound psychological principles but also draws upon perspectives offered by Positive Psychology, Neuroscience, OD, Somatics, NLP and Mindfulness practice. Prior to this, Clare was a Principal Consultant with The Thinking Partnership where her focus was on client leadership development, identifying enduring talents, potential and character strengths.

Clare has published presentations for the BPS Occupational Psychology Conference, the Test Users conferences, was a guest presenter at an ABP Conference and had an article published in People and Organisations at Work. She made a guest appearance as a Psychologist on the BBC4 ‘You and Yours’ programme profiling the presenter John Waite using personality tools and uncovered his hidden desire to change his career from journalism to charity work!

Emma Reed

Emma is an experienced consultant who started her career in industry with Thames Water and Ford Motor Company where roles leading streams of large Business Change programmes sparked her interest in the people aspects of delivering change. She moved into consultancy in 2003, joining Hay Group, a global management consultancy with a focus on helping organisations to deliver their strategy through people. During her 6 years as a consultant, Emma built her expertise across a wide range of areas varying from development of HR strategy to Organisational Design to Management Development. In her last year at Hay Group, she was responsible for managing the Financial Services consulting area of the business. Emma has spent the past 5 years running her own business, focussing on helping organisations to manage their talent, particularly at very senior levels. Emma stands out for her ability to quickly get to grips with client organisations and their needs and to develop bespoke solutions that meet these; from technical, project management and commercial perspectives. She thrives on delivering results in fast moving pressurised environments.

Jenny Isaac

Jenny is an independent consultant with over 20 years experience of developing individuals, teams and organisations.  An Executive Coach and consultant on change leadership and management, organisational effectiveness and working with individuals through key transitions with a focus on adult and vertical development.

Jenny has more than 20 years of experience as a leader of large teams in complex situations, developing people and in designing and leading organisational change that sticks.  She currently specializes in vertical development, working with individuals and organisations at key transition points to expand their thinking, self awareness and relationships with others. She knows how hard it is to actually change, and so has a particular interest in helping individuals and organisations to implement new leadership and learning habits.  She designs day-to-day activities and practices for leaders, embedding new capabilities and increasing their capacity to cope with change and complex situations.

She has worked across a range of sectors including Finance, Publishing, Technology, FMCG, Central and Local Government, Pharmaceutical and Social Enterprise.

Jenny has certificates in Counselling and Integral Coaching and is trained in the Cognitive Process Profiling and Leadership Development Framework.

Juliet Daye

Juliet specialises in assessment and development. She is experienced in working with senior teams on assessment and development projects and enjoys building open and trusting relationships with clients. As a coach, Juliet uses a range of approaches and psychometric tools, to generate insight that supports lasting behavioural change.

Juliet spent ten years leading learning and development projects in HMV and Ecclesiastical Insurance, where she designed and delivered OD, leadership and talent development initiatives to support strategic goals. As a consultant, she has worked with a range of private and public sector clients including the Financial Conduct Authority, Environment Agency and eBay. She has also built on her interest in leadership by participating in CIPD research on trust and the impact of HRM on innovation. Juliet is currently working towards Chartered status as an occupational psychologist.

Karen Ellis

Karen has worked in leadership and organisational development with global corporates, governmental organisations, entrepreneurial start-ups and everything in-between. Starting her career in management consultancy and quickly realising that people are the key to any intervention, she was spurred onto an intense period of learning about organisational psychology, personal development and large scale change strategies. She has now worked with adult development for more than 15 years. Her areas of expertise include adult development, systemic approaches to organisations and networks, embodied thinking and cognitive development.

Kate Oliver

Kate is a chartered occupational psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience in consultancy. Her passion is for working with leaders in organisations to help them to grow, engage others and deliver through change. She combines in-depth psychological expertise with a pragmatic, results-focused approach. Kate brings to her work an ability to connect with people, along with the insight and courage to quickly identify the crux of an issue. She stands out because of her energy, sharp mind, impact and fun.

Kate has held senior positions in a number of consultancies, including SHL UK and Australia. Over the years she has worked with a wide range of organisations, in the private, public and third sectors, both in the UK and globally. She is experienced in using a vast range of psychometric tools and is also a fully qualified and BPS registered coaching psychologist.

Lindsay Wittenberg

Lindsay coaches for development and transformation: she has an in-depth understanding of how change occurs and values the coaching relationship as a tool for change.  A trained careers counsellor, she equips senior people to become who they really are, so they release more of their talent, and she enjoys coaching people who are stuck or stressed.  Her career has encompassed HR with Marks & Spencer plc, founding and developing a human rights pressure group in Luxembourg (where she lived for 13 years), launching and building a European business development consultancy, a Directorship of an executive talent management company and founding her own coaching consultancy.

She has coached in financial services, professional services, technology, engineering, government, charities, health, advertising, telecommunications, energy, and retail, in organisations including LTSB Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, FTSE-100 companies, UNICEF, Network Rail, GLA, NHS, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, Google, PruHealth, Dept for Work & Pensions, Sony Ericsson, and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

She specialises in: authentic leadership coaching, career development coaching, and cross-cultural coaching, and holds an Advanced Diploma (with Distinction) in Professional Coaching and Mentoring (Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring), and Certificates in The Psychology of Coaching and Gestalt Coaching Skills (Academy of Executive Coaching).  She is trained in the Fundamentals of Systemic Coaching and Constellations (John Whittington) and in Mindfulness for Coaches (Michael Chaskalson), has EMCC European Individual Accreditation at Senior Practitioner Level, and is a MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Certified Practitioner (Step I and Step II).

Matt Gott

Matt is an experienced leadership consultant, linking development to strategy and innovation; purposeful development for senior leaders. He works with individuals, teams, organisations and systems, supporting them to lead from solid ground in complex environments.

Matt began his career as a civil servant, as a policy expert and Minister’s Private Secretary. He moved into a national regulatory body and was Regional Director with a significant audit and consultancy portfolio. Subsequently he led the OD, strategy and performance department at a local authority and more recently, as Board Director, led a whole organisation transformation programme involving organisational re-design in the midst of tricky politics.

As an Associate Director at the Innovation Unit, Matt now supports a wide diversity of clients, as well as geographical partnerships of disparate organisations, to apply disciplined innovation methods to complex social challenges. He is also Lead Expert in open innovation for URBACT, an EU body. Matt is Programme Director for several top leader development programmes with the Leadership Centre, combining programme design around ‘the work’, with an emphasis on handling complexity and challenging perspectives.

Matt stays connected to emerging learning as an associate fellow at the University of Birmingham and has Post Graduate diplomas in Management and Community & Enterprise as well certification in Constellations in Organisations.

Peter Young

Peter is a professional coach, facilitator and trainer, who has been creating transformative learning experiences for clients since 2000. His approach is thoughtful and empathetic, while being practical and challenging. He combines his wealth of business skills and experience with the psychological depth and understanding to transform, inspire and motivate his clients, resulting in lasting change.

Peter’s coaching focuses on the following areas:

Transition to leadership: Developing the mind-set and skill required for senior roles; making the transition from hands-on technical expertise to organisational leadership
Personal influence: Developing gravitas, presence, and strong collaborative relationships; building the commitment and engagement of team members, colleagues and clients.
Career development: Providing individuals with the insight needed to fulfil their potential and plan for rewarding careers

Peter has an M.A. in Psychological Coaching from the Metanoia Institute, London, and a post-graduate certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Practice from Oxford Brookes University. He is a licensed practitioner of the LDF (Leadership Development Framework), SIMA (System for Identifying Motivated Abilities), and MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Instrument). He is an accredited executive coach with APECS.

He is a regular teacher on global leadership development programmes with a wide range of corporates and professional service firms, and he has lived and worked in the Europe, Africa and Asia. His former career was in the publishing industry where he was Operations Director of Lion Publishing plc.

Sarah MacPherson

Sarah has more than 20 years’ experience as an in-house HR practitioner and external consultant. She adds value to clients through her structured, analytical approach, balanced with down-to-earth pragmatism and a keen commercial awareness. Sarah delivers beyond clients’ expectations and they enjoy working with her due to her approachability, flexibility, enthusiasm and sense of humour.

A registered occupational psychologist and chartered HR professional, Sarah has worked in the NHS, Post Office and insurance sector, in training, HR generalist and specialist assessment and development roles. As a consultant, her client base has spanned the public sector, global blue-chip organisations, and legal, professional and financial services. Sarah holds qualifications in stress management and counselling from London’s Centre for Stress Management. She is also trained in the full range of Level A and level B psychometric tools and an accredited Topgrading Trainer and NLP Practitioner.

Sonja De Martini

Sonja is an experienced and well-qualified Occupational Psychologist, who uses client relationship and professional skills to manage and deliver high quality work in the fields of Human Resource Management and Organisational Psychology.

She started her psychological career at SHL, a world leader in the provision of objective assessment and development tools, and then worked at boutique firm Bluestone Talent Management.

She is skilled in a wide range of HR Consultancy services, including individual and group selection assessments, learning and development interventions, job analysis and competency design, 360º feedback, graduate recruitment and development, and training clients effectively in the use of psychometric instruments / HR skills. She has extensive practical experience in the development and implementation of a wide range of assessment and development tools.

Sonja is known as a strong team player and an enthusiastic, determined and loyal worker who thrives on a challenge. She shows a drive to achieve and focus on the solution, balanced with strong emotional intelligence and the ability to adapt to new circumstances and challenges. She brings a strong interest and experience in cross cultural working and communication having lived and worked in Japan, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.