People

Our core team

Mike Vessey

Mike has 25 years’ experience in in-house and consultancy roles. His knowledge and enthusiasm mean he often finds himself at the heart of his clients’ organisations, becoming a trusted sounding board for CEOs and executive teams. His clients value his skills in designing great programmes and processes, then bringing them to life. He creates real momentum and buzz around technically robust solutions, and is as passionate about his clients’ businesses as they are.

His career began at London Underground, where he gained a broad foundation of HR and leadership skills. He then joined SHL as a consultant, eventually heading up the consultancy division. This sharpened his commercial instincts, without ever letting him forget that it’s people who drive an organisation’s success.

Megan Evans

Megan leads our coaching practice. She is known for her strong commercial focus and her ability to really understand people and what makes them tick. She uses this information to help her work through team dynamics and how to make the most of individuals and teams. Her clients value her ability to balance support and challenge as she helps them develop as leaders, and appreciate her down to earth approach, sense of fun and energy.

During a career encompassing roles at Capgemini, Whitehead Mann and The Thinking Partnership, Megan has worked at senior levels in many complex client organisations, in both the private and public sectors. Megan has an MA in Psychological Coaching from Metanoia Institute and she is currently studying for an MSc in Organisational Behaviour at Birkbeck.

Carol Jefkins

Carol is a chartered psychologist with 20 years’ experience in assessment and development. Her areas of expertise include competency design, assessment and development centres, simulation exercises, executive assessment, 360° feedback and development planning. Carol is also an experienced and successful designer and facilitator of leadership, management and personal development programmes and team events.

Carol balances best practice with pragmatism, developing creative solutions that fit with an organisation’s culture. She is in her element drawing out insightful themes from in-depth analysis – whether that be designing competencies, creating bespoke simulations or helping individuals and teams identify strengths and develop their potential. She has worked as an in-house and external consultant with industries including financial services, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and leisure, as well as central government and public sector agencies.

Julia Brown

Julia is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience in the Talent Management industry, working with individuals and teams within a wide range of organisations.  While experienced across all aspects of talent selection and development, Julia has deep expertise in job analysis and competency design, individual and group assessments, 360° feedback and performance management, learning and development interventions, and training clients effectively in the use of psychometric instruments and HR skills.

Julia started her career at Talent Management Consultancy SHL / CEB, working in both the UK and New Zealand.  As a consultant, her client base spanned both the public and private sectors, including organisations such as Barclays, American Express, Vodafone, the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation and the New Zealand Immigration Service.  Julia has also worked in-house for British Oxygen Company (BOC/Linde Group), a leading gases and engineering company, where she managed Learning and Development across the UK.

Julia is known to be enthusiastic, determined and flexible.  She likes to combine her psychological expertise with a pragmatic, results-driven and commercial approach.

Olga Hypponen

Olga is a Business Psychologist with over 7 years of experience in the consulting industry, working within talent and leadership development as well and change management and organisational effectiveness, working with public, private and voluntary sectors.  Prior to joining MDV Consulting, she worked for Capita, KPMG and PDI Ninth House developing, facilitating and project managing individual and group assessment and development centres, experiential learning and development programmes and designing competency frameworks and 360 degree feedback.

Olga has an MSc in Occupational Psychology, is a member of the British Psychological Society department of Occupational Psychology.  She is currently studying for a diploma in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy which she is going to incorporate within her coaching approach.

Olga is passionate about making a difference to her clients, using creative evidence based pragmatic solutions, based on psychological insight.  She has a particular interest in holistic leadership and talent development approaches, and application of metacognition in critical decision making.