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.

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!

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.

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.

Trisha Cochrane

Trisha is a Business Psychologist and Coaching Psychologist.  She has 25 years’ experience working across various sectors and industries, assessing people’s personality and cognition, both for selection and development purposes.  Trisha is qualified to use a very wide range of psychometric tests.  Such data can help to inform an initial assessment of someone’s behavioural and cognitive style – and, in a development or coaching setting, can spark the beginning of a journey into self-discovery and self-awareness.  Only by beginning to understand the self can progress be made around development and growth – and to know what strengths to leverage.

Trisha has a long-standing interest in the concept of ‘vertical’ development – the idea that, given the appropriate opportunities, people increase their capacity to handle complexity and can develop wisdom and emotional maturity.  These facets enable them to manage and lead effectively in an increasingly volatile, uncertain and ambiguous world.

When coaching, Trisha draws on her psychological and neuroscientific knowledge, her organisational experience and her personal style.  The latter blends optimism, humour, support, common sense and challenge to help people feel relaxed, engaged and focused on the future.