Coaches & Consultants
Our coaches and consultants are individuals who have succeeded in their own fields and come from a variety of industry and sector backgrounds, with a diversity of disciplines including marketing, human resources and retailing as well as a range of professional occupations. Clients rely upon them for sound business like advice, understanding, motivation and independent counselling through periods of opportunity and despondency alike.
We carefully select the coach/consultant for each assignment, matching skills, experience and personality to the individual or group we are supporting.
Our team members are located throughout the UK, enabling us to deliver nationally but with local knowledge. We have the resources to staff major ‘on site’ programmes and work on a ‘one-to-one’ basis where we will meet and work with clients at a suitable local venue.
Antony’s own business career is at the commercial sharp end, involving VC backed start-ups, MBO’s and exit strategies as an MD for business to business service companies; in Career Management, Executive Search and Executive Coaching. His earlier career was spent in the Army with a Scottish Regiment. His core competencies include leadership and management, business development and strategy, sales and marketing.
He works with Directors and Senior Management from Commerce and Financial Services as well as Partners in Professional Services firms. He has considerable expertise in shaping peoples careers, identifying and promoting their unique brand as well as coaching them in personal development and performance management issues. Antony’s style is one of coaching/mentoring, challenging when necessary, and acting as a sounding board to senior executives as they manage the opportunities and challenges that are open to them, ensuring successful outcomes and enrichment in the process.
Charlotte White is an Executive Coach specialising in Performance Coaching and Outplacement. Her previous background was as an HR professional with considerable UK and international experience including, most recently, 18 years at a major German insurance company where she held a number of senior and Board-level roles including HR Director for Northern Europe. Recent major projects included a significant number of change management and restructuring programmes, and the introduction of new Talent management, Performance management and Compensation and Benefit processes into companies in 14 different countries throughout northern Europe.
Her current focus is on her key specialisms of Executive Coaching and Management Development. In addition to providing 1:1 coaching solutions in Performance Coaching and Outplacement, as a qualified trainer, she offers workshops in job search, and training for Managers in practical, easy-to-master Coaching techniques.
Chet Oktay offers depth of experience and expertise in the world of people development. His career path includes key roles within the corporate arena complemented by episodes in running his own practices.
A lifelong involvement in helping ‘fellow humans’ has produced a spectrum of services which cover personal coaching, counselling, career development and career transition. Without exaggeration it can be stated that he has assisted hundreds of individuals on his journey to date.
Though much of his activity is at ‘board/director level’ he takes great pleasure in working across a full spectrum of career paths. Chet offers an in-depth understanding of the sensitivities around diversity which he has acquired over the years by dealing with people from a vast array of backgrounds. This has included both the private and the public sector.
Chris has 20+ years’ experience in the Career Transition industry sector working with clients at all levels and across a broad range of industries, including both the public and private sectors. Equally experienced as a group facilitator and working with clients on a 1:1 basis, he has delivered support spanning identification of career options, job search marketing skills, preparation of marketing literature, presentation and interviews, self-employment, and on-going career management.
He has provided support to individuals ranging from Board level Executives to operational and support staff in disciplines spanning Logistics, IT, Sales, Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain and Procurement, Project and Programme Management, Compliance and Audit.
Clare is an executive coach who believes that everybody has the power to achieve their potential. Working empathetically and honestly, she works with clients to recognise their inherent skills and values, as well as to challenge any outdated beliefs.
Prior to her coaching career, Clare spent 16 years working in the corporate sector as a senior public relations and employee relations consultant. In this role, she helped business leaders define their ethos and objectives in order to communicate more authentically with key stakeholders. In 2011, Clare formalised her considerable experience in personal development by specialising in executive coaching.
Clare’s coaching clients have come from a range of organisations in the private and public sectors including: Southern Railway, the National Health Service, as well as the publishing, retail and personal finance sectors.
David delivers consulting and coaching to individuals at all levels, facilitates personal and professional development workshops and provides support during the currency of large-scale on-site redeployment and outplacement projects. He has 25 years’ experience as a career transition/outplacement and career management professional covering both service delivery, business development and the design of learning events
His USP is his intuitive ability to quickly break down complex data from individuals and reframe that information into statements that engage recipients and markedly increase employees’ likelihood of securing networking meetings and interviews.
David has worked as an independent business and learning consultant since 1993 designing and facilitating programmes of business process and skill in areas including business development, marketing, sales, client account management, leadership, personal development, project management and change management
David is co-author of two Kogan Page books, ‘Everything You Ever Needed to Know about Training’ and ‘Transforming Training’, a suite of interactive-CD Human Resources materials for Gee Publishing (Factfinder) and an article for the CIPD (Theatre in Training).
Elaine specialises in the areas of Outplacement, Career Transitions, Career Assessment and Development, Coaching and Change Management. She has experience in a wide range of sectors including Pharmaceuticals, Airlines, Telecoms, Financial Services (Banking and Investor Services), Retail, Motor Sport, Motor Industry, Film Industry, and the Public Sector.
She has been responsible for managing business relationships at a senior level in 14 countries in the Asia Pacific Region, and was acknowledged for playing a pivotal role in implementing changes that improved market and client ratings on service and performance from third to top rated.
Gareth specialises in the management of corporate change affecting staff and customers. Applying strategy and business change to individuals, he maintains people orientation while driving either business development or internal corporate restructuring. His track record in building practical change propositions and carrying them through to implementation reflects the successful combination of commercial orientation and people focus.
Gareth’s extensive sector expertise covers financial services, utilities, fmcg, healthcare, and service outsourcing, in both B2B and B2C markets in the private and public sectors. He has project managed strategic business re-engineering, silo busting and business model turnarounds.
George has extensive career management experience and a record of success at operational and management level gained from three global HR consultancies. He has particular expertise in achieving behavioural change with individuals and teams. He has managed large teams of career coaches, within agreed budgets, to deliver successful career transition assignments.
Industries he has worked with include; Manufacturing, Engineering, Insurance, Technology, Telecommunications, Food, Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Travel, Oil & Gas, Chemical and Electronics.
Ginette is an experienced Executive Coach, Facilitator and Career Consultant delivering individual and group based career coaching, career development and career transition programmes to corporate and private clients. Ginette has developed a unique portfolio of skills which derive principally from 21 years in Human Resources within the Corporate and Private market; including global organisations in the UK, Europe, Americas and Asia.
As an Executive Coach & Career Consultant her primary focus involves coaching managers and individuals to improve their performance, develop their careers and manage organisational change. Ginette’s client testimonials highlight her warmth and practical approach; she readily establishes rapport that creates open and trusting coaching and business relationships leading to accelerated positive outcomes.
Harriet has 16 years experience in career development, working with people from all commercial backgrounds and levels, helping them to make career decisions and/or transitions. She is an expert in identifying needs and facilitating solutions using a flexible, coaching, counselling approach. She has written a novel for her MA in creative writing and has been a professional career practitioner.
Her industry experience has been gained in pharmaceuticals, airlines, oil, brewing, insurance, IT, City investment companies, publishing, tobacco, housing associations, borough councils, retail, the professions – medical, legal & accountancy.
Prior to his career working on the people agenda, John held a number of senior and operational positions in Learning & Development (Achieve Global), Corporate Financial Services (HBOS), Construction (RMC/ CEMEX) and Professional Services (PwC). He has over 20 years’ consulting experience in Career Management, Talent Management and Operational Coaching. Working with Senior Executives, middle managers and their high-potential staff, he has inspired them to reach new heights in personal effectiveness through the development and application of their interpersonal skills as well as helping them to manage their own careers in times of organisational restructuring. He has extensive experience in helping people across all organisational levels to re-evaluate their career options and then to prepare themselves for success in their next career move including CV preparation, self-marketing plans and interview skills.
John has a wealth of experience in both strategic and organisational roles within the HR sector, with particular knowledge of the Pharmaceutical industry. He possesses a strong track record of team building and success in the integration of organisations at times of merger and acquisition.
His early career in HR started with managerial roles in G D Searle, where he subsequently became HR Director. He subsequently moved to Monsanto plc, at the time employing 1600 people in the UK as Head of HR Shared Services, and was later appointed HR Director for UK and Scandinavia. At the time of Monsanto’s acquisition by Pharmacia John made significant contributions to the integration of the workforce before leaving to take up his current consultancy role.
John is a pragmatic interpreter of UK Employment Legislation with a strong track record in blending disparate teams and organisations. He is innovative in designing flexible benefits for organisations and was the first to do so within the pharmaceutical industry. He is credited with being highly effective in resolving internal disputes at Grievance/Dismissal stages and a sensitive investigator in disciplinary enquiries.
He is a lay member of the Employment Tribunal and currently County Commander for St John Ambulance in Buckinghamshire.
Julie has extensive experience in the private and not for profit sectors. She worked as Head of HR for three large Housing Associations and has an in depth knowledge of the challenges facing individuals in that sector. Her housing roles involved leading teams through periods of significant change, including restructures, redundancies and organisational design.
Prior to that, Julie gained experience in a specific reward role for a major outsourcer as well as senior roles in retail banking. Julie focuses on the full employee life cycle and is able to advise on all aspects to both employer and employee alike. She has also gained experience in coaching individuals in the not for profit sector, focusing on developing individuals to take on new challenges and push boundaries.
Maria is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with over 10 years’ coaching experience in all phases of the career life-cycle supporting organisations to identify, develop and retain talent. Recent industry experience covers banking, insurance, FMCG, consultancy, pharmaceutical and public sector organisations including the NHS. Prior to working as an Occupational Psychologist Maria gained business experience working at a financial institution in the City of London (BBVA/Bancomer) in various operational roles.
Michael is a Member of British Psychological Society, holds a BPS Level ‘A’ Occupational Testing Certificate as well as a BPS Level ‘B’ Intermediate in Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) Certificate. He is an SHL Trained Assessor in Occupational Testing and OPQ and holds a Diploma in Training and Development (CIPD) An Associate Outplacement & Career Consultant since 1991, His career transition experience includes career and executive coaching on an individual basis, running group workshops for job search, providing project management and consultancy input into resource centres.
He has had responsibility for the development and establishment of Advisory Centres and Resource Centres on employer sites, has invaluable experience of interviewing, coaching and counselling of employees and redundant workers and assisting them into new career paths. He assists organisations that are going through restructure and change who want positive support for their people at what can be a daunting time. He has conducted assessment centres and psychometric feedback and has experience of working both in the public and private sectors.
Netta is a trainer and Coach with a background in Financial Services HR and Training as well as job evaluation and design. Netta’s experience of working with Public and Private sector organsiations, in UK, Europe and Africa has helped develop a pragmatic approach combined with a creativity to help balance the needs of organisations and individuals.
She has worked with clients in outplacement, pre-retirement, change programmes and training, such as Toyota Europe, Barclays Africa and UK, Ghana Bank, Mid Sussex District Council, HMRC, HSBC, Shire, and Metropolitan Police.
Nicola is a Career & Talent Management Coach & Facilitator with extensive experience working across business functions and organisational structures, from front-line to the Board in both public and private sector organisations, enabling individuals and groups to manage their careers and improve their performance. Nicola has a background in people and organisation development and an earlier career in sales and marketing within the food, wines & spirits and soft drinks industries.
In her work Nicola emphasises the importance of employee wellness, helping to build resilience and to manage periods of stress in a world of work now increasingly characterised by change and uncertainty. Her approach draws on established psychological theory and practice and is focused on problem solving; dealing with both the practicalities of change and any unhelpful ways of thinking, feeling and behaving in working toward sustainable solutions.
Parul is a personal transformation and business coach with particular experience of Public Speaking. Her previous background was as an HR professional, with considerable UK and international experience, where she held a number of senior talent management and learning and development roles. Recent major projects included a significant number of change management and restructuring programmes, and the introduction of new Talent management and Performance management into large and medium sized organisations across multiple geographies.
Her current focus is on her key specialisms of Personal transformation and Business Coaching and Management Development. She mainly provides 1:1 and group coaching solutions in Public Speaking, Development Coaching, Lifestyle Coaching, Coaching maternity returners and Coaching for retirement. She provides coaching in-person as well as virtually on Skype and Face Time.
Robin’s background includes 19 years of recruitment, training and management in the financial services sector, followed by over 15 years as an outplacement consultant.
He has project managed change programmes, regularly facilitating pre-retirement and job search workshops to develop individual’s skills and qualities including self-awareness, CVs, self-marketing and interviews preparation, as well as individual diagnostics and career transition coaching. As a professional career transition/performance coach he has developed a proven track record of delivering informative inclusive workshops and effective empathetic individual support.
“My mission is simply to support individuals in career transition, enabling them to take a fresh look at their working life and move forward positively into new roles.”
Rowena has a wealth of experience in the aviation industry, principally in HR Management, together with knowledge of the voluntary, publishing, housing and public sectors. She was instrumental in developing and managing a successful Careerlink facility for British Airways employees facing organisational change focusing specifically on recruitment, training and coaching. More recently she has worked as a tutor within the education sector, designing and delivering Job Search Technique programmes for college students and long term unemployed.
An experienced coach, facilitator and trainer, Sally has worked for more than 20 years within learning and development and change projects across a wide range of industries, public sector and not for profit organisations working with clients often experiencing major change from all disciplines and across many levels of the organisation. She is also a trained mediator and volunteers with a community mediation service.
Her strong understanding of the psychological approaches to coaching in the workplace, drawn from an earlier post grad diploma, has continued to underpin her practice. Believing that individuals throughout their working life need a champion, especially in times of major upheaval, the person-centred coaching style she adopts placing importance on forging mutually beneficial networks, building trusted relationships and injecting creativity has facilitated successful outcomes for her clients; her passion for helping individuals to release their potential always very much to the fore.
Sally is an experienced Executive Coach specialising in Career Transition, Outplacement and Training. She has a track record of successfully helping individuals to develop a positive mindset and to achieve their goals with confidence. Her experience covers individuals at all levels and within organisations from private, public and voluntary sectors. Supporting individuals with empathy and understanding is an essential part of her way of working.
Sally’s approach centres on the needs of the individual and by using her previous experience she is able to quickly build rapport and credibility with a wide range of people. Her extensive knowledge has supported organisations to develop the strategic objectives of the business.
Her early background was as an HR professional with a training responsibility. Additionally she has experience of the sales environment having managed significant accounts for a major consultancy.
Sara is an accredited Executive Coach, Mentor and Leadership Facilitator and is to developing people and organisations to be their best. In a successful career spanning 20 years, Sara has held leadership and Director roles in leading UK and global HR firms.
With responsibility for Sales and Marketing in the UK and Europe, her extensive experience includes leadership roles in the recruitment, career management, outsourcing and, latterly, the talent and HR consulting sectors. She has worked with clients across the full range of industry sectors, from business and professional services, technology and media & communications, to FMCG and the public sector. She is an established and credible leader, able to influence and inspire others to achieve personal and business goals and make a difference.
Sian is a committed facilitator of learning for individuals through to large, organisation wide programmes, primarily supporting change management, leadership development and career management. She passionately believes that learning should be immediately relevant, fun and deeply thought provoking. Her aim is to enable clients to develop their own solutions to evolving challenges and sustain that learning through new challenges throughout their careers. She has a rich experience across a wide range of industries, especially in education, finance, retail, legal and aviation.
Steve has extensive experience as a coach/facilitator, focusing on career transition and career management support for individuals and teams at all organisational levels. He has successfully helped people to investigate, identify and develop their full career potential, which has often taken them in new directions. Assessment tools available to Steve include MBTI ® Steps 1 & 2, 16PF, FIRO-B, and MRG’s Personal Directions & IDI. His diverse industry and function experience includes IT, Pharmaceuticals, Finance, Retail, Manufacturing, Media, FMCG, Banking, Insurance and Hotels & Leisure, working with people from small niche players to blue chip, global giants.
Previously, Steve held commercial roles in Career Management, Business Management with BT and The Press Association, and in 23 years with the BBC, International Business Management and Sales & Marketing, regularly travelling to the Middle and Far East, the USA and Japan. He began as a BBC World Service Radio Studio Manager, in daily contact with 37 different nationalities of broadcasters.”
Sue has specialised in career management and transition since 2001 and has supported clients from a broad range of backgrounds from private and public sector organisations including technology, engineering, retail, manufacturing, pharma, medical, aerospace, telecoms, financial services, NHS, local government, HM Forces and MoD.
She provides engaging, practical and down-to-earth coaching covering all aspects of career transition.
A qualified HR Professional she previously held people management and development roles in global IT services as well as in specialist manufacturing where she thrived on management development, change management and ensuring positive employee relations.
Sue is a professional qualified Executive Coach, and Facilitator delivering Career Transition, Outplacement and building Career Resilience. Her focus is to enable clients to progress their careers, successfully navigate, manage and lead through change. With a successful track-record of helping people define their strengths, improve performance, articulate and step into their potential, Sue is invited to work at all levels of seniority and ability across a broad range of sectors.
Sue is a thinking partner and supports teams/individuals to define vision and create objectives, ownership, commitment, build trust and take authentic, strategic, focused action. Through brain-friendly learning, with fun, curiosity, lightness and high perceptive intuition she asks probing questions few dare to ask.
Following a career in Operations within the Civil Service, Susan enjoyed further success as a Project Manager, Trainer and Senior Career Guidance/Development and Outplacement Consultant in programme delivery across a variety of industries including telecommunications, finance, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, public sector and the armed forces to name but a few.
Susan has worked with men and women from “coal face” to boardroom using humour, her own wide experience and a common sense approach to motivate and encourage individuals to fulfil their potential. Using well developed interpersonal and communication skills, she has inspired clients, repeatedly demonstrating the ability to mentor, develop, empower and stimulate, helping individuals to achieve successful transition to new and progressive careers. For the past 10 years her skills have been used to set up and deliver remote outplacement programmes dealing with clients via telephone, email and Skype, delivering a successful high quality career guidance service.