Leadership Development (inc Training and Development)

We have a range of associates who can put into place effective and relevant development programmes for managers and leaders of all different levels. Interventions may be individual or group based and will align to either the needs of the organisation, the individual(s) or both. Our associates can also design and deliver L&D activities for employees which meet both organisational and learner needs and deliver tangible organisational and individual impact. For more information on ‘typical’ courses we can deliver visit the development page on our website.

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Abby O

Abby is an experienced Learning & Organisational Development Professional, specialising in coaching, facilitation of leadership and management workshops, as well as team away days and organisational development projects. She has spent over 15 years in the NHS, including several years at a Senior Level, and has been running her own Learning & Development business since 2015.

Abby is passionate about enabling individuals, teams and organisations to learn, develop, achieve their goals and maximise their potential. She is highly skilled and creative in her approach to designing and delivering training programmes and workshops that fully engage learners, and has a track record of delivering high quality interventions for her clients and workshops that are consistently well received by participants.

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Ali S

A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (since 2005) with over 25 years’ experience and expertise in strategic organisational development, Leadership and HR. Having worked at the highest levels within HR and L&D functions, Ali has developed and delivered national strategies leading large teams for multi-national and global organisations. She now runs a successful consultancy business providing bespoke solutions focused on leadership, strategic planning, HR, learning and organisational development. Ali is passionate about business improvement, behaviour change and the development of high performing leaders/teams and thrives on helping organisation’s understand what good people practices look and feel like, and how they can positively impact on business effectiveness and growth. Having worked with senior leaders, executive and all shapes and sizes of teams she has learnt that one size does not fit all!

“That’s why I works closely with organisations getting to know their aims, culture, values, visions, missions and business plans, enabling me to provide clear, commercial, engaging and pragmatic support – my ethos is it’s about making it easier, not harder, for leaders to develop great places to work.”

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Brian C

I am a highly regarded and extremely motivated senior strategic leader, experienced detective and Human Resources (HR) professional with skills and experience acquired through a 30-year career with West Midlands Police (WMP). I have high personal standards and a transformational leadership style complimented by an energetic and positive outlook. I display exceptional interpersonal skills, and I have experience in leading and being a member of multi-agency teams engaged in criminal investigations, misconduct & grievance fact-finding, employment mediation and settlement agreements. I have experience negotiating between executive groups and practitioners to ensure the delivery and alignment of HR and business plans do not conflict. I build robust and effective working relationships with differing and challenging senior stakeholders from the public, private and third sector. I have established strong partnerships to support the delivery of business objectives, improved employee relations and stakeholder confidence. I am a change agent specialist with a proven track record of leading diverse reorganisation programmes, developing and implementing policies, chairing meetings, and leading consultation and decision making processes. I have a strong, pragmatic problem-solving capability, supported by an in-depth understanding of how businesses and trade unions operate. I am determined and decisive, using my initiative and pragmatism to develop innovative solutions to problems.

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Carl P

Carl is an innovative leader, experienced coach, senior manager with project delivery and organisational development skills. Successful track record in economic development, regeneration, organisational change and partnership work across public, private and voluntary sectors.

Currently working as a coach and non-executive director also accepting assignments in leadership and team development.

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Catherine P

Catherine is a person-centred, engaging and credible Workplace Psychologist with a background in HR, Training and Leadership Development spanning 15 years.  She currently works as an independent consultant partnering with a range of organisations from all sectors, having spent much of her career in the corporate world at Diageo.

Catherine is passionate about creating positive and inclusive working environments, focusing predominantly on supporting organisations to introduce and embed healthy, productive and sustainable virtual working practices, having conducted her own research into this increasingly crucial topic.  More broadly, she designs and delivers a range of leadership/line manager development programmes and team-based interventions, often incorporating psychometrics to build self-awareness and strengthen working relationships.

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Catriona H

A highly respected, credible leader, executive coach and NLP practitioner who develops the organisation through the strength as well as consistency. As demonstrated in 360 appraisals Catriona is considered a high performer and motivational, decisive, strong and able to make credible and timely decisions.

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David K

A Senior professionally qualified HR Consultant with significant experience in both Private and Public Sectors, in the UK and Internationally, with a proven record of delivering outstanding results through strong leadership and people management. Experienced at operating at the very highest level, providing HR support, advice and direction at Board, Executive Team and Senior Management levels.

Specialising in the provision of high-level strategic employment advice and services across a range of subjects including; strategy development and action planning, vision, values and culture change, workforce planning, consultations on service reorganisation and restructuring, mergers and TUPE, redundancy, performance management, people management processes and bespoke training.

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Fiona N

After 30 years in local government I decided to step outside and run my own business 3F Consulting (www.3fconsulting.co.uk). I support people to be more engaged at work, which I deliver through motivational training and one to one coaching, and I help organisations to communicate what they do through creative and down to earth messaging. I love facilitating away days and conferences – I’m often brought in to keep events pacey, yet productive. I’ve been successful in coaching people into new senior leadership positions too.

I am a facilitator for Fresh Air Fridays (www.freshairfridays.co.uk) which I intend to bring to local government as it’s very practical wellbeing support involving “taking you outside so you feel good on the inside”, in short it’s coaching in the open air in small groups, often on a Friday!

My last role was on the shared management team of Wychavon and Malvern Hills Councils. I managed all the corporate wide services from strategy, performance and communications to member services, elections and customer services.

I’m known for my energy and excitement, which in turn rubs off on others. I’m also known for my love of new challenges – whether that’s setting out a new strategy, a new change programme or running a marathon!

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Gary C 

Gary is a CIPD Chartered Fellow, a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, a qualified coach and member of the Association for Coaching, a Personal Trainer accredited by the REP, a teacher, a qualified workplace mediator, a qualified H&S professional, a distance learning tutor, and more besides.

Gary has worked with Boards, Executives, Senior/Middle/Junior and aspiring managers and staff at all levels. He has experience of working in Central Government, Local Government, Further Education, Social Housing, Pharmaceuticals and Not for profit organisations, and with organisations of varying shapes and sizes.

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Gayle H

I have over 25 years’ experience in development, management and senior management positions across the public and third sectors. My career has been spent across education, community development, and health and social care. I have been a senior manager at the Open University, worked for the social care regulator in Wales, a local council, and have also established and run a successful children’s charity. My qualifications include an MBA, Coaching Certificate, NLP Master Practitioner and APM project management. I am also an experienced Action Learning Set facilitator and spent 8 years as a member of the Open University’s Internal Coaching Network, coaching managers and teams across the University.

My expertise lies in: asking the right questions, seeing the bigger picture, connecting across silos, bringing the right people together and helping find solutions to challenging and complex problems.

I offer a range of services from strategic planning and project management support to engagement with stakeholders, and individual and team development through coaching and action learning.

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John F.H

John is a Game Changer and Strategist focussed on helping individuals make their best possible contribution in every role in every organisation.

His career background includes a long period spent leading and orchestrating organisational change in the public sector during the 2000’s and early 2010’s, working with the private and third sectors, and several voluntary roles working within and leading community and social groups. During his time in the public sector he worked as a business analyst and transformation manager, set up and managed corporate projects and led customer services operations at two Councils.

John cares passionately about enhancing the quality of individual’s working lives so that they are able to finish work each day feeling potent, engaged and valued for what they contribute.

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Julia H 

Julia is a professionally qualified Learning and Development practitioner, with over 20 years experience in Waitrose. With a strong commercial focus, Julia enjoys using NLP and Transactional Analysis (TA) within her work to enable leaders to develop self awareness and understand how to maximise the performance of their team and achieve great results..

Julia provides training and development solutions for public and private sector organisations of all sizes and has designed and delivered development interventions for all levels of management from supervisors through to directors. 

As an executive coach she has also developed and delivered a range of coaching programmes and team development interventions including; customer service, assertiveness and conversation skills training.


Karen P

Karen has over 20 years’ experience designing and delivering a range of training interventions within both private and public which has included topics such as:

• Manager as Coach • Making Shift Happen • Communicating in the context of change • Leading in an agile environment • Making shift happen • Developing talent • Leading high-performance teams • Customer excellence • HR for Managers

Karen has a number of years’ experience in providing senior management facilitation, particular in relation to strategy & vision reviews and organisational design work.

Karen is also a qualified coach and mentor and specialises in working with female leaders, 1st time managers and HR teams and professionals.


Kim D.

Kim is an experienced, credible Organisation Development professional with key expertise across a broad spectrum of OD and Strategic HR specialisms. She has successfully operated and delivered in senior leadership positions for over 25 years, using a blend of instinct, research-led insight and good business sense, in both public and private sector organisations. She works collaboratively and builds trusting relationships, undertaking advisor, facilitator, coach and confidante roles, balancing incisive inquiry and support whilst acting from a values base of honesty, choice and freedom to create healthy high performance.

Specialising in Organisational Development consultancy, leadership facilitation, executive coaching and management development, Kim also have a track record in Learning & Development, people performance management, engagement and working with leaders to develop inclusive cultures where everyone is engaged to shape the organisation they work within.

Kim is available for diagnostic work, short-term and one-off assignments and interim engagements.


Kim S.

Kim has been influential at Strategic & Operational director level, Transformation, Workforce, Talent and OD lead with vision, values and passion for improvement that operates within bespoke consultancy, facilitation and training. She has in-depth experience and a track record of success in leading public & private sector marketplaces, particularly within provider & commissioning local authority & health organisations, with extensive multi-stakeholder partnership with the private sector & expert thought leader networks. Proven background in leading national, regional & local services within System Leadership, Organisational Change & Cultural Development, Human Resources, Talent, Learning & Development, Inclusion, Graduate/Apprentice & Integration solutions. Managing corporate values, strategy and transformation programmes across high level intra-organisational and integration business functions. Reputable entrepreneurial style in establishing improved performance, capability & capacity modelling at scale for complex service pathways and their linked workforce. Outstanding team player who adopts a rigorous needs outcomes and collaborative focus for required results & catalyst for change. Strong programme director, decision maker, influencer, communicator and empowerer, with a passion in seeing success for the ‘place based’ and the people Designing organisation, learning & development and workforce redesign that has national trailblazer model status and increased funding investment. Kim delivers with a motivational, engaging, creative and collaborative style.


Lesley P

Lesley combines a wide range of skills and experience having worked in the public sector for over 20 years, 11 years as a Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in two NHS Trusts with over 30 years as a qualified CIPD professional.

Since late 2006 Lesley has worked independently specialising as an executive coach and tutor delivering many different coaching and mentoring programmes including ILM 5 and 7 programmes.

Lesley now specialises in individual and team coaching, CPD and supervision for coaches and mentors, encouraging organisations to maximise their use of coaching, mediation training and taking a coaching approach to complex mediation cases as well as acting as a facilitator to small and large groups to encourage everyone to have a voice.


Liz M

Liz is a trainer, facilitator and coach specialising in coaching, management development, interpersonal skills and trainer training.

Liz has worked with clients from a broad range of industries on projects that include:

  • Leadership, management and change programmes
  • Executive coaching
  • Communication and interpersonal skills, including personal effectiveness.
  • All aspects of learning and development and trainer development, including needs analysis, design and evaluation of learning programmes.

Louis C

Louis is a Leadership Coach with over 20 years’ experience in leadership roles in both the private and public sectors.

His assignments have provided him with exposure to sectors as wide ranging as telecoms, energy, finance, charities and the prison service. He combines his extensive industry experience, with his academic knowledge of psychology, and his ongoing development as a coach to great effect, helping his clients navigate challenges as diverse as managing strategic change, handling effective conversations, and mentally preparing for resettlement following a prison sentence.

He is always in demand as a coach and is currently providing his services to ‘C’ level and senior executives in Vodafone, Legal & General and BP.

He writes regularly on the subject of leadership and published a book in 2014 (The Vital Edge) which draws on the leadership parallels between sport and business. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, tennis, swimming and travelling.

Margot W

Experienced HR professional in both the private and public sector for over 20 years, working for 15 years, and operating at senior managerial level for 5 plus years, for a metropolitan borough council.

Specialising in the provision of high level strategic and operational employment advice and services across a range of subjects including; disciplinary and grievance matters, health & wellbeing including attendance management, policy development and design, organisational development, service reorganisation, restructuring and redundancy.

Mark S

An engaging, confident and articulate trainer and presenter, with over 25 years’ experience of designing and delivering talks, workshops, courses and away days. A qualified facilitator with a proven track record of improving organisational performance and increasing team effectiveness, efficiency and engagement.

Mark’s key specialities are training in: • Leadership and Management • “Achieve More With Less” (time management) • “Presenting With Confidence” (presentation skills) • Team building/development • Successful meetings • Communication skills

Mark also provides meeting/away day facilitation for clients who value independent expertise in helping their teams to find solutions to difficult problems, improve team relationships or develop vision and strategy.

Mike T

Mike is an experienced and engaging Occupational Psychologist, having switched from a career in retail 13 years ago. He has managed, designed and delivered a range of solutions including organisational change, leadership development programmes, executive assessment and culture/performance diagnostics. Experienced in business and commercially minded with over 10 years leadership experience, he has proven himself to be an effective and challenging facilitator and coach with excellent client feedback.


  • Developed and project-managed a number of large-scale public and private sector Leadership Development programmes with excellent feedback. Clients included Department of Health, Jurys Inns, Defra, Registers of Scotland, various NHS Trusts, City and Guilds, amongst others.
  • Designed and facilitated workshops for Board and Executive Directors within two NHS Trusts in order to establish ways of working within the team, and develop individual capability.
  • Topics covered include change, core leadership/management skills, effective followership, interpersonal effectiveness, managing upwards, engaging employees and difficult discussions.

Nichola M

Nichola is a professionally qualified organisation and people development consultant with over 25 years’ experience of successful leadership and delivery of leadership, management and personal development interventions. She has operated as an independent people and organisational development consultant since 2008 and specialises in leadership and team development. Bringing a wealth of experience and comprehensive knowledge of the public sector, she has successfully built a reputation for high quality consultancy, development interventions and facilitation.


Reuben B

Reuben is a highly experienced and qualified HR professional with a significant track record of achievement across a wide range of public sector organisations in England and Wales.

He has led large teams of staff across the full range of HR and OD services and has developed a reputation for strong, innovative and award winning HR practice. He has a strong strategic focus, a keen focus on performance management and a commitment to the role of HR in improving front line services.

Currently running his own successful consultancy business, his particular areas of specialism include change management, strategic employee relations, HR policy development & training, disciplinary & grievance investigations, absence management, management coaching and the provision of services to support leadership development and staff engagement.


Sally S

Sally is Fellow of the CIPD, an award-winning leadership and organisational development professional, executive coach and speaker. She achieves exceptional results through a systemic and creative approach rooted in collaboration and co-creation.

She has extensive leadership experience gained in CEO, Director, NED and other senior leadership roles in public and civil services, including Local Government, Police, Fire, NHS and HM Treasury, as well as third sector and commercial environments. She now has her own coaching and consultancy business, is a trustee for an international stress charity and volunteer regional co-ordinator for an international equalities charity.

Sally provides a range of strategic leadership and organisational development advice and services. This includes leading and supporting culture and behavioural change programmes and organisational and individual resilience building. She also carries out independent reviews of HR and Learning functions leads and supports specific OD projects and facilitates leadership and management team events, as well as delivering workshops, coaching and talks related to:

• Culture and behaviour change • Organisational and HRD transformation • Engagement and organisational storytelling • Organisational and personal resilience • Leadership team facilitation and development • Capability and capacity building


Sam M

An experienced strategic L&D professional/business partner with exceptional people performance and change management expertise. A senior professional with a consistent proven track record of driving through and delivering on performance management and change across a broad range of industries.

Significant experience in leadership and team management development. Strong stakeholder engagement abilities. Extensive program management skills in designing, delivering and facilitating learning interventions and leadership/management development programmes.

Builds complex alliances and partnerships across multi-disciplinary complex sectors. Self-starter and disciplined. A proven track record of being a skilled facilitator, Coach and motivator. Flexible. MCIPD Qualified, MBTI trained, with a generalist HR/OD background.



With a background of local government and private sector experience; specialising in workplace wellbeing, particularly around workplace pressure, stress and resilience.

Sara is experienced in conducting organisational, team and individual stress risk assessments and engaging staff in service and workplace improvements which impact on performance.

She is also an experienced executive & personal coach supporting clients to improve their performance. Designing, delivering & evaluating bespoke training & coaching interventions on workplace wellbeing, stress & resilience and also working with teams who have performance and relationship problems.


Sean N

A CIPD qualified learning and development professional, dedicated to achieving results through the development of people. A skilled coach and facilitator, responsible for the successful design, delivery and evaluation of strategic and cultural change programmes.

Jan 2006 set up own company Next Steps Learning & Development Ltd. In 2008 became an ILM Approved Centre to deliver and assess ILM qualifications. Re-approval achieved in 2016. Sean has completed the ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership Coaching and Mentoring.


Shelley H

A qualified Executive Coach, Leadership Mentor and experienced Learning and Organisational Development professional, licensed to use a wide range of diagnostic tools. Personally committed to supporting managers, leaders and individuals at all levels to grow and develop, in terms of confidence and competence


Sue E 

I am a leader, people professional and experienced practitioner in Human Resources, Organisational Development and Learning. I have experience in building and leading high performing teams, implementing good practice HR and Organisational Development and leading change in complex organisations.  I am a strategic thinker with experience of developing strategy and policy which deliver successful outcomes for the business. I am skilled at enabling and supporting others to achieve their goals and develop their expertise. I am a skilled facilitator and can design and deliver effective learning interventions at any all level.

My commitment to public service is reflected in my career history. My recent work in Local Government has provided me with experience in a political environment where the need for sensitivity and the ability to work together with a range of people is essential. I work collaboratively and well with people at all levels. I have a wide network and a national profile as President of the Public Sector People Managers’ Association

Key Strengths

My key strengths are in leading, communicating and influencing, delivering results through engaging and involving people, building effective partnerships and managing a wide range of different stakeholders. I am organised, determined and confident.


Sue G

Sue has over 30 years’ local government experience, the last 12 of which were in corporate organisational development at management level in a unitary council. She has extensive experience in the development and implementation of corporate learning & development interventions, as well as implementing organisational wide eLearning together with designing blended solutions and Learning Management Systems.

Sue has developed and implemented a variety of leadership programmes ranging from pre management programmes to senior leadership development programmes, accredited with ILM and underpinned by bespoke competencies, 360 degree appraisal and coaching. 

Sue is a Licensed Suzy Lamplugh Personal Safety trainer and has broad experience of delivering all aspects of this training to a variety of audiences. She has also supported the production of policy and best practice guidelines.

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