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Alison Straw

For over 20 years Alison Straw has supported organisations achieve their aspirations by developing their individual and organisational capability. She has held senior positions in human resources, learning and coaching in companies such as Selfridges, and The Institute of Management. Latterly she was the Human Resources Director of Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate.

Brian Salter

Brian Salter began his career in the BBC where he produced and presented features, business and current affairs programmes on the World Service. He worked as an editor in the BBC World Service newsroom, thence moving to BBC TV news, and then Radio 4’s City Desk.

Carol O’Connor

Dr. Carol O'Connor has more than 30 years experience working with businesses, groups and individuals from every background and from five continents. She knows that leadership is crucial to success at every level. In fact, whenever she's seen an organization fail, it was due to poor, unskilled or non-existent leadership.

Charles Jackson

Charles Jackson has over 30 years experience analysing and researching careers and career development issues both inside and outside organisations. This has ranged from medical careers to the careers of actor and dancers. Clients for this work have included EU agencies, UK government departments, leading employers, research institutes and professional organisations. Much of his work on career development has been focused on ensuring that HR policy and practice is developed in ways to maximise its likely effectiveness, tackles the real issues that individuals face inside organisations and at the same time delivers business benefits.

Cheryl Buggy

Cheryl began her professional life as a secondary school teacher having first flirted with work at the BBC, joining the Army and going to art college. She enjoyed 10 years of teaching English until leaving to have children, Tom and Owen. Once they headed off to school Cheryl began a new career in radio; exchanging marking books for playing music and talking to people. This second career lasted for 15 years and in that time she worked at local, regional and national level, particularly enjoying travel commissions for Classic FM's travel show.

Christine Harvey

Christine Harvey was born in the US and spent 23 years in Europe. She has served in many leadership positions on two continents, including Chair of the London Chamber of Commerce West Section in the UK, the first woman elected to that position, and Chair of the Sunbelt World Trade Assoc in the USA.

Clive Erricker

Clive Erricker is Chief Examiner in World Religions for the International Baccalaureate. A teacher of religious studies for over 30 years, he has written extensively on Buddhism and other world religions.

David Brown

David Brown studied mechanical engineering at Loughborough University and secured a Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Aston. His technical and commercial experience allowed David to be a Chartered Engineer for 25 years. He has over thirty years experience of presenting as a manager and as a seller.

Dena Michelli

Dena is an independent executive coach, group facilitator and workshop leader with a wide range of leadership development experience and expertise. During her career she has created and facilitated management development and leadership programmes in organisational and academic settings.

Di Kamp

Di Kamp is chief executive of Meta. Meta is a consultancy which specialises in helping individuals and organisations uncover their ability to be excellent, specifically through culture change and performance improvement.

Di McLanachan

Following a long career with a large, multi-national IT organisation, Di struck out on her own as a personal development trainer in 1993 and is currently Managing Director of Learning Curves Personal Development Ltd. She became a Master Practitioner of NLP in 1995 and wrote the best selling ‘NLP for Business Excellence’ in 1999. Since then, Di has trained and qualified as a Life and Executive Master Coach and is currently Head of Corporate for one of the largest coach training organisations in Europe. She pioneered live, phone-in coaching on BBC Radio and has also been featured on BBC Television.

Eric Davies

Eric Davies BA (Hons), MPhil, DipM is a highly experienced marketing consultant, marketing researcher and management trainer. His career has embraced strategic marketing management (at Board level), postgraduate academic research in strategic marketing, marketing strategy/planning consulting both in the private sector (including plc’s and SME’s) and the public and third sectors, management training (post graduate and post experience), commercial marketing research (qualitative and quantitative) and marketing writing.

Gareth Lewis

Gareth has worked as a consultant in the field of organisational and leadership development for over 25 years. In that time he has worked with many leading companies at senior level to develop products, services and systems. One of his main interests is in applying ideas from psychology to improve performance in organisations.

Gene Crozier

Gene is currently the Executive Director for Executive Development at BlessingWhite MENA and the Knowledge Group in Abu Dhabi and has worked in the field of organisational and leadership development for over 25 years. His work as the Head of International Projects at the Chartered Management Institute allowed him to work all over the world, including the EuroArab Management School in Granada, Spain and the European Foundation for Management Development in Brussels (EFMD), where he helped develop the EQUIS accreditation scheme for top business schools. He has worked with many leading companies to assess and develop leaders and has a special interest in competency-based development, executive coaching and cross-cultural differences in leadership styles.

Geoff Ribbens

For 20 years Geoff Ribbens was an academic lecturing in Organisational Behaviour and Business Strategy to postgraduate business and personnel management students in several Universities. Since leaving full time academic life in 1990 he has concentrated on training and consultancy in all aspects of organisational behaviour.

Graham Willcocks

Grant Stewart

After seven years marketing experience with the Nestlé Company (including New Product Development and Brand Management), Grant joined a leading sales and marketing consultancy where he headed a team of 13 consultants as Operations Director. He worked extensively in the area of planning, organising and controlling sales and marketing activity, and in implementing policy through management training and development.

Hilton Catt

Pat Scudamore and Hilton Catt are both from backgrounds in HR management.

Iain Maitland

Iain Maitland has been an entrepreneur for more than 25 years and estimates he has written hundreds of business plans over that time for everything from starting a small shop to raising millions for an international property consortium.

Jill Dann

Jill is an established author, consultant and practitioner. From her early days in IT in the Royal Navy, she progressed into project and programme management with collaborative NATO programmes where she developed an interest in the people aspects of strategic change, a topic she lectured on at Henley (1998-9).

John Sealey

John Sealey is more than just your typical marketing consultant, as he has a knack of knowing what works and what doesn’t. He’s also quite possibly one of the best business enhancement specialists, to help an enterprise to attract, win and keep more customers, better customers with the least amount of effort.

Jonathan Hancock

Jonathan is a record-breaking memory expert, writer, trainer and teacher. He broke the first of his two Guinness World Records while he was still at school, and used his memory skills to gain A grades in all his exams – and a First from Oxford University. He was the first ever World Student Memory before becoming the official World Memory Champion.

Judy Bartkowiak

Judy Bartkowiak is fortunate to have trained with two of the most famous names in Market Research: Dr Liz Nelson, the founder of Taylor Nelson (now TNS) one of the largest Market Research companies in the world and Bill Schlackman the founding father of Motivational Research in the UK (now called Qualitative Research). She combined this training with an HND in Business Studies from Brighton University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Market Research.

Kevin Duncan

Mac Bride

Martin Manser

Martin H. Manser was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Eltham College, London.

Matt Avery

Matt Avery has been a public speaking trainer since 1995, and has been awarded a public speaking Gold Medal. He has a degree in drama, and is frequently invited to sit on the judging panel for public speaking competitions. This is his fourth book on public speaking.

Matt Somers

Matt Somers is a coaching practitioner of many years' experience. In 1999 he founded Matt Somers – Coaching Skills Training and has since worked with a host of clients in North East England - where the firm is based - and throughout the UK and Europe.

Mel Thompson

Mel Thompson is a freelance writer, specialising in philosophy, religion and ethics. He has written many books including six in the Teach Yourself series. He has also been an assistant examiner on the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA examination boards.

Mike Bourne

Mike is Director of the Centre Business Performance at Cranfield University’s School of Management in the UK. Before his academic career, Mike spent 15 years in business, spanning the valve, paper & board, building materials, machine tool and airline catering industries. He held a number of positions, with roles in production management, strategy and acquisitions, IT, HR, commercial and general management, including directorship positions in subsidiary companies. He gained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2001, researching the design and implementation of balanced performance measurement systems.

Mo Shapiro

Mo Shapiro, Managing Partner of INFORM Training and Communication, helps individuals and their organisations to shift their thinking, change their behaviours and maximise their performance. She achieves this through her books, workshops and by bringing conferences to life with her insights, energy and inspirational stories; reinforcing the messages that the conference organiser wants to deliver.

Naomi Langford-Wood

Naomi Langford-Wood is a business and communication specialist, consultant and speaker on the international conference circuit. She has also co-authored over 16 business books with Brian Salter.

Nick Smith

Nick Smith runs a successful online marketing consultancy advising companies how to increase sales and profits using the power of the Internet and by leveraging forgotten assets hidden in their business. As one of the leading direct response marketing consultants in the UK, Nick devises effective traffic strategies using a combination of paid marketing sources, search engine optimization and social media marketing.

Nicky Hayes

Dr Nicky Hayes is a fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Psychologist, and an honorary life member of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology. Her books have sold over 250,000 copies.

Nigel Cumberland

Educated at Cambridge University (BA Hons & MA Hons), Nigel is a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA), a Harvard Medical School affiliate. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA). He is a member of the International Association of Coaching (IAC) and is certified in various assessment instruments. He writes and talks on various aspects of global recruitment, talent management and leadership development.

Norma Barry

Dr Norma Barry has four decades experience in managerial roles for a wide varierty of businesses and organizations. She has a PhD in Leadership and Change Management, and an MBA from Cardiff Business School.

Pat Scudamore

Pat Scudamore and Hilton Catt are both from backgrounds in HR management.

Patrick Forsyth

Peter Fleming

Peter Fleming is a Chartered Fellow of both the UK’s Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Personnel Development - having started his career in the Retail Fashion industry in a variety of marketing roles. With extensive Training and Development experience (developing thousands of executives and managers in marketing and business skills) he founded his own consultancy business in 1982 and this led to a significant expansion in his zones of influence to include the Gulf and Middle Eastern states.

Peter Maskrey

Pippa Bourne

Pippa Bourne is Regional Director for the East of England region of ICAEW, the membership organisation supporting Chartered Accountants around the world. Her responsibilities include raising the profile of ICAEW and its members in the region, developing local services for them and contributing to ICAEW’s research into business and the economy. She has an MBA and is a chartered marketer. In her early career she held roles in marketing and market analysis within shipping and manufacturing companies, before moving on to run profit centres within a university and various professional bodies.

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson is a writer, broadcaster and social scientist with a special interest in the psychology of communication. After working for a number of years in the mental health field he moved into radio and television and from there into public relations, the media and communications.

Robert Ashton

Robert Ashton is a passionate social entrepreneur, campaigner and best selling business author. Intelligent, intuitive and influential, he helps audiences to see their opportunity within our fast changing enterprise world.

Roger Mason

Roger Mason is a Chartered Certified Accountant and a Chartered Secretary. He started his career with the Midland Bank Ltd and then moved on to be a Financial Analyst with the Ford Motor Company Ltd. His subsequent career included spells as Financial Director and Company Secretary of a number of companies. Among these were the filmmaking subsidiary of ATV and a leading greetings card company.

Ros Jay

Ros Jay is a freelance business writer and editor, specialising in books on marketing and business startups. She has also worked as an advisor to small businesses, and has run her own publishing company. She lives in Devon.

Rus Slater

Ruth Snowden

Ruth Snowden's books on Psychology have sold over 100,000 copies and have been translated into twelve languages.

Sandi Mann

Dr Sandi Mann is Senior Psychology Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and Director of Advantage Psychology, a successful business consultancy based in the North West of England. She is a Chartered Psychologist and has written a number of psychology self-help books. Sandi works with a range of businesses in the private and public sector, helping in areas such as stress management, customer care, deception management and employee motivation. She is also a regular contributor to many professional journals, such as Professional Manager where she writes on issues as diverse as humour in the workplace to emotion management at work.

Stephen Berry

Former CFO and International MBA lecturer in Business Strategy, now a conference speaker, trainer and author.  Stephen’s employment experience has been in a wide variety of sectors including property, construction, FMCG and plastics supplementing consultancy experience in an even wider field. Having worked in 25 countries on 4 continents, the breadth of examples and applications to his strategy work is considerable.

Stephen Evans-Hough

Stephen Evans-Hough is a senior manager at a FTSE-250 company. He is an expert in organizational issues around stress, and has helped hundreds of employees and colleagues to reduce their stress, or to be effective in spite of stress.

Sue Stockdale and Clive Steeper

Sue Stockdale is an executive coach and leadership specialist. She has designed and delivered hundreds of workshops on motivation, performance, leadership, people development and change and is highly experienced at understanding personality in business environments. Clive Steeper is a business consultant, facilitator and coach whose work has included business improvement and cultural change programmes, executive search and selection, facilitation, interim management and coaching.

Tina Konstant

Born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, Tina moved to the UK in 1988 and worked backstage in London theatre. She then travelled extensively in Europe and the Middle East before moving to Aberdeen, Scotland where she completed an MA (Hons) in English Literature.

Wendy Hirsh

Wendy is a researcher and consultant working on employment issues, especially those which have career planning and career development at their heart. Working for many leading organisations in both private and public sectors in the UK and internationally, she helps relate changing business priorities and challenges to the kinds of people and skills organisations will need. This in turn helps individuals see how their careers may develop and where interesting opportunities may lie. It is this ‘win win’ – a good outcome for both the individual and the employing organisation – which Wendy considers the fascinating challenge of career development.

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Judy Bartkowiak

Judy Bartkowiak is fortunate to have trained with two of the most famous names in Market Research: Dr Liz Nelson, the founder of Taylor Nelson (now TNS) one of the largest Market Research companies in the world and Bill Schlackman the founding father of Motivational Research in the UK (now called Qualitative Research). She combined this training with an HND in Business Studies from Brighton University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Market Research.

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