Team Profiles

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Our team of highly experienced Directors and Associates includes:

Julia Duncan is Executive Director of The Development Partnership. She is an experienced Human Resources Manager and HR Consultant with particular experience in designing and delivering leadership programmes and assessment/development centres. Julia is also a professional coach and has extensive experience in coaching managers to enhance their competence and capability as leaders and managers. Julia is the lead Partner in the delivery of The Development Partnership ILM programmes. Her clients include the UK Hydrographic Office, Scottish Executive, Land Registry, Office of Fair Trading, AHVLA, London Probation Trust, PruHealth, Paladin and AstraZeneca. Julia has helped organisations manage restructuring programmes across Europe and advised management boards on the development and implementation of change. She has worked with managers and employees to develop clear policies, roles and performance measures – to ensure that organisations get the best out of their employees through clear direction, positive communication and HR policies that support individual and collective performance. Before joining The Development Partnership, Julia’s roles included International Global HR Manager for AstraZeneca’s Seeds and Public Health businesses, Divisional HR & Development Manager at the Burton Group, Training Manager and Regional Personnel Officer at Booker Health products. Julia is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has recently been recognised with an award to recognise her 30 years of service to the CIPD. Julia also holds the Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring in Management and is a qualified Coaching Supervisor.

Joan Bennett is a Registered Occupational Psychologist, experienced in organisation, management and personal development. She enjoys working with organisations and individuals to strengthen their motivation and effectiveness. Her philosophy is to assist clients in developing practical solutions, which they can implement independently using their own resources. She works to provide a balance of support and constructive challenge, to explore situations and discover new perspectives. Joan has worked with a wide range of organisations in the private and public sectors in the UK, Republic of Ireland and North America. As an executive coach she has worked with the Chief Executive of a charity, the President of the European Division of a multi-national, the Managing Director of a retail organisation, the Executive Board of a pharmaceutical distribution company, the Head of Personnel for a theatre group and the Executive Dean of a university. Joan is qualified and experienced to use a wide range of personality instruments, including The Hogan Suite and Myers Briggs Type Indicator Step 2. Joan had provided executive coaching, delivered a range of Organisation Development Assignments and held interim posts with Hertz and BT. Joan is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society, a Member of The Association of Business Psychologists and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. She is registered with the Health Professions Council.

Kris Bush is a Chartered Psychologist and a specialist in understanding people’s behaviour and performance in the workplace: at an individual, team and wider organisational level. She has over twenty five years experience in managing, developing and coaching people and teams mainly in the public and not for profit sectors. She is a qualified and experienced coaching psychologist and facilitator of action learning sets. Kris has coached senior leaders in a wide range of organisations including the Home Office, Cabinet Office, Police, BIS, CAA, Ofgem and a wide range of private sector organisations. She has worked as an executive coach on the annual Police Strategic Command Course since 2007. She has also designed and facilitated high level team development interventions, especially in times of change, downsizing and mergers. She has undertaken organisational change projects and strategic reviews in various sectors including education, health, criminal justice and multi-national commercial. Kris is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Chartered Scientist, a Member of The Association of Business Psychologists, a Member of the Society of Coaching Psychologists and a Member of Association of Coaching. She is an experienced practitioner of various psychometric tests including MBTI, 16PF, OPQ, FIROB, NEO, WAVE, Hogan Series.

Tina Emerson is a highly experienced development consultant specialising in facilitation, team building, training, coaching events and one to one performance coaching across a range of sectors and clients including government, energy, banking, financial services, speciality chemicals, media, printing/packaging, IT, retail and charities. Tina has an innovative and group-focussed approach with a friendly, flexible, pragmatic style – enabling individuals to take control of their own development and behaviour. She is a skilled manager of group dynamics, experienced in working with volatile, emotionally-charged situations and producing positive outcomes for participants. Before moving to a full time consultancy role, Tina gained 10 years experience within HR – reaching senior roles with both Arcadia and Booker Plc where she led a team of 12 across a multi-site operation. Tina is experienced in using Margerison and McCann Team profiling, Insights, MBTI and Belbin. She holds certification in coaching, is a TeamScapes practitioner and member of CIPD.

Chris Goodger began his career in operational, customer-facing roles in local and central government, but more recently his experience has been in senior management roles in HR in central government – specialising in leadership and management development, talent management, employee engagement and organisational development. Since 2004 Chris has been working as an independent executive coach, facilitator and trainer doing the type of work that he finds most rewarding and enjoyable – helping individuals, teams and organisations to harness their potential to achieve great results. Chris’s approach to working with clients is creative, engaging and active and incorporates in particular elements of brain-friendly learning and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). Chris’ clients have included the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, NHS Blood and Transplant, ExtraCare Charitable Trust, the Office for National Statistics and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority. Chris is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) and a Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. He holds the AoEC Practitioner in Executive Coaching Diploma and is an accredited NLP Business Practitioner.

Sue Green has been using her psychological expertise and skills to assess and develop leaders for well over 20 years. She is a qualified Business Psychologist and a Certified Coach, which means she is well-equipped to enable managers to address behaviours that threaten to limit their performance and potential. Sue specialises in profiling individuals’ strengths and development priorities, using this insight to create effective development plans. She has extensive experience of assessing, developing and coaching leaders at middle to senior level, including the use of psychometrics. Sue is highly skilled in providing individual feedback that is insightful and constructive, and her approach to personal development combines an appreciation of psychological factors with pragmatism. Sue’s clients have included BT, Dell, BBA Aviation, Oxfordshire County Council, The Office of Fair Trading, UK Export Finance and Southern Rail. Sue has an MSc Occupational Psychology, is a Chartered & Occupational Psychologist and a preferred coaching supplier to Henley Business School and BT.

Alastair Kidd has over 25 years’ business experience in software, technology and IT services, including exposure to varied cultures and geographies. This includes over 10 years successful executive and business coaching, and leadership development experience. Because he believes inspiration and excellence come from a strong sense of purpose, a clear compelling vision, and an effective roadmap, these themes are at the core of Alastair’s work. Clients value Alastair’s down to earth style: straight forward and productive, challenging the status quo and stimulating behavioural growth. Alistair’s consultancy experience covers Financial Services, Banking, Professional Services, Media, IT & Technology, Telecoms and the public sector where his clients have included HSBC, Barclays, RBS, UBS, CSFB,AMEX, BBC, BT, HP, Marsh, Microsoft, Tesco, Wolsey, Towers Watson, McKinsey and several Government organisations. Most recently, he has been working with LOCOG, securing the talent legacy from London 2012. Alastair is an accredited member of Association for Coaching, is registered with the British Psychological Society (psychometric Level A/B) and is trained in a number of coaching and psychological models.

Ian Lawson brings to the team extensive experience in leadership development, team and executive coaching from 26 years at The Work Foundation. At TWF Ian worked as a management adviser, Director of Quality, Director Consultancy Services and Director Operations. In 1991 he was appointed to lead the flagship “Runge Effective Leadership Programme” and developed variations of this over a period of 16 years to bring accessibility to various sectors including Policing, charitable and private. In 1998 he established “The Campaign for Leadership” to promote “Liberating Leadership” throughout the world of work and established an alumnus of over 3000 members. He is one of the UKs most experienced leadership facilitators, having led and been involved in well over 100 programmes attended by over 6000 participants. Ian’s philosophy is underpinned by the principle that “an ounce of action is worth a ton of theory” and his focus is therefore on how to share evidence and best practice to identify and inspire people to change behaviours and put practical actions into place. Recent clients include; Cass Business School Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Ipsos-Mori, Friends Life, Surrey Police, Home Office, London Business School and Royal National College for the Blind. He has been a key note speaker at many conferences , written 4 books about leadership and aspects of management and has been interviewed on BBC Breakfast, The Today Programme, Business lunch, Radio 5 Live and several local radio stations.

Lois Leeming is a consultant, coach and facilitator whose work includes executive coaching, facilitating 360˚ feedback, action learning, development programmes and organisational development consultancy. She has delivered learning interventions and programmes at board level and throughout organisations including: diversity and inclusion, releasing creativity, enhancing impact and influence, building confidence, negotiating, building professional networks, thinking skills, communications, engagement, leadership and management development, performance management and change management. Lois has worked with a range of organisations, including central and local government, the Police Service, the NHS and the voluntary sector. In addition to her work in the UK, Lois has facilitated training events across Europe, in Russia and in South Africa. Lois is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and holds the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring. Lois is approved to deliver CMI Unit 5017 Management Coaching and Mentoring, to deliver/assess CMI Unit 5019 Management of Action Learning, and to administer MBTI, 16PF and Firo-B personality assessments (OPP Level B).

Jane Lewis is a coach, consultant, facilitator and trainer with over 25 years’ international experience in the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors. By combining her background in HR and the ‘softer’ side of change management with extensive experience in business transformation, marketing strategy and IT consultancy, she understands the issues faced by all levels of management. Jane has an impressive grasp of strategic issues, particularly in relation to HR. Her style is pragmatic, challenging, supportive and, when needed, effectively unconventional. She has coached and trained Senior Managers across the Civil Service on a range of topics. She has delivered major leadership development programmes in DEFRA and the Highways Agency and worked on career development and talent programmes for DfT, DCLG, Housing Ombudsman, Ministry for Justice and others . She has experience of scoping and justifying major change programmes, working with clients such as Anglian Water, several large international software houses, Shell, the Dutch police, Paddington Churches Housing Group, BP, MTV, Littlewoods and Amnesty International. As a project manager, she has managed a £2million hardware project for the Channel Tunnel, and telecoms and IT security projects for Barclays Bank and the EC. Jane holds an MBA, an MSc in Business Systems Design, a BSc Hons in Psychology and a PhD in Spirituality and Leadership.

Alison Porter is a Business Psychologist specialising in senior level assessment and development. Her 22 year career includes corporate HR and consultancy roles across a diverse range of industry sectors. As a coach she has designed tailored programmes to facilitate change and development with individuals. Alison has also designed and delivered bespoke assessment and development projects for selection, talent management and team building purposes. Prior to becoming a consultant, her seven years in HR with Baring Asset Management included the design and roll out of assessment methodologies, leadership development programmes and career management initiatives. She has considerable experience of working with Central Government departments as well as a wide range of Local Authorities and independent bodies such as Ofcom and The Parole Board. Her private sector work includes Financial Services, Investment Banking, IT & Telecommunications. She has also worked in the housing sector, the education sector and in health services. Alison has an MSc in Occupational Psychology and is a Certified Master Coach of the Behavioural Coaching Institute. She also holds the Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring and is a Founder member of the British Psychological Society’s Special Group on Coaching Psychology.

Sian Richards is a dynamic executive coach and facilitator who combines her natural ability in helping others to develop with her extensive experience of leadership in both public and private sectors. Her creative, transformational approach, flair for challenge and skilful use of feedback and intuition result in sustainable improvement and profound change in many aspects of her clients’ professional and personal lives. Working best at senior levels, she has a particular interest in the issues of confidence, presence and credibility which are so central to implementing change. She also has many years’ experience designing and delivering leadership and management training at senior levels and for fast streamers, and is known for her depth of knowledge and inspiring training style. Sian has worked at senior levels as a coach and facilitator for many government departments and agencies including BIS, Defra, DfT, FCO, DECC, Cabinet Office, UKTI, UKIPO, DVLA, FSA & VCA. She has also worked with a number of local authorities and the NHS. Her private sector experience includes London & Said Business Schools, Jamie Oliver Freshone Productions & Augmentum Executive Search and her charity clients include Friends of the Earth and Amnesty. Sian has led internal and external communications teams, marketing and PR for a City company and launched an award-winning newsletter. She has recently won a place on the prestigious NTL Certificate of Organisational Development which will further develop her interest and skill as a facilitator of change. She trained as a professional coach with the School of Coaching and AOEC.

Maggie Smith is a skilled coach and leadership programme facilitator. As an accredited executive coach Maggie works with public and private sector organisations including the Metropolitan Police Service, C & C Marshall, Prospect, Shepherds Bush Housing, Macmillan Cancer Trust, Southern Gas Networks and the RNCB. She holds a diploma in Executive Coaching from the Academy of Executive Coaching which is accredited by the International Coach Federation (of which she is a member), the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and Middlesex University. Previously, Maggie worked at The Work Foundation on the leadership programme and as part of the Advocacy team. As Head of Events she was a lead on their high profile party conference fringe programmes and organised events for speakers including Tony Blair, Greg Dyke and Sir Terry Leahy. This followed many years in management positions in the events and hotel industries where she specialised in project management and leading diverse teams. Maggie is a fellow of the Centre for Leadership Innovation at the University of Bedfordshire where she delivers programmes addressing leadership, creativity and innovation and coaching skills for line managers and leaders.

Ken Smith has extensive experience across a range of disciplines within Central Government: from front line delivery to customers, to working with external partners on the delivery of high quality services, to managing corporate support functions, to leading on organisational learning strategies. For the second half of his career he has specialised in learning and development, working within the organisational development specialism on key transformation projects. Ken has been a leading figure in the development of coaching within Central Government, establishing a national network to support the development of internal coaches and increase access to coaching. As a coach himself he has worked with clients on a wide range of agendas, including increasing strategic capability, transition into new roles and managing critical working relationship to produce better outcomes. Ken is also a Coaching Supervisor accredited by the Coaching Supervision Academy, supporting coaches individually and in groups on the development of their practice. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and an Association for Coaching Accredited Coach. Ken’s current assignments include coaching and action learning facilitation for a London NHS trust. He is also an assessor for entry to the Civil Service Fast Stream.

Andrea Spence-Ferguson is a dynamic, pragmatic and results focussed Learning and Development Consultant who works in partnership with organisations to facilitate and manage the development, delivery and implementation of a wide range of customised, practical and innovative learning interventions that drive strategic and cultural change. Andrea has an extensive background in training & development working with a variety of industries including Financial Services, Media, Government, Speciality Chemicals, Retail and the Voluntary sector. Andrea has led the design and development of team building and facilitation events, reinforcing team values and behaviours in cross – functional teams. She has facilitated “blended learning” leadership development programmes across multi-site operations, including Performance Management, business skills and behavioural change. Recent projects have included a leadership development initiative for an investment bank in London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, a leadership change programme and providing 360 feedback to Directors and Senior Managers in an NHS trust hospital. She holds the Institute of Leadership and Management level 5 Diploma in Management Coaching & Mentoring and a Certificate in Life Coaching, a member of EMCC and is also registered with British Psychological Society as a Level A & B accredited assessor.

Katharine St John-Brooks moved into leadership development consultancy in 1996 after a 20 year career in central Government as a fast stream civil servant, followed by a two year project with J Sainsbury trialling and then launching their home shopping business. Katharine has worked with a wide range of clients including most Government departments and a variety of other organisations including Linklaters, the Payments Council, Trading Standards Institute, the Portman Group and Pearson Television. Since 2003, Katharine has increasingly focused on executive coaching which, together with Action Learning Set facilitation, constitutes most of her work. Given her familiarity with and background in the senior civil service, she has found herself in particular demand within Government departments and agencies but over the past eight years she has coached over 300 managers in a variety of fields. Katharine enjoys coaching at many levels and her current clients include Chief Executives, directors and ‘high potentials’. She has considerable experience as a Development and Assessment Centre assessor and particularly enjoys preparing people for these processes. Katharine holds an MSc in Organisational Behaviour, an MA in Professional Development (Coaching), is an NLP practitioner and a Fellow of the Institute of Consultancy. She often speaks at conferences about coaching and has recently been asked to write a coaching book for Karnac Books’ coaching series.

Graeme Sutherland has had a career in management and leadership development and consultancy since 1994. Previously he was Managing Director of a large international publishing company. He is a highly experienced consultant in management and organisational development. Operating at all levels from the board to first-line managers, he integrates individual learning, organisational development and the achievement of key performance outcomes. Graeme has worked for organisations in many sectors including Manufacturing, Engineering, Insurance, Housing, Telecommunications, Publishing, Recruitment, Government Departments and Agencies and Local Authorities. He recently designed a range of harmonised management development programmes for a market leading aerospace manufacturer which will be delivered to staff across the UK, Germany, France and Spain. Graeme has worked at Board, Senior and Middle Management levels on the development and delivery of Management Development Programmes. Other projects Graeme has led include change facilitation, assessment centres and development centres. Graeme is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is accredited by both the Institute of Leadership and Management and by the Chartered Management Institute.

Janet Waters is an experienced executive coach, learning consultant and facilitator of leadership, change, management development and action learning in the UK and overseas. She has many years of senior leadership experience in the public sector, supporting business focussed learning. She was a senior leader and executive board member within government. She has worked in commercial environments managing large contracts in the UK and internationally and has managed large numbers of staff internationally and in multi-site operations across the UK. Janet’s particular expertise is in combining coaching and action learning with 360 degree and psychometric tests and personal feedback. She has worked with clients in The Cabinet Office; National School of Government; and most government departments in addition to international private sector clients at senior and management levels. Her development experience includes working with local government, health, and the voluntary sector and most government departments. She has a qualification in coaching from the Henley Business School.

Jonathan Whitham recognises that there is a range of learning styles among participants at every event. His approach enables reflection, self analysis and interaction with learning. This is especially valuable for working with individuals to help them through change and when experiencing career transitions, or who are managing teams who are experiencing restructuring. Jonathan has recently worked as the facilitator for a range of workshops, including half day management modules for the Department for Communities and Local Government, Institute of Leadership and Management training and most recently on a culture change programme for the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency to support individuals during merger. This has included training for managers whose teams are being restructured and who have to deal with individuals who have been made surplus. He has also been involved in development centres for Office of Fair Trading. Jonathan is a graduate of The Coaching Academy (distinction) and holds the ISM Diploma in Management.

Julie York aims to facilitate the most powerful learning experience for individuals and groups, to increase self-awareness and effect behaviour change. Her approach is to be insightful and pragmatic: building trust, and providing challenge with encouragement. Julie combines the rigour of theoretical underpinning with years of practical experience and working with athletes to maximise personal growth and development. She believes that creating the best experience for individuals will enhance their own performance and organisational effectiveness. Julie has more than 20 years Learning and Development experience working within central Government and has worked with a range of public and private sector clients on coaching and facilitation programmes. She has also been working as a Sport Psychologist since 2003: assisting a range of individual and team athletes to perform their best. Her approach has been developed from her experience of what delivers results for both individual clients and their organisations and incorporates, in particular, elements of accelerated learning and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). Julie is Level A and B qualified, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) and holds an MSc in Sport Psychology.


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