Our Team

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Meet the team at Value Partnership

Simon Court

Simon Court

Simon Court, Founder and CEO

Simon Court is the founder and CEO of Value Partnership. He works as an adviser and guide with individual senior leaders, boards and executive teams. The challenges he works on include new growth strategies, changing business models, developing organisational agility and building new leadership capabilities. Simon challenges and supports Chief Executives and their teams to understand and address these challenges effectively. He works across sectors including entertainment, publishing, consumer products, technology, gaming, financial services and venture capital. His experience covers private, private equity and publically owned companies. 

Simon’s consulting experience spans 20 years and a wide variety of industries & cultures. He worked for two years based in Milan, as well as in many European countries, the Middle East, South East Asia and North America. Simon has an extensive industry background, primarily in the telecommunications, security and building materials sectors. He was previously HR Director for Ericsson UK. He has an MBA from Warwick Business School and an MSc from Imperial College.

Geoff Rogers

Geoff Rogers

Geoff Rogers, Director

Geoff has extensive experience in delivering performance improvement through organisation development and change leadership. He is also an executive coach who brings general management experience and insight to his role as a consultant. His interest in the impact of globalisation on people and organisations is reflected in his current clients who include Lafarge, Thales, Monier, LECG and HSBC.

Until 2001 Geoff was HR Director for Standard Chartered's Global Markets business; he has also held appointments as HR Director for Europe/US and Global Head of Management and Organisational Development. Geoff has worked extensively across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Gulf and South Asia. His earlier career included the Royal Air Force, British Aerospace and Quaker Oats. He has an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Clare Wilson

Clare Wilson

Clare Wilson, Director

Clare has 20 years experience in leadership development, team effectiveness, organisational change and organisation design and development. Her expertise lies in driving change that improves business performance through involving leaders to review and align the culture, structure and strategy of their business in an engaging and cohesive way.

Some of her recent clients include Canon, HSBC, Brewin Dolphin, Electronic Arts, Telehouse, Pfizer, Thales, Ericsson, BDO, Visa, Celesio, FTI Consulting, The Physiological Society and Morrisons. Clare spent over 10 years with Pfizer in the Research and Development and Manufacturing divisions and has worked on a number of organisation redesigns with leaders across all continents, leading to significant business transformation. Prior to joining Value Partnership, Clare was Pfizer's European Director of Organisational Development, working with 19 manufacturing sites in seven countries. 

Clare has considerable experience of developing leadership talent and is an adept top team facilitator, working with virtual and multi-cultural teams. She has a Diploma in Executive Coaching and has coached many leaders, particularly during key transitions. She is Myers Briggs certified, has completed an Advanced Consulting programme and the Organisational Development Practitioners programme with Roffey Park and an HR Strategy programme with Ashridge Business School.

Ian Pringle

Ian Pringle

Ian Pringle, Director

Ian has over 25 years international business experience, primarily in the logistics, manufacturing and construction materials industries. His last role was as Executive Director for TDG Ltd. Prior to TDG, Ian worked in global roles with Lafarge Group based in Paris and Electrocomponents Plc across Europe. He has worked at senior management and Board level with responsibility for both line and functional activities and has worked in both publically owned and private equity backed companies.

Ian works as a coach and mentor to CEOs and senior management, where he combines a high level of strategic thinking with powerful insights into individual and team performance, delivering long-term sustainable business outcomes. His particular interests are the creation and implementation of strategy and new business models and the leadership challenges and change management issues that this brings.

Bruce Slatton

Bruce Slatton, Director

With his career spanning financial controlling, strategic direction and executive management, Bruce brings extensive, multi-cultural management and business transformation experience to his role as a consultant having led successful performance improvement, strategy development and implementation and leadership development initiatives in Germany, Austria, France and the UK. He brings a results focused insight and is able to engage and motivate comfortably at all levels of a business from the boardroom to the shop floor.

Bruce has extensive experience in delivering performance improvement in businesses, both those he has managed and through his work over the last four years in a leading, results driven operational performance improvement consultancy. Previous to that, he worked for 20 years for Lafarge Group across Western, Central and Eastern Europe and is fluent in French and German with substantial pan-European experience and a unique ability to work with and understand different cultures. He was Managing Director for Lafarge Plasterboard Ltd, a £140m business covering the UK and Ireland and is a former Trustee of CRASH, the construction industry’s charity for the homeless. An American by birth, Bruce holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mike Regan

Mike Regan

Mike Regan, Chairman

Mike has worked in top teams of significant international organisations, where he has been responsible for providing organisational capability and development input in a highly business focused manner. He has significant exposure to executive development and organisational change in a multi-national environment.

Mike has held senior HR executive roles with Thorn EMI, the NG Bailey Organisation and AB Electrolux, where he headed up the Group's HR activity. He continues to sit as a Non Executive Director on Boards, across both the public and private sector.

Nickie Fonda

Nickie Fonda

Nickie Fonda, Non-Executive Director

Nickie has wide experience of collaborating with senior leaders and their teams, across many sectors, to establish capability strategies that anticipate, and respond to, the dynamics and challenges of the business environment.

Nickie is the former Managing Director of an international strategic management consultancy, and a former business development adviser with the UK's Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has a long track record as an entrepreneur, business director, organisation consultant, executive coach and mentor, and is author of numerous articles and reports on aspects of organisational and people development. Nickie started her career in Europe with Glaxo and has worked as a Director of the Brunel University Management Programme. An American by birth, she has a Masters in Management from the London School of Economics.

Nicky Burton

Nicky Burton

Nicky Burton

Nicky has broad experience in people and organisation development, marketing and project management, primarily in the financial services, professional services and technology sectors.  Her career includes senior international roles in Prudential and Dell. More recently she was director of a consultancy specialising in executive development and Group Head of Talent Development for Standard Chartered Bank.

She has worked extensively with leadership teams to improve performance; she has also designed and developed processes, programmes and tools to identify, develop and engage talent at all levels.

Nicky is an experienced coach and facilitator and her organisation experience, combined with her training in Gestalt psychotherapy, NLP and yoga, enable her to work effectively with individuals, teams and large groups to achieve sustained behaviour change.  She is equally at home at board level as she is in one-to-one work as a coach and brings intellect, insight, warmth and humour to her work.

Donald Mungall

Donald Mungall

Donald Mungall

For the past 25 years, Donald has been consulting predominantly in the oil and gas, health, and financial services sectors. He has enjoyed long-standing consulting relationships with organisations such as Shell, both in the UK and internationally, BP, and other smaller European oil companies; the NHS from national to local levels; the International Stock Exchange and financial regulatory bodies.

Donald's expertise is in Organisation Development and Behaviour, blending these skills with a pragmatic, task-oriented, business focus. He specialises in the development of top teams in the context of major change, with the attendant executive mentoring and coaching at one end of the spectrum and large group events facilitation at the other. He worked in local government and then for Shell International before becoming Shell UK's Head of Organisation Development and Change Support. Donald has a business degree and an MA in Organisational Psychology.

Dr Suzanne Pollack

Dr Suzanne Pollack

Dr Suzanne Pollack

Suzanne's expertise lies in helping senior executives and top teams to reach their full potential through coaching and learning programmes/interventions. A strong emphasis is placed on achieving the highest level of personal performance to deliver excellent business and personal results. Suzanne adopts a pragmatic approach, drawing on a blend of NLP (an enabler of swift and effective personal change), best business practise, her own senior leadership experience and proven psychological techniques, to enable executives to move forward.

Suzanne is skilled in using instruments such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Firo-B, 360's and Emotional Intelligence Questionnaires. She has worked at Henley Management College in a number of roles, including Director of Corporate Qualifications Programmes and Director of Open Executive Programmes. She is now a Client Director within Henley's Company (bespoke) Programmes area. Suzanne is also a member of Henley's Human Resources and Organisation Design/Development Faculty Group.

Paul Galante

Paul Galante

Paul Galante

Paul has over 20 years' experience of supporting executive teams in multi-cultural environments to develop and execute strategy, lead change, and develop leadership capabilities to improve organisational performance.  He has designed and facilitated programmes to develop both internal and external consulting capabilities for a number of global clients. He has worked throughout Europe and North America in a wide variety of sectors notably including process and manufacturing industries, FMCG, financial services and professional services. Some of his recent clients include Nike, Lafarge, BAT, Starwood, Roche, ING, and CGI. 

Previously, Paul was a director in the European Strategic Change practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, based in London. Prior to that, he was a manager at Value Added Europe, a spin-off from Boston Consulting Group, based in Brussels. Paul has a first degree from London University in Chemistry, an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles, and an advanced graduate certificate in Organisational Psychology from Northcentral University in Arizona.  He is certified in the use of various psychometric and other analytical instruments. Paul is of Italian and French origin, speaks French, Italian and English fluently, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Mark Hanson

Mark Hanson

Mark Hanson

Mark has spent more than a decade finding reliable, proven ways to gain a sustainable change in how we think, or in other words, "how to change our mindset". His continued research has allowed him to offer his clients an extensive selection of cutting edge methods and tools, enabling individuals and organisations to resolve themselves of self limiting mindset and behaviours.

He has worked as a consultant, facilitator, international management coach and inspirational keynote speaker for numerous corporations. He has partnered with a wide range of audiences including sales, finance and executive teams within organisations including AstraZeneca, Ernst and Young, Accenture, The Defence and Research Agency UK, National Westminster Bank, Yahoo!, Citibank, Bombardier, Thyssen Krupp, Future Electronics, Wyeth, Oppenheimer Funds, HSBC and JP Morgan. Prior to this he had a successful sales and marketing management career with a major pharmaceutical company.

Tessa Castle

Tessa Castle

Tessa has over 20 years’ experience and a track record of success working with a range of blue-chip companies in over 40 countries and territories. Her key areas of expertise are Talent Management, Organisation Effectiveness, Change Leadership and Leadership/Personal Development.

Tessa’s former clients and employers include BP, BSkyB, Coca-Cola, PricewaterhouseCoopers, HSBC, Santander (Abbey National) and UEFA. Her previous roles include Director of Talent and Organisation Effectiveness at Coca-Cola, Head of Talent and Organisation Development at BSkyB, Associate with Cranfield University and Henley Business School. Tessa is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Vanessa Couchman

Vanessa Couchman

Vanessa Couchman

Vanessa helps clients to improve business performance and manage change through better use of communications with all their stakeholders. She is a highly experienced communications consultant and business writer, and her client list includes blue chip companies as well as governmental and public sector organisations.

Following 10 years in the publishing industry, she held senior appointments with the Audit Commission, where she was a member of the executive management board. Vanessa has an MBA from Warwick University and a first degree from Oxford University. She is a fluent French speaker and has a working knowledge of Italian and Swedish.

Dave Bainton

David Bainton

David Bainton

David has extensive experience in delivering business performance improvement initiatives for clients working either at  the strategic level with senior management teams or lower down an organisation where he supports middle level managers to improve the effectiveness of their functional areas. He also works with clients on the development and implementation of change initiatives  and has led major programmes to assess and develop leadership capability in Blue Chip clients.

David has extensive experience in industry as both a Human Resources professional and as a Line Manager with profit responsibility. He has over 20 years consulting experience working with major international companies and within the public sector. He has worked in most Western European countries, the USA, The Far East and Southern Africa. He holds a full level B qualification is psychometric testing and is a certified practitioner in Lean Thinking. His clients include Thales, BP, Centrica, Costa Coffee, EDF Energy, Lucas Aerospace, Nokia, Prudential, Whitbread and the United Nations.

Sarah Cooney

Sarah Cooney

Sarah is a highly experienced Learning and Development consultant and a qualified career and business coach. Prior to her consulting career Sarah held key leadership roles in the NHS as a clinical pharmacist, then as Director of Prescribing at a north London Health Authority. She joined Eli Lilly initially in a sales role, then led the Sales Training Programme for a number of key prescription products. Following that she transitioned into an Organisational Development role in the UK Affiliate before heading up the Learning and Development function within manufacturing. This combined public and private sector career has given her a broad range of organisational development experience - including career and business coaching, leadership development, training design and delivery, training evaluation, talent management, team development and change management. 

Over the past five years as a consultant she has worked with Amgen, Astellas, Boehringer Ingelheim, Clipper, Game, Givaudan, Kellogg’s, Lilly, Nexen, Patheon, Pfizer, Roche, Shire, Siemens and UCB Pharma.

Helen Hambleton

Helen Hambleton

Helen has held senior positions both in the UK and overseas, having worked across a broad range of business areas, including manufacturing, commercial and global corporate positions within the pharmaceutical, FMCG and charity sectors. Her expertise lies in business understanding and translation into strategic people, management, organisational and cultural interventions that really drive business performance.

Helen is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, a Lean Sigma Green Belt and a qualified Executive Coach (ICF - Associate Certified Coach. Helen's consulting assignments have included work for GSK, Allianz, ViiV Healthcare, VSO, L’Oreal, O2, NHS, Danone, WaterAid, Reckitt Benckiser, Alliance Medical, YouView TV and Leapfrog Market Research. Helen has a very accomplished and broad HR background having had over 13 years experience in HR Business Leadership, Talent Management and Leadership and Organisational Culture Development.  

Sonja Noethen

Sonja Noethen

Sonja Noethen

Sonja’s experience covers a broad international HR portfolio. She has worked as a European HR Manager, European Strategic HR Business Partner and HR Director for Emerging Markets (the latter for Canon). She is driven to leverage sustainable business growth by aligning HR strategies with business objectives. Her experience and analytical skills enable Sonja to review and establish a clear line of sight between the business strategy and the most appropriate organisational design. In the emerging market environment she has worked on business expansion in multiple cultural contexts. In the role of change leader she partners with clients through their structural and cultural changes in order to enhance efficiency and growth.

During transformation, Sonja advises leadership on change strategy, leadership performance and behaviour. She is an experienced coach to senior executives and provides expert guidance on organisation and people strategy, including key people decisions and critical HR processes.

Karen Lewis

Karen Lewis

As Project Manager and Executive Assistant to the consulting team, Karen has worked for Value Partnership since 2005, ensuring project preparation, planning and delivery to our clients runs smoothly.  Prior to joining the practice, Karen worked in marketing for B2B publishers United Business Media, Emap and Reed, organising exhibition stands, sourcing editorial content, managing direct marketing campaigns and supporting product development activities. 

Karen began her career as Personal Assistant to the Director of Public Relations for the Royal Navy and subsequently PA to the Group Advertising Director of Barclays Bank.  Outside work Karen’s current ambition is to actually ‘enjoy’ a round of golf.

Sophie Astin

Sophie Astin

Sophie joined Value Partnership in 2005 as Marketing Executive, and is responsible for running internal and client-focused events, maintaining the website and other social media as well as providing additional support, when needed, to the consultancy team.

Sophie spent several years as PA to Douglas Adams, author of the cult ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, at his digital media company, H2G2. After his death, she worked as Associate Producer on a documentary about his life and works, as well as Consultant for publishers Random House, sourcing Adams’ previously unpublished material for his posthumous novel, ‘Salmon of Doubt’. She went on to manage VIP clients at Europe’s largest concierge service, TEN UK. Sophie has two young boys and has unwittingly become a Tottenham Hotspur fan.

Tina Elstone

Tina Elstone

Tina has worked for Value Partnership since Autumn 2006 as Finance Manager and is involved in all aspects of finance from day-to-day to longer term planning within the practice.  Tina is a Chartered Accountant and prior to working for Value Partnership worked for Baker Tilly as Business Services Manager and also helped a number of clients to develop their strategic business plans.

She undertook her initial accountancy training with Touche Ross having decided to make a move from her initial career as a Geography Teacher. Whilst working at Value Partnership Tina has trained and qualified as a Dance Teacher and as a break from accounting teaches Ballroom and Latin American Dancing.

Jane Mellor

Jane Mellor

Jane joined the team in February 2012 as Executive Assistant and Project Manager to the consulting team - planning, organising and prioritising business and client critical activities.

Prior to joining Value Partnership, Jane previously worked as Client Services Manager in two other change management consultancies but the major part of her career was spent with Halifax, in a variety of management roles.  Jane is also a Saville and Holdsworth Occupational Tester and Profiler. Away from work, Jane's primary focus is her family; she also enjoys reading and travelling to new places.  If her children had one thing to say about her, it is that her cakes are delicious.

Jane Court

Jane Court

As Business Director and Co-Founder, Jane is responsible both for managing internal operations and maintaining client relationships. Previously Jane has worked in television, as a Producer, making documentaries for Channel 4 (‘Picking up the Pieces’ and ‘Death’ which won a BAFTA). 

Jane is also CIPD qualified and early in her career she worked as an HR consultant, 8 years of which were spent with the law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills.  For London 2012, Jane was a volunteer in the Athletes Village looking after Team GB for the Olympics and Paralympics.



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