Simon Court, Founder and CEO
The practice is rooted in Simon's focus on helping clients resolve organisation critical challenges to drive performance and create value, his understanding of the capabilities required, and his experience of making real change happen on the ground. He also works as an advisor and coach to senior executives in a variety of global companies (Lafarge, Electronic Arts, Canon, HSBC and Serco amongst them).
Simon has an extensive industry background, primarily in the telecommunications, security and building materials sectors. His consulting experience spans 20 years and a wide variety of industries and cultures, including 2 years based in Milan and work in France, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Jordan and the USA. He has an MBA from Warwick Business School.
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, Director
Clare has a strong background in leadership development, organisational change and organisation design and development. Her expertise lies in driving change that improves business performance through engaging leaders in reviewing and aligning the culture, structure and strategy in a cohesive and holistic way. Clare has extensive experience of the global pharmaceutical industry, having spent over 10 years with Pfizer in the Research and Development and Manufacturing divisions. She has worked on a number of organisation redesigns with leaders across all continents, leading to significant business transformation.
Some of Clare’s recent clients include Telehouse, EA, Lloyds Register, Thales, Ericsson, BDO and Morrisons and a recent appointment was European Director of OD where she worked with 19 manufacturing sites in 7 countries. Clare also has considerable experience of developing leadership talent, and is a qualified executive coach. Clare has also worked in the paper industry, local government and the National Health Service in Human Resources and Change Leadership roles. Prior to this Clare taught English in Jamaica, Ghana and South India. She is an experienced top team facilitator, with extensive experience of working with virtual and multi cultural teams.
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, 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.
She 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.
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.
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. Donalds 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.
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 organization 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.
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. She is skilled in using instruments such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Firo-B, 360's and Emotional Intelligence Questionnaires.
Suzanne 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 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 & English fluently, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
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 & behaviour. She is an experienced coach to senior executives and provides expert guidance on organisation & people strategy, including key people decisions and critical HR processes.
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.
Working with companies like Lafarge Group, TDG Ltd and Electrocomponents Plc, Ian has gained significant international experience, especially in the USA and Europe, where he lived and worked in Paris for a global French company.
He has worked 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 performance.
His particular interests are the creation and implementation of strategy and the change management and leadership issues that this brings. Ian has over 25 years international business experience, primarily in the logistics and distribution, manufacturing and construction materials industries. He has worked at senior management and Board level with responsibility for both line and functional activities.
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 & Organisational Culture Development.
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.
Sarah is a highly experienced Learning & 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 & Development function within manufacturing. This combined public and private sector career has given her a broad range of organizational 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.
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