Our consultant team offer a wide range of professional knowledge and expertise to our clients. They come from diverse organisational backgrounds and most have worked with us over many years.
Voula Grand – Co-Founder
CPsychol AFBPsS BSc MA
Voula Grand – Co-Founder
CPsychol AFBPsS BSc MA
Voula is a business psychologist, and leadership expert. She has worked as a team and leadership consultant, facilitator and coach for the last twenty-five years, gaining industry experience in all major sectors. Voula facilitates breakthrough development programmes for leaders and leadership teams. Her clients are typically highly valued executives and teams at the most senior levels of organisations.
As a chartered psychologist, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, she brings to her work a preference to explore the deeper dynamics that underlie performance. Her professional training has covered a wide range of human change technologies: psychodynamics, gestalt, emotional intelligence, neuro-leadership, positive psychology, psychological resilience, and narrative techniques. Voula is a qualified psychometrician, and an accredited trainer of the Penn Resiliency Programme, from the University of Pennsylvania. She is skilled at applying her acute understanding of energetic and emotional functioning and dynamics to her work: experience has demonstrated that this is always a new source of insight, with the capacity to unlock new energy and focus on future goals.
Voula was a contributing author to The Psychology Book published by DK in 2012, and nominated the Book of the Year by the British Psychological Society.
Anne Shearman – Co-Founder
Anne Shearman – Co-Founder
A lifelong interest in how people develop and how they can work effectively together links Anne’s experience in both public and private sector and self-employment; as a manager, business owner, and as both an internal and external consultant. Anne is a business psychologist whose work has focused on the capacity of senior individuals and groups to reach their potential, build community and take responsibility. Her current client list includes BG Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LloydsTSB, The Financial Services Authority and Estee Lauder amongst others.
Right now she is excited by some of the newest methods and ideas for working with the dynamics in an organization. She has coached individuals and teams for twenty years, but with increasing recognition that if an organization wants to change in sustainable ways, the whole system must be included, as individual and group behaviour are so strongly shaped by the system they are part of. She is using tools which offer an opportunity to help groups change in profound yet sustainable ways in a short period of time.
One recent project with directors and senior managers has combined work on system dynamics with emotional intelligence approaches, building a group who have the capacity and motivation to effect change in their systems. Another involved a conference for a large functional group with low morale and a changed leadership structure. Highly participative design methods and execution helped forge a renewed professional community leading to greatly increased communication and collaboration, and a palpable change in climate.
Anne has a Masters in Organisational Behaviour and a counselling diploma. She has trained in a range of techniques including Character Dynamics, Gestalt, NLP, emotional intelligence development, Large Group Interventions and Constellations work. She is licensed in a wide range of psychometric testing.
Prior to her twenty year commercial career Anne worked in education, latterly as a deputy head in a large London comprehensive school.
I work as an intercultural executive coach and consultant to leaders and their teams with a focus on leadership transformation. My approach is characterized by my own extensive leadership experience with over 20 years in multinational organizations, a Masters in coaching and other grounded psychological training, and my strong intercultural upbringing and background.
My leadership experience helps me to understand a client’s context and generate insights, and I am business and results focused to make sustained change happen. Clients say that I have an interacting style which leads to relationships that are open and trusting right from the start, allowing for challenge as well as support. I strive to understand the underlying patterns of beliefs that impact the leader, their relationships and the wider system, in order to feedback observations and feedback that bring about change.
With individuals, my work includes intercultural adaptation, transition and onboarding, developing an authentic style and leadership profiling and capability. With regards to teams, I help with team health assessment, facilitation of strategy and vision, high performing team development and coaching. I also work with bespoke training, facilitation and development programmes tailored to organisational needs such as intercultural awareness, leadership capability, coaching skills development.
My extensive corporate background with over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership positions in HR, Marketing and Innovation for companies such as Mars, L’Oreal and Diageo influences my coaching work.
I hold a degree in Marketing and Modern Languages, a postgraduate Coaching Diploma and a Masters in Organisational Development and Coaching accredited by the EMCC. In addition I am a certified psychometrician working with MBTI and Insights. My sector experience includes pharmaceuticals, food, management consultancy, drinks, personal care, charity and education.
I am a member of the Association of Coaching (AC) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF). I am accredited with the ICF as both a business coach at PCC level, and a Mentor Coach to other coaches. I am also an Intercultural Business Trainer and Moderator Accreditation by the German DGIKT.
Being an English national, my work is in Germany and the UK. I am based in Munich, married to an Austrian and have three children who are growing up bilingually.
I gain enormous satisfaction in working with leaders who are truly receptive to developing their effectiveness and who are open to stepping out of their comfort zones, even if slowly! My coaching approach is based upon helping individuals to optimise their effectiveness through broadening their behavioural flexibility to match diverse situations and interpersonal challenges. This is often about seeking wider perspectives of who they are, in order to bring their deeper character, personal resources and talents to both their professional and personal lives.
I have worked as a consultant in the development of people for more than eighteen years and as an Executive Coach for the last eight of those. My earlier background was in search, sales and Sales Management working for the Thomson Organisation including The Times Newspaper and my curiosity about what made people successful beyond their functional expertise prompted me to move into the field of development.
I have a Masters degree in Human Resource Development and am trained in a wide range of development approaches and tools, including The Centaur model – a mind / body approach developed at Cranfield, numerous psychometric instruments (British Psychology Society level A and B) including California Psychological Inventory, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Firo B, Hogan, 16PF as well most of the emotional intelligence measurement instruments. I am also a certified Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic programming and an accredited NLP Coach. I am a Member of the Association of Coaching, Affiliate of the BPS and Member of its Special Coaching Group.
BSc (Hons), C Psychol
A Chartered Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in the areas of management development, psychometric profiling and executive and career coaching, I am fascinated to hear people’s stories of how they got to where they are now and their work and life goals and dreams for the future. My aim is to help people get in touch with and to articulate what matters to them most, to focus upon what self-actualization means for them, and to envision how they can create a work and life situation which is in line with who they really are, harnessing their inner energy. In doing this I utilise my knowledge of personality and my experience of coaching teams and individuals.
During the early part of my career I worked as a Principal Psychologist and Product Manager with business consultancy and psychometric test distributor OPP Ltd, one of the world’s largest providers of business psychology solutions. I later worked as a Psychologist with global career experts Right Management (formerly Coutts Career Consultants) coaching individuals to help them formulate their future career path, taking account of their life goals and interests. I have worked as a consultant within a wide range of organisations, both within the UK and abroad and across all major business sectors, including banking, finance and professional services, retail, fmcg, government departments, leisure, utilities and recruitment/career management.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and hold the BPS Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing Level A and Level B (Full). I am qualified to use a wide range of psychometric tools including the MBTI, OPQ, FIRO-B and CPI. Other areas of expertise include 360 degree assessment, emotional intelligence, assessment and development centres and personal effectiveness coaching.
CPsychol, BSc(Hons), MA, PhD
I am a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, with 25 years’ experience in the area of human behaviour and development. I began my career as an academic, teaching and researching in the area of organisational behaviour before then moving in to practice. Although I have spent most of my career consulting to a variety of organisations, I have also spent some time working as a specialist within a global retailing organisation learning about the realities of implementing organisational development initiatives. My clients have ranged from retailers and high technology companies to Government departments, from fmcg to financial and professional services organisations, the latter including retail banks, investment banks, accounting firms and law firms.
As a coach, my clients are typically at executive or partner level within their businesses, and are often interested in up-skilling as a result of promotion, or are simply motivated to improve their leadership effectiveness. I have worked with many international firms, working with individuals around the cultural and style issues that are going to make them equally effective globally as they typically have been at a country level.
My consulting approach is grounded in a fundamental value driver about improving the working lives and effectiveness of individuals. I believe that in so doing, organisational effectiveness is also increased. In coaching, I also believe that readiness, or motivation to change is a critical issue, and will take the time to ensure that the individual keys to this are properly explored. My approach is also characterised by an unconditional positive regard, coupled with an ability to challenge individuals robustly but constructively and I try to mirror the integrity of my approach in my own behaviour and values, which include trying to have a positive influence in all my interactions.
BSc (hons), MPhil, DPhil (oxon)
My focus is on the people issues involved in achieving success in business. My aim is to help leaders build communication channels that inspire commitment and ownership. I also help leaders to improve engagement in collaborative problem solving. This work can be particularly useful in launching
project teams and bringing Joint Venture teams together.
I work with clients in a variety of ways: facilitating business or team meetings, mediating conflicts, coaching individuals or teams; running workshops, as required.
I have coached senior executives who have been leading their organisations through major change, making the transition to Director level leadership, recreating the identity and presence of their country’s site within their global organisations and throughout, needing to build cohesive executive teams.
Kinds of organisations include the service sector, manufacturing, IT, and financial organisations. Some examples of clients showing this range include, PWC, Standard Chartered Bank, IBM, Dell, Laing, Sir Robert MacAlpine, Markem Systems, Dept of Work and Pensions, James Paget NHS Trust.
I moved to business consultancy (coaching and facilitating) in 1989. Prior to consultancy, I worked as a Clinical Psychologist and completed my doctorate in Psychology at Magdalen College, Oxford.
The following quotes from clients will tell you something about me and the way I work. “Julie’s coaching sessions generate new insights…I now see situations and people’s reactions in a new light that enables me to generate better outcomes…she’s friendly, relaxing…sharp perceptive analysis…she’s a listener, a good facilitator, an empathic person and professionally highly competent…she’s got a way of getting you to acknowledge the ‘bad news’ as well as the good and to keep the whole process on a positive basis…with just the right amount of humour…I found the experience revealing, immensely rewarding and of great personal benefit, above all I would describe it as a ‘uniquely human’ one.”
I enjoy yoga, film, eating great food and holidays on secluded beaches lapping up the sun.
I love working one-to-one with people, having real conversations about real issues, and supporting them in bringing about the changes they seek. I am interested in how people’s thoughts and feelings influence their behaviour, and how people tune into, understand, and use their intuition. I am fascinated with what we know and how we know it.
I work with clients to help them get clear about their choices – choices based on who they really are, not who they think they ought to be. My passion outside work is singing in Barts Choir and Barts Chamber Choir. We sing classical works in London venues, from St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square to the Royal Albert Hall. I love it.
I began working as a coach at the BBC, where I combined coaching with large scale organisational development work. I have been an independent coach and consultant for the last two years, working with clients in all sectors and across a range of industries, including Diageo PLC, BG Group, Sony, Royal College of Nursing, the National Policing Improvement Agency, and Yarrow Housing (charity providing housing for people with disabilities). I coach clients in response to individual needs and as part of organisational initiatives. For example, as a member of the Diageo Leadership Performance Programme coaching faculty, I am working with clients on how their personal purpose connects with their work as leaders, achieving their leadership potential and delivering stretching business targets. At BG Group and Sony I work on developing their leadership potential, and on enhancing their effectiveness as they experience change. I work with private clients on making career choices which are congruent with their purpose and identity.
I have an MBA, an MSc in Organisation Consulting from Ashridge and am currently studying for a Post-Graduate Certificate in Coaching from the i-coach academy.
I am a communication skills coach, working with individuals and teams. I believe communicating effectively is a skill everyone can and needs to learn. When people are in stressful situations they don’t necessarily give the best of themselves. I love working with people to equip them with the skills and tools needed to feel confident in situations such as:
- Large Events
The catalyst for individuals working with me can be anything from a broad agenda for personal development to needing help for a specific event.
When Voula and I found ourselves working with the same client, we discovered how our different approaches mesh powerfully. Whilst I work on aspects of behaviour and communication, Voula works on aspects of personality and character. We developed our “inside out – outside in” programme to provide a holistic and sustainable approach to personal and professional development.
My experience as an Actress combined with over fifteen years working with a variety of big organisations and individuals enables me to help people with performance, content and strategy.
Clients include: National Grid, BP, Diageo, KPMG, Barclays.
Many of my clients are global and I have worked in a number of different regions and cultures, enabling me to assist people in situations where cultural differences can be a challenge.
My passion is helping people to make real authentic connections with others.
My passion is helping leaders to flourish, realise their potential, and create a positive experience of the workplace for their people. This has been the focus of my 20+ years’ work in HR, talent management, leadership development and coaching, with a wide range of multi-national organisations.
I have particular expertise in global leadership learning, including the development and delivery of the renowned Diageo Leadership Performance Programme. I led Experian’s first global learning intervention from concept through to its delivery, in 11 languages across 50 locations. This practical experience is enhanced by cutting-edge learning from my MSc in Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology (graduation due autumn 2017). My research focuses upon the development of resilience and psychological wellbeing.
In my coaching, I draw upon a range of approaches, including positive psychology, cognitive-behavioural techniques, strengths-based coaching, linguistic techniques and narrative approaches. As a qualified psychometrician, I work with MBTI and FIRO-B and I am an accredited trainer of the Penn Resiliency Programme.
In my spare time, I’m an enthusiastic runner and hiker: all necessary to counterbalance my love of baking with my young daughter and sharing good wine with my husband!
BSc (Hons), MA, MA
I am naturally curious about people’s motivations and responses to all that life delivers and am always excited to journey with people as they explore and expand their opportunities and possibilities. I work intuitively as a coach to deliver insights that can both challenge and confirm understanding to accelerate personal change, whilst drawing.
on my organizational experience from a career in HR and O & MD in global organizations. My other passion is to dig into lives through the research and writing of biographies. Yes I‘m onto my second! Combining these two interests takes up most of my time, but I love to sail, ski, travel, and take in films, books, exhibitions and the theatre. I enjoy country walks and absolutely hate the fitness regime I am attempting to follow at the moment, due to the low base I am starting from and because it seriously conflicts with my love of chocolate.
I have over 20 years’ of senior HR experience, within organisations and latterly as a consultant and coach. I worked for businesses such as Selfridges, Quaker Oats, Glaxo, Diageo ,BBC and Reed Elsevier, and as a member of leadership teams my remit always included enhancing the talent base and orchestrating organisational change. I experience organisations as clusters of conversations and believe that the strength of relationships is a major contributor to business success. How people relate with and to themselves, expectations, situations, colleagues, teams and the goals of the organisation can block or encourage creative and productive energy. I am a member of the Diageo Leadership Performance Programme coaching faculty.
I have an MA in Management Learning , a BSC in Social Pyschology, am a certified psychomatrician (MBTI, Firo B, EQ) and MIPD.
BA , MsC
As an executive coach, consultant and trainer for the last 20 years, I’m passionate about developing leaders so that their confidence, impact and natural talents grow and flourish. This means that I am fascinated with helping teams and individuals find their voice; develop their presence; have impact in the Boardroom and lead and motivate their teams with passion and insight.
Three vital chapters in my life inform my approach. Firstly on the stage, (failed opera singer but would-be Julie Andrews!), then Sales Director in London and Sydney and latterly as a business psychologist. As one of only a handful of people in Europe with an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology, I specialise in applying it to the business world, with specific interests in strengths based coaching and organisational resilience. To this end, I’m Honorary Lecturer at the University of East London in the Application of Positive Psychology to Coaching and Organisations and keynote speaker across Europe.
In the last decade I have worked with leaders from diverse organisations across Europe including L’Oreal; RAC; Sony; OUP; Argos; UNICEF; Siemens and Michael Kors. I am a member of the Association of Coaching, a trainer with the Penn Resilience Programme team, certified as an NLP Master Practitioner and licensed to administrate the VIA-PRO Strengths Survey; the MSCEIT (the Emotional Intelligence Ability Test) and the Strengths Deployment Inventory. I am also the co-author of the UK’s first well-being curriculum, ‘Personal Well-Being Lessons for Secondary Schools’.
As my two daughters have recently started at University, so too am I studying for a PhD at Lancaster University in Management Learning and Leadership, with a focus on female executives. For fun, I sing, jive dance (badly) and tackle ridiculous sporting challenges with my erstwhile team, the ‘Grey Ladies’!
BA (Hons), MBA
My background is in strategy and marketing and I have an MBA from the London Business School. Prior to becoming a coach and facilitator, I was Strategy Director for the Belron Group, with responsibility for global strategy and executive talent. I draw on this commercial experience, together with my coaching expertise, to get really clear about the
business requirements and also to understand what may be going on for the leader under the surface. My professional training has covered a range of techniques including gestalt, emotional intelligence and positive psychology.
I form deep, long-lasting relationships with clients, creating an atmosphere of strong collaboration and the possibility of change and working hard together to make that change a reality. I work in the context of clients’ jobs and organisations and spend time understanding as much as I can about them so that everything we do is grounded in tangible action for the business. I push hard and demand a lot, and for some people that might feel challenging, but I can help people to convert new insights into action fast.
I believe in working with people¹s strengths and I will offer feedback, observations and ideas to build those, and also to address unhelpful behaviours or patterns. I am honest, compassionate and have a good sense of humour: people feel stretched and energised through their work with me but also talk of the fun they have and the support they feel.
BA Med PhD FCIPD
As an American working outside the States all my life, I often see things differently from the way a person does ‘on the inside.’ When facilitating a session with a client individually or in a group, I might offer images on what I’m hearing or pose queries on what isn’t clear from a different angle.
Sometimes this external nudge can help, unblocking a team’s approach to a problem or jolting a client into seeing things anew.
Most people I work with are undergoing a challenge or change. They may feel stuck or frustrated, so one role I might play is helping them re-frame what it is they are up against and trying to achieve. This can invite more attention to the relationship or more focus on interpersonal influence or on political skills. Taking on a new managerial role or implementing a reorganisation is stressful. So can things be at home. Each feeds into the other – the personal and the professional affect each other. So in my approach both can be worthy of examining if the client is okay with that.
This facilitating, advising, consulting might see me asking a ‘fresh’ question or confronting an attitude of the client’s. I’ve been doing this internationally for 40 years in the corporate world, with state executives, and with voluntary organisations in different cultures – mentoring UN Peacekeeping staff, team coaching managers and specialists at UK business schools, training supervisors and leaders to enable the development of their staffs. It feels right when a client comments I “turned learning on its head.” Or you “made me think and reflect on aspects of my life that I hadn’t focused on previously.”
I try to keep body and brain joined up. Having worked at a British university in postgraduate international development, I know rationality can be overvalued. But for me life is physical, feelings are part of the facts, and human interaction remains central. I enjoy learning more about these inter-connections, keeping fit in body conditioning classes, and in spare moments savouring episodes of Madmen and The Good Wife.
BA (Hons) MSc MA MBACP (Accred)
As a leadership development consultant and executive coach, I have twenty years professional experience, facilitating, leading and designing successful interventions that focus clients on business imperatives and enhance individual / team performance. My international work includes leadership development in Malta, Spain, Cyprus, the Middle East and the United States, as well as coaching corporate clients from all over the world.
I am an active Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University’s School of Management where I have contributed to flagship programmes for top executives for over 15 years. My specialty is using depth psychology in practical ways, enabling clients to increase their potential and achieve lasting transformation. As part of my work with Cranfield, I am closely involved in ongoing collaboration with companies like Linklaters and Ernst and Young who are purposefully developing and retaining high calibre female talent.
I’m a certified coach and trainer in the Centaur model, which enables business leaders to apply psychology practically at work. My expertise as an accredited psychotherapist helps individuals and teams to safely explore organisational systems and relationship dynamics. Trained in Positive Psychology as well as fitness and wellbeing, I bring a range of perspectives to processes of change and development.
My passion is learning: many of my interests, like developmental psychology, mindfulness, and brain science link in to my working life. This is both a delight and a challenge – to balance life so there’s also time to smell the roses with loved ones! Spending time in nature is essential to my well being. And to keep myself vital and energetic I join a group of like-minded folk for regular intensive early-morning workouts in my local park. I love this, rain or shine, dark or dawn chorus, and really miss it when work or play take me away from home.
Stephanie de Sarandy
BA (Hons), MBA
I have a built in curiosity about people and events and seeing the shifts people make. I really enjoy building relationships and having good conversations – so genuinely enjoy my work as a business coach and facilitator! I have 15 years experience in this arena of senior executive development at a one to one and group level.
In addition I have 10 years business experience; as HR Director of a start up, as senior HR manger in Pricewaterhouse Coopers and as Area personnel Manager with Hewlett Packard.
The organisations I work for today are largely multinational professional services firms – including professional services firms, retail banks and investment banks, law firms, retail companies, the health sector and pharmaceutical sector
I am a chartered member of the Institute of Personal Development, am MBTI qualified, CEPEC counselling trained, an NLP and Bioenergetics practitioner and graduate from the Meyler Campbell Business Coaching Programme. I have been a faculty member of the Oxford School of Coaching; I have designed many coaching programmes and have set up an ’in house’ coaching centre for a large financial services company. I am a member of the coaching faculty for Diageo and am a preferred supplier of coaching for PwC. I am also a visiting tutor at Cranfield Business School.
I hold dear a value of living life to the full – and love trekking, tennis, sailing, gardening, the theatre and reading. To relax I have taken up yoga and am really enjoying the meditative, reflective nature of the discipline. I have three children and largely enjoy the challenges they offer! One of my goals for this year is to walk up Kilimanjaro in September which will be the fulfilment of a long held life goal……
I see the purpose of my work as enabling individuals through coaching and leadership and team development programmes to gain increased self-awareness, develop their ability to reflect and be mindful, gain personal insights and have the motivation to act and make small but significant behavioural changes which result in enhanced personal best performance.
I have been working in the field of organisational development for over 25 years starting this stage of my career as Learning and Development manager at British Airports Authority. I now work as an executive coach and group facilitator for commercial clients including Nissan, Linklaters, the Bank of England and Diageo. I am also a visiting programme tutor for Praxis, part of the School of Management at Cranfield University.
My coaching, leadership and team development work brings together my experience and interest in business and psychology. I believe in a holistic, systemic approach to the work and two main schools of psychology inform my work: Positive Psychology and Gestalt. I have an MA in Psychological Coaching from the Metanoia Institute, and have trained to master practitioner level in NLP; I also hold a diploma in Business Performance Coaching from Newcastle College. I am a member of APECS [Association for Professional Executive Coaching & Supervision] and the Association for Coaching and have held a joint Chair position for the Independent Consultants Forum/CIPD Wimbledon Branch for two years. I am an accredited Myers Briggs Type Indicator administrator, and an accredited trainer of the Penn Resiliency Programme, from the University of Pennsylvania.
My personal style has been described as having an appropriate balance of energy and calmness creating a positive learning environment that is informative, thought provoking, experiential and fun.
I am based in leafy South West London and work takes me all over the UK and abroad. I have a Mediterranean background and speak conversational Italian and French. My raison d’etre has been centered on my two children who are now both enjoying life at university. To refuel and re-energize myself I practice yoga and I’m now learning Ballroom and Latin American dance.