Like a number of the shipmates, Kevan has experienced something of a sea-change, moving from managing large scale change programmes and negotiations as a senior executive, to supporting businesses as an independent consultant. Kevan began his career as a sponsored student in Business Studies, Personnel and Chartered Secretary , with the nationalised Electricity Industry. Once graduated he moved into personnel and industrial relations roles in Yorkshire Electricity, before becoming Industrial Relations Adviser for the Industry in the North-West, Merseyside and North Wales in the days of the Winter of Discontent , Militant Tendency and the Miners’ Strike (for those old enough to remember).
In the run up to Electricity privatisation he joined the team negotiating the sale documents with the government and, post flotation, became Head of Secretariat for NORWEB plc. He was extensively involved in JVCs and new business start-ups holding Directorships and Company Secretary roles in many. Following the formation of United Utilities, he managed the rationalization and integration of field based customer service activities in the newly formed Vertex, establishing some of the earliest partnership agreements with “blue collar” unions. Over subsequent years he led the Commercial and IR negotiations associated with major Energy outsourcing contracts, TUPE transfers and partnership working with UNISON, (which gained CIPD national recognition).
Going independent in 2003, Kevan is already providing negotiating strategy and skills support to Accenture HR, BT and ESB Powergen & Supply, as well as coaching smaller businesses implementing the Information & Consultation with Employees Regulations (ICE).
Mark’s motto is “People are the vital ingredient” reflecting his firm belief in the power of people within an organisation.
After studying for a BA(Hons) in European Business and French, Mark began his career with Ernst & Young Management Consultancy Services where he rapidly rose to Senior Consultant level, becoming an expert in Business Process Re-engineering, Change Management, Facilitation and innovative Workshop Design. During this time his passion for personal development was first ignited.
He left to set up his own company specialising in Business and Personal Transformation and recently designed and delivered Corporate Management Development training to Vertex Customer Management and Birmingham City Council. He is currently engaged at Barnardo’s to develop and deliver negotiation skills and train the trainer events.
His clients include Barnardo’s, London Borough of Lambeth, Lloyds TSB, Martin Baker Aircraft, The Ministry of Defence, Energis Communications.
Mark is a charismatic and dynamic trainer, who is dedicated to helping individuals unlock their potential. His training events are vibrant and empower people to work to the best of their ability and to maximise their performance. He is a fluent French speaker with a basic knowledge of German and Spanish.
A keen sportsman, his early rugby playing days have long since gone and have been replaced with more sedate activities such as golf, scuba diving and skydiving! He is also qualified ski instructor. Any remaining time is spent travelling the globe in search of new adventures and even more ridiculous sports to try.
Jane has been intrigued with what makes make people tick for many years and has used this to drive her passion for helping people to develop their potential. Her background is diverse, having worked with children, hospitality and journalism before stumbling into the corporate world on a short term contract. Jane then spent over 19 years working for Mortgage Express, part of the Bradford & Bingley Group, where she headed Business Excellence – a role that incorporated training and development, culture, internal communications, reward and recognition and corporate social responsibility. She has now taken her wealth of knowledge and expertise to start her own business called Developing Your Potential.
Her success is attributable to her ability to develop organisational cultures that achieve their strategy with the full engagement of their people. Not an easy task, but then Jane’s boundless energy, enthusiasm and commitment to reach the highest standard in anything she touches is evident as soon as you meet her. Her tenacious attitude ensures that she keeps going until she gets the right level of buy in for any activity, small or large. Her commitment is infectious and she creates a unique and healthy cultural style that balances the routine of business life through the provision of stimulating and pleasurable motivational tools. Although resilient and tough minded, she has the rare ability to deliver results without steamrollering people in the process. Her ability to listen and accept both sides of an argument before coming to a consensus is a rare talent.
Although Jane has just completed her first year in business she has worked with a variety of organisations on a diverse range of topics which include areas akin to culture change ie embedding missions and values, carrying out cultural audits and implementing action plans for improvement. She has regularly spoken at conferences both in the UK and abroad on these subjects. More recently Jane has developed customer care and leadership programmes that create energy and passion to ensure each person can see what they can do to make a difference as soon as they get back into the work place.
Jane chairs the Barnet Education Business Partnership which works with businesses to provide work related learning to 14-19 year olds. She is a keen sports woman, loves travelling to experience new cultures and thoroughly enjoys life!
After gaining a BSc in General Sciences Peter’s early career was spent training and qualifying as an Accountant working with Courtaulds, UK Atomic Energy Authority and GKN. Despite the obvious excitement of adding up bigger and bigger numbers and auditing fissile materials, he switched careers initially into recruitment and then into broader HR Consulting with Deloitte & Touche. He has now worked as an independent for six years in the fields of recruitment, strategic resourcing, HR strategy formulation, culture development and general business planning/strategy.
His clients have spanned a very wide range of private and public sectors organisations including Leicester City Council, Shetland Islands Council, Norwich Union, Morphy Richards and numerous smaller and medium sized private sector clients. Peter’s sole international experience was working in the Shetlands for three months, where he would argue he was nearer to Norway than the rest of the UK.
Whilst a generalist at heart, Peter is strong on strategic resourcing, executive recruitment, culture development and business planning. Peter’s consulting roles have invariably involved supporting clients through change and equipping them to continue development after his immediate support has ended.
A life long Coventry City supporter, Peter has suffered a fair degree of psychological damage from 34 years of relegation battles in the top flight of English football (which are now being repeated in the Championship). Other interests include golf and grand opera, though not always at the same time.
Chris’s passion is in helping people, team’s and organisation’s to maximise their performance and realise the potential that lies within. He has a stimulating background that includes among other things having served 11 years with the elite Royal Marines, played semi-professional rugby union and dangled off most cliff faces in SW England at one time or another!
Chris has previously held a number of senior leadership positions, including Performance Management Team Leader and Head of Training Development for large public sector organisations. During this time he was widely involved in establishing organisational coaching, leadership and management development initiatives. Chris now focuses on organisational change management, leadership & team development, and executive coaching within both the private and public sectors. Specialist areas include coaching and psychometric feedback for leadership & team development, introducing managerial coaching to boost organisational performance, and facilitating change management within organisations going through significant periods of transition.
Chris has worked with senior and middle managers & teams in the UK, USA and Europe. Recent clients include the Ashridge Business School, the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL), Enabling Visions, Diageo, Exeter College and Red Bull (UK).
Chris is qualified to Levels A & B with the British Psychological Society (BPS). He uses the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Steps 1 & 2, ‘Insights Personal Discovery’, ‘16PF’ and ‘FIRO-B’ psychometric instruments, and regularly uses 360° feedback instruments. He has trained as an Executive Coach at the Ashridge Business School, and uses both ‘non-directive’ and ‘solutions-focused’ styles of coaching. He also has an MBA that he achieved through distance learning while holding down a full-time job (no laughing matter!).
When he finds time to relax, Chris likes nothing better than to take his duet of Chocolate Labs out walking in the wide open spaces, running endurance events such as the Grizzly, small boat sailing, and sipping a couple of quiet beers or glasses of red wine with friends while watching a good game of rugby. He occasionally gets out his golf clubs, but generally only as a last resort to avoid having to watch football or cricket!
Alistair has worked as a consultant since 1987 steering a course through a wide range of organisational development, change management and leadership improvement projects and navigating his way around more than 500 different organisations in the public, private, academic and voluntary sectors located in the UK and internationally.
Within the public sector, his clients include a number of NHS Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities, local authorities - such as South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council and Sunderland City Council - and a number of Universities, such as Durham University and the University of Sheffield. He also does work in the private sector, with companies such as the Diageo group, Tyne Tees TV, Federation Brewery and Nissan Manufacturing UK.
Alistair’s skills include designing and facilitating development workshops, carrying out research, strategy formulation, creative writing, project management, 1-1 personal coaching and mentoring. Over the years he has gained a degree in languages, a post-graduate management diploma and a masters in social psychology. He is a Chartered Member of the IPD.
Away from work Alistair runs, swims, works out in the gym, goes hill walking, takes photographs (not very good ones), cooks, enjoys the cinema, theatre and the occasional pint of real ale.
After graduating in French and German, Gill joined Marks and Spencer as a Graduate Trainee, holding Commercial and HR management positions in several stores, including the flagship store at Marble Arch and European appointments in Antwerp and Brussels. She then moved into the corporate environment in Head Office, with early assignments in Management Development, Selection and Assessment, generalist HR and Employee Relations.
Gill then became Head of HR, where she was accountable for setting and implementing the HR strategy for the Finance, Legal and Property groups.
She has been working as an independent HR consultant since 2004, where her clients have spanned the public sector - the Welsh Development Agency and Welsh Assembly Government and the not-for-profit sector - the National Botanic Garden of Wales, amongst others. Her assignments have included designing a new performance pay and grading system, numerous resourcing, restructuring and recruitment campaigns, and executive coaching and team development.
Gill prides herself on her strong relationship-building skills and reputation for integrity. She is an experienced facilitator of groups with strong client-facing and consultancy skills.
She is a member of the British Psychological Society, the CIPD, and holds a MSc in Organizational Behaviour from Birkbeck, University of London.
Having recently moved back to her homeland with her husband, two daughters and border collie, she enjoys long walks in the Welsh mountains and by the sea.
Helen enjoys a challenge and did love being a shipmate when she recently crewed a yacht for the Round the Island Race in 2009. Helen is a qualified private pilot and once flew herself to Ibiza for a long weekend. She has also jumped off a 40ft pole and walked across 40 ft of red hot coals, both whilst completing Tony Robbins International Mastery University.
Helen has a Bsc in Technology & Management Science. She rode the tidal waves of the rapid growth in personal computing, selling PC’s soon after they were invented to financial services organisations and utilities. She then saw the follow up wave in services sales and joined Unisys selling IT services and successfully surfed her way to win a few big deals including the launch of Microsoft Windows 95.
On the back of these sales successes and numerous outstanding achievement awards, Helen joined Vertex to help grow the developing market for Business Process Outsourcing. She took on increasing levels of responsibility in the 11 years she was there joining as a Business development Manager and leaving as Managing Director of the Private Sector Business Unit. Her many roles at Vertex included being part of a pioneer team of senior managers who moved to work in North America for two years to set up Vertex Outsourcing. She also directed and implemented the Vertex World Class Sales Excellence programme, which won both external accreditation from the ICSP and an International Business Award (Stevie Award).
With over 20 years sales and client management success and experience in her sails, a passion for people development and experience in commercial and financial services sectors, she now works as an independent consultant helping organisations sell more through consulting, training, coaching and interim sales management.
Helen works as an associate of Sticky Change.
Like many men of his age, Allan is "ex-most things". Particularly ex-sport, having been a footballer and squash player who is now relegated to the terraces watching Macclesfield Town. This does, however, mean he has wide and varied experience to draw on. Starting out as an engineer (M.I.E.E and C.Eng) he learned the tough way by managing large engineering projects. He joined the computer revolution, running Hewlett Packard's U.K I.T operations through 10 years of heady growth.
He moved into telecomms with the Orange start-up team, doing anything and everything necessary from I.T to Strategy, then ran Customer Operations for Mercury Telecommunications. Six years through the late nineties as spent setting up an outsourcing company called Vertex, as first Operations Director, then Marketing and Strategy Director. Along the way he gained an MBA from Bath, and became a member of the Institute of Management.
All this experience of large customer based projects, starting up organisations and rapidly changing and growing them has given him expertise in company strategy, complex programme management and mentoring executives to get results. The last four years have been spent as an independent consultant completing substantial assignments for Alliance & Leicester, Accenture PLC, Secor, Westminster Council and Southampton Council.