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Baillie-Aaron photoBaillie Aaron

Baillie Aaron is the founder and Executive Director of Spark Inside, a UK charity enabling young people in the criminal justice system to proactively create more fulfilling futures, through life coaching. She is also the founder of Venturing Out, a US charity teaching entrepreneurship to men and women in prison. Both ventures seek to expose latent human potential, and adopt strength-based approaches toward empowering people in prison to achieve legitimate self-sufficiency on release.
Baillie is a graduate of Harvard and Cambridge universities, has spoken at TEDx and on the BBC, and is a qualified co-active life coach. She was honoured to be inducted into the Junior Achievement Boston Business Hall of Fame in 2010. She currently resides in London.
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Rachel Ellison Rachel Ellison MBE

Executive Leadership Coach, specialising in multinational environments in the commercial and public sectors. Formerly a BBC news correspondent, Rachel was awarded an MBE for her work on human rights, with women in Afghanistan. She became an internal coach at the BBC, leaving to launch her own coaching business, which now includes clients such as Samsung, HSBC, Diageo, Asda, the Foreign Office and Unicef.


Lola Fayemi photoLola Fayemi

Lola Fayemi is the Programme Manager for Spark Inside, a start-up charity that helps young people in the criminal justice system to proactively create more fulfilling and productive lives through life coaching.  A professionally trained Life Coach for 7 years, Lola is passionate about bringing the transformational power that coaching solutions offer to all sections of society. She has an especially deep passion for helping young people who have not been dealt the best cards in life to thrive.

Lola is also the 2014 winner of the Charity Innovator of the Year award at the Charity Staff & Volunteer Awards. An award she won for her development of the Hero’s Journey Coaching Workshop which Spark Inside now delivers within prisons and criminal justice agencies in London and the South East.

Michael Fryer photoMichael Fryer

Michael has been an executive coach, consultant and facilitator for 17 years, supporting people to manage and lead more effectively. He has been principal coach facilitator for Starr Consulting for more years than he likes to remember, and still relishes the challenge of getting managers to ‘stop fixing and start coaching’.

He works internationally across many sectors and his own coaching practice spans middle manager to director level.

Michael uses his 20 years of senior management experience in hospitality and manufacturing to bring practical and effective change to organisations.

He is an NLP Practitioner. He is a member of The Association for Coaching (AC) through which he is accredited as an Executive Coach.

Michael believes;

‘Many organizations know they need to change, and want to – it’s often ‘how’ that is the challenge. Managers who coach are one key enabler of that change; by coaching, they improve both performance and engagement. Coaching is no longer an ‘optional’ or ‘nice-to-have’ capability for today’s managers’ – it’s essential.’

Peter Hawkins photoPeter Hawkins

Peter Hawkins, is Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School and founder and emeritus Chairman of Bath Consultancy Group. He is a leading consultant, writer and researcher in leadership and leadership development and an international thought leader in executive coaching, team coaching and coaching supervision.
Over the last 30 years he has worked with many leading companies in many parts of the world, co-designing and facilitating major change and organisational transformation projects and coaching Boards and Leadership Teams. He has helped a number of senior executive teams develop their vision, values and strategy for the future, both in commercial companies, public sector, higher education and large professional service organisations.
He now teaches Coaching Supervision and team coaching in several parts of the world, including leading the Bath Consultancy Group international programme in Coaching Supervision and co-leading with John Leary Joyce the joint AoEC & Bath Consultancy Group programme in “Systemic Team Coaching”
He is the author of several best-selling books including “Leadership Team Coaching” Kogan Page 2011&2014, “Creating a Coaching Culture” McGraw Hill 2012; “Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy: Supervision and Development” McGraw Hill 2006 and 2013 “The Wise Fool’s Guide to Leadership” O Books 2005. He is visiting professor in Leadership and Change at the University of Bath, School of Management and in Executive Coaching at Oxford Brookes University School of Management. He is Chairman of Connect Assist and on the Board of a number of small companies and charitable trusts.
He is married with three grown up children and four grandchildren, as well as a range of animals and gardens to look after on his 37 acres on the edge of Bath. Peter can be contacted on mobile 0(044)7802-887418

Alton Hobbs photoAlton Hobbs

Alton is Head of Learning and Development at the Royal Mencap Society. Alton started working for Mencap in 2005 as a trainer and has since held a number of posts within learning and development becoming the Head of Learning and development for the commercial part of the organisation in 2010 and taking over responsibility for the whole organisation in 2013. In this role Alton is responsible for all staff and volunteer learning and development. Mencap employs approximately 8000 staff and also has 800 volunteers. Prior to Mencap Alton worked as a learning and development specialist for NHS Direct and has also worked in the field of sexual health promotion. Alton lives in Nottingham with his husband, Craig, and their two dogs, three cats and assorted fish.

Diana Hogbin-MillsDiana Hogbin-Mills

Diana Hogbin-Mills heads up talent & executive development at Network Rail, a role she has held since February 2014. This is an expanded role with responsibility for defining NR’s talent management strategy, executive and high potential development and creating a coaching culture at Network Rail.
Prior to that she was executive programmes manager for 2 years, where she was lead responsibility for the design and development of executive programmes to raise the bench-strength of the top 500 leaders. Her responsibilities quickly extended to include the additional remit for the redesign, implemention and evaluation of a centralised coaching and mentoring capability across Network Rail.
Before joining Network Rail, she was director of TalentMax for 10 years, an organization which specialises in helping organisations maximise the contribution of their talent for improved business performance.
Diana is a transformational, innovative and business focused leader with significant experience of working for global and complex organisations; possesses a proven track record in leading the design, delivery and evaluation of talent and succession management, learning and development, career management, employee engagement and coaching strategies. She successfully delivers change through a strong customer focused and collaborative approach that drives business value through the use of technology and innovation; has developed exceptional stakeholder management skills, and is very much at ease working with boards and executives. Energetic, flexible and dynamic, relishes challenges and has a pragmatic approach with a passion for quality and service.

Her specialties include innovative L&D strategies; practical talent management strategies; effective employee engagement solution; quality assured coaching/mentoring capability, and excellent internal and external stakeholder management.

Shakya Kumara Shakya Kumara

Shakya Kumara is a Mindfulness Trainer, Executive Coach and the founder of Brief Mindfulness ( He’s been practising Mindfulness since 1989, and using it at work with others since 1994. He’s also been using Solutions Focus since 1992, and is the developer of the iFLOW model of Time Management and the MAGIC model of Negotiation, both of which have been trained around the world. He works across Public, Private and Charity sectors, with clients including BUPA, the NHS, Nationwide Building Society and the National Australia Bank.

Lis Merrick photoLis Merrick

Lis Merrick’s career in mentoring and coaching follows a successful career in Human Resources with senior posts for Merrill Lynch, European Investment Banking and The Thomas Cook Group. She is Managing Director of Coach Mentoring Ltd., a Director of the Professional Mentor Academy Ltd. with her colleague David Clutterbuck, on the Board and an accredited assessor for the International Standards for Mentoring Programmes in Employment (ISMPE) and is a Visiting Fellow of the Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit at Sheffield Business School.
Her experience in mentoring programme design and development is now nationally acclaimed in the UK, with over 60 mentoring programmes to her name internationally. Lis writes and speaks about mentoring and coaching regularly and this work also informs her practice as an executive coach and designer of mentoring and coaching programmes. Her expertise and research is predominantly in the field of mentoring and coaching with regard to talent management, mentoring senior women, supervision in mentoring and recent research in intimacy in coaching and mentoring and the coach’s ego. Lis’s research and interests in 2014 are particularly focussed around coaching and mentoring women through the glass ceiling and through maternity transition and “Future-proofing your people through mentoring”.
She was voted: “Mentoring Person of the Year 2011/12” by Coaching at Work magazine in the UK.

Rob Nathan photoRob Nathan

Rob Nathan is a Chartered Psychologist and co-author of Career Counselling (Sage. 2006). Since 1978, he has coached thousands of individuals to believe more in their capabilities and strengths. He is the CEO of Career Counselling Services, and has pioneered the first Masters Programme in Career & Talent Management at Kingston University. He has run career coaching training programmes globally for organizations including Etihad, UNHCR, INSEAD and the Ministry of Defence.

Sandra Norval photo (with Neil and Alister)Sandra Norval

Sandra is the head of environment for Southern Railway Ltd and uses her role to deliver positive change through the development of people. With a team of volunteers reporting to her on a very flexible basis she has made it her challenge to embed sustainable business thinking into their methods, influencing those around them too, using her own model for engagement, education and personal development. This is all designed to ensure that whenever her next career change comes, her legacy is to leave a better business behind

Alanna O'Broin  Dr Alanna O’Broin

Alanna is a Coaching Psychologist, a Chartered Psychologist, and an accredited member of the International Society for Coaching Psychology.

Previously an investment analyst and Fund Manager for Investment capital group 3i, Alanna is a practicing coaching psychologist, working primarily with executives in  achieving their developmental and performance goals.

Alanna’s doctoral research was on coachee and coach experiences of forming the coaching relationship and how the coach may adapt to the coachee. She has co-authored  several book chapters, and a number of peer-reviewed articles on the coaching relationship and related topics, including parallels between sport psychology and coaching  psychology. Currently Alanna is Co-Editor of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, a Consulting Editor of The Coaching Psychologist and  a member of the Editorial Board of the Annual Review of High Performance Coaching and Consulting.

Anthony Ryland photoAnthony Ryland

Anthony is the Head of Talent & Development for Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland. He has a passion about bringing learning and development to life within organisations through engagement of leadership and quality learning activities. Anthony has worked within L&D since 2009 and HR since 2005 after a successful 10 years as store management in food retail

Neil ScottonNeil Scotton


Neil Scotton inspires, supports and enables those who are taking on big challenges and making things better. He works with global organisations, directors in banking and professional services, leaders and boards of charities, teams in a range of circumstances and courageous entrepreneurs, to name but a few. All of them have the strong intent to connect purpose, clarity, ambition, compassion and a positive legacy to their efforts and life.

Neil is professionally qualified coach, an award winning writer, an NLP Master Practitioner and even chartered engineer, recipient of The International Coach Federation’s President’s Award and a Past President of the International Coach Federation in the UK.

His work now blends coaching, leading, creating, writing, training and facilitating and more. He helps create safe places for thinking, exploring, listening, nurturing and connecting with wisdom, passion and spirit.

Outside of normal work, he loves his family (who know a thing or two about disability), is beginning to gig again (playing in pubs with a couple of fiddlers), has daily practices in mindfulness and Tai Chi, and runs in nature every day that the schedule allows.


Alister ScottDr Alister Scott

Alister Scott has always been fascinated by the challenges of transforming organisations and systems. This included being instrumental in achieving protection for Antarctica for 50 years. He was one of a small group who persuaded one of the UK’s largest pension funds to adopt a socially-responsible investment policy, and has done influential work on climate change as a risk management challenge.

After completing a doctorate at the University of Sussex business school, which investigated how to ensure that experts stay relevant, Alister trained in various approaches to coaching and facilitation.

Over the past 15 years, he has worked with leaders in a wide range of organisations, relishing opportunities to help people address complex problems. He has chaired and facilitated many challenging situations, always maintaining a respectful approach that seeks to bring out the best in people, creating new depth in relationships and encouraging each person to bring their best thinking.

Alister finds inspiration in the great outdoors, a daily mindfulness practice and the rigours and delights of family life.

Julie Starr photoJulie Starr


Julie Starr is a highly respected coach, writer and speaker with almost 20 years’ experience in the coaching field. She is the founder of Starr Consulting, a leading provider of coaching solutions to support organizational change. Check out

Julie combines many years of coaching practice with a continuing study of human success and fulfilment. She is a Master Practitioner of NLP, with extensive training in Emotional Intelligence, Transformational Leadership and linguistics. She is a Practitioner of The Journey Method (an emotional processing approach) and a graduate of Byron Katie’s school for The Work.

She is the author of The Coaching Manual which defines the key principles and practice of personal coaching and is translated into many different languages.

Julie’s second book, Brilliant Coaching is aimed at Managers coaching in business, and distils the key principles and tools in a practical format for the busy manager.

She builds on an early career in project management and larger scale business redesign initiatives. She provides coaching support to senior leadership of major corporations across Europe.

Julie believes;
‘Coaching is a much-needed response to many of the questions organisations face right now, like ‘how do we truly engage people?’ Or ‘how do we encourage openness or empowerment?’ As a style of influence it’s now a key tool of leadership. As a way of raising individual’s awareness and sense of responsibility, it’s essential for the challenges ahead.

It’s a quiet revolution and a revolution just the same.’

John Whittington John Whittington

John is a personal, leadership and organisational development coach working with entrepreneurs, executive leaders and teams in multiple industry sectors and systems. He faciliates systemic constellations in corporate settings with individuals, teams and large groups through his company Business Constellations and teaches systemic coaching with constellations worldwide through his company Coaching Constelations.

He is fascinated by how coaches can support the emergence of enduring whole system organizational health, how systemic leadership can be supported and the application of constellations in coaching and organizational development.

He is keen to support the development of ‘coaching with the system in mind’ so that problems are not resolved at the individual or team level alone, only to reappear elsewhere, but are resoved at the level of the system.

John’s book ‘Systemic Coaching & Constellations. An introduction to the Principles, Practices and Application’ – which includes several fascinating case studies was published in summer 2012. His next book ‘Leading with the System in Mind’ is due for publication in 2015, will address systemic leadership and the creation of enduring organizational health.


Declan Woods photo NEWDeclan Woods

Declan founded ZPD Consulting to help senior leaders create better organisations for the future. He is retained by clients to coach individual leaders and their teams and combines his experience as a Plc executive, with deep psychological know-how and advanced coaching skills to deliver changes that stick.

Declan is a an accredited Master Executive Coach, trained Team Coach, and State-Registered Psychologist. Alongside his current coaching work with top leaders, he is also Global Head of Professional Standards and Accreditation with the Association for Coaching (AC). For his work helping organisation’s raise standards of coaching globally, Declan was made a Lifetime Fellow of the AC. He continues to research, write and publish to promote good coaching practice and sits on the editorial board of an international coaching journal.

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