About Us

Matthew Hunter

Matthew has worked as a learning & development facilitator since1986 following a 10-year career in international project management and business development. His international experience includes extensive work in the Middle East, USA, Japan, Korea, China, Africa and South East Asia.

He has worked with senior management and shop floor teams on major change programmes for companies such as Goodrich Actuation Systems, Rolls Royce Aerospace, Honeywell, and Lucas Automotive

Since 1993 Matthew has worked with the L&D and Employee Relations teams at National Grid PLC, facilitating a range of programmes and workshops to help improve communications and understanding across this major international business.

In 2006 he became an associate faculty member of the Center for Creative Leadership facilitating leadership programmes in Europe, USA, China, Africa, The Middle East and South East Asia.

Matthew is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. He is a member of the Oxford Brookes Coaching & Mentoring Society and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

"Matthew is one of our leading faculty for both custom and open enrolment programmes globally. He is both a great guide and a generous facilitator. His openness enables him to reach out and connect to all manner of people, whether they be a senior VP of a telecoms company in Egypt, or a CEO of a major shipping company in Oslo. He marries an extensive experience in developing leadership skills with a deep understanding of global business. I highly recommend Matthew."

George Manka

A collaborative approach

Our team consists of highly experienced people all of whom have had experience of working in major commercial organisations. We have the business as well as learning and development experience. We work in the USA, Europe, Africa, The Middle East and South East Asia. Above all we are totally committed to developing talent.


Jane Millar

Jane has her own practice in Oxford as an executive coach and facilitator with a focus on international work. She provides leadership coaching and team facilitation for managers from multinationals across a wide variety of industry sectors, often in a cross-cultural context. She also works regularly as a coach for various business schools and the Center for Creative Leadership. Her working languages are English, French and Italian.

Jane has had direct experience of leadership at the sharp end, having in the 1990’s co-founded and built up a consultancy with teams in three European countries. She also gained extensive experience in the design and delivery of customised leadership and team development programmes, drawing on a range of approaches including psychometric profiling, facilitated peer coaching and action learning groups.

Jane is a highly qualified and experienced user of a wide range of psychometric instruments including multi-source feedback tools and regularly trains new Myers Briggs practitioners throughout Europe on behalf of occupational psychologists, OPP Ltd.

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Phil Donnison

Philip Donnison is a skilled coach and facilitator working with individuals who are high achievers in their chosen field. Philip is retained as a coach and mentor to senior executives up to and including CEOs. His work covers the private, public and not-for-profit sectors internationally. He currently works in Europe, The Middle East, Russia, Asia and the USA.

Philip's way or working focuses on personal and professional development, building on the executive's depth of experience, fine tuning their strengths and skills. His approach ensures that the coaching is highly relevant to the challenges senior executives face and produces practical outcomes.

Philip has 17 years experience as a Chartered Psychologist. He works as an associate for Ankor Consultants, The Center for Creative Leadership in Brussels and the USA, and as a visiting academic at the Manchester Business School.

Philip has a Ph.D in Management Learning from Lancaster University, and is a founder member of the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology.

Philip can be contacted at www.phildonnison.co.uk

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Philip Crisp

After completing a degree in Modern European Studies Philip decided to do something a little more active and joined the Army. After Sandhurst he became a Troop Commander responsible for 40 soldiers and as many vehicles. He worked for several months as part of the United Nations Force in Cyprus, supporting both the multi-national peace keeping force and providing humanitarian relief to refugees. Following a posting to Berlin, Philip was a Training Adjutant responsible for training some 600 junior leaders at a time, on a one-year course. His final role was as a Headquarters Staff Officer in the Falklands. On leaving the army Philip had a number of management roles including head of management, supervisory and technology training at the Automobile Association.

Philip uses and encourages others to develop their informal, influential leadership to get things done. This includes helping many businesses in aerospace, engineering and construction improve performance by developing a culture of customer focused lean team working. The key has been to help leaders at all levels engage with people to embed behaviours focused on continuous improvement. Other activities have included coaching of owner managers of small businesses in many sectors. Success has always been achieved by ensuring that a few simple things are done extremely well - and by remembering that simple and easy are rarely the same. Philip and Matthew have worked together on a number of continuous improvement programmes with major UK and USA manufacturing companies.

Philip is a graduate and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He holds the internationally recognised CMC qualification and is a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting. He is also qualified by the British Psychological Society to use a range of psychometric profiles including 16PF5, MBTI and FIRO-B.

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Jude Tavanyar

Judith is a highly experienced and skilled international leadership coach, group facilitator and trainer. She has 25 years experience working globally since 1987 across Europe, Africa, Asia and the US. She has worked with over 30 global corporations across a wide range of industry sectors. Combining a strong background in business, systemic psychology and communications, Judith works with individuals and teams in a rigorous analytical way balanced with empathic engagement. Judith has recently helped coach some of the senior team on the Lowell Group - Leading the Organisation Programme and is also providing executive coaching support at G's.

Judith has an M.Sc in Systemic Consultation, and Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and a BA in English/French. Since 2010, Judith has designed and delivered training and team coaching via WebEx across 4 continents.

Judith speaks English, French, and conversational Italian.

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Sherie Olmstead

Executive Coach and Facilitator

Sherie has 20 years experience in executive coaching and facilitating leadership development programmes. Prior to this, Sherie was Director of Junior Olympic Sports at the United States Olympic Training Centre. She is frequently a speaker on women's issues and the challenges they face in seeking greater influence and impact in organisations.

Sherie facilitates the executive fitness programme for the Center of Creative Leadership's Leadership at the Peak (LAP) programme. She has an MSc in Sports Psychology and Physiology. Sherie lives in Brighton.

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Claudia Coory

Claudia Coory is an experienced facilitator and trainer based in Brussels and working with clients across Europe.

She is an Associate with the Center for Creative Leadership, presenting leadership development programmes for clients in Europe and the Middle East. For her own clients, Claudia designs and delivers management development programmes and facilitates problem solving and strategic planning sessions for companies and not-for-profit organisations.

She also designs and facilitates off-site meetings and conferences for teams and organisations. She has extensive experience and knowledge of employee communications having worked in the field for more than ten years.

Claudia is certificated for many individual and team development tools such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, FIRO-B, CPI-260, and a range of 360-degree feedback tools including Campbell Leadership Index, BenchMarks and SkillScope. In addition she has certification in the Kirton Adaption and Innovation Inventory (KAI), an invaluable tool for problem solving, change and creativity styles.

Originally from New Zealand, Claudia moved to Brussels from the UK in 1987 and has both a Masters (Hons) degree in English Literature and a graduate Diploma in Teaching. She is currently studying for a Masters degree through Surrey University in Life Planning and Retirement Planning.

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Jim Blenkinsop

Jim is an engineer with over 20 years at senior level in automotive and aerospace manufacturing. In 1994, after key roles in the Dowty Group and Reynard Racing he joined Productivity Europe where he gained a wide experience of delivering valuable business benefits through the implementation of Lean manufacturing improvement tools and techniques.

Over the last 10 years he has developed a collaborative and participative style that helps make his interventions both effective and sustainable. At senior level his careful listening and understanding of the business needs and ability to facilitate consensus, commitment and supportive leadership ensures robust ‘plans for change’ and management behaviours that encourage a CI culture. At the operations level his thorough understanding of Lean and CI combined with carefully designed workplace activities ensure real positive engagement with teams and supervisors.

UK clients include Rolls-Royce Aerospace, Ford, Crown Aerosols, PALL, Perkin Elmer, Northern Foods, Nestlé, Campbells, Jacobs, Hawker Energy. He also works extensively in Italy with Videocon, C S Gomma & Richard Ginori.

Most recently he has developed a powerful Lean Assessment tool based on Kobayashi’s 20 Keys for an Italian automotive manufacturer. This is helping benchmark performance and plan a group-wide CI programme.

Jim has worked with Philip and Matthew on many large culture change and CI programmes and over the last 10 years Jim has successfully completed more than 50 programmes with manufacturing companies across the UK.

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Paul Turner

Paul’s career has been predominantly focused on developing people and has consisted of two distinct phases. Firstly, an extensive corporate career with BP in professional and leadership roles in the HR and L&D functions of a number of different businesses. He lived and worked in many countries spending considerable time in the Gulf and in sub-Saharan Africa. Paul’s last role for BP was as Senior Business Advisor and Leadership Coach, based in Cape Town. Paul is now an independent consultant.

Working for Management Development Services Ltd., Hong Kong, Paul has recently completed a major, multi-module people management skills programme for leaders of the world’s largest clothing and accessories merchandising organisation. This involved delivering programmes in Turkey, Portugal, Guatemala and the UK.

He has a BSc [Hons] in Applied Chemistry, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and a Certificate in Training and Development.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD), and a Member of the Association for Coaching (MAC). He is also a licensed practitioner for the MBTI®, Insights Discovery® Personal Profile, Emotional Quotient Inventory® (EQ-i®), Margerison-McCann Team Management Profile and Apter Motivational Style Profiling.

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Anne Mason-Powell

Anne is a highly experienced Executive Coach, Group Facilitator and Organisation Development Consultant. She has broad experience of coaching leaders to CEO level and their teams in the public and private sectors, across Europe, America and Asia. Her belief is that the greatest success lies in coaching leaders to be themselves with skill; this, in her experience, happens when the individual finds alignment between their skills and passions and the contribution these can make to furthering the strategic goals of the organisation.


Anne is a Senior Associate with the Centre for Creative Leadership, contributing as Lead Faculty and Team Coach on a number of their high profile, international listed companies. Anne has also Coached on a range of leadership programs for MBA students at The London Business School. She has an MSc in Applied Psychology, an MA in Arabic Studies and is accredited in a wide range of psychometrics for leadership development.

Anne has direct experience of leadership, having held senior roles in HR and L and D in Financial Services. In the last decade she has held leadership roles in her community, is currently a Board Trustee of a not for profit organisation and leads their operations committee.

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"I would like to say a big thank you for teaching and coaching me throughout the Leadership module of our MDS course. I have learnt a lot about myself and how to work alongside others. The feedback gathered from the Skillscope and from peers throughout the sessions have been particularly interesting, and I will be sure to consider the outcomes of all of the activities in the workplace going forward. I am looking forward to building upon this in the upcoming MDS training sessions."

Rachel Hancox, Commercial Graduate
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