Sue Binks, Senior Consultant
Sue is an occupational psychologist whose main areas of focus are learning design, personal effectiveness and change. She has worked with a wide range of organisations from large government bodies, global professional services firms and investment banks to niche marketing consultancies and manufacturing organisations. Her work has included behaviour and attitude change programmes, coaching, development centre design; advanced communication and influencing skills and design of high potential leadership programmes. Sue also has a keen interest in research, particularly the impact of culture and climate on motivation and commitment.
Cindy Cox, Development Consultant
Cindy has 15 years’ experience designing and leading development programmes and is an experienced trainer, facilitator and consultant with particular expertise in enabling growth and collaboration for individuals, organisations and networks. An accredited Action Learning facilitator, she has supported individuals and teams in the creative industries and across local government and statutory services such as health and education. In the past she’s worked with companies in retail, insurance, construction and water industries to undertake innovative talent development programmes. Previously director of a non-profit development agency and consultancy promoting creativity as a catalyst for change, Cindy has worked for many years partnering educational institutions (from early years to Higher Education) and public sector bodies to support workforce development, stakeholder engagement and improve outcomes. Cindy is programme director for Management Essentials
Benedict Eccles, Senior Consultant
PhD, MSc, PG Cert, CPsychol.
Benedict is a chartered psychologist and has worked in organisational and leadership development for 25 years. This work has included designing and leading federal change management programmes in Africa, Europe and Middle East as well as working as a project training consultant with the F&CO and Home Office. As a freelance practitioner, Benedict has collaborated with a range of public and private sector clients including uniformed and health services, PLCs, SMEs and the voluntary sector. With a primary interest in leadership development, Benedict has experience of assessment and development centre design. As a trainer and coach, he has worked extensively on interpersonal communication skills, core self-evaluation and self-management and diversity in the workplace. He is a qualified CBT-based coach and uses a range of psychometrics in his work including MBTI, NEO PIR, 16PF and 15FQ+. His academic interests have included inter-cultural working, the influence of multiple intelligences on leadership, volunteer motivation and management competency frameworks. He has had articles published in both the UK and US and is programme director for The Emerging Leaders programme.
Andy Firth, Senior Consultant
BA (Hons), PGDip, NVQ4
Andy has nine years’ experience working with leaders and staff from board to front line in public and private sector organisations. His work encompasses a wide range of people development, including consultancy, training, coaching and facilitation and at Roffey Park he is Director of the Practical facilitation skills and The art of facilitation programmes. He has been extensively involved in a number of assessment/development centre and 360° feedback projects, as well as supervising student coaches studying for a diploma. Andy holds an NVQ4 in executive coaching and a PGDip in customer management. Before joining Roffey Park he spent several years honing his skills at one of Britain’s leading small consultancies. His background is in hospitality, as an acquisitions manager for a brewery. Helping people to be more effective through their becoming more responsible for their own situation is a particular passion for Andy.
Jo Goring, Senior Consultant
BA (Hons), Cert Training Practice (CIPD)
Jo has extensive experience as a learning and development specialist, working with individuals at all levels, in both the private and public sectors. Her areas of expertise include performance management, personal effectiveness, coaching skills, influencing skills and leadership. She is a Master Practitioner of NLP, an experienced facilitator and an effective coach. Jo is also the programme director for our Practical Coaching Skills programme. Before joining Roffey Park, Jo worked at the National Audit Office designing, developing and delivering a suite of management development programmes and supporting individuals with coaching. Prior to this she worked in learning and development with a leading professional services firm and an international bank as well a customer service and sales training consultant. This gave her a strong commercial acumen and clear understanding that any development programme must show a significant return on investment.
Steve Hearsum, Senior Consultant
BA, MSC, HSDP
Steve has a MSc in Change Agent Skills & Strategies, is a qualified Human Systems Dynamics Practitioner and is a trained and experienced facilitator, consultant and coach. He has over 20 years of experience working across the private, public and not for profit sectors, working on a diverse range of projects, from complex change programmes through to large group interventions aimed at changing behaviour in whole organisations. Steve is programme director for our Leading in a digital age programme. In recent years, Steve has focused on working with clients who are challenged by the uncertainty and/or complexity that are often the hallmarks of modern day organisations. He enjoys working with clients to develop a ‘whole system’ approach to the questions they are attempting to answer, with an emphasis in the role that relationships play in organisational success. He is passionate about supporting clients to identify the conditions that need to be in place in order to enable them to achieve both their goals and long-term sustainable change.
Ken Ingram, Lead Consultant Blended Learning
Ken has been a learning and development consultant and facilitator for more than 25 years. Before joining Roffey Park, Ken worked for a number of organisations in a learning and development capacity including the National School of Government, Centre for Management and Policy Studies and Civil Service Learning. He has broad expertise across a wide range of fields. In particular, he majors in leadership and management development, HR, facilitations skills, adult learning and evaluation. He has many years of experience of working on strategic consultancy projects in organisations both in the UK and overseas. He has led a number of international projects including in Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Kosovo, Hungary, Czech Republic Austria and Germany. Ken has passion for blended and adult learning and has focused much of his career on helping individuals and organisations to develop their learning design and facilitation capability.
Ana Karakusevic, Senior Consultant
Ana has over 20 years’ experience working with and managing multi-functional and multi-national teams in large complex organisations. Her passion is for facilitating strategy-building, innovation and change with senior teams and in complex fast-paced environments, and for coaching senior teams and leaders. She has experience of designing leadership and organisational development, culture and behavioural change, and blended and social learning programmes. Ana holds an MSc (Distinction) in Advanced Learning Technology from Lancaster University, as well as two BA’s (in Languages and Literature, and Film Directing). She has been accredited with the International Coach Federation and trained in a number of executive coaching approaches, including Gestalt, Time to Think, and Transpersonal Coaching. Her other qualifications include MBTI and 16PF psychometric tools, Barrett Cultural Values OD tools, Theory U approach to complex change, and Art of Hosting group facilitation tools (Open Space, World Café and Appreciative Inquiry). Ana is currently studying for a post-graduate diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling, as a way of deepening her practice of helping people develop to their best potential. Ana is programme director for Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching
Tom Kenward, Senior Consultant
Tom has spent much of the last 15 years working in the public and not for profit sectors as a developer, internal consultant, manager and senior leader, most recently as Organisational Development Director in a charity. Having experienced the pressures on senior leaders to make things happen, deliver results and help people be their best, Tom has developed approaches that work for him and enjoys helping other leaders find what works for them. At Roffey Park, Tom has delivered leadership development and organisational development consultancy in the Civil Service, the wider public sector and the private sector. Tom is also programme director for Roffey Park’s MSc in People and Organisational Development and Leading with presence. Tom is licensed to use psychometric instruments including MBTI and FIRO-B. He is also is a trained and experienced facilitator and a qualified executive coach, in the process of gaining full ICF accreditation.
Adrian Lock, Senior Consultant
BSc (Hons), DipTM, DipCoach, MCIPD, CertMed
On graduating from Durham University, Adrian worked for charities in Europe, Africa and the Middle East before gaining experience in UK central and local government management and training. During this time he developed an organisational standard known as ‘Investors in Equality’ which featured in two national journals. Adrian developed his own freelance portfolio before joining Roffey Park, and has worked with clients across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Adrian’s areas of expertise include executive coaching (up to and including chief executive level), personal effectiveness, change management, strategic leadership, performance management, team development and coaching skills. He has a special interest in Strengths-based Performance Management and is the author of Roffey Park’s Strategic Cycle and Deep Questions Models™. He has qualifications in Organisational Assessment, Executive Coaching, Counselling and Workplace Mediation. Adrian is Programme Director for Roffey Park’s Strategic Leadership programme and is a tutor on the Personal effectiveness and power programmes.
Rachel Rann, Development Consultant
MA(Cantab), PG Dip Leadership and Management
Rachel has spent 13 years in the not for profit sector. An experienced facilitator, her focus is on leadership development, personal effectiveness and team development. Rachel has a strong belief in the self managed learning philosophy and enjoys working with her participants as the resourceful adults they are, challenging and supporting them to achieve more in their roles and find more fulfilment. Rachel believes strongly in the power of in the moment observations and feedback. Rachel is the Programme Director for People Management Fundamentals and through this programme works with new and experienced managers to develop their managerial toolkit as well as helping individuals to identify their own unique brand of leadership. An experienced Action Learning Set facilitator and licensed in FIRO-B, Rachel uses her background in group process and interpersonal relationships to enhance the development experience for participants. Rachel also has a strong interest in what factors contribute to high performance in the world of sport. A qualified ski instructor, Rachel calls on a range of learning experiences in different environments to support peoples’ development.
Catherine Shepherd, Development Consultant
MA (Cantab), MSc
Catherine is an experienced consultant and facilitator, with expertise in leadership development, talent management and HR development. She works with clients from private, public and not for profit sectors, and is Programme Director of our Leading Change programme. Before joining Roffey Park, Catherine spent 15 years in the private sector, including Learning & Organisational Development roles at PwC, and Head of Learning & Development at Allens, an international law firm headquartered in Australia. Her most recent role was Head of Learning & Development at Cancer Research UK. Catherine has designed and delivered a wide range of leadership development, from short master-classes to year-long emerging leaders programmes. She has designed modular management development programmes, which incorporate a blend of techniques such as development centres, 360-degree feedback, coaching, virtual classrooms, e-learning and action learning groups. She enjoys designing and delivering development that will make a lasting difference to individuals, and ultimately their teams and organisations. Using her experience of leading an HR function, Catherine provides pragmatic support to HR practitioners and is part of our Strategic HR and HR Business Partnering faculty. Catherine has an MSc from UCL in Organisational Psychology, with a focus on psychological wellbeing and resilience in the workplace. She is qualified to use MBTI, FIRO-B and Hogan psychometric tools. In her early career she was an ACA, which equips her with a strong understanding of budgets and the importance of return on investment of development initiatives.
Andy Smith, Director of Research, Practice & Qualifications
MA, BA, Cert Gestalt
Andy has 30 years’ experience as a developer, consultant and leader. His work has spanned small and large organisations, the private and public sectors. Recent clients include Biotechnology and Biological Research Councils, BAM, Tebodin, British Telecom, MRC, Civil Service Learning, FCO and Cancer Research UK. Outside of the UK Andy has carried out international consultancy assignments in Asia Pacific, Africa and across Europe. Andy’s career started off at the sharp end of social security operations in a busy inner city office. He gained both policy and operational experience in the Civil Service and had a short spell briefing Ministers on cross government disability policy. The majority of his career has been in organisational development including leadership development, equality issues and internal consultancy. He has led on the people aspects of a variety of change programmes including outsourcing, rewards strategies and career development. Andy is Programme Director for Roffey Park’s longest running programme, Interpersonal Relationships in Organisations. He was instrumental in the launch of Roffey Park’s highly successful OD Practitioner Programme, one to which he still contributes. He is Director of Qualifications and has been Course Director for the MSc in People and Organisational Development and is programme director for Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management. He has published research on virtual management and set adviser practice. As a thought leader he has delivered key note sessions at the OD Network Europe, CIPD OD, EFMD and International Association of Facilitators conferences. In 2014, he received a highly commended award for Excellence in OD from the OD Network and most recently he contributed a well-received chapter on chaos and complexity theory to Gower’s Field Guide to OD. Andy’s practice focuses on senior team development, OD consultancy and capability building. His direct style is both high challenge and support. He has been a member of Roffey Park’s leadership team for a number of years and believes this role gives real insight into the challenges faced by the senior leaders he works with.
Alex Swarbrick, Regional Director- Asia Pacific
M.Phil, BSc, PG Dip PCP (Psychology) Chartered FCIPD
Based in Singapore Alex is an experienced manager, consultant, facilitator and executive coach, combining a strong background in HR with leadership development. Before joining Roffey Park, Alex ran his own consultancy and coaching practice working both in the UK and internationally. His previous roles were Head of HR for The Work Foundation, personnel director for an international development agency in Nepal and a number of HR roles in the BBC. He is passionate about helping individuals and organisations become even more effective, and has a particular interest in the relational aspects of leadership and management, and in intercultural leadership, having run leadership programmes in over 20 countries. A business graduate with an MPhil from London School of Economics in organisation design and skill use, he is also a qualified executive coach, holds a Post Grad Diploma in Personal Construct Psychology, and an Advanced Diploma in Intercultural Management from Cambridge University.
John Woodward-Roberts, Senior Consultant
MA Management Learning, CMCIPD
John has been a learning and development practitioner for 22 years and is an experienced facilitator, coach, consultant and trainer of management, leadership and all other aspects of people development. Before Roffey Park John worked for the UK Civil Service College followed by a leading consultancy where he account managed and led consultant teams for, amongst others, the MOD, UCLan, QinetiQ, Bath University, the General Dental Council and Parexel (a global pharma research organisation). Working with managers at all levels across the public and private sector, John’s particular interests are senior leader development, leadership development in professional service firms, the power of mentoring to effect career changes, facilitating with “edge” and the effective integration of change and project management.