David’s advice is widely sought. From startups to established organisations. All looking for outside help to solve those tricky everyday problems. And there isn’t too much he hasn’t seen.
His early career in the commercial operations of the advertising and media industries exposed him to the best and worst excesses of the business world. Eventually leading Capital Radio PLC, he ran the team that built one of the most admired and successful businesses of its era.
David’s many years of experience encompasses a wide range of companies and sectors. From retail, research, events, digital transformation and corporate finance to name but a few.
Present in lofty board rooms and lowly management meetings, he’s been at the table when both brilliant and foolhardy decision were made, seeing first-hand how company and personal reputations can be built or destroyed.
In his evolving career he has encountered the vast number of challenges that face everybody who’s trying to get ahead. His capacity for observation, clear thinking and pragmatic application will help any business leader looking to revolutionise their working week.
He’s a no-nonsense visiting business school professor, academic fellow, management consultant, investor, author and public speaker.
Louise Lloyd is a mindset and wellbeing coach. Through speaking engagements, coaching, and The Inspired Zone Podcast, she helps people to hack stress, limits, and lifestyles. Louise is on a mission to stop stress and fear getting in the way of people realising their potential.
From CEOs and business owners to coders, scientists and PAs, her practical and effective approach helps people to overcome the challenges they face. She leads sessions for global senior leadership programmes, helping leaders to maintain presence and focus amidst pressure.
Having ridden for Great Britain during her career as a professional event rider, Louise knows what it takes to handle pressure and to navigate life’s inevitable ups and downs, and her background in teaching yoga, meditation and breath practices informs her understanding of the simple and transformational tools that she shares today.
She has helped thousands of people to overcome fear, anxiety and limiting mindsets, enabling them to take back control of their life and go for their dreams.
Veronica Munro is an International Executive and Leadership Coach and Business Performance Facilitator and Strategic Business Advisor with over 20 years’ experience and responsibility for coaching and facilitating specifically CEOs, senior executives and their teams in over 30 countries within Africa, Asia, Middle East, Pakistan, Europe and North Americas.
She has a wide range of coaching, C-suite facilitation and leadership development expertise together with a strong background in interpersonal psychology and is certified to use a range of psychometric and leadership tools. She has a track record of outstanding delivery, strategic and operational experience, and organisational effectiveness with foundations firmly within business organisations.
Veronica spent 8 years as Head of Leadership Effectiveness (West) in Standard Chartered Bank as their Senior Leadership Coach/Facilitator within the organisation. Recently based in Dubai supporting Global, Regional and Country leaders in growing their businesses and supporting delivery of their revenue targets, she is now back in the UK and heads up LEADING MINDS Ltd, working with a range of global organisations across UK, Europe, MEPA and Africa.
Anne Taylor is the Director of DIRECTions Coaching Ltd. Armed with a degree in Business from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, she built an impressive career over 20 years with companies such as Procter & Gamble and Nestlé where she held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, overall business management and business strategy development.
After leaving her Global Marketing role at Nestlé in Switzerland, she re-trained as an Executive Coach. Her clients included IMD business school where she developed and delivered the coaching component of corporate leadership programme. Later in the UK she established a successful practice with clients such as Nestlé, Lloyds of London, Deutsche Bank, L’Oréal and Ford among others.
She is an associate coach for London Business School and is certified through ICF to the level of PCC (Professional Certified Coach). She helps successful managers and MDs increase their leadership impact particularly around EQ, strategic thinking, and influencing.
Andy Salkeld is a ‘Big 4’-trained Chartered Accountant. He specialised in the complex field of corporate finance before moving into the private sector to focus on business intelligence and analytics. He now brings his professional expertise to the Leeds technology and start-up scene, helping new business to employ best practice as they grow. He is an investor and Director at a newly founded technology company with the ambitious goal of ‘helping the high street fight back against online’ whilst also ‘building location-centric communities’.
Andy has also knowingly lived with depression for most of his life. Struggling with his work in his 30s, distant from his family and feeling unable to connect with anyone, he was just at his lowest point when his wife left him. He came within moments of taking his own life.
He now advocates positive action around mental health, giving his signature ‘Breaking the Stigma’ talk at a wide range of market-leading international organisations. He works closely with business leaders across the UK, delivering talks, workshops and coaching across their offices as they strive to build mentally healthy cultures.
Andy promotes his work through his own website and is known as an expert in mental health, entrepreneurship and finance around Leeds; appearing on local and national TV and radio and speaking and writing regularly on the subject.
Alicia Eaton is a well-established Harley Street therapist who specialises in children’s emotional wellbeing. Her unique blend of psychology and practical parenting advice makes her the number one choice for parents seeking help for their children’s problems. From anxiety, fears and phobias to thumb-sucking, nail-biting, bedwetting and sleep problems, Alicia helps parents steer their children on the right path.
Originally a Montessori teacher, Alicia ran her own school for five years, then went on to train at The Anna Freud Centre. She followed this up by qualifying as a Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist as well as going on to train in NLP with Paul McKenna and assisting him with his seminars for over 7 years.
Lucy Werner is a PR expert and founder of The Wern, a specialist communications consultancy and training hub for startups, entrepreneurs and independent brands. She has worked with top emerging business talent such as Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, The Marshmallowist and Vinyl Me, Please. She also consults for innovation, marketing and other public relations consultancies on their go-to market strategies, raising CEO profiles and developing thought leadership.
Lucy uses her own profile to demonstrate how other small businesses can do their own publicity. She regularly speaks on all aspects of publicity at events like Economy of Hours, General Assembly, Mothers Meetings and Work.Dot Life.
She has been featured in Stylist magazine, Telegraph Connect, Guardian Small Business, Gorkana, Huffington Post, Mother & Baby magazine, Absolutely Mama and PR Moment, and has written a 10-day e-learning course for Highbrow on “How to get press for your business”. She was recently awarded finalist in “Growth Business Enabler” from Startups.co.uk.
Active on all major social channels, Lucy has a fast-growing and active user base on Instagram – @wernchat – where she focuses on delivering free tips and tools for small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to learn how to do their own publicity.
Celia left a senior role in the NHS after frustration and work-related stress made her question her life and became the springboard to start her own business.
Over the next few years she transformed a neglected hill farm in Bolton into a multi award-winning wedding and events venue – The Wellbeing Farm.
She unites savvy business understanding with a passion for self-development that can’t fail to inspire you to transform your own life.
Tony Llewellyn is a specialist in the behavioural forces that can be used to build amazing teams. He is a qualified chartered surveyor, and also has a Masters degree in Coaching and Behavioural Change. Tony primarily works as an advisor to teams working on major projects where collaboration is recognised as being critical to success.
Prior to starting out as a team specialist, Tony worked on both the client and the consultancy side of many major projects, including a senior management role in a substantial UK construction consultancy, and also as a director of a global engineering business.
His previous book, Performance Coaching for Complex Projects, was published in 2015, and he regularly contributes articles to various publications in the professional press.
Tony lectures frequently, both to students at two London Universities, as well as to individuals and groups undertaking professional development training.
Karen Skidmore has achieved what most coaches and consultants feel is impossible; to create a profitable, flexible and fun business which enables her to run an international coaching and consulting business around her family, health and wellbeing.
Karen resigned from her corporate career in 2004 to start up on her own on the same day her eldest daughter started school and never looked back. Over the past 14 years, she has created a variety of scalable income streams and run her business on a number of different coaching business models, including a hugely successful membership site, created and sold dozens of different online courses and group programmes, with prices ranging from £30 to £15,000.
Her mission is to give every small business owner a plan and a process to grow their business, without burning out along the way.