Sarah Kuipers initially trained in osteopathy and homeopathy, before focusing on hypnotherapy and life coaching. For over 20 years she helped clients master stress, set clear boundaries and balance their lives. However, the combined pressures of work and bringing up three boys as a single mother eventually led to burnout, which inspired her to carry out a Masters Research study on stress in health professionals. This highlighted how stress is frequently amplified by childhood patterns that make it hard to value and care for yourself, traits that she recognized in herself and many of her clients.
As the founder of YourHealth2, Sarah has lectured and facilitated numerous workshops on self-care, assertiveness, and burnout prevention, and courses on stress management and personal development for medical students. The Thriving Giver brings together everything Sarah has learnt from her own transformational journey, her work with clients and her Masters Research study.
After a successful career in teaching and school management, Terri Bourne fulfilled her ambition to set up her own business. Enjoying the challenge of starting a business from scratch, she went on to set up 7 different ventures over a 10-year period, all running concurrently, one of which had 16 branches.
Terri focused on building good staff teams, developing bespoke staff training and devising business systems to take each company forward. An advocate and practitioner of life-long learning, she gained a Masters in Human Resource Management to further understand successful team management, her research speciality on the work-life balance of entrepreneurs.
Experienced in running more than one business herself, Terri later researched portfolio entrepreneurship whilst gaining a Doctorate in Business and is still an expert in this niche academic field.
Terri has been a guest speaker at business groups in the north west, covering a variety of topics, including systemizing your business for growth, work-life balance, and portfolio entrepreneurship.
More recently, Terri has turned her attention to look at exit planning, retirement and beyond. Her current research has shown that many business owners concentrate their efforts on building and running their businesses but fail to look at how to exit them in the best possible way.
Emily Hutchinson is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a registered Practitioner Psychologist. In 2004, she was featured as one of Britain’s 10 leading Occupational Psychologists by the Independent on Sunday.
Since 2006 she has had her own business and works in long-term partnerships with a number of technical organzsations, providing thought leadership and practical interventions. She was one of the early adopters of the Positive Psychology and strengths approach and has been applying that approach with organizations for many years. She was shortlisted as Champion of the Year for Women in Nuclear 2019, for founding the Corporate Women’s Coaching Club (based on a strengths approach).
Emily is an Associate Lecturer with the University of the West of England, and is working with Oxford Brookes University to support the development of an innovative and forward-looking undergraduate programme in the Business Psychology arena
She is also Associate Editor (books) for The Psychologist, the monthly magazine for Psychologists. She has had several book reviews and articles published.
Caroline Brown is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who worked for Atkins since 1997, where her career evolved from an engineer, to a project manager and business head before becoming responsible for leading transformational change and developing culture. She has successfully implemented new approaches to engaging employees, and more recently to improving wellbeing. She’s also a trained business coach, a Mental Health First Aider and an independent non-executive director for HorseHeard (a registered charity working with horses to promote positive emotional health and resilience outcomes for children, young people and adults in need).
Babatunde (Babs) Jolayemi Omotowa worked for 26 years with Shell in Nigeria and Europe. Starting work in a storeroom, he rose to become CEO of Nigeria LNG Ltd, with Shell shareholding and subsequently Vice-President across 40 countries. A former Global President of the UK Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, he has spoken at the World Economic Summit, Universities such as Harvard and MIT, and at many global conferences. He now works with multi-national companies and not-for-profit organizations to help them work more effectively in partnership with the developing world, recognizing the bigger issues involved and finding routes to success that are good not just for business but at a global and local level.
Michael Taylor, founder of SchellingPoint, has over 30 years of experience in management consulting, the last ten studying the profession to improve its delivery and impact.
He has been a frequent business school speaker since 2008, on subjects such as Managerial Decision Making, Consulting on Complex Problems, and New Methods in Consulting at Cornell, Duke, Penn, SMU, and Wharton in the US, and Warwick Business School in the UK.
Michael’s writing ranges from papers on the Future of Consulting for ALM Intelligence to his blog on consulting process excellence, recognized as a Top 20 Consulting Blog. His Wednesday Webinar brings together business leaders, internal consultants, and external consultants to discuss their application of Advanced Management Consulting techniques.
He is a regular conference speaker, including the Association for Strategy Professionals (ASP), the Association of Internal Management Consultants (AIMC), and Consulting Summit 2016 (ALM).
Michael has a unique perspective on the profession, combining his experiences at Accenture and two boutiques with unique insights gained through training management consultants from a diverse range of firms, plus his business leadership as an entrepreneur and turnaround CEO.