Alison Jones is founder of Practical Inspiration Publishing, helping businesses with something to say create superb books that are deeply integrated with their wider platform, and host of The Extraordinary Business Book Club.
A veteran of the publishing industry, she worked for 25 years with leading companies such as Chambers, Oxford University Press and Macmillan (she was Director of Innovation Strategy at Palgrave Macmillan until she left to set up a pioneering new partnership publishing model in 2014). She also provides executive coaching, consultancy and training services to publishers and regularly speaks and blogs on the publishing industry, is a board member of the board of the IPG and Head Judge of the Business Book Awards.
Her weekly podcast, the Extraordinary Business Book Club, is essential listening for writers and readers of extraordinary business books.
Author of the award-winning How to be Really Productive, Grace Marshall is known for her ‘refreshingly human’ approach to productivity. Featured in The Guardian, Forbes and Huffpost, her work as a Productivity Ninja has helped thousands of people to replace stress, overwhelm and frustration with success, sanity and satisfaction.
Donna Whitbrook is an experienced corporate consultant, people developer and coach.
Her extensive corporate background spans finance, training, consultancy, performance improvement, governance and strategy.
She has held senior positions in Banking and Finance and Board level positions in the Public and Third Sectors. Her key strengths being turn around of underperformance, service delivery and relationship management.
Donna is passionate about helping businesses to transform the performance of individuals and teams enabling them to reflect the brand values of the organisation and to create outstanding customer service.
She believes that, in today’s world of work, being competent and doing a really good job is simply not enough. Today we have to have the ability to create impact and maximise our personal presence in order to be positively memorable. Being a brand ambassador for our business and being able to engage with others confidently in order to build successful, professional relationships is key to outstanding performance.
Lyn Bromley has been the managing director of First Impressions Training Ltd since September 2010.
She is an experienced people manager, trainer and consultant. Her wide-ranging corporate background spans finance, training, consultancy and project management. She held senior leadership positions and has worked with clients from a whole host of industries, from financial services to law, and from SMEs to blue-chip organisations.
Donna Whitbrook is an experienced corporate consultant and people developer. Her extensive corporate background spans finance, training, consultancy, performance improvement, governance and strategy.
She has held senior management positions in banking and finance and board-level positions in the public and third sectors.
Lyn and Donna have a real belief in the work they promote. They are passionate about developing leaders and helping businesses to transform the performance of their individuals and teams, enabling them to reflect their organisation’s brand vision and values and deliver world-class service to their valued clients.
Alice Jennings loves solving problems! From her time in the lab during her PhD research and then in a corporate environment as a management consultant and process improvement expert, Alice has always looked for ways to make things work better, quicker and smarter.
As a qualified ‘coder’ she is able to understand the technology on a deep level while her easy and friendly manner enable her to explain complex systems in a way that is easy to understand. She is passionate about enabling small businesses to use technology and systems to help them punch above their weight.
Alice’s mission is to help business owners make informed choices in the systems and tools they use by giving them the information they need to confidently take their business to the next level and resist being bamboozled by people selling the next big idea.
Since starting her own small business she has worked with over 200 business owners through webinars, workshops and one to one consultancy; sharing simple tips that enable better working as well as helping implement more complex systems to support growth and reduce stress.
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.
Jane Kenyon is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, coach, blogger, social leader, game changer and female champion. She is passionate about potential and raising the aspirations of the next generation and she does this via her social enterprise www.girlsoutloud.org.uk.
Since 2007 she has been working exclusively with women via www.wellheeleddivas.com. She is an inspirational speaker and resected writer in the personal development field.
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.
Maria Hocking is a life coach, writer, inspirational speaker and motivational trainer. Known as the UK Life Changer, she regularly travels far and wide, enabling her clients to change their lives with her words. She has a huge knowledge within the fields of health, well-being and happiness and she walks her talk. Having been through challenging times herself, she uses her experiences and her learnings to help others.
Ruth Cleaver-Emons is a Trainer of NLP, Hypnotherapy and Timeline Therapy and a Master coach, as well as running the Northwest Vibrant Networking region and working as an Independent Consultant with Arbonne.