Jude Jennison

Jude Jennison is a leadership author, international speaker and pioneer of Leadership with Horses, helping leaders to develop their non-verbal communication, self-awareness and emotional resilience. She works with executive boards, senior leaders and entrepreneurs to develop embodied leadership skills and create behavioural change. She combines 16 years’ senior leadership experience in IBM with executive leadership, coaching and team development skills, as well as the unusual approach of working with a herd of horses to help leaders become more confident in leading through the uncertainty of our time.

Celia Gaze

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.

Eleanor Winton

Eleanor Winton is an experienced consultant and recognized keynote speaker on Disruption, Foresight and Innovation. In over 16 years as a consultant, she has helped hundreds of organizations in almost every sector to identify disruptive trends and develop a plan to address those. Prior to setting up Foresightfully in 2017, Eleanor led KPMG LLP’s Future Institute in the UK.

Eleanor is experienced in working with Boards and Executive teams and has designed and led thousands of workshops focused on driving innovation and change. She is well known for her high energy and engaging style which inspires those she works with to engage with the art of the possible and to break silos to drive collaboration.

Her background in forensic investigations is key to her unique approach, which combines creativity with rigour and analytical thinking to ensure that innovation is closely aligned with organizational strategy and results.

She wrote the foreword for UKWA’s report Feeding London in 2030

Janie van Hool

Janie van Hool understands both speaking and listening profoundly. She began her career as a professional actor, training at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before embarking on 12 years of work in the theatre, in TV, as a voiceover artist and conference presenter.

She went on to gain an MA in Voice and then an MSc in Performance Psychology. The combination of her academic research together with her experience as a performer has given her a unique perspective on how to articulate messages with confidence and skill, and informed her work as a coach, advisor and skills teacher to business leaders.

Over the last 20 years she has developed leaders in a wide range of organizations, from mining in Australia to investment banking in New York and everything in between. She has crafted tactics, strategies, frameworks and tools to enable leaders to inspire others through impact, influence, presentation, storytelling and connection. Her fascination with how people communicate has helped countless leaders make a difference to themselves personally, and to the people they lead.

More recently she has volunteered as a listener with Samaritans – a UK charity dedicated to listening to people in distress. This has helped her complete the circle of communication insights that have been her life’s work, by recognizing fully the incredible power of being heard.

Her first book – The Impact and Presence Pocketbook – was published in 2004.’

Ruth Murray-Webster

Dr Ruth Murray-Webster is recognized as a leader of project-based organizational change and risk management performing roles as a practitioner, advisor, facilitator, researcher and author. For more than 30 years Ruth has practised and advanced change and risk management approaches, developing commercially astute strategy, centred around emerging risks and disruptive trends.

Ruth has experience in delivering change objectives in most sectors.
Prior to returning to her own company, Potentiality UK, in 2018, Ruth held appointments as Director, Change Portfolio and Group Head of Risk for a major port operator and Director, Risk in the Boardroom practice for KPMG LLP. Ruth researched organizational change from the perspective of the recipients of change for an Executive Doctorate at Cranfield School of Management between 2008 and 2012. She is an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford: Saïd Business School and a Teaching Fellow at Warwick Business School.
Ruth’s interest in risk management arose from a passion to help organizations to take educated risks, not avoid them. She has co-authored four books on the human aspects of risk management and is a popular speaker at conferences and in webinars. She has also published papers in the areas of project complexity, organizational ambidexterity through projects and programmes and multi-paradigmatic perspectives on business transformation programmes. Ruth was Editor of the APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition and Lead Editor for the forthcoming (5th edition) of Managing Successful Programmes (MSP).
Ruth was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Association for Project Management in 2013 for her services to risk and change. The synergies between the two disciplines continue to drive Ruth’s thinking, writing and practice.

Jenny Campbell

Jenny Campbell is Chief Executive and lead researcher at The Resilience Engine. Resilience takes her into many domains, from working with leaders in large organisations to working in schools, universities and charities. She is passionate about sharing the thinking and practical resilience habits from the research, so that everyone can feel well, more at ease, and reconnected to the joy in their life.

Alice Jennings

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.

Alice Sheldon

Alice Sheldon is the creator of Needs Understanding.

After graduating from Oxford University with an MA in Psychology and Neurophysiology, her strong interest in how we can contribute to the creation of a more inclusive world took her on a career journey which included being a secondary school teacher, a barrister, and the head of the Bar’s national pro bono charity, working with everyone from homeless litigants to the Lord Chief Justice.

During this time Alice came across two life-changing pieces of understanding. The first was psychotherapy, which inspired a deep learning journey. The second was Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which led her to become a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Following this she developed a model of partnership parenting, and for a decade helped hundreds of fellow parents to create thriving relationships with their children by teaching them how to shout less and laugh more. This became the springboard for her creation of the Needs Understanding model, which brings a partnership approach into all spheres of life.

Alice shares Needs Understanding globally with individuals and organizations.

Fabienne Vailes

Fabienne Vailes is Language Director at the University of Bristol, specialising in teaching French Language and Intercultural Competence and Communication. A key part of her role is helping students overcome the daily challenges they are faced with and develop the resilience they need to complete their studies and succeed both academically and in the workplace.
With almost 20 years’ experience in the educational sector, Fabienne has taught all age groups from nursery to primary, secondary, FE and HE as well as adult learners.
A trained NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner and Coach, Mindfulness teacher and qualified clinical hypnotherapist with specialism in stress and anxiety, Fabienne is also a professional member of the ANLP and Mindfulness Association.
Through her company Flourishing Education she regularly runs workshops for both corporate and academic clients.

Cath Bishop

Cath Bishop is a leadership expert and writer, bringing her unique experience in both top-level sport and international diplomacy to the most pressing issues facing businesses in the 21st century.

She competed as a rower at three Olympic Games, becoming part of the first British women’s crew to win the World Championships and winning a Silver Olympic medal in the coxless pairs event. As a senior diplomat, she worked on policy and negotiations, specializing in stabilization policy for conflict-affected parts of the world. She now works as a coach, facilitator and consultant, advising global businesses on team and leadership development and cultural change, and teaches on the Executive Education Faculty at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University and other leading business schools.

Cath is a regular newspaper reviewer on Radio 4’s Broadcasting House and has commentated on rowing for the BBC, Eurosport and BT Sport.