Clifford Chance

Spencer Stuart

Alliance Medical

Deloitte

PwC

DLA Piper

International Hotels Group (IHG)

BNY Mellon

Mitsubishi Securities

Shepherd+ Wedderburn

Hanson UK

Ericsson

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Clifford Chance

Spencer Stuart

Alliance Medical

Deloitte

PwC

DLA Piper

International Hotels Group (IHG)

BNY Mellon

Mitsubishi Securities

Shepherd+ Wedderburn

Hanson UK

Ericsson

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Lawrie Philpott

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David Bainton has over 20 years experience as a consultant specialising in Change Management and Business Performance Improvement.

He is passionate about creating sustainable change and works with senior executives and their teams to design and implement their business agendas. He has developed a process for restructuring overhead and support costs which improves internal capability and identifies high potential future executives.

He has also led major programmes to assess and develop leadership capability in Blue Chip clients, most notably improving the ability of managers to have effective performance conversations. David spent 10 years in General Management with profit responsibility and in Human Resources prior to becoming a consultant working with Ford, Exxon and Pilkington Glass.

His clients include AOL, BP, Centrica, Continental, Costa Coffee, ED&F Man, EDF Energy, Hewlett Packard, Nokia, Pizza Hut, Prudential, Siemens, Thales, The NHS and The United Nations. He has worked in most Western European countries, China, Japan, The USA, The Middle East and Southern Africa.

David is a CFIPD, a member of the British Psychological Society and holds a Level B qualification in psychometric testing. His is also a certified Lean Six Sigma practitioner

David Bainton

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Debra is a highly talented coach who specialises in psychological profiling and the provision of practical support to enable leaders to optimise their performance in today’s pressurised business world. Debra’s unique and highly effective strategies achieve major shifts in terms of leadership energy, focus, effectiveness and confidence.

Having spent twenty years in the arena of growth and development, operating at director level and as a consultant in private practice, Debra now operates mainly in the corporate sector specialising in emotional and interpersonal communications, including social conflict resolution and generic and person-specific stress management. Upgrading baseline coping mechanisms to something more effortless; and taking into account the effects of long term stress on the body, mind and relationships; working both with groups of delegates and in dynamic one to one consultations.

The primary focus of Debra's approach is relationship with self and the consequential eradication of limiting beliefs. She is a toolbox of diverse communication skills and established techniques. Moving forward in a client led partnership, with a view to holistic wellbeing, Debra's unique and highly effective strategies take into account both conscious and sub conscious perspectives, enabling access to better decision-making strategies, future orientation, outcomes and unlocking potential.

Debra Bradley

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James has more than twenty years experience working as a reporter, news editor and producer of news and current affairs documentary programmes for both television and radio.

For the past seven years he has worked as a freelance media trainer and has helped a wide variety of corporate clients with their media interviewing and presentation skills. James has also run a variety of courses for BBC Training & Development including sessions on news packaging, documentary making, website production, and media law.

He continues to make television programmes for the BBC and has recently won two Royal Television Society Awards and a Prix Circom documentary award. Three of his other programmes have received RTS award nominations.

James Cameron

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Mary has been a psychodynamic therapist since 1988 and now specialises in 'Brief Focal Therapy'.

Most of us have areas in our lives which could be happier or more fulfilled, but something holds us back and sabotages our attempts to attain our full potential, in business or relationships.

Mary asks for the family history in the first session, and then agrees a focus for the 'work' together. The sessions are lively and interactive and help you to decide on, and implement, the permanent changes you want to make in the way you operate as a human being.

Mary's clients enjoy their sessions because they are free to work on any aspect of their lives in the knowledge that everything is confidential.

Mary Cantacuzène

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Rod has been an executive coach and career guidance consultant since 2000. He has worked with several hundred senior executives and professionals from a wide range of industries, sectors and countries as they have worked their way through significant career change.

Rod’s earlier executive career was as an international banker. He has held Executive Committee or local Board roles in investment, corporate and retail banks and securities firms owned by shareholder organisations of 11 different nationalities. His Board experience spans 25 years and five countries, with advisory and non-executive roles in the commercial, not-for-profit and voluntary sectors.

Rod holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD and an MA in Economics from Cambridge University. More recently he has acquired a Certificate in Occupational Testing from the British Psychological Society and passed the Islamic Finance Qualification. He has lived, to work or study, in Germany, France, Australia and on both coasts of the USA. He is fluent in German and French, with smatterings of other languages.

Rod Chamberlain

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Roger advises the boards and senior managements of private, public and non-profit sector organisations in the UK and internationally.

On obtaining a master’s degree in business administration at Wharton Roger joined the consultancy side of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he held national and international management and leadership roles including running the consulting groups for:

· organisation and human resources;

· strategy, marketing and privatisations, and

· public sector management.

He also had global responsibility for organisational and human resource services to the government, education, posts and transportation industries. He led the development of the firm's global change management service methodology.

In 2001 Roger joined an economic and management consulting firm, Oxford Policy Management (a spin-off from the University of Oxford) as managing director, a post he held successfully for over seven years. His career now involves both management consulting work and serving as a trustee and board member of charities.

Roger’s advisory work for clients focuses on organisational restructuring and the development and motivation of people to help organisations and their boards through periods of major change, e.g. in the context of corporate transformation, privatisation, regulatory change and public sector reform.

Roger Cooke

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Dr Bronach Crawley is a Chartered Psychologist, qualified in Clinical Psychology. For the first six years of her career, she combined roles as a practitioner in the health service and as a university lecturer.

Having been exposed to the impact of team development and organisational change in the public sector, she then retrained in occupational psychology and has since worked in commercial organisations.

Her approach is pragmatic and business-driven with a clear objective to provide benefit for the individual and the sponsoring organisation. She coaches individuals across a wide range of presenting issues from providing support and development during periods of major transition to helping individuals overcome specific performance issues.

Bronach also offers coaching for groups or teams and, when circumstances make traditional coaching difficult to carry out, 'distance coaching'.

Bronach Crawley

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Oliver has over twenty years’ experience in international reward having led the reward function in a number of global companies, advising both management and Remuneration Committees.

He has worked in multiple sectors including financial services, retail, IT and engineering. This enables him, when working with clients, to draw on cross-sector experience to define and focus their reward strategy and practices to support the delivery of their corporate objectives.

His work covers executive reward and also the wider aspects of compensation and benefits including employee recognition versus incentives, pensions and benefits, mobility and career development.

Oliver Edwards

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Amanda started her career in fashion shortly after leaving St. Martins and has worked amongst style and business individuals ever since.

She strongly believes that there is a significant correlation between the ways in which individuals present themselves and success - and boasts a very high achievement rate amongst her clients.

Amanda is fascinated with impression management and non-verbal communication. Her professional outlook developed after much research and study, which she now brings to all areas of her work. She has the ability to increase and maximise any profile - and her approach to dressing and improving appearance has enabled individuals to achieve greater impact in their business life. Increasingly she is also called upon to assist in the area of business and social etiquette.

Clients include KPMG, The BBC, the NHS, British Airways, Allied Irish Bank, Politicians and various high profile media personalities. In addition, her specialist styling skills have been involved in the re-design of corporate uniforms. She has worked for Philpott Partners for over fourteen years and currently lives in London.

Amanda Goss

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A straight talker with high levels of professionalism and a sense of fun, Sarah is a Leadership Coach and Team Facilitator who is passionate about working with existing and emerging leaders to bring the best of themselves into their organisations to be authentic leaders that others want to work with and to follow.

With a particular interest in courage and confidence in personal and professional leadership, Sarah works with clients to build their realised and unrealised strengths, helping them tap into their natural resourcefulness and resilience. Sarah works with clients to ‘play big’, challenging them to stretch beyond what they believed was possible.

In her 20 year marketing career, which has paralleled her coaching and leadership development endeavours, Sarah has worked for organisations including Coca Cola Schweppes, Macmillan publishing and latterly the British Library where she was Head of Audience Development and Brand, leading both organisational change and brand positioning programmes. Having worked at a senior level Sarah has experienced first-hand the importance of inspirational leadership both on business performance and on employee engagement.

A Graduate of the University of Birmingham with a BA Hons degree in Geography, Sarah is a Certified Co-Active Coach (ACC with the ICF), a qualified practitioner of MBTI and Realise2, an NLP Master Practitioner and a CIPD Qualified Trainer.

Sarah Hardman

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Stephanie was a presenter with the BBC for eighteen years, communicating her insights and passions from the most intimate radio programmes to flag-waving international broadcasts.

Her numerous high profile shows included the First and Last Nights of the BBC Proms, BBC Young Musician of the Year and Songs of Praise. Her BBC Radio 3 programmes covered most of the day, from breakfast time ‘On Air’, mid-morning ‘Masterworks’, lunch times at ‘Wigmore Hall’, to evening concerts and opera broadcasts.

Stephanie is also a qualified psychotherapist, helping those in the corporate world who are feeling stressed or anxious, or who get particularly nervous about public speaking

She brought her extensive experience to the world of corporate communications in 2005, and joined Philpott Partners shortly afterwards. Her clients range from Heads of Finance & Development to senior management in corporate finance and legal firms.

Stephanie Hughes

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A Chartered Psychologist, Peter has 17 years’ experience as a management consultant enabling his clients to deliver major business changes. He specialises in coaching senior leaders and Boards together with the design and facilitation of bespoke leadership events, workshops and development sessions.

Peter’s career at Ernst & Young was characterised by delivery across a wide range of sectors and global clients. His style of coaching is behaviourally orientated, pragmatic and based on the essential need to build trusting and robust relationships.

Clients consistently recognise his ability to operate as a supportive critical colleague whilst enabling their understanding of strengths and developmental areas to maximise their leadership skills.
Peter has operated within Financial Institutions, Utilities, Manufacturing corporations, Central Government, the NHS and national security based organisations. He has a strong commercial focus which has included strategy development, transformational design, vision development, culture change and leadership style definition.

Peter is an innovative and high energy facilitator, presenter and trainer. His approach is rooted in detailed preparation, engagement around design and high energy delivery. Peter is comfortable in front of groups of senior executives where he consistently displays an ability to engage with participants to accelerate decision making and commitment to agreed outcomes.

Peter Leadbetter

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Sarah Jane was a professional actress for fifteen years. She began working as a personal communications coach in 1997.

Sarah believes that a great deal of success in business comes from forming strong relationships. Consequently she focuses on how to build those relationships - with teams, superiors, peers and external clients.

She works in a practical way using exercises which are thought provoking, effective and fun.

Sarah-Jane
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Helen has a wealth of hands-on commercial experience from working with FTSE 100 companies and SME's. She is a highly regarded executive coach and consultant, specialising in working with board members, senior executives and has a particular knack for inspiring "high potentials".

Helen began her career in accountancy before joining British Airways where she quickly progressed to leading large teams through privatisation and periods of significant business change. Her executive development continued with senior roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Monarch Airlines to further broaden her functional leadership experience covering Customer Service, HR, Marketing and Operations. This enables Helen to bring a richness and depth of ideas and knowledge to her coaching and consulting relationships.

As a consultant and expert facilitator Helen has led significant business transformation programmes from the creative stage through to implementation. With a reputation as a sensitive yet forthright leader, Helen offers an excellent understanding of what makes people "tick" to help them fulfil personal and business goals and retain a healthy work life balance.

Her experience is underpinned by a business degree from Warwick University and executive programmes from INSEAD and the Institute for Applied Behavioural Science (USA). She is a Qualified Practitioner of Psychometric Testing (OPP & Saville Consulting) and a member of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC). Helen is passionate about exemplary customer service delivery and ensuring people fulfil their full potential.

Helen Michaels

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Lawrie Philpott, formerly head of Coopers & Lybrand’s UK Human Resource Advisory Group, is a human resource, change management and organisation consultant with over 25 years' experience in the UK and internationally in both the public and private sectors.

His consulting experience includes management development and training, employee communications, performance management, pay and benefits, executive assessment and human resource function effectiveness.

Lawrie is a highly experienced facilitator who regularly works with individuals and groups of senior executives to promote individual and team performance. He is also a CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) accredited mediator.

Lawrie Philpott

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Richard spent his entire working life as a lawyer specialising in Mergers and Acquisitions at the leading London Law Firm CMS Cameron McKenna.

From 2001-2010 he was Senior Partner of the Firm and Chairman of the Board. He also sat on the Supervisory Board of CMS international – Europe’s largest legal services business.

In his role as Senior Partner to over 200 partners spread throughout Europe, Richard quickly came to appreciate the immense added value that coaching and mentoring could bring - in terms of improving partners’ performance and their sense of wellbeing.

Richard graduated from the Meyler Campbell coaching programme. His core focus is working with individuals who have assumed new leadership roles and responsibilities; and with management, practice and sector teams who need to optimise performance and results.

Richard was the Independent Trustee to the Coca Cola pension scheme and is also the Chairman of ‘Lateral Life’ – a travel company focusing on bespoke luxury travel.

Richard Price

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David started his career as an actor working in film, television, radio and theatre with companies ranging from the BBC and Paramount Pictures to the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He combines his performance experience with a background in philosophy and psychology to help leaders flex their communication style for different audiences.

Clear information about what makes a message stick combined with exercises on story structure, performance energy, empathetic listening and creative thinking help to build a clear understanding of what they need to do to have real impact. David’s work gives people a ‘mental and physical toolbox’ so that they feel in control of any audience and confident that when they leave a room they will have made a positive difference.

David Pullan

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30 years as an HR practitioner and consultant have given John significant direct experience of employee, shareholder and boardroom issues, and of the complexities of managing large teams.

He has successfully dealt with many difficult people and organisational issues across the globe, often at times of rapid political, economic or business change.
John is an accredited mediator with CEDR.

John Scott

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Andrew Shea is a learning and development consultant and an executive coach. His education and experience have equipped him to address all areas of behaviour change.

His preferred focus is Human Resource Effectiveness, Leadership Development, Coaching and Assessment of talent within organizations. He regularly contributes to international conferences on best practice within Human Resources.

He started his career 20 years ago in BMW where he worked in HR on new factory start-ups in Germany, the USA and the UK. His role was to create best practice HR systems so that new factories could increase their efficiency. Later he moved to Vodafone where he joined the Mergers & Acquisitions Team. He was deployed to Germany, Japan, the USA and Turkey.

His role was to set up the required HR systems and train local HR directors to be successful members of Vodafone Group. He has worked extensively at a strategic level and has an excellent track record of success.

Andrew Shea

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Charlie specialises in communication skills training. He practised at the Bar for four years before becoming a professional actor in 1990.

Charlie’s acting career started with the prestigious Carleton Hobbes BBC Radio Drama award, after which he went on to perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End, and on TV in everything from classic drama to soap.

He works with a diverse range of both global and UK businesses, with a particular focus on the financial and legal sectors. His clients range across all levels of management from the most senior, to up and coming fast trackers. The work includes building rapport, listening/empathy, memorable and compelling content, personal impact, confidence and building powerful trusted relationships. Charlie is also a CEDR accredited mediator.

Charlie Simpson

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Kathryn Wainwright has over twenty years experience in Human Resources at Barclays plc, Accenture, Cable & Wireless as well as in start-ups and recruitment consultancy. Her area of HR expertise is in talent management, leadership assessment & profiling, coaching, hiring and individual & team development. Kathryn has worked across Europe, the US, Africa and Asia.

Kathryn partners with clients to create and support talent initiatives linked to business strategy with a focus on driving change within organisations to improve business performance, enhance cultural transformation and strengthen performance and growth for employees. Clients hire Kathryn to deliver in-depth leadership assessment and profiling, individual and corporate culture assessments, team effectiveness & development, leadership and behaviour coaching.

Kathryn has trained with numerous international coaching schools. She is a master practitioner in NLP and an Associate of the International Coaching Federation and Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and also a member of the Institute of Directors. Kathryn is a graduate in Business Studies from Oxford Brookes University.

Kathryn
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Susanna is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist who is passionate about understanding and enhancing performance at work. She has more than twelve years’ experience working with both private and public sector clients in areas such as executive assessment, leadership development, and individual and team coaching.

Susanna has considerable experience coaching senior managers and executives as part of personal and professional development programmes, covering issues such as managing conflict, maintaining resilience and building effective relationships.

She uses a wide range of psychological principles and techniques to tailor her coaching to the individual needs of her client. Her approach focuses on raising self-awareness, using data from behavioural observations, 360⁰ feedback and personality questionnaires to help coachees understand their natural strengths and how to develop these to achieve their goals.

Susanna is a member of the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology, is qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Coaching, and has significant experience using a wide range of psychometric profiling tools, including MBTI Step I and II, FIRO-B, Wave, 16PF, OPQ and the Hogan Development Survey.

Susanna Wells

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Bill Whitehead has 25 years’ experience in human resource management including being Head of HR for three different European banks in the City of London. Bill has excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to forge relationships at all levels.

Bill's previous experiences have enhanced his creative, persuasive and analytical skills. Bill has the ability to work closely with senior executives, utilising highly effective influencing, coaching, controlling and motivational skills.

Bill has extensive experience of change management, executive coaching, both remedial and developmental, and strategic HR issues including performance management, downsizing and compensation and benefits.

Bill was most recently Director/COO, Corporate Banking, Commerzbank and played a leading role in the integration of Dresdner Bank. Prior to his positions at Commerzbank, Bill was Head of Personnel at Sanpaolo Bank and Personnel Manager at Abbey National Building Society.
Bill as a BA in law and an M.I.P.D.

Bill is also Chairman of the Trustees of the Commerzbank Pension Scheme and a Member of the Advisory Board of the European College of Business and Management.

Bill Whitehead

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Marketing communications specialist Liz Whitaker helps clients to harness the power of communications to achieve business goals and overcome challenges.

Liz runs a bespoke Marketing and Communications workshop which facilitates teams working together on marketing and communications plans.

Her Leadership Communications programme prepares business leaders in essential communications skills while a Brand and Reputation Management programme helps clients to update, overhaul or re-align their brand and reputation.

Liz’s internal communications approach works towards creating brand ambassadors out of all employees and the external communications work supports profile-raising and reputation building with a focus on maximising relationships with all stakeholders.

Liz has worked in professional services for over 20 years in in-house and consultancy roles.

Liz Whitaker

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A senior businessman with over 25 years of experience in generalist, talent management and business transformation roles.

Normally hired to help companies manage significant growth or change on a global basis.

Peter Wright

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Rod Chamberlain
Oliver Edwards
Stephanie Hughes
Helen Michaels
David Pullan
Charlie Simpson
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Peter Leadbetter
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Our consultants are highly experienced, seasoned professionals with a passion for ‘people and business’

They bring deep organisational consulting expertise – enabling them to engage rapidly and effectively with diverse business challenges. 

  • They are handpicked for their proven ability to bring no-nonsense value to our client’s businesses.  They have great track records – often as recognised leaders in their professional fields.
  • They relish the opportunity of working with talented leaders on the most challenging and complex client assignments.
  • They are at the business-driven end of the organisation consulting field and have built their reputations on making organisations successful.
  • Through regular interaction, our consultants share best practice and experience  -   ensuring our clients benefit fully from the combined depth of breadth of the Philpott Black team.
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