Senior Associates

JJohn Gilbertohn Gilbert – Senior Associate, Strategy & Governance

John is an experienced board level director in both executive and non-executive roles in the private, public and third sectors. A successful career in financial services with the Barclays group in the UK and US included executive roles as Finance and Risk Director at business unit and divisional levels. John then served as an executive director in a local authority leading transformational change in corporate services. He has just completed 6 years as a non-executive director at an NHS Foundation Trust, where he was a member of the audit, remuneration and nominations committees, chaired the risk and governance committee and was the Senior Independent Director. He has given presentations on governor relations at the Foundation Trust Network.  He has been involved with the charitable sector over a number of years and is currently the Treasurer at Scope



Steph McClean – Senior Associate, Mental Health

Stephanie is a Creative Arts Psychotherapist with many years’ experience working in mental health. She has training in counselling, a BA in Drama and Music (joint hons) and an MA in Dramatherapy and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the British Association of Dramatherapists.

Stephanie has extensive clinical experience in various settings including medium and low secure forensic mental health, community substance misuse, staff support using CISM (critical incident stress management), mental health provision in schools, and learning disabilities services.

Stephanie works with both group and individual clients from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and abilities. Due to her experience as a trained classical singer and musician, she works with all forms of creative arts, including using musical instruments and voice. She is an integrative therapist, and her practice is informed by many theoretical influences and although primarily psychodynamic, she is also influenced by Attachment Theory, Internal Family Systems Theory, Trauma-informed Practice and Interpersonal Neurobiology.

Stephanie also works as a freelance Dramatherapist and private practitioner and runs her own company, Mosaic Therapy UK.

suzanneSuzanne White – Senior Associate, HR

With over 25 years in Human Resources and Learning & Development, Suzanne is an expert in all aspects of HR policy and practice with a forte in business restructuring, people development, conflict resolution and the practical application of employment law. Suzanne has co-founded an award-winning HR and training consultancy and has lectured on Employee Relations in both the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Diploma of Management Studies (DMS) professional development programs.

Suzanne is a passionate believer in the power of people and she brings a positive energy to any engagement. She is also a keen advocate of Insights Discovery™, a coaching tool for professional development and personal growth and as an Insights Discovery™ Practitioner Suzanne helps individuals within business and education to unlock their personal and team potential.

She is currently a Governor at Roydon Primary School and is a volunteer on the CIPD ‘STEPS’ mentoring programme for young people seeking employment. She is a devoted partner and mother of two with a passion for dance and fitness.


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Camilla Chandler-Mant has been working in education for nearly 20 years. Originally a teacher, she went on to work for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as a consultant. Her work in this position focused on schools’ community engagement, extended services community cohesion, parental engagement and approaches to cultural diversity in communities.

Camilla has also worked with several local authorities developing Children’s Centre provisions. She currently leads and manages ‘South Bristol Youth’, a consortium of schools and community organisations that have joined together under one umbrella to develop high quality youth services in some of the most deprived communities in the country.

Trish Dooley

Trish has been a senior leader in schools for over 19 years, she trained as a coach in order to enrich her practice in developing colleagues. She is firmly committed to the power of coaching to bring out the best in teams, and individuals and helping people to grow and flourish in both life and work. Coaching enables us to reflect on difficult situations and address them from different perspectives. It gives us courage to live by our values, face our fears and go for our dreams. Through her training with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and her own coaching relationship with an accredited CPCC coach, she is able to develop strategies to be more engaged in the moment, to address the balance between the ‘doing’ and the ‘being’. She champions a healthy work-life balance, a more mindful approach to how we live and an inquisitive, growth mindset in all we do.

Trish has coached many colleagues towards middle and senior leadership posts and leadership teams in; working as a more effective collective, transitional change, and how as individuals, they lead effectual, resilient teams. She has acted as a personal coach to members of staff in helping them successfully find their own solutions and also volunteers as a coach on the DfE initiative, Women in Leadership.

Trish has also been a teaching and learning consultant, an Ofsted Inspector and an NCSL mentor and currently works as a leadership consultant and coach in a school in East London as well as a maths consultant and coach in another. She also coaches private clients in different work sectors including charities and small businesses.

Kim Hardie

Kim is a creative arts psychotherapist with extensive experience of working with adults and young people in mental health settings.  She is a qualified dramatherapist (MA) and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth).

Specialist areas include trauma, PTSD and Attachment Theory.  Her therapeutic approach is creative, integrative and psychodynamic and she is influenced by the new science of interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) and always tries to work as a ‘brain-wise’ therapist.

Alongside working as a therapist, Kim is a skilled and experienced creative group facilitator, designing and delivering training in public and private sectors. Clients include Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) – training in unconscious bias, emotional resilience; Ealing Borough Council – stress management workshops; Estonian Ministry of Justice – motivational interviewing & psychodrama techniques with offenders; Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – Equality and Diversity training.

Currently, Kim is working in the NHS as a dramatherapist in acute psychiatric wards and with offenders who have been diagnosed with serious mental illness (forensic secure ward).

Kenny Frederick

Kenny has been the Principal of George Green’s School for 17 years. The school is a large inner city secondary school and has a reputation for inclusion. As the Principal, Kenny has been responsible for all aspects of the school of 1200 students and over 200 staff. In her time at the school, Kenny has lead the team through several Ofsted Inspections and been instrumental in a series of significant positive changes over recent years.
As an experienced school leader, Kenny’s key strengths lie in the development of others, including staff, governors and students. Conflict resolution, coaching and mentoring are also key elements of Kenny’s portfolio of skills and experience.
Kenny was also a columnist for the TES for several years and now writes for various journals and publications. She also blogs extensively on education matters. She is in demand as a broadcaster and public speaker on all issues concerned with education and youth matters.

staff-member-aMalcolm Groves

Malcolm has over 35 years experience of leading and supporting change and innovation across all sectors of statutory and non-statutory education. This includes deputy headship of a London secondary school, deputy chief executive of a national voluntary youth organisation, and Senior Adviser to the Specialist Schools Trust. He has been an OFSTED registered inspector, school improvement partner, NPQH assessor, and secondary school chair of governors. He has specialist expertise in evaluation, development planning, quality assurance, partnership development, and stakeholder engagement. He is strongly committed to building the role of social enterprise within schools.

His recent consultancy portfolio has included:

  • Research for NCSL into school funding changes and their leadership implications;
  • Case study writer for NCSL modular curriculum for school leadership;
  • Designer of collaborative quality mark for cross-sector education providers in six local authorities.
  • Lead developer of the Investing in Community Engagement Quality Mark, and author of the SSAT on-line toolkit for Developing Effective Community Engagement.
  • Designer and director of the SSAT 18 month, six module Innovative Leadership for the Future senior leadership development pursued by over 350 school leaders across five years.

His book ‘Regenerating Schools’ was published by Continuum International in September 2008. It was reviewed by Professor Brian Caldwell as “an outstanding book, which deserves to have a very high profile around the world”.

He is founder and co-convener of the recently-established national research and development network of school leaders, The Beauchamp Group (, which seeks to understand, promote and validate a new understanding of the outstanding school of the future.

He is currently also in his final year as a part-time doctoral researcher in school leadership at the University of Warwick, investigating the relationship between school leadership, community engagement and education outcomes in English secondary schools. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Jenny Lloyd-Jenkins

With over 15 years’ experience providing coaching – Jenny works with teams and 1 on 1 for clients allowing them space to challenge and explore new thinking. Her experience has been gained within diverse commercial environments including the Financial services, Property and Utilities sectors. Jenny has also worked with Senior Leaders within Education.

Jenny provides a holistic approach to her coaching and provides her clients with opportunities to recognise and utilise their own lifelong personal insights to new situations.

An academic background in Social Science and experience in working with diverse groups of women from Senior Executive Board Members to those who have experienced great hardships in life enables Jenny to bring a wealth of expertise and approaches to her sessions.

A parent of two young adults Jenny has also current knowledge and experience of the challenges and  opportunities facing this group of people today.

Gail Lynott

Gail has been working within HR & Education for 22 years and is passionate about developing the self-awareness & Emotional Intelligence of young people in order to enhance their future employability. During her time as a Learning & Development Consultant with Orange (EE) she was instrumental in developing a mentoring programme with a local secondary school; enabling disadvantaged young adults to experience a fast-paced, corporate workplace & inspiring them to aim high.

In addition, Gail utilised Insights Discovery to develop individuals & teams across the business, and is currently championing the use of this remarkable tool to enhance the self-perception, confidence & communication skills of teenagers. Gail is also committed to using Insights to provide bespoke CPD to teaching staff, from Senior Leadership to Teaching Assistants; encouraging effective teamwork & enhanced relationships with children. During her career at Orange, Gail was an advocate for Wellbeing & Resilience Training; drawing upon Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques & her extensive experience of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  Her Stress management programmes focus upon managing individual stress (Calm), managing others stress’ (Calmer) & Organisational Stress Management (Creating Calm).  As a Supply Teacher, Gail works directly with children & teaching staff on a regular basis ensuring she remains current and relevant.

Gail has a BA (Hons) in Applied Human Communication & an NVQ (level 3) in Training & Development. She is a Fellow of the RSA and a member of ACAMHS.

Becky Poynter

Becky has been involved in educational administration for over 20 years working for an Inner London Borough and, more recently, for various schools in North Essex. She has been a school governor for over 10 years and is an experienced Chair of Governors recently becoming an NLG (National Leader of Governance) through the NCTL. She is currently working in schools and academies across Suffolk and Essex both as an NLG and Consultant Governor. Becky is a strong believer in “Academic Excellence Through Great Governance” and works with Governing Bodies and SLTs to increase their understanding of the role, ensure that governors provide support and challenge to senior leaders and each other in equal measure, assist with strategic planning to drive school improvement, and most importantly, remind Governors that every child deserves a good or better education.

Becky lives in beautiful, rural North Essex with her husband and two fantastic children. When not immersed in governance issues she likes to knit, cook, sing, read and walk Alfie, the Wicked Whippet.

 richardRichard Pyne

Richard Pyne is a highly experienced management consultant specialising in the areas of people development, the management of change and HR strategy. He works extensively on projects to assess staff and students and identify development pathways to help individuals make the most of their talents, as well as helping leadership teams think through the people development strategies for their organisations.

A skilled facilitator, Richard works with both commercial and public sector organisations in the UK and also in North America, Europe and the Middle East. His clients include oil, pharma and financial services companies as well as Government departments and Universities. He holds a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford, is CIPD qualified and served for many years as a Governor of a secondary school in Richmond.


Simon Sprague

A highly motivated dynamic Senior Executive & Consultant with over 28 years’ experience and a sustained record of success in Education and People Development. An extensive background in challenging organisations, driving complex transformational change to achieve strategic objectives against constantly changing criteria. An inspirational leader and outstanding team player who creates robust strategies to translate vision into reality. He has strong analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills dedicated to making a difference, together with excellent communication skills. His well-developed coaching and team working skills help deliver success and his integrity, commitment, drive, positivity, resilience and determination to succeed guarantees results.




Susan's PhotoSusan Stewart

Susan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, having over 20 years in Human Resources and Learning & Development. She has gained experiences and developed capability across the full range of HR on a national and international stage.  Susan’s diverse career has meant she has enjoyed working at senior level with private, public and not for profit sectors requiring exceptional skills in organisational change and development, employee relations, learning and development and leadership programmes.

Susan is the former People Director of Insights Learning & Development Ltd and as such brings a  unique perspective in the power of engaging and inspiring people through the use of Insights Discovery™.  Susan has significant experience in education and industry partnerships and is focused on making a contribution to the development of Scotland’s young people and young workforce.  Susan knows that utilising Insights Discovery™ is an incredible tool for supporting individuals, teams and organisations to unlock their potential.  Susan is passionate about Insights Discovery™ accrediting it with breakthroughs in her personal relationships with her husband of 34 years and her two (now grown up) daughters.

Susan now works independently in her own business Susan Stewart 7 Consulting Ltd.  Susan enjoys life in the countryside with her dog Angus and of course husband Cliff.

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