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Meet the team

Simon, Director (he/him)

How I alchemise …

I work with you to recognise the changes you need to make.  I’m great at bursting the self-doubt bubble that might have been lurking over your shoulder

OK, but how …?

Whether you’re scratching your head over a project and need clarification, or you’re already standing on the foundation of success and looking to scale up your pipeline, I’m here to work through it with you.

About my past …

A food industry professional since 1996, I’ve had stints at Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, Innocent Drinks, Pret a Manger, and Waitrose & Partners.  All sources of joy, frustration, excitement, uncertainty, who gave me the gift of learning. More recently I have worked with the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership on a bespoke leadership programme for a global food retailer, focused on sustainability and innovation.

A quote that inspires me is…

From Grace Hopper, a Rear Admiral in the US Navy: “The most dangerous phrase in the English language is, we have always done it this way.”  She reminds me that ‘things don’t change if things don’t change’.

Neil, Director (he/him)

How I alchemise …

My style is to jargon-bust, simplify, and cut through the smokescreen. I create an environment where everyone feels free and safe to contribute their ideas

OK, But how …?

I deliver purpose-driven and engaging training that makes delivering the value you’ve been looking to create easier. I help individuals and teams identify and overcome key areas that act as barriers to success

About my past …

An Insights industry specialist for most of my working life, starting on the lowest rung of the ladder in 1990 and ending in 2019 having spent eight years on a board. I’ve always been told that I’m ‘good with people’ and embarked on an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) learning journey ending with becoming a trainer of it. That tells me that, like everyone else out there, we human beings develop as we go.

A quote that inspires me is …

From Sophia Bush, an American actor, who said, “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously”. It’s a learning that inspires me to continue working on myself.