BIOGRAPHIES

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Core team


Philippa Williams

Philippa is a co-founder and Director of Practive. Her background is in theatre and after graduating from Sussex University, she worked as an actress and director for several years. For the past fifteen plus years she has been building her practice in personal development, working in many different organisations at all levels.

In 2002 she set up Practive with Jamie, to develop the work they were both doing on developing leaders through experiential learning. She has designed and facilitated numerous interventions, including leadership and management development centres, large group interventions, team building sessions, training courses, forum theatre and one-to-one coaching. She also writes case studies for development events and scripts for conferences.

In her one-to-one coaching she specialises in helping people to develop how they communicate with others, to understand the impact they have, to build on their strengths and explore ways to extend their range in all situations. Philippa is accredited to work with the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, the Strength Deployment Inventory and the NHS Leadership Framework. She is proud to be a faculty member for the NHS Top Leaders Programme.


Jamie Ripman

Jamie is a co-founder and Director of Practive. He originally trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and worked for many years as a performer, writer and director in theatre, television and radio.

In 1993 he re-trained to become a facilitator, coach and workshop leader and he has now been working in this field for nearly 20 years. In 2002 he set up Practive with Philippa.

His expertise lies in helping people to learn through experience, both at individual and group level and his interest is in enabling others to develop and sustain practical leadership skills. In the public, private and third sectors he has designed and delivered a wide range of leadership development events from small group sessions to large conferences and whole development centres. He is a highly experienced coach and has worked with leaders at all levels and roles. Jamie is currently a faculty member of the NHS Leadership Academy.

He also writes case studies and scripts for conferences and writes and directs training videos. As a Director of Practive he works with Philippa Williams to realise their vision to deliver a range of interventions on “leadership in practice”.

Jamie is accredited to use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Strength Deployment Inventory and is familiar with many other models and frameworks such as Thomas-Kilmann conflict mode instrument, Transactional Analysis, Situational Leadership,GROWetc.

Adam Woodroffe

Adam is a Lead Associate at Practive. In his fifteen years working as a Role Player and Facilitator across public and private sector organisations Adam has delivered transformational training using bespoke role play, forum theatre and group and one-to-one skills sessions on areas including personal impact, questioning and listening, influencing, delivering difficult messages, assertion and handling conflict.

Adam has worked at all levels and in many functional areas. Adams private sector work includes law firms, banks, manufacturers, major retailers, premiership football clubs and the Royal Household. His work within the NHS includes NMDI, Aspiring Directors, Top Leaders, Senior Leaders Vital Conversations, Communicating Commitment through Care, Wessex Leadership Development Courses, CCG Development Centres and the NMDI Anniversary Event. At the heart of Adams work is the belief that through experiential learning, truly transformational change can happen.

Joel Greig

Joel is a Lead Associate at Practive. He has worked as a Role Player and Facilitator since 2003. Working in both the public and private sectors with, for example, the NHS, PwC, Balfour Beatty, local and national government.

Providing a high level of authenticity during role-plays with managers and directors and giving them constructive feedback in the moment. Understanding the needs and challenges of organisations and individuals in order that we provide them with a bespoke training experience.

He prides himself on giving a unique insight for those he works with to enable them to
behave differently when they return to the workplace.

Marta Tildesley

Marta originally trained as a solicitor and worked in the City of London specialising in family and housing law. She currently helps Practive with their administration and accounts and also coaches individuals in both the public and private sector.

Shenagh Govan

As a working actress, trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, of 27 years standing, NVQ Assessor in Customer Service & Drama Teacher, Shenagh has also worked as a corporate role-player for various companies in the past.

She uses her skills & knowledge from all these aspects of her current working life as Administrator for Practive. She is committed to development in whatever field she is working in & has established in 2008 a new writing initiative The Script Readers based at Theatre Royal Stratford East – to develop new writers of both stage, radio & screen.

Associates

Deborah Appleby

Deborah’s real skills are her breadth of experience and expertise as well as her sensitivity and intuition in dealing with people, whether at board level or graduate trainees Deborah has over twenty years experience leading groups and individuals in a range of development areas such as Presentation Skills, Influence and Impact, Relationship Building, Assertiveness, Gravitas and Authority, Public Speaking, Pitch Rehearsal, Media training Voice and Personal Leadership. She is also skilled in training/facilitating groups and works regularly with Leaders and Managers.

She is an experienced coach and is a member of the International Coaching Federation with an ACTP Qualification.

She works with groups and on a one to one basis with senior professionals looking to improve on any of the above skills, or wanting personal coaching towards higher performance in their sphere of work.

She has ten years experience in national, regional, and cable TV, both in front of the camera and as a researcher and producer. She has also worked extensively in theatre and radio and uses these techniques as part of her programme in presentation and public speaking skills. She holds a B.ED in Education and Drama University of London Goldsmiths College.

Deborah Asante

Deborah has 16 years experience in experiential training and development. For the most part she has been working as a professional business role player and over the last 6 years has developed her skills as a coach and facilitator. Deborah has worked with a number of leadership teams across both the public and private sector including the NHS, Vodafone and Deutsche Bank. She has helped managers at all levels build their skills and confidence in areas such a performance management, courageous conversations and diversity and inclusion to name a few. Deborah has also been involved in the design of programmes for Tower Hamlets PCT, AXA Insurance and others.

Clare Beck

Clare has been part of the Practive team for 10 years.

Originally an actress, she is a facilitator, communications skills consultant and executive coach. A large part of her work involves “bespoke” role-playing, working 1-2-1 or in small groups enabling the safe practice of live issues and coaching from an appreciative perspective. She is also an experienced Forum Theatre practitioner.

Clare’s work includes many years of experience of designing and delivering Development Programmes and working in role on both Assessment and Development Centres for the NHS, the Higher Education sector (Academic and Support staff), and the private sector, including the global accountancy , legal , manufacturing and pharmaceuticals sectors.

She has designed and delivered programmes on Presentation Skills, Impact, Delivering Effective PDRs, Coaching, Handling Difficult Conversations, Vital Conversations, Harassment Awareness, Zero Tolerance – Dealing with Violence, Media Skills…

She is currently part of the Practive team involved in the delivery of NHS Senior Leadership Programmes across the UK (including NHS Top Leaders), often working in partnership with The Kings Fund.

Sasha Behar

Sasha Behar studied Classics at Cambridge University and has twenty years of experience as an actor working in TV, film and theatre. She has also worked as a coach, facilitator and role player, one to one and in groups, designing and delivering material on creative behaviours and personal impact, in the private and public sector. She combines her experience as an actor and her training as a coach and counselor, to address powerfully both the practical and psychological aspects of transformation. She takes particular pleasure in giving clients the confidence to really express themselves, with spontaneity and passion.

Ru Bhugra

Ru Bhugra is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with over fifteen years’ experience of working with both teams and individuals. Her areas of special expertise include change management, leadership development and management assessment.

Ru has a background in the technology sector where she worked for a US based hardware manufacturer and subsequently co-founded a small software services company.

Ru is an associate of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School and tutors on a selection of programmes there. She is also an associate of Henley Management College where she is a regular contributor.

Ru has worked extensively with global organisations in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Her clients are drawn from a variety of sectors including Telecommunications, Media, Retailing, FMCG and IT.

James Butcher

James Butcher is an experienced coach and facilitator specialising in appreciative learning – helping his clients to learn from their strengths and successes, and to do more of what they do well. James focuses on helping others develop team excellence, personal effectiveness, successful collaborative relationships, and resilient leadership. His work includes coaching individuals, designing and facilitating development programmes and team events, mediation, and advising on organisational and leadership development.

James is known as an insightful coach, a skilled facilitator, an energising trainer, and someone who brings rigour to the application of psychology to the world of work. He has worked with organisations in the public and private sectors, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Arup, Brighton & Hove Council, The Body Shop, Coca Cola, and Bristol City Council. As a long-standing associate with Practive James has worked with a wide variety of NHS organisations. Working with SOLACE Enterprises, James helped design and deliver the Academy of Executive Leadership, a programme for senior managers in local government, run in collaboration with Ashridge Business School, and Leaders in Partnership, a major development programme for local authorities across Sussex, Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight.

James has a BA (Hons) in Psychology, a Diploma in Management Studies, a Diploma in Counselling, and has completed the Advanced Training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. He has trained in the use of Appreciative Inquiry, and recently completed an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology. As part of his MSc, James researched positive organisational cultures, to identify the conditions that help individuals to perform at their best. He presented his findings at the Canadian Positive Psychological Conference in 2012. In 2010 he contributed to a symposium on applying positive psychology to the world of work at the European Positive Psychology Conference in Copenhagen. He has lectured on the business applications of Appreciative Inquiry at the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology at University of East London, and has contributed case studies of his work to the recently-published book “Positive Psychology at Work: How Positive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry Create Inspiring Organizations”.

Suzanne Cave

Over the last thirteen years and in tandem with a theatrical career, I’ve developed a focus towards coaching, facilitation and role-play using many of the techniques acquired from acting. My experience of fine-tuning behaviours has been in both private and public sector industries spanning City banks and law firms to the prison service. Clients include KPMG, NHS, Pfizer, Barclays Capital, & ITV News. In addition, I have also designed and delivered various courses on Public Speaking and Personal Impact.

Stephanie de Sarandy

Stephanie is a highly experienced business coach and facilitator, who has worked exclusively over the last twenty years in the development of senior executives at a one to one and group level. She is a partner of Development Potential; a coaching organisation focusing on developing leaders to work at their best.

Stephanie has considerable business experience: as HR Director for Expocentric.com, as Senior HR Manager in PwC and as Area Personnel Manager with Hewlett Packard. The organisations she currently works for include: Blackrock; Ernst and Young; Legal & General; Herbert Smith LLP; Intercontinental Hotel Group; Centrica; The Post Office, the NHS and Save the Children Fund. She is a visiting tutor at Cranfield University where she has recently designed and delivered programmes on courageous conversations, creating confidence and resilience, stakeholder relationship management, and women in leadership.

Tina Deen

Tina studied French and Drama at Warwick university before becoming an actress. She worked in the west end theatre, TV and film for nearly twenty years. And being mixed race diversity training in the business world came calling many years ago and since that “calling” Tina now considers herself a business actor rather than anything else. The skills of an actor are so versatile and useful in the business sector that Tina now gets as much of a buzz working in an NHS setting as she used to get on a west end stage. “Every delegate is different with a different understanding of how to get what they need.” Tina is very proud to call herself a PRACTIVE associate and has been working alongside Philippa and Jamie for several years now, working a great deal of the time in the public sector, mainly for the NHS – work which she finds enormously rewarding and challenging.

Tina works with many charities including the United Nations, Breast Cancer Care and MacMillan nurses doing performance management courses, communication skills workshops and diversity training. She also works in the corporate banking sector with clients including JP Morgan, HSBC, and Barclays International as well as private sector companies including Deloitte, BT, Global Allianz & BP.

Hannah Dickinson

After obtaining her degree in English and French Hannah went on to do a post-graduate course at drama school and acted in theatre for 9 years. She started working as a roleplayer on experiential training courses in 1998. She was trained as a coach by Jenny Rogers at Coaching Futures and has led and facilitated courses in business sectors including pharmaceuticals; finance; law; retail; oil and gas and the public sector. She speaks fluent french which she has used to deliver courses for l’Oreal; BNP Paribas; BP; Masterfoods; Mazars and others. Hannah is marked out by her clear, constructive feedback and the insight and humour she brings to her work.

Lisa Garvey-Williams

Lisa is an experienced Executive Coach, Group Facilitator, Learning Designer and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with 20 years international experience. She aims to help people and organisations to attain high levels of self-awareness, giving greater opportunity for choice, flexibility, fulfilling relationships and conscious action. Her work spans primarily the areas of discovering and growing personal potential, leadership skills, relationship skills, communication, team effectiveness, intercultural effectiveness and diversity, collaborative conversations, innovation and creativity, and leading and understanding change.

Lisa speaks good French and German and conversational Greek, with English as mother tongue. She has a Master’s degree in HR strategy, and an Honours degree in Modern Languages. She is a Chartered member of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Lisa is currently training as a Psychotherapist with the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London, and completing a Master’s degree in Psychology at Middlesex University. She is also a member of visiting faculty at IMD international business school, Lausanne, Switzerland, where she coaches on a number of executive programmes.

Sue Green

Sue has been using her psychological expertise and skills to assess and develop leaders for well over 20 years. She is a qualified Business Psychologist and a Certified Coach, which means she is well-equipped to enable managers to address behaviours that threaten to limit their performance and potential. Sue specialises in profiling individuals’ strengths and development priorities, using this insight to create effective development plans. She has extensive experience of assessing, developing and coaching leaders at middle to senior level, including the use of psychometrics.

Sue is highly skilled in providing individual feedback that is insightful and constructive, and her approach to personal development combines an appreciation of psychological factors with pragmatism. Sue’s clients have included BT, Dell, BBA Aviation, Oxfordshire County Council and Southern Rail. Sue has an MSc Occupational Psychology, is a Chartered & Occupational Psychologist and a preferred coaching supplier to Henley Business School and BT.

Gina Hayden

Gina Hayden is based in London and works around the world developing leaders through coaching, leadership programmes and team development. As well as in the UK she is experienced in working in the Middle East, in numerous countries across Africa and in South Africa.

Gina is a psychologist by training and a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. She is also a qualified Consciousness Coach. She is passionate about working with individuals and companies to get clear on what they want to create for themselves and get into action of achieving this, dissolving resistance and obstacles in the way. She enjoys facilitating the human-to-human connection in teams and between leaders and the people they lead, and she is dedicated to helping create a shift towards doing business in a way that is more conscious, sustainable, ethical and profitable.

Paul Herzberg

Paul’s recent corporate focus has been in writing, facilitating and role-playing in high-level, dynamic workshops for senior executives in a range of organizations from the NHS to the National Grid, which have focused largely on leadership and performance. He brings to the table vast experience drawn not only from his work in communication skills and performance development, but also his success in the worlds of acting and writing.

Paul is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter with a long list of credits in both disciplines, recent work being with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. He is also active in education as a writer in schools, and a regular narrator for the National Geographic channel.

John Hoggarth

John Hoggarth graduated in 1991 with a BA Hons in Theatre Arts developing a successful career as an actor, writer and director. John is a published playwright and an award winning director, he continues to produce work for the theatre, radio, television and film. He was Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre until 2008 and was recognised for his ability to inspire talented young people to unlock their potential. He believes all people, regardless of age, possess the capacity to change and has brought this belief to his work as a behavioural coach focusing on communication skills in the workplace. Over the last 13 years he has built a strong personal reputation as a facilitator and trainer ranging from large conferences to one-to-one development work. Clients include: Addidas, BBC, PWC, NHS, Rolls Royce, Sainsburys and Vodafone.

Pattie Horrocks

Pattie is an executive coach, coach supervisor and facilitator. She has over 20 years’ experience of working with Directors and Senior Managers in professional practices and major plcs.

Her passion for her profession comes from her belief in the value of enabling others to trust their own authenticity in their life and work. She loves the duality of individuals feeling more confident, skilled and focussed and bringing more of themselves to work while organisations operate more effectively as a result.

She has designed and run womens development programmes; Pattie runs an ongoing professional learning network and is retained as a coach by a major business school.

Karen House

Karen joined BP as a graduate trainee and spent several years in a variety of HR roles, studying for and gaining membership of the CIPD. In 1989 she joined Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC) in their HR consultancy division, initially in London and then in Manchester.

Karen set up her own training and coaching consultancy nineteen years ago and has been working as an associate of Practive for over seven years. Karen is an NLP Practitioner and certified to use a wide variety of psychometric tests. She has a masters level qualification in coaching and mentoring with the CIPD/Oxford Brookes University and is a member of the CIPD, the EMCC and the IDTA. Karen has over twenty years’ experience of working at a senior level in both the public and private sectors.

Nichola Jacob

Nichola is a highly experienced facilitator and coach who works with leaders to develop their business potential in the context of both their current and future work environments. She is a partner of Development Potential; an organisation focusing on developing leaders to work at their best.

Nichola has over 25 years’ experience of working with organisations, has led her own HR and OD teams in a number of different business contexts and worked within a range of organisations and cultures. She has worked extensively at Partner level at one of the ‘Big 4’ financial services organisations and within the Law Industry and also at a senior level within the NHS.

Some of her clients include; PwC, Anglo Irish, BP, Centrica, Bird and Bird, DAC Beachcroft, Arup, Zolfo Cooper, Health Sciences, Southampton University, and The Kings Fund.

She works with a number of organisations within the NHS and is currently one of the faculty working with the NHS Top Leaders programme; and on the NHS PlaceBased Leadership initiative.

Christie Jennings

Christie originally trained as actress at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. For the last 15 years she has worked as a facilitator/coach & role player for an extensive range of clients.

She specialises in presentation skills, personal impact and behavioural management. She has worked with Practive since its inception in 2002 and was part of the facilitation team for the National Management Development Initiative (NMDI) for the NHS. She continues to work with the NHS at a senior level. Christie also works as a theatre director and is an associate artist of the National Youth Theatre.

Pradeep Jey

Pradeep has over a decade of experience facilitating training in communication skills and leadership behaviours and using roleplay and forum theatre in the training environment. He is passionate about developing people and wants to provoke participants into thinking about situations and behaviour differently and in doing so create more inclusive working environments. He has designed and delivered training to a variety of organisations, at all levels of hierarchy, developing skills to improve emotional intelligence. He has worked extensively with Financial and Professional services firms, as well as with Clinicians working with patients with long term conditions. He is currently part of the internal training team at St Mary’s University. Pradeep grew up in Stoke-on-Trent, and trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College. Outside of the training environment Pradeep is the co-Artistic Director of the theatre company A Monkey With Cymbals, Associate Director for Arc Theatre and Deputy Chair of Trustees for the Space, an arts centre in East London.”

Rez Kempton

Rez has over 10 years of experience working in training and development. Experienced in roleplay, assessment, recruitment, management development, personal development and diversity training. Has extensive experience in forum theatre, communication skills and presentation skills.

Rez trained as a professional actor at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and continues to work in Film, TV and stage. Recently took up producing & directing which has earned him awards in America.

James Lailey

BA (Cantab) 1983, BMBCh (Oxon) 1986.

James has over 15 years experience working as a roleplayer, facilitator and coach in both the private and public sectors, in addition to a continuing career in theatre and radio, and is proud of his association with Practive’s consistently excellent portfolio. He has designed and delivered programmes on presentation, impact, client handling, change management and different aspects of leadership and is expert in using roleplay, forum theatre, exercises and participation tailored to a client’s specific needs to maximise learning. He has worked across a wide range of industries, including finance, consultancy, legal practise, construction, transport and pharmaceuticals. James has specialist knowledge of medicine, having trained as a doctor, and a wealth of experience of training within the NHS.

Pete Landi

Peter has worked as an actor in TV, film and theatre for the last twenty years and as actor/facilitator in corporate training for ten years. Client work has involved playing chief executives, modern matrons and service managers for NMDI Leadership programme in the NHS; chief constables and heads of policy units for assessment centres at the Cabinet Offices; senior managers and directors for among others BP, Balfour Beatty, United Biscuits, Deloitte and PwC and Reckitt Benckiser. He has also facilitated on courses for safety, team building, and performance management. Prior to acting Peter worked in Sales and Marketing for ICI and then in the City as a Financial Analyst and has a nationally recognised certificate in Life coaching.

Caroline Lennon

Caroline originally trained as an actress at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and continues to be a successful audio artist. She has nine years experience as a role player and coach working on an extensive range of programmes throughout the UK and Ireland. Over the years she has developed her skills in case study work, bespoke role-play, forum theatre & coaching, with particular interest in Presentation Skills and Voice Coaching for people in business. She lives in London and also has a base in Dublin.

Phil Lowe

Phil Lowe specialises in helping individuals and groups make small changes in their behaviour which achieve big results for themselves and their business. He has worked in this field for 22 years, including periods as a senior consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, a faculty member of Henley Management College and Management Centre Europe, and an Honorary Teaching Fellow in Training and Development at Birkbeck College, London. He has worked across all industry sectors, and has extensive public sector experience with the NHS and the DTI.

His private sector clients include BP, Barclays, Reckitt Benckiser and Kantar. Phil combines a professional theatre training with an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from London University and front-line experience as a people and project manager to design approaches to learning which have both experiential and theoretical rigour.

As a writer he develops bespoke corporate scripts, has authored two books on management development and was co-writer of seven series of the BBC Radio business panel game The Board Game.

Rina Mahoney

Rina is an experienced educator who is passionate about utilising her skills as an actress to benefit and develop others in the teaching arena.
Since 1991 Rina has been an associate with numerous leading drama based learning and development training companies, in the UK and internationally, where she has provided roleplay, facilitation and coached in presention skills.
She understands the importance of offering contextualised feedback which is evidence based and delivered in a constructive manner to best enable the growth of those in the training environment.

In her capacity as an Associate Rina has been involved in delivering training in the following areas as a role player and co-facilitator:
Time Management
Conflict Management
Coaching skills
Health and Safety 
Change Management
Equality and Diversity
Managing Grievance
Inspiring and Influencing
Managing under performance
Negotiation Skills

Justin McCarron

Since 2004, Justin has been working as an Actor/Facilitator for business.

His work has taken him across the globe, supporting some of the world’s leading brands, delivering training to all areas of the business from staff to senior leaders.

With skill and humour, Justin creates a safe and challenging environment for participants to try-out techniques to help them communicate more effectively.

Louise Mai Newberry

Louise Mai read English at Selwyn College, Cambridge. On graduating she joined ?What If! Innovation as a project leader, qualitative researcher and creativity workshop facilitator. She spent a year working as a volunteer at a rural development community in Kerala and on returning to the UK trained at East 15 Acting School. She has been working as a professional actor alongside her learning and development work ever since.

Her experience includes: facilitating leadership development programmes and coaching individual delegates; creating experiential seminars and delivering speeches; facilitating feedback skills and difficult conversations workshops for small groups and working one-to-one with delegates; competency-based interview skills training sessions; diversity training; facilitating forum theatre and drama-based learning programmes; assessment centres and appearing in training films for clients across the public and private sectors.

She is a qualified yoga teacher, hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner.

Louise Mai enjoys having adventures, telling stories, trying out stuff she thought she couldn’t do and helping other people to be brave, tell stories and try things out for themselves.

Alec Nicholls

Alec has over 10 years of experience in offering training and development through practice. He continues to work as an Actor and apply many of those skills to help people develop in their working lives, particularly focussing on how you communicate with those around you, those who lead you, and those who are led by you. He has a range of public and private sector experience, providing support and development to individuals who are either fresh into management roles up to Chief Executive and Board level individuals, offering appropriate challenge to help them develop and enhance their skills. When required to step up and develop their skills, singers will rehearse, athletes will train, musicians will practice. Leaders can take the opportunity to prepare in the same way.

Anne Pearson

Anne is a theatre director, writer and actress who has taken part in over one thousand role plays for major organisations including banks, building societies, accountancy firms, hotels, manufacturers and, most recently, the NHS.

Anne also has considerable experience in one to one coaching providing tuition in voice production and presentation skills.

Belinda Peters

Belinda is a professional actress trained in feedback, facilitation and coaching skills. She regularly works with organizations such as the NHS on Leadership courses that require a high level of role-play and feedback, and she currently facilitates small groups for bespoke difficult conversations with consultants, specialist registrars and managers. This involves detailed and insightful feedback using coaching techniques.

She is also employed regularly by the London Deanery for the recruitment process for registrar and consultant posts. For the BBC Management courses she participates in scenarios in the form of Forum Theatre as an effective start and uses case studies and bespoke difficult conversations similar to NHS.

She regularly works with Producers, Editors and Journalists. Clients are from both the Private and Public sector and are very diverse. These include The Foreign Office, The Guardian, The City of London Corporation, Waitrose, Sony, Yahoo, B.T, Home-Base, Barclays, HSBC, Credit Suisse and KPMG.

She also teaches sight-reading technique and self development at The International School of Screen-Acting and Presentation skills to architects and medical consultants.

She also delivers courses and has co-led workshops on Diversity for Sure-Start and Influencing skills for Lloyds TSB.

Mike Rogers

Mike has worked as a professional actor for over twenty five years in theatre, TV and film. He has a first class degree in English and Theatre Studies and an MA in Shakespeare Studies.

Mike has been using applied theatre skills in training and development in the public and private sectors since 1998. Clients he has worked for include Marks & Spencer, O2, Bentley, the NHS, Johnson & Johnson, Eurostar, GSK, Lloyds TSB, Cranfield School of Management, Ernst & Young, PWC and Amnesty International. Mike has expertise in audience engagement with extensive experience in facilitation, presentation-skills, giving feedback, improvised bespoke role-play, forum theatre, coaching, business simulations, influencing & negotiation skills, conflict resolution and transactional analysis.

Mike is also a voice artist and theatre director. He has recorded audio books for Isis, HarperCollins and Audible and teaches and directs at several drama schools, including Guildford School of Acting at The University of Surrey.

Louise Sheppard

Louise has been coaching and training individuals and groups for over 20 years. She works at board level, with senior executives and managers with high potential across the private and public sectors.

Louise’s background is in business with Unilever Plc. and management consultancy with Coopers & Lybrand, advising on organisational development, performance and change management. Louise runs her own business, Clarity, Clarity, Clarity Limited, which focuses on leadership development, executive coaching and coaching supervision. She is based in London and has worked in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Louise has a Masters in Professional Coaching and carried out research into coaching senior, professional women. She published on the subject and spoke at the EMCC conference. Louise is an accredited coach supervisor, supervising both individuals and groups. She is on the list for the NHSI’s approved coaches.

Sarah Sherbourne

Sarah Sherborne is a coach and faciliator. She has a Diploma in Performance Coaching and is an NLP Practitioner. She is qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and is a member of the Association of Coaching. She coaches individuals and team and specialises in communication skills and personal impact. She is also a voice over artist and this informs her coaching on voice production and delivery.

Kate Spiro

A pioneer role-player facilitator with Practive, Kate is a professional actress with 25 years experience of designing and implementing communication skills training internationally, at all levels of management and across the full range of industry sectors.

She is well placed to support clients in exploring practical and robust techniques to develop their confidence and effectiveness.

Kate has worked extensively with Practive in the private sector as well as regularly with local government and the NHS. She is currently involved on an ongoing basis with both the ‘Top Leaders Core Programme’ and the Leadership Development Centre for NHS South Central.

Mark Springer

For the past ten years, Mark has worked as a Facilitator/Roleplayer for healthcare professionals working within the NHS (cancer & end of life care) and for the BHF. This is primarily centred around helping individuals at all levels to improve their communication skills with patients and family members, as well as colleague’s. In addition to this, he has worked on training videos centred around customer service, mental health and disability among other things. Work for Practive includes running a session for Leaders at the Leadership academy.

Bindu de Stoppani

Bindu has over 12 years experience as an Actor-Facilitator and Trainer, offering training and development to leaders, managers and professionals who are either fresh in the business or experienced CEO’s.

She is bi-lingual in English and Italian, and has extensive experience of running sessions in Italian and English globally, remaining sensitive to national and cultural differences. She also speaks conversational French and German.

Bindu has designed, written, facilitated and directed Diversity & Inclusion workshops, conferences, programmes and videos for numerous organizations across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. She has worked at length with external trainers, consultants and lawyers, giving her a clear understanding of the legal definitions of equality and UK legislation.

Bindu is organised, reliable and professional, able to lead one-to-one coaching sessions and bespoke roleplays, as well as confidently run conferences and masterclasses of two hundred or more delegates.

She is multi-cultural and has lived, travelled and worked extensively throughout the world (eg, India, United States, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden) giving her a strong understanding of cultural differences and social behaviours.

Alison Temperley

Alison understands and works with the business and emotional influences at work. Her work includes executive coaching, development workshops, programme design, facilitation and lecturing. Her aim is to develop and release the personal potential of individuals, but she brings to this work a background with a strong business focus. Her approach is to support and challenge, working closely with her clients to provide practical development solutions that meet their needs.

After taking an Economics degree Alison qualified as a Chartered Accountant and was head of career development for the tax and legal practice across EMEA before leaving PwC in 2001. She now works with executives of large city partnerships, financial institutions, manufacturers, the public sector, NGOs and is a Director of the Praxis Centre at Cranfield Business School. She has an MA in organisational psychology and a particular interest in what is going on underneath the surface for individuals, teams and organisations.

She leads the coaching for Cranfield’s highly commended bespoke Women’s Leadership Programme and is the Programme Director for Cranfield’s experienced coaching programme.

Steve Tindall

Steve Tindall has been working in the personal development field for around fifteen years and has been a Practive Associate since the company’s inception in 2002. Despite having wide experience in different sectors much of his work in the last ten years has been with the NHS, with whom Practive have a fantastic reputation, and this is work he greatly enjoys.

Jeremy Todd

Jeremy is a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist with a background in corporate training and as a public speaking coach.

After a long career in the theatre, Jeremy transferred his skills to the corporate sector where he works as a presentation skills and personal development coach. Jeremy’s experience as both a trainer and a performer give him a unique insight into what is needed to help client’s build confidence and overcome anxiety issues.

Jeremy works with a wide range of private and corporate clients supporting them through a variety of public speaking obligations including conference speeches, select committees, business pitches and presentations, meetings and social events such as wedding speeches.

As well as facilitating and designing training courses for a number of public and private sector organisations, Jeremy has forged a career as a public speaking coach, combining the twin disciplines of the acting world and CBT.

Over the past seven years Jeremy has worked with a variety of senior management from government departments, including the MOD, HMRC, DEFRA, UKBA and the NHS.

Most recently Jeremy designed and delivered the Patient Service Programme for NHS Barking and Dagenham and NHS Brent incorporating forum theatre and personal development tools, and has facilitated coaching and mentoring programmes for a variety of clients.

Jeremy is also an Employability Skills Consultant at Kingston University, delivering communication and interview skills to graduates

Vivian Vella

Vivian is an experienced Executive Coach & has been working in the field of Organisational Development for over 20 years, starting this stage of her career as L&D manager at the BAA. She is also a visiting programme tutor at Cranfield University. She typically works with senior directors and managers and her client portfolio includes organisations within the Professional Services Industry, Pharmaceutical Industry, Financial Sector, Public Health Sector, Beauty Industry, Technology sector, Transport sector, Drinks industry and Smaller Entrepreneurial Companies.

Various schools of psychology inform her work: the mind/body Centaur model (developed at Cranfield University), Positive Psychology and Gestalt approaches, NLP, Transactional Analysis, CBT and Systems thinking. She has a diploma in Business Performance Coaching & she has recently completed her research dissertation on ‘Resilience’ for her MA in Coaching Psychology at the Metanoia Institute. Vivian is a member of the Association for Coaching and has held joint Chair for the Independent Consultants Forum/CIPD Wimbledon Branch for the last two years.

She is an accredited Myers Briggs Type Indicator administrator and is conversationally fluent in French and Italian. Through her coaching & group facilitation skills she enables individuals to gain increased self-awareness via reflection and insight and the motivation to make small but significant changes, resulting in enhanced personal best performance.

Claire Webzell

Claire has over fifteen years’ experience as a professional role-player working across all business sectors on development and assessment programmes. She has taken part in a diverse range of case study roles from Chief Executives and Accountants to Schizophrenic Patients, Oil Rig Engineers and Factory Floor Workers. She has a great deal of experience of “bespoke” role-play where she takes on the role of anyone who the participant wants her to be! She can work to address particular learning points for individuals and give feedback both in and out of role. She is also an experienced facilitator/role-player i.e. able to run room solo.

She is an experienced Impact Coach – with the emphasis on practical ways to develop and refine personal style and communication skills. Impact work may cover areas such as: breathing and relaxation; voice power; body language; questioning; observation and listening skills; status and assertiveness. She has fifteen years of experience coaching individuals and groups across many business sectors. Sessions are delivered one to one, one to a group, and many workshops delivered and designed with colleague, Clare Beck. She has been Voice tutor to BA and HND students on performing arts course at University of Salford for four years.

Jax Williams

Jax originally trained as an actress and subsequently worked in television, theatre and radio for thirteen years. She has over ten years experience working as a roleplayer for a variety of organizations both in the private and public sector (HMPS, BP, Dfes, the Law Society, BBC and the NHS).

Having obtained a degree in French Studies, she has had the opportunity to roleplay and feedback in French for companies as diverse as Shell, British Imperial and GlaxoSmithKline. She has also worked on various programmes such as NMDI Leadership programme in the NHS for Practive and coaching and mentoring courses. Her commitment to using her skills as an actor in this field comes from the belief that developing confidence and the ability to communicate effectively, enhance and dynamically transform the individual.

Peter Winnall

Peter is a highly experienced business role player, facilitator and coach havingspent more than 10 years in the industry. He has worked for over 50 major clients and played every type of character from baggage handlers for BAA to board members for Deloitte, Royal Bank of Scotland and Vodafone.

Caroline Young

Caroline has worked in the Management Training and Development field for 25 years. In the late 80’s and early 90’s she worked for a large accountancy firm, designing and running both development workshops and assessment centres for promotion to Director and Partner.

Since then, Caroline has worked as a freelance Development Consultant. For about 10 years, she worked extensively across Central and Eastern Europe, setting up and facilitating on workshops and assessment centres. More recently, her work has been confined to the UK. She has been working as a Practive
Associate since 2003.

Caroline is very approachable and is able to work with individuals at all levels in the organisation. She enjoys training and developing others and one-to-one coaching. She has a highly collaborative style and works with people to help them to explore what is blocking their progress and how they can become more effective. She will help individuals to increase their personal insight and confidence and will also provide challenge where needed to ensure that they reach their full potential.