Practive was founded in 2002 by Jamie Ripman and Philippa Williams.

Our aim is to help leaders at all levels in organisations to develop their impact, effectiveness and influence and by doing this, to help organisations improve their performance.

Our focus on the practice of leadership means that at the heart of all of our interventions is a passion for understanding and developing in ourselves and others the knowledge, strategies, behaviours and mindset of leadership that enables the shift from concepts and theories into practice and action. The question that interests us is “What does effective leadership look like, sound like and feel like?” We recognise there is sometimes a gap between the impact that we want to have on others and how we are perceived. In order to be more effective or achieve a better outcome we may need to change the way we behave. We have a reputation for giving clear, insightful and constructive feedback as well as providing the opportunities for our clients to practise and develop their skills. In this way we can help our clients to develop the appropriate knowledge, strategies, behaviours, skills and mindset in order to have the effect on others that they want.

Practive works with a network of over sixty associates from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds to enable us to tailor our interventions to the needs of our clients. Our vision is to attract the best freelance writers, psychologists, business roleplayers and other specialists in leadership and organisational development to work with us to create innovative, energising and highly effective interventions and training programmes.

Clients we have worked with include:
Anglo American, Arup, Balfour Beatty, Barnet Council, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, BP, BT, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS FT, Clinical Commissioning Groups (various), Department of Health, East Midlands Leadership Academy, Egon Zehnder, General Pharmaceutical Council, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Hampshire Hospitals NHS FT, The Home Office, Homebase, Jewson, The King’s Fund, KPMG, Lazards, Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society, Lloyd Masters Consulting, Lloyds TSB, Musgrave Budgens Londis, National Grid, NHS Leadership Academy, NHS Midlands and East, NHS South of England, OPM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Simmons and Simmons, SOLACE Enterprises, Sphere Consulting, Skills for Care, Thomson Reuters, University Hospital Southampton NHS FT, Virgin Atlantic, Wessex Courses, West Hertfordshire Hospital NHS Trust, Zolfo Cooper.