Sophy Pern is an Organisation Development Consultant, with over 15 years of international experience. She works with clients who are engaged in processes of strategy, transformation and cultural renewal.

Her work reaches from strategy engagement processes, organisation design and co-creation, cultural change, leadership and change capability development. This has often included designing and delivering development interventions for change agents: internal OD practitioners, HR Business partners and change leaders, as well as a number of organisational development and design consulting projects.

Sophy helps her clients and leaders in particular, to identify ways in which they can be effective as individuals, within teams, and as part of the broader system.

Clients have included Swarovski, Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, the Civil Service, Sanofi, Unilever, Lafarge, Standard Bank and The John Lewis Partnership, to name but a few. She has worked for BP in France, Algeria and the UK, as well as held senior roles in several consulting organisations in the UK. Prior to this she lived and worked in Japan.

Sophy holds the Ashridge Masters in Organisation Consulting with Distinction, as well as a Law degree from Cambridge. She is qualified in a range of psychometric tools and change methodologies and approaches.

Her work designing and delivering a new Leadership Academy for Swarovski was recognized by the European Foundation for Management Development and won a Gold Award for Organisational Development in 2017 a recognition she is very proud of. She is an active member of the European Organisational Design Forum.

She is based between London and Madrid, speaks fluent English and French, rapidly improving Spanish, and some German.

Dev is an experienced OD consultant, executive team facilitator and researcher who specialises in organisation design and strategy. He encourages senior leaders to consider the links between culture, structure and strategy and helps them to engage their organisations to achieve more creative and impactful outcomes. He works with structured approaches to strategy and change as well as appreciative, emergent and participative processes to generate engagement and energy.

Dev has been an active advocate of the value of learning from practice and practitioners, and his research publications have focused on the areas of organisation design (2016), managing risk (2015) and strategy (2014).

He has extensive international experience and has previously lived and worked in Japan and Australia. He has worked for Euromonitor, Edexcel and Cendant Corporation before spending 13 years at Ashridge Business School. He has worked with a range of organisations to facilitate organisation design, strategy processes and to develop staff capability in these areas, including: Egmont (Denmark), Essex County Council (UK), Valmet (Finland) and Medtronic (US).

He holds Masters degrees in Japanese with distinction (Stirling), Organisation Consulting (Ashridge) and is also a Henley MBA. He is accredited to administer the MBTI, FIRO-B and SDI psychometric instruments. He lives in London and speaks fluent English, reasonable Japanese and basic German, Russian and Spanish. He is married and has two young children.

Andrew is an experienced Organisation Development Consultant and Executive Coach with over 20 years of international experience of consulting at senior levels in large, complex organisations. He specializes in supporting leaders to engage people in systemic change and complex organizational transitions. His expertise lies in reading organizational and cultural dynamics and working out with his clients how to effectively develop teams, working practices and cultures. He believes co-creation, imagination and learning from experience are the essence of effective and ethical change processes.

Andrew combines his practical experience with his deep theoretical knowledge in psychodynamic, sociological and anthropological frameworks, to help his clients to understand group and cultural dynamics. He brings a depth of thought, reflection and insight to his consulting practice. He questions and confronts his clients to challenge their deeper assumptions and supports them to change their behaviour.

Andrew has worked with leading public and private sector organisations both as an internal and external consultant. Significant consulting projects include working on cultural change and organisation re-design in the NHS, Civil Service and Ford Motor Company; development of consulting and change capability in BT and Merck; and Executive Development assignments with BP and the National Audit Office. He worked at Ashridge Business School for 12 years during which he led its OD consulting practice. Earlier in his career, he managed the Organisation Psychology and OD department at Ford of Europe.

In addition to his consulting experience, he has a strong academic and research background. He teaches on the Ashridge Masters in Organisational Change and Masters in Executive Coaching and has published research on Executive Coaching, leadership and organizational change. He is a Chartered Psychologist, hold a Masters degree and Doctorate in Organisational Psychology and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy.

Andrew lives in North London with his wife and young daughter. He speaks intermediate Greek.

Kevin is a Change and OD Consultant with extensive experience from his work supporting senior leaders in navigating their way through complex and elusive business challenges. His client portfolio spans a variety of international and business sectors and includes DHL, the NHS, UK Government, Plan International, BP Castrol, Science Museum, Reuters and BT Global Services. His rigorous and imaginative approach helps clients to appreciate the wider context and assumptions that frame the issues at hand. This enables them to reflect on the possibilities, limitations and unintended consequences of their proposed strategies for change. So purpose and congruence are attended to as much as process and behaviour.

Since 2011, Kevin has played a figural role in shaping and leading two pioneering qualification programmes including the Ashridge Masters in Organisational Change. These have been transforming the practice of change leaders and consultants for almost 20 years.

Prior to his consulting career, most of his employed life was spent in the international consumer goods and retail sectors. A particular highlight was being part of the core design team that guided the global merger of the Diageo drinks business.

Kevin has always been a passionate advocate for the creative sector – he has been adviser, coach and mentor to a diversity of arts organisations and artists. His doctoral thesis was the result of an extensive research project into the art and practice of curating in a wide range of contemporary contexts. Now based in North London, his learning edge comes from being a fully committed and slightly perplexed dad to 2 young boys.

Sarah is an experienced change and organisation development consultant and executive coach. Over the last 20 years she has worked with senior leaders and teams in all kinds of organisations, helping them think and act differently, and working with questions of leadership, change and strategy.

She loves the challenge of understanding each client organisation’s unique perspective and capabilities, and finding creative ways to help people develop and flourish in the midst of change projects of all kinds.

She spend the early years of her career in the British diplomatic service, living and working internationally. Here she first got interested in how organisations with very different cultures can find common ground and work together effectively. This led to an MBA (with distinction) where she specialised in interorganisational relationships and change, and a consulting role at international business school Ashridge. Later in her doctoral research she focused on embodiment in organisations, drawing together sociological, psychological and anthropological perspectives which continue to shape her approach to change.

Currently she is really interested in how leaders and teams work effectively when they are trying to get things done in situations where they have limited formal authority, they need to enlist the collaboration of a large number of people who have plenty of other demands on their time and where the organisational landscape is forever shifting.

Sarah has been a member of faculty on the acclaimed Ashridge Masters in Organisational change, and accreditor for Ashridge’s coaching Masters programme, supporting the development of other coaches and consultants.

Recent clients have included pharma and medical devices, and in health research where her work was recognised with an EFMD gold award for Organisation Development in 2015. Her clients describe her as appreciative, original, intelligent and frank, with a keen eye for what’s really important to them.

Sarah lives hear Cambridge with several creatures including children, fish and a dog.

Simon has spent the past 12-plus years working in learning and development and change consultancy businesses (most recently for Ashridge Business School) supporting clients in transforming their organisations and developing learning cultures. Over this time, he has been based in the UK and Germany, and worked extensively across Central Europe, through fluent English and German, and enthusiastic Polish.

Common areas of focus for his work include culture change and strategic engagement in organisations, especially in the context of achieving greater organisational agility, customer orientation, collaboration and playfulness. Simon is particularly interested in the role organisational language, metaphor, story and narratives play in shaping, perpetuating, or changing cultures. He works with individuals and functional and leadership teams to help them explore these patterns and their implications for their success.
He has worked with a wide range of public, private and third sector clients. These have included organisations such as Barclays, Siemens, Bayer, Shell, British Council, VW, Telefónica, Regina Maria Healthcare, the NHS, and Novartis, amongst others.

Simon is a CIPD qualified L&D practitioner, holds the Ashridge Masters in Organisational Change, and has a first degree in English and German Literature from The Queen’s College, Oxford.

He lives with his wife and two children between Berlin and Oxford. When not metaloguing, he enjoys running, kayaking and literary translation, particularly lyric poetry which he also writes.

David is a qualified coach, supervisor, psychotherapist and mediator who brings over 30 years’ international business experience to helping individuals, groups and organisations make a difference to the world.

His practice is founded on the understanding that change occurs within and through relationships. He combines expert facilitation skills, psychological insight and creative embodied methods to help his clients reflect, connect and relate to one another with sincerity and wholeheartedness. His skill is in making it safe enough to explore and address the most challenging issues, however tricky and awkward they may be.

His work has taken him all over the world with clients such as Arup, Buckingham Palace, Diabetes UK, Havas, Health Foundation, HM Government, ICRC, International Transport Workers’ Federation, Lonely Planet, LVMH, numerous local authorities and NHS trusts, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Save the Children International and several UK universities. In 2015 he was a member of a small team who won the EFMD gold award for their organisation development work with NIHR.

Since 2008 he has been a faculty member on the internationally renowned Ashridge Masters in Executive Coaching programme (both individual and team coaching pathways) and since 2014 has co-led the Ashridge Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and OD Supervision.

David shares his north London home with his partner, their small dog and occasionally their grown-up daughter. He is an enthusiastic consumer of the arts and a keen open water swimmer.

Liz has been working for over 25 years in OD and change. Her clients come from the commercial sector, the NHS, government and higher education and she has worked extensively internationally, speaking both French and Dutch. She is also an Associate Professor of Leadership and Change at Ashridge, where she is Programme Director for a highly regarded Masters in Leadership, called GenerationQ. 

As an OD and change consultant, Liz draws on her in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of leadership, work identity, culture, organizational change, power and politics to provide insight, challenge and new ways of seeing and thinking. This involves working in partnership with individuals, teams and organisations to understand the situation in which they find themselves and identify ways of shifting stuck patterns to create the interpersonal relationships and work environment required. Change interventions are bespoke and may take the form of workshops, Board facilitation or engagement events. Often what is required is to create the conditions for individuals, teams and boards to have honest conversations about tricky subjects maintaining psychological safety and respect.

Prior to working in OD and change, Liz had an international career in marketing and then HR, living in both Paris and Amsterdam and working extensively in Europe and Asia. She has also held a variety of senior leadership roles in Unilever and BT, and was HR Director for 5 years on the Board of Smythe Dorward Lambert, a UK based consultancy specialising in people centred change and internal communication.   

Liz is also an executive coach, a researcher and author. Her latest book, ‘Hope Behind the Headlines: Stories of leaders shifting culture in the NHS’ was published last year. She has also co-authored ‘Organizational Change: Perspectives on Theory and Practice,’ published by Oxford University Press and ‘Relational Change: A guide to the art and practice of changing organisations’, was published by Bloomsbury in December, 2016.

Liz lives near Norwich with her husband who is a doctor, two children and a rather temperamental Scottie.

John is a researcher, author, coach and evaluator who brings the undiscussable and ignored aspects of organisational experience into the open. His work involves intimate and confidential conversations with people from all walks of life, from Archbishops, to CEOs, to homeless people now earning a living as professional actors.

He currently works extensively within the NHS and other national health systems, applying and developing the insights of his long running research into ‘speaking truth to power’. This work has resulted in three recent pieces in the Harvard Business Review and will be published as a book by FT Pearson in 2019.

His approach to research and evaluation has been developing over the last 20 years and is closely tied to his continuing connection to the Ashridge Doctorate and Masters in Organizational Change. Rather than seeing research and evaluation as passive exercises, John engages in an active dialogue with individuals and groups, seeking both to influence and be influenced by the exchange.

This approach requires an acute attention to his prejudices and assumptions, an attention that has been refined through an extensive and intensive engagement in Jungian analysis.

Isabelle brings over 30 years business experience.  She is a skilled consultant, facilitator, developer and networker.  Prior to consulting, she worked in corporate industry in HQ and in business unit and field-based roles where she was responsible for commercial and operational performance.  She consults and facilitates at all levels in organisations working one-to-one with leaders, with teams and groups (up to several hundred people).

She attracts and does her best work when partnering clients in complex, multi-stakeholder groups. She often works in contexts of integration and change where there is the need to engage people and bring together different ideas, experiences and perspectives. Her long term client work is based on openness, trust and confidentiality.  She comes alongside clients and offers an external presence, intuition, feedback and a willingness to challenge.  She is interested in authenticity, shared leadership and has a fascination for the creative and productive capacity of groups and collaborations.

Isabelle draws on various approaches: appreciative inquiry, complexity theory, real-time facilitation processes and techniques borrowed from the expressive arts (art, improv, story telling) and selected psychometric tools.  Wherever possible she uses walking and being in nature to gain perspective and enable different conversations.

She has an Anglo-French background, is bilingual and enjoys working in either or both languages. She has a first degree in science and some of her best work has been in support of scientific research and, in particular, in health.  Since 2008, she has established and led the NIHR (National Institute of Health Research) Leadership Programme with colleagues at Ashridge Business School. This has taken her into many university and clinical settings to work with leaders and their groups.  Other clients include: Various EU funded research projects, Euroclear Bank, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health – ICH, Morgan Cole (law firm), International Committee of the Red Cross – ICRC, The Global Fund for TB, Aids and Malaria – TGF and The Global Alliance for Chronic Disease – GACD.

Isabelle lives in Warwick with her husband, their teenage son & cat.  She finds creative outlets in her garden and kitchen and loves doing improv.  She can’t yet believe she is a regular runner – 2 years on!

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Fionnuala is an OD consultant and advisor to senior teams on organisational change with deep experience in matching people with strategy. She helps organisations and their leaders leverage systematic human strengths to deliver long-term impact and growth within generative and adaptive cultures. Her approach combines research and robust data analysis with empathetic engagement and participative enquiry to activate cooperative clarity and responsiveness.

Fionnuala’s career has spanned public and private sectors in seven countries on four continents. She has founded three successful AI-driven people-tech startups, focusing on job-person matching, innovation leadership development and team-based behavioural change at scale. She advises leadership teams on structuring and managing their organisations to boost and channel the human drivers of successful strategy execution to sustain growth, innovation and resilience in volatile and challenging contexts. She mentors young women tech founders and is a non-executive director of two people-tech startups.

Fionnuala holds a MA from Oxford in English Language and Literature, First Class. She lives in London with her two children and is fluent in English and French, with a working knowledge of Italian, Serbo-Croat and Spanish.