Our associates & partners

UK Associates

Nick full face tight in Amara 120Nick Owen is passionate about bringing skilful people together to create transformational learning events that deliver effective, long-term change. He has been supporting people, communities, and organisations to envisage and create their ‘stories’ for over 30 years. He has worked with senior executives and managers in some of the world’s largest and most successful companies, and with some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities in Africa, South America, and Asia. He brings a unique combination of experience to bear:  the discipline of the arts: as actor, theatre director, writer and storyteller; the discipline of many years working in L & D with corporate organisations and educational institutions; and the physical and mental discipline of elite level sport.


Elaine - headshot 2Elaine Herdman-Barker is dedicated to helping individuals liberate their leadership skills by unlocking untapped potential and strategic thinking skills.  Her passion is in supporting high potential leaders to realise their talent while facilitating a match with the goals of the organisation. Elaine’s consulting and coaching practice is worldwide and her sector experience reaches across industrial, financial services, high technology/IT, life sciences, universities and governments. Elaine is a founder member of Action Inquiry Associates (AIA) and a world authority on assessing and profiling action logics/leadership paradigms through the Global Leadership Profile. She supports consultants and organisations to apply this practice to transform leadership effectiveness.

Barbara HousemanBarbara Houseman
 is an internationally acclaimed voice, text, and acting coach. She is also a theatre director, author, and communication skills specialist. For six years she worked in the world renowned voice department at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). For the last 16 years she has also applied her skills to the corporate world where her clients include the NHS, the Metropolitan Police, SABMiller, Sainsbury’s, Kingfisher, Axa, Aviva, Akzo Nobel, BT, and Morgan Stanley. In theatre her voice work on many West End productions includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. She has worked with many leading actors including Kenneth Branagh, Jude Law, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emily Watson.


Geoff MeadGeoff Mead, PhD is a consultant, storyteller and author of two highly acclaimed books on the power of stories and storytelling. His work invites us to consider how to live well in this time of narrative wreckage. He is the founder of Narrative Leadership Associates, a consultancy focused on the use of storytelling for sustainable and authentic leadership. As an organisational consultant, keynote speaker and workshop leader, he has taken his work on narrative leadership into the boardrooms of blue chip companies, universities and government departments. Geoff also performs traditional stories at International Festivals and runs story-based workshops in Europe, Asia, and Canada.


photo Martin WoodsMartin Woods is a highly experienced facilitator, trainer, and coach. He combines his many years of  corporate life with his professional skills in facilitation, coaching, and therapy. Before becoming an independent consultant in 2006, he headed up Leadership Development at Aviva plc (Norwich Union). The main focus of his work is on the development of businesses and organisations through their people. His particular specialities are leadership coaching and team development with a very strong personal value around the development and liberation of human potential. Martin enjoys and is skilled working across cultures and as well as his UK work has delivered training, coaching, and development widely across Europe, the USA, and the Middle East.


International associates

Boudewijn BertschBoudewijn Bertsch (Netherlands and USA) is a coach, consultant and workshop leader with global experience. He works with the latest insights from neuroscience, music, positive psychology, anthropology, biology, economics, somatics, and management to open executives’ minds to a powerful practice of embodied and inclusive leadership. He creates small and large scale group interventions that enable people and organisations to make the changes to which they aspire. He has been a visiting faculty member of the ING Bank Academy and of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University since the 1990s. Boudewijn has extensive experience of working in the public and private sectors including: financial services, pharmaceuticals, health, manufacturing, IT, electronics, retail, transportation, and government. He speaks Dutch and English.


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Richard Cooper (France)  has an international profile as a trainer, coach, facilitator, and mediator with over 30 years experience.  He has supported the development of senior executive and high potential leaders across diverse industries and also worked extensively with international development organisations including the UN, the ILO, and the World Bank. His topic areas include leadership and team development, strategic messaging, media training, and working cross-culturally.  He has worked extensively in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the USA, Pakistan and India. He is a senior facilitator and trainer with Harvard Business Publishing, and an adjunct professor with the Grenoble School of Management on the full time and executive MBA programmes. He delivers training in either English or French.


Edith H 1Edith Howorka (Austria) is a business coach and trainer. She blends her knowledge of NLP with the insights and dynamics of the Enneagram: a powerful psychological tool that helps us understand and become aware of our personality patterns. The Enneagram offers surprising insights into group and company dynamics and of the working styles of leaders and employees. With her profound knowledge, her passion and her long experience, Edith brings this cutting edge tool to organizations, leaders and teams to enhance human potential, create more skilful communication, and to facilitate change. She is an internationally accredited Enneagram trainer (IEA) and a member of the international Enneagram Business Network (EIBN). She works in either German or English.


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Dr. Edward Kelly (Ireland) is an experienced entrepreneur, researcher and facilitator. In the past few years he has led over forty workshops in Intel, Accenture, Google, and others. He is a presenter on the MBA and Innovation programmes at University College Dublin (UCD) and has published articles on adult development in the Integral Leadership Review (ILR) and Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (JITP). More recently he has facilitated workshops and developed programmes to help people transition to The Third Act; the last third of our lives. Everyone who lives long enough has a third age, but not everyone who lives long enough has a third act. He is currently writing a book on leadership development and is preparing a conference on The Third Act for 2015.


Peter LawryPete Lawry (Australia) is renowned for engaging people deeply, and has transformed leaders and organisations in more than 20 countries around the world. His practical approach is widely recognised for its ability to achieve extraordinary business outcomes while increasing both employee commitment and customer satisfaction. His work in complex adaptive systems brings a unique perspective to social systems of organisations offering practical tools and processes for making meaning in organisations. As well as training and mentoring leaders internationally, Peter has been an adjunct faculty member of the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of NSW since 2011 providing a key contribution to their flagship leadership programmes.


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