Our team are all passionate about the impact that people and culture have on business performance. Collectively, we bring to the table more than 100 years’ experience in culture change, leadership, and business transformation.
We possess a unique mix of industry expertise in HR, communications, leadership, customer service, stakeholder engagement, branding and creative, which means we stand out from the crowd.
We are friendly, astute and innovative with a good mix of grit, flexibility, and fun. We’re definitely not shy and reserved! We won’t do things we don’t believe in, or that we don’t think will have the right impact.
Jo Geraghty – Director
Formerly Head of HR for Goldman Sachs France and Switzerland and with 16 years’ experience working in change management for various investment banks across the globe, Jo Geraghty brings a wealth of practitioner experience to change projects.
With a global reputation as an expert in building high performance cultures, Jo specialises in working with CEOs and leadership teams of global organisations operating in large, complex and regulated environments; helping to deliver sustainable performance improvements through successful organisational culture change. Jo is also a speaker on high-performance leadership and organisational culture and a regular guest lecturer at several of the UK’s leading business schools.
A qualified Executive Coach, Jo is motivated by seeing leaders excel in their careers. She has a Diploma in Coaching from The Coaching Academy and is a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and an accredited MiRo Practitioner. She was recognised in the 2017 Smith & Williamson Power 100 Index for her work to boost productivity through positive company culture.
Jo is a sports enthusiast and actively participates in cycling, running and skiing whilst also enjoying theatre, reading and travel.
Derek Bishop – Director
Formerly a customer service leader within financial services, Derek Bishop has over twenty years’ experience of leading people and delivering business results in high volume and complex environments.
As an expert on culture change, leadership development and customer experience he is considered one of the leading thinkers on creating high-performance cultures, enabling the turnaround of under-performing businesses and shaping new start-ups for corporates. He is also a keynote speaker covering topics such as leadership excellence, high performing teams, organisational culture, creating alignment throughout the end to end service delivery chain, customer service excellence and leveraging the value of outsourcing.
As well as being an author and speaker Derek works with leadership teams of global organisations, helping to deliver sustainable performance improvements through successful organisational culture change. Thanks to his unique skill set, experience and thought leadership perspectives, Derek is also a trusted advisor to several CEOs and senior teams around the world.
Derek has a passion for waterskiing as well as enjoying kayaking, cycling, skiing and worldwide travel.
Piers Mummery – Consultant
Piers is one of our consultants bringing over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, significant expertise and operational skills across many areas and disciplines in business. In addition, he is a professional coach to entrepreneurs, leaders and an active board advisor.
As an experienced business leader himself, he has been involved with a variety of ventures in the UK and overseas including starting, building and growing businesses. His experience includes creating a Private Tuition business, the CEO role for an IT business in Chicago, Founder and CEO of the world’s first digital taxi-top advertising network on London black taxis, and he was the Co-owner and Founder of a successful UK garden leisure retail business that he built and sold. He has also managed the turnaround of a European telecoms business on behalf of a prominent US VC, launched a Dotcom and started his early career building marketing agencies.
Now, as a Culture Consultant, he utilises his passion for behaviourism and really finding out what makes people tick and works passionately with like-minded business leaders discussing how to scale and grow businesses, and most importantly their people.
Adrian O’Gara – Consultant
Adrian is a partner culture consultant – an executive coach and sales mentor with over 20-years of experience. From innovative start-ups to Initial Public Offerings and Mergers and Acquisitions for international organisations. He supports change, runs leadership development, team performance and company-wide transformation.
Adrian has lead culture change programs at Bazaarvoice, Econsultancy, Gartner, GE Healthcare, LeasePlan, NTT Data, OpenText, Sitecore, The Adecco Group, ThoughtWorks, and UC4/Automic (now CA/Broadcom)—where his work won a global a business transformation award from SiriusDecision/Forrester Research Inc.
He has a unique ability to understand what’s really going on in organisations by surfacing the cultural context, team dynamics and individual’s potential. He helps people understand why they resist change—by removing blockers, unlocking potential and increasing motivation—to realise and achieve their goals, and the company purpose.
Janine Dierks – Head of Operations
Janine has a background in both Project Management and Business Analysis, and brings both of those skills and experiences together to deliver high quality transformation to organisations. A senior consultant, Janine has a proven track record in identifying, developing, planning and resourcing the delivery of business change to deliver business benefit.
Janine has significant hands on experience of implementing Process Change (BPR) to ensure Business Readiness and Operational Excellence across locations/organisations and has strong process mapping, reporting, numerical and data analysis skills. Highly efficient and productive, Janine has excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills ensuring shared understanding and enabling buy-in and sign off.
Suzi Perryman – Executive Assistant / Marketing and Community Coordinator
Suzi’s background is predominantly in the Client Services sector, with a demonstrated history of strategic account management and delivery of wide-scale commercial projects. Whether helping clients to establish an effective digital strategy or overseeing the tight delivery of extensive campaigns, Suzi’s diligent and holistic approach ensures no stone is left unturned.
In addition to client relations, Suzi has previous experience in marketing for new products and services, supporting businesses to achieve operational efficiencies and generally prides herself on being ‘a real people person’.
Nicola Cardwell – Consultant
Nicola has 20+ years’ experience working with leaders to deliver their business ambitions through organisational change and development interventions. Nicola has worked predominately in professional services, and has experience in the Energy, FS, Public Services and Health, Telecoms and Charity sectors.
From 2014 – 2018 Nicola led PwC UK’s Inclusive Leadership cultural and behavioural change agenda. This involved building the Inclusive Leadership strategy and capability of senior business leaders and their teams. Nicola also led the design and execution of critical interventions to support PwC UK’s published gender and ethnicity talent targets. Significantly:
- Breakthrough (2013 – 2016) An OD programme which tackled systemic gender challenges. 56% of participants have since been promoted to Director, 1% to Partner.
- An enquiry into PwC’s culture to better understand the under-representation of people from a BAME background in Leadership positions.
Nicola has a reputation for challenging and supporting senior and future leaders, being commercially astute and focused on making a tangible difference. Nicola has lived and worked in the Middle East and has held several global roles throughout her career.
Nicola holds a Masters in Organisational Development in Leading and Facilitating Transformative Change, is an AoEC Accredited Professional Executive Coach and a Member of the CIPD.
Nigel Watson – Consultant
Nigel is an advisor, trouble-shooter, coach & facilitator: focusing upon creating a step-change in people’s performance; helping to build greater capacity & resilience within the organisation.
A key enabler & facilitator to programmes of leadership, transformational change & culture, he has worked with many of world’s largest and most effective organisations including: Augusta Westland, BP, BAE Systems, Police, HP, KPMG, Nationwide, Serco & Vodafone. Nigel has also been involved in creating a joint civilian leadership school at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, & working with the England 2003 Rugby World Cup Winning Squad, developing a shift in behaviours & performance.
Originally from the Cumbria, Nigel lives with his wife and three children in rural N. Wiltshire. His passion for ‘off-piste’ travel & exploration led him to co-found the Global Children’s Trust, supporting disadvantaged children across the globe. His love of sailing also came to the fore when he joined the team responsible for training the skippers/crew of the BT Global Challenge Yacht Races.
Julie Stayte – Consultant
Julie is one of our Culture Consultants and Executive Coaches with over 35 years work experience. The last 20 years , Julie has focused on working with Senior Teams and Boards within diverse industry sectors demonstrating her pragmatic, passionate and supportive operating style alongside a high level of personal gravitas, impact and energy. Her high levels of integrity, trusting – and appropriately challenging – nature is coupled with a deep and genuine understanding of people within organisations of all sizes.
Julie’s career includes working within the Financial Services, Retail, Hospitality, Automotive, Manufacturing and Aviation sectors.
Julie takes a “story telling” approach when mentoring and encourages that approach from her clients to enable honest, genuine and appropriately challenging coaching conversations. Julie’s particular focus is supporting both businesses and individuals experiencing change and linking culture and values into the “change journey” recognising that when leaders and the organisation are truly engaged, amazing things become possible.
Karen Durkin – Consultant
Karen brings a depth of insight drawn from her background as an Anthropologist, skilled in interpreting patterns of human behaviour and culture, and refined by working as an organisational development consultant in the corporate jungle of large and complex organisations.
She works in partnership with business and HR leaders to help their organisations navigate the human side of business change, sharing her expertise in Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Culture Change and Resilience & Well-being. Karen has twenty years of consultancy, facilitation and executive coaching experience across professional services, financial services, public sector and the charity sector.
Karen has a reputation for being highly perceptive, balancing compassion for the challenging context in which her clients operate, with the tough questions that enable them to unlock new thoughts, behaviours and processes that will help them realise their full potential.
Sam Monteath – Consultant
Sam has worked in employer marketing for over 16 years and has tackled over 100 projects across all sectors. His passion is in helping employers improve employee engagement, organisational culture and employer brand, using a research-based approach. This involves a mix of qualitative and quantitative research including: interviews, surveys, focus groups, shadowing, and evaluation.
Sam has worked extensively with Asda as their research partner on an award-winning project to define their employer brand as well as leading the research to strengthen the Asda culture. He has also worked with a global retail bank who had previously run a major culture-change initiative but they needed to establish if there was a case for further change/investment. Sam lead this research and incorporating best practice from elsewhere, formed overall themes of the enablers and inhibitors in their culture and made recommendations to address the latter.
William Buist – Consultant
William has a reputation for taking an innovative view of business that harnesses opportunity. Through coaching, mentoring and consulting he enables business owners and directors to unlock sustainable profits and deliver future successes.
His background in the insurance sector has enabled him to hone his strategy and planning skills. This in turn led him to develop his Journey to Collaboration approach – a process that defines how business collaboration develops and through which business leaders can reduce the costs of coordination in their businesses and unlock additional sustainable profits.
William is committed to lifelong learning and continues to develop his own skills and experience as he helps businesses to develop theirs. Focus, clarity and perspective are just some of the attributes which clients praise William for bringing to their business.
Emma Haslam – Consultant
With over 20 years industry experience, Emma works with global leaderships teams with ambitious growth plans who seek cultural alignment / change following acquisition or new direction.
Starting out at SIEMENS in strategy & business development, Emma then spent 12 years in senior leadership positions within Volkswagen AG (Germany, Spain, UK) at AUDI, SEAT and Bentley. Emma was responsible for creating & deploying the Bentley 2018 & 2025 strategy, transformation programme and culture change programme that won acclaim In the European Industrial Excellence award 2015. Emma also leads coaching & leadership development programmes within Banking and Aerospace sectors.
Clients often say how Emma’s strengths lie in bringing people together into cohesive teams whilst tackling deep rooted cultural challenges and providing good balance of strategic thinking and pragmatism (with some quick wins).
Giles O’Halloran – Consultant
Giles is an experienced HR professional, consultant, coach, speaker and writer. He started his HR career with IBM and worked in the fields of recruitment, employee relations and the business partnering. He has since worked in other senior HR roles across Europe, advised at Board level, and implemented both strategic and operational HR business solutions.
Giles is a columnist with a leading, Defence & Security career transition publication and has written over 150 articles, blogs, and posts on employment, HR and the changing nature of work. He is passionate about technology, the value of networks and the future of work.
Giles designs and facilitates people strategy and HR transformation programmes, advises organisations on effective resourcing techniques, busines models and technology and has delivered proven supportive outplacement services during sensitive restructures.
He is a HRD level coach and mentor and has vast experience of working in highly sensitive and secure environments.
Sue Payne – Consultant
Sue is a senior coach and mentor.
Having spent a significant part of her career in senior leadership roles for both the creative and insurance industry, Sue joined Culture Consultancy in November 2020.
As Managing Director of one of the first independent direct-creative agencies to exist in the UK, she recognised the value of creating high-performance cultures in an industry where continuous evolvement is the norm.
This was later reinforced when Sue joined AXA Direct Protection to drive the Direct agenda across Europe. As Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the executive committee, she identified the key drivers for success as being cohesive leadership teams and shared, common values, which live within the culture and DNA of the business.
Sue’s key skills are in leadership, coaching, mentorship, problem-solving, data analytics, stakeholder management, organisational design-process, marketing and business development.
With a proven track record of an ability to influence and communicate with senior management, board members and key stakeholders across borders she has a high level of emotional intelligence with a commercially driven mindset for start-ups, SMEs and Global Corporations.
Cris Beswick – Consultant
Originally trained as a product & industrial designer, Cris spent over a decade as a successful entrepreneur & CEO building an award-winning design group. After structuring a full exit 2008 he is now recognised globally as a thought leader on innovation leadership and creating innovative organisations.
Because of his own business background Cris knows exactly what it’s like to wear the CEO’s shoes putting him in an excellent position to work with and advise senior leaders of global organisations on strategic approaches to differentiation and innovation. As such Cris has coached, advised and delivered keynotes to some of the worlds most successful companies on how to become exceptional by building future oriented innovation strategies, leadership approaches and organisational cultures.
Cris has also delivered executive education programmes on innovation for leading UK and international business schools such as Henley Business School, Cranfield University’s Centre for Competitive Creative Design and Synergy Business School in Dubai to name but a few.
Cris enjoys good food & fine wine and is passionate about worldwide travel with his wife Nikki and their two girls Roma and Mila.
Lottie Skuthe-Cook – Consultant
Lottie is a Personal Certified Coach whose passion lies in seeing her clients unlock their potential and grow. With over 20 years of experience as a coach, facilitator and trainer she provides an environment full of energy, warmth, and challenge in equal measure, which in turn enables her client’s performance to excel.
She lives by her three core values – trust, honesty, and respect – and as a result, she works best with clients who share them. Lottie will invest whatever it takes to get to know her clients and their business to find the right balance for the working relationship, ensuring the greatest return on investment.
She is known by her clients for her ability to be both challenging and encouraging in appropriate measure and ensure a focus on the agreed outcomes in a safe and trusted environment.
Drawing on almost 20 years’ experience with large multi-national organisations, Lottie has held director roles responsible for quality and standards, business development, sales and operations prior to becoming a coach and consultant in 2001.
A Swedish national, Lottie is fluent in both English and German.
Anthony Manning – Consultant
Anthony is an experienced coach and facilitator. Anthony has gathered extensive experience as a senior HR Business Partner, Head of Learning and Development, Executive Coach and OD Consultant in two of the Big Four accounting firms.
He is known for his dynamic, insightful and innovative coaching approach and for enabling leaders and their teams to tap into the resources they have in order to achieve high performance as individuals and teams.
As an enthusiastic and life-long learner, Anthony has completed an MA in Management Studies and an MSc in Training and Development. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and completed his postgraduate coaching qualification at Henley Business School. He has recently completed a Counselling and Psychotherapy diploma.
PJ Stevens – Consultant
PJ is an all-round culture change consultant who has spent 18 years on a mission to help build better businesses.
Working with business leaders using industry-leading change management methodologies to deliver outstanding business outcomes, he is our expert in purposeful change. He does this by harvesting the talent and knowledge that exists in people and teams , but too often lays dormant in businesses – in order to elevate thinking and behaviours to deliver change and value creation in our eco-systems.
PJ is a purpose-led Transformational Change Management Consultant, and a highly experienced Facilitator, Coach and Confidant to Executives, Leaders and Entrepreneurs.
PJ has proudly worked for clients such as Rolls Royce, MBDA, Westons Cider, Bunzl, Eskom, Givenchy, BMW, QAPCO (Qatar), Lloyds Banking Group, DMG World Media, Centrica, EDF Energy, Nabarro, Clifford Chance, RBS, Shell, HSBC, the Royal Voluntary Service, CTBF charity, Zeneus, GSK and Shire Pharmaceuticals, and some private and sporting clients including Premier footballers, Olympic medallists and European Golfers.
PJ releases more value from every organisation’s greatest asset – their people – and translates that into purposeful change and value in the business, at the individual, team and organisational level.
Katie Mayers – Consultant
Katie is an award-winning communications, engagement and strategy specialist, who has spent 20 years supporting organisations to powerfully communicate and connect with their audiences across the public, not for profit and corporate sectors.
Having worked for more than 10 years in senior leadership communication roles – leading multi-disciplinary teams and providing counsel to Board Members, Chief Executives and Politicians – she brings expertise across the strategic communications spectrum, to drive and support the creation of organisational culture, manage change, and create positive impact. Alongside her communications expertise, Katie is an accredited leadership coach.
Colin Middlemiss – Consultant
With 20 years of experience, Colin helps to deliver successful, transformational change within clients’ businesses through effective Communications and Engagement Strategies and expertly executed plans. He has worked with small businesses right up to large-scale ones such as Morrisons, BAE Systems and NPower, supporting their business objectives by running day to day teams, supporting change, and building engagement throughout an organisation.
Colin’s experience includes leading and managing successful communications and engagement teams, developing compelling corporate narratives that engages and inspires colleagues, designing digital-first communications and engagement strategies, emergency and crisis communications and the delivery of expertly managed and engaging events.
Ravi Khanna – Consultant
Ravi is an experienced organisational development consultant, specialising in culture change, employee engagement, leadership development, diversity and inclusion and wellbeing. An accredited coach, facilitator and mentor, Ravi started his career in customer experience management before transitioning into people advisory consulting in 2009.
Focussed on creating cultures that help align people with strategy and cultivating the behaviours that enable the achievement of organisational goals, Ravi has designed and delivered behavioural change interventions for businesses operating across EMEA, APAC and the Americas.With a background in psychology, psychotherapy and meditation, Ravi is fascinated by the human mind and challenges individuals and teams to unlock their potential by transforming outdated beliefs and adopting new mindsets that underpin positive change.
Deborah Hartung – Consultant
With over 21 years’ experience in all things HR, Deborah is perhaps best known for her contributions as a global HR Influencer and Thought Leader in the areas of culture, leadership development, employee experience, performance management, HR transformation and the future of work.
Deborah specializes in helping businesses to craft their strategic narrative and maintain enviable cultures and high-performing project teams. No stranger to complex projects and multiple workstreams, Deborah loves a creative culture challenge.
Known for her humour, warmth and heartfelt authenticity, Deborah is the author of Amazon best-seller “Talent Liberation: The Blueprint to Performance Management in the New World of Work”. She is a popular speaker, guest writer and podcaster whose passion for people, technology and the human experience at work, is not only palpable, but infectious.
Chloe Walton – Consultant
Chloe is one of our lead FS consultants with 20 years of corporate experience at a senior level in FTSE 100 organisations. Her career has taken her from accountancy and finance into data visualisation, customer segmentation, client management, technology start-ups, and now into consultant leadership effectiveness and culture change.
A member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, Chloe is also a certified leadership coach (CPCC) with the Co-active Training Institute, developing leaders across the world.
Chloe works with organisations to harness the power of human connection, providing access to different perspectives, as a key to becoming a more effective and inclusive business. She uses a combination of Leadership Coaching, Reverse Mentoring, Growth Mindset diagnostics and Strengths assessments, which all help individuals, groups, and organisations to stimulate engagement and embed real culture change.
Helen Reeve Morris – Consultant
Helen is our consultant with a unique blend of financial and HR experience. She began her career at PwC, where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant before moving over to work in the culture and behaviour space.
Helen’s background makes her a highly versatile consultant – people-focused and strategic, as well as a commercial leader. Helen’s broad range of experience has been gained from working both domestically and internationally and having the opportunity to engage with an extensive range of stakeholders at both Board and Executive level.