Cathy Hyde Cathy enjoys using her expertise to develop innovative attraction strategies and creative employee communications to support organisations with their employer brand and people sourcing plans. With over 20 years' experience, Cathy has worked with many of the UK's top employers as well as global organisations leading to effective outcomes and several award wins.
In addition to her employer brand and recruitment communications knowledge, Cathy has a particular interest in social mobility which led her to take up the position of Assistant Director of Student Experience and Head of Careers & Employability Service at the University of Bedfordshire. This saw her working with the Vice Chancellor to develop and implement the University's employability strategy with the aim of supporting students in their preparation for the world of work and connecting them to employers.
Cathy has a BA Honours Degree in Communication Studies, is an experienced Board Director, was an inaugural member of the Association of Graduate Recruiters Advisory Board and played a key role in the development of the Employer of the Year criteria at the annual TargetJobs awards.
Matt Keen gets a huge buzz from dealing with the complexity, ambiguity and cultural challenges that come from working with people. He does this by helping clients develop scalable solutions to deal with the constantly evolving needs of their people. He has held consulting, commercial and HR roles in a variety of blue chip organisations and worked extensively in the UK, Europe and US. He specialises in leadership and talent development, culture, organisation design and AgileHR.
Matt has a MA (Oxon) in Ancient and Modern History from The Queen’s College, Oxford, an Executive MBA with Distinction from Case Business School and is currently reading for a MSc in Executive Coaching at Ashridge. He is a Governor for St Albans High School for Girls, a Trustee of the Pioneer Youth Club in St Albans and Co-Founder of the AgileHR Meetup.
With over twenty years working in the creative industry, both agency side and in-house, Dave Freeman has diverse experience in producing designs from brief through to conception and production on a range of digital and print projects. Combining strong presentation and typographic skills with confident client liaison and a creative approach, Dave ensures clients have original and inspiring designs.
Susan Sochart has over 25 years’ marketing experience, encompassing both client-side and consultancy. Throughout her career, Susan has actively pursued a dual passion for building brands and developing people, driven by a firm belief that a strategy will only be successful if it can be embraced and actioned by people. Alongside her brand strategy and marketing capabilities working with multinationals in the FMCG, pharmaceutical, financial services and telecommunicatons sectors, she has also developed employer branding, EVP and internal communications expertise, bringing together both Marketing and HR teams. Having herself led an in-house recruitment team, she has worked alongside client recruitment teams to build their capabilities by applying marketing principles to their approach for attracting talent.
Susan is a Cambridge graduate who has held roles with Procter & Gamble, Added Value and Brand Learning Partners.
Andy Hyatt has spent 20 years in digital, with the last decade at Board level, working with some of the largest and most successful companies in the world to deliver effective, engaging and award-winning work. Equally adept at consulting or execution, Andy is a strong advocate of user-centric design and has acted as an industry advisor on the issues that digital channels have brought about. He has spoken at numerous conferences, written for several publications and key industry bodies and is frequently invited to judge industry awards. Over the last 4 years he has been engaged to define and grow the digital functions of agencies such as Bernard Hodes Group, People People Communications and agency:2. At the same time, Andy has continued to have a hands-on role in delivering a range of projects in marketing, communications, branding, strategy and HR.
A father of three, Andy can often be found braving the waters of the South Coast. Even in winter...
Joseph Hutchinson has over 10 years of employee communications experience and has been creative lead on accounts ranging all the way from the Ministry of Defence to HSBC. He has won multiple industry awards for his employer branding, website development and advertising work — and he has experience in a huge variety of creative activities including writing speeches for global C-suite executives, developing and running copywriting workshops and devising online games.
During his career, Joseph has had stints with two major employee communications agencies, as well as spending time working as a creative-consultant-come-stay-at-home dad. He has a first-class music degree from Worcester College, Oxford.
Paul Alderson combines his conceptual insight with a diligent eye for detail. He has over 25 years experience in graphic design, through-the-line advertising, digital media and employer communications. He is confident taking a brief through from inception to the final product, having a talent and passion for crafting. He has won industry awards for many blue chip clients, including a prestigious CIPD Award for Graduate Campaign of the year for KPMG (2011).
Paul has Degrees in Graphic Design and Economics. He has worked internationally and in the UK. Paul is a dedicated cyclist competing regularly. He cycled from London to Istanbul in 2014 in less than two weeks. Any other time he spends with his family and walking the dog.
Jo Dale is an accomplished consultant and coach and loves to help others succeed. She has spent the last twenty-five years working with a broad range of national and international organisations in the public and private sectors in areas such as recruitment and marketing to leadership development. Her knowledge of how organisations and people tick makes her a versatile consultant who can work across all of our areas of expertise. She has knowledge in many subjects ranging from positive psychology to unconscious bias in the workplace.
Jo has a BA in Modern Languages, and an MSc in Organisational Behaviour. She has an ICF recognised coaching qualification along with the license to use a number of psychometric tools.
David North is a seasoned organisational change consultant. He brings a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and insight to projects. And his approachable, empathic nature means he develops great relationships quickly. He has worked in talent management, leadership development, and organisational change for over thirty years. In his corporate career he has held senior roles the financial services sector and has worked in many parts of the world, including a five year assignment to the USA with a FTSE 100 company.
David has a B Soc Sci in Economic and Social History and an MA in Strategic Human Resource Development. He holds a post-graduate Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring Practice and is a qualified MBTI® practitioner.
Simon Walker loves making connections between people, ideas and opportunities. He is an expert in leadership development, and is future focused. He is constantly thinking about the impact that changing technology and demographic shifts are having on how organisations are structured and how people want to work. Much of his work is with Boards and Senior Executives in organisations all over the world. Simon is regularly invited to speak on Gen Y, Generational Diversity, The New World of Work, and Leadership in Complex and Challenging Environments. He was a professional yacht skipper before entering the business world and has led teams on polar expeditions and round-the-world yacht races.
A straight talker with high levels of professionalism and a sense of fun, Sarah Hardman is a certified leadership coach and group facilitator with a passion for working with existing and emerging leaders, so that they bring the best of themselves into their organisations and are authentic leaders that others want to work with and to follow. Sarah brings her varied experience of working in senior level marketing roles within a wide range of sectors including technology, publishing and the heritage sector into her leadership development engagements working with clients to develop and play to their strengths.
With a BA Hons degree in Geography, Sarah is Certified Co-Active Coach (ACC with the ICF), a qualified practitioner of MBTI® and Realise2, an NLP Master Practitioner and a CIPD Qualified Trainer.
Caroline Connor has worked for ten years as a coach and facilitator. She enjoys working with groups and individuals at all levels to help them achieve their very best. Her warm approach and ability to partner with the organisations to achieve their goals has led clients to describe her as “our fifth Beatle”. Caroline held senior commercial positions within major UK magazine publishing houses. She uses her experience to help our clients create the right environment for their people to develop and grow.
Caroline has a degree in Modern and Mediaeval Languages from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. She is accredited in the Schroder Leadership Competency Model, The Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument and is an NLP practitioner.
Ali Herdman is a skilled facilitator and coach. She brings a wonderful sense of humour to her work and clients love her for the combination of her intelligent insight and down-to-earth, practical approach. Ali has over twenty-five years experience of people and organisation development in the UK and internationally. Before becoming a consultant she held senior HR and OD roles in the financial services sector including as Head of OD for a FTSE 100 company.
Ali has an MBA from Lancaster University Management School, is a graduate of the Advanced OD/HRM programme at Columbia University, New York and is a Member of the International Organisational Development Association. She is a qualified MBTI® practitioner and TMS user.
Jan Abbey’s knowledge, insight and empathy inspires people and organisations to be the best they can be. The combination of her consultancy, coaching, management and operational experience is powerful. It means she has great empathy and builds trust quickly. She helps people achieve their potential, improve their impact and effectiveness and increase the performance of their teams. Her multi-sector and international experience enables her to coach leaders and teams for the challenges that face global business today. Jan works across our EVP and Employee Engagement areas.
Jan has a BA Honours degree in Business. She is a qualified coach. She is accredited in the Schroder Leadership Competency Model and the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument and is a qualified MBTI® practitioner.
Tom Crawford believes every individual has fantastic ideas buried within — but that we each just need a little help to find, extract and polish them into shiny diamonds. He has a strong passion for brand and its relationship with employees: he loves helping people to believe in the organisation and do their best for its brand. He has a track record in helping organisations to drive employee engagement. He has broad experience in diversity and all things talent attraction.
Tom has a BA Honours degree in German, and began his 18-year career with five valuable years at British Airways and six in consultancy with Omnicom. Since then, working at Deloitte, Eon and Telefonica-O2, he's gained further rich and diverse experience in HR, Internal Communications and Engagement.
Paula Hutchings is an experienced consultant, facilitator and researcher. She specialises in OD, cultural change and strategic leadership development. She passionately encourages organisations to change their workplaces to be more mutually beneficial for businesses and employees. Paula’s natural warmth, insightfulness and infectious enthusiasm for new ideas helps inspire positive change. As a highly skilled interviewer, she quickly builds trust and gets to the heart of what needs to change the most.
Paula has held senior HR and OD roles in the public sector. She has 10 years consultancy experience working with public, private and not for profit businesses. She has a BA Honours degree and MA in English and is CIPD qualified. She is an NLP Business Practitioner as well as a qualified Integrative Counsellor.
Ali Croome loves helping our clients to create positive and inspiring places to work. She does this by identifying and helping to implement the things that employees want most at work. She has held HR generalist and specialist roles in successful blue chip organisations. In her consultancy career she has worked in the UK, Europe, USA and in the Middle East on EVPs, change, organisation, team and leadership development projects. She is also a career coach.
Ali has a BA Honours degree in French and German. She is a member of CIPD and BPS (instruments include the OPQ) and is accredited in the Schroder Leadership Competency Model, the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument. She is also a qualified MBTI® practitioner.
Justine James makes it her business to understand what motivates and engages people at work. She is future focused and leads on-going research into Gen Y, Gen Z, the ageing population and the changing world of work. Before founding talentsmoothie she held senior management and consulting roles in top professional services firms such as PwC. She uses her 20 years of in-house and consulting experience to help her clients’ organisations connect better with their people and create environments where people can thrive and do their best work.
Justine has a BA Honours Degree in Economic and Social History from Exeter University, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (FCIPD) and sailed around the world at the age of 22.