Meet the team

The Team

Where the left side of the brain shakes hands with the right side…

We have more than 80 years of combined commercial experience – with the commercial savvy & ‘know how’ that comes from running big businesses and understanding the challenges required to deliver results.  We are all practitioners in what we train, coach and facilitate – having used the Treeangle approach time and again to great effect in the corporate world.

We practice what we preach – thinking differently everyday in our business – and have an eclectic mix of hobbies & interests, from salsa dancing, through to garden design and fire eating!

 

Helen

Specialist subject: Helping teams think differently.

Knottiest challenge solved: Explaining to a four year old how brains work, what an angel is and how petrol makes a car go…oh and helping grown ups come up with new ways to resolve hostage situations

Best idea: Founding Treehouse!

Would like to: Build a peach house

Quality most admires in others: Doing something rather than talking about doing it.

What I’ve been up to before… Creativity trainer and consultant, Business Leader at Kraft Foods, Marketing Manager at Bass Brewers,  MBA from Lancaster Business School, Chemistry degree from University of Bristol

“I love seeing light-bulbs going on around the room as delegates have that ‘Aha’ moment.”

Michaela

Specialist subject: Helping people realise their potential

Loves: Having to work through a challenge – mental or physical!

Knottiest challenge solved: Running a workshop for 60 people in Moscow with all presentations and break out groups in Russian (and not speaking a word of Russian!)

Best idea: Deciding to do a round-the-world trip about 12 years ago

Would like to: Do a half Ironman!

Quality most admires in others: Honesty and loyalty

What I’ve been up to before: Marketing consultant, Diploma in Remedial and Sports Massage, Senior Marketer in Sara Lee, Senior Marketer in Wilkinson Sword, Innovation as Bass Brewers, European Business Administration degree at Middlesex University and Fachhochschuele Reutlingen, Germany.

 I bring a pragmatic approach.. and the energy and enthusiasm to make it happen!



Jo

Specialist subjects: Strategy & people development, sometimes both at the same time!

Loves: Helping people to move forward to achieve their goals in life, both business and personal.

Best idea: Taking Dove from a functional “moisturising” brand to an emotional “real beauty” brand in the UK market

Would like to: Transform the Education system, building self-esteem and life skills not just exam passes

Quality most admires in others:  Following your passions

What I’ve been up to before…  Small Business & Marketing Consultant, Senior Manager at Kraft Foods and Unilever, MA in Psychology and Physiology at Magdalen College, Oxford.

“My knottiest challenge – navigating a rare and undiagnosed illness for 4 years whilst being a mother to my young son. The good news – we got through and are both fine!”

Pam

Specialist subjects: Coaching & training using Insights Colours

Loves: Turning business problems into practical solutions

Best idea: Using actors to role play workplace scenarios in a major logistics change programme resulting in increased employee engagement

Would like to: Make a difference in the world

Quality most admires in others: having the courage to change

What I’ve been up to before…  working with M&S and its Supply Chain providers DHL, Wincanton & others to put in place a behavioural change programme around its ‘One Team’ values. Prior to going ‘agency side’, Pam worked as the European HR Director with Hewlett Packard and she is fully trained in Insight Colours and MBTI  and has an MBA from Bath University.

“I am the glue in a team – bringing an objective, different and practical approach!”

Peter

Specialist subject: Coaching and mentoring special people & helping them to achieve their dreams

Loves:  being the catalyst for people and organisational growth

Knottiest challenge solved: Closing a plant of 200 people and keeping the people motivated to see it as an opportunity for a new lives and careers

Best idea: having the courage to believe in myself and change career at the age of 58

Would like to: die tired with plenty left to do – not bored

Quality most admires in others:the ability to have a constructive oversight in complex and conflicting situations

What I’ve been up to before: a Fellow of the IMechE with 40 years in  international manufacturing, specialising in lean methodology, people development and customer service

10 years as a coach, mentor and confidante to ambitious people including peer group facilitation with Vistage International

I love helping people to grow with confidence to be the best person they want to be, doing what they love doing and then watching them fly

Gerwin

nSpecialist subject: Supply chain strategy and managing challenging projects

Knottiest challenge solved: Driving the aggressive roll out of the Tassimo coffee system globally with new factories, suppliers and markets

Best idea: Changing career after 20 years, scary and exciting!

Would like to: Build a treehouse….

Quality most admires in others: Say it like it is and treating others well

What I’ve been up to beforeSupply chain leader at Mondelez, MSc from Cranfield University, Supply Chain Management degree from Venlo University in the Netherlands

I love developing creative solutions to tough challenges with cross functional/regional teams!

Jonathan

Specialist subject: Coaching leaders and leadership teams to solve problems, improve performance and grow vision

Knottiest challenge: solved: How to gather and present essential and brutally honest feedback to the owner and CEO of a growing business, about his business

Best idea: Instigating the role of ‘critical friend’ for trainers presenting their new training tools at an annual European Trainers Conference.  The aim was to support them to both present and develop their ideas

Would like to: Spend more time sailing around the Scottish Islands

Quality most admires in others: Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship – which include both innovation and tenacity

What I’ve been up to before:  A few years in the oil industry in Egypt; a few more years in adventure-based learning in the Lake District; a few years in the youth and community sector in the UK and Europe; fifteen years as a coach, facilitator and trainer in a wide variety of sectors – including health, technology, engineering and hospitality

I still get a buzz from interpreting a brief and designing learning opportunities that get clients excited and engaged

Linda

Specialist subject:  Strategy & Planning, Innovation and Insight

Knottiest challenge solved: Simplifying and communicating an overly complex pharmaceutical innovation process

Best idea: showing how a Leadership team‘s vision plays out in everyday organisational life

Would like to: take the ABRSM Piano Performance Diploma (and perform so well that the adjudicator puts down his/her pen just for a minute or two to enjoy rather than critique)

Quality most admires in others: open-mindedness

What I’ve been up to before:  Marketing Consultant and Coach (AoEC Diploma), Marketing Excellence Director (Brand Learning), Brand Consultant (Added Value), Marketing Manager (P&G), Brand and Sales roles (FMCG & Pharmaceutical), BA English and History, London University

Life is a wonderful place to be – there is always something new to learn

Claire

Specialist subject: Marketing Communications & Copywriting

Knottiest challenge solved:  creating, writing, publishing and marketing a range of children’s books into leading bookstores and online platforms

Best idea:  aligning a small children’s charity to a leading firm of lawyers which, via innovative events and PR activities, helped to significantly improve the profile of the law firm and in return raised tens of thousands for the charity.

Would like to: Gain a 1st class honours degree in Creative Writing (currently in my 1st year at University)

Quality most admires in others: courage

What I’ve been up to before: freelance marketing communications professional for a wide range of industry sectors, copywriter for a national advertising agency and PR Consultancy working on brands such as Peugeot Talbot, C&G and Wella, brand development for clients in the legal and dance sectors

I love coming up with creative solutions to challenging problems.

Rachel

Specialist subject: numbers

Would like to: spend more time seeing the world’s geological wonders, especially the explosive ones on plate boundaries

Quality most admires in others: integrity and a sense of calm

What I’ve been up to before: I have a degree in Geology and worked for 9 years in an IT services company as a computer programmer and then manager, which probably explains my love of numbers

 

There is nothing quite as pleasing as seeing a successful project through from inception to completion (and all the figures stack up).