b. Trainers and Coaches
Dr Patrick White is a Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer and Author specializing in Business Strategy, Business Finance, Marketing Management and Organizational Behaviour.
Initially qualifying as an accountant, he then obtained a Masters in Finance and subsequently a Master of Business Administration majoring in Marketing. In 2000 he completed his PhD which was focused on Business Strategy and Leadership. His postgraduate studies were completed in Australia, United Kingdom and the U.S.A.
Mr White is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing United Kingdom, the Society for Human Resource Management, the International Coach Federation, the British Institute for Learning and Development and has in the past represented the fuel industry on various governmental committees.
After a successful international corporate career in a variety of industries across 13 countries with responsibilities for up to 14,000 staff he then went on to become a serial entrepreneur owning 14 different businesses in the hospitality, retail, IT and food and beverage industries. His last business covered fuel and oil distribution and had a turnover of $US 2.0 billion and 600 full-time staff and numerous part-time staff.
For the last 25 years while owning the above businesses, he has also worked as a high level management consultant and Executive Coach in various business and not-for-profit sectors as well as an international public speaker and trainer on a variety of business and people management topics.
Patrick also acts as mentor to many SME’s and Entrepreneurs helping them to establish their business or helping them grow their existing business. He has run several successful programmes in this area in Australia, Malaysia, and United Kingdom.
He continues to deliver regular public and in-house training seminars and speak at international conferences. In the last 12 months he has worked in Switzerland, United Kingdom, Italy, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Sudan, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iran, Qatar, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Patrick has also published various articles and papers on Business Strategy, Negotiation Skills, Influencing and Persuading, Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace, Sales and Marketing and issues around Training. He is also author of the book “Business Cookery – Tried and tested recipes for business success”.
Nigel Hall is a Qualified Accountant, Coach and NLP Master Practitioner who provides coaching, mentoring and training to businesses.
After starting his career in the Royal Air Force, he embarked on a corporate career working in the financial services sector, qualifying as an accountant and specialising in the insurance industry.
With 21 years of business experience he has held various positions, led companies and teams, dealt with strategy, finance, compliance, training, mentoring, investments and personnel development. He has over 10 years experience in both Financial and Managing director positions, serving on company boards and group management committees.
He is a Fellow of The Chartered Certified Association of Accountants, graduate of The Coaching Academy and thus accredited by the OCN, a panel member of the West Surrey ACCA, Chairman of a church finance committee, an ambassador for a charity and for many years was a FSA authorised representative.
Nigel’s style is a good mixture of analytical, empathetic and perceptive, which serves him well in his a real passion for delivering results driven changes in people and businesses. His most recent assignments have been in the charity, recruitment and legal sectors.
Thomas King has a career background in leadership, sales and customer care. He has translated his real world experiences into training, consultancy and leadership development. Direct yet diplomatic in his approach, he always seeks to find solutions that meet client’s needs. He takes a strong values and principles approach to all his work.
He is an effective communicator at all levels of an organization, both in written form and in verbal communication. He is experienced at platform speaking, and in chairing conferences.
He has vast experience of leading sales and customer care teams as well as designing and delivering training and facilitation for organisational improvement, unlocking strategic opportunities and solving complex organisational problems.
With a strong track record of international success in customer service and retention, business consulting, sales management, franchising, and training development, Thomas is experienced at working at all levels in organisations and across a range of functions. He has direct experience of many cultures around the world having lived in Australia, Switzerland and the UK. Most recently he has been working in the Middle East, raising the standards for sales and customer care.
His work centres on performance motivation improvement and innovative approaches, with both individuals and teams. He also has considerable experience of project management, developing leadership skills and delivering customer care programs focusing on competencies, vision, acquisition, loyalty, satisfaction and retention.
Peter Parker is a Consultant and Mentor specialising in Business Analysis, Process and Process Reengineering, Requirements Engineering and Risk. Peter delivers training and mentoring in all of these areas.
After an initial degree is in psychology at the University of London, Peter then went on to do research at Oxford University. His research was into memory and perception and he has a number of papers printed on these topics. These are mainly in the area of cognitive concepts and have a highly mathematical orientation which has been an underpinning concept of his career.
Peter is a member of the Institute of Directors, and has ISEB (part of the British Computer Society) qualifications in the areas in which he works and trains.
A major portion of Peter’s career has been in the mainstream IT industry, where he has worked in technical support, project and programme management and has been International Marketing Director (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
A creative and energetic personality, Peter has undertaken roles for organisations such as Lloyds of London, UK government regulatory agencies, City councils, hospitals, major retail organisations, oil companies and financial institutions. Roles have included Strategy Director, Programme Manager, and BPR consultant.
In the last 5 years, he has been asked to mentor and train and has enjoyed adding this role to a portfolio of consultancy delivery to major organisations. Peter has also collaborated in the writing of books, produced articles and spoken at a number of international conferences.
Apart from the mentoring and training, Peter’s current main emphasis is in the biological market place. He is working with a large plastics manufacturer, an electronics manufacturer and software company to deliver risk reduction in fields such as infertility, and stem cell banking.
Dr James Talbot has completed training for a vast array of Blue chip client including GSK for who we have undertaken Finance Training for in the United Kingdom, USA, Europe Inc, Italy, Netherlands, Lithuania for the last seven (7) years. Having worked with numerous clients in the pharmaceutical industries, Quest Diagnostics, Astra Zeneca, Chiltern, Bayer to name a few.
Also working in Spain, Switzerland, Oman, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia in specific industries
James is an Expert in the fields of Finance, Change, Communication, Training and Coaching: a Master Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming one of 60 globally, a Certified ISMA Trainer of Stress Management and Organisational Stress Management and a qualified Accountant, Certified Bookkeeper, Ex University Guest Lecturer, Treasurer for two Charity organisations, Qualified Certified Financial Planner, Ex Qualified Mortgage Advisor, Businessman, Neuro Linguistics Master Trainer, Management Consultant, Stress Management Consultant, Psychologist, Learning and Development Specialist, Writer and Speaker.
James has worked in both the private and public sectors utilising his specialist knowledge and experience in finance and management his career is both long and varied in the sectors of financial services, retailing, education and consultancy services.
James has a PhD Psychology and is also a professionally qualified Management Consultant, Accountant, Book-keeper and Financial Practitioner. He has worked in both the private and public sectors, utilising his specialist knowledge and experience in finance and management. His career is long and varied in the sectors of Financial Markets and Financial Services, Retailing, Education and Consultancy Services. He has held appointments as Financial Controller, Accountant, Financial Consultant, Design Consultant, Project Manager and Management Lecturer. He has also been a member of the Management Committee for three Further Education establishments and is a past Treasurer & Executive Management Committee Member for a Mental Health Charity.
Brian Perry has over 20 years’ experience of working as a Senior Trainer, Coach & Consultant. He brings a wealth of experience to organisational change and people development and is comfortable operating effectively at all levels of private and public sector businesses, regardless of their size.
He has helped Organisations, Teams and Individuals to improve their performance by establishing not just what needs to change and why but how the changes need to be effected. One of the hallmarks of his reputation with clients is his ability to transfer skills to the team throughout the implementation process.
With his relaxed and pragmatic approach, he works with Organisations to identify their vision for the future and helps bring that vision into reality.
Brian’s Training & Consulting Expertise include:
- Performance Management
- Team Building
- Translating business strategy into practical action
- Culture development within organisations
- Management & Leadership development
- Improving communications
- Behavioural and attitude change
- Presentation skills Training
- Bespoke training courses
- One to One Coaching
- Customer relations Management
- Psychometric Testing
- Meeting facilitation
Retail, Logistics & Distribution, Pharmaceutical, Food Production, Farming, Education, Local Government, Banking, Finance, Engineering, IT, NHS, Private hospitals, Medical, Chemical, R&D, Insurance, Winemaking, Travel, Charities, Police, Legal, Housing Association, Highways, Telecommunications, Publishing, Brewing.
Brian holds the British Psychological Society Statement of Competence in Occupational Testing (level A & B) and he is an accredited user for Psychometric Testing including: Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) Occupational Personality Questionnaires (OPQ), Firo-B, Occupational Culture Inventories (OCI) and Life Styles Inventories (LSI), Strong Interest Inventory and Thomas International
He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and holds their Diploma in Training Management.
Dr Mark Evenden is a consultant, trainer and coach specialising in leadership and management performance and development. He holds a PhD in Mining Engineering.
Mark has considerable experience of helping organisations to deliver a fundamental shift in their performance and gain competitive advantage by developing the skills and capability of their key managers. He has worked with a wide range of organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, as well as working internationally for businesses such as KAO Brands, Lenzing, Novartis and Cable & Wireless. Over the past 8 years he has personally helped to develop over 500 managers.
Prior to becoming a consultant and trainer, Mark was Operations Director with both Ladybird Books and with the global chemicals company Johnson Matthey PLC, where he was responsible for leading and delivering key improvements to their manufacturing, logistics and customer service operations. Mark also spent 7 years consulting with Coopers & Lybrand, supporting FTSE 200 companies to improve their performance and profitability.
Mark does not preach, lecture or prescribe the answers to his clients. He works in partnership with them to develop the solutions they need. Ultimately he wants to make a difference to his clients in a demonstrable and measurable way.
Mel Owers is a consultant, executive coach and trainer specialising in the development of management, interpersonal and leadership skills for business solutions. He is both a HR professional and qualified business coach. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with over fifteen years strategic and operational business experience. He is an outstanding trainer who has extensive expertise with UK and international delegates.
Mel regularly trains clients in leadership and management including Human Resources, Emotional Intelligence, workforce planning, presentation skills and change management. He has worked with a variety of clients from the private, public and charitable sectors including Barclays Capital, Virgin Atlantic, Local Government, HM Treasury and Coca-Cola.
Mel has an in-depth knowledge of training needs analysis, design, delivery and evaluation. He has the CIPD’s Certificate in the Psychology of Management and, is qualified in project management, coaching, psychometric ability testing and personality assessment – these skills have been used in selection, assessment, training and executive coaching. He is qualified in MBTI, EQ-i 2.0, 16PF5, OPQ and the HBDI psychometric instruments.
Mel’s coaching experience is not only considerable in terms of clientele and use of psychometrics but, he has designed management development programmes and coached at all levels of management. These include Chief Executive, Management Board Directors and middle managers.
On the basis of his cutting edge expertise, the CIPD have recognised him by invitation to their Psychology Faculty and, his previous role as Organisational Development Manager at HM Treasury means that practical experience is considerable. This includes managing large scale recruitment, introduction of a competence framework, achievement of IiP, improvement of employee engagement and the development of succession planning & talent management systems.
Over 25 years of experience in consulting, training and leadership/employee engagement. He worked extensively with many high profile organizations helping them develop tools and strategies to ensure Sustainable High Performance Workteams.
Steve moved to Dubai in 1991 and is the founder and Managing Director of Dubai based Leadership and Employee Engagement specialists The Core Group.
Core stands for the combination of Consulting and Research. The Core Group is dedicated to helping organisations achieve better results through developing and maintaining high levels of employee motivation and productivity and effective measurement strategies.
Before moving to the UAE, Steve started his career in the UK as an Education Consultant for Applied Learning International (now N.E.T.G.).
He was quickly promoted into several different roles which culminated in him being head of their consulting practice. During his 15 years with the company he worked on many complex and varied projects with such organisations as Shell, British Gas, Whitbread, CEGB (now Powergen), British Areospace and many more.
Since moving to the Middle East he has worked across the region and has extensive experience in the following industries:
Automotive; Airline; Hotels and Hospitality; Medical; Pharmaceutical; Construction; Banking; Government; IT; Logistics; Advertising; Oil & Gas; Telecoms; Retail.
During his time in the region he has gained unique insights into the issues that motivate (and in many cases de-motivate) employees and what management can do to develop and implement more productive strategies. He has also helped organisations develop effective measurement tools.
One of the key challenges of this type of work is being able to communicate complex and sometimes delicate or controversial issues to a variety of nationalities and levels of seniority.
His highly energetic and clear communication style helps to make what is a very complex issue, simple and understandable with actionable ideas and recommendations.
A mature veteran with over 25 years of employee motivation and leadership expertise, Steve is able to deal with all levels of employee from the most junior to the most senior and do so in a way that commands respect whilst at the same time, presenting the massage in the most appropriate way for the intended audience.
He has worked with multi-national, local companies and several government bodies and assisted in many engagement programmes as organizations move towards becoming more customer focused and market driven and measurement driven.
In addition to the consulting projects Steve has worked on he has developed and delivered over 50 different training courses specifically targeted at the needs of the Middle East.
Kamran Tork is a Leadership Coach, with 15 years of progressive international work experience in diverse fields including operations, accounting, quality assurance, business solutions, consulting, leadership and career coaching in Canada, Malaysia and UAE. His core expertise lies in the development of human capital to enhance organizational performance – over the last three years working in the UAE on a number of assignments including leadership and career coaching with large international organizations and Dubai government.
Kamran’s international work-life experience in 7 countries uniquely shapes his approach in working with clients by inviting a multifaceted perspective and offering tools that are immediately applicable to professional and personal needs of the clients. He facilitates leadership by emphasizing self-directed learning rather than advising or teaching. Kamran works with clients to identify their strength, challenge their perception and thinking, set and achieve inspiring goals and develop specific Personal Development Plans to achieve their professional objectives. He has a particular interest in embedding coaching behaviors in workplace.
Examples or recent client engagements include: Insead Business School, A Major automobile company, DBM, The Executive Council of Dubai, Dubai Government Human Resources Development and many more.
Kamran’s academic qualification is in Economics from University of Toronto, coupled with continuing leadership studies at Institute of Management Accountants of Canada. He is a member of International Coach Federation – PCC certification candidate.
Alan Barker is a consultant, trainer and coach specializing in communication skills, creativity and cognitive skills. He holds an MA from the University of Cambridge and worked for 15 years as an actor before becoming a training consultant.
Alan’s work draws on a wealth of expertise, ranging from executive communication to the more specialized fields of persuasion and influence, presenting, speechmaking, managing meetings, and business and technical writing. He has a particular interest in problem-solving, creativity and innovation.
Course participants respond with great enthusiasm to Alan’s engaging and dynamic approach to learning. His aim is always to help people discover their latent talents and apply them directly to their work. He regards training as an ongoing conversation in which everyone can learn something new.
Alan works in a wide range of organizations in the private, public and third sectors. He has a permanent consultancy role at the London Assembly, where he trains and coaches the Scrutiny team and Committee Secretariat. He is part of a team running the Inspirational Leadership Programme at British Telecom, and has a continuing role at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales developing managers’ communication skills.
He also works globally with a wide range of clients. For major clients such as HSBC and DHL, Alan has trained in most European countries (including Russia), as well as in Argentina, Bahrain, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sudan, Vietnam, and the United States. He develops and delivers online learning solutions for NGOs and other capacity-building organizations in Africa and other parts of the world.
He is the published author of fifteen books, including Improve Your Communication Skills, How to Manage Meetings, The Alchemy of Innovation and How to Solve Almost Any Problem. His books have been translated into 13 languages.
Alan is a member of the UK Speechwriters’ Guild and has spoken at a number of their conferences.
David Taylor has over 25 years’ experience working in the UK and also overseas as a senior lecturer. He ran an international business college in Southeast Asia and has also successfully completed overseas consultancy contracts in Thailand, Greece, Portugal, France and the UK.
David works with a diverse range of blue chip clients including Giat Industries, Glaxo SmithKline, Thai Farmers Bank, and Saatchi & Saatchi as well as SMEs and educational institutions both in UK and abroad. David also regularly works with individual clients from a range of diverse business sectors including retail outlets, banking, advertising, pharmaceutical, training and educational environments.
He delivers lectures to senior overseas business executives on an eclectic range of subjects, topics include: Innovation in Business, Predicting Behaviour in the Workplace, Cross-Cultural Communication and Some of the Reasons Why Boys and Girls Think and Act Differently!
Previously David has worked as an overseas ambassador for University of East London (UEL) as well as running an international recruitment consultancy specialising in sending UK nationals to colleges and universities overseas to countries including Russia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, China and Europe and the Far East.
David’s business consulting experience includes:
- Leadership development; focusing on judgement and decision making
- Strategies for gaining commitment, buy-in and motivation from ” The Team”
- Increasing productivity within sales forces
- Customer engagement; building effective relationships and establishing rapport
- One-to-one coaching for executive development
- Performance consulting
- Management and motivation; focusing energies for goal achievement
- Careers counselling for development and progression
- Outplacement support
- Psychological assessment
David holds the British Psychological Society statement of competence in psychological assessment and is an accredited user of a wide range of psychological instruments.
David focuses on working with teams and individuals to increase productivity by identifying the underlying reasons for performance gaps and then working together with the individual client to agree and construct a precise and focused personal development plan that enhances motivation, ensures greater productivity drives goal achievement, fulfilment and success.
John Green is a Process Facilitator specializing in initiating strategies and projects that have never been done before, anywhere in the world. He works with multidisciplinary, multicultural, and multilingual teams. The methods used are completely transferable across all sectors. They synthesize the model or roadmap, out of the distributed knowledge and wisdom of the team.
Initially qualifying as a biologist, then as a teacher, he later obtained a Masters Degree of Education, before moving in to industry.
After a successful career in education, training, consultancy and internal facilitation, he then went on to found his own company.
For the last 11 years he has worked with a diverse range of clients across the private sector (eg oil and gas / pharmaceutical), the public sector (eg Universities, Government) and the not-for-profit sector (eg social enterprises, and national faith groups.
He has worked in over twenty countries.
His interventions are either
- private and confidential workshops, that produce high impact breakthroughs for the clients, or
- public training events for skills transfer in the use of his methodology of techniques.
The interventions are bespoke, and include hard skills, soft skills, and serious fun, for motivation in the fast moving workshops.