Our Team

Simon Court, Founder and CEO

Simon Court is the founder and CEO of Value Partnership. He works as an adviser and guide with individual senior leaders, boards and executive teams. The challenges he works on include new growth strategies, changing business models, developing organisational agility and building new leadership capabilities. Simon challenges and supports Chief Executives and their teams to understand and address these challenges effectively. He works across sectors including entertainment, publishing, consumer products, technology, gaming, financial services and venture capital. His experience covers private, private equity and publically owned companies.

Simon’s consulting experience spans 20 years and a wide variety of industries & cultures. He worked for two years based in Milan, as well as in many European countries, the Middle East, South East Asia and North America. Simon has an extensive industry background, primarily in the telecommunications, security and building materials sectors. He was previously HR Director for Ericsson UK. He has an MBA from Warwick Business School and an MSc from Imperial College.

Geoff Rogers, Director

Geoff has extensive experience in delivering performance improvement through organisation development and change leadership. He is also an executive coach who brings general management experience and insight to his role as a consultant. His interest in the impact of globalisation on people and organisations is reflected in his current clients who include Lafarge, Thales, Monier, LECG and HSBC.

Until 2001 Geoff was HR Director for Standard Chartered’s Global Markets business; he has also held appointments as HR Director for Europe/US and Global Head of Management and Organisational Development. Geoff has worked extensively across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Gulf and South Asia. His earlier career included the Royal Air Force, British Aerospace and Quaker Oats. He has an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Clare Wilson, Director

Clare has 20 years experience in leadership development, team effectiveness, organisational change and organisation design. Her expertise lies in driving lasting change that improves business performance through engaging leaders to review and align the culture, structure and strategy of their business in a cohesive way.

Some of her recent clients include Canon, HSBC, Brewin Dolphin, Electronic Arts, Telehouse, Pfizer, Thales, Ericsson, BDO, Visa, Celesio, Xchanging, FTI Consulting, The Physiological Society and Morrisons. Clare spent over 10 years with Pfizer in the Research and Development and Manufacturing divisions and has worked on a number of organisation redesigns with leaders across all continents, leading to significant business transformation. Prior to joining Value Partnership, Clare was Pfizer’s European Director of Organisational Development, working with 19 manufacturing sites in seven countries.

Clare has considerable experience of developing leadership talent and is an adept top team facilitator, working with virtual and multi-cultural teams. She has a Diploma in Executive Coaching and has coached many leaders, particularly during key transitions. She is Myers Briggs certified, has completed an Advanced Consulting programme and the Organisational Development Practitioners programme with Roffey Park and an HR Strategy programme with Ashridge Business School.

Bruce Slatton, Director

With his career spanning financial controlling, strategic direction and executive management, Bruce brings extensive, multi-cultural management and business transformation experience to his role as a consultant having led successful performance improvement, strategy development and implementation and leadership development initiatives in Germany, Austria, France and the UK. He brings a results focused insight and is able to engage and motivate comfortably at all levels of a business from the boardroom to the shop floor.

Bruce has extensive experience in delivering performance improvement in businesses, both those he has managed and through his work over the last four years in a leading, results driven operational performance improvement consultancy. Previous to that, he worked for 20 years for Lafarge Group across Western, Central and Eastern Europe and is fluent in French and German with substantial pan-European experience and a unique ability to work with and understand different cultures. He was Managing Director for Lafarge Plasterboard Ltd, a £140m business covering the UK and Ireland and is a former Trustee of CRASH, the construction industry’s charity for the homeless. An American by birth, Bruce holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ian Pringle, Director

Ian has over 25 years international business experience, primarily in the logistics, manufacturing and construction materials industries. His last role was as Executive Director for TDG Ltd. Prior to TDG, Ian worked in global roles with Lafarge Group based in Paris and Electrocomponents Plc across Europe. He has worked at senior management and Board level with responsibility for both line and functional activities and has worked in both publically owned and private equity backed companies.

Ian works as a coach and mentor to CEOs and senior management, where he combines a high level of strategic thinking with powerful insights into individual and team performance, delivering long-term sustainable business outcomes. His particular interests are the creation and implementation of strategy and new business models and the leadership challenges and change management issues that this brings.

Mike Regan, Chairman

Mike has worked in top teams of significant international organisations, where he has been responsible for providing organisational capability and development input in a highly business focused manner. He has significant exposure to executive development and organisational change in a multi-national environment.

Mike has held senior HR executive roles with Thorn EMI, the NG Bailey Organisation and AB Electrolux, where he headed up the Group’s HR activity. He continues to sit as a Non Executive Director on Boards, across both the public and private sector.

Nickie Fonda, Director

Nickie has wide experience of collaborating with senior leaders and their teams, across many sectors, to establish capability strategies that anticipate, and respond to, the dynamics and challenges of the business environment.

Nickie is the former Managing Director of an international strategic management consultancy, and a former business development adviser with the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has a long track record as an entrepreneur, business director, organisation consultant, executive coach and mentor, and is author of numerous articles and reports on aspects of organisational and people development. Nickie started her career in Europe with Glaxo and has worked as a Director of the Brunel University Management Programme. An American by birth, she has a Masters in Management from the London School of Economics.

Nicky Burton

Nicky has broad experience in people and organisation development, marketing and project management, primarily in the financial services, professional services and technology sectors.  Her career includes senior international roles in Prudential and Dell. More recently she was director of a consultancy specialising in executive development and Group Head of Talent Development for Standard Chartered Bank.

She has worked extensively with leadership teams to improve performance; she has also designed and developed processes, programmes and tools to identify, develop and engage talent at all levels.

Nicky is an experienced coach and facilitator and her organisation experience, combined with her training in Gestalt psychotherapy, NLP and yoga, enable her to work effectively with individuals, teams and large groups to achieve sustained behaviour change.  She is equally at home at board level as she is in one-to-one work as a coach and brings intellect, insight, warmth and humour to her work.

Donald Mungall

For the past 25 years, Donald has been consulting predominantly in the oil and gas, health, and financial services sectors. He has enjoyed long-standing consulting relationships with organisations such as Shell, both in the UK and internationally, BP, and other smaller European oil companies; the NHS from national to local levels; the International Stock Exchange and financial regulatory bodies.

Donald’s expertise is in Organisation Development and Behaviour, blending these skills with a pragmatic, task-oriented, business focus. He specialises in the development of top teams in the context of major change, with the attendant executive mentoring and coaching at one end of the spectrum and large group events facilitation at the other. He worked in local government and then for Shell International before becoming Shell UK’s Head of Organisation Development and Change Support. Donald has a business degree and an MA in Organisational Psychology.

Dr Suzanne Pollack

Suzanne’s expertise lies in helping senior executives and top teams to reach their full potential through coaching and learning programmes/interventions. A strong emphasis is placed on achieving the highest level of personal performance to deliver excellent business and personal results. Suzanne adopts a pragmatic approach, drawing on a blend of NLP (an enabler of swift and effective personal change), best business practise, her own senior leadership experience and proven psychological techniques, to enable executives to move forward.

Suzanne is skilled in using instruments such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Firo-B, 360’s and Emotional Intelligence Questionnaires. She has worked at Henley Management College in a number of roles, including Director of Corporate Qualifications Programmes and Director of Open Executive Programmes. She is now a Client Director within Henley’s Company (bespoke) Programmes area. Suzanne is also a member of Henley’s Human Resources and Organisation Design/Development Faculty Group.

Sarah Rose

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience as a highly commercial HR leader with broad experience as both a consultant and practitioner in a number of “blue chip” organisations. She specialises in Change Leadership, Manager Excellence, Performance Management, Talent Development and Reward and is passionate about the role that HR and other functions needs to play in driving business outcomes. She is an experienced facilitator and coach working with leadership teams and individuals, where she brings a blend of insight, knowledge, experience and fun to her work.

Sarah’s most recent role was HR Lead for UK HR Managers at Microsoft, and her career has included senior roles with Standard Chartered Bank and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and, earlier in her career, with Rolls- Royce Plc, the BBC,  and Rolfe & Nolan Plc. Consulting clients have included Zurich Financial Services, GE, Cable and Wireless,  Microsoft, Lafarge, Lloyds Register, Thales and Pfizer. Sarah is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Sarah Cooney

Sarah is a highly experienced Learning and Development consultant and a qualified career and business coach. Prior to her consulting career Sarah held key leadership roles in the NHS as a clinical pharmacist, then as Director of Prescribing at a north London Health Authority. She joined Eli Lilly initially in a sales role, then led the Sales Training Programme for a number of key prescription products. Following that she transitioned into an Organisational Development role in the UK Affiliate before heading up the Learning and Development function within manufacturing. This combined public and private sector career has given her a broad range of organisational development experience – including career and business coaching, leadership development, training design and delivery, training evaluation, talent management, team development, change management, performance appraisal and development planning.

Over the past seven years as a consultant she has worked with Amgen, Astellas, Boehringer Ingelheim, Celesio, Clipper, Coperforma, Game, Givaudan, Kellogg’s, Lilly, Nexen, Patheon, Pfizer, Roche, Shire, Siemens, Tipico and UCB Pharma.

Helen Hambleton

Helen has held senior positions both in the UK and overseas, having worked across a broad range of business areas, including manufacturing, commercial and global corporate positions within the pharmaceutical, FMCG and charity sectors. Her expertise lies in business understanding and translation into strategic people, management, organisational and cultural interventions that really drive business performance.

Helen has a very accomplished and broad HR background having had over 15 years experience in HR Business Leadership, Talent Management and Leadership and Organisational Culture Development. Her consulting assignments have included work for GSK, Allianz, ViiV Healthcare, VSO, Alliance Medical, Pearson, Marston’s, Healthwatch England, NHS, Jordans & Ryvita, EADS, Celesio, SCOPE and Frequentis. Helen is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, a Lean Sigma Green Belt and a qualified Executive Coach (ICF – Associate Certified Coach.

Zoe Gruhn
Zoe Gruhn

Zoe has more than thirty years’ experience in all aspects of learning and development, as an executive and as a consultant. Her expertise lies in change management, leadership development, organisational effectiveness, coaching, facilitation and talent management, building high performance senior teams, executive and management assessments and promoting personal learning and growth.

Zoe has worked in the UK, Europe, China, Asia and Australia, and has worked with clients in national and multinational companies from the banking and retail sectors, energy, media, manufacturing, communications and professional services industries, and in the NHS, Central and Local government. She started her career as an English and drama teacher and lecturer and prior to consulting, led Hay Group’s UK Leadership and Executive Coaching Practice and also spent many years as an executive in the financial services sector, generating and delivering talent management strategies and executive assessment. Zoe has an MA in Management Learning, BSc Psychology, is a published author and regularly speaks on areas such as talent management, leadership, change, HRM and development practices.

Tessa Castle

Tessa has over 20 years’ experience and a track record of success working with a range of blue-chip companies in over 40 countries and territories. Her key areas of expertise are Talent Management, Organisation Effectiveness, Change Leadership and Leadership/Personal Development.

Tessa’s former clients and employers include BP, BSkyB, Coca-Cola, PricewaterhouseCoopers, HSBC, Santander (Abbey National) and UEFA. Her previous roles include Director of Talent and Organisation Effectiveness at Coca-Cola, Head of Talent and Organisation Development at BSkyB, Associate with Cranfield University and Henley Business School. Tessa is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Lukas Neckermann

Lukas has 20 years of leadership experience in automotive, media, and financial services in the UK, Germany and the US.  He is passionate about transformative change and staff engagement.

After beginning his career at broadcasting company WVBR-FM, Lukas joined BMW’s central marketing area in 1996. After four years in Munich and an MBA in New York, he joined the Allianz Group in 2002, where he was responsible for numerous strategic transformations including at Allianz Automotive, the Allianz Management Institute, and at Euler Hermes UK. He has also co-founded Monoventure srl (a real-estate investment company in Romania), MN Innovative Communication Inc in New York, Neckermann Ltd in London and the Freckleray brand.

He is a Senior Advisor to the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), and an Advisor to start-up companies on the subject of electric and self-driving automobiles.  He has lectured and taught courses to executives from over 40 countries, and has spoken at countless conferences on marketing, business development, communication, leadership, and corporate education.

Lukas holds a BA degree from Cornell University, and received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is fluent in English and German and proficient in French.

Vanessa Couchman

Vanessa helps clients to improve business performance and manage change through better use of communications with all their stakeholders. She is a highly experienced communications consultant and business writer, and her client list includes blue chip companies as well as governmental and public sector organisations.

Following 10 years in the publishing industry, she held senior appointments with the Audit Commission, where she was a member of the executive management board. Vanessa has an MBA from Warwick University and a first degree from Oxford University. She is a fluent French speaker and has a working knowledge of Italian and Swedish.

Sonja Noethen

Sonja’s experience covers a broad international HR portfolio. She has worked as a European HR Manager, European Strategic HR Business Partner and HR Director for Emerging Markets (the latter for Canon). She is driven to leverage sustainable business growth by aligning HR strategies with business objectives. Her experience and analytical skills enable Sonja to review and establish a clear line of sight between the business strategy and the most appropriate organisational design. In the emerging market environment she has worked on business expansion in multiple cultural contexts. In the role of change leader she partners with clients through their structural and cultural changes in order to enhance efficiency and growth.

During transformation, Sonja advises leadership on change strategy, leadership performance and behaviour. She is an experienced coach to senior executives and provides expert guidance on organisation and people strategy, including key people decisions and critical HR processes.

Karen Lewis

As Project Manager and Executive Assistant to the consulting team, Karen has worked for Value Partnership since 2005, ensuring project preparation, planning and delivery to our clients runs smoothly.  Prior to joining the practice, Karen worked in marketing for B2B publishers United Business Media, Emap and Reed, organising exhibition stands, sourcing editorial content, managing direct marketing campaigns and supporting product development activities.

Karen began her career as Personal Assistant to the Director of Public Relations for the Royal Navy and subsequently PA to the Group Advertising Director of Barclays Bank.  Outside work Karen’s current ambition is to actually ‘enjoy’ a round of golf.

Sophie Astin

Sophie joined Value Partnership in 2005 as Marketing Executive, and is responsible for running internal and client-focused events, maintaining the website and other social media as well as providing additional support, when needed, to the consultancy team.

Sophie spent several years as PA to Douglas Adams, author of the cult ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, at his digital media company, H2G2. After his death, she worked as Associate Producer on a documentary about his life and works, as well as Consultant for publishers Random House, sourcing Adams’ previously unpublished material for his posthumous novel, ‘Salmon of Doubt’. She went on to manage VIP clients at Europe’s largest concierge service, TEN UK. Sophie has two young boys and has unwittingly become a Tottenham Hotspur fan.

Tina Elstone

Tina has worked for Value Partnership since Autumn 2006 as Finance Manager and is involved in all aspects of finance from day-to-day to longer term planning within the practice.  Tina is a Chartered Accountant and prior to working for Value Partnership worked for Baker Tilly as Business Services Manager and also helped a number of clients to develop their strategic business plans.

She undertook her initial accountancy training with Touche Ross having decided to make a move from her initial career as a Geography Teacher. Whilst working at Value Partnership Tina has trained and qualified as a Dance Teacher and as a break from accounting teaches Ballroom and Latin American Dancing.

Jane Mellor

Jane is an Executive Assistant and Project Manager to the consulting team – planning, organising and prioritising business and client critical activities.

Prior to joining Value Partnership in 2012, Jane previously worked as Client Services Manager in two other change management consultancies but the major part of her career was spent with Halifax, in a variety of management roles.  Jane is also a Saville and Holdsworth Occupational Tester and Profiler. Away from work, Jane’s primary focus is her family; she also enjoys reading and travelling to new places.  If her children had one thing to say about her, it is that her cakes are delicious.

Jane Court

As Business Director and Co-Founder, Jane is responsible both for managing internal operations and maintaining client relationships. Previously Jane has worked in television, as a Producer, making documentaries for Channel 4 (‘Picking up the Pieces’ and ‘Death’ which won a BAFTA).

Jane is also CIPD qualified and early in her career she worked as an HR consultant, 8 years of which were spent with the law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills.  For London 2012, Jane was a volunteer in the Athletes Village looking after Team GB for the Olympics and Paralympics.

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