We’re not just consultants. We’re partners.
We’re all senior, highly experienced people, with a depth of both industry and consultancy experience but what really sets us apart is the way we work.
We are neither arms-length advisors nor embedded implementers. Instead we’re expert guides, helping clients identify and implement the best route forward, standing beside them every step of the journey, and doing whatever it takes to enable them to attain their goals more successfully than they thought possible.
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 equity and private and publically owned companies.
Simon’s consulting experience spans over 20 years and a wide variety of industries & cultures. He worked for two years 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.Email Simon
Previously a Director of Value Partnership, 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 recent clients who include Groupe SEB, 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.Email Geoff
David joined the Board in January 2017, as a Non-Executive Director, following senior leadership roles on the Management Board of Energis and most recently as CEO, Cable and Wireless Americas where he made a significant contribution in returning the Company to growth. David’s current portfolio focuses upon leveraging his corporate leadership skills to build high growth businesses. This portfolio includes being Chairman of The Chemistry Group where he has led a successful fund raise to build a market leadership in people assessment and as a Founder of Gearshift Advisors Ltd a start-up private equity firm targeting high growth businesses with ambitious management teams. David has also been both a client and informal advisor to the Value Partnership team over a number of years.Email David
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. Clare has considerable experience developing leadership talent and is an adept top team facilitator, working with virtual and multi-cultural teams.
Some of her recent clients include Canon, HSBC, Brewin Dolphin, Electronic Arts, Dovetail Games, Cardtronics, Pfizer, Thales, Ericsson, BDO, Visa, Celesio, Xchanging and HID Global. 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.Email Clare
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.Email Bruce
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. Ian’s particular interests are the creation and implementation of strategy and new business models and the leadership challenges and change management issues that this brings. His most recent clients include GS1 UK, I CAN, JTI and the School of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE).Email Ian
Marisa’s strengths and expertise lie in organisation design, strategic talent management, cultural transformation, developing high performing teams and leadership coaching. She brings significant experience in consulting on leadership and talent development, in order to drive high performance, often during times of organisational change. Marisa has spent over 15 years’ working with and influencing business leaders across commercial, global corporate functions, R&D, manufacturing and supply chain to deliver an HR and OD agenda that is aligned to the business needs and drives sustainable business performance.
Marisa has worked in retail and publishing, primarily holding numerous HR leadership positions for GlaxoSmithKline, and her most recent role, prior to joining Value Partnership in 2017, was leading the organisation and cultural transformation at GlaxoSmithKline during the Joint Venture activity for the newly formed GSK/Novartis enterprise as they merged their Consumer Healthcare and Vaccines organisations.Email Marisa
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. For London 2012, Jane was a volunteer in the Athletes Village looking after Team GB for the Olympics and Paralympics, and she volunteers each year at the PGA Golf at Wentworth.Email Jane
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.Email Karen
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.Email Tina
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.Email Sophie
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 and is currently working towards obtaining Prince 2 certification. Away from work, Jane’s primary focus is her family; she also enjoys swimming, reading and travelling to new places. If her children had one thing to say about her, it is that her cakes are delicious and that she drives a hard bargain when it comes to homework!Email Jane
Kate is the newest recruit to Value Partnership, having joined the team as Executive Assistant to the Consulting Team in October 2016. She has previously worked as a senior PA in both large and small organisations, including a small management consultancy, where she managed clients and associates across multiple projects. Within the larger companies (LogicaCMG, Acision, Xura and Forte Hotels) she has supported board members and global teams within the telecoms and hospitality sectors – and she even has first hand experience of using Value Partnership as a supplier, whilst at Xura.
Outside work, Kate’s focus is family-based and she can often be found on the swings at the park with her young daughter. Other activities include the occasional game of badminton, cycling (provided it’s on level ground) and wrestling weeds in the garden.Email Kate
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.Email Donald
Suzanne’s passion and expertise lies in enabling senior executives and top teams to reach their full leadership potential through coaching and learning programmes/interventions. She works internationally with individuals, teams and/or whole organizations, placing strong emphasis on achieving the highest level of personal performance to deliver excellent business and personal results.
She adopts a pragmatic approach, drawing on a blend of NLP (an enabler of swift and effective personal change), best business practice, her own senior leadership experience and proven psychological techniques, to enable executives to move forward. Suzanne is experienced at working with instruments such as: the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Firo-B, 360 and Emotional Intelligence Questionnaires.
Suzanne has worked at Henley Business School in both faculty roles and leadership roles and her clients include: Canon, Groupe SEB, Barclays, Eon, McDonalds and GDF Suez.Email Suzanne
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.Email Nicky
A psychologist, Lynn consults, develops, coaches and researches in the areas of leadership and change. Her current and recent client work includes assignments for Skanska, CRH plc, Ace, AIB, Aon, BG Group, Chime, FCO, GDSuez, GLOW, NAB, OMV, Tetrapak, Treasury Solicitors Office and Urenco. Lynn’s recent work has taken her across Europe, and to Mexico, China, the US and the UAE on projects which include designing and leading Senior Leadership Programmes, developing team performance, leading global people development and culture change processes and working with senior teams and individuals on resilience in change and transition. Previously Director of Tailored Business at Ashridge, Lynn led the Business Development team responsible for designing customised solutions for clients. Lynn is an Ashridge accredited coach, Level BPS Level A and B qualified and is licensed to use a wide range of 360 instruments and psychometrics. A classicist originally, and a keen linguist, she took a Masters in Organisation Psychology and has held senior roles in manufacturing and retail.Email Lynn
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.Email Helen
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.Email Sarah
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.Email Lukas
Robyn has an accomplished career, with over two decades experience as an Organisation Development professional and performance coach. With an excellent track record of achievement, Robyn possesses broad experience in the design and delivery of global and bespoke programmes to drive business results, build capability and accountability at an individual, team and organisational level, to ultimately bring about transformation.
She brings significant experience and strengths in consulting on leadership and talent engagement and development, in order to drive high performance, often during times of organisational change.
Robyn’s experience in Commercial, (Pharmaceuticals and FMCG) Manufacturing and Global Business environments, gives her a broad perspective on leadership and talent development. This enables her to share best practice across sectors and organisational levels, to ensure that leaders in organisations understand their roles, their accountabilities and how to sustain a strong pipeline of talent.
Prior to joining Value Partnership, Robyn was an internal Organisation and Development Consultant at GlaxoSmithKline, latterly leading on a number of global leadership and change projects in ViiV Healthcare.Email Robyn
Katrin is a highly qualified and experienced coach, consultant and facilitator and is passionate about helping individuals and teams push the boundaries of what is possible, while supporting them to be at their best.
Prior to joining Value Partnership, Katrin worked for Thomson Reuters where she held a number of senior positions in training, relationship management and coaching & development, working both with internal and external stakeholders in financial services to improve both employee engagement and business performance.
Katrin is certified with the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC) as an Executive Coach and International Systemic Team Coach and as a facilitator, she is known for her enthusiasm and infectious attitude. She is bi-lingual in German and English and has worked in global teams across Europe, Asia and the Americas in face-to-face and virtual environments.Email Katrin
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.Email Tessa
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.Email Sonja
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