OUR TEAM


FOUNDER & CEO


Vlatka Hlupic


Vlatka is an international award-winning thought leader, a University Professor, an activist for humanising management, and an author of acclaimed book "The Management Shift", which was listed by Forbes as one of the top eight business books in 2014. Vlatka was voted one of the Most Influential International HR Thinkers in 2015 and 2016, she is the winner of the CMI Management Articles of the Year Award 2015 and the Axiom Business Books Awards and has been shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year Award. She has been nominated for the Thinkers50 Guru Radar, "Ideas to practice" Award and the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. She has won the Croatian Woman of Influence Award in 2016 (in "Business" category) as well as Honorary Award from Leadership Awards. Vlatka is a prominent management consultant and Board adviser, helping organisations worldwide to substantially improve performance, engagement, innovation and profit. She is also a renowned professional keynote and TEDx speaker.

ASSOCIATES


Steven D'Souza


Steven D’Souza (Steven.DSouza@ftiecla.com) is Head of Programmes EMEA for the Financial Times/IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance. A globally recognized educator, adviser, author and speaker, he has taught at the Harvard Kennedy School and London Business School, among others, and spoken at events throughout the world from Shanghai to Sofia. He was an Executive Fellow at IE Business School and has taught on IE programs in partnership with Chicago Booth GSB and Brown University.

Based in London, D’Souza trained as a priest and then became vice president of an investment bank before he was 30. He is the author of Made in Britain (with Patrick Clarke); Brilliant Networking; and, most recently the bestselling, Not Knowing (with Diana Renner) which was the Chartered Management Institute’s Management and Leadership Book of the Year in 2015.

Kenny Elphick


Kenny Elphick is Sales Director (Associate) of The Management Shift and founder and CEO of Quest Coaching and Consulting. He specialises in helping executives and sales leaders to realise their full potential and drive sales performance. Kenny is a successful, career sales professional with more than three decades of experience in the challenging and fast moving enterprise software sector. He has held a series of senior sales positions in global Information Technology leaders such as IBM and salesforce.com as well as high growth ‘start-ups’ and medium enterprises.

He has lead cross functional teams through complex and challenging sales campaigns to win multimillion dollar contracts whilst building high trust, high value relationships with his customers. Kenny has been recognised and sought out for his highly collaborative and structured style of selling which combines skills, processes and capabilities to deliver consistently high results. He is passionate about helping people to be their best through coaching, consulting and mentoring.

Matt Hancock


Matt is a psychologist, psychotherapist, executive coach, management consultant, and University Lecturer. He works with senior executives on strategic initiatives, behaviour and culture and organisational change, most often through large group collaborations, team effectiveness, coaching and leadership interventions. He has operated as a consultant, facilitator, coach and change agent for nearly 30 years.

He has worked on projects across Europe and Asia Pacific, with senior executives from a number of nationalities, sectors and disciplines. These include organisations in financial services, engineering, utilities, and IT, each varying markedly in terms of their structure, governance, culture and maturity.

Garry Hunt


Garry is a Businessman, Scientist, Broadcaster and Writer. He has more than 35 years of experience as an executive and non executive Director. He has served on many Boards worldwide. As an Executive Director at PA, Logica Consultancy (CEO), ICL Group and Non executive Director with such PR Media companies as Fleishmann Hillard, Rowland Worldwide, Access Conferences International, as well as HW Group plc, Trustmarque plc, Ernst & Young (UK) and venture capital companies, and as an adviser to Oracle, Hewlett Packard, BBC, ITN etc.

He is an experienced and frequent communicator, on television and radio, and at Universities and Boardrooms throughout the world, and has written 9 books. Originally an international scientist and member of NASA, he holds 4 awards for his research activities. Garry was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2002.

Peter Neville Lewis


Peter Neville Lewis MIRM is a highly experienced Business Adviser to Boards and senior management teams with over 30 years’ practical delivery at Managing Director level himself, specialising in principled leadership, values based decision making and conduct risk. He holds the post of Visiting Fellow at Brunel University London and is also a Member of the Institute of Risk Management (MIRM) and advises their Board.

In 2001 he became accredited as an Executive Coach and in 2004 was one of the first Coach/Mentors in the UK to be awarded a Certificate in Supervision. In 2009 he established Principled Consulting. Ethical business behaviour and Reputational Risk mitigation is his key focus. Peter’s longstanding connections within the City and various political, academic, economic and cultural institutions provide clients with a rich source of intellect, expertise and pragmatism.

Annemarie O'Connor


Dr Annemarie O'Connor is a Clinical Psychologist by background and Director of a psychological practice in the City. She is experienced in applying psychological models and principles to facilitate both individual change on a professional and personal basis. She uses scientific effective approaches to create lasting positive changes. She is an energised and attentive practitioner who individually tailors intervention drawing on a range of models.

Annemarie is a member of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP) through the British Psychological Society (BPS) and combines coaching principles with psychological knowledge and experience. She has been part of the management shift team since the beginning and is passionate about supporting forward thinking organisations and the people within them make life altering positive change that all can benefit from.

Inge Relph


With extensive operational and advisory experience in both the corporate and international development world, Inge is a respected strategist and thought leader with a reputation for shaping and growing impactful organisations that create social value and stability. She was part of the Development Strategy Team successfully restructuring British Gas representing the UK on EU and UN Energy Councils, and she has led other large scale transformations in numerous international organisations.

She worked as Exec. Director, Board Member and Founder of various organisations including the London Chamber of Commerce and Womankind Worldwide. Inge was an advisor on security and development to a number of European governments, and most recently Senior Policy Advisor to The Elders among them Kofi Annan, President Carter and Mary Robinson. Inge has led workshops with leaders at KPMG, BlackRock, the Vatican and for the Young African Leaders program, to nurture leaders able to manage with authority and authenticity coming from greater consciousness and self- awareness.

Alfred Tolle


Alfred is the Founder and Chairman of a non-profit association, Wisdom Together, to foster compassion and wisdom by promoting well being and values for a prosperous and sustainable world for everyone. Wisdom Together is starting a series of regional overarching platforms, conferences, workshop and executive coaching seminars to host dialogues, transformation and change-initiatives that embrace a holistic perspective.

Alfred joined Google’s EMEA HQ in Dublin, Ireland, in 2011, consulting International companies on their online marketing and digital strategies. Prior to that he was CEO of Lycos in Boston, Vice President of Bertelsmann online in Asia/Japan and Executive Board Member of Daum Communication in Korea. His experience as an executive manager in these major blue-chip companies, among others, and working across the globe, have fed into his belief that we are truly living within an interconnected society which motivates his desire to bring about positive global change. Furthermore, recognizing the transformational potential of technology in terms of positively impacting people’s lives and their societal well-being, Alfred has instigated a number of projects that support conversations built upon a moral and ethical framework where and in which technology can be used. Specifically, he has initiated several happiness and wellbeing projects within Google and was instrumental in bringing the first Wisdom2.0 Conference to Europe. Furthermore, Alfred participated in the Global Wellbeing Lab with executives from around the world, initiated and supported by the German government (GIZ) and The Presencing Institute (MIT Boston) and was actively involved in the working group of the Club of Madrid, which delivered a research booklet about shared societies for the UN.

Paul Turner


Paul Turner is an Executive Coach who has worked with Executives in FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies and was a coach to one of the UK 2012 Olympic organising bodies. He has held Professorial positions at Universities in Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham and Cambridge. His career roles have included President (EMEA), Employee Care, Convergys; Group HR Business Director, LTSB; Vice President, CIPD; Director of BT; Non-Executive Director, Blessing White and OPI and General Manager for Plessey in the UK and Asia Pacific.

Paul is the author or co- author of Make Your People Before You Make Your Products ( Wiley, 2014), Workforce Planning ( CIPD, 2010), The Admirable Company ( Profile, 2008), Talent Strategy Management and Measurement ( CIPD, 2007), Organisational Communication ( CIPD, 2003) and HR Forecasting and Planning ( CIPD, 2002). He has written for business journals and the International Press.

Rachel Whitehouse


Rachel is an accomplished business advisor and senior change leadership practitioner with considerable innovation and delivery experience from senior roles in blue chip consulting firms and as an internal advisor and interim manager. Recent strategic work includes leading thought leadership on the ‘Future of Work’ in the Banking Sector for a big 4 advisory firm and digital arm of a retail bank. Her most recent delivery experience includes several roles designing and programme managing regulatory and cultural change in the financial services sector.

Rod Willis


Rod Willis FRSA is an APECS Executive Coach, primarily supporting Legal Service organisations in Talent Selection and Development. He spent > 25 years in Electronic Manufacturing, working with Blue-Chip clients, establishing high performing multi-cultural teams. His philosophy is one of Continuous Improvement guided by Appreciative Inquiry. Trained in HC Analytics and a broad range of Psychometric profiling tools supporting clients to become more aware of what, and why they do what they do.

The result is they can better manage themselves and work with their colleagues more effectively. He studied both an MBA and MSc in Coaching and Behavioural. Rod is passionate about maximising individuals’ potential, helping them to create better businesses, enhancing society, ultimately helping people grow through change.

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox


Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is CEO of 20-first, a leading international gender-balance consultancy. She works with top management at some of the world’s best-known companies to identify the business opportunities of gender balance and how to achieve it. She has written three books: Seven Steps to Leading Gender-Balanced Businesses (HBR 2014), How Women Mean Business (Wiley 2010), and Why Women Mean Business: Understanding the Emergence of Our Next Economic Revolution (Wiley 2008), which won the Manpower Business Book of the Year award.

Avivah speaks on leadership and gender balance across the globe, lectures at business schools including INSEAD and HEC, writes a blog for Harvard Business Review and is the first female columnist for Der Spiegel’s Manager Magazine. She is Founder and Honorary President of the European Professional Women’s Network. Canadian, French and Swiss, she has been recognised by ELLE Magazine as one of the TOP 40 Women Leading Change.

ADVISORY BOARD


Duncan Blom


Duncan is a Sales, Operations & Transformation Director with international experience in blue-chip organisations (Philips & Microsoft) in the Technology, Consumer Goods & Health, and Electronics sectors. He has held senior managerial roles in sales, marketing and supply-chain, and has managed numerous international cross-functional, multi-cultural teams. Duncan is currently rolling out a change-management program at Philips HealthTec, focussing on Strategic Leadership, Advanced Analytics & Integrated Planning.

Paul Excell


Paul Excell CEng, FIET, FBCS Founder, CEO, Chairman, Author Paul is a founder, global executive leader, technology pioneer and board advisor with an impressive track record of delivering growth and transformation in organisations large and small. As Founder and CEO at excelerating innovation and Executive Chair, Global iLabs he drives an innovative portfolio of high growth, disruptive technology startups/scale ups plus provides executive coaching and board advisory services.

He is also a renown keynote speaker, author (#7Cs of Successful Innovation) and Chairs the BCS Entrepreneurs Board (the Chartered Institute for IT). He was Chief Customer Innovation Officer, Group Technology Officer and VP Global Services at BT where he launched several innovative services and global businesses supporting revenues of >$4bn He is an alumnus of London Business School, University of Essex and University of York. He started his career as a Technical Apprentice and is passionate about skills, diversity and inclusion.

Ahlya Fateh


Ahlya Fateh is a director at BPF and has recently been appointed to the position of Managing Director of luxury lifestyle brand Amanda Wakeley; she was previously the Managing Director of Tata Naka for four years. Ahlya began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers before moving, in 1996, to Condé Nast Publications where she launched Vogue in Russia and spent 9 years at the helm of society magazine Tatler as its Managing Editor.

Geoff McDonald


Geoff’s background in teaching, HR, marketing, communications and sustainability is considerable. He is a former Global Vice President HR for Unilever. His HR experience has spanned leadership and talent development, organization change, capability development, with particular reference to marketing, and business transformation with purpose at its core. He led ground breaking work where the HR function has played a central role in transforming Unilever’s business model with purpose at its core.

Today Geoff is a very much sought after speaker, inspiring and provoking Organizations to put purpose and wellbeing at the centre of everything they do. His experience in Unilever, under the pupilage of Paul Polman, allows him to provide very practical insights and speak on how to go about truly embedding PURPOSE and address the taboo associated with wellbeing (particularly mental health) within a large global multi-national Organization.

Roger Steare


Professor Roger Steare is The Corporate Philosopher. He invites people to stop and think in a compelling and inspiring, yet pragmatic way, and he helps people develop better thinking, dialogue and decision-making. The result? His clients are able to build cultures where every customer, colleague and investor is truly valued as a human being.

Roger is: Leadership, culture and ethics advisor to the Boards and senior executives of major corporations, public sector institutions, governments and regulators; Independent Strategic Advisor on Organisational Culture and Integrity to Ernst & Young LLP; Corporate Philosopher and Visiting Professor in the Practice of Organizational Ethics at Cass Business School; Visiting Professor in European General Studies at the Collège d’Europe in Bruges; Faculty member at Duke Corporate Education; Lecturer on Critical Thinking at the Royal College of Defence Studies; Lecturer on Sustainability at London Business School; Fellow at cross-party UK policy think tank ResPublica; Fellow at the Royal Society for the Arts, Commerce and Industry; Author of ethicability® with over 600,000 digital copies sold; Co-designer of the MoralDNA™ Profile with over 600,000 digital licences sold; Expert media commentator for the BBC, the FT, The Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Rob Wirszycz


Rob has worked for the last 15 years as chairman, advisor and mentor for start-up, scale-up, turnaround, private equity and public businesses. He has expertise in strategy, marketing, sales and ‘people’, in areas such as e-commerce, outsourcing, software products, insurance and consumer electronics.

Before being plural, Rob worked for EDS as European Marketing Director; the IT industry trade association, CSSA as Director General; and was CEO of a number of fast growing companies in the UK and Japan. Rob has an MBA, is a Chartered Engineer and Marketer; a fellow of the RSA, IoD, ISMM, and BCS; a Court Liveryman of the IT Livery Company, where he is Chairman of the Entrepreneurs Panel; and a Visiting Senior Fellow at Cass Business School. He is on the ‘Maserati 100’ list of entrepreneur mentors, and won ‘Mentor of the Year’ for the second time at the 2015 Enterprise Awards.