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Meet our team of consultants and systemic coaches. We create liberating and successful organisations where every individual feels a sense of belonging and can thrive.

Obi
Obi Founder & Lead Coach
Obi James has 15 years experience of successfully developing leaders, partnerships and teams across large multinational organisations like Deloitte, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Northern Trust.

A former VP in HR, she is certified as an Organisational and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC) and a Team Performance Coach (CTPC). She also serves as a Faculty Member for CRR Global, where she trains coaches, mediators and organisational leaders on relationship, team and group dynamics.

Chris
ChrisLeadership & Team Coach
Chris has over 20 years experience of organisational change working across a whole range of industries. Everything from finance, to non-profit; from manufacturing, to government; and from technology to pharmaceuticals.

He’s a certified executive leadership and team coach with CPCC and ORSCC accreditations. As a Faculty Member for CRR Global, he delivers training courses for systems coaches and organisational leaders all over the world.

Dorothy
DorothyLeadership Coach
Dorothy is a leadership coach and coaching supervisor with more than 25 years’ international experience in media and communications for both the private and public sector.

She is also a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation and is specially trained and certified in organisation and relationship systems coaching (ORSCC) with CRR Global, helping her clients navigate the challenges of the wider organisational and relationships.

Beth
BethCampaigns Consultant & Facilitator
Beth helps movements and organisations connect better with the right audiences to kick off conversations, mobilise support and effect change. She has worked with charity sectors’ biggest brands such as Comic Relief, WWF and Cancer Research UK; with catalytic and specialist organisations; and coalitions collaborating to achieve broader, deeper change.

She has facilitated team development to drive alignment and ambition for not-for-profit organisations including Action for Children and ActionAid.

Niina
NiinaMental Health & Wellbeing Coach
Niina is a trained organisations and systems coach (ORSC). She has over 15 years experience of managing people and teams, and is passionate about developing wellbeing in the workplace.

Niina is interested in all aspects of Mental Health and alongside coaching, currently works as a specialist mental health pharmacist for the NHS. Always looking for new ways to develop, Niina is also training to become a registered Hypno-Psychotherapist.

Julia
JuliaCoach, Facilitator and Action Researcher
Julia is an experienced coach, facilitator and action researcher. She has qualifications in advanced coaching with the Relational Dynamics programme, action learning set facilitation, quality improvement coaching and team coaching.

Julia’s background is within policy and research in charities and the public sector. She has extensive experience facilitating reflective learning, away days, strategy processes and project development work.

Estea
EsteaTalent & Change Manager
Estea Rademeyer has 15 years’ experience of organisational change and talent management across a range of industries, from mining, finance, manufacturing, retail, government and technology. She has delivered large organisational redesign and change projects as well as on the development and facilitation of leadership interventions and training.

She recently got her MBA, is a registered Industrial Psychologist and a trained coach. Estea works in the UK and in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Kellie Simpson
Kellie SimpsonExecutive Assistant
Kellie is the heart of our team’s core business operations and the glue that holds us all together. She has spent her 17-year career working as a Personal Assistant in the legal industry. Kellie is super organised, efficient and resourceful, and prides herself on delivering a highly professional, reliable and trustworthy service. With Kellie on our team, our clients trust that we stay responsive and always on the ball!

Originally from Devon, Kellie spent 5 years living as an expat in both Taiwan and Hong Kong before moving to Wiltshire where she now lives with her husband and their Doberman, Tilly.

Rhoda
RhodaCommunication & Branding Coach
Rhoda works with our clients on shaping and sharing their narratives to meet objectives. She believes the most effective communication solutions are tailored to the needs of each client and consumer.

As part of our strategy development and culture change programmes, Rhoda challenges, excites and helps our clients to own their stories and promote happy working cultures.

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Thank you for bringing our agenda from strategy day back into sharp focus.  Speaking on behalf of the Executive Board, we found the techniques you employed on strategy highly effective. They have enabled the Executive Board to work in a more connected manner, be even more decisive in terms of prioritisation and confront issues that need to be addressed in a decisive manner.

Janet, President, Women in Banking & Finance - WIBF

Obi helped us to develop of a new strategic plan, individual and collective visions for the Royal African Society (RAS). Having an external facilitator of Obi’s calibre and experience certainly made a difference from doing it in-house and I have no doubt that we will use her services again.

Richard, Deputy Director, Royal African Society - RAS

Obi and her associate did more than strengthen our collaboration. We walked away with a clear sense of purpose, enhanced creativity, excellent ideas, a better understanding of our team dynamics and a collectively-designed agreement on how we would support one another whilst staying fully committed to our team goals.

Niina, Deputy Chief Pharmacist, NHS

Obi clearly has a solid understanding of the Investment Banking business
which lends itself to a level of awareness of the challenges and culture,
and ultimately results in solutions that are fit-for-purpose.

Gwen, Senior Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

She helped us scratch behind the surface of our work and really strengthen our relationships.
Obi’s work is not for the faint-hearted.
We all had to be brave together as a team.

Jeanette Bain-Burnett, Head of Community Engagement, Greater London Authority

Obi encouraged and supported the team and through her facilitation of practical exercises, she created a wonderful space for the team to speak honestly and openly about their level of well-being and self-care approaches.

Michelle Jardine

A massive thank you to Obi for the coaching. It has really made me rethink my attitude to external coaching given the value I have taken from everyone in our sessions. I have really developed on a number of different fronts – from how I interact with senior/GEC level executives in my organisation to setting up and interacting with my team at a more practical level. I went into this experience slightly cynical but with Obi’s brilliant questioning/encouragement and explanation (the neuroscience concept really resonated with me) and have emerged completely converted.

Director, Lloyds Banking Group

Obi James facilitated two strategy days for the Royal African Society, which really helped us to grow and reflect collectively as a team. Obi’s approach is very unique and holistic – she uses creative tools and exercises that promote team-building and help bring clarity of vision and purpose. Her team work has a transforming and lasting impact on both the individuals and the organisation as a whole. I also received some leadership development coaching from Obi when I first became a senior manager at the Royal African Society, which enabled me to really step into my new role.
I would highly recommend her services and we shall continue to draw on her expertise in the future. In fact, we valued Obi’s contributions so much that we put her forward to be elected as a Council Member and Trustee of the Royal African Society in 2019, which means she is now an integral part of our charity’s strategic development and future direction.

Sheila Ruiz, Deputy Director at Royal African Society
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