TITLE: Director of AspirePOD and Chartered Occupational Psychologist
QUALIFICATION: PhD, MSc (Occupational Psychology), BSc (Hons), CPsychol, AFBPsS
SPECIALISM: Leadership and Assessment
Claire is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist specialising in Assessment, Development and Wellbeing at work. Claire has a strong understanding of what constitutes good practice in relation to the assessment and development of people at work and uses this knowledge to underpin all her solutions.
Claire has considerable experience of designing and delivering assessment processes for selection and development purposes, as well as a strong interest in developing bespoke appraisal systems. She is also a recruitment partner for SHL and a member of OPP’s expert network. Claire’s interest in wellbeing developed whilst studying for her PhD. Claire is a member of the International Stress Management Association and keenly promotes the dual benefits of improving performance and wellbeing at work.
Claire obtained her first degree in Psychology at the University of Manchester, followed by a Master’s degree from Liverpool John Moores University and a PhD from the University of Nottingham. She started her career at Sheffield University where she worked as part of a research team investigating the risks of stress at work for the Health and Safety Executive. In 2001, Claire joined Manchester Business School (UMIST) to work on a 5 year leadership development programme for aspiring directors in the NHS. Claire progressed to Lecturer in Organisational Psychology and left academia in 2007 to join Aspire. Claire has been the managing director of Aspire for 5 years.
Claire works as an assessor for the BPS qualification in occupational psychology and is a member of the Association for Coaching North West Local Networking Events team. She is currently a visiting research fellow at Manchester Business School, where she works as an e-tutor and career coach on the Global MBA programme. She is also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and member of the Health Professions Council.
TITLE: Executive Coach
QUALIFICATION: PG Dip Coaching Psych, PG Cert Business and Executive Coaching, PG Dip Primary Care, PG Dip Management Studies, RGN
SPECIALISM: Coaching, organisation development, leadership, primary care
Su has gained significant senior management experience in both public and private sector. She has held a number of senior positions in the NHS, general practice, academia (University of Manchester), Department of Health, and private sector consultancy.
Su’s NHS career path has lead to senior roles in strategic organisations. Her expertise has focused on leadership development, workforce development & planning, policy development, organisation development, quality, change management, and reform across the public sector.
As a consultant, Su has led on a range of large-scale consultancy projects that have spanned large-scale change programmes, including: in response to NHS reforms; service and workforce redesign; leadership development; executive coaching; international evaluation; and developing partnership and stakeholder relationships.
In her consultancy role, she has gained experience of working with boards and senior teams, designing interventions to support changes in services, culture, team & organisational resilience, and leadership. Her clients include the NHS, local government, the police, and many voluntary organisations.
Su has over 15 years as a mentor and 5 years as a business and executive coach. She brings constructive challenge and support to all her coaching sessions and has experience of coaching a range of clients from middle managers, to clinicians, to executives of large organisations.
She has particular expertise in the design and delivery of leadership and organisational development programmes including service commissioning, service re-design, and team coaching. This work spans national and local delivery and includes working in politically sensitive, complex settings.
TITLE: Chartered Occupational Psychologist
QUALIFICATION: BSc (Hons), MSc, CPsychol, MCIPD
SPECIALISM: Assessment & Development
Anne is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist specialising in Assessment and Development at work.
Anne is passionate about providing practical and relevant consultancy support to help organisations and individuals maximise their potential. She has excellent experience of working at all levels within public and private sector companies. Her clients include financial & professional services, education, government departments, retail, and IT. Her expertise is in the design and delivery of assessment processes, training and development, coaching, team development, and career transition support. She is a recruitment partner of SHL and is an experienced licensed user of a range of psychometric tools.
Anne spent the first ten years of her working life in Human Resources, initially with Legal & General, and subsequently as a Human Resource Manager with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC). She has been an Independent Consultant for the last 20 years and is also a visiting teaching fellow at Manchester Business School where she is an eTutor on the MBA course.
Anne obtained her first degree in Psychology at the University of Nottingham and in 2001 completed a Master’s degree in Organisational Psychology at the University of Manchester.
She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a member of the Health Professions Council and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel & Development.
TITLE: Senior Associate Consultant
QUALIFICATION: MBA, PGDipl Psychology
SPECIALISM: Leadership and Career Development
Martha is a senior consultant specialising in leadership assessment and development and career coaching.
Martha is a highly experienced consultant and coach with a depth of knowledge in leadership and organisational development. Martha brings over 20 years consulting and management experience across a wide variety of organisations, from large multinationals to local non-profits. The breadth of her experience has enabled her to successfully support clients on a wide range of issues, from the design and delivery of leadership development events, to advice on job design and career structures, to the application of best practice approaches to culture change. Her focus is on helping her clients to find, develop and manage their leadership talent to ensure they are growing the skills and capabilities that meet their business needs. She also provides coaching for individual managers and teams to help them to realise their ambitions and visions. Martha is an experienced coach and a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.
Martha obtained her first degree in Economics at Northwestern University in Chicago, followed by an MBA at the University of Michigan Business School. She pursued her interest in Psychology by obtaining a Post Graduate Diploma with the Open University, which confers Graduate Membership with the British Psychological Society. She has a varied career, moving from financial analysis and litigation consulting in the USA, to human resource consulting in the UK and abroad with Hay Group, an international consultancy. She now works freelance and as an associate with Aspire, focusing on leadership and career consulting and coaching.
TITLE: Chartered Occupational Psychologist
QUALIFICATION: BSc (Hons), MSc (Distinction), PhD, CPsychol
SPECIALISM: Coaching, Leadership Development, Facilitation
Penny is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist specialising in coaching, leadership development and facilitation.
Penny is an experienced coach who has worked with coaches across a range of levels and functions, from graduates to Directors. She uses her coaching expertise in her leadership development and facilitation work to enable people to find the right solutions to their specific problems, and to develop and implement the right actions for the future. Penny has facilitated a wide range of development events for teams, project management groups, and organisational partnerships. She is a skilled action learning set facilitator and is also proficient at group coaching. Penny has designed and delivered a significant number of leadership development programmes which have incorporated developmental assessment tools, including personality, emotional intelligence, and conflict management.
Penny obtained her first degree in Psychology at the Manchester Metropolitan University, followed by a Master’s degree in Organisational Psychology and a PhD from Manchester Business School. Her PhD explored the psychological contracts of NHS staff journeying through a merger. Penny began her career in further education, teaching Psychology, before moving to Manchester Business School as a Lecturer in Healthcare and Public Management. Penny later became a Managing Director at Aspire before making the decision to re-join organisational life where she has since worked as an Organisational Development Manager in the NHS and as a Leadership Development Manager in the retail sector.
Penny is a qualified coach and a member of the Association for Coaching and the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (BPS). She is also a full member of the BPS and the Health Professions Council.
TITLE: Executive Coach
QUALIFICATION: BA (Hons), Cert MHS, PhD
SPECIALISM: Executive & Leadership Coaching, Facilitation and Group Work
Stuart began his career in the charitable sector, and has worked since 1989 in the public sector. He has held a number of senior roles in the NHS, including National Head of Evaluation for the NHS Modernisation Agency, and Regional Director of R&D in the NHS for North West England, as well as a number of non-executive roles at regional and national level. Stuart has expertise in evaluation of impact, public involvement and engagement, service improvement, and change management.
Stuart has been coaching since 2004. His style is eclectic, drawing on a wide range of techniques including NLP, psychodynamic and behavioural approaches. He takes a client-centred approach, beginning with the issues which the client brings and identifying the best approach to match their preferred style. He also uses creative, narrative-based approaches where appropriate. He believes that the coaching session should be both enjoyable and challenging. He is an accredited coach with Cedar – Talent Management and is a member of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council.
Stuart is used to working with clients at all levels. He has coached Chief Executives, Executive Directors, Clinical Directors and Heads of Service. He has also coached clients within the university sector at all levels from researcher to senior leadership team. He specialises in career coaching, career transitions, performance development, strategic planning, influencing stakeholders, change management and business development.
He has held honorary appointments at Manchester Business School, University of Lancaster, and Liverpool John Moores University.