Patrick Marr, Owner Director
As Owner Director and founder of Leading Edge, Patrick has built the business on the belief that it’s Leadership and Engagement that make the difference. (Ask him about the award he won from Gallup). He loves to talk about this belief, his children (all 5 of them) and rugby (number 8).View biography [PDF]
Michaela Weller, Owner Director
Director of Learning means Michaela is all about the Leading Edge ‘offer’ – our brand, our people, our solutions. She has a streak of red energy which ‘gets things done’ with a real focus on results-based solutions. She lives in Bicester (great meeting location while shopping!) and will forever be a proud London 2012 Gamesmaker.View biography [PDF]
Clare Stallard, Client Director
Clare brings boundless yellow energy, focus and passion to the board in her role as Client Director. When she’s not meeting potential clients or facilitating great team events, Clare is singing in a choir or learning to play the piano. She always hits the right notes with us!View biography [PDF]
Kara Ayley, Client Manager
As part of our Leadership team Kara brings tonnes of energy and bags of experience in Organisational and People Development. A trained Beauty Therapist and Masseur, we’re lining up for regular pamper sessions when she’s in the office!
Gabi Wheeler, Client Manager
A real creative whirlwind, Gabi has bags of energy and ideas and loves sharing to build great design and deliver energetic events. 3 boys keep her busy at home so we don’t really know where she gets her energy from!
Our Team Coaches
Caroline Hampson, Activity Manager
As an Activity Manager and a Team Coach, Caroline brings a level of detail and a love of analysis that turns the rest of us green with envy! She’s balanced 20 years’ experience in MARS, with over 5 years consulting and even found time to author a book. Caroline’s structure and detail means she scopes and designs great solutions for us, while keeping her hand in by delivering great workshops!View biography [PDF]
Neil Mundell-Phipps, Activity Manager
Master Practitioner in not just NLP, but also Timeline Therapy and Hypnosis, as one of our Activity Managers as well as a Team Coach, Neil brings an enlightening perspective to individual and team development conversations. Luckily, he’s never asked us to ‘look into my eyes, not around the eyes’View biography [PDF]
Dave Buffham, Activity Manager
As an Activity Manager and a Team Coach, Dave brings a dry sense of humour, tonnes of facilitation experience and an extensive retail background, along with a real passion for Insights Discovery. So he fits right in round here!View biography [PDF]
Sam Eddleston, Learning Curator
As our Learning Curator, Sam supports us on helping us to build a robust framework of solutions that support the our proposition. Her ability to research, structure and really unpick the challenges our clients have makes her invaluable in the scoping and design phase of solutions. She’s unflappable (we think… we haven’t tested it too far!), and considered and has a calming energy in a business full of yellow-energy trainers! Weekends caravanning are obviously good for the soul.View biography [PDF]
Tracey West, Team Coach
With a focus on ensuring our delivery meets client expectations, Tracey is all about quality. She’s also an expert facilitator and coach for senior teams. She’s responsible for smooth Leading Edge operations and is a stickler for action planning! When she’s not poring over a project plan, she’s either out on a family bike ride, or singing karaoke!View biography [PDF]
Wendy Forrester, Team Coach
Wendy is a Leadership Development specialist, among all her other talents, of course. She thrives on supporting leaders and their team’s to reach their potential, and loves a challenge.View biography [PDF]
Kate Shahid, Team Coach
A self-confessed tea addict, Kate has a huge wealth of personal and organisational development experience. She’s worked with several high profile clients, and loves making a real difference to those she works with.View biography [PDF]
Nigel Rothband, Team Coach
With a background of over 30 years in the Retail Sector, and more recently the Charity sector, Nigel brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and a great passion for engagement, and people development. He’s an avid Manchester City supporter.. and opens batting for his local cricket club.View biography [PDF]
Mike McClellan, Team Coach
Mike has an armful of personality profiling and EQ credentials, but marries them with a pragmatic and commercial drive for results. His Army Officer experience means we also all stand a little bit straighter when he’s around.View biography [PDF]
Victoria Freer-Hewish, Team Coach
Victoria’s been in our gang for a while and she fits right in! She’s a super trainer who builds great rapport and engages learners easily. A Starbucks addict who is known as ‘Dolly’ for her 9 to 5 dancing skills (video evidence available on request), she loves Insights Discovery and working with practical learning solutions.View biography [PDF]
Nick Maites, Team Coach
Nick has joined the team with bags of experience in facilitating culture change and mindset shift. He’s a great rapport builder with an enviable stationery box and his own ‘travel printer!View biography [PDF]
Scott Alford, Team Coach
In a recent Jousting event Scott was given the handle ‘The Wizard of OZ’, which is quite appropriate given the magic he creates for the groups he facilitates and trains. Originally from ‘Down Under’ Scott travels the world creating results within clients organisations.View biography [PDF]
Clare Burgum, Team Coach
Or IronWoman as we know her, Clare’s triathlon exploits have us all in awe. When she’s not running, cycling or swimming Clare is an expert facilitator for High Performing Teams, and personal coach for Senior Managers. She has great professional impact and is constantly recommended from client to client.View biography [PDF]
Janine Owen, Team Coach
Janine has a natural curiosity about people and teams which makes her a natural in the Team Coach arena. She’s an expert engagement consultant with a focus on real results, as well as a mum of two with penchant for story telling.View biography [PDF]
Supporting us on Special Activities
Guy Wilson, Specialist Activities Support
Former Senior Police Officer, Guy is an employee engagement expert – he creates compelling platforms and facilitates forums to ensure the employee voice is heard by businesses. A huge sports fan, he loves a challenge having completed marathons and ultra-marathons.View biography [PDF]
Mark Ellis, Specialist Activities Support
Although he describes himself as a ‘data geek’, Mark’s inquisitive mind along with energetic facilitation skills are a great combination and asset to the Leading Edge team.View biography [PDF]
Danielle Lees, Simplicity Engineer
Danielle is our Oracle – she knows everything about everything operationally. She works to keep our processes simple and make sure that everyone has the right resources for smooth operations. A good mix of blue and red colour energy and a no-nonsense approach keeps the most verbose of us in check!
Tracy Dell, Client Support
Tracy has the unenviable task of ensuring the right consultants are in the right location with the right materials for the right delegates. She co-ordinates both the delivery of learning and its evaluation. It’s a challenge, but her Olympic grade weight-lifting training means she’s more than up to the task.
Andrea Thornton, Finance Manager
Andrea’s responsible for looking after the pennies AND the pounds, euros and dollars! She’s got a keen eye for detail and is great at spotting the commercial opportunities as we continue to grow.
Barbara Clark, Team Support
A tough tackling organiser on the hockey field, Barbara brings a sense of team spirit to the office whether it’s keeping the office ticking, providing amazing admin support or helping finance manage the accounts. She’s our go to girl…
Ruth Dyer, PA Support
Ruth supports Patrick by making sure he is in the right place at the right time with all the resources he needs. When Ruth isn’t supporting Patrick, you can usually find her out riding her horse.
Andy Moat, Non-Executive Director
As an advisory member of our board, Andy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from many years working in HR for Wagamamas and B&Q. His passion for people development is equalled with his passion for big and challenging adventures, having completed an Iron Man, marathons and mountain bike races.
Tim Smeaton, Non-Executive Director
As an advisory member of our board, Tim brings a depth of experience from building a global business over 15 years, bags of wit and a huge amount of enthusiasm for the Leading Edge business