As commercial leaders first, Patrick and Michaela have over the last 10 years built a team of 20 engaged and passionate consultants who we call Team Coaches. With their variety of commercial backgrounds, locations and experience, we’re able to support the diverse nature of our clients and their needs from our offices in Leamington Spa.
We only work with Team Coaches who have the ability to wear these five hats – often all at the same time!
- Learning expert
- Business consultant
- … and be there for you
Patrick Marr, Managing Director
As Managing Director and founder of Leading Edge, Patrick has built the business on the belief that it’s Leadership and Engagement that make the difference. He loves to talk about this belief, his children (all 5 of them) and rugby (number 8).
Michaela Weller, Director of Brand & Experience
Director of Brand and Experience means Michaela (otherwise known as ‘M’) is all about the Leading Edge ‘offer’ – our points of view, our brand, 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 in a Coach in Running Fitness for RunTogether, part of the England Athletics development activities for community sport.
Head of Client Experience
Victoria Freer-Hewish, Head of Client Experience
Victoria’s been in our gang for a while and she fits right in! She’s a super experienced L&D expert who brings her knowledge of great delivery with impact to managing the client experience with our Team Coaches. A Starbucks addict who is known as ‘Dolly’ for her 9 to 5 dancing skills (video evidence available on request), she loves seeing our solutions have impact
Our Team Coaches
Sarah Kelleher, Client Experience Lead, Team Coach
Sarah is Client Experience Lead and Team Coach, responsible for ensuring an exceptional Client Experience. She is a high performance coaching expert, in her fifth cycle as Lead Coach, England Hockey U18 Girls with experience as assistant coach to GB / England U21. Her senior international playing career, spanned 10 years including her tenure Irish Captain, provides her with amazing insight on what it takes to achieve in high performance environments.
She is also a qualified NLP Coach and Master NLP Practitioner with more recent qualifications in Advanced Coaching & Neuroscience, Mindfulness CBT and as a LEGO Serious Play facilitator.
She is the proud Mum of her six-year-old boy and in her ‘free time’, she has renovated an old ruin to set up a Wellness Centre in the rolling hills of Le Marche, Italy.
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.
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.
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.
Caroline Hampson, 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.
Patrick McMaster, Team Coach
Lizzie Simmonds OLY, Team Coach
Lizzie’s amazing performances for TEAMGB in the pool at Beijing and London are just the tip of her sporting success. She’s also double European Champion and World and Commonwealth medallist with 13 British titles. She’s transitioned into the consulting world since retirement and is strong advocate of resilience and identity as cornerstones of success.
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.
Sam Murray OLY, Team Coach
At the London 2012 Olympics, Sam secured silver in her sport pentathlon, which she describes as her greatest achievement alongside graduating with a French and Politics degree. She’s focussed on wellbeing for performance and maximising individual and team potential.
John Fletcher ‘Fletch’, Team Coach
Fletch credits Stuart Lancaster at the RFU as the ‘the best boss that I have ever had!’ After 10 year developing a great Performance Pathway for England youth, Fletch describes his portfolio role now as ‘the most excited that I have ever been… To work with people who share my values, my moral compass and my passion to make a difference to people and their environments. ‘
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.
Sam Eddleston, Team Coach
Sam is arguably our most Zen like Team Coach… 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! She has a passion for learning and is our go-to expert in all things Lumina Spark and Insights Discovery. Weekends caravanning are obviously good for the soul.
John Anderson, Team Coach
How about this for a CV: unprecedented success during his 20 years as Performance Director of British Canoeing, prior to that, 23 years in the RAF and an MBE! Having recently turned his focus to Executive and Team coaching.. you’ll want him onboard with you and your team!
Sara Mouriño, Client Support
Danielle Lees (on Maternity Leave), Operations Manager
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!
Gopi Purewal (On Maternity Leave), Client Support
Tracy Thompson, PA to Patrick
Nicola Case, PA to Michaela
Jim Rothnie, Business Development Advisor
Don Barrell, Performance Adviser
By day, Don is Head of Regional Academies and Pathway for England Rugby looking after the 14 Regional Academies. When he puts on his Team Green cape, he takes on a Performance Adviser role in Leading Edge, sharing insights from his career at Saracens as both player and Academy Director. He also keeps us in honey from his own bees.