Meet The Crew.

Sladen Consulting is bursting with energetic, talented, and passionate people. People who want to make a difference in others and the world in which we live.

Who are we?

The team in numbers.

What makes us unique?

Simply put, our crew are the lifeblood that make up our Sladen Family; we are truly a global network with more than 55 experts spanning over 20 countries. There are not many places and cultures we can't reach.

The Sladen Family is a creative, colourful mix of people made up from such diverse backgrounds as musicians, OD consultants, chefs, professional coaches, scientists, poets, artists, actors and ex CEOs…the list goes on.

However, we are all united by our five guiding beliefs and with a passion to deliver an outstanding experience each and every time.

The Sladen Family

Can you guess their passion?

Anna Thompson

Anna is Office Manager and proud to be a member of the ‘Hub’ team that works behind the scenes on the operation of the business.  Anna has been with Sladen since the company was founded.  With previous roles in administration and finance, Anna’s experience helps her carry out her ever expanding role at Sladen where she is known by some as ‘Mission Control’.  

Anna through another lens … I love flowers, particularly growing flowers in my garden, so I spend as much time as I can cultivating plants and creating colour and variation to enjoy.  This is good for my mental and physical health.



Anna Thompson

Anna is Office Manager and proud to be a member...

Gerlinde Jayme

Gerlinde worked for almost 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, with multinational and cross functional teams as a trainer, leader, change manager and coach to help teams and individuals grow and manage transformational changes. She has a creative and growth mindset and always keen to learn and try out new (agile) methods and tools. Gerlinde speaks English and German

Gerlinde through another lens…Travel, learning and eating (and best in this combination) are my passions. In planning my travels, I always make sure at least one cooking class is included – in every corner of the world.  

 

Gerlinde Jayme

Gerlinde worked for almost 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry,...

Wendy Wu

Wendy’s areas of expertise include coaching, change management, leadership development, corporate cultural development and soft skills training.  With 20 years of HR Management experience in multi-national companies this has allowed Wendy to strengthen her mentoring, coaching and facilitation skills.  Wendy speaks Chinese and English.

Wendy through another lens…I love to make time every day for mindfulness meditation for relaxation and connection with my inspirations. It helps me to do what I love and love what I do. We know who we are and what is truly important to us when we live in the moment, even starting with 1 minute PAUSE a day makes your life enlightened.



Wendy Wu

Wendy’s areas of expertise include coaching, change management, leadership development,...

Sarah Longbottom

Sarah is a Project Manager. After a career working in customer insight; managing, analysing and debriefing international research projects, Sarah has more recently worked for local authority.  The varied breadth of Sarah’s experience enables her to project manage at Sladen with endurance, accuracy and exceptionally high levels of customer service. 

Sarah through another lens….Flowers are my ‘me time’ to shut off and focus on the moment. Creating, smelling, reflecting and appreciating the beauty of this special world. A Spring arrangement grown in the garden or a Christmas wreath foraged locally allows me to represent who I am.



Sarah Longbottom

Sarah is a Project Manager. After a career working in...

Piers Carter

Piers is a trainer, coach and facilitator with 25 years experience. He works with individuals, leaders and teams in organisations helping them be the best version of themselves. He helps people develop attuned self-awareness, builds the capacity or range in terms of skills and behaviours and therefore gives them more choice about who they are and how they show up.

Piers through another lens….We don’t stop playing as we grow old, we grow old if we stop playing. Riding a bike down hill and through mud, with your friends is unbridled play for me. My mountain bike gives me fresh air, adventure, adrenaline and health along with laughs and sociability. What else could I ask for?



Piers Carter

Piers is a trainer, coach and facilitator with 25 years...

Steve Tester

Steve is a graphic designer and has held a number of senior management creative positions during his 30 years in the Graphic Design & Advertising world.  A highly creative and methodical graphic design/marketing manager with extensive experience in both corporate design and internal ICT marketing departments.

Steve through another lens…I have loved reading comics since the 1960s. I like the history of the artform & envy the artists that produce them. I was first introduced to Beano type humour and moved onto superhero genres. Any vector-based cartoons of the 60s and 70s set my imagination to work. Nostalgia plays a big part here, but I just can’t help being continually engaged.

Steve Tester

Steve is a graphic designer and has held a number...

Klaus Schmitt

Klaus is a professional trainer, coach and facilitator. He has 30+ years of experience in Sino-Western collaboration. With ten years of teaching experience for communication skills, cross-cultural management, presentation skills, conflict management and transformational leadership. Klaus speaks German, Chinese and English.

Klaus through another lens… I love to explore sound and music, its vibration and impact on every human being can be fascinating. I run sessions where I use my handpan to bring people together, make them experience their body, and get in touch with their more subtle senses, intuition, imagination and inspiration.



Klaus Schmitt

Klaus is a professional trainer, coach and facilitator. He has...

Jan Brause

Jan is a professional coach and facilitator, committed to enabling senior leaders, business owners and coaches to excel and flourish in their professional or personal lives. ​​Jan draws on experience from roles within the NHS, telecoms, steel industry, clothing sector and the motor industry where she helped to set up a global academy for learning with Rolls Royce and Bentley. 

Jan through another lens…I bought my first pair of walking boots on the Isle of Skye in my twenties and have been hooked on walking ever since. Whether trekking mountains in Europe, footpaths in the UK or making the most of the countryside around my village; getting outside is nourishment for my soul, where I recharge, reconnect and refocus.



Jan Brause

Jan is a professional coach and facilitator, committed to enabling...

Ken Way

Ken is a coach, facilitator and trainer, applying his experience as a performance psychologist to help individuals and teams reach new highs.  Ken’s career reveals an addiction to finding ways of helping improve the mental and emotional performance of individuals and teams.  Ken’s background as a research psychologist and  psychotherapist reflects his interest in how and why people do what they do. 

Ken through another lens…My interest in sport has always been strong – I am a “Jack of all sports, master of none!”  I’ve been privileged to work with some outstanding sports men and women which has taught me, and fired my imagination, into how performance can be improved.



Ken Way

Ken is a coach, facilitator and trainer, applying his experience...

Neil Meyrick

Neil is a coach and facilitator with 10 years’ experience in global sales and 20 years in sales and leadership development at Dell.  He helps leaders realise more of their potential, inspiring and engaging their teams to achieve greater results for their business and stakeholders. He coaches teams and individual leaders to bring clarity and focus to well defined goals, lead change, and communicate effectively.

Neil through another lens… I love to cook and I do all the catering at home for my Anglo-Irish family and friends. Butter chicken, okra & tadka dal anybody?



Neil Meyrick

Neil is a coach and facilitator with 10 years’ experience...

Alex Germeau

Alex works as a coach, facilitator, and trainer within organisations to support their ongoing transformation leading to more efficiency. She genuinely believes in peer-to-peer collaboration in favour of clients and projects. Alex worked for over 20 years in large International companies based in both London and Paris managing cross cultural and cross functional teams clients / projects. Alex speaks French and English.

Alex through another lens…Italian life has always been for me synonymous with energy, colour, sun, warmth, beauty, pleasure, friendship and pasta.  Hearing Italian is the most powerful, energetic sound to my ears, bringing a smile to my face!



Alex Germeau

Alex works as a coach, facilitator, and trainer within organisations...

Anna Elena Pepe

Anna Elena Pepe is a coach, trainer and facilitator with a PhD in Cardiovascular Research. Anna’s combination of acting and scientific skills are transferable and precious to the corporate world. Over the years she worked for multi-nationals as Coca Cola, KraftFoods, Pfizer Medical, EY, Trip Advisor, Triumph, Deutsche Bank, Versace and many others. Anna-Elena speaks Italian and English.

Anna-Elena through another lens…I love to support the SPAL football club from my hometown Ferrara in Italy. Football is a way of bringing people together, remembering your roots and letting the wild part of you out!



Anna Elena Pepe

Anna Elena Pepe is a coach, trainer and facilitator with...

Clare Moore

Clare is an Account Director as well as a Coach, Consultant and Facilitator. She enjoys partnering with clients to deliver major change and professional development programmes. Her business expertise is based on blue-chip experience in senior leadership roles across commercial, international, operational and sales environments. 

Clare through another lens…Health and wellbeing has always been an interest for me.  I enjoy learning about nutrition, fitness and resilience and I take advantage of living in a beautiful part of Scotland to get out into nature as much as possible.



Clare Moore

Clare is an Account Director as well as a Coach,...

Natalie Mendez

Natalie’s 20+ year corporate background has established her as a coach and facilitator who can quickly connect and relate to leaders and their teams. She is passionate about helping create inclusive and engaging environments that value each individual’s unique talents and contributions.

Natalie through another lens…Tennis reminds me of being a kid.  I’d ride my bike to the courts and play all day. It’s always been my favourite sport, and I love the sound of the ball hitting the racquet for that “perfect” shot.  Stepping onto the court still creates joy and brings back so many memories of laughter and fun!



Natalie Mendez

Natalie’s 20+ year corporate background has established her as a...

Simone Douani

Simone is a coach, trainer and facilitator with 15 years’ experience in the corporate world and 25 years’ experience in the performing arts. A high level of engagement and enthusiasm during workshops and training courses is a key element of Simone’s style. He has designed and delivered programmes on diversity and inclusion, performance improvement, active listening and challenging conversations.  Simone speaks Italian and English.

Simone through another lens…I have a passion for Art and Theatre that has been the centre of my life since forever. I believe that my professional acting background has allowed me to better empathize with human nature.

Simone Douani

Simone is a coach, trainer and facilitator with 15 years’...

Hilary Pawsey

Hilary is a coach and facilitator. Prior to this, Hilary spent 20+ years as a corporate executive leading and working in  global organizations and leverages her experience when supporting executives and future leaders. She focuses on providing her clients with the leadership skills that are essential for success, placing emphasis on improving personal effectiveness, business impact and influence in the workplace. Hilary helps leaders transform and create a working environment that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusivity. 

Hilary through another lens…Being outside enjoying and appreciating what is around me in conjunction with exercise helps me maintain clarity of thought and perspective. Hiking, biking and gardening are my passions and partaking in these enables me to help others reach their potential.



Hilary Pawsey

Hilary is a coach and facilitator. Prior to this, Hilary...

Helen Selka

Helen is a coach, facilitator and trainer actively engaged in Board level governance, with family business expertise. She enjoys in-depth, one-on-one coaching to develop high performance in senior leaders. Helen uses a psycho-dynamic approach to work with individuals and groups, facilitating relationships and creative thinking. 

Helen through another lens…My admiration for the genius of Shakespeare’s work grows year on year.  Not only was he a consummate poet but he also observed and captured all aspects of the human condition in his plays – infatuation, ambition, loss, social insecurity, depression, compassion, jealousy, humour – you name it, he’s nailed it!

Helen Selka

Helen is a coach, facilitator and trainer actively engaged in...

Roderic Yapp

Roderic is a former Officer in the Royal Marines.  He now works as a Leadership Development Consultant helping leaders create high performing teams and cultures by helping people to change the way they think and behave. He has worked across a wide variety of sectors ranging including Banking, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Automotive Manufacturing and Professional Sport.

Through another lens….I am an enthusiastic (although relatively slow) trail runner. I run with my dog Meg to maintain my physical fitness so I can keep up with my two young children. I also believe in leading by example and don’t believe I can support my clients and family unless I take care of myself! 



Roderic Yapp

Roderic is a former Officer in the Royal Marines.  He...

Alicia Ali

Alicia is our first graduate employee, after studying three years of Geography she has found her role working closely within the Hub Team, mainly within the office. She has a hope and hunger to develop her role within Sladen and feed her passion for sustainable and environmental development into her role over time.

Alicia through another lens…The gym is a space where I love to train and nurture a happier and healthier version of myself.  I can be found in the weight-lifting area in the gym or boosting my fitness in my local boxing centre. I also  love long walks with my friends and spending time with loved ones.




 

Alicia Ali

Alicia is our first graduate employee, after studying three years...

Nicole Dargent

Nicole is a trainer, facilitator and coach. Her specialty is to create a safe, serious and yet light learning environment, be it in a coaching conversation or working with 100+ people in a multi-session training programme. With 20 years of experience in facilitating learning and personal growth, she conducts interactive and inspiring learning journeys as well as supporting people in connecting to their best self, to a place of confidence, purpose an impact. Nicole speaks German and English.

Nicole through another lens… Like life, table tennis offers the opportunity to be bold, soft, cheeky, fair, ambitious and a co-creater of an inspiring match.



Nicole Dargent

Nicole is a trainer, facilitator and coach. Her specialty is...

Karina Cordeiro

Karina is a business consultant and trainer with over 10 years of corporate experience, with proficiency in Project/Process Management. Karina is experienced in multi-cultural environments, specifically in Latin America. She has an MsC in Business. She is certified on Lean Six Sigma and SDI 2.0. Karina speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Karina through another lens…My love for jigsaw puzzles comes from the strong belief that we have the ability to handle all situations coming our way even when they seem messy – with patience, vision and a little organisation we can put pieces together and build something beautiful in the end.



Karina Cordeiro

Karina is a business consultant and trainer with over 10...

Masa Fujino

Masa has been facilitating, coaching and training for over 25 years helping people better manage, lead and communicate to improve the bottom line as well as the well-being of teams and organisations. He specialises in leadership and management, communication, diversity, conflict resolution and team building. Masa speaks Japanese and English.

Masa through another lens…I love to go to places and take photographs – I have been on all of the 5 continents except South America.  Hopefully I’ll get to touch the ground there as well in the next few years.  I double majored in undergraduate studies in Psychology and Studio Art(Photography) and the latter has been my serious hobby for the past 40 years or so.



Masa Fujino

Masa has been facilitating, coaching and training for over 25...

Helen Beckingham

Helen’s areas of expertise are executive coaching, facilitation, design and delivery of interactive & experiential training. Helen has more than 15 years’ experience as a consultant in the field of leadership development and coaching.   She has worked with clients across multiple sectors, however, specialises in working with clients in scientific industries. Helen draws upon business experience and CPD to bring energy, commitment and tenacity to all engagements. 

Helen through another lens… I am happy and grounded when I am outside – exploring the Scottish countryside by foot or on wheels.  It gives me energy, space to think and connect – and (as my daughter would testify) feeds my resilience and provides a sense of calm.



Helen Beckingham

Helen’s areas of expertise are executive coaching, facilitation, design and...

Sue Firth

Sue is Head of Operations with Sladen Consulting.  A Management consultant for thirteen years, Sue gained a wealth of experience within blue chip, multinational clients. Subsequent to a ‘having children’ break, she worked within a number of small businesses as well as setting up her own music franchise and is now studying for a Masters in Environmental Management. All this experience combines to make Sue perfectly suited for her Operations lover role with a side order of Sustainability.

Sue through another lens… Singing has always been part of my life, from busking in my uni days, to running my children’s primary school choir, to being in a band. I find it hard not to feel joyous when belting out a tune, and make sure I do it as often as possible!



Sue Firth

Sue is Head of Operations with Sladen Consulting.  A Management...

Doug Cameron

Doug is an experienced visual communicator and facilitator with over 40 years’ experience in the creative industries. Nowadays he specialises in drawing pictures with clients, helping them visualise complex ideas simply and enabling them to understand themselves better. These pictures are then used as powerful communication tools – both internally and externally to the business.

Doug through another lens… I have a lifelong interest in Eastern Wisdom and the pursuit of what it means to be truly human. Since my youth I have studied many martial art and yogic systems. In my earlier years Skateboarding was also a great passion of mine.



Doug Cameron

Doug is an experienced visual communicator and facilitator with over...

Annabel Park

Annabel is a coach, facilitator and trainer.  She worked for many years for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) building high performing teams in developing countries.  She is skilled at designing and delivering leadership training in diverse contexts and working with multilingual teams in high pressure environments.  Annabel also works specifically on developing advanced listening skills with her clients.  She speaks English and Spanish.

Annie through another lens…I love bringing friends and family together over good food.  I find making bread is not only a wonderful practice for mindfulness and patience but also that we can learn from the simplicity of the process.



Annabel Park

Annabel is a coach, facilitator and trainer.  She worked for...

Gerardo Kuhlmann

Gerardo is a coach, consultant and facilitator with more than 20 years international experience. Gerardo focuses on self-mastery, people strategy, leadership and culture change, he has experience in manufacturing, automotive, banking, insurance, metallurgy and data analysis industries. Gerardo speaks Spanish, German and English.

Gerardo through another lens… My  passions are nature, especially the sea, walking in the forest and the mountains. I greatly enjoy being able to have a good book in my hands, a space to listen to classical music, and a conversation with a loved one.



Gerardo Kuhlmann

Gerardo is a coach, consultant and facilitator with more than...

Hannah Dickinson

Hannah is a facilitator and coach who specialises in experiential training.  With over 20 years’ experience in the field of leadership development Hannah also has a background in theatre that helps her understand how to structure dynamic courses, balancing energy levels in the room and varying techniques to engage different learning styles. Hannah speaks English and French.

Hannah through another lens…I have a passion for nature, particularly birds and wildlife.  I volunteer to help protect natural habitats and am also a keen hiker.



Hannah Dickinson

Hannah is a facilitator and coach who specialises in experiential...

Arquella Hargrove

Arquella is a facilitator, consultant and coach dedicated to transforming culture.  Arquella has more than 25 years of partnering with organizations and business leaders to build stronger, more effective teams leading to sustainable results.  Valued for providing her clients with a set of principles on workforce development, diversity, equity, & inclusion strategies in order to make an impact for a different world.

Arquella through another lens…I love business and self-help books as I cannot get enough information to apply to my personal and professional lives.  The author Toni Morrison once said, “If you find a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” And, I am in the process of writing a book or two.



Arquella Hargrove

Arquella is a facilitator, consultant and coach dedicated to transforming...

Caro Hames

Caro is a coach specialising in personal impact and also works with teams on strategy and team dynamics.  Caro’s  passion is enabling people to be able to further develop and then demonstrate all of their leadership strengths with integrity and authenticity. Caro has worked on a wide variety of consultancy and coaching assignments with many global organisations. Caro speaks English and Italian.

Caro through another lens…Running frees my mind and spirit.  I love running in the countryside and getting that elemental connection.  When I get back, I feel like I have plugged myself into the national grid and completely recharged my batteries, both physical and emotional.



Caro Hames

Caro is a coach specialising in personal impact and also...

Rachel Nuttall

Rachel is a coach and facilitator with experience in senior leadership roles across commercial, operational and learning and development environments. She has specialised in customer experience and employee engagement, she develops leadership programmes aimed at delivering culture change, she coaches teams to be more than the sum of their individual parts and runs sessions for all levels to help individuals become the most  effective at what they do.

Rachel through another lens….I like to spend time on the water, slowly paddling, seeing kingfishers darting, fish jumping and nature at its best.



Rachel Nuttall

Rachel is a coach and facilitator with experience in senior...

Sonja Skopp

Sonja is our CEO (Chief Engagement Officer) and co-leads Sladen Consulting with Richard.  Her superpower is to enable both our internal team and our clients to thrive through her inspiring leadership, shaping ideas, co-crafting sustainable solutions and galvanizing action.  She has a powerful combination of a R&D scientific background, gained after many years in the the Pharmaceutical Industry, combined with a passion and natural ability in Human Skills. She loves to motivate and develop people and remains thirsty as a life-long learner.

Sonja through another lens….I am a visual thinker and rediscovered my drawing skills in recent years. Making complex stories short and expressing ideas through pictures helps me to be my best self and enables meaningful discussions for mutual understanding – in private as well as in business settings.

Sonja Skopp

Sonja is our CEO (Chief Engagement Officer) and co-leads Sladen...

Jeremy Grogono

Jeremy is a trainer and coach with over 35 years of experience developing individual and team performance in multinational organisations. Jeremy’s career has been defined by the aviation industry having served the United Nations and Emirates Airline engaging behavioural change across diverse cultures. Specialty in coaching high-performance behaviour in stressful environments, empowering individuals and teams to work together better. 

Jeremy through another lens…The thrill of motion and the enormity of adventure is offered by the simplicity of spinning wheels and turning pedals. Cycling is a reflection of self, and as in life, a little effort can offer wonderful rewards.



Jeremy Grogono

Jeremy is a trainer and coach with over 35 years...

Kate Hunnisett

Kate is part of the Finance team. She is also very happy to be part of ‘The Hub’ and enjoy the support and relationships of those around her. Previously she enjoyed careers in aviation, education, the legal system and tourism.

Kate through another lens…Never one to sit down for long, sport has always been a major part of my life – tennis in particular and golf which I am still trying to master!



Kate Hunnisett

Kate is part of the Finance team. She is also...

Alexandra Beschastnaya

Alexandra is a coach and trainer who has more than 15 years training and development experience in multinational pharmaceutical, cosmetic and IT companies. She has developed training programs in the fields of management, sales, leadership, coaching, personal leadership.  Alexandra speaks Russian and English.

Alexandra through another lens…Discover yourself is my life motto! Through travelling, sport, art, people etc. Books have special space in my heart: they are like best friends – full of sense and silent at the same time reading gives me a state of sustainability and tranquillity. And I really think that the best present is a cool book!



Alexandra Beschastnaya

Alexandra is a coach and trainer who has more than...

Jason Harman

Jason is a trainer, coach and facilitator with a professional background in tech sales and an academic background in organisational behaviour. He has over 20 years of experience in supporting teams and leaders in conflict management, intercultural communication, design thinking, agile projects and lateral leadership, as well as lecturing international management. Jason speaks English and German

Jason through another lens…..Golf is not just a nice walk in a park for a bit of exercise, it’s about the immortal struggle between man and ball and the elements!  It’s about learning the lessons of patience, persistence and problem-solving; but most importantly, it’s about being with people – with hours of undeviating humour and captivating life stories, which continue to the 19th hole!

Jason Harman

Jason is a trainer, coach and facilitator with a professional...

Rez Kempton

Rez has over 15 years of experience working as a role-player, facilitator, and trainer in the business arena.  He specialises in communication skills, senior management development, leadership, influencing and diversity and inclusion.

Rez through another lens…at a young age I was introduced to dinosaurs and immediately fell in love with them. Knowing they weren’t around anymore made me ask questions and piqued my curiosity – They became the gateway to my love of science and the pursuit of knowledge. I learned the value of asking questions and by asking questions how we advance and grow as people.

Rez Kempton

Rez has over 15 years of experience working as a...