Harthill Consultants

David Rooke  BA (Hons), MA

David is Director of Harthill Consulting, which he co-founded in 1985. Since that time he has been working to develop ever more wise and capable leadership within organisations. Inquiry lies at the heart of his work - he believes as contexts and people change, what is useful can only be understood and improved through explorations that move fluidly between the personal, the relational and the systemic. Leadership certainly comes from within, and its impact should be systemic.

He is highly regarded for his work, with others, in developing and applying the Leadership Development Framework to leadership and organisational transformations. David has published several books including Personal and Organisational Transformations and has co-written the award winning Seven Transformations of Leadership article for Harvard Business Review. This article is included in HBR's '10 Must Reads' on leadership.

With Harthill, he has worked with leaders from organisations such as Fujitsu, Danone, Shell, Hewlett Packard, Volvo,  Eli Lilly and Microsoft.  Before founding Harthill, he worked at Bristol Business School.  David holds a degree in Politics and History (Kent University) and an M.A. in Management Learning (Lancaster University). 

Dr Philip Hayton,  AFBPsS FHEA CPsychol

Philip is responsible for extending the understanding and applications of the Leadership Development Framework (LDF) for leaders and consultants working in the complex environment of today's organisations. Recently, this has included generating new in-person and blended training programmes for advanced practitioners, training new LDF users, and extending the envelope of theory and practice development in this broad field, with close colleagues. 

Philip works with human development in its broadest sense from individual to global, integrating academic and applied fields.  He has a doctorate in clinical psychology.  He has worked for seven years in postgraduate professional psychology education and doctoral research supervision and has trained occupational, forensic and counselling psychologists. He worked for 15 years in the NHS in highly complex systems and has a private practice of over ten years in central London with an internationally recognised clinic for child, adolescent and adult development and wellbeing. 

Philip is a skilled, advisor, coach, consultant, trainer and educator for human development, working with a broad range of clients and leaders right up to C-level. He has undertaken specialist training at both the Tavistock Clinic and the Tavistock Institute in London, three Group Relations conferences internationally and has, over nearly two decades, developed a profound and direct appreciation for the complexity and nuances of psychological and systemic development and how to support it in unique situations and contexts across the full age and ability range.  He completed an MBA at Ashridge International Business School where he also conducted in-depth research on top-level international leaders working in complex collaborative systems.

Liz Straker BA (Hons), MSc, MCIPD

Liz is a highly motivated and experienced OD and leadership consultant with a background in the private and public sectors. She has a wide range of experience of leadership and management development at all levels, executive coaching, talent management, organisational change and psychotherapeutic counselling.

Recently, Liz has initiated and co-created an accredited coaching programme to upskill HR Managers, and developed and run development centres for high potentials and over her career has designed and delivered numerous leadership and management programmes including a leadership discovery programme with LBS, a leadership programme for new Captains in British Airways and a leadership programme for senior health care professionals in the NHS.

Liz holds an MSc. in Organisational Psychology, a Diploma in Human Resource Management and is currently studying for an MSc. in Gestalt Psychotherapy and the ILM Certificate in Coaching. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Passionate about the contribution of HR and development to a company’s bottom line, Liz enjoys working with individuals and groups to identify strengths and opportunities in order to maximise their performance and contribution. She is known for her direct and incisive style combined with empathy and warmth and a real desire to make a positive difference to the people she works with.

Marta Chicano, BA, MSc, MA 

Marta is a senior leadership development coach and organisational development consultant since 2010.  Her career started as an engineer in Germany and then Spain. She then retrained in business management and took a leadership position in services. Years later she re-trained in Leadership Development at Ashridge Business School and at London School of Economics; and in Organisational Development at Tavistock Institute, Tavistock clinic, and The Whole Partnership (constellation work).

She has been supporting individuals and global organisations in their leadership development, and has also consulted systems at a global level in various industries: oil and gas, insurance, heavy engineering, social media, marketing and PR, leisure, strategic management consultancies, construction, moonshots star-up, and ecommerce.  She is passionate about individual and systemic development in this VUCA world, mindful about the impact on the individual, the team, the organisation, the communities they serve, and the larger footprint they have in the world. She brings presence to what is emerging, to where the energy moves, and to what blocks it.

She speaks and works in English, Spanish and Catalan, and has worked in the past in German and French.

Anastasia Nekrasova MSc, MBA

Anastasia's professional interests lie in the domains of international business development and executive development.  For over 20 years she has assisted many Nordic companies in their internationalisation efforts in Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic countries.  Bringing together integral and adult development theories, as well as the cutting-edge research and practice in the field of cultural intelligence (CQ), Anastasia supports the development of transformation capacity of individuals and organisations.

She is a certified CQ facilitator with The Cultural Intelligence Center in the US and for over ten years she has been training and supporting ex-pat executives and teams on international assignments as an independent collaborator to global and international talent firms.

Anastasia holds an MSc in linguistics and pedagogy, and an MBA in general management from Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.  Anastasia is developing a Russian version of the Leadership Development Profile and is working with Harthill in Russia, Sweden and the Baltic countries.

Suzan Stub

Suzan has been a psychologist for the past 18 years, working specifically as an international business psychologist for the last 14.  She has wide international client experience across sectors in large pan-European and Middle Eastern organisations.

She challenges the status quo in organisations across the Middle East around purposeful driven business and innovative management, and supports the emergence of shared responsibility, development of transparency, dialogue and trust-based leadership practices.  Her approach leads to sustainable executive and organisational development that results in growth and business success.

Suzan is the founder and Managing Director of Leadership Dialogue International Dubai.  Her approach to executive coaching and development support is blended with feedback and advice resting on extensive experience and knowledge of OD, leadership and business psychology practices.

Esther-Mirjam de Boer BA, MA Arch

Esther has 20 years of experience in supporting companies and entrepreneurs to develop strategy and how to make it work. She is also a leadership development consultant and became an Associate of Harthill in 2016.  She works with systemic, solution-oriented and reflective action learning approaches, which include personality and group dynamics.  Her experience includes working for and with corporates such as Swissair, Sabena, Qualiflyer Group Airlines, Airport Authorities, UBS, Migros, Nespresso, Höft & Wessel, Kardex.   Esther also teaches a reflective action learning course on strategy consulting at the University of St. Gallen and holds four non-executive board mandates in the building and creative industries.

She holds a BA in mathematics and sciences and an MA in architecture from the Technical University of Zurich, combined with a diploma in Economics and Management.   Esther was born in the Netherlands, grew up in Switzerland and has lived and worked in Germany and Belgium.  She is fluent in four languages: German, English, French and Dutch.

Nial O'Reilly,  MSc

Nial has worked as a consultant and executive coach for the last ten years. He has developed an Executive Coaching practice offering a range of coaching services including One-to-one Executive Coaching, Leadership Development Coaching, Systemic Team Coaching, Career Transition Coaching and Business Strategy Development Facilitation.  Having worked in Senior Leadership and Executive positions himself, in a 25-year banking career previous to becoming an Executive Coach, Nial has the ability to establish credibility and trust at executive level very quickly.  He works with clients in the UK and Ireland across many diverse sectors including retail, banking, engineering, medical device and technology, to name but a few.

In recent years he has authored a module on Coaching and Mentoring for the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development at the National University of Ireland Galway and is a tutor for the module. He is a guest lecturer on the Executive MBA Programme at the University in Galway with a focus on Vertical Leadership Development.

Nial holds an MSc in Executive and Business Coaching from University College Dublin, a Postgraduate Diploma in the Psychology of Executive coaching, has worked with Robert Kegan training in the ‘Immunity to Change’ framework and is an authorised Leadership Development Framework transformational coach.  Nial is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and a member of the Division of Work and Organisational Psychology of the Psychological Society of Ireland.  

Simon Lovegrove, MSc, NLP Master

Simon is an experienced consultant, executive coach, change leader, and facilitator.  He brings intention and deep creative energy to his work and blends this with strategic and business understanding to support his clients’ own development and their commercial ambitions.  His work with organisations focuses on developing the emotional and strategic competence of leaders and their teams, and through this, developing organisation wide capability for change and collaboration.

Over 20 years, he has worked in several industries focusing on pharmaceutical as well as consumer brands, and utilities. He is familiar with the challenges for global organisations having consulted in every continent and in emerging markets. His previous experience includes consulting in strategy, entrepreneurial/high growth companies and the Army.

He is the author of 'Compound Growth. How your leadership team can drive a thriving, growing business, and have a great time doing it!' He is currently collaborating on 'Creating Compelling Partnerships. A programme for global leaders and emerging influencers.' 

Carol Jefkins  MSc, CPsychol AssocCIPD

Carol is a Chartered Psychologist with 25 years’ experience in assessment and development consultancy. She helps clients to identify talent, develop potential and enhance the performance of individuals and teams.  Carol’s areas of expertise include job analysis and competency design, Assessment and Development Centres, executive assessment, appraisal and 360° feedback, development planning and coaching. She is also an experienced and successful designer and facilitator of leadership, management and team development programmes.

Her consulting experience in the UK and internationally covers a wide range of sectors including law, financial and professional services, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and leisure, as well as central government and public sector agencies.  This extensive experience across contexts and cultures gives her a broad perspective on client issues. Carol balances best practice with pragmatism, developing creative solutions that fit with an organisation’s priorities and values. She is in her element drawing out insightful themes from in-depth analysis, both to craft bespoke frameworks and simulations and to help individuals recognise their own style, strengths and potential.  

Brigid Garvey BSc (Hons), MSc

Brigid has a strong corporate background having focussed in the area of Talent Management and Organisation Development for the past 25 years. Most recently she worked in Rentokil Initial as their Group Talent Director and over a 10 year period was mainly responsible for the design and delivery of leadership programmes to improve business performance. Her particular focus and passion is about building personal capability and credibility in the leadership role. She believes that the quality of leaders and managers has a direct impact on the quality of working life, and importantly a major impact on all our communities. Central to her effectiveness is her ability to connect the development agenda with the business agenda so that leaders are better equipped in their broad capabilities to meet the challenges of our time. 

Whilst at Rentokil Initial Brigid led the work to develop a leadership framework with the Executive Team which was designed to help leaders and managers make a fundamental shift in how they led the business. The subsequent developmental approach emphasised the need to build strong ‘relational’ leadership in order to build a special workplace – and one that would consequently achieve great business performance.  

Having initially studied Marketing and Organisational Behaviour at Lancaster University, she also has a Masters degree in Executive Coaching from Ashridge Business School and has placed a coaching philosophy at the heart of her approach.  She would describe her own ambitions as being firmly rooted in helping people to grow, to develop, and to connect more deeply both with themselves and each other so that we all thrive in our increasingly complex world.

Dorian Baroni  BA, MBA

Dorian brings over 25 years of global experience as an executive, systemic change thought leader, leadership development consultant, and coach to her partnership with Harthill and Fujitsu GOLD.  Prior to her consulting career of the past seven years, she worked within Morgan Stanley, Procter & Gamble and BP.

Originally from Italy, she has lived and worked in the UK, the US, Continental Europe and Venezuela, and is a dual citizen of Italy and the US.  Dorian has worked in a range of business functions: Information System, Marketing, Strategy and Leadership Development/Talent.

One of her core passions is that a leader's individual journey towards wholeness is critical to addressing today's global challenges.  And as a business woman, she is also particularly passionate about the role and power of feminine leadership to support the evolution of global mindsets, social systems and models of economic impact.

She brings to her work engagements an ability to perceive the patterns of habitual thinking that are impeding progress, and then applying strong intellectual and empathic skills to develop and support the needed change momentum.  Her ability to appraise issues from multiple perspectives and a passion for learning and development benefit every project in which she has chosen to be engaged.

Dorian holds an MBA degree from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from The College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Ruth Pickvance BA (Hons)

Having worked in international education in Singapore and the UK for over 25 years and latterly as Head of a large Faculty in Languages at Atlantic College, Ruth now brings her experience in language and linguistics to Harthill to work with developing the Leadership Development profile.

Ruth speaks Italian and lived between the UK and Italy for over 20 years. She has a BA (Hons) in English and Related Literature and is interested in the connection between language and cultural context.

A former international athlete she still enjoys a range of outdoor activities particularly mountaineering and walking. She also runs her own business connecting people with the restorative well-being that nature offers. 

Stephen Wilson  MA (Hons)

Stephen is an internationally experienced leadership consultant who has worked with senior executives across Europe since 1997. He works to help individual leaders and their teams come to a clear sense of purpose and so create meaning and effectiveness for themselves and others.

After graduation from Cambridge University, Stephen's career in development began in Executive Search & Selection. He has worked for HR consulting firm DBM where he was Senior Vice President Europe and the Hay Group where he worked with Board level clients in global businesses.

Stephen has worked with CEOs of FTSE 100 companies, Board Members of global corporations and Directors and Partners of media and professional services firms. He's married with two teenage daughters.

Robin Postel  MEd, PhD

Robin brings more than two decades of international experience as a process consultant, executive coach and leadership development designer and educator, with both private and public sector clients. She has been associated with Harthill since 2005. Her current focus is on helping leaders to step up the level and quality of thinking in their organisations, whether it be their own thinking (upgrading their cognitive operating system so to speak), or in the collective thinking that takes place through conversation as a core business process (upgrading the organisational culture operating system, to use the same metaphor).

Robin’s keen interest in thinking, language and transformative learning are grounded in a lifetime of learning including a BA in Linguistics, MEd in Curriculum, and a PhD in Learning and Change in Human Systems, a cutting edge multidisciplinary programme. She also invests in ongoing professional development in master’s level coaching, expressive arts-based learning, Gestalt, and a wide range of assessments and other tools, to stay abreast of emerging thinking in the field.

Karen Ellis  BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD,

Karen has been a Senior Consultant at Harthill since 2002 – she has almost 25 years of consulting experience. Her career started with two of the  'Big Five' consulting firms – KPMG and Andersen Consulting, enabling Karen to understand and consult to knowledge-intensive businesses from the technology and professional services sectors.  She is a leading UK consultant on leadership within complex systems.  Karen has consulted with international corporations and with large public sector organisations (including central government and the National Health Service) in the UK.

Karen, a scientist, graduated from Bristol University and, after completing her doctorate, studied with the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London and holds an MSc in Change Agent Skills and Strategies from Surrey University. 

Dr Nelisha Wickremasinghe  BA (Hons), MA, DProf

Nelisha Wickremasinghe is the founder and Director of The Dialogue Space, a practice which provides leadership development, coaching, consultancy and group facilitation for organisations that want to begin and sustain challenging conversations.  Nelisha uses compassionate inquiry-based approaches to increase group cohesion, creativity and commitment and to support difficult conversations which aim to resolve conflicts and improve the quality of relationships across the complex networks that define organisational life today.

Nelisha brings to her work a wealth of diverse experience.   She worked for ten years as a psychologist, family therapist and clinical services manager in the NHS and Social Care field, five years running a successful restaurant and organic food business, extensive experience as a non-executive board director and ten years working as a senior leadership and team development practitioner and consultant across the private and public sectors.

Nelisha’s doctorate research involved an inquiry into how increased self-compassion supports leaders to become more resilient and motivates them to create compassionate work environments which respond to and ameliorate the recurring (and perhaps increasing)  individual and organisational problems associated with perfectionism, burnout, hyper-competitiveness and conflict. 

Hanne Lindblad, MA

Hanne is an experienced senior executive who has worked with conscious and transformational leadership during the past 25 years in organisations such as Carlsberg, Coca-Cola and Telia Sonera.  In addition to working with Harthill Hanne works as a transformational speaker, strategic consultant and runs her own Work & Retreat space on the Danish island of Møn.

Her experience with adult development frameworks, tools and inquiry guides her current work where she is integrating different approaches in order to create the disturbance and curiosity needed  to ignite journeys towards becoming more proactive developmental organisations. 

Hanne holds an MA in Business, Language and Culture, and is further educated at the Blue Ocean Institute at INSEAD, in Innovation, Strategy and Leadership. 

Jane Martin, MSc, MBPSsS, MNCS (Acc)

Jane first worked with Harthill in 2015, following the completion of her MSc research, which focused on understanding how leaders develop vertically towards more mature levels of leadership. She works passionately to support transformation in individuals, teams and organisations.

As a qualified psychologist and psychotherapist, Jane’s understanding of how we function as humans (individually and in relationships) enables her to deliver fresh insights to our clients and challenge them to think beyond the obvious.  She supports individuals in organisations to become more conscious leaders.

Jane’s passion is helping people shift from feeling like a cog in a wheel to a vital piece of a living, breathing organism. Her approach is to remember that we are people first and professional workers second and that people operate best when they feel part of a community, part of something meaningful that they can contribute to.

Jane has a commercial background in pharmaceuticals and publishing. She holds degrees in Environmental Science and Psychology and an MSc in Organisational Consulting. She is a qualified psychotherapist and coach.

Jane graduated after studying Sociology and Politics and then qualified and worked in Social Services. Jane has been an associate of Harthill for a number of years and was a Director between 2005 and 2012. In a consulting career spanning more than 20 years, her particular interests are in coaching, facilitating action learning groups and working with organisations facing change.

Jane’s talent is to get alongside individuals, groups and organisations encouraging the development of potential. She has particular expertise in working with Senior Executives in Public Service and the issues inherent in those roles.

She is author of The Art of Mentoring’ in the series ‘Revealing the Power of Mentoring’.

Matthew Hancocks BSc

Matthew has worked with Harthill since 2004.  He specialises in helping senior leaders establish timely, breakthrough strategies.  Matthew leads the strategic thinking process that identifies the defining issues facing the company, develops a mission and strategy for those key issues, and builds the leadership and management structures to execute and adapt the strategy as events unfold.  Harthill’s Leadership Development Framework is fundamental to the development of this strategic thinking amongst executives.

His work has led him to support performance and cultural transformations in large corporations that include RSA, Syngenta, SSE and, most recently, Impellam Group.

His personal passion is for developing the kinds of strategic thinking that supports greater freedom, deeper value and economic effectiveness.  He holds a first-class degree in Psychology and Zoology and will submit his PhD in agile strategic management during 2016.

Denis Goodchild BA (Hons), MBA

Denis has specialised in offering leadership development services since 2007.    Before working with leadership development he worked in IT and sales roles at GlaxoSmithKline.  The more he studied what makes business work, the more he focused on leadership and teams. He has consulted on leadership development globally in over 35 countries with companies such as Tetra-Pak, Lloyds Bank, SAP, Astra Zeneca and BDO Stoy Hayward.

He comes from a multicultural background, which includes living, studying, and working successfully in England, Spain and Sweden. He is a linguist and is comfortable working with clients who speak English, Turkish, Swedish, Spanish and French.

Denis graduated from Manchester University having studied European Studies and Modern Languages.  He holds an MBA from Henley Management College with a dissertation focused on excellence in coaching.  He personally enjoys competitive sports such as tennis, cross country skiing, football and the mindfulness benefits of yoga.

Dr Edward Kelly  MA, MBA, PhD

Dr Edward Kelly brings his recent experience as a researcher in the field of adult development to his previous experience as an entrepreneur and adventurer.  To this he adds his skill as a facilitator.  In the past few years, he has led over 40 workshops in Intel, Accenture, Google and others.

He is also a regular presenter at the MBA and Innovation programmes at University College Dublin (UCD) and has published articles on adult development in the ILR and JITP.  He specialises in Developing Leadership Capacity.


Douglas has a PhD in Organisation Development and an MBA with a Finance specialisation. His PhD. research was on how the frameworks and tools of Adult Developmental Psychology, specifically Action/Leadership Logics and Action Inquiry, can impact Leadership and OD.

Originally from the US, he has lived in Singapore since 1993, and has consulted and facilitated in more than 20 countries, partnering with a wide range of organisations in corporate, government, education and social change sectors. He has also lectured in numerous management subjects and is currently lecturing in the Masters in Organisation Development at Assumption University in Bangkok.

He is the author of numerous articles and the book 'Facilitating Transformation: 12 Strategies for Creating Extraordinary Breakthroughs with Groups and enjoys running, basketball, and yoga.

Robin brings over 20 years of global experience as an executive, thought leader, strategy and operations consultant, and coach to her partnership with Harthill and Fujitsu GOLD. Among Robin’s current passions is exploring 'what works' when it comes to accelerating leadership and change. She has immersed in over 30 leading edge methodologies.

She holds a BSc in Engineering and an MA in International Economic Policy.

Robin has been a fellow at Harvard University and led teams and facilitated groups in 28 countries. For nine years Robin led global research on the human aspects of organisational performance at Deloitte. She also served as faculty in the firm’s coaching practice. She has led global production at Cole-Haan, a subsidiary of Nike.

Kim completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Masters work in Education and is certified through the International Coach Federation. She has also studied with the Integral Institute and is completing certification in Integral Assessment through the Leadership Institute of Seattle.

Kim began coaching in 1995 and brings to her work over 12 years in management in aerospace. She has a strong background in leadership and career development, working to align the needs, achievements and growth of individuals and organisations. Kim primarily works with people whose commitment is to move beyond their current horizon and capabilities. Her clients say she helps them identify strengths as well as shortcomings in ways that are meaningful and transforming.