Coaching Staff

Anna Barez-Brown
Anna has over 16 years of B2B sales, management and training experience and her professional development expertise extends to both the e-learning, experiential and traditional classroom environments.  She is an experienced Executive Business Coach, working with business development professionals, middle managers and board-level executives for more than 8 years.

After graduating from EBS ( European Business School ) in London with an honours degree in Business Studies, Anna began her career in the Media industry.  She spent 4 years at ‘Axel Springer Verlag’ in Hamburg , during which time she set up the first regional online service in Europe . She was headhunted by ‘Bertelsmann A’ to set up their offices in London for Lycos/Bertelsmann, a joint venture with the US search engine ‘Lycos’ and was hired as sales and marketing director for the UK. After 3 years Anna was the European Sales & Marketing director for Lycos heading up a team of 65 sales people in 12 European Countries.

Anna is a native-German speaker and fluent in English, Italian and speaks basic French.

More recently, Anna delivered change programs for BP refining, developed a community among Microsoft managers and did team building events in the hotel and food industry in Italy .

Anna has delivered numerous sales, leadership, management and development workshops in Europe and North America .  She has worked with audiences that widely differ according to their business challenges, organisational seniority, cultural differences and industry perspectives. Anna is an international speaker at conferences and a member of the Public Speaking Association.

 Anna is a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and an accredited co-active coach and leader.  Anna is trained to facilitate 360 degree feedback (Voices 360 Lominger International)

Bob Garratt
Bob Garratt is a company chairman, academic, and consultant on corporate governance, board, director, and organisational development, and strategic thinking.
He chairs Board Performance Limited. He is a member of the Global Coaching Partnership network and a Business Partner within The Success Group in the UK.

His extensive experience on five continents covers many types of organisation from large corporates to family businesses and professional practices. Over some 25 years he has developed boards and directors – Chairmen, Managing Directors, Chief Executives and high potential senior executives – in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. The major industries he has been involved with are financial services, telecommunications engineering, high-science, health provision, defence electronics, design, media and government.

He is a Founder Member of The Commonwealth Association for Corporate Governance. He is on the Professional Standards Committee, the Chartered Accreditation Board, Examinations Committee, leads the Organising for Tomorrow and Developing Strategic Thought programmes, and has contributed to the distance learning programme, of the Institute of Directors, London. His firm ODL runs the IoDHK Diploma Programmes in Hong Kong. He is a faculty member of the Swedish Academy of Directors’ International Board and Director Development Programme, Stockholm. He helped found the Institute for Research in Corporate Governance, Paris. He helped form the China-EEC Management Programme in Beijing in 1983 (the first Chinese MBA programme), and the ASEAN-EU Management Centre in Brunei Darussalam in 1992 for directors, and of The Learning Symposium group. He works with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency on effective corporate governance for Banking Supervisors.

He is Visiting Professor in Corporate Governance at The Management School, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London; and Senior Associate, The Judge Institute of Management, University of Cambridge. He is Past Chairman of the Association for Management Education and Development and led the management education side of both the Faculty of Management and Community Education, Ulster College, Belfast; and The Architectural Association School, London.

His books include:
The Fish Rots From The Head: The Crisis in our Boardrooms
Developing Strategic Thought
(ed) (1994)
Learning to Lead
The Learning Organisation: Developing Democracy At Work
Twelve Organising Capabilities: Valuing People At Work (2000)
His new book Thin On Top: Why Corporate Governance Matters was published in March 2003.

Sally Garratt
Sally Garratt has been an independent consultant and developer since 1978. Before that, she worked as a Training Officer in the pharmaceutical industry, in administrative and project management posts in design practices, and with women returners.

Since 1976, she has travelled regularly to East and South East Asia and is a director of Organisation Development Limited, an HR strategy consultancy based in Hong Kong.

Sally has worked with her husband, Bob, on assignments relating to Board and director development and organisational change in Hong Kong, Brunei, Singapore, Mauritius and Zimbabwe, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden (for directors from developing countries), Belgium, Portugal and the UK.
They helped to set up the ASEAN-EC Management Centre based in Brunei, and worked with the Commonwealth Secretariat in founding the Commonwealth Association for Corporate Governance in 1998. They have visited China often since 1976 on private trips or leading Study Tours, and were involved in the establishment of the EEC/China Business School in Beijing in 1984.

Sally has conducted Organisational Capability Surveys and been involved in Action Learning sets for a wide variety of organisations in both the public and private sectors. She has designed and run management development programmes (including a nine-day Summer College for Senior Executive and Professional Women) and facilitated workshops with professional women returners as well as courses on Personal Effectiveness. She runs workshops on the pros and cons of becoming an independent consultant and convened the 1995 IoD Conference “So you want to be a consultant?”. She has written sales training programmes, carried out research for television and the construction industry, and worked with sixthformers on “Insight into Industry” and “Challenge of Management” courses. She held a part-time Lectureship at City University’s Centre for Continuing Education in 1987/88 and was a consultant to the Centre for a year. She has been the External Examiner for the University’s Centre in Business Skills for Consultants and has run the Consultancy module of the University’s MSc in Continuing Education and Training. She has worked in Kosovo, helping train civil servants in the newly-established Ministry of Trade and Industry.

She has a degree in Malay and Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies and became a Member of the Institute for Personnel and Development in 1974.
Sally has written Going it Alone: How to Thrive and Survive as an Independent Consultant and Manage Your Time, and was co-author with her husband of China Business Briefing. She carried out the research for The Economist’s Guide to Management Consultants published in 1993. Women Managing for the Millennium was published in May 1998 and she has begun work on the sequels, Board Women and Women’s Own (working titles).

Voluntary work has included being a Selector for Voluntary Service Overseas; working with the staff of the Simon Community; and, for five years, acting as Secretary of the Management Committee of an Adventure Playground in Holloway, north London. She is a Governor of her old school and a committee member of the Old Girls’ Association.
Leisure activities include watching and taking part in various sports, but particularly tennis; entertaining at home; travelling; and, increasingly, working with young people on their plans for the future.

Gill McKay
A graduate in Mathematics and Management Sciences, Gill has worked in a variety of organisations holding a broad range of roles, predominantly in the IT sector.  She has worked in Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, Training and Development, a Corporate University , Business Effectiveness and Employee Communications.

She has extensive international experience and regularly works with diverse and multiple nationality teams. She has held national and international roles, in large blue chip organisations as well as smaller companies and is experienced at delivering programmes tailored to the requirements of different countries and situations.  Her last corporate role was as VP, Human Resources, Baltimore Technologies and prior to that she was HR Director for

Gill is an accomplished course leader having led numerous workshops and having achieved certification for a wide range of licensed programmes.  Gill is also an expert in 360° feedback, psychometrics and coaching and leads this function on behalf of Extensor.

Rosie Miller
Better business decisions lead to better business results. Helping people get better results by making consistently better business decisions is the bottom line for Rosie Miller.

Rosie is a sought after business and strategy coach who works with senior leaders and their teams. Using her coaching approach, Rosie creates clarity of thinking and the confidence to make the changes needed for greater success.

Clients report results such as “During my coaching with you I feel that I have benefited enormously in terms of personal understanding, improving my confidence and how I can interact and influence others.”

Over the last 7 years, Rosie has coached senior individuals and teams in major organisations including BP, GSK, Rolls-Royce, RBS Financial Markets, Fimat, Shell, ESB, London Underground, Water UK, Deloittes and Cummins Engines. The excellent results her clients enjoy are demonstrated by the fact that 90% of her work is repeat business or referral.

Her coaching is a positive learning experience that gets results. Clients describe her as an intelligent sounding board bringing them fresh insights. Using excellent questioning techniques, she offers effective challenge combined with huge warmth and understanding.

When coaching teams, she designs processes that create effective dialogue between team members. Her facilitation style is described as focused and energetic but with a light touch.

Prior to becoming a coach, she held senior roles in the consulting arms of Ernst & Young, Roland Berger and Partners and Coopers & Lybrand. Before becoming a consultant, Rosie worked in the energy business giving her direct experience of line management in major corporations. Her early working career at Shell included 2 years in strategic planning. Later she led Conoco Europe’s UK and Ireland gas sales, leading multi-party negotiations of major contracts worth £50-300 million.

Rosie is passionate about learning and stretching yourself to be the best you can be. In keeping with this she is an accredited NLP coach and NLP Master Practitioner. Her university education was as a PhD scientist. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation and a Fellow of the RSA.

Alistair Schofield

Following a degree in Economics Alistair joined the computer industry as a Branch Administrator with Burroughs Machines, later to become Unisys. He quickly moved into a sales role and, in the mid 1980's, took responsibility for sales into the electricity supply industry.  In recognising an opportunity that was emerging as a result of the privatisation process, Alistair defined and implemented a sales strategy based on niche domination and, during the next 5 years cornered 90% of the market for retail systems in electricity companies.

During the 1990's Alistair held a variety of senior management positions within Unisys ending up as Director of European Alliances and driving partnership programmes with other major IT companies across Europe .

In 1997 Alistair joined Scottish Provident as Sales Director.  He radically reorganised the sales division and during the next 4 years achieved compound annual growth in excess of 55% with the target market share rising to more than 32% while Sales Division costs were reduced by more than 20%.

Alistair strongly believes that it is the people that make the difference and that we are all capable of much more than we often believe.  Coaching provides the opportunity to release that potential.


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