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Is a passionate believer in the business case for training having started his career as a teacher after graduating from Oxford University in Natural Sciences. He is a Myers Briggs practitioner.
Training assignments around the world include development of executive teams of global organisations, team building, conference facilitation and creative thinking. He has addressed seminars on many leadership topics, including: Changing Corporate Values and Eradicate Bullying.
Committed to talent development in other organisations as well as his own; is Chairman of the City Trainers Forum, based in London.
Personal quote: “To develop the business, develop yourself!”
Set up POD Executive Coaching in 2000, with stringent regulations and supervision. Has 20 years experience in management development working with senior individuals and teams.
Held senior management development role at LIFFE the London International Financial Futures Exchange, and in a role as organisational consultant with Coopers & Lybrand.
Msc in Systemic Management, experienced in Psychometric questionnaires BPS levels A & B, has a diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy and trained in Psychology.
Personal quote: “Exploring and enhancing the relational dynamics between people in organisations is about understanding the meanings within how they speak and act and connect with each other”.
Specialist in intercultural communication, Barry has addressed conferences and trained in numerous countries across the world. He is the author of many books including “The World’s business cultures and how to unlock them” which has chapters on China, USA, Germany, UK, Russia, India, Brazil, France, Italy and Japan.
He is Director of Cultural Training at International House in London and has been a guiding force behind POD courses for many years. Barry has also facilitated programmes in customer satisfaction in business process outsourcing.
Personal quote: “Culture is about different client and partner expectations. Understanding those expectations is crucial to successful international business”.
Specialises in Executive Coaching, Business Ethics and Training and Competence, has run programmes for executive teams on Senior Management Responsibilities and was co-author of the FSA Discussion Paper: ‘An ethical framework for financial services’ (DP18).
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, she has considerable experience of all aspects of personnel management, diversity issues and the training and development agenda.
Trained on Myers Briggs and has a special interest in change management and teambuilding.
Has 15 years experience in developing and delivering business, financial and technical subjects, as well as a wide variety of interpersonal skill related subjects.
Worked within the national training group of BDO Binder Hamlyn and within the tax and legal training group of Arthur Andersen; two of the largest professional accountancy firms.
Is a fellow of the Institute Of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has worked as a corporate tax specialist within the accountancy profession.
Personal quote: “‘I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught’. So said Winston Churchill, and as a result I am acutely aware, as a trainer, of the need to create the right atmosphere for the learner to learn. For me training is all about guiding, rather than teaching, people to build knowledge, develop skills and adopt the right attitude”.
Over 20 years experience of financial services in the City in fixed income sales, as a training manager and HR director. Previously spent seven years as an army officer.
Experience gained at JP Morgan, Citibank, Saudi International Bank, Deutsche Bank, Kleinwort Benson Private Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort. Andrew now runs his own HR consultancy, People Risk Solutions.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a member of the Institute of Directors.
Personal quote: “I am passionate about working with people to reach their full potential. Organisations are only successful if they are led well and their people are motivated. My aim is to use my experience to guide individuals to achieve their goals”.
A trainer, facilitator and coach with over 16 years' solid experience in the design and delivery of learning events in areas such as sales, communication skills and personal development.
Has run programmes for a wealth of organisations across a wide range of sectors in the UK, Europe and Africa.
Corporate background in business to business publishing - latterly sales manager with Reed Business Publishing on their hugely successful flagship title “Computer Weekly”.
Personal quote: “In my view, truly effective performance improvement involves much more than the mere gaining of knowledge or practice of techniques - it comes from creating genuine, sustainable change from the inside out”.
Has 20 years experience as a consultant for public speaking and communication skills in international companies. His training and coaching focus is set on communication, discussion and presentation as well sales, negotiation and leadership. He is the author of several books on these topics.
As co-founder and associate of the business theatre VitaminT he specialises in change management in companies on a European level. The experience showed that theatre helps breaking emotional restrictions and is an effective method for skills and behavior training.
Personal quote: “I strongly believe, that everybody has the potential to fascinate the audience with his presentation and to lead by his words, if he has access to emotion and stories.”
Is a management and team training consultant experienced in the banking, insurance, publishing and broadcasting sectors.
Has worked with European and Middle Eastern teams and held a senior training and communications position with Hertz.
Specialises in innovative approaches both to customer service training and to management training. She is experienced at developing company wide competency frameworks and running assessment centres.
Personal quote: “I strongly believe that people become more effective leaders and managers when they have insight into their own behaviour. My aim as a facilitator is to enable people to choose behaviours that inspire and motivate others towards achieving business goals. My strategy for doing this is to work with delegates to help them to interpret feedback and identify what needs to change”.
Is a Senior Consultant with POD. He works with people at all levels, from CEOs to Graduates, in leading international companies. His extensive experience allows for a unique understanding of the customers, the competition and the markets.
As a consultant to organizations in this field, he has developed strategies for transforming performance standards in the key quality skills: communicating & influencing, consulting & selling value, managing & leading change.
In the last year Pete has had assignments in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North America. In his spare time Pete writes books – he is the only author to have won the Gold Medal at the Leipzig Industrial Fair.
Personal quote: “It is never too late to start doing the right thing.”
Prior to her POD days Sally spent 15 years in the world of Publishing with responsibility for promoting, marketing and publicising new titles and authors.
Specialist areas are Communication Skills, Assertiveness Training and all levels of Presentation Skills.
In our highly competitive world, Sally’s tips and techniques enable people to win new business.
Personal quote: “I passionately believe that the key to success in and out of the workplace is to fully appreciate the importance of how to communicate with others, whether informally with friends and colleagues or formally with Clients and senior members of staff. Good communication is an essential tool for all businesses and all employees”.
Started off at Capgemini then spent many years as a consultant, primarily with some of the biggest names in the financial services sector.
He now specialises in behavioural skills, including the areas of leadership, sales, communication and influence. He is a qualified trainer in NLP and runs Practitioner and Master Practitioner Certification courses.
In his spare time, he has many hobbies including voluntary work and adventure travel. Among other things, he has climbed the highest mountain in three different continents and is currently training for a fourth.
Personal quote: “I firmly believe people learn most when they’re having fun so a key focus for me is to set up an atmosphere where the delegates can really enjoy themselves. The added advantage here is that I get to enjoy my job more, too!”
Is a social anthropologist and presenter, who specialises in presentation skills and effective communication.
A Masters graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, she works regularly with international media clients and has built a CV across TV production and corporate administration.
Her first thesis explored notions of responsibility in the healthcare sector, and she continues to sit as a director for a Social Enterprise working with people with disabilities.
Personal quote: “The best results are achieved when first-class thoughts are communicated clearly. Express yourself well, and your ideas can truly take flight and inspire others.”
Has extensive experience working with both British and Japanese companies in the travel, hotel and financial sectors.
Is a strong advocate of the principle of added value customer service as a means of retaining long term customer commitment and securing the market intelligence required to achieve business sustainability.
Born in Yokohama, Japan to a Chinese father and a Japanese mother. Married to a Scot and living in London since 1981, has a special interest in promoting cultural understanding.
Personal quote: “Ichigo-Ichie means ‘a once-in-a-lifetime meeting’ in the words of an old tea master. It tells you to cherish the encounter with anyone you meet because that meeting might lead you to a great chance in your life or business”.
Has been involved in management development and change programmes for banks, industrial companies, airlines and airline related services. His specialist areas are sales, marketing, negotiation, presentation skills, time management and train the trainer.
Since 1980 Yousif has been involved in assisting organisations improve their performance in Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, North Yemen, Seychelles, Lebanon and the United Kingdom. A Bahraini national, Yousif delivers programmes in both Arabic and English languages.
Is a leadership consultant, working with multinational companies globally across different sectors.
Prior to joining POD, her corporate experience was gained in leading South African, British and Indian firms. Her areas of expertise are performance management, change-management and Cross-cultural communication..
Is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with a MA in Strategic Human Resource Management and is a MBTI Practitioner. Anita has a passion for painting pictures and travelling.
Personal quote: “Many of us are always on the go and forget our ‘Pause’ button. Helping people reflect, focus on what they can change and then see a difference, is truly rewarding”.
Has lived in Japan for over 18 years, having spent 13 years in the financial sector as an Equities Analyst for the machinery and utilities sectors. Paula graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA Hons in French and Spanish. She also qualified as a Certified Financial Analyst.
Paula’s POD projects have included cross-cultural communication, leadership and management skills development workshops. She has coaching qualifications in Japanese from the Coaches Training Institute in Tokyo and in English from the International Coaching Academy. As an executive coach and a trainer, her clients range from foreign financial institutions to Japanese manufacturing companies.
Personal quote: “Failure is only failure if you fail to learn from it.”
Is a bilingual facilitator residing in Tokyo. She has published books and articles on conflict resolution, language education, and gender. Yuka has conducted POD workshops and facilitated skills development for many leading corporations.
She currently holds positions at Waseda University, Research Institute of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Asia University, Department of International Relations and Obirin University, Department of Language and Communication. Yuka spent several years in the US working for Vanderbilt University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
She holds a BA in Law from Seikei University, an MA in International Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a PhD candidate at Sophia University.
Is an organisational psychologist from L’Université Libre de Bruxelles, where he taught for 4 years. He then gained corporate experience at RHR, a US based company of corporate psychologists, and was Training & OD Manager for Exxon Chemicals in Europe for ten years.
He is a coach and consultant specialising in assessment, change management, management development and cross-cultural training, having worked with a variety of multinational companies in: Europe, Saudi–Arabia, North–America and South–East Asia. Luc is fluent in English, French and Dutch, and has a working knowledge of German.
Personal quote: “These are ambiguous but ultimately exciting times for companies and their respective stakeholders.”
Dr. Kim is a highly experienced consultant in personnel development and organisational behavior and is expert in the use of psychometric instruments and assessment center method. He has strong facilitation skills in management development programs, with particular expertise in the use of Strong Interest Inventory and MBTI ®.
Dr. Kim is Managing Director of the Korean Psychological Testing Institute (KPTI) in Seoul, the Korean distributor and accreditation centre for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® (MBTI ®). He has an MBA from Yonsei University and a PhD in Human Resource Management from Kwangwoon University.
Ajay and his team lead management development projects across India. He brings with him a multi-functional industry experience in sales & marketing, supply chain, training and consulting to POD. As Managing Director of Astrum Solutions, Ajay manages assignments across many places in India, including Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Delhi and Bangalore.
Prior to co-founding Astrum, Ajay was Business Leader Supply Chain with Dow Agro Sciences, when he was also a part of the trainer resource pool for its Asia-Pacific region. An alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Ajay is one of the few in India practising Dr. Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints to enable organisations take a quantum leap forward through identification and mitigation of constraints that block an organisation in creating more wealth for its stakeholders.
Is POD’s partner in Singapore, aligning POD services with local perspective.
Holds a BA and MSc in political science, from the University of Singapore and Rutgers University (New Jersey). Working experience in Asia Pacific Region has exposed her to the Rules of Conduct and Corporate Ethics enforced by some multinational organisations.
With over 34 years experience in HR in companies such as 3M Chevron Phillips and a US oil exploration company, then as a consultant in an exploration company, Ruth enjoys developing first line managers.
Has worked closely with the British and Japanese governments for over 20 years – DTI, FCO, MITI, MOFA, etc., as well as development agencies, local authorities and private sector industries including global companies like Toshiba, KHI, Fujitsu, Nissan and Toyota.
Highly experienced in Business Improvement Techniques concept and Kaizen. Also experienced in education and voluntary sectors. Received the Japanese Ambassador’s Commendation Award in May 2002.
Studied English & American Language and Literature, French Language and Philosophy in Tokyo Women’s Christian University.
Personal quote: “I believe everyone has a potential to develop effective communication and Kaizen skills. I also believe everything starts with communication and ends with communication. It is the key to success in any organisation”.
Alan’s career spans Banking with Bank of America, Civil Engineering with The Trafalgar House Group and Project Management with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency.
Alan is a highly experienced trainer and consultant in Project Management and Productivity, Quality and Process Improvement. He has particular expertise in Retail Banking, Investment Banking and Insurance Operations, Call Centre and Support Functions. As well as being an accredited Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, he is an experienced Metaplan Facilitator.
During the past 15 years, Alan has supported major quality, process improvement and six sigma projects within leading financial institutions in the U.K., Europe and Middle East.
Alan believes that most people learn best by doing. For this reason, he has developed a range of highly realistic computer-aided simulations to bring learning to life. These simulations rapidly develop Productivity, Quality and Process Improvement and Project Management skills &ndaash; within the contexts of Retail Branch Banking, Investment Banking and Insurance Operations.
These simulations involve two or more teams of between 4 and 12 participants and last between 1 and 3 days – depending on their complexity and the number of skills to be developed. Participants form highly motivated teams to solve real problems, improve real business processes and initiate, plan and implement real projects. People often comment that attending one of Alan’s training programmes is like being a participant on the “The Apprentice TV Programme” – but without the risk of being “fired”.
Is a bilingual cross-cultural consultant and trainer residing in Germany. He holds a BA in Culture and Communication from Minia University, Egypt and is currently doing his PhD.
Since 1996 Ahmed has developed behavioural skills such as communication and time management for Arabian employees in Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia, Bahrain, Algeria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Jordon. Ahmed is based in Germany since 2001 as a cross-cultural consultant and trainer for German and West European companies working in the Middle East & North Africa.
He cares passionately about team building, process management and developing workplace learning in diverse Arab countries.
Personal quote: “Good communication and understanding cultural patterns are not only essential for global business success, but also for our relations and interactions as human beings.”
Worked with Citibank for twelve years managing sales, operations, and training. His career included regional responsibilities and postings in four countries. He now trains locally and overseas.
For over a decade, he co-facilitated a flagship program for middle managers that tackles goal-setting, coaching, performance assessment, and teamwork. In Manila, he helped revamp the MBA programs at three universities and ran a series of management conferences for executives in education.
Don has a BS Management Honors degree and an MBA. He is qualified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator/ MBTI.
Over 25 years’ experience as an Organisational Development Consultant and Global Inclusion specialist. Background in Training & Development, Group Facilitation and HR Management.
Consulting experience gained at JP Morgan, Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, Hewlett Packard, AT & T, IBM, Texas Instruments, Motorola and other Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Turnbull has managed her own consultancy, Human Facets, since 1985.
She is a member of the National Speakers Association,(NSA), International Federation for Professional Speakers (IFFPS), American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and The Organizational Development Network (ODN).
Personal quote: “I believe in an experiential approach to change management; I am a systems thinker and an exceptional group facilitator. I am most passionate when given responsibility to work with organizations on strategic change initiatives. My aim is to help organizations to see the big picture and lead them through the maze towards achieving their stated goals.”
Is an executive, and team coach, experienced in banking and technology sector. She is currently coaching managers and their team members on leadership development, time and stress management, work/life balance, conflict management, communication competencies, decision making, and change management.
Prior to her coaching career, she gained her 20 years of corporate experience in the management of IT and MIS departments, in multinational banks like ABN AMRO Bank and Credit Agricole Indosuez in Istanbul.
She has completed the ICF accredited International Coach Program of Gestalt Center OSD in Cleveland, ICF accredited Co-Active Coaching Program of CTI and various other Gestalt programmes.
Her coaching approach is based on awareness, choice and responsibility.
Dr Thomas Oehler, Coach and Trainer, was managing director of international companies in Consulting and Counselling services, Media, Cosmetics and Advertising. With a Master’s degree in science communication, sociology and philosophy, Postgraduate studies in psychology and a Phd in Economics ⁄ Management, Dr Oehler has worked in France, Germany, China, USA, UK, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Austria. His areas of expertise are: communication, stress management, motivation, negotiations, conflict management, mediation, team-building, and integration of new executives within a company.
His coaching methods consist of active discussion, self-exploration, psychological methods, breathing techniques, focused interviews. He speaks English, French, German, Hungarian.