Essentic is proud to partner with CatalystHE to provide specialised coaching solutions within higher education settings. CatalystHE coaches have incredible expertise in delivering coaching and leadership development within universities and higher education institutions.
Meet our talented team of learning solutions specialists, programme designers, faculty and programme directors.
Ali is a leadership educator and coach, using her time to design, deliver and direct impactful programmes for emerging and established leaders across sectors and industries. Ali seeks to support leaders in their quest for development and specialises in enhancing impact through the lens of emotional intelligence and interpersonal effectiveness.
Ali draws on her own and other leading-edge research from her association with King’s Business School to inform her thinking, education, and coaching practice. She is an advocate of experiential learning as a means of actively involving individuals in their development
Executive education - learning design and delivery; higher education; high impact research; coaching; work-based assessment; relationship/interpersonal skills
Andrew George is an executive coach who works with experienced and new leaders to help them develop their potential and become inspirational leaders. He uses a solutions focussed approach, with a strong emphasis on the purpose of the leader, to help people achieve their goals.
Andrew has a background in academia (as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor) as well as healthcare, in particular in ethics and work force development. He brings a questioning and analytical approach to his coaching, to help his clients see things in a new light.
Higher Education, Healthcare, Ethics, Workforce
Unconditional Positive Regard
Delving into Complexity and Ambiguity
Following a 30-year career leading, developing and managing large teams in higher education fundraising, spanning two continents and three world-leading universities, I became a full-time coach in 2021.
I specialise in working with leaders and aspiring leaders and their teams, with a focus on mission-driven organisations.
As a leader, I developed a coaching approach to management over many years, honing my listening and questioning skills. My greatest sense of achievement came from supporting team members in their personal and professional growth, and seeing them move on and up in their careers.
I qualified as a coach, through the triple-accredited Henley Business School's professional certificate in coaching in 2019. I completed the MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change in 2021. My practice is underpinned by the growing coaching evidence base, and I continue to learn every day! I am accredited as a senior practitioner with the European Mentoring & Coaching Council.
Susan is an experienced businesswoman and senior leader who offers personal coaching to clients helping them to achieve their potential in business and the workplace. Her particular focus is working with mid to senior level women to support the development of leadership skills and the achievement of career progression.
Susan’s experience has included working in media related industries, followed by a long and successful career at Henley Business School where she became one of only a few senior female leaders. She has significant experience of the higher education sector including the design and delivery of facilitated learning for management and leadership development. Susan is a qualified and accredited coach who adopts a goal-oriented, systemic approach with clients. Her coaching creates a safe and energising space that enables her clients to set goals, recognise the dynamics within the system in which they operate and build self-belief to move forward towards achievement.
Advertising, Media & Design
Women in the workplace
Ability to create a ‘safe space’
Steve is an experienced Higher Education leader, learning designer, facilitator and coach with a passion for helping individuals and organisations achieve their goals.
After a short career in engineering management, Steve started teaching in Higher Education and rose to the position of Principle Lecturer before moving into education management and business development at major international business schools, including Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and London Business School.
Until December 2020 Steve was Head of Executive Education and part of the Senior Management Team at Henley Business School, University of Reading, where Steve was responsible for liaising with internal and external faculty and leading a large professional service team delivering world-class leadership development programmes.
During his executive education career, Steve has worked with a wide range of public and private sector clients including Standard Chartered Bank, the UK Financial Conduct Authority, Oracle, the government of Oman, UK Cabinet Office, BAE Systems and Mars.
Since becoming a freelance leadership development professional, Steve has provided consulting services to Manchester University and designed and delivered programmes for the Chartered Association of Business Schools and clients of Imperial and King’s Business Schools. At King’s, Steve has also designed and delivered innovative programmes for Kings College staff and faculty, including programmes for Emerging Leaders and Academic Heads of Department, and he is currently developing a Senior Leaders programme for this Russell Group university.
Steve believes that management learning is most effective when set in a personal development and organisational context and focuses on the practical challenges faced by executives. His approach weaves world-class academic input with action learning, coaching and personal feedback.
Steve has an MBA, a Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching and is a SEDA Accredited Teacher in Higher Education. He is currently studying for an MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change.
Executive Education, Learning Design and Delivery, Leadership Development, Coaching, Work-Based Assessment, Business Development.
I see my role as helping get out the best of the people, to raise their potential, individually but also with and in the team – always in development.
Following an engineering degree, Jeff started his career in Oil and Gas Exploration. Subsequently, he completed an MBA at the London Business School and then ran a division for pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories where he was responsible for taking the division into the consumer market, achieving record sales. Jeff then started a management consultancy and has been a strategy advisor for over 30 years. During this time, he was also cofounder and an executive director of two engineering companies for over 25 years. For the past 16 years, Jeff has also been an Executive Fellow of Henley Business School, providing lectures, seminars and workshops and bringing practical solutions and real-world experience combined with academic rigour to executives. He is also Programme Director for The Strategy Programme, uniquely developing and promoting strategy as a leadership tool. An experienced advisor, lecturer, facilitator, speaker and designer of learning programmes, specialising in business strategy development and implementation, Jeff has been involved in over 160 projects in more than 50 countries. Jeff recently completed his doctorate where he researched the effect of business goal setting on organisational performance.
BSc - Mechanical Engineering
MBA - Masters in Business Administration
DBA - Doctorate in Business Administration
CMC - Certified Management Consultant
Helena designs and runs global leadership programmes to deliver powerful learning and meaningful change in an organisation. An example of a current project is an ‘accelerator’ programme for 100 young high potential managers in a global consulting firm. In this work, she balances a range of roles including relationship management as well as teaching sessions on strategic thinking, change and leadership and personal effectiveness. She is committed to her own learning and growth — personally and professionally — and always seeks to bring the best of that to her clients. Helena also works as a coach and is fiercely committed to straight talking and candour as well as compassion and support.
Consulting, investment banking, automotive, housing, civil service, government
The foundation of Michael’s work is to facilitate and enable the right behaviors – leadership and functional - in order to help individuals and organizations be the best they can be.
Michael has significant experience with local, single-function change initiatives, as well as large transformation initiatives within global organizations across multiple regions, management levels and functions – but it all cases, the goal is to help talented individuals make the necessary behavioural changes in order to achieve new and challenging business objectives.
As such, he is comfortable and adept at playing multiple roles - strategic business advisor, experiential workshop facilitator and individual coach - in order to achieve critical strategic alignment and business impact and to provide the necessary personal support to achieve the requisite behavioural changes among the key stakeholders.
Pharmaceutical, oil & gas, automotive retail, financial services, insurance, spirits, executive education
Delphine Parmenter is a corporate educator who inspires leaders to learn new strategies, foster new attitudes, and discover new ways of tackling communications, leadership and strategic challenges. With extensive international business experience in Asia, Europe and North America, Delphine accompanies millennial leaders, cross-functional teams, women in leadership and C-suite executives to navigate change in a fast-moving business environment.
Through a combined focus on leadership and strategy, she partners with clients to design and deliver learning that transforms knowledge into results. At the heart of Delphine’s approach is an experiential learning methodology which achieves powerful impact at the individual, team and organizational level. With her superb communications skills and warm personality she maintains high engagement, encouraging peer learning in the classroom, in the field, and online.
Pharmaceutical, consumer goods, industrial clients and professional service firms
Mark works with a range of organisations supporting people to operate at their best and organisations to create the conditions for people to grow. His expertise lies both in Executive Coaching and in organisational development. He manages several large-scale international programmes with corporate and not for profit clients in the areas of culture change and leadership development. Mark has strong international leadership experience from managing global virtual teams across the EMEA, the USA and Asia. He is presently leading projects in India, Mexico, the UK and Spain.
An absolute advocate for the “best self” approach, Mark in recent years has challenged himself to apply his own unique skills to different fields. In 2021 his photo book, Faces of Mallorca will be released and he currently works as a travel presenter for an internationally syndicated US Travel show. Mark has also been working with a range of female leaders in the Being Seen project; enabling people to connect with themselves using coaching and photography. Mark believes that if we truly harness our unique strengths then it is possible to do things we never thought possible.
Recruitment, Accountancy and Finance, Insurance, Aerospace, Intellectual Property, Retail, Professional Services, Charities, Security Services, Information Technology, Business Consulting, Manufacturing, Mining and Internet businesses, Travel, Hospitality, Media, Fashion, Not for profit