Karen's Associates


I am really picky about who I work with - only working with colleagues with the highest standards and similar values. Some of my Associates are shown here. I also partner with a number of complimentary organisations - marketeers, communications experts, diagnostic experts and a number of sector experts. I would be really happy to discuss any of these partnerships.


Maria Antoniou

Executive Coach and Talent Consultant

Maria believes that individuals who learn to become aware of, and develop a style based around, their own strengths perform better than those who try to follow generic models or seek to emulate the behaviours of others. See more...

Her wealth of experience in working in senior leadership development roles in the professional services, public and charity sectors has led her to focus on helping individuals understand themselves better in order to perform at their best and reach their potential.

Maria believes in helping individuals focus on their strengths and identify areas of development that are critical to their success, with the aim of using their strengths to tackle these areas of development. She helps businesses deliver results through focusing on their high performers. She has extensive experience, most recently as Head of Learning & Development at Simmons & Simmons, a leading international law firm, in helping businesses identify their top talent and develop cost-effective interventions that will help them deliver results. As well as focusing on programmes and coaching, Maria also has considerable experience in identifying and implementing changes to the business to retain, motivate and engage high performers.

Maria brings a pragmatic and commercial approach to her work. Her strengths are that she can get straight to the problem and find a practical and creative solution to remedy it. She is an intuitive coach who can pick up on 'what is not said' as well as 'what is said', with her observations to the client often resulting in 'Eureka' moments of self-awareness. Maria has an MA in Human Resource Management, Diploma in Executive Coaching, Certificate in the Psychology of Coaching, Certificate in Counselling and is an accredited career coach and workplace mediator. Maria is licensed to administer and work with MBTI and Strengthscope.

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Jennifer Clark

Business change management and HR consultant

Jennifer has 17 years of consultancy experience in business change and in Human Resource consulting.See more...

She has worked in both the private and public sectors with leading UK and global businesses and with government bodies where she specialises in business coaching, leadership capability and organisational effectiveness.

Prior to setting up her own consultancy practice in 2002 Jennifer worked for the Hay Group and Accenture. Since founding Jennifer Clark Associates Limited, Jennifer has become an accredited coach through the Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring. She is also an accredited MBTI practitioner. Jennifer enjoys operating at both the individual and team level to improve leadership and team performance. She has recently been involved in assessing and selecting managers and executives as part of an organisation restructure, designing competency models, running development centres and in designing and facilitating leadership development programmes for top teams.

Recent clients include National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services, BG Group, Anglo American, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, ITV and Wilkinson.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1992 with an MA (Hons) degree in Geography (subsidiary subjects of Economics and Psychology).

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Simon Laurie

Coaching and Talent Consultation

Simon's belief, borne out of experience of working with directors and executives, is that improved performance comes from increased clarity.See more...

His business background and focused approach creates the challenge and space for people to create great clarity of purpose in their goals and develop the means to achieve them.

Simon creates an environment of safety and challenge where people achieve alignment between their role purpose and the expectations of their organisation through:

  • Clarity of purpose, outcomes and success measures
  • Clarity around the impact personal style and awareness of others
  • Clarity of choice and the criteria to select the best option

Recent clients include:

  • JPMorgan (Suisse) SA
  • DLA Piper
  • Fidelity Investments
  • IMS Health
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fujitsu Services
  • Reuters
  • ABN Amro (through Duke CE)
  • University of the Arts

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Caroline Wynn

Business coaching and Talent Consultant

Caroline has extensive experience of designing and implementing creative people development solutions to maximise business performance.See more...

She began her career as a graduate trainee with Ford Motor Co, and has since worked for several other global organisations, particularly within the financial services sector, most recently setting up a Talent Management function.

Caroline is an experienced coach and facilitator working at individual and team level. She has a particular interest in the design and implementation of talent and leadership solutions which deliver a real return on investment, for example a succession planning tool to create an internal pipeline of credible talent combined with a programme to increase the readiness of individuals to take on more challenging and/or senior roles and an ILM accredited leadership programme.

Caroline's clients include AXA UK, BAE Systems International, The Audit Commission, The Army Families Federation, Invensys Rail, Victim Support and Buy as you View.

Caroline's personal strengths include her creativity and ability to challenge established patterns of behaviour in a constructive and supportive way. She is quickly able to build rapport and encourage reflection and self awareness to support individuals and teams to fully recognise and achieve their potential.

Caroline has a degree in politics, an MBA and an Associate Member of the CIPD. Level A & B trained, she is licensed to utilise a range of psychometric tools including MBTI, SHL's OPQ & MQ, 16PF, Saville WAVE, FIRO B and the Hogan Suite.

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Jane Griffith

Management Development and HR professional

Jane started her career as a graduate trainee at AXA Insurance and progressing further in both the financial services industry and in high tech manufacturing.See more...

In her most recent role she worked for the Lloyds TSB Group specialising in talent management, performance management and leadership development. Jane has extensive commercial experience having worked as both a Director of HR and held senior leadership development roles in diverse industry sectors. She has managed a number of business projects including cultural transformations, designing performance management systems, designing and implementing talent management programmes and a number of leadership solutions. She became self-employed in 2008 and has worked with a number of clients in both the private and public sector on a variety of leadership interventions in particular the design and delivery of assessment and development centres. She is an experienced coach and facilitator and has a keen interest in the design of solutions to both identify talent and maximise individual performance. Jane’s personal strengths include her ability to build business relationships and find creative solutions to real organisational issues. Logical and with a questioning style she is able to coach and support people to improve their personal effectiveness. She has a degree in French and Management studies and is a graduate member of the CIPD. Level A and Level B qualified in psychometric testing she is able to utilise a wide range of psychometric tools including Saville Wave.

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Paula McLoughlin

Transformational Change and OD Consultant

Paula has over 15 years of consultancy experience leading large, complex and diverse transformational projects and teams, primarily in the HR transformational space.See more...

During her career she has worked internationally with a large range of multi-sector clients including Best Buy, Unilever plc., Carillion, Volvo, BBC, BP, Lloyds TSB to name but a few. Prior to becoming a freelance consultant in late 2010, her most recent role was as COO with The Work Foundation (the UK's leading independent authority on the world of work) where she had executive responsibility for the organisation's partnership programme, strategy development, business development and internal operations. In addition Paula engaged heavily in The Work Foundation's 'Future of HR' programme, which aims to shape the debate in the UK about the future of people management, based on insights gained from extensive research, consultancy and networks. Paula was instrumental in orchestrating the successful sale of The Work Foundation to Lancaster University in late 2010. Paula was also with Accenture for 11 years where she was a partner in their global Talent & Organisation Performance practice. Working primarily on large scale HR outsourcing and HR transformation programmes, Paula has extensive international leadership experience in outsourcing, HR transformation solution & business case architecture, project management and transition planning. She was a key member of the Accenture leadership team that established Accenture HR Services (then e-peopleserve) in 2000, initially a joint venture with BT to provide HR outsourcing services globally (now wholly owned by Accenture. Her final role prior to leaving Accenture was as Lead Solution Architect on a market-making 7 year $900m global HR transformational outsourcing deal signed with Unilever plc. in May 2006. This deal spanned c.100 countries with an in-scope population of c.1, 500 employees. Paula graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Social Science and a first class honours Masters degree in Economic Science, moving to London in 1994 to begin a career in financial management with Marks and Spencer plc. Paula is also an Ambassador for Tomorrows People, a high profile UK charity which focuses on getting the long term unemployed and marginalised individuals back into gainful employment.

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Fran Griffith

HR and Organisation Effectiveness Consultant

Fran’s career spans some 25 years in consultancy and industry in change and line HR/Organisation Effectiveness roles.See more...

Her consultancy career began in KPMG where she led numerous cultural change programmes as well as leadership & team development initiatives. She has worked for a wide range of organisations and across most industry sectors including, Professional Services, Financial Services, IT, Media, Advertising, Publishing, Telecommunications, Retail, Chemical, and Manufacturing. She left KPMG in 1999 to join Andersen Business Consulting as a Partner leading the People and Change practice, which formed part of the Enterprise Solutions practice, with overall revenues in excess of £45 million. She moved to Deloitte as a Partner in the same role when Andersen was dissolved in August 2002. Since 2003, she has run her own business as a freelance consultant. Her most recent engagements include the design and delivery of a highly successful behavioural change initiative in a professional services firm. This involved working with and coaching over 600 senior partners in the UK and across EMA to help them improve their client relationship skills. Currently she is also working with a large Investment Bank to help their Client Advisors develop stronger relationships with their respective clients and be seen as true ‘Trusted Advisors’ who can at the same time, more successfully cross sell into their client base. She is also working with a well-known high street retailer to help them with their Leadership Development programme. This has involved the design and delivery of change management workshops with the Senior Management Team and a roll out strategy to engage the whole organisation in the change and articulate the new culture that will be required in the future. This has also involved the design of a suite of leadership development programmes for senior management, including: Leadership & Team Effectiveness, Coaching, Leading High Performance, Influencing and Stakeholder management skills. Her experience includes all types of management effectiveness and she is a skilled facilitator working with a range of senior staff at Executive Board level. She also specialises in team effectiveness and what it really means to be a high performing team. Her approach blends pragmatism with the right level of challenge and a robust point of view on what high performing teams really look and feel like. She has her own Executive Coaching practice specialising in helping senior executives leverage their strengths and improve their effectiveness and impact on the business. Fran’s clients have included Lloyds Banking Group, Swiss Re, Natwest Bank, KPMG, Deutsche Bank, UBS, Royal and Sun Alliance, N&P Building Society, BBC, John Lewis, Reckitt & Benckiser, News International, Pearson, Universal, BBH, Diageo, ICI, Convergys, Telefonica O2, Everything Everywhere, Sodexho, Belron, United Biscuits Fran holds a BD (Hons) Theology from Kings College London University and is a Graduate Member of IPD

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Caroline Piercy

Transformational Change and OD Consultant

Caroline is an expert in organisation design and effectiveness.See more...

Her experience has been gained from working for over 10 years in Accenture, and 7 years as an independent consultant. At Accenture Caroline was a founder member of the change management practice and led significant change projects across both private and public sector clients. As an independent consultant she takes a leading role in the strategy development and delivery of transformation programmes. Recently Caroline has led projects at Deutsche Bank, Virgin media, John Lewis, National Trust, BBCW and the Prudential. As an example, at Virgin Media, she worked with the CEO and leadership team to develop a new operating model based on a process view of the organisation, and led a design workstream to define the organisation changes required and transformation plans to drive £200m in business benefits. Typically, Caroline works with senior levels to develop plans to align organisation structure, processes, governance, talent and metrics to deliver strategic goals. Her approach is to provide the framework for thinking and practical support to enable clients to develop their own strategies and plans to deliver business success. She uniquely combines strategic thinking, business acumen and pragmatism to ensure the best solutions are delivered to clients. Caroline has a BSc. Hons in Psychology, and an MSc Hons in Knowledge-Based systems

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Maria Anderson

HR and Change Management Consultant

Maria is an independent HR and Change Management Consultant with over 20 years of experience in providing strategic and operational HR management in permanent,See more...

consulting and interim roles. She has a proven track record of designing and delivering workable HR solutions aimed at enhancing organisational effectiveness. She typically works on projects where there is a large organisational change agenda. Maria’s clients include Accenture, AOL, Avanade, BP, BT, BUPA, Carillion, CfBT, Conoco Phillips, JP Morgan, Kimberly Clark, London Stock Exchange, NBC Universal, Sainsbury’s and Unilever. After graduating in 1991, Maria joined BT where she spent five years in various HR roles including Training, Resourcing and Performance and Development. Maria went on to spend twelve years at Accenture. She was initially invited to join the former Andersen Consulting in 1996 as EMEAI HR Director for their outsourcing division where she developed the HR infrastructure across Europe during a period of rapid growth. In 2000 she transferred to client facing consulting where she spent eight years delivering large people programmes. During this time she led the People & Communications workstream of Accenture’s largest outsourcing and transformation programmes across the HR, Finance and IT function of various clients. Other indicative assignments include conducting strategic reviews of clients’ HR functions, designing and implementing a global reward model across 23 countries and managing the organisation design and subsequent assessment and selection following various outsourcing and business transformation programmes. Maria left Accenture to set up her own consultancy business in 2008. She is currently working with a Global Fortune 500 company advising on the design and implementation of various strategic HR programmes. Other indicative assignments with her client base include a review of international benefits, search and selection of C level candidates, implementation of a Global Reward Model, Communications and Change Management associated with the implementation of various business initiatives and the design and implementation of a recognition model. Maria has an honours degree in Business Studies and Industrial Relations from the University of Strathclyde Business School where she was also President of the Business School Society. She is a Member of the CIPD.

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Marianne Huggett

Chartered Occupational Psychologist

Marianne specialises in applied organisational psychology to support organisations, teams and individuals through periods of change and challenge.See more...

Her work has included all aspects of people management and organisational development. She has designed and implemented performance and talent management processes, competency frameworks, assessment and development centres, leadership development and recruitment processes. She has led culture change programmes, developed employer branding and worked with organisations on their workforce planning strategies and organisational design. Following a career in HR with Shell International and a period setting up an adult careers guidance service in the public sector, Marianne joined business psychologists Management Dynamics. In 2000 she moved to The Work Foundation and as Associate Director led a team of researchers and consultants focusing on all aspects of people management following the principles of Good Work. For the past year she has been working as an independent consultant developing an employer brand for a national institution and supporting Board level development of a 3 year strategy. Clients include Guardian Media Group, Surrey Police, Society of Radiographers, Standard Chartered Bank, PepsiCo, Cambridgeshire County Council, National Police Improvement Agency, Hymans Robertson and Post Office. Marianne has an MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology from Surrey University. She is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and a qualified Business Coach certified by Strathclyde University. She is also accredited to use a range of psychometric tools to explore both ability and personality characteristics.

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Margaret Davies

Chartered Occupational Psychologist

Margaret is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and consultant with experience of working with clients across the public, private, NGO and charity sectors.See more...

She specialises in helping organisations to improve their performance through people centred change. Her work includes developing leadership & management capability, organisational development & culture change and executive selection & assessment. She has recent experience of coaching senior leaders in the NHS and is currently facilitating a leadership development programme for senior leaders in adult Social Care. Margaret has a Masters in Occupational Psychology from Birkbeck College, London and is a member of the British Psychological Society Group in Occupational Psychology and Special Group in Coaching Psychology. She is also an Affiliate of Exeter University Business School Centre for Leadership Studies. Level A & B trained, she has access to a wide variety of Psychometric Instruments.

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Ian White

Governance Consultant and Coach

Ian is an experienced General Counsel/Company Secretary for both listed & major private companies and he has worked across sectors including financial services, retail and construction.See more...

He acts as consultant specialising in corporate governance for boards and in-house legal team management and performance. Ian has a particular interest evaluating board performance. As well as being a lawyer, Ian has an MBA from Ashridge Business School and he has recently trained as a coach completing the Professional Coaching Skills Certificate run by Coaching Development and accredited by the International Coaching Federation. Ian acts as a coach and mentor to a number of individuals. In addition to undertaking work for Karen Walls Associates Ian is also a: o Visiting Lecturer at Ashridge Business School. o Associate of LBC Wise Counsel, a management consultancy specialising in strategic advice to General Counsels and in house legal teams. o Associate of Winmark who run the Chief Legal Officer Programme. Ian runs courses on corporate governance and legal risk management for a number of organisations. He is the author Managing Business and Legal Risk In House Best Practice Guide 2013 for Winmark. In his spare time(!) Ian is a Trustee of Fitzroy, a charity for people with learning disabilities.

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Hilary Cowell

Human Resources professional

Hilary is an innovative, business focussed and resourceful Human Resources professional. She can demonstrate a track record of achievement in working in partnership with stakeholders to develop and to implement joined up and pragmatic HR strategies and solutions which deliver improved performance.See more...

Her experience spans the defence, technology, FMCG, retailing and manufacturing sectors. Her roles have included graduate resourcing and development, rewards, leadership and management development and generalist Human Resources. Hilary’s experience with Sony in the high technology sector was further consolidated in her roles as Director of Human Resources for both NDS, the digital technology arm of News International and for Aerosystems International, a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems and the first accredited CMMI level 5 company in the U.K. Hilary’s clients include Orange, Nestle, BAE Systems and Audi. Hilary’s personal strengths include her organisational development skills which coupled with her pragmatic approach enable her to identify where an organisation’s people agenda can be developed to increase performance. She works well on a one to one and with groups engaging people at every level to build a consensus and the momentum for change. Hilary has a BA in History & English and an MA in Management Science. She is an Associate member of the CIPD. Level A& B trained she is licensed to utilise a range of psychometric tools including MBTI, SHL’s OPQ, Saville WAVE and the SHL range of Management Assessment tools.

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Jenny French

People and Organisation Development

Jen has over 15 years experience delivering results in people and organisation development, gained through a mixture of HR consultancy and in-house roles with corporate organisations.See more...

She has worked in a huge variety of sectors and enjoys the experience of immersing herself with clients and asking searching questions to stimulate commercial solutions. She draws on her background to ensure a commercial stance is always taken in her work. Jen’s background is in business and finance; having earned a BSc (Hons) in International Management and French at Bath University, she joined the Mergers & Acquisitions group of JP Morgan. For several years she spent her time financial modeling as an analyst in corporate finance, but it was the human side of the deals that made her tick and so she made the move into HR consultancy by joining Hay Group in 1999. The McBer methodology gave her a fundamental grounding into organisational and individual performance and motivation and exposed her to a range of clients (e.g. Sainsburys, Unilever, RBS / Natwest) and a range of challenges (e.g. Assessment, development, change management, coaching, leadership programme design and delivery). After a number of independent HR consultancy projects for companies such as ITV, Tubelines and Tarmac, Jen then joined BT plc where she held a number of talent and leadership roles at the corporate centre before becoming the Learning Partner for Next Generation Access within the Openreach Business Unit. In 2012 Jen left BT to continue in the field of HR Consultancy where she focuses on driving performance improvement through people development. Her most recent work has included delivering service and leadership programmes within Virgin Atlantic, designing leadership frameworks and development programmes for Virgin Care and organisation structure and assessment work at Anglo American.

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