My approach to Leadership is to combine robust theories with practical experience enabling teams and individuals to develop the broad repertoire of leadership styles and skills, which are required to motivate and encourage teams to sustain business success. Some examples of leadership consultancy are shown below. Do take a further look at the testimonials available on each.

Amarada Hess logo A project that was shortlisted for the MCA Award. Working with the top team to align economic value drivers to organisation structure, leadership and talent. Fully implemented change management project that delivered growth when the barrel price fell from $21 to $11.
ANABAS logo Working with the CEO to agree what leadership was required to manage quickly growing FM business. Coaching individuals and teams to realise their leadership potential.
Anglo American logo Working with HRD to design and deliver a high impact and engaging leadership conference.
AXA logo Working with the HRD and SBU heads post major restructure to support increasing capability and effectiveness of the top team. Trained the HR team to work as Business Partners to that team.
BAA logo Working with the MD’s of Gatwick and Heathrow to build Executive Team Development in a time of major change. Provided team and individual support to manage the transition.
Close Premium Finance logo Worked with CEO and Board to review and support Executive Team Development
CRI logo Worked with Chairman and CEO to assess top talent and then eqip Executive Team to manage growth.
Homebase logo Worked with Training and Development Team to design and deliver High Potential development programme for Store managers.
IHS logo Post acquisition worked with CEO and HRD to assess top talent and develop clear team and individual development strategies as part of new culture.
J Sainsbury logo Worked with new CEO and MDs to build new Executive Team.
Liverpool Victoria logo With Group HRD designed leadership behaviours to form basis of all HR processes.
Orange logo Facilitated Marketing team building events and subsequent individual coaching.
University Hospital Bristol logo Worked with CEO to review and equip Executive Team to deliver significant change.
Virgin Atlantic Airways logo Worked with OD Director to Develop and implement HR BP structure and designed and delivered training to HR leadership team.
Wilkinson logo Worked with new CEO and HRD to create "talent map". Assessed and provided team and individual support to Executive Team.


Paul McAvoy


"Karen and her team were appointed to manage the assessment, integration and development of the top team in a strategically important acquisition.

This involved the design of a bespoke assessment & development process based on core competencies for the top team, support throughout that process and the sensitive handling of the feedback to both those who were successful and unsuccessful and the subsequent coaching of the most senior executives.

This exercise was delivered within a very tight time frame with both professionalism and integrity - some great business and people decisions were made from the data gathered which help us drive and shape a highly successful integration - where aggressive commercial stretch targets were all achieved.

During this project Karen and her team partnered closely with our busy senior executive management team to deliver a practical solution that the business fully bought into. Ultimately Karen and her team gained the respect of everyone involved by delivering a very worthwhile and extremely pragmatic business solution - personally I most respected the manner in which Karen and her team were able to blend commercial realities with the need for sensitivity during a period of transformational change - at all times they managed to align this with our core values framework delivering significant and ongoing value to our aggressively growing business."

Stuart Mitchell

MD at J Sainsbury plc and now CEO at Wilkinsons – worked at J Sainsbury plc – 2002 and Wilko 2007-9

"I first worked with Karen 15 years ago at Sainsburys where she was involved in designing and delivering an assessment and development process for our Trading Division. A process that resulted in us identifying and developing talent. She was always professional, challenging and insightful. I saw another side of her when she worked with the Executive team at a time we had a new CEO and all had to pull together - she did this with the right combination of challenge and sensitivity - and helped us quickly become cohesive and pulling in the right direction. Karen has also worked with the Exec team at Wilkinson where as CEO I valued her input, truthfulness and lack of fear to tell it as it is - with charm and a sense of humour!"

Julia Warren

HRD, Serco

"Very selfishly my first thought in writing this is, comes from the fact that Karen is my coach. I have worked with Karen as my career has transitioned. She is insightful professional, always challenging but empathetic and caring. I have without reservation recommended her to others and I know they have benefitted as I have. From a business perspective most recently I worked with Karen to deliver executive team building with some tough senior teams in some very contrasting businesses. She is outstanding at getting to understand what is needed and how best to deliver. She is very well researched and current, this alongside her professional competency means she immediately makes a strong, meaningful, and positive contribution."

Robert Woolley

CEO , NHS Trust Bristol

"Karen has provided coaching and facilitation to the Executive Director team of this large teaching hospital Foundation Trust for a number of years. She approaches the task with a clarity and professionalism that sets her apart from others, with an incisive interrogation of the objectives for our sessions combined with flexibility in approach to suit the needs of the team at the time. I have valued the way in which our focus on the business agenda means that our work is always practical but, through her expert intervention and wry sense of humour, it brings into the open the dynamics in the team that both help and hinder our success. We always come away refreshed and re-energised for the not inconsiderable challenges we face. Personally, I have found her supportive advice and challenge really helpful at critical points of my leadership journey"