Our team is comprised of highly experienced management consultants, chief information officers, IT systems and technology, process and behavioural experts who have successful careers in leading companies world wide.

Our board is comprised of non-executive directors with backgrounds in finance, education and alignment consulting. 

Niall has extensive experience in change implementation and people development across multiple sectors. He ensures employees have the skills and motivation to achieve world class performance through continuous improvement. All this is founded upon his expertise in aligning behaviours with organisational processes and systems. Niall is based in London and Dublin.

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Ted helps individuals and organisations influence more effectively and work collaboratively. In today’s business environment these skills are essential in driving innovation and getting business results. Ted’s background in strategic management, negotiations, conflict management, influencing skills and facilitation assists executives and their teams in these crucial skill areas. Ted is based in New York.

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Sheila is an international HR professional and mediator with wide-ranging experience and competence in facilitation, coaching and training at all levels. She has a track record in designing and facilitating programmes to engage and enable staff in their roles whether in start-ups, mergers, acquisitions or major change initiatives. 

Niall Foster

Founder and Managing Partner

Ted Gerber


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Anthony Foster


Anthony is a global CIO and IT professional with extensive experience in all aspects of Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Fast Moving Consumer Goods and Transportation sectors. He has a proven record of strategic impacts and the experience to deliver change, systems and infrastructure for competitive advantage. Anthony is based in Bristol.  

Denis is a Gray’s Inn barrister, lecturer and legal trainer. He leads our legal services team that offers consulting and training to legal firms, lawyers and counsel. He specialises in drafting corporate submissions and representations and is a trainer of English law and contract writing skills for corporate international best practice. Denis is based in London. 

Nick Bush 


Nick is a strategist who identifies customer outcomes, implements organisational (design) solutions and empowers employees to deliver these using Lean/Six Sigma, business planning, remediation etc. He demonstrates that growth and profitability are the result of alignment between strategies, processes, employees and customers needs. 

Denis Lyons

Barrister Partner

Amanda has consulting experience in leadership development, operational effectiveness and strategic business management. She has extensive experience in transformational change programmes across multiple industry sectors, in both the B2B and B2C markets. With sharp troubleshooting skills, she quickly grasps even the most complex challenges, design a roadmap and guide clients through the implementation process. Amanda is based in Manchester. 

Rebecca has over 15 years international HR experience. Her wide-ranging expertise includes aligning employee relations, international mobility, talent management, learning and development, performance management, recruitment, graduate and internship programmes and coaching with strategies and processes. She excels at partnering with a business and delivering practical solutions, aligned with organisational culture and individual requirements. Rebecca is based in Dorking. 

Yvonne Mathiasson

Sales Director

As well as being our Company Secretary, Yvonne leads our Voluntary and Charity sector team. This provides consulting and training focused on assisting all businesses in these sectors to deliver their strategies, revitalise their employee, customer and operations processes and systems and align these with vision, values and regulatory standards. Yvonne is based in London. 

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Rebecca Willding-Jones


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Katerina is our liaison and relationship partner based in Kyiv. With her background as an international relations executive and department manager responsible for the internationalisation of Kyiv National Economic University she has vast experience in managing multi-national and multi-disciplinary teams on international funded projects and developing relations with local corporates and government departments. She is our consultant lead on projects in Central and Eastern Europe.

Lena Korol

Liaison and Relationship Consultant

Lena is our business English coach and trainer with extensive experience of delivering workshops and presenting at IATEFL conferences in the Ukraine, UK, Germany and Austria. She supports our work helping our clients master soft skills and intercultural communication. Lena is based in Kyiv. 

Bruce MacKinnon


Bruce is a critically acclaimed television, theatre actor and writer with over 25 years experience of the entertainment industry. He trains professionals across all sectors in the art of presentation, persuasion and motivational public speaking. He specialises in one-to-one coaching in key-note speech writing and delivery and media training for upper level professionals about to enter the world of television and radio. Bruce is based in London. 

Katerina Nuzhnenko

Liaison and Relationship Partner

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Martin Swift 


Martin identifies and aligns marketing, sales strategies and senior management decisions to create the space for organisations to optimise current product/services and innovate, develop and roll out new products and services for commercial success and long-term value. He identifies and addresses internal bottlenecks issues and works with management and local and international sales teams to continually improve and adapt strategies using lean initiatives and process digitisation. Martin is based in London. 

Richard Gadd  


Richard is a specialist in governance, organisational development, change management, strategic planning and business improvement. He is a Level 7 executive coach and mentor to Open University Business School alumni and all Sterling Development employees. He designs and facilitates all our online training and coaching offerings. Richard is based in York.

Victor Smith 

Board Chair

Victor is our Board Chair and ambassador with a wealth of experience across industries. He provides us with innovative and cohesive strategic guidance that focuses on sustainable long-term growth. A known strategist and advisor he plays a pivotal role in helping us to continually transform and adapt to change. He ensures the Board has the necessary information with which to make commercially sound decisions and bring the voice of our customers to our board table. 

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