We are a mixed bag combining: Facilitators, trainers, consultants, coaches and professional actors, backed up by a range of specialists firms.
With People Deliver Projects from the start - Founder and Managing Director of the business.
Role: As well as managing the business and new business development, Andy manages assignments, delivers consultancy, event facilitation, training and coaching.
Where he fits in: The team’s ‘all-rounder’. Design and delivery, spanning the full spectrum of project and change delivery, from process expertise to people skills and leadership.
Getting to here: Andy is a trusted deliver of (in broad numbers) around 500 consultancy, coaching and training assignments over 15+ years with around 100 clients. People Deliver Projects is his second successful business after a short spell in ‘big consultancy’, which was ‘good, but not for him long term’. Before that Andy had an eclectic Aerospace career with Rolls-Royce and British Aerospace; starting out as an engineer, and then in product marketing and strategy, at various times a project manager. Then he became a factory manager, and finally business general manager.
Andy’s view: I started the business in 2006 because of what appeared to be a remarkable gap in the world of project management, namely a failure to recognise that the primary challenges are human (not process), and I worked with many project people who badly needed help with this. I couldn’t find it, so decided to have a go. Now we have grown and have 80 great customers, (who seem to agree), and having broadened into lots of different areas with similar needs, I am more sure than ever. I want us to be an antidote to the sterile world of project and change management.
Education: Engineering degree from Loughborough and an MBA from Warwick.
In real life: Despite creaking limbs, anything involving adrenalin, usually on rock, snow or the sea.
With People Deliver Projects: Since 2007
Fits in: Dave leads our events. As well as coach and facilitator, Dave is a designer, writer and director. He has built our events practice up from scratch to becoming a core strategy of the business.
Andy’s view: Dave brings the creative energy, and in fact most of the energy, to the team. Because of his range of skills we can create our unique large events. I believe there isn’t anyone else in the world doing quite what we do. He keeps us laughing and tends to think anything is possible – Hence we also argue a lot.
Getting to here: Alongside People Deliver Projects, Dave is still a practising writer and director - He is Director to the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Before joining People Deliver Projects he spent fifteen years working for corporate training and events companies, and various management roles including three years at the Oxford Shakespeare festival. As an actor Dave spent eight years working in Television, Film, Stage and Radio. He has written plays and directed for such companies as the Thorndike Theatre, British Arts Council and the Redgrave. And along with his trusty ukelele, he is a regular on the Stand-up Comedy circuit where he is much in demand as a compere.
Education: Dip. Acting (Guildford School of Acting)
In real life: Dave is annoyingly fit - especially swimming, and is a keen Ceroc (Modern Jive) dancer.
With People Deliver Projects since - 2016
Role: Jess runs the day-to-day operations of the business, including the administrative matters and general office management. Alongside this she manages our large audience events, from the pre-event preparation, to the running of the day.
Getting to here: This is Jess’ first job after graduating from University. It’s all been fairly new to her but she’s learning quickly as she goes.
Education: Psychology BSc degree from the University of Manchester.
In real life: Usually out with her dog, eating or drinking something nice.
With People Deliver Projects: From 2007
Fits in: Mike is a leadership developer and team facilitator, who designs and delivers developmental assignments.
Andy’s view: For me, Mike is a true master of leadership and team development. He has a great skill for creating an environment in which people learn, and the in which the most important conversations can take place. He has a quiet energy level which does not crowd a room, and yet always seems surefooted and aware of the groups needs at any moment.
Getting to here: Alongside working with People Deliver Projects, Mike runs his own business in leadership and change. He has twenty years’ experience in facilitating leadership for change at senior levels in organisations including Cadbury Schweppes, Diageo, the BBC, Astra Zeneca, BP, and the UK Government Department for International Development. Mike is an associate faculty of ING Business School, maintains active links with Henley School of Management, and Lancaster University School of Management Learning.
Education: A degree (Geography) A Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Qualified in the use of Myers Briggs, Birkman, and both the JCA and Hay Emotional Intelligence instruments. MBTI Step I & II, Hay EI 360, Hogan Development Inventory. He holds Diplomas in Coaching and Management.
In real life: Mike balances work and family life with a love of adventure and is a keen mountaineer and sailor, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
With People Deliver Projects: From 2010
Fits in: Sharon is one of our specialists in developing people and leadership capability as: Facilitator, trainer, consultant and coach. She designs and delivers assignments and facilitates team development.
Andy’s view: Sharon brings a big impact and practical mindset to the soft stuff, which we know is not soft at all. She is fearless and loves getting stuck in to the heart of the matter – always with an eye for the practical – ‘What will make it work better on a Monday morning?’.
Getting to here: Alongside working with People Deliver Projects, Sharon runs her own developmental business as an executive coach and change consultant. Before independent life, she has 20 years industry experience in various consulting, HR and leadership roles, and her corporate career includes, HSBC and the John Lewis Partnership. She practices as a Master Coach, is an assessor with the Association for Coaching, as well as being a Coach to other Coaches.
Education: Ashridge Business School MSC, Organisational Consulting. Qualified in the use of Benchmarks 360o Feedback and PPA (Personal Profile Analysis) and MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) psychometric instruments.
In real life: She can often be spotted jogging through Windsor Great Park with the ‘running sisters’ (the name of the club). When she stops, she cooks, grows vegetables and volunteers with a local charity.
With People Deliver Projects: From 2013
Fits in: Susanne is lead facilitator of our project management assignments, as a trainer, facilitator, consultant or coach. Unusually in project management she is equally adept on both process and people challenges.
Andy’s view: Susanne is a wonderful new addition to our team in 2013 and brings a rare combination that I am constantly searching for; depth of experience in real project delivery and skills in the people and leadership stuff. All of her work in project management has a strong people and leadership orientation - she is refreshing our project management offering and turning it into a much more powerful part of what we do. She has brought a new emphasis for us on project leadership coaching and it’s also great having a truly international outlook in the team.
Getting to here: Alongside working with People Deliver Projects, Susanne runs her own business as a project leadership coach, presenter and author. She has been independent since 2012 and brings with her a wealth of project delivery experience from across many sectors – business, public and not-for-profit. She has led large change programmes of up to $30 million for organisations such as Standard Bank, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, T-Mobile and HMRC.
Education: MA (and BA) in International Business, Language and Culture. Denmark/France. Advanced Coaching Diploma. Corporate & Executive Coach. Personal Performance Coach.
Author of The Project Management Coaching Workbook
In real life: Susanne is Danish, speaks five languages and has lived in four countries.