Prior to establishing his own business mentoring practice in 2001, David worked for 25 years in commercial and investment banking with HSBC and Deutsche Bank. His last assignment was as a Managing Director in DB eVentures, where he was originating investment deals with early stage technology businesses and then acting as a NED post investment, working with the boards and senior teams to implement their plans.
This “thread” has carried on since he left the banking sector, and he has subsequently worked with many IT practitioners and helped them to start and grow their businesses.
He has been particularly active using the PRISM “Brainmapping” tool to help leaders to recruit the right people, build high performance teams, develop adaptive selling strategies, and manage strategic change.
Jocelyn Hughes is a highly experienced trainer with fifteen years as a training manager within blue-chip organisations such as Motorola and Thorn EMI. A passionate advocate of training for a reason, Jocelyn has a practical approach to training which focuses on giving participants and organisations relevant knowledge and skills improvement which is immediately transferable to the workplace.
Jocelyn designs and delivers management and soft skills programmes for across all business sectors throughout the UK, USA and Europe.
Subjects cover include Performance Management, Team Building, Appraisal Skills, HR Business Partnering and Management Development. In addition to training design and delivery, she runs Assessment Centres for clients including psychometric and aptitude tests, with specialist skills in Competency Framework Design and Executive Coaching.
Jocelyn is also something of a profiling whizz, covering Myers Brigg, Disc, Thomas Kilman and ILM Leadership Qualifications, always relating the profiles of individuals to context and performance.
Adrian McDougall, Director of CentreStage
CentreStage helps organisations thrive by enabling people to communicate more effectively and work more collaboratively.
CentreStage is a leading provider of experiential learning techniques such as role-play, real-play and forum theatre, with more than ten years experience of working with some of the UK’s leading organisations from the public and private sectors. Their work promotes confidence, self-awareness and openness, allowing individuals to explore behavioural issues and practice challenging conversations.
The roleplayers employed by CentreStage are professional actors with extensive, relevant business experience, the skills to facilitate groups and offer ‘in the moment’ feedback. Their contribution to learning and development programmes often leads to ‘lightbulb’ moments in a non-threatening environment.