Who We Are

/Who We Are
Who We Are 2017-12-15T23:43:47+00:00

Anastasia Baker – knew I wanted to be a TV journalist by the time I was 15 years old. Every university holiday I worked for nothing in local radio and television stations around the UK – I wasn’t the most talented journalist but I was definitely the most determined! By the time I left university my CV was filled with fantastic journalistic experience.”  After attending Exeter University, Anastasia went to work at TVam as a trainee journalist. At 24, she was co-hosting the late night chat show, Dial Midnight on LWT. She joined BBC News in 1993 to present and report on Breakfast News and current affairs show, Here and Now. In 2001 she left to have children and set up the UK’s first over-night maternity care service, Night Nannies. There are now 6 franchises and over 500 Night Nannies working most nights. Anastasia has been trained in Integrative Therapy and is a Licensed Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) trained by the founder, Richard Bandler.  She is also licensed in Career Counselling with CCS. Anastasia has always been passionate about getting work experience from a young age helping people secure work experience hence founded the Intern Partnership which works with Youngbow to help young adults with their first career steps.

Andrew Halfacre – a coach with two decades’ experience helping people discover what they really want and how to live in a more authentic and joyful way. He is author of ‘First, Know What You Want and has worked on personal development programmes in big business, small business and with academics from the UK’s major universities.  Prior to becoming an author and coach, Andrew worked in the utility industry in the UK before and during privatisation.

Anton Oliver – A Former Captain of the All Blacks, earning 59 caps for his country during his 13 years of play and labelled as the thinking man’s rugby player. His autobiography ‘Inside’ highlights many issues the All Blacks face. Following his distinguished sporting career, he became a postgraduate student (Oxford) in Biodiversity, Conservation and also read for an MBA (Cambridge). Anton lectures on the role the arts play in students’ lives; is an Ambassador for several New Zealand and UK environmental and childrens’ health charities including the Shackleton Foundation which supports budding leaders and social entrepreneurs.

Cathy Wood is a former elite Ironman triathlete who won silver and bronze medals for Great Britain at successive European Ironman Championships.    She is also a former Daily Mail journalist and author of ‘Paralympic Heroes’, one of the official books for the London 2012 Games.

Cathy’s experience of being an elite athlete together with an understanding of how journalists use social media, helps young adults become aware of the risks and benefits of using social media.  In addition to social media training, Cathy has developed a bespoke social media online monitoring platform which protects hard won reputations (particularly for young sports professionals) and shows clients how to use social media in a positive, effective and authentic way.

Christopher James OBE DL Founder and Chairman of Longbow (Youngbow, Longbow and Springbows).  A former officer in the Welsh Guards and Special Forces, Christopher has served in numerous countries for the British Foreign Service.  In 1996, Christopher founded Hakluyt & Co, the pre-eminent global, political risk and business intelligence company.  In 1987, Christopher was awarded the OBE for services to Her Majesty’s Government. He was appointed Vice Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Herefordshire and holds a number of non-executive appointments.

Dr Helene Laurent-Oliver is a clinical psychologist specialising in child and adolescent mental health, transitions into adulthood and family therapy. She completed her masters at Oxford University and gained her doctoral qualification from Royal Holloway University of London. She is listed on the British Psychological Society and HCPC registers. Dr Laurent-Oliver’s research interests are in psychological well-being and more specifically how to set goals which enhance personal meaning and flourishing.

Since working in the NHS and privately for 6 years Dr Laurent-Oliver has treated a number of young people suffering from anxiety, stress, panic and obsessive-compulsive disorders. She is currently undertaking specialist training in Inter-Personal Psychotherapy for depression. Dr Laurent-Oliver has done an array of parenting work to support children with behavioural or neuropsychological needs. She has also specialised in family therapy and worked with many parents who are separating.

Kedge Martin – Founder and CEO of Longbow (Youngbow, Longbow and Springbows), Kedge is a mentor, coach and trusted advisor. She has more than twenty-five years’ experience of strategy, operational leadership and advisory in the not for profit and philanthropic sectors and in entrepreneurial business in the UK, Europe and Africa. Prior to founding Longbow, Kedge was CEO of Sentebale, Prince Harry’s charity for African Orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho working with HRH in the UK and internationally.

Liz Cuninghame studied international relations and Mandarin at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) before becoming an investment banker with Goldman Sachs in London. She then joined the Ministry of Defence and performed several counter terrorism and security roles in the UK and overseas.  Her professional experience includes many years working as a mentor, developing and coaching individuals to help motivate them and achieve their maximum potential.

Naella Grew BA; MA; Grad. Dip. Couns; MBACP – studied at Columbia University (USA) and the University of Oxford before working in investment banking (JP Morgan) and then the World Health Organisation.  She is a qualified counsellor specialising in development from the teenage years to the mid-twenties when brain changes are at their most intense. Together with Janey Downshire (Grad. Dip. Couns; Cert Emotional Literacy; MBACP) Naella wrote ‘Teenagers Translated – how to raise Happy Teens’  and runs a variety of programmes distilling current research in psychology, neuroscience and communication aimed at helping parents to more smoothly navigate the teenage years.  https://www.teenagerstranslated.co.uk/

Nick Phillis –  Oxford educated and formerly the Senior Housemaster at a leading British independent school, Nick Phillis has more than 20 years’ experience guiding young people and helping them achieve their potential. A qualified coach, he has an impressive record of helping people of all ages realise their potential, helping them to understand themselves, be the best they can be and, consequently, have a positive effect in the lives of others.

Paul de Zulueta – a former Welsh Guards Officer, Paul has been working for 25 years in personal development and training, focusing on helping undergraduates and graduates become employable.  He also works in adult education with a wide range of firms in the City and financial circles.  He has two sons who have recently graduated; one working for Google and the other working for a private client stockbroker.

Paul Kinkaid – has served more than 20 years in the British Army including Bosnia, Kosovo, Brunei, Darussalam, Afghanistan, throughout the Middle East and Ukraine.  He has designed and delivered bespoke leadership and military training all over the world, setting up the UK’s missions in Ukraine and in the southern regions of Saudi Arabia and teaching leadership to junior officers of the British Army as well as to Forces of partner nations overseas.

Rebecca Milton graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Modern Languages.  She has extensive experience in recruitment, beginning her career at Moloney Search, researching talent at graduate and senior levels for a wide range of clients.  Her passion for coaching and training comes from her time at the gap year charity, Project Trust where she was responsible for recruiting, training, supervising and debriefing 18 year olds who were spending 12 months in developing countries. In 2005, she founded the Volunteer Centre at the London School of Economics as part of their Careers Centre.  Rebecca uses her vast knowledge of graduate recruitment to coach young adults, helping them hone their technique and build their confidence for interviews.

Rear Admiral Scott Lidbetter QCVS RN A fighter jet and helicopter pilot who commanded three major warships and the largest Royal Naval air station, he served as Commander of Maritime Aviation in NATO and as Head of the Fleet Air Arm.  Scott specialises in thought leadership and mentoring to the maritime and private family security sectors.