Who We Are

/Who We Are
Who We Are 2019-02-25T19:25:40+00:00

Kedge Martin – Kedge is a mentor/coach to young adults as well as Trusted Advisor to UHNW families and Senior professionals.   As a parent, aunt, godparent, entrepreneur and businesswoman, she brings together her varied personal and professional experience to support Youngbow clients to clarify and achieve their goals.  Kedge’s background includes more than twenty five years’ experience of strategy and operational leadership spanning philanthropy, politics and business.  Her career started as a researcher and political lobbyist in the late ‘80s from where she went on to set up a business in Poland in 1991 shortly after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.  Her not for profit experiences includes CEO of Sentebale, Prince Harry’s Foundation for children in Africa and as Founder CEO of WellChild.

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.

Katie Vaughan Edwards is a qualified coach. Her passion is working with children and young adults, developing confidence, emotional intelligence and resilience to help them navigate key periods of transition and challenges in their lives. Katie also works for The James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund, is a Core Member of The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC), runs workshops in schools and helps private clients to organise and prioritise their lives. Prior to coaching, Katie worked in business administration in the City, Media and Property markets, she was a volunteer listener for Samaritans and a family support volunteer for the NSPCC.

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.

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.

Hamish Mackay-Lewis – After leaving Edinburgh University Hamish served for seven years in the Scots Guards, before going on to do an international MBA at IE in Madrid. He went on to lead a number of healthcare and education businesses in Asian emerging markets before transitioning to become a Coach, an NLP Practitioner and a Certified Meditation & Mindfulness teacher.   His strengths are in helping adults (both young and old) find the confidence to lead themselves with greater authenticity and wake up to their own sense of purpose.   Hamish often works with clients on transformative adventure experiences in wilderness areas around the world, where the opportunity to find our true selves is much easier without the distractions of the crowded modern world of social media and other demands.

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.

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/

Anna Roebuck –  Anna is passionate about helping people reach their goals. A fluent French speaker who has worked with leaders and managers from varied backgrounds and cultures she excels in building relationships and confidence. A qualified Executive and Career Coach Anna started her career working in the financial sector in the City of London, more recently based in France, she has consulted; and lectured in Business and Engineering schools on career development and intercultural communication. Anna has designed, developed and run professional career starter and booster workshops internationally with proven success. She focuses on working with students to improve vital communication skills and support career choices. Whether working with school leavers,  Bachelor, MBA or Masters students looking to take the next step up she believes it is the greatest privilege to share in their progression and aid them in success.

Anamaria Acevedo – Anamaría had a long and successful international career in architecture and  as a lead designer in multi-million pound residential, commercial, educational and urban projects before finding her real fulfilment and purpose in helping others.   An experienced Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC);  ICF, Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and NLP and mindfulness practitioner, she works with individuals helping them find their passion, unlock their potential and create personal and professional success.

Chloe Garland – Chloe studied Philosophy at The University of Nottingham before deciding to pursue a career helping young adults struggling to make a decision about the direction of their lives and careers (having recently been there herself). After working in equine therapy in Peru, Chloe went on to qualify as a life and career coach and started her own coaching business. Chloe’s principles of coaching include self-awareness, resilience, resourcefulness, emotional intelligence and developing a growth mindset – the critical skills to avoid a ‘quarter-life crisis’. Chloe believes that ‘the best we can do in life is work out what we know about ourselves and make our decisions based on that’.

Charlotte Cavendish – Finding the key to enable a child or young adult to maximise his or her potential, has been Charlotte’s drive for nearly a decade. Having been educated at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College, the value of an exemplary education has always been clear. She recognises that to be a socially confident, successful and globally-aware student however, more than first-class academics are required. As well as supporting academic success and developing study techniques, it is these personable skills and a cultural literacy which she strives to nurture and enhance within youngsters: to appreciate the delicacy between charm and arrogance, confidence and disrespect, self-discipline and a lack of motivation. As an educational consultant, Charlotte successfully structured, developed and launched a mentoring and guardianship division for a global educational brand, simultaneously mentoring ten students. She has produced the academic programmes for Key Stage 1 – 5; written and produced the a newsletter for global circulation; ghost-written regular columns and features for local and national press on educational topics; and acted as chief assessor for children from 4 – 19 years old. This breadth of experience has provided Charlotte with an in-depth knowledge of the UK independent school system, as well as exposing her to the skills and characteristics that are required for graduates entering the UK job market. Living between London, Geneva, Moscow, Ibiza and the USA Charlotte worked as a private tutor and created educational programmes for pupils of varying academic ability between the ages of 4 – 17 years old. This has developed her ability to effectively and dynamically communicate challenging material. Charlotte has experience with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, APD, Autism and ADD. As an aside, Charlotte is currently studying for an MA in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding. She is focusing this on the role of education in conflict and peacebuilding. Her belief that education is inherent in the success of the younger generation, and thus our future, is paramount.