There's more to us than meets the eye. Yes you'll see a lot of Freddie and Adrian, but we have a wide network of amazing people who help us out on a regular basis. Here's just a few of them:
His vision is that The Red Thread Partnership will become the place to come if you want better performance, better engagement, better leaders and managers, better teams, better communication and make a difference in the community while you are at it.
Freddie is Red Thread’s Managing Director, does business coaching and leads medium to large scale culture change programmes. In his work he focuses on the What and the How; combines this with his ability to think both strategically and creatively; and never loses sight of what the customer wants and the business's purpose. He refuses to accept the myths that prevail in a business and encourages leaders to find the evidence of what is happening. From this he will help you orchestrate a range of activities that will drive effective change and engagement and help you create the story you want to tell.
Freddie has been doing this for over twenty years with companies such as: Renault, Daimler Chrysler UK, Marks and Spencer’s, Robert Horne, Axa Insurance, Bupa Health and Wellbeing, Royal Court, Family Court, DWP, DfES, Sport England, The Carphone Warehouse, Nestle Professional, Purina, Kerry Foods UK and Ireland, Lexus UK and Europe, Nominet, Sony Playstation, Ricoh, Santander, Panasonic Avionics.
His knowledge and insight into communication and engagement was recognised when he was invited to be a “Guru” on the government's Engage 4 Success task force. Freddie is a qualified NLP practitioner and licenced in psychometric tools such as MBTI.
Freddie gets out his guitar and goes and plays with his band Error 404 (tickets are available for the next gig), goes on long walks all over the country, ran his very first ½ marathon in 2015,still plays competitive tennis and avidly follows the Northampton Saints & Manchester United’s exploits.
He is also a trustee for one of Northamptonshire most important heritage project which involves the restoration of Delapre Abbey www.delapreabbey.org
He has a strong belief that people have the capacity to change and excel but frequently lose sight of this; and because Red Thread is a business that helps people believe in themselves and become the best they can.
He works in leadership and management development, specifically focusing on attitudinal and behavioural change and has done now for over 20 years. His experience is extensive and demonstrates his versatility, it includes: working on a one-to-one basis with senior teams/boards; top team coaching and development; facilitating leadership development workshops for senior managers from international matrixed organisations, developing the performance management skills of line managers from both public and private organisations at all grades and from diverse countries; and broadly based culture change projects.
Clients have included BP, GSK, Phillips – nxp semiconductors, Infineum, Ricoh, Allianz, Kerry Foods and many large government departments.
As well as being a qualified banker, having degrees in maths and business administration Adrian is also licensed on a number of psychometric instruments including MBTI, FIRO-B and Saville Wave.
Or often before work, Adrian will go running and is more than happy to discuss knee injuries with you. After work, when time allows, he is involved in table top wargaming (Warhammer and Warmahordes for those that know), acting as Treasurer for his local credit union, keeping track of his four children and one grandchild and wondering slightly despairingly what will happen to Aston Villa this season.
Dawn breaks, and Michael gets up because he enjoys an early morning and the chance to reflect on the day ahead. Opportunities to work with people, help them engage with their worlds and make a difference so that they feel a real sense of achievement
He is passionate about understanding customers, markets and organisations. Why do we make the choices we make? What are we seeking? How can we work together to find it? These are the questions that lead to innovation, strategies for growth, understanding of our customers and effective marketing and communications.
Michael has worked with many financial service organisations on those challenges, including Direct Line, RSA, Legal& General. Those relationships have led to work in other sectors too, with assignments for Mercedes Benz in motor, Medacs in recruitment and the University of the Arts in education. All linked by the same theme, understanding people and finding solutions to their needs which make sense for the organisation too.
He may be found tramping through the countryside, here in the UK or, whenever possible, somewhere else in the world, pursing a love of landscapes and walks that last at least 5 hours. Come the winter, he’ll be hoping for enough snow in the Dolomites for some serious cross-country skiing. In between these bursts of energy, you may find him an art gallery pondering the creative spirit or in Edinburgh, visiting his daughter – who works in the food industry and so is an excellent guide to the gastronomic delights of the booming Scottish eating out market!
She is excited by life, particularly people. She has a passion for performance - for establishing a very real connection and communicating with impact as well as getting the best out of others.
She is either travelling the globe as a TV host, being at the heart of the action at major sporting eventsincluding; the Olympic and Paralympic games, the Rugby World Cup, MotoGP, The Americas Cup, boxing arenas and polo pitches, interviewing the world’s best sportsmen and women. Or, working with high performance teams and one to one with senior/middle managers across a range of sectors including; retail, education and non-profit organisations. She draws on her experience of performing under pressure in a live television environment to help others thrive in their equivalent of being under the spotlight.
Working out how to shave another precious minute off that coveted marathon P.B (she is now 5 marathons down) or attempting to balance the adrenaline highs of her work with time on the yoga mat as well as watching masses of sports broadcasts…and maybe, just maybe, sneaking in anepisode of ‘Made in Chelsea’!
She is a passionate believer in giving back as she achieved because many people helped her along her journey to an elite athlete and beyond; and because being the best version of you is the key to success.
Gail energises and unlocks untapped potential in high performing people. She works with small business entrepreneurs, senior managers and team leaders to improve their performance, productivity and personal management skills. She does this through coaching, mentoring and training her clients so they can achieve at the highest level.
Gail has added a Masters in Executive Business Coaching to her unique blend of sport and business experience. In her approach Gail takes the time to really understandher clients and developing their personality, since she has found this can make the difference between real success and going through the motions and under-achieving.
Prior to her coaching work supporting successful personal transition and transformation, Gail worked with schools and businesses to motivate and inspire audiences drawing on her experiences as an elite athlete, having won world gold and Olympic silver medals.
Gail also fits in some television work,being a talented and versatile sports presenter for Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC 5Liveand A Question of Sport.
Gail will be wrestling with her 2 boys, trying to keep fit so the boys can’t outrun her, passionately support Tottenham Hotspur and any spending any down time with good friends and her partner Ed.
He loves it when people get that spark of excitement about a new idea, or the sudden belief that they can do something which they never thought possible. He believes that people can grow stronger at what they do and regain any lost energy, and gets a kick out of helping them.
He works with people on different development programs including coaching executives, team development, and negotiation skills. He supports leaders through change programs and helps teams manage conflict and build trust. Alasdair is comfortable working in different industrial sectors and for charities, and enjoys 1-to-1 interaction or working with large groups. In the past he has created Learning and Development frameworks for global functions, run workshops on unconscious bias for multifunctional teams, and coached people to improved performance or better stress management. Alasdair’s initial training was in science and he holds a doctorate in chemistry, and more recently he attained a practitioner diploma in executive coaching and accreditation in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
He loves to run and is training for a couple of 10K races. After many years of playing occasional bad tennis he is trying to play more regularly and get a passable backhand and service game. Supporting Heart of Midlothian is a perennial source of frustration, but one habit that’s hard to a kick. He regularly goes to salsa and bachata parties to feel the passion of Latin dancing.
She is energized by partnering with clients to create the conditions for their people and organizations to thrive. (Actually, a double espresso helps with the energizing). An early riser, she focuses on what really matters most in the day ahead for her clients and how she and they can stay true to their intentions.
Carol works with leaders and teams in messy organizations as they deal with complexity and surprises. Working across the pharma, tech and financial services sectors, she helps clients use their strengths and attention in smart ways to grow their businesses. Her clients make changes in their leadership and businesses that they and their stakeholders rate as valuable and genuine. They become even more resilient, and better able to sustain high performance during constant change. And the organizations they work for, e.g., Cisco, Thomson Reuters and American Express, are better able to scale these leaders and teams across different markets and cultures.
Most weeknights she turns her attention westward to begin a “second shift”, working with clients in the US and keeping up with friends near her Arizona home. Depending on the season, she’s either got her hands dirty in the garden or warmed by an experiment with comfort foods. Most days include a cardio or weights workout with frothy pop music. She’s also taken up making jewelry using glass beads. Be warned, necklaces have been known to unravel in the middle of meetings, sending beads everywhere.
She has a drive to help as many people as possible to ‘Love Going To Work’. She believes that if you are using your natural strengths and talents then you will love what you are doing and be hugely productive. She also believes if the work you are doing is making you miserable then you must make a change!
She works with organisations to improve their leaders and managers and to improve their HR practice. She has over 20 years’ experience as an HR and development professional. She has worked for Ford, Glaxo, Microsoft and has spent 9 years as HR Director for Nominet. As a consultant, she has worked with start-ups right the way through to large companies, helping to create people strategies that will drive businesses forward and supporting the development of leaders, managers and teams. Gill’s HR background mean she is able to support on all aspects of the employee lifecycle and is particularly strong at change management, which she lectures on for an engineering master’s programme at Warwick University. Gill is a member of the CIPD, has worked extensively with the Strengthsfinder tool and is trained in NLP.
Gill helps to run two local drama groups and treads the boards herself. She uses her coaching techniques to help the young people overcome nerves. She is a governor for two local schools and trustee and HR Director for Citzens Advice in North Oxford and South Northants. She has recently returned to playing netball and pretends that she can still play like she did in her youth!!
He believes that people have enormous potential, yet too often organisations stifle that potential. Releasing the talent of people by understanding the organisation as a fully human institution is the secret to unlocking potential in every aspect of an organisation’s operations.
He works with a wide range of people advising, diagnosing, analysing and persuading either face-to-face or in blogs or other media. He enjoys doing the hard work to improve things and as a writer also enjoys the slog of carefully crafting books whether factual or fictional. His work has always been suffused with a sense that working hard to be fair and make systems fair is a bedrock for high performance; for outstanding leadership and for great organisational cultures. He will soon be one of the few people in Europe trained and accredited to use the Denison Cultural diagnostic tool.
Nick works in the areas of strategy; change management; organizational development; employee engagement and leadership development. His past and present clients include AXA plc, Pearson plc, Tesco plc, Creative Skillset, BIG Lottery, City & Guilds, Enterprise Inns, Working Links, The Work Foundation, Design Council, Demos, BT, Universities of Manchester, Southampton, East Anglia, Gloucester and West of England, Milton Keynes College, Compass among others.
Nick was the Director of Advocacy at The Work Foundation, where he managed a department of communications, business development, marketing, media and policy specialists. His work included consulting to many leading FTSE 100 companies and large public sector bodies, as well as writing and speaking on a wide range of issues including the economy, health at work, European affairs, the labour market, organisational performance, leadership, welfare reform, finance, corporate governance and CSR.
He has contributed and placed articles and comment in a wide range of media including the Financial Times, the Economist, on all major broadcast news bulletins, The Guardian, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and all the main Sunday papers as well as many specialist and regional media. He is the author or co-author of several reports including ‘Greening Work’ (2008); The Risk Myth (2006), Life at the Top (2005), Where are the Gaps? (2005), Cracking the Performance Code (2005), The Joy of Work (2004) and Achieving High Performance through CSR (2004); and books include The Good Work Guide (2010), The Leadership Challenges of the Next Economy (2011), Centre for Leadership Innovation and What Kind of World do we Want? (2015).
When not writing, speaking or consulting Nick writes fiction from screenplays to children’s stories; supports Northampton Saints and avidly follows (on TV whenever possible) England Rugby. He is also an avid gym goer and occasional cyclist.
Sheis absolutely passionate about all things customer. Finding ways to help organisations meet and exceed customer expectations without getting hemmed in by process and organisational red tape. With customer expectations higher than ever due to advancements in technology there has never been more pressure to innovate and improve in order to keep up with the ‘always on’ customer.
Michelle will be found working on a variety of projects which are usually focused on delivering a better customer experience. Ongoing and recent projects include updating the digital tools Mercedes put in their showroom environment, helping launch a sales aid app for Volkswagen Van Centre staff to help sell vans in a more customer focused way andworking with Management Teams to help them introduce tangible improvements in their Audi customer contact centre proposition.
Michelle has held senior positions in Marketing, Sales, After sales and Customer Care roles in the prestige automotive sector and has worked with a variety of stakeholders in senior management, franchisee, factory and agency positions. With extensive experience in re-defining the customer journey (if indeed there actually is one) in today’s technology driven world, she works tirelessly to question, challenge and find solutions that have longevity and tangible benefits on both sides.
Clients include UK importers such as Mercedes, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen Group UK, Volkswagen Vans and Audi, dealer groups such as Lookers, Sandown Group and Ocean Automotive and suppliers to the industry such as Big Sofa, TTi, KTS Events and Freestone.
Before or during her day, Michelle likes to get out in the fresh air for some exercise. She also extends her versatility outside of work commitments by taking on the roles of taxi, cook and general nag to her 2 children. A keen singer and ex-dancer, Michelle is an amateur dramatics enthusiast and loves all things musical theatre.
The World Championships Mixed Doubles Final 2006 was a unique occasion. It was the first ever 'all English final' in a World Championships and Andy has nurtured and developed all four finalists through from childhood.
Andy is now working on fourth Olympic cycle having delivered the SYDNEY, ATHENS and BEIJING GB Olympic programmes as Head Coach and Olympic Team Manager/Performance Director.
He has recently set up MatchPlaySport Coaching Consultancy and undertaken Performance Advisory work with Australian Olympic Committee, Canadian Olympic Committee, Derbyshire Sport and many other international sporting bodies.
Andy's numerous coaching awards include UK Sports Coach of the Year, 2006 BBC Sports Coach of the Year and 2008 Derbyshire Sports Coach of the Year.
25 years working for some of the most respected automotive brands in the world has taught Stuart the importance of establishing a clear corporate vision and integrating it with the activities of everyone connected to the organisation.
Having developed successful businesses in a multitude of countries and cultures, Stuart understands the human factors that affect business performance and how to align the interests of all parties in the business chain to deliver results.
Roles with VW, Audi, Toyota and Lexus, culminating in 5 years as a board member of
Bentley Motors have provided Stuart with an incisive approach to strategic planning along with a performance based approach to sales and marketing. A practical understanding of the philosophy and practice of Kaizen and his personal experience of several organisational change programmes ensures that he has a deep understanding of what is required to make organisational change stick.
Stuart is best known for establishing the industry leading reputation of Lexus for customer service in the UK through a series of innovative and unique techniques and team development.
She passionately believes that 'people go to work to do a great job' and that organisations have a duty of care to ensure they have the right leadership and culture is in place to enable them to flourish and grow. Leadership isn't a quick fix – it’s about communication clarity and confidence and businesses need to invest in developing people at all levels to deliver great service to Customers.
She works with organisations strategically and tactically to develop and implement change and transformation programmes that are aligned to business goals and outcomes. Be it restructuring businesses, supporting the engagement process or designing leadership development strategies, she knows that ensuringpeople at all levels understand the vision and the part they play is critical in delivering the customer experience and commercial outcomes.
As a qualified business coach, and with over 20 years’ board level experience in HR and Service Delivery , she works with individuals , teams and organisations to improve performance and personal effectiveness.
She goes home – eventually - puts her feet up with a nice glass of fizz or gets her trainers on and goes walking or to Pilates . Oh and it would be remiss of us not to mention the shopping and socialising, which occurs most weekends and on occasion being the ATM machine for her son when his money runs out!
She is motivated to help people achieve their potential and she believes that the culture and approach used within Red Thread are successful in giving them the confidence to raise their expectations and develop new skills.
She works with organisations in helping them to select and develop their people and specifically on achieving behavioural change in their leaders. Her experience over the past 25 years has given her the skills to use a variety of techniques in including coaching, team-building, facilitation of leadership programmes and design and delivery of development centres to identify future potential. She has worked internationally and, having lived in different cultures herself, is particularly aware of the need to tailor programmes to the specific context in which she is working.
Her clients have included Barclays, BT, GSK, Old Mutual, Guinness, MET police, charities and a number of government departments Ros is a chartered psychologist with a PhD in Occupational Psychology and is licensed to use most of the ability and personality instruments on the market.
She indulges her passion for travelling, which she combines with work whenever possible! She also enjoys seeing films, visiting the theatre, eating good food with friends and her most recent interest is running a wine tasting group. Ros does try to keep fit because she wants to maintain body and mind to indulge in her other activities rather than having a burning desire to go to the gym and she particularly enjoys Nordic walking.
He absolutely believes that everyone has the capacity to perform at their best, deliver great results AND enjoy life to the full; but for a misunderstanding about how to go about it. He also believes that much of learning and development falls on stony ground unless this misunderstanding is cleared up.
He works with individuals and teams to help them achieve clarity and gain insights tocreatively and intuitively find their own best way forward to deliver results. He believes senior people have usually been on enough skills and knowledge courses to last them a lifetime and that, whilst we should all strive to improve in these areas, this is not where the real key to engagement and performance lies. He has worked with organisations in the public and private sector across a variety of disciplines as well as with hundreds of individuals.
His clients have included such organisations as the NHS, Specsavers, Intel, HSBC, Fujitsu, Cobham, Polycasa and Thomas International
He plays tennis and also golf in preparation for the time when too many bits fail and he can no longer play tennis.
There is always SOMETHING to be grateful for; and the only person, who can change your destiny, is you.
She is motivated by finding solutions, planning, organising and delivering projects on time and within budget. Donna is a successful Project and Portfolio Manager with over 8 years’ experience; a large amount gained while delivering Business Transformation and Change projects for Countrywide Plc, where she was responsible for various System Change projects, touching 5 business areas.
Prior to this Donna worked as an Event and Project Manager for VW Group, managing a wide variety of events and projects ranging from New Car launches (including the UK rollout of the Audi R8), Group wide seminars and conferences to Sales and Technical Team Product Knowledge Training. Donna also worked as an Event Manager on Senior Leadership and Development programmes for ASK Europe plc.
Donna spends most of her spare time chasing around after her two young girls who need a strong role model to enable them to develop the skills they will be required to use later in life to help them grow and succeed, and when not chasing them around she enjoys fitness and running (in general and is a member of a running club). Every now and then she welcomes the opportunity to just chill with a glass of bubbles and spend time with friends!
She thrives on interaction with people and loves injecting some energy into those around her, as well as feeding off the positive energy that likeminded individuals can give her too! The glass is always half full for Helen and she believes that the more you put into life, the more you’ll get in return!
She works in HR, particularly focussing on learning and development, employee engagement and project management. Her early days as a PA and Office Manager have finely tuned her organisational skills and she likes to be seen as the font of all knowledge. A true ‘completer – finisher’ she leaves no stone unturned and loves the detail!
She is passionate about helping people to not only succeed, but feel valued in their working lives. A keen follower of the psychology behind how people behave, she uses this in her work delivery and communications to deliver the best impact and result.
As a busy single mum she has her time organised to military precision, ensuring that everything gets done whilst still allowing some downtime. She’s never happier than when she’s whizzing around in her kitchen whipping up a batch of cupcakes or trying out new meal recipes for her unsuspecting (but willing) friends.