Our People

Simon Bound – Managing Director

Simon Bound

Simon initially spent the early part of his career employed in Financial Services, working within operational management and then specialist learning & development roles with industry leaders such as Lloyds TSB and Standard Life.

He then developed his sector experience by taking on learning & development lead responsibility and then lead generalist HR roles for two outsourcing organisations.

The first engaged in delivering wholesale large scale services to UK central and local government clients and then to delivering "hi touch" services to global financial clients. He left the industry as the European HR Outsourcing Director for the global outsourcing firm.

During his time working within the outsourcing sector he successfully delivered many challenging change programmes within the private and public sector.

In 2003 he founded the business initially subcontracting to other providers, he has since developed the business to support a broad range of clients and capabilities. He still plays a very active role in managing clients, delivering projects and developing the business.

Simon spends much of his spare time at his second home in the Minervois in the south of France.

Peter Basley – Client Director

Peter Basley

Peter started his career working in the retail industry, with leaders such as Marks & Spencer, Fenwicks and Allders. He has held a variety of operational management roles ranging through sales floor, administration, finance, logistics and ultimately, learning & development.

He left the industry heading up training & development for the Allders group, and still retains an interest through the British Shops & Stores Association (BSSA) where he is a regular Group Director at their Oxford Summer School.

In more recent years Peter has been working in a consultancy capacity with senior executives in top 20 FTSE 100 companies, delivering solutions that have had a significant impact on their profitability and performance, involving input including training and coaching. He continues to operate across all levels within businesses representing a cross-section of industries. Projects range from personal effectiveness in leadership and leadership teams, to culture change and brand image.

Living just across the road from the beach in Whitstable, returning home to the seaside has its obvious appeal, although he has struggled to develop a taste for oysters.

Joanne Packham – Programme Director

Joanne Packham

Jo has management experience in both training and human resources. She worked in retail as a regional personnel and training manager, overseeing 15 stores in the south-east. With News International she moved into a specialist training role, designing and leading a wide range of management development projects. Jo later broadened her business experience to an HR generalist role in the company as HR manager to the commercial division. A venture into recruitment consultancy was her last step before specialising as a training consultant.

Jo is now working with clients in the design and delivery of a range of development programmes, from Board level and Directors to first line managers, with the common theme being always striving to deliver successful outcomes that meet and exceed expectations.

Outside work, Jo is married and mother to two young boys and consequently a glorified taxi service come touch line cheer leader. When time allows she enjoys playing tennis and running but not necessarily at the same time!

Nigel Brown

Nigel Brown

Nigel has considerable experience in sales and sales development. He has developed and driven sales training, coaching and mentoring programmes for AXA, Canon, Financial Services, IT and Electronics industries ensuring winning formulae's for success.

He has honed his knowledge to deliver training and development strategies for field sales staff, relationship managers and sales management. With many projects having direct responsibility for the delivery of sales targets and quota.

Nigel is a natural motivator, an excellent influencer with stakeholders and frontline staff alike. He has high level communications skills and uses coaching and facilitation to address key issues and find solutions.

He is passionate about providing learning and development solutions that add real value to business.

Julian Dodson

Julian Dodson

Julian's early career was with the UK's largest brewer – Bass plc – after successful brand and retail marketing responsibility, he moved on to lead the Marketing Services team with responsibility for strategic planning, new product development and market research.

He then set up his own specialist marketing consultancy business, and pioneered ground breaking work on retail marketing, using geo-demographics to align propositions to local target markets.

Building on his strong commercial background Julian for the past 20 years has been achieving life changing outcomes with individuals and teams through experiential learning programmes.

He has worked with a wide range of major national and multinational businesses and organisations to help them develop personal, team and leadership effectiveness. With a focus on the fundamental issues involved in getting results through people.

Julie Fox

Julie Fox

Julie has had over 20 years experience of working as an operational manager and a project manager in the healthcare industry and over the last 12 years working in the learning and development arena as a management development specialist and more recently as Head of L&D functions.

As a highly experienced L&D Consultant, Julie's achievements are based on strong consultancy skills, complimented by a diverse range of design and delivery capabilities. She has been responsible for driving and facilitating management development interventions to her customers.

Julie has worked in six South East Asian countries as a volunteer raising over £10,000 for various charities.

Julie belongs to a Mountain Bike club and can be seen spending her spare time whipping through forests and down hills on her Mountain Bike.

Jerry Hodge

Jerry Hodge

Jerry has more than 30 years of combined manufacturing management, consultancy and learning & development experience. His unique background, skills and beliefs have helped him become a sought after expert in helping clients achieve significant outcomes in performance and profitability.

Understanding people as well as the business is one of Jerry's strengths, focussing on the people that make businesses successful at a personal, management and leadership level.

With Nestle Jerry progressed from production roles and management role to European Learning and Development Manger for Nestle Purina. Previously having management roles with British Airways and British Telecom.

In addition to his business credentials, he is an accomplished sportsman representing both County and Country at swimming and water-polo. He now spends any spare time on the golf course and plays off a handicap of 7.