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Desi Christou – Owner of Desi Christou & Associates

Lead Trainer, Coach, Speaker, Author

Desi is a highly sought after coach, speaker and certified NLP Trainer and she has successfully run her own business for 7 years. She graduated with 99.2% accreditation score for her ABNLP NLP Trainers’ Training certification program and achieved one of the highest global scores in the history of the ABNLP (American Board of NLP). She speaks regularly at business groups, provides 1-1 coaching and breakthrough sessions; bespoke trainings for corporate clients as well as public courses (See testimonials page). Larger clients include Women in Technology UK (Subsidiary of McGregor Boyall), Institute of Engineering and Technology, Cisco Systems, Retail Trust, Enfield Enterprise.

She previously had a highly successful career for many years in the TV Production industry as a TV Producer employed by ITV, BBC and other terrestrial channels. She also was employed by top UK independent production companies working with the likes of Chris Tarrant, Terry Wogan, Anne Robinson, Davina McCall, Paul Ross, Melinda Messenger, Dame Edna Everage and Neil Morrissey to name but a few.

Her roles included producing and directing well known primetime TV programmes, coaching TV & Radio interviewees, writing scripts, training, negotiating and running teams. She also coached celebrity interviewees and programme contributors. Her coaching appealed to a wide range of individuals from well known TV and film personalities to members of the general public.

Her current areas of specialism include confidence building & assertiveness training for women professionals, stress management, presentation & public speaking training, interview and networking skills training assisting individuals develop a powerful mindset so they enjoy greater levels of success and fulfilment – the consequential result  being that their businesses / company experiences increased levels of performance and productivity.

She also holds various qualifications including a 2:1 (Hons) degree in Politics & Modern History, Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and Hypnosis; Master Practitioner in Time Line Therapy™; Certificate in Personal Performance Coaching, Reiki Levels I + II; Mindfulness Training; Adult Teaching Qualification in the LifeLong Learning Sector PTLLS. She holds full professional indemnity insurance with Towergate.

In her leisure time, Desi enjoys the theatre, travel, long country walks and rustling up an exotic Thai curry. She lives in North London with her partner and young daughter.

If you are interested in how Desi can help you and would like more information, then please ring 0845 388 8213 today to talk with Desi or to make a booking.

“Desi ran a training course for a major recruitment agency  called ‘Elevate your Confidence’ and the feedback from the attendees was excellent. All candidates reported significantly feeling more confident as a result of the day. All candidates reported being deeply impressed by the tools and techniques that they could adapt to all aspects of their work lives. We’re working with Desi again in the future such was her impact.” Maggie, M.D. Women in Technology

“Desi is absolutely fantastic!! I ran a seminar last night and it went exceptionally well – no nerves or anything! After 20 years, my fear of public speaking has gone!! Thank you soooo much!!” Gareth, Accountant & Business Coach, London

“I would thoroughly recommend training with Desi – her energy and enthusiasm for her work is infectious. She has the ability to put even the most nervous of candidates at their ease. Being someone who was rather terrified of presenting, it was a relief to find Desi had a whole heap of techniques to overcome this. With her fun training and empathetic approach any worries on presenting have now disappeared!” Katrina, Business Coach, Essex

Mike Burge -Executive Coach,

Business Consultant and Best Year Yet™ Programme Leader

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Background

Mike graduated with an Honours degree in Economics, and by 28 was the youngest director of Hodder & Stoughton Publishers, working closely with authors such as Jeffrey Archer, John Le Carre, Delia Smith, and Stephen King.  He has 18 years of success working in book publishing – in sales, editorial, distribution, and general management, – all at director or a senior level.

He has managed turnaround situations for organisations and teams both in the UK and overseas, helping to make previously unprofitable businesses profitable for the first time, as well as managing teams internationally to perform at their highest level of expertise.

He is Director of Best Year Yet UK, a successful entrepreneur and has held non-executive directorships in companies in the SME sector.

Experience

Mike has over 1000 hours’ experience of successfully coaching senior managers and executives up to board level in the private and public sectors, as well as a broad range of private clients. His area of specialism include such topics as developing team and individual performance, supporting clients to have their best year yet by bridging the gap between strategy and actual performance, and enabling them to become experts at producing results.

He also has extensive experience in the areas of helping clients overcome specific interpersonal and presentational challenges, increasing sales and other key performance indicators within their organisation. In addition, he helps them create sustainable turnaround situations in their work and lives.

He has over 15 years’ experience in coaching and consultancy and has worked with such blue chip clients as Asda, GlaxoSmithKline, BP, ChevronTexaco, BOC, SG Hambros, Intel, Honda, Balfour Beatty, EDF Energy, SSK Smurfit Kappa UK and BAA’s London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 project. He has also worked extensively in the SME sector.

Mike offers great experience of business development, sales and marketing management experience at plc and senior director level.

During his career, Mike has worked in a variety of business sectors as well as the public sector and is very conversant with the challenges that face leaders, business owners and individuals as they strive to make their aspirations a reality.

He is a fully accredited coach, an accredited NLP Practitioner and holds various diplomas in Business and Performance Coaching. Additionally, he is a fully accredited international Best Year Yet Programme Leader and Coach.

He has also, in his consulting career, been part of the team that won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2004.

 

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Claire Stibbon is an experienced coach, trainer and change agent, who regularly provides individual coaching, tailored corporate training sessions and organisational change management for client companies.

Claire is an ABNLP qualified NLP Trainer and and ILM Level 7 (Masters Equivalent) Executive coach. Claire is also a UKCC qualified Sports Coach as outside the “day job” she has a keen interest in horse riding and skiing, among other sports.

Prior to running her own business, Claire had a successful career in blue chip organisations.  She has a strong background in international HR and also held commercial and operational roles in international organisations, including a stint with General Electric.  During her career, Claire was headhunted within her organisation and made a move from being an HR Business Partner to heading up a Europe-wide Customer Service function.  On another occasion she was brought in to run a global Quality training function – so she knows a bit about making huge job changes, and taking risks!

As a coach, Claire has a great interest in coaching individuals to help them find clarity and confidence as they move into new roles, whether these are moves into senior management or a complete change of function.

Claire also enjoys delivering tailored training events for corporate clients and particularly enjoys running coaching training programmes for managers.

Outside work, Claire’s main interests are horse riding, music, going to the ballet and taking herself outside her comfort zone on a regular basis.

Please ring us on 0845 388 8213 today and we can talk about your requirements.