In addition to our core team of Sara and Keith, we work with selected experts to complement our skills and experience.


Doug Folan

Expertise – learning and development, performance management, quality improvement, risk and project management


I have worked in learning and development for the last 20 years, across a range of sectors and organisations, from government to private companies, charities, sports and the arts. I have led on the transformation of services for a local authority bringing teams together and leading managers to influence change. Working with a large organisation I have developed a self evaluation and improvement toolkit to support the organisation in its development and to help its staff and stakeholders achieve their strategic goals. I have been responsible for leadership and management in a variety of public sector roles, including on accredited programmes. As a result of this work I have been approached by a number of different organisations to contribute to their leadership and improvement programmes. I am a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management.


I have strategic leadership experience of bringing teams together, managing people and organisational improvement in large organisations as well as working with small teams in the public and private sectors. I am currently facilitating a leadership programme for Chief Executive Officers and board directors of sports organisations across Scotland and I am working with an International organisation developing their leadership capability to meet their organisational objectives and provide their new leaders with skills and knowledge to help them lead their teams.


I have created a range of leadership and improvement programmes that have been adopted by other organisations -‘Knowing the business’, ‘Leading for improvement’ and ‘Towards an excellent service’. I have also been successful in writing national materials for senior leaders in education to support their own and their teams development.


I have significant experience of writing and leading bespoke programmes in learning and team organisation. I have delivered workshops and facilitated groups including the development of various ‘action learning sets’ across the UK. In addition to these I have worked with senior leaders in voluntary organisations providing confidential mentoring support as well as working with emerging leaders on a one to one coaching programme.


Dr Tracey Stead


Tracey is an independent trainer, facilitator and coach, with over fifteen years’ experience in Higher Education and the public sector. Since gaining her PhD Tracey has designed and delivered a wide variety of skills, leadership and career development training for Early Career Researchers and Academics. Tracey also spent several years in the Central Government where she evaluated policies and practices and delivered training on evaluating government policy.

Tracey’s programmes for researchers at the University of Bath have been nationally recognised by short-listings for the Times Higher Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development in 2012 and Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers in 2011.

Tracey is a certified professional coach and a Myers-Briggs practitioner and, as such, has helped many individual researchers to be more effective in their own personal leadership and career planning. Tracey has a clear and direct communication style and is driven by curiosity and a passion for developing people.