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The Faculty

Judith Barton

MSc, BA, Chartered FCIPD, MCMI, MInstLM, FRSA
Founder & Director of Coaching & Mentoring

As the Founder and Director of Coaching and Mentoring at BSC, Judith leads the practice with 25 years experience of developing senior leaders in government and private sectors.  She has worked extensively in developing and delivering all of our programmes and works closely with our Director of Quality Assurance to ensure the highest professional standards in everything that we do.   In recent years she has led our work with the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK and for a major Education Group in the Middle East.  She also provides coaching supervision to the UK senior civil service including the Home Office.  Judith has led our expansion into the Middle East and in addition to delivering our in house and open programmes in the Region she enjoys her role as Executive Coach to Business & Professional Women in the Gulf following her appointment as Chief Assessor to three prestigious business awards.

Prior to BSC Judith had an impressive career in the public sector in health care management and higher education.

Her passion is using a highly effective solution-focussed approach in working with individuals to achieve their goals.

Keith McMann

LLB(hons) Law and Business, MBA

Keith is an accomplished ex PLC and IPO Director, with 23 years of experience in developing people at the top level in airline management. With his extensive experience in Airport management, revenue and customer service management, Keith uses his wealth of knowledge to develop and support coachees.

He has significant experience working internationally, notably working in the Gulf, Lebanon and Ireland as CEO of private airline Twinjet; and Passenger and Airports Director of Easyjet. This executive/boardroom background adds an increased flexibility and professional experience to BSC.

Maggie Clifton

BA (Hons), M.A, EFQM L4E, J2E

Maggie is one of BSC’s longest-standing consultants and has been Director of Quality Assurance since 2006. Maggie’s focus is on ensuring BSC continues to provide the excellent standards of delivery and service that have been in place since its inception. Maggie trains all new assessors and leads the faculty and its continued quality assurance.

With a background in health service management, Maggie is a certified EFQM assessor, trainer and consultant and is an International Assessor for business awards in UAE and Qatar. Her extensive experience as a Director and Manager in Clinical Healthcare and in research/ policy administration underpins BSC’s quality outcomes.

Martin Hill

LLB(Hons), AMAC, FInstLM, FISQC, ILM L7 Cert, Accredited Coaching Supervisor (AOCS)
Senior Tutor & Coach

Martin is the Programme Director for the ILM Level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring and leads the delivery of this programme in the UK.  He is a very experienced trainer with a background in the public sector and over 20 years involvement in delivering training programmes to senior leaders and operational staff.  Martin is also very active in developing coaching as a discipline and has held various ‘extra-curricular’ roles within the profession, eg Committee Member EMCC and leads the group supervision work for the BSC network. He is also an Accredited Coaching Supervisor with the Association of Coaching Supervisors (AOCS)

As a coach Martin aims to provide a professional, ethical, non-judgmental and safe environment to facilitate the client to develop their skills and knowledge in order to achieve their goals, resulting in performance improvements for themselves and/or the organisation.

He most enjoys seeing the pleasure and excitement of a client who has achieved a “breakthrough” moment. He enjoys the unpredictability and excitement of not knowing what a client will bring to the session and the exhilaration of exploring the options and discoveries that the coaching conversation brings to the client, helping them achieve their potential.

Brenda McKay

RN, DipN, MBA, FISQC, ILM L7 Cert.
Senior Tutor & Coach

Brenda is the Programme Director for the ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring and also delivers the ILM Level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring programmes. In addition, we have a rapidly growing practice in wellbeing coaching which is led by Brenda. She has 26 years of experience working in the private sector using ​coaching and mentoring as a fundamental solution to issues of staff performance, collegiality, morale and support. Brenda was also key in maximising resources and team performance through periods of change in senior management in the private and public health care sector. As a board member, her responsibilities were for a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural workforce which included a leadership team as well as other staff.  Brenda is also very active in developing coaching within the public sector as a discipline and supports various projects as a personal tutor and coach supervisor. Her mission is to help others to make lasting and effective positive change by using proven and easy to apply, methods. Her approach encourages and supports the individual towards reflection and action, to overcome obstacles, turning them into positive results, thus helping individuals achieve accountability, personal satisfaction and balance.

Virginia Raymond

ILM L7, L3 & L2 Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring
Senior Tutor, Coach & Supervisor

Virginia’s background is in the Performing Arts, which included many years of teaching dance in education in primary and secondary schools in Dubai. This has given her a unique skill set in terms of working collaboratively and instinctively in a coaching style, knowledge and skills which have been built on and refined through a series of ILM qualifications. As well as working with children, Virginia has also supported teaching colleagues, including middle leaders in education, in dealing with the day to day stressful situations that exist in many schools today. She has a particular interest in developing Young Leaders and enjoys working with women who are also small business owners. Both of these areas present their own peculiar challenges, challenges which are of special relevance in the current economic and social environment.

Angie Turner

BSc, Advanced Executive Coaching Certificate, ILM Level 7 Coaching Supervision (in training), NLP Practioner
Tutor & Coach

Angie is a qualified coach, facilitator, mentor and trainer with over 25 years’ experience working with senior and middle management teams in both the public and private sectors.

She is a certified practitioner, trainer of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and is a qualified facilitator of MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) who has developed a deep understanding of neuroscience as a result of her curiosity about human behaviour. As a coach, she has a very flexible and solution focused approach, she helps individuals build self-awareness, explore their true potential and discover what may be holding them back.  Her calm yet focused style allows her to ask challenging and insightful questions that help bring clarity to difficult or complex issues.  Her positive and encouraging support inspire her clients to see alternative perspectives and find practical and workable solutions to achieve their goals. As a trainer she has gained an excellent reputation for designing and delivering practical and interactive training that produces measurable and long-lasting results.

John Macdonald

MSc; FCIPD; Dip. Training Management; ILM 7 Cert.
Tutor & Coach

John has over 25 years’ experience in people management and development in the UK and Middle East. In his HR leadership roles for various large corporates, he was actively involved in coaching and mentoring and, since stepping out of corporate life in 2018, John has been providing executive coaching, coaching training, mentoring, HR training and consulting services to corporate and individual clients. His coaching focus is primarily in helping executives and senior leaders to develop their influence and impact. John’s preferred coaching style is very much outcomes-focused and he likes to challenge and support his clients in striving for performance and behavioural changes that will have a positive impact on their personal development.

Shelagh O'Leary

Senior Tutor & Coach

Shelagh has over 25 years’ experience as a human resource development professional having worked in local government, the criminal justice sector and more recently the National Health Service. She has been instrumental in the development of HR strategy, organisational development, leadership development, talent management and the delivery of training and education, nationally and internationally. She is an executive coach and has specialised as a career coach with a wide range of clients in the public and private sector. Shelagh has operated at board level having been a member of Skills for Justice, and is a member of the CIPD membership and CPD committee. She is also a member of the Career Development Institute, the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and the Institute of Directors.

Diane Thompson

ILM L7 Cert., NPQH, BEd (Hons)
Tutor & Coach

Diane is a qualified executive coach and practicing Headteacher, who has over 20 years of successful coaching and leadership experience in challenging contexts.  As a coach, Diane’s extensive experience of leadership and personal & professional development, allows her to provide bespoke coaching that motivates others to learn more, do more and become more. Her coaching style is calm, pragmatic, and solution-focused. She challenges individuals to raise their aspirations and utilises a range of tools and techniques to empower individuals to develop enabling habits to accomplish their goals.

Kieran Earley

BA (hons), MA, NPQH, ILM L7 Cert
Tutor & Coach

Kieran is an Executive and Senior Level Coach and Mentor who enjoys helping decision-makers find clarity and calm. With extensive leadership experience, including as CEO of five international Schools in The Hague and and as a Board Member of a talent development NGO, Kieran’s career has focused on developing people. Kieran’s clients are often at a professional crossroads or working towards a significant decision. Mentoring and appraisal support for executive education leadership is also an area of expertise.Kieran uses coaching and mentoring tools to help executives and senior leaders create clarity with their strategic communication and professional development goals. He always works toward a purposeful and measurable return on investment for clients and sponsors.

Lynn Delaney

Tutor & Coach

Lynn works within a strategic role in a public sector environment.  She is a HR professional and an Executive coach and Leadership Mentor.  She is passionate about supporting others to develop and reach their potential through coaching, mentoring and other learning and development opportunities.

Lynn is the Chair of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Liverpool Group, part of the wider Merseyside and North Cheshire Branch – where she has been a volunteer for over 5 years.

Dr. Ana Paula Nacif

ProfDoc in Coaching & Mentoring, MSc (Coach.Psy), ILM L7 Cert. Coaching Supervision
Tutor & Coach

Ana is an experienced executive and group coach, consultant and facilitator, who works with individuals and organisations interested in improving wellbeing and leadership capabilities. Ana has over a decade of coaching experience, having worked with a range of clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Ana also provides facilitation support for teams and leadership group events and workshops. Her areas of specialisation are leadership, management, wellbeing, personal development, career transition. She is an EMCC master coach and has completed a professional doctorate in coaching and mentoring. Ana come into coaching from a senior management background, including board level experience.

Joanna Bloxham

ILM Level 5/3 Coach
Tutor & Coach

Joanna is a qualified coach and professional trainer with a proven track record delivering results-driven training and coaching across reputable companies; including those in  IT, sports marketing,  media, events, and the luxury goods market.  A natural relationship builder with excellent engagement skills, the ability to motivate others to achieve personal and professional goals, realise potential and improve performance. Specialist areas include leadership, sales and personal development coaching. A positive force who adds value to individuals, teams and businesses. Joanna worked on the London 2012 Olympics as trainer equipping the Team London Ambassadors to be the face of London – the experience gave her the opportunity to value the city’s diverse talent and to gain greater insights into the iconic capital.

Martyn Ellis

ILM Level 7 Coach, Cert. Ed
Tutor & Coach

Martyn is a qualified coach and leadership development trainer with over 15 years’ experience in Learning & Development. He specialises in delivering leadership development programmes, leadership coaching, executive coaching, action learning, career management, talent development, team development, learning & development consultancy, outplacement support and facilitation. Martyn’s  practice as an Executive Coach has focused on providing leaders with the tools to achieve positive outcomes for themselves and their organisations.

Dr.Ann Armstrong Reid

PhD, MSc, FFPH, ILM L7 Coach, ILM L7 Coach Supervisor
Consultant & Coach Supervisor

Ann has over 25 years leadership experience in public health from working with the National Health Service in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Ann became Accredited as an Executive Coach with the Association for Coaching in 2012 and is also a Coach Supervisor. Being cognizant with a number of coaching supervision models and frameworks and using mindfulness in her approach brings a depth and diversity to her way of working.

From living and working in different cultures, experience of qualitative research, ongoing system change and her own personal and professional journey, she has learned what supports people to be productive and what sometimes gets in the way.

Jo Cutler

BA, M.Ed, PGDip in HR Mgmt (CIPD), EMCC Practioner Level Coach, ILM L7 Coach Supervisor, NLP Practioner
Tutor & Coach

Jo is a coach, coach supervisor and leadership development specialist, focusing on enabling leaders, teams and individuals to be the best that they can be.  With 20 years’ experience in L&D, Jo has led and supported on projects to deliver leadership development, performance improvement and organisational change in sectors as diverse as higher education, utilities, automotive industry and the not-for profit sector.  Jo is an outcome-oriented coach, focussing on facilitating personal insight with the aim of making mind-set and behavioural change.  Typical coaching areas include developing resilience, confidence and emotional intelligence, managing change, career transitions, improving work-life-balance, identifying and developing strengths, stakeholder and relationship management, and maximising one’s own leadership style and skills to perform well, deliver greater engagement and get the best from others.


Katherine Powell

Tutor & Coach

Katherine has a degree in Psychology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), a certificate in executive and team coaching as well as additional qualifications or training in MBTI®, Transactional Analysis, Well-Being Coaching and NLP. She is a fellow of the International Society of Qualified Coaches (ISQC), a member of EMCC and the Association for Coaching, a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and follows AC, EMCC and ICF ethical guidelines. Katherine currently coaches existing and aspiring executive leaders working in companies such as Pay.UK, Sky, Just Eat, CBRE and Apana as well as senior figures in local government, education and other charitable organisations. Katherine is a proud advocate of using coaching to empower women into executive leadership and runs a pro-bono coaching programme to support this endeavour. Katherine has just completed ten years as an OfSTED Inspector.


Helen Woodcock

BSc (hons) Business Mgmt in Mktg, MSc Project Mgmt, APM Change Mgmt Practitioner
QA Manager

Helen is an experienced QA manager with an extensive background in process improvement, auditing and change management. Helen is a qualified Agile project manager with a MSc in Project Management and a BSc (Hons) Business Management in Marketing as well as being a APM Change Management Practitioner. In addition to this Helen has a long history in customer relationship management and brand management and marketing.

Charles Wickham

BSc (Hons), ILM L2
Support Mentor

Charles joined BSC in 2016 after studying a BSc (Hons) in Geography at Lancaster University. He was one of the first graduates of our new Level 2 Young Leaders Award. Since starting at BSC he has been involved in developing the Young Leaders Programme. As a Support Mentor, he has assisted in delivering the course to new learners. Charles is keen to develop the Young Leaders Course for graduates and apprentices, including guidance on careers and support.

Administration Team

Irene Rosylin

Operations Manager

As the Operations Manager, Irene manages the supervision of the business operations and administration of BSC. With her experience in the Middle East, she supports clients based in the UAE, Qatar, Oman & Asia. Irene has been with the organisation since 2003 and overlooks the coaching and training activities, ensures the team functions smoothly and clients are looked after.  She also looks after the brand management aspect as well as digital marketing and is passionate about building the right awareness for coaching and mentoring and support for coaches.

Amy Southern

BSc (Hons) Psychology
Programme Manager

As Programme Manager, Amy provides support to consultants and learners whilst organising the qualification programmes across the UK. Amy is likely to be the first person you will speak to and will support you throughout your time with BSC.

Amy joined BSC in 2014 whilst studying for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. She enjoys meeting and supporting clients and making sure our courses are run to our usual high standards.

Vinita Varim

Programme Coordinator

Vinita is an Administration professional with over 9 years of experience in the field of sales and administration in the UAE & India. As Programme Coordinator, Vinita supports the team and learners in support of courses and smooth running of the ILM programmes.