Our Team

The TiA team operates as a community. We are long established, dependent upon each other and diverse in our personalities and strengths. We have a wide network of specialist associates located around the world, who we work with on global programmes.

  • Gemma Hogg

    Based in our UK office, Gemma is now a Director of TiA with responsibility for business development and programme design, she regularly works as a facilitator on our European talent development programmes.

    Gemma joined TiA full-time in 2013 following a 10 year career in the Water Industry, where she entered the profession as a scientist and process engineer and concluded with regional responsibility for sector operations. As well as having valuable line management and budget responsibility Gemma designed and implemented employee engagement projects for her division. Gemma’s background in science and engineering means that she has first hand practical experience of operations, which is reflected in her pragmatic approach to leadership and people development.

    She is experienced in process and project management, with particular expertise in the design and implementation of quality standards and employee engagement projects.Gemma’s current assignments are in the design and delivery of leadership and personal impact workshops for the Capital Markets division of Credit Suisse. Design and delivery of an induction and teambuilding event for the prestigious Sloan Programme, working for London Business School. She is responsible for establishing TiA as an Approved Centre for providing Level 5 Leadership & Management programmes for the Institute of L&M as well as the delivery of ILM Level 5 programmes for a facilities management client.Gemma’s qualifications include a certified practitioner of MBTI Step 1 (OPP); PGC Management, Exeter University; University Degree in Biotechnology and Masters in Bio-reactor Systems

  • Juliet May

    Juliet graduated with a BA Hons French Studies Degree, before following a career in Event Management, where she was responsible for event delivery and account management, covering all aspects of operation and logistics. She delivered a portfolio of international corporate events, conferences and incentive programmes for pharmaceutical, law and finance companies, handling contracts from conception to completion. 

    Having joined the TiA team in 2006 and now a Director, Juliet is responsible for the daily running of the company, managing the operational and financial requirements. In her current role she frequently supports the delivery of our European programmes combining a logistics role with small group facilitation, working alongside the main delivery team.

    Juliet is passionate about mental and physical wellbeing and personal development.  Outside of work, she spends much of her time in the outdoors, walking or running the Cornish coast and countryside with family and friends.

  • Chris Cotton

    Chris is a Director and co-founder of TiA. For a number of years Chris worked as a Chartered Civil Engineer in the UK, Africa and Asia before gaining an MBA at Cranfield and then embarking on a career in business consultancy. During his time in consultancy Chris worked as a project manager in the venture capital and business start up arena. The move into management development was a natural progression towards a more people orientated career.

    Since establishing TiA in 1989, Chris has worked at board level with many of our public and private sector clients, where he has a direct involvement in service delivery as well as fulfilling the role of Managing Director with responsibility for quality and client relations.

    Chris’ areas of expertise are in Organisational Development (leading cultural change, embedding values and behaviours): Experiential Learning (management and leadership development; teambuilding; project management). Board Support (top team development, executive coaching).

  • Linda Davey

    Linda is a Director and co-founder of TiA, responsible for managing the Truro office and is a focal point for all business logistics.
  • Gillie Stoneham

    Gillie runs our partner organisation ActorFactor, heading up a team of actor-facilitators who are highly skilled in applying theatre in the workplace. This forms the backbone of our interpersonal skills programmes, which include forum theatre, role-play, presentation and personal impact workshops.

    Gillie works closely with the client to understand the values and behaviours which reflect the organisational culture. From this point, powerful scripts and scenarios can be developed, and actors are briefed in the language and behaviours that accurately represent the organisation.

    Forum theatre and skills workshops enable individuals to practice interpersonal skills that result in more effective interactions, in a safe and challenging environment.

    Gillie has a background in voice and human communication, and continues to lecture and present in this field. She brings this expertise to designing and delivering bespoke workshops and masterclasses in presentation and personal impact masterclasses. She also offers individual leadership and voice coaching where requested.

    Gillie’s recent work has included Zurich Insurance, Rolls Royce, Swiss Re, Kuehne & Nagel, Altium Capital, NHS Team Leaders & Clinical Educators.

  • Philip Robinson

    Philip has a hugely eclectic background. Over the last 35 years he has developed a diverse portfolio of projects helping individuals, leaders, teams and businesses build self-confidence, personal impact and resilience. At the heart of his work is a passion for enabling people of all ages to reach their full potential. This has allowed him to work comfortably across many different settings, focusing on self development, authenticity and presence, and more effective leadership and team working. As well as consultancy within the private and public corporate sectors he also works in healthcare and social settings with people with learning or physical disabilities, with socially excluded or marginalised groups and within the criminal justice system.

    In addition to being an experienced consultant and facilitator Philip is also an actor and uses theatre, storytelling and role play as a tool for experiential learning and development. With TiA he has designed, developed and delivered theatre-based training courses to Rolls Royce, Sainsbury’s, Highways Agency, NHS England, London Business School and Wrigleys.

    Philip is part of our core delivery team currently working worldwide on the Leadership and Talent programmes with Zurich Insurance; Kuehne+Nagel - Global Talent and Management Awareness programmes; Credit Suisse - Teambuilding and Personal Impact sessions; designing and leading our ongoing Team Development & Leadership Awareness work with Stagecoach UK, North America & Europe.

  • Rachel Dymond

    Rachel has worked as a management trainer and executive coach for 25 years. She is a Master Practitioner in Systematic Team Coaching and also a senior member of the TiA team. Earlier in her career, Rachel worked as the Training & Development Manager at Woolworth where she was responsible for training and development provision across the UK.

    Within TiA, Rachel heads up many of the executive coaching assignments and senior management team development workshops, where she uses her experience in the business and counselling arenas to bridge the personal and organisational challenges faced when implementing change.

    Rachel is a member of the IPD, EMCC and the British Association of Counselling at Work, and has presented research papers at an International Mentoring Conference.

  • Graham Pidgeon

    Graham manages the outdoor logistics for TiA. His role is to ensure that all programmes are properly resourced and researched – making safety our number one priority. Anyone attending a programme with TiA will soon become familiar with Graham's supportive style, as his remit extends to making sure that individual needs are recognised and met.
  • Jani Marok

    Jani’s career background is the Royal Marines where he spent 21 years leading teams across the globe. In his final appointment as the Commanding Officer of the Commando Training Centre he led a workforce of almost a 1000 civilian and military personnel. Since leaving the Royal Marines in 2008 Jani has worked as an executive coach, leadership mentor and talent development consultant.Jani motivates people to perform beyond their expectation and lead others to do likewise. He has coached at board level in business and at national level in sport. He developed the “Teach – Coach – Mentor” philosophy at the Commando Training Centre as the Commanding Officer. He had a lead role in the British Olympic Association’s Olympic Coaching Programme with Sir Clive Woodward in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

    Jani’s focus and skill set covers include critical decision making; living your values; stress management; resolving conflict; leading with conviction; outperforming expectations; personal communication and impact.

    Jani is currently working with the CEO of a national charity (net worth £75m) to develop strategy and build a cohesive Board and Executive. He is also coaching the Managing Director of a £10m private healthcare firm to build her executive team to deliver against stretch targets. He is coaching Commanding Officers of the Royal Navy’s Maritime Reserve Units to deliver against HMG’s performance targets.Jani is also designing and delivering leadership development programmes for numerous UK businesses, including; Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank; NHS Trusts; Willmott Dixon Construction; Team GB

    Jani’s qualifications include BSc and MA; Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management; Level 7 qualification in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring; MBTI practitioner.

  • Maria Garaitonandia

    Maria specializes in global leadership development and coaching.  She has over 20 years of business experience in both the US and Latin America.  She has established and run her own consulting firm in Mexico and held the position of professor at Monterray Tec University in Cuernavaca, lecturing on International Negotiation and Doing Business in a Global Marketplace.

    Maria is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and is currently working with TiA leading the delivery of Zurich’s Leadership Discovery programme in LATAM.

    Maria has worked extensively in Latin America facilitating courses on topics such as Service Excellence, Rewards & Recognition, Coaching in the Moment, Effective Communication, Conflict Management and Teamwork.

    Through her own consulting firm Maria offers services such as cross-cultural training, global team management, diversity and inclusion, and leadership business acumen.

    Currently Maria is implementing a diversity and inclusion initiative for Casa Herradura in Mexico. She is also involved in the design and delivery of service excellence training, delivered to 1,000 employees at Nokia Siemens Networks and more recently leadership development for Nokia in Latin America.She also works with a number of clients in the intercultural arena, including Banco Santander, Philips and Diageo.

    Maria is a certified practitioner of DISC, SDI and COI; Graduate and member of Global Coaches Network; University Degree in International Relations; Masters in Management and Organizational Development.

  • Thomas Kepler

    Thomas has more than 20 years of international experience in Human Resources, as an HR Director, leadership development expert and intercultural management consultant. Most recently, and before joining TiA as an Associate, he held the position of HR Director (South West Europe and North Africa) with the global logistics firm Kuehne + Nagel.

    Thomas has in depth sector knowledge in Manufacturing, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Information Technology and Financial Services. As a generalist working at Board level, Thomas advises top management and provides cost-effective solutions for building up HR organisations. He has experience in large M&A projects and has been in charge of post-merger integration and other organisational or cultural change projects.

    Working as an Associate with TiA since 2012, Thomas's primary geographical scope is: France, Germany and Switzerland. He is fluent in French, German and English.

  • Barry Bray

    After 20 years within the education sector, as an Assistant Principal, senior leader across a multi academy trust and senior curriculum leader, Barry’s work within academia and pastoral care led him to a career change in well-being and mental health.   

    He re-trained in evidence-based theories including cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy, and completed an MSc in Psychology (Mental Health and Well-being).  He is the founder of Present Future Self and provides 1-2-1 therapy and transformation programmes for leaders, alongside workshops and seminars on all aspects of mental health and performance within business and education.  Barry specializes in stress, sleep, self-development, and high performance.  He also teaches and coaches up-and-coming therapists at the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.

     Barry has supported TiA as a facilitator running small group workshops, most recently focusing on trust, belonging and resilience.

  • Mathewe Bennett

    Mathewe came into the world of consulting following a career at one of the UK's largest construction and engineering firms where he rose to become head of strategy and innovation.  As an engineer by qualification and background, Mathewe has always been attracted to the challenge of solving complex problems but has moved from resolving technical matters to helping leaders and teams overcome organisational issues with innovative solutions, training in Design Thinking at the Royal Colllege of Art in 2017.

    Since becoming an independent consultant and facilitator, Mathewe has worked with groups across a range of industries, from executive boards to project teams.  Central to Mathewe's approach is challenging people to think differently about issues they face and encourage cognitive diversity amongst groups.  By challenging them to think more innovatively and strategically, Mathewe helps teams to solve complex problems, generate innovative ideas, explore opportunities and ultimately make better long-term decisions.

  • Georgia Fox Robinson

    Georgia is a freelance performer, director and facilitator.  She also has many years applying theatre in the workplace in a wide range of corporate and public sector settings. Her background in teaching drama informs her facilitation and training skillset, in particular in personal impact development work.

    Georgia's acting career has involved film, theatre and radio and she has experience making training films in a variety of contexts.  She has worked both nationally and internationally as both an actor and facilitator.  Georgia works under the umbrella of our valued partners ActorFactor and is passionate about helping people to fulfill their potential and making an impact in the workplace.

  • Joe Sellman-Leava

    Joe is a freelance writer, actor and facilitator.  He has over a decade's experience in bringing theatre and storytelling techiques into organisations to help with areas such as managing difficult conversations, as well as working alongside doctors to help improve communication skills with patients. Joe also leads public speaking training for both individuals and teams and has done a lot of work  in the renewable energy sector, helping experts in this field find their voice and shape the narrative around the solutions to climate crisis. Joe has written several award-winning plays, a multitude of children's TV shows, and worked as an actor for companies including Brother Brother, Exeter Northcott and Bill Kenwright Ltd. 
  • Lucía Adúriz Bravo

    Lucía is an actress, singer and performer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She completed formal acting training at the Metropolitan School of Dramatic Arts in Buenos Aires, and continued her training in several disciplines with many teachers and in various institutes. She has been working in theatre for 20 years, and has been a winner and nominee for several prestigious theatre awards in Argentina.

    Lucía collaborates with ActorFactor specificallly on their Spanish-speaking programmes. With a profound love for the tasks she undertakes, she believes in the enormous potential of empathy and knowledge to transform every workplace.