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Making working lives better is our passion, so it’s pretty clear we’ll want you to enjoy every moment of working with us.
Our people are our strength & we can’t wait to meet you.

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our team

  • Doug Bate

    An excellent learning experience can lead a learner to adopt revised behavior that enhances both work and life outcomes.  As a facilitator, I strive to create an engaging, interactive environment where learners are encouraged to explore, question, challenge, and experiment with new ideas.  In my experience, new concepts (the WHAT of training programs) will be adopted only after the learner understands the context of the concept (the WHY) and sees a viable means of implementation (the HOW).  Consistent with some of the latest findings from the world of neuroscience, I incorporate time for the sharing of stories and past experiences, which is a very effective means of maintaining the group’s engagement while deepening their understanding.  It is such a rewarding moment for me when a learner finally reaches that “aha” moment of personal discovery, when the ownership of the new concept is transferred from the facilitator to the learner.  

    My LinkedIn is here

    My little known learning tip:
    The best experiences of our lives are rarely found in our comfort zones.

  • Lynne Couture

    It’s a passion of mine to coach and to facilitate leadership training.  My leadership training philosophy is to provide engaging and rewarding learning by facilitating courses and workshops that are relevant, highly engaging, interactive and above all, enjoyable. It’s important to create a flexible, energetic and fun training environment of trust and one that is conducive to learning. Whether it is learning how to build more productive teams, creating a compelling presentation, or developing one’s unique leadership style, I find ways to connect to the strengths of team and or individuals to bring out their best.  It’s always fulfilling when the “ah ha” or “light bulb” moment occurs, when someone was out of options and now has a new tool, a new technique or a new perspective to see the situation.  My background working in a large global company, developing and launching three start-ups and a non-profit economic development company provide direct experience to everything I facilitate and teach in the workshops.

    My Linked profile is here

    My little known learning tip:
    2L +3C = Two inch letters/numbers when writing on flips or white boards and  use three different color markers only when writing, alternating colors for each new line.  Much easier to see and read around the room, as well as creating visual interest and mental awareness. 

  • Shelley Pernot

    I’m passionate about providing learning experiences that heighten a participant’s awareness and mindfulness. Whether it’s gaining insight into the effectiveness of how I spend my time, or how my behavior is perceived by others, the first step in behavioral change is becoming aware of the need for change. As a coach, author, trainer and experienced mindfulness practitioner I specialize in helping my clients recognize the patterns of limiting thoughts and behaviors that are holding them back and keeping them small. As an educator there is no greater gift than when a client experiences that “aha moment” and sees that their capacity for success is infinite. They just need to get out of their own way. 

    My LinkedIn Profile is here.

    My little known learning tip:
    “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” Henry Ford

  • Marya Danihel

    My work as an oral and written communication facilitator is greatly informed by my experience as a journalist and performer: I’m intensely curious about the unique perspective and abilities of every person I meet, and I’m very alert to their level of engagement when we’re working together. I don’t believe in off-the-shelf training; even when delivering a standard course, I consider it my job to meet people where they are, to bring out their native wisdom, and to help them make strong connections between the material we’re covering and their specific work. “Empower” is an overused word, but nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing someone perform with more confidence and skill because of our synergy. An avid gardener, I enjoy seeing plants—and people—flourish. 

    My LinkedIn is here.

    My little known learning tip: 
    When running a virtual meeting or training, make sure you’re there early to chat with people as they log in. This breaks the ice, allows you to check audio quality, and builds momentum. Too much dead air is a downer! 

  • Liz Freeman

    I want my work, whether it be designing, facilitating or coaching to make a difference in the personal and professional lives of the people I work with. As well as having the pleasure of working with many great people I am really motivated by helping organizations reach their goals through well skilled, highly motivated and focused employees. Ultimately the work I do needs to help people be the best they can be. I love learning and development because it enables people to use tools to continuously develop their skills and take actions to be at their best. I have twenty plus years in learning and development and have worked in a variety of industries which has enabled me to be flexible and adapt my approach to the needs of the participants and the culture of the organization. 

    My LinkedIn profile is here

    My little known learning tip:
    I believe you have to take action in order to learn and be your best. If you wait for someone to give you the answer you run the risk of being stuck or doing nothing. In Pat Riley’s (Professional Basketball Coach) book the Winner Within, he says “if you fall over board you need to be an active participant in your own rescue.” Take action, celebrate when it works or learn from it if it does not turn out exactly the way you wanted.

  • Myla DeLoatch

    Some days are so much fun, I have to chuckle when I remember I am getting paid to do this! Everyone should be able to enjoy work that much… at least most of the time. My passion is helping individual and organization make their work/life experience better. People invest most of their waking hours to their jobs so the tips, tools, strategies and processes we explore during learning events, consulting sessions or coaching dialogs are designed to have immediate and practical application. In session discussions, skill building simulations and other experiential activities, my goal is to create an exciting atmosphere that fosters learning and encourages on-going implementation of key take-aways.  Change does not occur overnight so I always challenge attendees with “What will you do tomorrow and what difference will it make.” People need to feel and see how they can have a positive impact on their work environment.

    My LinkedIn is here

    My little known learning tip: 
    There is always a way. I feel people give up too easily or accept what is presented as unchangeable. Grit is highly underrated

  • James Turk

    My passion for learning and development comes from my need to make a difference and have impact.  What better way to do both than to engage and equip leaders around the globe? I have enjoyed a rich career spanning my early days as private art dealer to human resources specialist and even as a professional actor but it has been my work within learning and development I have found most gratifying.  Based in New York City, I have spent the last 15 years working as a designer, developer, executive coach and master facilitator working in a variety of industries including digital advertising/publishing, media, professional services, utility, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and consumer products.  I draw my creative, corporate and life experiences to bring a fresh, energized perspective in service to my clients. As a trained actor, I intuitively understand the importance of connecting with each individual client in order to establish trusting and productive relationships.  I am equally comfortable working with an executive team in strategic planning to coaching front line managers on how to get increased motivation around the work.  

    My LinkedIn profile is here 

    My little known learning tip:
    In life and in leadership, it’s usually better to be more interested than interesting!  

  • Phil Cawley

    When people ask me what kind of work I do, I usually say “I am a Human Resources Consultant.” However I like to think of myself as more than that. I am a coach, mentor, facilitator and change agent. In my years as a Human Resources Director, I learned that people want to know what is expected of them, be provided feedback and be given an opportunity to try new things. When I facilitate a leadership class, I follow those same rules. People also attend classes to learn best practices that they can apply back on the job. I look for opportunities to provided participants with a playbook that they can use the next day. Theories are great but practical application brings the class alive.  As a coach or facilitator, I always apply the 80/20 rule. I listen 80% of the time and ask lots of questions. It’s amazing how much you can learn if you listen to what others are saying!

    My LinkedIn is here

    My little known learning tip:
    Many of us hate giving and/or receiving feedback especially when it is not positive. However we can learn from others’ thoughts and opinions. So my motto is “Feedback is a gift.”

  • Moyra Wright

    I became a learning and development consultant, to help individuals and organizations gain the business value from their projects by enabling them to experience best practice, in a safe learning environment. Whether I am running an examination or a non-examination project management event, I love to see, the light bulb moments; when all the terms and tools used in project management all fall into place and make sense. I love to hear delegates say ‘I had always wondered…’ and ‘…that will make it easier’. My aim in the training room is to share my experience and expertise with an injection of fun and humour, which hopefully brings the learning to life.  

    My LinkedIn profile is here.

    My little known learning tip:
    Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, understanding, is not putting it in a fruit salad.

  • Malcolm Caudren

    25 years in learning and development has given me a wide spectrum of experiences and perspectives from both military and civilian work sectors. I fell into training by accident and found I loved it, understanding how people need to develop, providing the material to help them learn, exploring the options with them and then seeing how what they have discovered has made a difference to their working and personal lives. I believe in making the learning environment fun, building a good rapport with and tailoring material to meet individual needs. Learning is a partnership where I provide the stimulus and assist you in finding solutions that will work for you, in your environment.

    My LinkedIn profile is here

    My little known learning tip:
    Life – Never miss an opportunity to say hello, it could be the start of a relationship that could change your life
    Work – 20th Century management was about treating people how you like to be treated, 21st Century leadership is about treating people how they want to be treated.

  • Jean Sutcliffe

    I didn’t find Learning and Development.  It found me.  Someone approached me and asked me if I would like to join his Team.  He said I’d be really good at it.  ‘What me?’ -  I said.  ‘Surely not me – that means standing up in front of people – that means speaking up and getting people engaged – and teaching them something new or different -  that’s not me’. My inner voice and emotional brain was screaming not to – I’d fail – it would be a disaster, people will laugh at me.  Stick with what you know – you’re good at that.  Thank goodness I found some help and guidance to overcome that F.E.A.R.  – False, Evidence, Appearing, Real.  I realized that I was actually genuinely interested in other people, some might call it nosy.  Other people’s lives, other people’s careers but most importantly other people’s development – I truly am passionate about wanting people to better themselves and succeed in life. I believe that happiness brings success, rather than success bringing happiness.  I am energetic, positive, fun and will help you see what you are truly capable of.  

    My LinkedIn profile is here

    My little known learning tip:
    Act with the curiosity of a child.  Be brave, step through the open door.  Until you spread your wings you have no idea how far you can fly.

  • Hannah Kirk

    The best part of my job is watching people realize that they can change a situation that they are not happy with and that I have been the facilitator of that change. That ‘I get it’ moment is the most rewarding part of my job. I approach every session that I run with a view to helping people work out what it is they need to change and how they are going to do it. I do this with energy and enthusiasm…  That bit comes naturally to me as I take real pleasure in working with people. In that sense I feel I am very privileged and have been lucky to work with and help hundreds of people over the years. So, who wouldn’t be happy? 

    My LinkedIn profile is here

    My little known learning tip:
    Life tip – Keep garlic and ginger in the freezer as it is easier to peel, grate and chop.
    Work tip – If you want someone to be accountable and responsible for a task, project or even an objective, you have to consult and involve them in the process, otherwise you are just handing them a ‘to do’ list.

  • Graham Kerr

    I don’t deliver courses, I deliver workshops…I believe that what best enables you to learn, is the discussion and use of real life scenarios. Yes there’ll be theory to learn and tips to share, but I want to know your thoughts, concerns and suggestions. How will you implement what we cover? How will you use the workshop content to help you develop new and better ways of working? I think you’ll feel the training experience at Hemsley Fraser is quite different from anything you’ve experienced before. We’ll work hard but also play hard. We’ll do practical exercises and have a go at some serious quizzes. After all, there’s nothing like a bit of friendly competition to challenge us and get us all learning something new.

    My LinkedIn profile is here

    My little known learning tip:
    ‘Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not, education will not. Persistence and determination are omnipotent’. I can’t remember who said this but in my experience talent and education, when teamed up with persistence and determination, pretty much guarantee ultimate success. 

  • Phil McKew

     believe learning is natural and lifelong whether in a training room, e-learning, on the job or elsewhere. Whatever the setting, the trick is to make the most of the learning opportunity in a way that works for you. Therefore, I try to tailor each event closely to people’s needs to help them apply what they learn to the real world – via stories, relevant examples, challenges, 1 to 1 chats with me or each other and action plans. Feedback on my style is that it’s practical, challenging and fun. I really enjoy seeing someone have an ‘A-Ha!’ moment; as the penny drops or hearing that I’ve been a part of building their confidence, knowledge or skills back in the workplace or in their life. It’s why I love my job.

    My LinkedIn profile is here

    My little known learning tip:
    The 3 Cs of Delegation. When delegating think of the work as a joint of meat – don’t give people just the Crumbs (i.e. the jobs no one wanted!), or leave yourself the Carcass (i.e. you aren’t adding or consuming anything), but Carve selectively (i.e. delegate according to peoples appetite, taste and ability to consume the work and of course what’s already on their plate)!

  • Pat Esslinger

    Putting our heads together to learn something or solve a problem (which are really the same thing) can work magic. I make it happen by asking the right questions and leading the group to focus on the issues that really make a difference so they can come up with solid solutions. Building on my background as a line manager and executive, my approach to learning is experiential, pragmatic, and real world. I provide intellectual stimulation for learners to figure out new ways of doing things by considering different perspectives on what they’ve learned in life so far. And then give them a chance to try things out on each other. Energy, ideas, and aha moments abound. 

    My LinkedIn Profile is here.

    My little known learning tip:
    Move! Stand like Wonder Woman. Rub your ears. Draw pictures in the air. As I learned from Romper Room, if you “bend and stretch, reach for the sky,” creativity zooms up high.