meet the team

Facilitators

Our facilitators connect with people brilliantly, live our values fully and genuinely care about the people they work with. We love working with them and know you will too!

 

andy shaw

andy shaw

Andy’s definitely your man if you are looking for process improvement or organisational change. His knowledge, passion and motivation for developing and delivering practical and workable solutions to business dilemmas are second to none. In true Azesta style, he believes strongly in experiential learning and in keeping sessions relevant and active to achieve lasting results.

A keen coach and mentor, Andy is also experienced in personal development having worked with both individuals and teams to effect real change in their working practices. He has designed, delivered, project managed and facilitated training programmes for many blue chip companies both in this country and overseas.

 

 

jo houchin leaf

jo houchin

Jo is a lively facilitator and has worked with teams and individuals across private, public sector, utility and University sectors for over 15 years.

It’s all about the individual learning experience for Jo, believing that a mix of challenge, support and fun can help every learner experiment, step out of their comfort zone and discover something new about themselves.

Passionate about experiential learning, Jo uses both indoor and outdoor activities (whatever the weather!) to engage, enlighten and to allow opportunity for those all important lightbulb moments.

 

karen foundling

karen foundling

Karen originally studied Design at university and her creativity and ability to see things in a fresh light still shows in everything she does. Highly professional, client focused and enthusiastic, Karen loves developing excellence in others.

She is adept at asking thought-provoking questions which get right to the heart of the matter, encouraging people to look at business challenges from a new perspective.

Karen has worked in training for over twenty years, developing teams and leaders in both the private and public sector. She is an NLP practitioner, has trained in Transactional Analysis 101 and is living proof that you can teach aerobics and eat chocolate (although not necessarily at the same time!).

 

 

gerry nowicki

gerry nowicki

Whether you are addressing a conference or meeting, presenting to clients, networking or winning business at trade fairs, Gerry will help you to increase the chances of gaining maximum value from every interaction.

We all have the capability to present and network effectively: we each posses the required tools; we each have our natural style. Many of us have blocks, psychological and physical, that prevent us from communicating as effectively as we are able.

Gerry can… help you eradicate any blocks that might be impeding you from releasing your personality and voice; reveal and develop your style; help you crystallise your offer; enable you to communicate with more confidence and clarity. He won’t dazzle (and perhaps dishearten) you with demonstrations of slick, virtuoso, presentations; he won’t seek your applause; nor will he impose techniques and styles that might feel artificial or alien. He draws on his experience of working in Theatre and Business; applying his knowledge and energy to help clients make a meaningful, significant and sustainable difference to themselves, their organisation and audience. He does this in a way that is active, insightful, fresh and enjoyable.

 

 

meg burton leaf

meg burton

Meg has over 12 years’ experience in learning and development in a blue chip organisation with a further 5 years in consultancy working with a variety of corporate and third sector clients.

She has worked with teams and individuals in partnership to help grow and develop skills and improve business performance and results. She has experience in delivering a variety of Management Development training for all levels of employees. She is an experienced coach, supporting Senior Leaders in their management roles and also as a Career Coach helping individuals with their career development and personal aspirations.

Above all, she is a supportive, enthusiastic character who has a real passion for learning and development and a desire to make a difference to individuals.

 

 

Nita shah evans leaf

nita shah-evans

Nita specialises in working with leaders and organisations to develop and improve their effectiveness and achieve outcomes.

With a proven track record of working in senior leadership roles herself, including being on an Executive Board, Nita delivers Executive Coaching and Facilitation for development programmes. Nita has a pragmatic approach and a passion for seeing others develop and attain results by helping them to be the best they can be, with an approach which empowers them to maximise themselves and others who work for them.

Nita is a qualified and experienced Executive Coach, Endorsed Trainer, NLP Practitioner and a qualified BPS Psychometrics Test User (Level A) and a member of the Association of Coaching and British Psychological Society. Nita is professional yet approachable, supportive and skilled in enhancing performance.

 

adrian powell

 

adrian powell

Adrian Powell is an experienced learning professional with considerable breadth of experience in leadingorganisational change. His key focus areas are leadership development, talent identification and growth, graduate development, board level facilitation, developing high performing teams, individual effectiveness and behavioural change. 

Adrian is an established coach who has supported both individuals and teams to achieve their personal goals, with particular experience working with senior leaders and executive teams.  He has a pragmatic and positive approach and is said to be “inspirational” and “life changing” by his clients.

He holds an MSc in People and Organisational Development and is a practitioner of a variety of psychometric tools that he uses to support the needs of his clients.

 

 

lois buxton

Lois BuxtonLois is a leadership development consultant with expertise in facilitation and coaching. She has designed and delivered leadership development programmes and behavioural change workshops, as well as created bespoke team development sessions and supported the people element of change programmes. Her focus is on enabling individuals, teams and organisations to maximise their potential. She has experience of working in the private sector and supporting a Masters in Healthcare Leadership for NHS leaders. 

Lois enjoys supporting and challenging others to enable them to become impactful and capable leaders. Experienced in using action learning sets, 360 feedback and a selection of psychometric tools. Her clients recommend her “to anyone who really wants to develop themselves and be challenged to deliver their chosen outcomes”.