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  • Anthony

    Anthony Gordon Lennox

    Founder

    29th April 1969 - 7th October 2017

    AGL was founded over ten years ago by a remarkable man: Anthony Gordon Lennox, known to many as Ant.
    Before AGL, he had worked in television – on Question Time with David Dimbleby - and in politics with the likes of William Hague and David Cameron. It was Ant who came up with the best-remembered line in David Cameron’s famous speech-without-notes at the 2007 Conservative Party conference: …it might be a bit messy; but it will be me.
    It was during his period in television, that Ant came to realise how difficult business leaders found it to communicate authentically.
    He set up AGL to help them: to help them work out who they really were and what they really stood for; to help them personalise, humanise and dramatise their communication; and to help them become better, more thoughtful and more inspirational leaders.
    In the course of his career in television and politics, Ant worked with many master communicators; but it was actually his work with business people and other non-professional communicators that he found the most rewarding.
    Shortly before midnight on Saturday, 7th October, after a short illness, Ant unexpectedly died.
    We miss him greatly; and always will.
    His clients miss him, too; many very deeply.
    They miss him with good reason: he didn’t simply touch many of their lives; he changed them.
    Ant’s work, however, will continue.
    The team at AGL believes in the power of authenticity just as he did; and with the same degree of conviction.
    And the company he founded, daily inspired and to which he gave his boundless energy, good humour and creativity will outlive him.

  • Andrew

    Andrew

    Futurologist

    Andrew Keith Walker writes about cutting edge technology, and its effects on society and the economy. With over 20 years experience in digital technology and four successful tech start-ups, he now writes for a wide range of clients from global corporations to newspapers and TV channels, and advises companies on digital strategy, data analysis and product development.

    After graduating with an MA in politics from Edinburgh University, and a PG Dip in multimedia, Andrew started out as a games developer in 1996. In 2000, Andrew founded successful digital creative agency Thin Martian, during which time he was involved in setting up the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. He later went on to co-found the UK's first Twitter-based politics newsfeed company Tweetminster, and was also an early stage investor and MD of social media data analysis company Semetric (now part of iTunes) and co-founder of data privacy company Optanon (now part of One Trust).

    Since exiting the tech scene, he has written for The Guardian, The Independent, Huffington Post, .Net Magazine, Web User, The BBC College of Journalism and the Journal of Securities, Operations and Custody. He has also delivered a series of talks about the effects of digital transformation on financial institutions and public services at a number of conferences around the world, and broadcast feature stories on the alternative economics TV show 'Renegade Inc.'

  • Aimée

    Aimée Heuzenroeder

    Senior Coach

    Aimée comes to AGL from a range of communications-based roles – in management and fine art consulting, academia and the charity sector - in Australia and the UK. Raised in outback Australia, Aimée earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Tasmania and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Queensland. She has also undertaken doctoral research in English at the University of Cambridge, where she was a General Sir John Monash and Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar, and completed an intensive workshop in Narrative Medicine at New York’s Columbia University Medical Centre. Aimée has been a member of the National Advisory Council for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a London reader for the Guardian First Book Award and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She joined AGL in 2014, helping clients to communicate authentically through corporate narrative work and coaching for individuals and teams.

  • Anne

    Anne Bailey

    Anne has spent over 20 years helping organisations with their marketing, PR and internal communications. But her real passion is helping people learn how to express themselves fully. She is convinced that the ability to communicate well is the single most important skill we can develop and you don’t need to be an extrovert to be a brilliant communicator. Anne has worked extensively with schools, teaching teachers how to communicate with challenging students and enabling young people to find their voice. She is a Harvard alumni interviewer and a non-executive director at both Papworth Hospital and the Eastern Academic Health Science Network. A native of Philadelphia, Anne moved to the UK in 1991 and never went back. She assumes it’s the people that keep her here; it’s certainly not the weather. She lives in Cambridge with her psychotherapist husband and two teenage children.

  • Barbara

    Barbara Dryhurst

    Coach

    Barbara took her degree in Psychology at the University of Sheffield and went straight into acting, forming a new writing theatre company with Director Stephen Daldry to develop playwrights and tour new works. She continues to act in theatre, film and radio.

    She has worked freelance in organisations across many sectors using roleplay scenarios to develop skillful communication. She qualified as an Integral Coach to support people in crystallising their purpose and to find ease of body and voice. She brings learning from years spent with meditation teachers, which she has used to assist leaders facing difficulty. Barbara is an Associate of the international story company Narativ.Inc and from this brings skills for crafting spoken story.

  • Bella

    Bella Ferguson Davie

    Coach & Head of Client Branding

    Having graduated from the London College of Fashion and worked as a lifestyle journalist for more than 10 years, Bella has written for a range of titles, including The Evening Standard, The Times, The Daily Mail, ELLE, Marie Claire and Stylist - covering everything from the international Fashion Week circuit, to property, travel, sport and interviews with high profile actresses. Having returned part time to Oxford to study History, she now has a weekly column in the Mail on Sunday's YOU Magazine. In a rapidly changing world, she also writes trend forecasting reports and helps brands such as Yves Saint L'Oréal, Dior and ELEMIS to communicate in a world that is increasingly dominated by digital media and defined by a newly empowered consumer demographic. From helping brands find their authentic voice, Bella now works with AGL as a speech writer and coach, helping individuals do the same.

  • Christianne

    Christianne Davies

    Senior Coach & Head of Client Strategy

    Christianne has worked in communications for 13 years, initially as a copy-writer and then for a management consultancy specialising in communication, before co-founding AGL in 2010.

    She works with corporates and private individuals; in one-to-one sessions and in groups; across sectors and around the world. It might be helping with an important speech; a leadership transition; an employee engagement project around a piece of change; a refreshed corporate narrative or simply communication coaching to make sure a person or team are being as impactful as possible. Whatever the situation, she’s most interested in finding the human moment that transforms data transmission into something that makes a connection, that changes minds and behaviour, and that works.

    Clients include Vodafone, GSK, British Airways, Garda World, Lily’s Kitchen, Tyrrells Crisps, Lloyds Banking Group, JCB, Shell, DMGT, Santander and Jaeger Le Coultre.

    Christianne is a graduate of Edinburgh and Rome universities.

  • Clare

    Clare Reynolds

    Senior coach and psychologist

    Clare has ten years' experience as a TV News journalist, working as a reporter and programme editor for the BBC and ITN. She covered stories ranging from the Olympics and the financial crisis, to the Royal wedding and the death of Nelson Mandela. Writing scripts for the likes of Jon Snow taught Clare to write powerfully and succinctly.

    She also has experience in consulting, having worked as a full-time Associate at Ketchum Change (now Daggerwing) on a range of change management, organisational transformation and employee engagement projects.

    Clare holds an MA from Oxford University, as well as a Masters in Occupational Psychology from London University. She now combines her training as a Psychologist and expertise in human behaviour, with her proven skills as a communicator. She helps people shape their message and deliver it with impact and authenticity.

    Clare is also certified by the British Psychological Society as a Psychometric Test user (Cognitive Ability and Personality Questionnaires).

  • Damian

    Damian Reilly

    Speechwriter

    Damian is a speechwriter and corporate editor, based in London.

    He joined Reuters as a graduate, before becoming editor of Arabian Business and, latterly, speechwriter to the CEO of Etihad Airways.

    In a freelance capacity he has produced speeches and other significant writing projects (thought leadership, white papers, articles for media publication, op-eds) for clients including EY, IMG, Powerscourt, Bell Pottinger, Delta Airlines and Emirates.

    As a journalist, he has written for the Spectator, Esquire, the Daily Telegraph, Tatler, the Huffington Post and the Sunday Times.

  • Dan

    Dan Leatherdale

    Chief Executive

    Dan has always worked in the field of human behaviour. For the last decade or so, this has been as a business psychologist, communication coach and learning consultant. Before joining AGL, Dan was a creative director at Mind Gym, working with leaders to achieve measurable impact across global populations. He was also head of research and knowledge, keeping the organisation abreast of the latest thinking. Prior to this, Dan ran is own business, designing and delivering programmes all over the world and in three languages (English, French and Italian).

    In a previous life, Dan worked in the Arts, as an actor, writer, director and musician – bringing narratives to life and connecting with an audience. He recently took an MSc in Organisational Behaviour and his research, on the role of leaders in people development, is the subject of a chapter in a book on best learning and development practices within a business or professional services firm.

    Dan is certified by the BPS (level A & B), and is qualified to work with several instruments. He holds degrees from London and Oxford Universities, and trained as an actor at LAMDA.

    Clients include Unilever, Lazard, Allen & Overy, Vodafone, GSK, Thomson Reuters and the Bank of England.

  • Frances

    Frances Emelius

    Frances has worked in private psychotherapy practice with individuals and couples for over 30 years, adding further training and insight as seemed useful and inspirational.  She helps people to find their own path through life, guiding them to live closer to their higher truth and encouraging them to flourish and realise their full potential.

  • Jamie

    Jamie Loather-Pinkerton

    Adviser

    Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton has been Principal Private Secretary to Prince William (and, subsequently, The Duchess of Cambridge) and Prince Harry since 2005. In this role, he is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the official, professional and philanthropic activities of the younger generation of the British Royal Family. His work also has a major focus on mentoring and preparing The Princes for their future lives and roles.

    From 1999-2005 he worked as a consultant designing security and crisis management solutions for NGOs, public sector workers and organisations, media groups and individuals working in conflict and post-conflict regions.

    For 20 years prior to that Jamie was an officer in the British Army. The latter half of this period he served in the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS), Britains premier Special Forces unit – rising to command 25% of its fighting strength. In the late 1990s, he was a briefer to the Chief of The Defence Staff, with a particular focus on The Balkans.

    He is a trustee of the HALO Trust, the world’s foremost humanitarian mine-clearance organisation, and of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

  • Jane

    Jane Eden

    Coach

    Jane trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Yale University, before moving into business at a senior level within a global media organisation.

    As well as a communications coach, she is also a television screenwriter. She uses the combination of her business experience, as well as acting and writing skills, to help people be their best authentic self, get the best out of their communications, and build rewarding relationships with others. She does this by helping individuals understand which of their communication strategies work for them and where they need to evolve new ones.

    Jane works experientially with people - on their mindset, body, voice, and language - helping them practice new ways of communicating in ways that feel authentic to them.

    Jane is certified as a Clean Language Coach and NLP Coach, and licensed to deliver the Strength Deployment Inventory.

  • Jennifer

    Jennifer Macdonald

    Senior Coach & Head of Talent and Young People

    Jenn’s interest in adult learning has defined her career. Before joining AGL, she spent five years at Christie’s, the global art business, where she became a Learning & Development specialist. During this time she designed and delivered training internationally and completed her MSc in Human and Organisational Development, writing a thesis about the role of communication in enabling employees to learn complex skills on the job.

    For the last five years, she has specialized as a senior communication coach and facilitator at AGL, designing and delivering programmes for clients in the banking, asset management, aviation, pharmaceutical, telecoms, media and PR industries.

    Jenn grew up between northern Italy and the West Midlands, and has always had a fascination with language. This led her to study Modern & Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge, and Linguistics at the University of Chicago.

  • Jess

    Jess Hammett

    Coach and voice specialist

    Jess is a London-based voice coach with particular interests in communication training and dialect work who has worked in theatre and speech for the past decade. With experience at institutions including Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Northampton University, East 15 Acting School and The Tower Theatre Company, she has worked with a wide range of individuals, from students to high-level executives and professional performers, and takes a personalised approach to evoking the most effective and genuine communication.

    Jess holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University and later completed her Masters in Voice from the internationally renowned Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she has also lectured. Combining her work as a practitioner with academia, her research interests include the interaction between speaker, audience and environment, which she brings to her work with AGL clients. An active participant in her professional community, Jessica is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and the British Voice Association.

  • Joanna

    Joanna Mollo

    Senior Coach & Head of Diversity and Inclusion

    Joanna is a Senior Coach at AGL, specialising in media training. She is passionate about helping people communicate at their best, even in high pressure situations. She was a television news reporter for ITN in London and CNBC Europe in Dubai. There she successfully founded the market research firm YouGov. She is a co-founder of a start-up urban farming business in Asia.

  • Jon

    Jon Armstrong

    Magician and storyteller

    Jon Armstrong is a magician and theatre maker, with over 15 years’ experience of creating, designing and realising experiential performances. He has designed magic effects for traditional, immersive and site-specific theatre, ranging from large-scale levitation illusions to psychological and suggestion-based effects, and has contributed a chapter to a book about the use of magic to create experience.

    As a magician, he has worked with many leading creative brands, and he works closely with the charity Breathe, which uses magic training as occupational therapy for children living with hemiplegia.

    As a trainer and facilitator, Jon has worked with clients such as the Almeida Theatre, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and the Shakespeare Schools Foundation, and he is a Lecturer in Lighting Design at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    Jon has worked all over the world, and has expertise in theatre, video and TV production. He is passionate about using magic to tell stories, and combines his creative and technical expertise in order to place the audience at the centre of every experience that he creates.

  • Julia

    Julia Samuel

    Julia is a psychotherapist devising and running workshops throughout the UK, training and supporting leaders and business professionals from a wide variety of fields, typically in organisations which are undergoing major change. She also enjoys supporting and developing the AGL team and their clients, in authentic communication.
    She is psychotherapist for pediatrics at St Mary's Paddington, the post she established in 1992, where her role involves seeing families who have children or babies who die, and training and supporting the staff. In 1994 she helped launch and establish The Child Bereavement Charity, and as the Founder Patron is involved in many aspects of the charity’s work, with a key role in fundraising, strategy and training.
    Julia is a BACP and UKCP registered psychotherapist. Amongst her many roles she is an Honorary Fellow of Imperial College, London; a Vice President of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy; and Trustee of the Child Bereavement Charity.

  • Kate

    Kate

    Kate read Music at the University of Cambridge. Her experience in communications is very broad: she started her career in public relations and internal communications, before working as a writer both in agencies and in house.

    Kate has now worked with all kinds of clients: from an investment company to a children's charity, from a prestigious London university to a private healthcare company. For a long time she specialised in financial services, working for clients including HSBC, Vitality insurance, Aon Hewitt and AXA Wealth. As well as writing everything from web copy to white papers, she runs workshops that help people explore the principles of great writing.

    Kate believes that words can bring people closer to us or push them away - so they're crucial to building relationships, both at home and at work. She also believes that clarifying language helps us to clarify our ideas. So, by stripping away the padding and the jargon, businesses can more clearly see the issues that matter - and can make better decisions that improve their bottom line.

  • Kate

    Kate Williams

    Coach

    Kate has worked in the field of human and organisational behaviour for 15 years. She’s been lucky enough to explore her natural curiosity into what makes people (and organisations) tick in a range of roles.

    Having initially studied Philosophy at Cambridge, she decided to get a little more practical and spent her early career in the charity sector, working in marketing, learning and development and helping people navigate change.

    In 2011 she moved into the world of consulting, firstly strategy and organisation assignments with Boston Consulting Group, and then joining Mind Gym as Solutions Director specialising in business psychology. During this time she worked with clients to understand their business challenges and design bespoke solutions – typically multi-faceted programmes focussing on communications, leadership development, and personal impact.

    At the start of 2016 she moved to working independently and has been mixing one-to-one coaching with an eclectic mix of consulting projects.
    She has worked across industries including financial services, FMCG, central Government, third sector, and Retail.

  • Michael

    Michael Samuel

    Chairman

    Michael trained as an accountant at Coopers & Lybrand. He was Chief Executive of Mayborn Group PLC from 1980 to 2006, when he sold it in a private equity deal. Michael is currently Chairman of Murex Energy and Non-Executive Chairman of City Car Club. He has been Chairman of the Anna Freud Centre for the past 12 years and is also Chair of Full Fact, a non-profit organisation that campaigns for accuracy in politics and the political press. Additionally, Michael runs five family charitable trusts and owns and manages estates in England and Scotland. He is married with four children and lives between London and Somerset.

  • Milly

    Milly Ellis

    Voice coach

    A specialist voice coach, for 20 years Milly worked alongside some of Britain’s finest actors, including Sir John Gielgud, Michael Gambon and Helen Mirren. Since 2004 she has been working with business leaders and managers in the UK, Europe and the Far East. Milly continues to work in the worlds of theatre and film, recently with The Young Vic, The Royal Ballet, Akram Khan and Company, and many of Britain’s leading film production companies.

  • Philip

    Philip Woodford

    Coach and writer

    Philip has always believed that we are more than we think we are, especially if we’re prepared to get out of our own way and allow our authentic voice to connect with others. That philosophy has taken him from the advertising world into life as a barrister advocate before performing as a professional actor in numerous shows including a season at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival with his own show “The Hero who Overslept”.

    His continuing fascination with the human experience has found a perfect fit at AGL where the shared desire to help people show up more completely is accomplished so well. He has been coaching clients at all levels for over 20 years and has developed an intuitive style, combined with a clear methodology to provide the most reassuring space for individual development .

  • Pippa

    Pippa Bateman

    Senior Coach & Head of Presence and Impact

    It is Pippa’s academic roots in Psychology and Performance that lead her into the world of communication coaching. Having gained Masters degrees in both, and qualifying as a Voice Coach, Pippa spent five years on the professional stage performing in plays and musicals in London and abroad, culminating in a year with the West End musical, Wicked. Combining her interests in Psychology and Performance she then moved to Mind Gym, a Corporate Training Consultancy specialising in behaviour change. She joined AGL, a specialist communications agency, in 2012, where she designs and delivers communication skills training programmes and coaching courses to corporate clients as diverse as Lloyds Banking Group, KPMG, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Vodafone. She also specialises in preparing individuals for high stakes speaking events including management presentations, key note speeches, and MainStage talks at TED.

  • Richard

    Richard Teverson

    Role player and coach

    Richard has been a professional actor for nearly 20 years and has had a parallel career in business as a role player, facilitator and coach for the last 13. He read History at Durham.

    He is passionate about communication and has helped people be more effective at all organisational levels ranging from team members to CEO. He has worked globally for clients that have included magic and silver circle law firms, three of the big four consultancies and businesses in sectors ranging from pharmaceutical to banking.

    As an actor Richard works in film, television, theatre and voice over with roles ranging from an Earl in the West End to David Laws helping to create the coalition government of 2010 on the small screen.

  • Simon

    Simon Brooke

    Coach

    Simon has 25 years’ experience in communications training and development.
    He is a media interview and presentation coach, as well as teaching both presentation writing and delivery. He is also a freelance journalist and editor working for most of the national newspapers, as well as various specialist publications on subjects ranging from travel, business and management to marketing, education, the environment and property.
    Simon has over 17 years’ media coaching experience, having started his career in financial and corporate public relations at Broad Street Associates where his clients included British Airways and Saatchi & Saatchi amongst others, before joining the in-house PR department at W H Smith, where he specialised in investor relations plus issues and crisis management.
    The author of two novels and a book on management techniques published last year called 'Be Bulletproof: How to Achieve Success in Tough Times at Work', Simon writes speeches, corporate brochures and promotional materials for a variety of organisations and helps executives write and deliver effective reports and presentations.

  • Thomas

    Thomas Stuttaford

    Senior Coach & Head of Speechwriting

    Tom has worked in communications – primarily as a coach and as a writer – since 2006. Prior to that, he was for many years in the financial sector: at the Bank of England, he was a research analyst; and at BNP Paribas, he worked in both sales and marketing, in both stockbroking and asset management and in Paris as well as London. He has a first-class degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, a Diploma in Law from The City University and a Diploma in International Public Administration from the École Nationale d’Administration (E.N.A.) in Paris.

Photographs by Lucy Cornell