Our approach

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Mayvin helps you navigate your organisation’s complexity so that you can take control

Case studies

Real change: leaving you stronger

Close Brothers: Executive Leadership Team Development

Mayvin designed and delivered a series of workshops for Close Brothers Motor Finance C-suite leaders to help them develop their working practices and prepare for the inevitable challenge of crisis (soon delivered in the form of the significant transformation and the global covid-19 pandemic).

One of the programme’s design principles was to hold the sessions lightly which HR Business Partner Mandy Smith credits as being ‘so useful, in terms of leaving space for organic conversations… the team appreciated the depth of conversation it led to.’

Rebecca CEO said: ‘The business benefited from a more open and trusting Executive Committee, and from my perspective it drove the team development forward at a faster pace, but also to a far deeper level and created a more lasting connection.’

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Virtual learning approaches for uncertain times

Mayvin has been offering a full range of virtual learning approaches, including programmes in leadership development and organisational development as well as coaching to support our clients as people reset for an uncertain and more virtual future.

Our decade of experience as a virtual working organisation means we have a deep understanding of how to maintain a positive culture in a virtual workspace and create lasting, sustainable change.

“I found the day to be a massive success and I couldn’t think how it could have been better if it was conducted face to face.”

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UK Civil Service: Organisation Development and Design Capability Building

Since 2013, Mayvin has been running a major Organisation Development and Design (OD&D) capability programme across the UK Civil Service. Demand for the programme is high, with delegates representing a wide cross-section of departments, agencies, roles and specialisms.

Alumni report being able to make an immediate difference in their roles by bringing an OD&D mindset and know-how to their work.

“The right balance between theory and practical, useful materials that I can adapt and use again, excellent support from knowledgeable tutors – who challenged me (in such a nice way) to look at situations differently and develop new skills.” – Programme participant

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Organisation Development Intervention in an NHS Surgery Pathway

Mayvin was brought in to design and deliver an away day to reset troubled relationships at this NHS Trust. Through a series of diagnostic conversations that created a safe space for everyone’s voice to be heard, we discovered that the issues were more complex than first presented and this highly successful clinical pathway was overworked to breaking point.

The Organisation Development work of helping the system was achieved as much through the diagnostic phase as by the away day itself.

By helping to foster open, authentic conversations we enabled people to build trust in each other and an understanding of other people’s perspectives and experiences. This resulted in greater cohesion in the team, improved communication, team-working and collective problem-solving.

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Leadership Development for a non-ministerial Scottish Government department

Mayvin helped a non-ministerial department of the Scottish Government create a culture and leadership style that will enable the organisation to respond to rapid change, embrace digital transformation and move successfully into its future.

“The highest quality programme I’ve been on in my career.”

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Blue Cross: Leadership Development and Culture Change

Mayvin designed, developed and delivered a major leadership development programme for the charity’s top 100 leaders

The programme supported the organisation in learning to live its values more fully and made a significant positive difference to the way in which the organisation is led and managed

“Mayvin helped us work through some of the blocks we had to changing our culture to one that is more responsive and engaged” – Rachel Briggs, Director of People and Development


Our people

Our consultants have years of experience of creating innovative, effective solutions to our clients’ challenges

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James Traeger


BA (Hons), PG Dip Psych, PhD

James is known for his wisdom, intuition and the depth of his knowledge. His sensitive and pragmatic approach, offering sound advice and thought provoking questions, enables people to master complex situations and find important truths that are out of sight.

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Martin Saville


MA (Oxon), MBA

People trust Martin, they feel better about themselves and the world after spending time with him. The thing that enables this is the strong relationships he develops, with integrity, care and trust – relationships that last well beyond the confines of any piece of work.

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Sarah Fraser


BA (Hons), MSc

Sarah’s clients value her for her keen insight, her strategic foresight, her wit and her ability to make useful connections, in relationships and thinking. She is inspired by working with individuals and teams to promote culture change and drive innovation.

Carolyn Norgate

Carolyn Norgate

Principal Consultant

BA, MSc, PG Cert Coaching, Chartered FCIPD

Carolyn is passionate about developing the adaptive capacity of people and systems to learn and thrive. She is known for her leadership, relationship-based approach and strategic and creative thinking. Carolyn brings both a mindset and set of methodologies from complexity science to her work.

Sophie Tidman

Principal Consultant

MA (Oxon), Associate Certified Coach (ICF)

Sophie’s clients value her for her intuitive insight, her playful style and her ability to come to the essence of the issue at hand. She is inspired by the power of human connection and compassion to make change in the world.

Tony Nicholls

Tony Nicholls

Principal Consultant

BSc (Hons), MSc

Tony brings a strategic perspective, creating space for clients to understand their contexts and to reflect on their ways of working. Clients value his calm, reflective and occassionally challenging presence.

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Rachael Geddes

Head of Operations

Rachael brings an energy and enthusiasm to the Mayvin team, listening and responding to what others and the business needs.


Katrina Shoesmith

Business Development Manager

Katrina is often the first port of call for our clients, and her warm and welcoming communication style fosters good conversations that place our clients at the centre of our work.


Claire Newell

Marketing Manager

BSc (Hons), CIM Postgrad Diploma

Claire is passionate about people and making real connections. With a positive outlook and bright character, she is the creative force that drives Mayvin’s marketing team.

Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith

Client Coordinator

Charlotte instantly builds rapport and connection, relates well to others and communicates effectively.


Debbie Hannan

Client Coordinator

Debbie has a methodical and thoughtful approach to her work with Mayvin. A friendly and helpful communicator, Debbie thrives on working as a team to provide integral support to both the Mayvin team and clients.

Niki Bowles

Client Coordinator

Niki is multi-skilled with strong experience within client support, client account management & business development. She is an excellent communicator with great organisational ability, enjoys client interaction & is always friendly & positive.

Coral Huggins

Operational Support Administrator

Coral is a keen learner with a can-do attitude who always strives to do her best and calmly approaches whatever the task or challenge. Coral is a team player and is always willing to help our were needed while working independently and managing her own task list. 

Suria Lonsdale

Marketing Coordinator

Suria values the importance of strong communication skills, and prides herself on her own as she feels they are key in forging strong, successful relationships. Suria is both creative and organised in equal measure and assists Claire in running the marketing side of Mayvin.

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Tony Fraser

Chair of Mayvin

Tony works to create a climate in which people want to know and apply their strengths. He is particularly interested in developing effective patterns of behaviour needed for outstanding leadership, both individual and collective.

Alison Vickers

Alison Vickers

Associate Consultant

BA (Hons)

Alison brings a distinctive mix of research, creativity, empathy and challenge to ensure that there is real and meaningful impact.

Anne Painter

Associate Consultant

Anne’s style is client-focused, highly professional, engaging, open, knowledgeable and insightful with the right balance of support and challenge. Her focus is on leadership development, interpersonal effectiveness and high-performance team building.

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Carol Daniels

Associate Consultant

BSc, DMS, MSc, PhD

Carol specialises in helping senior managers to lead organisational change through developing effective behaviours and relationships.

Caroline Bottrell

Caroline Bottrell

Associate Consultant


Caroline is passionate about helping leaders be the best they can be, in order to deliver for their stakeholders, their organisation, their people and for their own personal growth.

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Cathy Korn

Associate Consultant

MA(Oxon), MAC, MBPsS

Cathy’s style is to work supportively but also to be challenging in the relationships with her clients, to offer honest feedback and to challenge the status quo; to facilitate learning beyond the superficial; and to seek ways forward to produce real and lasting change.

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Chris Williams

Associate Consultant

Chris has over 20 years of experience in delivering management and leadership development programmes to the public and private sectors. He has a particular interest in diversity and new models of leadership.

Cindy Cox

Associate Consultant

BA (Hons), MSc

Cindy is at her best getting alongside others to enable growth and collaboration through focussed inquiry, deep listening, and sensitive challenge.


Clare Joghee

Associate Consultant

BA Hons, MSc, Dip

Much of Clare’s work focuses on strengthening relationships and team dynamics in senior teams, whilst addressing strategy development, organisation congruence, and managing lasting and sustainable change.

Dorothee Stoffel

Dorothee Stoffels

Associate Consultant

BA/DipSW, MSc and MA

Dorothee is an experienced Organisation Development Consultant and Executive Coach with many years of experience of supporting individuals, teams and organisations through major change.

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Helena Clayton

Associate Consultant


Her approach is rooted in academic depth and rigour which she balances with a deeply practical way of working always seeking to ask ‘so what? and to make learning useful. She balances support with challenge and is known for her compassion and clarity.

Liz Finney

Associate Consultant

MA (Cantab)

Liz is known for her ability with people, her sharp wit, warmth, insight, and academic rigour. She quickly establishes rapport with clients and is effective in encouraging real and productive debate and reflection.

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Liz Goold

Associate Consultant

Liz is highly experienced with exceptional communication and leadership skills and a strong track record in leading personal and team transformational change programmes.

Olivia Margo

Associate Consultant

Postgrad Cert, MA

Olivia specialises in organisational dynamics and leadership. She works to support leaders to make sense of their experiences in role and take purposeful action with accountability for the impact.

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Paul Mulligan

Associate Consultant

Paul’s coaching style is person-centred. He designs coaching programmes that are tailored to the individual’s needs, working on how we create our experiences through words and language.

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Pete Hamill

Associate Consultant

MSc, BSc (Hons), CertCoun, Master Somatic Coach (MSC)

Pete is interested in leadership and personal development, including the role conflict plays in organisations and society. He is passionate about supporting leaders to deliver change in organisations, and maximise potential.