Ken Kelling, Partner
Ken enjoyed a successful and award-winning career in the very noisy world of public relations – despite being described by his Mum as being a shy and quiet child! As a result he now has a particular interest in coaching and mentoring people who can identify themselves as ‘introverts in extrovert professions.’
Ken’s current coaching clients include: a managing director looking to develop a five year corporate business plan at the same time as planning their next career move; a charity manager who needs support in implementing the latest phase of their campaign work; and an event planner who is considering a freelance career.
Ken holds a Diploma in Transformational Coaching from the Animas Institute – one of only 12 coaching schools in the world to hold the Association of Coaching’s Accredited Diploma in Coach Training status. Ken has also completed Certificates in Existential Coaching and Group Coaching at the same school.
Ken is no stranger to the perils, pitfalls and pressures of the corporate world. He was the London lead for the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays in 2012, he directed the global promotion of London as a destination as Visit London’s Communications Director under both Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson’s administrations and has worked on numerous communications and event accounts both agency and in-house.
An avid Swansea City fan, Ken is also a keen runner and a recent convert to the joys of camping holidays at home and abroad.
Chris Wood, Partner
With some 20 years Board level experience in the communications industry, Chris has been a director at global networks such as Ketchum and Burson Marsteller. He was also Managing Director of award-winning creative agency Cake.
As a senior practitioner Chris helped leading executives at blue-chip clients like Sky, Sony, Unilever, American Express, British Airways and Reckitt Benckiser to communicate change to internal and external audiences.
He developed trust-based relationships so that he could coach clients on what to say, and how to say it, in advance of team meetings, industry conferences and media appearances.
In a talent-reliant sector, Chris took an increasingly strong interest in people development and as MD of 70-strong Cake introduced apprenticeship, mentoring, coaching and detailed personal development programmes.
Chris became increasingly interested in how individuals develop within corporate environments and in 2013, upon completion of an earn-out following the sale of Cake, started to develop an independent coaching practice.
His current individual coaching assignments include a senior leader at a national broadcaster, a creative agency CEO, and the MD of a leading PR agency.
Team coaching assignments include the management of a leading age-related charity and the operating board of a drug addiction service.
Issues being worked on include recovery of self-belief after periods of turbulence, finding collective direction and establishing leadership identity.
Chris holds a Professional Certificate in Coaching from the Henley Business School, in which he achieved a Distinction, and is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council
Away from work, Chris is studying for an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at the University of East London, and walks his dog through Epping Forest, ruminating on progress at Stoke City FC.
Stephanie Lunn, Associate
She provides expert strategic advice to build HR infrastructures which provide the motivated and engaged work-force that is critical to an organisation’s performance and profitability.
Stephanie also offers immediate and practical advice on operational people management issues so that they do not escalate and hinder overall change and development.
Her career includes UK and global HR Director and Business Partner roles at people-focused creative and media businesses such as Yahoo!, MPC, Agency.com and Cake.
In 2012 Stephanie gained her MSc in Strategic HR from the University of Hull. Her research dissertation was entitled ‘Understanding the Millennials and how organisations can engage, motivate and develop them into future business leaders.’
This research, and subsequent related assignments, gives Stephanie a deep understanding of the development of Millenials in the work-place and their interaction with other generations.
Having spent her early years as a professional actress and dancer, Stephanie is a keen supporter of the arts and is a regular visitor to the theatre, cinema and art galleries.
Sharon Thomas, Associate
She is currently a familiar face on ITV where she is a regular reporter and news presenter for ITN. Her wide-ranging experience also extends to radio and publishing, having worked for a number of radio stations and written for various news and feature publications.
Sharon has been providing media training for the last 13 years, coaching both corporate and not-for-profit organisations in how to conduct successful interviews on television and radio and in newspapers. She is also an experienced producer of bespoke corporate films and has hosted and mediated at a number of corporate events and conferences including most recently, the Sport Accord Convention in Lausanne.
Sharon is regularly in demand as a voice-over artist, most notably as a reporter in a number of television dramas including the BBC’s An Honourable Woman. She also enjoys using her on-screen experience to pursue her passion for drama – playing a reporter in the feature film Calendar Girls and relishing a part in the London stage production of His Teeth, which was produced by creative criminal justice charity, Only Connect.