We're delighted to present this year's conference speakers. They are each experts in their field and bring a diverse range of opinions and perspectives to the topics of building trust.


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Speaker Biographies

Foluke Taylor

Robert Downes

Chris Edwards

Chris has dedicated his working life to improving standards in public services, particularly those providing protection for vulnerable people. His early career progression flowed from social work practice to senior management positions. He switched to organisation supervision and inspection roles in 2000, developing a broader perspective across the public sector. Becoming an independent coach and consultant in 2004, he has provided external intervention support to often troubled services and organisations, including independent reviews, leadership and team coaching, leading improvement programmes, and undertaking conduct investigations. His qualifications include an MBA, CQSW, an Ashridge post - graduate supervision award, and coaching and supervision accreditations.

James Gamgee

James has consulted internationally in finance, technology, charity sector, telecoms, manufacturing, retail, transport and public sector for over 25 years. He is currently a civil servant at the Scottish Government. He has studied French, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish, and completed an MSc in Psychology at Derby, where he co-authored a qualitative journal article on ambiguous loss theory and brain injury. He recently completed an MSc in Business Psychology with Coaching, where his focus was the impact of trust on coaching outcomes.

Judith Bell

Judith is a chartered psychologist, executive coach and organisational leadership consultant, formerly Director of Consulting at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust with 20 years’ experience of working with individuals, groups, teams and organisations across all sectors but with a special interest and expertise in revealing and working with organisational culture.

Judith has worked across sectors and specialises in leadership coaching and role consultation to board level, bringing an approach to coaching that is informed by psychodynamic and systemic thinking, such that the work is firmly rooted in the current organisational context. Her clients range from global and FTSE 100 companies to NHS executive boards, government and charitable organisations.

She is also a teacher and trainer in consultancy, group-work and leadership skills and has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods. She is Course Director of the Tavistock Professional Doctorate programme in consulting to organisations.

Charlotte Sills

Charlotte Sills

Charlotte Sills is an experienced coach and coach supervisor. She supervises the Ashridge Hult coaching team and is a member of the faculty of Ashridge’s Coaching for Organisation Consultants and Masters in Executive Coaching programs. She also teaches on the Ashridge Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Supervision program.

Before joining Ashridge, Charlotte was a member of the leadership team and Head of the Transactional Analysis Department at Metanoia Institute, London as well as working in private practice as a psychotherapist, coach and trainer/consultant in a variety of organisations, particularly in the area of mental health. In recent years she has coached at senior level in a variety of sectors including retail, finance and the NHS.

Charlotte is Professor of Coaching at Ashridge and a UKCP registered psychotherapist and BACP senior accredited supervisor. She teaches – especially transactional analysis - all over the world and has published widely in the area of psychotherapy and coaching including co-authoring several books on Transactional Analysis and Gestalt many of which have been translated into several languages

Jan Baptiste-Grant

María Cañete

Arturo Ezquerro

Maria Gray

Maria has been an executive coach since 2005 and supervised coaches since 2015. Prior to coaching, Maria worked in a range of senior leadership roles in finance and human resources.

She has supported many leaders in developing self-trust, in navigating the challenge of leading and building confidence in others while managing their inner doubt. Her focus is on helping leaders to become the most authentic, energised, and resilient versions of themselves.

Maria is an author of several published articles, including two addressing self-doubt: Befriending the Imposter (Coaching Today, July 2022), Supervision – a Reassuring Practice (Coaching at Work, May 2023).

Rachel May

Rachel supports leaders wrestling with knotty challenges – How do I lead complex change? What’s my next career move? How do I deal with imposter feelings at work? Her pragmatic and lively approach emerges from years working in senior roles in manufacturing, the NHS and high street retailing.

An Executive Coach, Leadership and OD consultant for 20 years, Rachel combines Gestalt and Systemic perspectives for client work in the UK and internationally, including Airbus Group, Sony, Hitachi, & UK regulatory bodies. She completed an MSc in Executive Coaching at Henley Business School in 2022 and is a coaching for imposterism researcher.

Robin Shohet

Robin Shohet has been supervising for over 40 years. He is co-author and editor of four books in the realm of supervision. He is also an adjunct member of faculty on the Hult Ashridge Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Supervision. His current interest is in exploring forgiveness as a way of loosening the impact of the self-righteous egoic mind. In this he is a student of non-dual philosophy as exemplified in the Indian philosophy of Advaita and A Course in Miracles. He sees the last three conferences of Love and Fear, Identity and Building Trust all interconnected to a fundamental question of Who Am I?

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