The Red Thread Partnership People

There’s more to us than meets the eye. Yes you’ll see a lot of Freddie and Adrian, but we have a wide network of amazing people who are passionate about what we do.

Freddie Guilmard

Freddie Guilmard
Business Simplifier and Managing Director

Generating passion and energy!

Freddie gets up in the morning, because…

He wants to build better performance, better engagement, better leaders, better teams and better communication within every business he comes into contact with.

During the day…

He does business coaching and leads culture change and engagement programmes. In his work he has the ability to think both strategically and creatively; and never loses sight of what the customer wants and the business’s purpose. He will help orchestrate a range of activities that will drive effective change and engagement and help create the story a business wants to tell.

Freddie has been doing this for over twenty years with companies such as: Renault, Daimler Chrysler, Marks and Spencer’s, Axa Insurance, Bupa, Sport England, The Carphone Warehouse, Nestle Professional, Purina, Kerry Foods, Lexus UK, Nominet, Sony Playstation, Ricoh, Santander, Panasonic Avionics.

His knowledge and insight was recognised when he was invited to be a “Guru” on the government’s Engage 4 Success task force. Freddie is a qualified NLP practitioner and licenced in psychometric tools such as Myers Briggs.

…and afterwards…

Freddie plays guitar with his band Error 404 and goes on long walks all over the country.  He plays competitive tennis and avidly follows the Northampton Saints & Manchester United’s exploits.

He is also a trustee for one of Northamptonshires most important heritage project which involved the restoration of Delapre Abbey

Adrian Spurrell

Adrian Spurrell
Executive Director Learning & Development

Liberating the mind to see the possible

Adrian gets up in the morning, because…

Adrian has a strong belief that people have the capacity to change and excel but frequently their existing beliefs and habits get in the way. His focuses on attitudinal and behavourial change by getting people to explore their current context, their belief and the behaviours those beliefs drive.

During the day…

His experience is extensive and broad including: working on a one-to-one basis leaders; top team coaching and development; facilitating leadership development workshops, developing the management skills of line managers and broadly based culture change projects for public and private organisations, with people at all grades and from diverse countries.

…and afterwards…

In between times Adrian runs (and is more than happy to discuss knee injuries with you) war-games, is involved with a number of local charities, tries to keep track of his children and grandchild and wonders slightly despairingly what will happen to Aston Villa.

Jane Horridge

Jane Horridge
Senior Partner – Strategy & Change

It’s all about the people

Jane gets up in the morning because….

Every day brings something entirely different, and Jane loves variety, change and challenge. Driven by human relationships and a desire to help, support and encourage others, she uses her broad experience to guide insightful analysis and develop creative solutions which drive growth.

During the day…

Her experience spans corporates, SME businesses, public sector organisations and charities and across industry sectors and business functions. This is the fuel for her work as a consultant and non-exec/Trustee. With an entrepreneurial mind, she is also working on two passion projects, flexible workspace and a product business which keeps her thinking fresh and exposes her to many different opportunities! Jane is also an investor in a tech start up and a Board Trustee for Ride High (supporting disadvantaged children) and Women Leaders UK.

Having been part of the leadership teams of Britvic Soft Drinks, Carlsberg UK, Audi UK as well as her local FE College, Jane has worked with clients of all sizes and sectors. From global corporates such as Heinz, Kellogg’s, Virgin and Anheuser-Busch to national retailers, local SMEs and micro-businesses she has vast experience of the business world and uses this to support current clients.

Jane has an Executive MBA, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a certified Occupational Psychologist, so isn’t planning any more study for some time…

…and afterwards…

Jane is a keen (though not expert!) dancer, covering ball room, Latin and Street dance as well as enjoying – if that’s the right word – exercise in the form of HIT sessions and yoga. With two children still in school and a busy work schedule, there is just enough time to squeeze in some reading and movie watching to relax!

Cathie Wright

Cathie Wright
Associate Partner

Planting seeds today to grow the flowers of tomorrow…

Cathie gets up in the morning, because…

She loves helping organisations, teams and individuals to be the best that they can be through the creation of engaging and exceptional experiences for all stakeholders.

During the day…

Cathie supports diverse organisations in the public and private sectors to design and deliver interventions that will enable the achievement of their goals. She is equally as happy working with executive teams on organisation strategy as she is coaching an individual to work towards their career aspirations.

Cathie has worked within the HR and Organisation Development field in financial services, automotive, manufacturing, tourism and leisure equipment industries. As a consultant she has delivered projects with clients such as the Ministry of Defence, Mercedes Benz, Suzuki, Network Rail, the VF Corporation and Northampton Borough Council.

One of the highlights of Cathie’s career was as the HR Director of Nampak Plastics when the company won the CIPD Employee Engagement award and were overall winners on the night of the awards ceremony.

Cathie’s key skills are in delivering behavioural transformation programmes that incorporate the development of leadership teams. She is accredited to use Thomas International tools to profile personality and emotional intelligence traits.

…and afterwards…

Cathie walks her dog and socialises with friends and is about to embark on exciting new adventures having recently acquired a motorhome with her partner. She is a member of an amateur drama group and takes turns in acting and directing.  Cathie is a trained florist and loves getting creative with flowers.

Adrian Furnham

Adrian Furnham
Academic Advisor

Work is more fun than fun!

Adrian gets up in the morning, because…

He has a particular interest in top team development, management change, performance management systems, psychometric testing and leadership derailment.

During the day…

Adrian is an academic, consultant on organisational behaviour, writer, and broadcaster and is particularly adept at communicating complex psychological and business concepts to a variety of clients. He is a fellow of the British Psychological Society and is among the most productive psychologists in the world. He is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, as well as the past elected President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences.

…and afterwards…

Adrian enjoys writing popular articles, travelling to exotic countries, consulting on real-life problems, arguing at dinner parties and going to the theatre.

Syreeta Deller

Syreeta Deller
SME Engagement Manager

In it to win it!

Syreeta gets up in the morning, because…

Because she is excited by the opportunities that life presents. Every day she learns something new about herself, the people around her and the world in general.

During the day…

Is excited to be marketing the SME world class manager programme. With a strong marketing background and passion for selling products and services, she thrives on delivering a top-quality experience to her customers.

Over 20 years marketing experience, working for small and medium sized businesses, Syreeta gets a buzz to see marketing efforts result in sales and happy customers. Her last full-time venture was working for a publishing company in central London where she headed up a large team. With a sales target to hit in addition to the many marketing objectives set by the company, this unique role was a challenging yet very rewarding opportunity.

…and afterwards…

Syreeta has a one-year-old daughter that keeps her well and truly busy. Being so young her daughter is still very dependant on her mummy but as she gets a little older, Syreeta looks forward to spending more time with her friends, getting back to the gym, travelling more and creating wonderful memories with her daughter.

Nick Isles

Nick Isles
Associate Partner

Be what you believe

Nick gets up in the morning, because…

He believes that people have enormous potential, yet too often organisations stifle that potential. Releasing the talent of people by understanding the organisation as a fully human institution is the secret to unlocking potential in every aspect of an organisation’s operations.

During the day…

Nick works with a wide range of people advising, diagnosing, analysing and persuading either face-to-face or in blogs or other media. His work has always been suffused with a sense that working hard to be fair and make systems fair is a bedrock for high performance; for outstanding leadership and for great organisational cultures.

Nick works in the areas of strategy; change management; organizational development; employee engagement and leadership development. His past and present clients include AXA plc, Tesco plc, BIG Lottery and BT.  He was the Director of Advocacy at The Work Foundation and is the author or co-author of several books.

…and afterwards…

When not writing, speaking or consulting Nick writes fiction from screenplays to children’s stories; supports Northampton Saints and avidly follows England Rugby. He is also an keen gym goer and occasional cyclist.

Maggie Newton

Maggie Newton
Associate Partner

Instilling confidence and facilitating action

Maggie gets up in the morning, because…

She wants to make work an environment that’s enjoyed rather than endured. Where employees feel trusted, respected and valued and are equipped with the confidence and skills to do a great job.

During the day…

Maggie supports managers and teams to build positive working relationships and confidence in communication and leadership skills, using tools such as coaching, facilitation and DISC personality profiling. The result is growth and improved performance all round.

She has a wealth of business experience and knowledge gained from working with teams in a variety of different organisations, including WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), Barclaycard and Kraft Foods.  Her calm, encouraging approach builds on strengths, and she loves to help people help themselves through facilitating insights and practical solutions.

She also draws on her own personal experience of redundancy and cancer to support those going through similar challenges.

…and afterwards…

She loves nothing better than gardening, walking and enjoying precious time with family and friends.  She also volunteers for Breast Cancer Care.

Carol Braddick

Carol Braddick
Consultant

Fascinated by peoples' strengths and possibilities

Carol gets up in the morning, because…

She is energized by partnering with clients to create the conditions for their people and organizations to thrive. (Actually, a double espresso helps with the energizing). An early riser, she focuses on what really matters most in the day ahead for her clients’ and her own development.

During the day…

Carol works with leaders and teams in messy organizations as they deal with complexity and surprises. Working across the pharma, tech and financial services sectors, she helps clients use their strengths and attention in smart ways to grow their businesses. They become even more resilient, and better able to sustain high performance during constant change. And the organizations they work for are better able to scale these leaders and teams across different markets and cultures.

…and afterwards…

Most weeknights she turns her attention westward to begin a “second shift”, working with clients in the US and keeping up with her community work and friends near her Arizona home. Depending on the season, she’s either got her hands dirty in the garden or warmed by her latest experiment as an aspirational chef.

Elizabeth Adlington

Elizabeth Adlington
Associate Partner

On your side to help you win

Elizabeth gets up in the morning, because …

She’s committed to the transformational power that coaching brings to make a tangible difference to people’s lives at work and in life.  She wants to help people achieve their goals by helping them overcome the obstacles that get in the way.

During the day…

She works with people to address their challenges and find answers for themselves.  She is able to help people to identify new ways of thinking when they get stuck.  She draws on her own experience of leadership and organisations to help her understand the issues her clients are facing.  She is curious to understand what it is like to be in their shoes.

She continues to develop her own learning to ensure she has the most appropriate resources for her clients, and she often learns from them as well.   She admires and respects those she is privileged to work with, and for their willingness to change and grow and achieve their goals.  She works with organisations from a broad range of sectors with clients who are at Board and Senior Management level and is often drawn to support educational, arts and charitable organisations.

She is a professional qualified coach, and experienced facilitator working with individuals and groups both face to face and online.

And afterwards…

She enjoys spending time with her family and taking her very bouncy labradoodle for walks.  She attempts to tame her unruly garden and whenever possible escapes to her studio to spend time on a variety of creative projects.

Ros McCarthy

Ros McCarthy
Consultant

Creating successful and sustainable organisations where people thrive

Ros gets up in the morning, because…

She enjoys helping people to realise their potential and gains most satisfaction from seeing them increase in confidence and develop new skills.

During the day…

She partners with organisations to help them select people who will bring valuable skills to the business and be a good fit for the organisational culture.  Her experience in both the private and public sectors includes team and individual coaching, design and delivery of programmes to identify future potential and development of leadership skills.  She is increasingly involved in coaching leaders to manage transitions where they need to take a new perspective and motivate people to achieve difficult goals.

Her clients include Barclays, GSK, Old Mutual, Guinness, MET police, HS2 , London Business School, charities and a number of government departments.  Ros is a chartered occupational psychologist and licensed to use a range of ability and personality measures.

…and afterwards…

She is an enthusiastic traveller, particularly to countries that have very different cultures and political systems.  When not exploring the world, she runs a wine-tasting group, enjoys theatre and films and her favourite way of keeping fit is Nordic walking.

Simon Berry

Simon Berry
Consultant

It’s all in the mind

Simon gets up in the morning, because…

He absolutely believes we ALL have the capacity to perform at our best and deliver great results with ease and calm, but for the fact we innocently get in our own way. This ‘self-sabotage’ is based on a simple, but compelling misunderstanding about how the mind works. It also explains why much of learning and self-development interventions fall on stony, or, at best, only have a temporary impact.

During the day…

He works with individuals and teams to help them clear their minds, quieten the noise, achieve clarity and gain insights to creatively and intuitively find their own best way forward. He believes senior people have usually been on enough skills and knowledge courses to last them a lifetime and that, whilst knowledge and skills are important, this is not where the real key to performance lies. We don’t have to look far to find people (maybe even ourselves) not delivering the results that their ability tells us they could. He has worked with organisations in the public and private sector across a variety of disciplines as well as with hundreds of individuals.

…and afterwards…

He plays tennis and also golf in preparation for the time when too many bits fail and he can no longer play tennis.

Pradip Gajjar

Pradip Gajjar
Associate Partner

Leave people in a better place

Pradip gets up in the morning, because…

He focuses on his personal growth through practices of meditation, journaling and study. This equips him with the enthusiasm to serve organisations through learning and leadership development interventions, supporting people in their individual journeys of self-discovery and fulfilling their purpose.

During the day…

Pradip is currently working with Alamy, a leading stock image company, as their Global Learning and Development Consultant. He’s supporting the organisation develop a learning culture, encouraging learning in the flow of work and at the point of need. Pradip runs regular workshops specifically on personal effectiveness.

Pradip has been in the field of learning and leadership development for nearly 20 years. In this time he has developed learning programmes for change projects especially for culture, behaviour and employee engagement; created innovative virtual team alignment solutions, and led on off shoring support and culture programmes and developing other trainers and learning professionals for a host of global players within complex matrix organisations including BP, HP, ArcelorMittal, and UBS and Deutsche Bank across sites in Europe, USA and the Far East.

…and afterwards…

Pradip makes sure their quality time with his family and growing children, nurturing their interests in music and sports. Pradip is also President of ISKCON Leicester and serves the project through teaching and coaching. He thrives on reading, specifically exploring spiritual insights through the ancient texts of India.

Paula Reid

Paula Reid
Associate Partner

Supporting and Challenging people to Thrive

Paula gets up in the morning because

Paula truly believes that people are more amazing and capable than we think and that with positive coaxing and constructive challenging, humans, and leaders can rise to global and local challenges, release their incredible potential and go for the moon-shots.

During the day

Paula is a performance psychologist, adventurer, and author. She has launched Adventure Psychology™ which helps individuals and organisations thrive during change, challenge, and uncertainty. Paula is in fact the Go-To expert on this as The Adventure Psychologist™. Her many years of building resilience during extreme endurance expeditions (such as skiing full distance to the South Pole and Yacht Racing around the world) and her Masters’ Degree in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology means she has both the lived practices and academic credentials to create a unique wisdom which is evidence and experience-based.

Paula has delivered a TEDx talk on Stretch Zone and written four books so far. She is an expert speaker, executive coach and delivers retreats, development programmes and masterclasses on performance – especially performance during difficult and uncertain times.

She describes everyone’s collective psychology in an organisation as the culture. Ane we know what culture eats for breakfast!

And afterwards

Paula is of course an adventurer and is often on an expedition or challenge. She is currently cycling across 50 countries in between delivering for work. She has already cycled across 12 and uses a local 10-mile circuit to maintain daily fitness. She also takes part in an 0530 walk and sea swim as part of a ‘Win the Morning, Win the Day’ local initiative. Her sights are now set on skiing to the North Pole and rowing across the Atlantic. She’s also a thesp and reads a lot.

 

Hemali Reynolds

Hemali Reynolds
Project Manager

Be the best version of yourself

Hemali gets up in the morning because 

She believes that every day is a new day filled with possibilities. Everyone has the ability to unlock their full potential and often times the only person stopping us is ourselves.

During the day

Hemali has a wealth of experience in managing projects and people. She runs workshops with other psychologists to help children that have parents with mental illnesses to cope and thrive despite their adversities. She loves to read, learn, and gain knowledge about the world around her and has just completed her master’s in psychology and plans to go on to complete a PhD.

And afterwards

One of her joys and passions in life is to try and maintain a healthy lifestyle by working out at the gym often and eating vegetarian. She also enjoys cooking, art, and reading as a way to unwind.

Tracy Filler

Tracy Filler
Consultant

Building confidence and capability

Tracy gets up in the morning because

There is a whole day to make things happen. Tracy takes on each day with energy and enthusiasm, driven by goals and achieving them for herself and others.

Practically minded and insightful she works with leaders and their teams to positively influence the way they and their business behaves

During the day

Experienced in both corporate and SME structures, Tracy works with her clients at a strategic and tactical level supporting improved conversations and outcomes.

Whether its business practices, the systems they sit in, or the behaviours which are helping or getting in the way of progress; through open, trusted discussion, new frameworks or supporting tools she’ll enable teams to reach conscientious and make strides forwards.

Tracy is passionate about personal and professional development and has been a volunteer Facilitator for the Association for Coaching since 2015 for the Buckinghamshire area.

She is an ILM level 7 Executive and senior level coach and mentor, an NLP Practitioner with experience of developing bespoke programmes and creative learning interventions.

And afterwards

Tracy wouldn’t say she’s particularly adventurous, feeling more comfortable in a boardroom than on a mountain (although she did manage Ben Nevis), but she is proud of sitting on an elephant, running the zip wire at Snowdon and walking the Inca Trail.

Most weeks she’ll be found at Spin and Pilates classes, fitted in between family commitments, and time spent with valued friendships.

Summer weekends are spent swimming with her Newfoundland dogs in a lake somewhere and winter will find her in front of the log burner watching a movie with a glass of red.

Laura Douglas

Laura Douglas
Consultant

Help others to develop and grow

Laura gets up in the morning because.

Her passion is helping others to learn, develop and grow, both in a professional and personal capacity

During the day

Laura has many years of experience working in the field of Learning & Development: creating content, writing, delivering and facilitating training sessions, coaching, mentoring, and supporting others. An English graduate and fully qualified coach, she applies a coaching slant to her leadership development delivery because of the power it provides.

And afterwards

Laura exercises, bakes, reads fiction and development books, and is partial to a Netflix binge during quiet times in her busy family home.