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.

Helen Mole

Helen Mole
Operations and Project Manager

Leaving little footprints of positivity wherever I go!

Helen gets up in the morning, because…

She thrives on interaction with people and loves injecting some energy and positivity into those around her! She pursues all tasks, and indeed life – with conviction and energy in order to bring about top class service and constructive change.

During the day…

With a background in HR she now focusses on project management within the learning and development space.  Her early days as a PA and Office Manager truly honed her organisational skills and she likes to be seen as the font of all knowledge! A true ‘completer – finisher’ she leaves no stone unturned and loves the detail!

She is passionate about helping people to not only succeed, but feel valued in their working lives. A keen follower of the psychology behind how people behave, she uses this in her work delivery and communications to deliver the best impact and result.

…and afterwards…

As a busy single mum she has her time organised to military precision, ensuring that everything gets done whilst still allowing some downtime. She loves taking the dog for country walks, ‘fair-weather’ cycling and cooking hearty meals for friends and family.

Cathie Wright

Cathie Wright
Consultant 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.

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.

Alix Nadelman

Alix Nadelman
Associate Partner

Be curious and play to your strengths

Alix gets up in the morning, because…

She believes that a thirst for learning and an understanding of our unique strengths along with attention, consideration and the ability to really listen have an incredible power in enabling people to deal with conflict and create healthy workplaces. She’s passionate about bringing together business and community to make life richer.

During the day…

She works with people to help them work though tricky problems and relationships, build leadership, clarity, engagement and growth. She feels honoured to be able to work with talented individuals and teams to make a difference in often ambiguous and rapidly changing environments.

She is a professional certified executive coach. Alix works with both individuals and groups; coaching, action learning, facilitating both face to face and in the virtual environment.

She has worked with organisations in most sectors as well as many individuals. Her clients have included Sky, GE, John Henry Group, NHS, School for Social Entrepreneurs, Figleaves, Rolls-Royce PLC.

…and afterwards…

She is kept on her toes by two teens, enjoys the arts, loves walking, and is learning to dance the tango!

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.

Gill Crowther

Gill Crowther
Consultant

Bringing the best out in your people

Gill gets up in the morning, because…

She has a drive to help as many people as possible to ‘Love Going To Work’. She believes that if you are using your natural strengths and talents then you will love what you are doing and be hugely productive.

During the day…

She works with organisations to improve their leaders and managers and to improve their HR practice. She has over 20 years’ experience as an HR and development professional. She has worked for Ford, Glaxo, Microsoft and has spent 9 years as HR Director for Nominet. As a consultant, she helps to create people strategies that will drive businesses forward and supporting the development of leaders, managers and teams. Gill is particularly strong at change management, which she lectures on for an engineering master’s programme at Warwick University. Gill is a fellow of the CIPD, has worked extensively with the Strengthsfinder tool and is trained in NLP.

…and afterwards…

Gill helps to run two local drama groups and uses her coaching techniques to help the young people overcome nerves. She is a trustee and HR Director for Citzens Advice in North Oxford and South Northants. She has recently returned to playing netball and pretends that she can still play like she did in her youth!!

Michael Brewer

Michael Brewer
Consultant

Seeking insights that tell motivating stories

Michael gets up in the morning, because…

…he is passionate about understanding customers, markets and organisations. Why do we make the choices we make? What are we seeking? How can we work together to find it? These are the questions that lead to innovation, strategies for growth, understanding of our customers and effective marketing and communications. Plus he just likes getting up early!

During the day…

Michael works across several sectors, from financial service organisations, including Direct Line, RSA, Legal & General – through to technology and motoring organisations, such as Tantalum the connected car technology player through to IAG, the International Assistance Group. All linked by the same theme, understanding the challenges organisations face and finding solutions which make sense for the people who put them in place.

…and afterwards…

He grabs every opportunity to get out of the city and pursue a love of landscapes, especially mountains. Come the winter, he’ll be hoping for enough snow somewhere in Europe for some serious cross-country skiing. In between these bursts of energy, you may find him an art gallery pondering how the creative mind drives inspiration from insight.

Michelle Davis

Michelle Davis
Consultant

Stop faffin' and ger on wi'it'

Michelle gets up in the morning, because…

She is absolutely passionate about making customers’ lives easier. Finding ways to help organisations meet and exceed customer expectations without getting hemmed in by process and organisational red tape. With customer expectations higher than ever there has never been more pressure to innovate and improve in order to keep up with the ‘always on’ customer.  A no-nonsense Northener, Michelle is relentless in her pursuit of the optimum solution to meet customer needs.

During the day…

Michelle is generally obsessing about the why and the how of customer experience improvement.  This might be through understanding how digital technology can support customer or business needs, challenging existing processes and systems or simply by getting people to look at things through a different lens.

Clients include UK importers such as Mercedes, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen Group UK, Volkswagen Vans and Audi, dealer groups and suppliers.

…and afterwards…

Michelle like to unwind with her family or through yoga or training outdoors.  Mum to 2 growing children, she also fulfils the role of taxi driver, cook and general juggler of far too many balls.

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.