After living in Canada for 11 years, Isobel returned to the UK to her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at LSE, which she recently completed. She is particularly interested in the development of international law. In her spare time, Isobel enjoys skiing, traveling to new places, and trying out new cake recipes.
Rufus’s career across reputation management, both client side as well as in recruitment, has allowed him to develop relevant subject matter expertise that has evolved in line with the communications agenda, enabling him to credibly engage, advise and build senior relationships.
Prior to joining the leadership team at Ellwood Atfield, Rufus was a Co-Founder and Partner at Mondo Executive Search. Previously, he set up and led two specialist recruitment consultancy practices, created a social enterprise partnering corporate resources with the requirements of NGOs and established his early career in communications with leading brands after completing his degree in Marketing.
He loves surfing, travelling and camping with his family.
Dani’s particular interest is the development of the corporate affairs agenda, making sense of the blurring lines between performance, purpose, trust and reputation. Her expertise focuses on those shaping change through developing and implementing compelling strategic narratives, frameworks and policies in an ever-changing and uncertain landscape.
Before joining the leadership practice at Ellwood Atfield, Dani was a Co-Founder and Partner at Mondo Executive Search, an international executive search firm specialising in corporate affairs, communication and sustainability.
Dani has a BA Hons in Theatre Studies and in her spare time enjoys the arts and travelling.
The European Centre for Public Affairs is a Brussels-based non-profit think tank focused on best practice, training, and skills development in public affairs. Christophe’s career highlights include heading up European Government Relations for McDonald’s and managing International Communications & Public Affairs for Yum! brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) across 100 countries.
As a consultant with Leidar in Geneva, Fleishman-Hillard in Brussels and Golin/Harris in London, he had the opportunity to work in multiple sectors and industries. He also enjoyed his stint in the NGO world as Head of Corporate Communications at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in Geneva.
Christophe started his career as an expert at the European Parliament. He is a French national and holds Master’s degrees in Political Science and International Affairs. Christophe spends his time between Geneva and Brussels. He also regularly lectures at the Graduate Institute in Geneva on international advocacy.
Her coaching concentrates on career development and leadership skills. She has over 18 years of experience in leading Public Affairs positions. After obtaining her PhD on EU lobbying strategies, she first worked as Assistant Professor for the Viennese Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), then helped build the European Platform of Women in Science (EPWS) in Brussels. She was Head of the EU representation of Telekom Austria Group and led the International & EU Affairs team for Austrian Federal Railways.
Since 2015, she has been independent, sharing her time between coaching and training and serving as Managing Partner to the consultancy pantarhei corporate advisors europe.
He provides personal mentoring to both established and newly-appointed functional leads in Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs.
Stewart’s wide range of practical experience in-house helps to quickly identify and then support the right mix of leadership and behavioural skills. This incorporates practical and effective ways of engaging with other critical partner functions and integrating activities across geographical borders and corporate silos.
He is very happy to discuss his approach with new directors or heads of Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs or those who are looking to grow their personal and functional impact.
My background: after 20+ years in the EU public affairs environment, I have discovered NLP, which is a key tool of influence, communication and personal development. This has proven particularly useful in my work as a lobbyist, and has made me think about the process of influencing self and others. I have completed the NLP Master Practitioner Certification with a number of additional certificates, including Life Coaching, Trainer, Hypnotherapist, Fundamentals of Therapy, and NLP for businesses. I have developed my coaching / training / consultancy activity and became free-lance in 2014 under the corporate name of Gecko Strategies.
Who I am: the red thread in what I do, how I do it and who I am, is a drive and strong energy to help individuals and organisations use complex or uncomfortable issues to move to the next level.
By age 34, I was coaching one of the most influential boardrooms in the UK at BP. My last large in-house role was Director of Communications and Change for BP Wind and Solar. There, I was a member of the leadership team and worked as a coach inside and outside the boardroom. So, I know what it takes to succeed and I also understand the challenges.
My clients work with me in different ways. Sometimes I’m helping a person shine in their current role. At other times, I am sitting behind the scenes helping someone fly in a new, stretch role. One particular area of specialism is helping people identify and land jobs or careers that allow them to thrive at all levels – personally, professionally and physically.
I have worked as a coach for 18 years and my clients range from CEOs and senior leaders of global organisations to entrepreneurs of start-up ventures, from busy working mums to graduates. I find it a privilege to work with them all.
Catherine has served as Corporate Affairs Director on the Executive Committees of RELX plc, Centrica plc and SABMiller plc, and is an expert on building engaging corporate culture, talent development, team structure and succession planning.
In her role as a coach or mentor she works with individual leaders, helping them address developmental challenges and specific goals to increase their effectiveness, and capabilities as a leader.
She now coaches high potential leaders and aspiring middle to senior leaders in global corporate communications, working extensively with the high-tech creative and regulatory sectors. Deputy CEO of Women in Games, Leigh leads their mentoring programme for aspiring women leaders in the UK videogames industry.
She is a licensed Firework Career Coach, has an ILM Level 7 qualification in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring and an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck, University of London. She is also an accredited practitioner of the Lumina Spark, Emotion and Leader/360 psychometric tools.