Our Team

We have a highly experienced, engaging and talented team. We also have a number of quality strategic partners and associates to enable us to scale up quickly for large projects.

  • John Jennings - Associate Director


    John is an expert in employee engagement, culture change, bespoke customer service skills, and resolution of major operational issues. This is derived from over 34 years of operational and executive board-level experience in both the public and private sectors for organisations, including Prudential, Egg, Experian and Totemic as well as the Curve Theatre in Leicester. He has led global teams and studied employee engagement and retention techniques across different cultures. He regularly lectures and presents on the key competitive advantages that business leaders can gain by placing an employee-centric approach at the heart of business strategy. A former Branch Chairman of The Institute of Directors, he currently also works alongside show host Chris Cooper delivering employee engagement change programmes.

  • Neil Laughton - Engaging Leadership & Adventure

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    Neil is a former Royal Marine Commando and SAS Officer. He is a businessman with eight company start-ups to his name and he successfully sold a few of them to a FTSE 100 in 2011. He has also led expeditions on 7 Continents – by land, sea and air. Neil escorted Bear Grylls to the summit of Mt Everest, circumnavigated the UK on a jet ski and piloted a flying car across the Sahara Desert. He is a recipient of the Ness Award for “inspirational leadership” from the Royal Geographical Society and has worked with clients including BP, B&Q & Virgin Atlantic. Neil’s training style is engaging, energetic and challenging. Neil works with us to bring adventure to our business events.

  • Hazel Pearson - Marketing Support

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    Hazel or as Chris calls her ‘Hazel The Great’ provides all support for Chris’ radio show and book launches. Hazel deals with potential guests and researches them to ensure they can bring value to the show audience. Hazel also handles the marketing including social media for all shows. She also deals with Voice America who provide the show platform. If you are interested in being a show guest you can connect with Hazel at: hazel@mymanagementcompany.co.uk

  • Steve Pette - Engaging Workspaces


    Steve Pette has years of experience gained within the start-up sector and latterly the last 6 years within co-working . He was co-founder, Director and creator of the design and build of all Central Working spaces  – the private members club for business where you “work better”. 

    Central Working is all about people, business  and it’s community of members and understanding their business  whilst providing inspired environments which allow you to engage and thrive as a business . 

    It is recognised as one of the premium businesses within the Uk co working sector and was awarded service business of the year 2013  – Top 25 UK Start up’s two years running and recently Best UK workspace 2016 and won the Property Coronet award for pioneering co working in the UK  . Its success and growth goes from strength to strength with 6 clubs currently and more scheduled for 2016.  Built with the understanding of service and hospitality ethos it provides SME business a home where they can thrive within a community of like minded individuals, with curated connections which drive opportunity. 

    Whilst Steve co- founded the business he also defined the environment and helped define and build  the service experience which has allowed for its success in the creation of a deep engagement with its members which has helped build the success. They have de-coded what makes it work from the  environment, to the community approach and business operation. Allowing a unique understanding of what businesses need to thrive within these environments. 

    Steve brings with him a depth of knowledge and experience which coupled with an entrepreneurial attitude and flair allows for a refreshing and unique approach to solve challenges. In January 2016 after 6.5 years he made a decision to step out of the business to then start a new business helping others understand how to build / design and commercialise agile working and co working – distilling the experience gained within Central Working to share with others.  Working across all sectors from Councils to Corporates to Government organisations and private individuals – they all share the same aspiration to create inspired spaces , which drive connection and opportunity and help improve productivity and engagement.
    Steve’s background sit’s firmly within the service and hospitality sector –  he was Head of Service Development for Virgin Atlantic, responsible for Business lounges globally and the Business class experience ground and air.  After leaving Virgin Atlantic he moved  across to the US  as part of the founding team of Virgin America as Director of Customer experience, which redefined domestic
  • Amy Brann - Neuroscience Elevation

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    Amy passionately delivers the message that you and your organization have a huge amount of potential that can be better accessed if you understand how to work with your brain optimally.
    Leaving UCL medical school Amy works with organizations strengthening their strategy, culture and performance. She works globally sharing reliably simple applications of neuroscience that lead to game changing insights and results.
    She is the author of ‘Make Your Brain Work’ & ‘Neuroscience for Coaches’ & ‘Engaged: The neuroscience behind creating productive people in successful organizations’.

  • Tracey Wright - Engaging Marketing and Communications


    Tracey Wright is a Chartered Marketer with a business degree and nearly 20 years’ experience in marketing, market research, communications and training.

    Creative, but with a strong commercial focus, and an instinct for knowing what will work in practice, she has experience of developing and delivering marketing and communications strategies and market research, working in sectors ranging from engineering to health and safety. She’s created market-leading training courses that generated income in the double millions for global professional body IOSH, and has staged marketing and presentation masterclasses for more than 3,000 people.

    She’s spoken at product launches, seminars, conferences and business breakfasts up and down the UK and internationally, to audiences at all levels, in a whole range of different sectors – including NHS Trusts.

    Tracey has a deep desire to make a real difference to the people she works with, showing them how to engage and excel and, to see things in a new light. And because she’s passionate about what she does, every single training course and workshop she delivers – will be inspiring, interactive and fun.

  • Chris Cooper - Managing Director and Man of Multiple Hats

    With 30 years of multi-functional business experience including 7 years with Mars Confectionery, Chris supports the elevation of businesses, people and personal performance through consultancy, facilitation, training coaching, interviewing and speaking. A broadcaster, his Business Elevation show on Voice America adds value to business people in over 50 countries each month. He is co-author of ‘The Power to Get Things Done (Whether You Feel Like It Or Not)’ published by Penguin Random House USA and a Fellow of The Professional Speaking Association. Based in Leicestershire, England Chris and his team work on business projects in the UK and sometimes globally.

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Chris Cooper brings insight, energy, dynamism and warmth to every interaction. I recently had the great pleasure of being his guest on The Business Elevation Show on Voice America and the experience was superb. This came as no surprise to me in that Chris is a leader in his field of developing engaging cultures, engaged leaders and teams. I recently invited Chris to speak at a meeting at the Fides Network in London and his engagement and impact with the audience left everyone feeling charged and positive, with the most fantastic written and verbal feedback from our members. Not only does Chris have an understanding of the dynamics of business, it is also his understanding of human nature and the key role this plays in driving business success that sets him apart. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Chris to others, looking to elevate levels of engagement both internally and externally.

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