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Associates 2018-06-18T12:21:26+00:00

EQ Commando: Sean Foley

Sean is a Coach and trainer with 30 years real world experience forged from combat operations with the Royal Marine Commandos and Third World Leadership Development expeditions.  His clients range from multi-million dollar companies to small businesses.  His breadth and depth of experience coupled with his passion for helping others succeed in pressurised environments underpins his proven ability to understand, engage and empower leaders, managers and teams.  His business name comes from his ability to help you to develop high emotional intelligence.

Sean is an experienced Coach, Certified Behavioural Profiler and NLP practitioner.   He works across the Education, Heritage, Hospitality and Defence sectors.  We worked together on the Fit for Purpose Leadership #1 book as we are both a part of Leadership Gigs.  In 2017 he facilitated the Bletchley Park Trust Board Away Day.


H3 is a specialist, sector-related law firm offering legal and operational services to the third sector, expressly created to provide a unique advisory service combining legal advice with my operational and developmental advice.  The practice was established in 2010 by Helen Harvie.  She has a background in advising charities, schools, social enterprises and not-for-profits.  Services are tailored to meet the needs of the third sector.  It is Helen’s hands-on experience that lies at the heart of her advice and support, perfectly complementing my approach to organisational development and building resilience.  Helen provides legal advice on different governance models.

H3’s practice has grown substantially in the past three years through the provision of high quality, cost-effective services, effective marketing and networking, and through establishing strategic networks of professionals with people such as me.   We are currently working together on the Churchill Forge governance project – see the News page for details.

Lancaster Parr

Rosie Parr established her own niche legal firm, Lancaster Parr, specialising in advising charities and community/not-for-profit projects in 2009.  A graduate of Churchill College, Cambridge in history and law, she qualified as a solicitor and worked for over 20 years in general legal practice.  She is a specialist in legal advice for the charity and community sectors.  From 2003 to 2009, Rosie was Head of the Charities and Social Enterprise Unit at Burges Salmon in Bristol.

Rosie has advised several public bodies, local authorities, charities and other not-for-profit institutions on constitutional, governance and regulatory matters.  Through Lancaster Parr she has advised several cultural organisations on mergers, incorporation and restructuring, including the ss Great Britain Trust, the Jericho Living Heritage Trust in Oxford and  the Friends of Leighton House Museum in London.  In Wales she has advised the Gorseinon Development Trust in Swansea, and delivered trustee training sessions to a housing association in Brecon.

With me she has assessed local authority services for their potential for independence through feasibility studies and options appraisals in Devon and Wales, and we have created and delivered governance training specifically tailored for independent museums.

Marketing Planning Associates

Alistair Stevenson, of Marketing Planning Associates, has worked with me over several years.  Established in 1987, MPA is a marketing & business planning consultancy specialising in hotels, tourism, attractions and heritage sites.  Past Heritage and Museum clients include English Heritage and Cadw, and with me on a range of different types and sizes of projects ranging from Acton Scott Historic Working Farm to North Devon Museums and Anglesey Museums Service.

Alastair provides feasibility studies to evaluate development and investment opportunities, marketing strategies, hotel supply planning to support regional economic growth and robust business plans to drive future profits.

Alastair’s background in tourism and business planning for hotels makes him an ideal complement to my Resilience programme.  If you want to radically change the uses of historic buildings, or consider turning one into a hotel, then Alastair is the man for you.

Sarah O’Grady

An accredited mediator and experienced leader, Sarah draws on her varied experience, taking a practical approach when working with Boards and executive teams to improve governance and on operational matters such as data protection.  Sarah trains, facilitates, and coaches including where there are difficult situations or relationships. She is also a qualified Arbitrator, skilled in carrying out reviews and reporting.  The workshops we have created together will help you to improve your governance and have those difficult conversations in order to improve the skills on the Board or management team.  See the Workshops page for details.

Sarah chaired a high-profile NGO, driving and leading its transformation, including a governance and constitutional reform programme, in a challenging context.  She is a member of the Charity Law Association and was a member of the working party responding to the draft Charity Governance Code.  Her background is as a solicitor and manager working in the private and public/regulatory sectors.