Marie-Elsa is the director of Westminster Leadership. She has worked with clients such as Saïd Business School, HSC Paris, the UN, the Governments of UK, Bahrain, Israel, Jordan and Germany and companies such as BAE Systems, Lloyds, Royal Mail and Oxford University. Her retreats and workshops are bespoke, covering themes such as: stepping into the next senior role, inner resources for authentic leadership, legacy, political intelligence, retreat in a storm, the impact of visibility and women’s leadership.
Marie-Elsa studied Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University, Jewish Studies at Leo Baeck College and trained for the Priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford University. She is a Priest in the diocese of London and a Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey. She has been a Spiritual Director for over twenty years, an Ignatian (Jesuit) Spiritual Director and retreat leader for eighteen of those years, and a therapist and coach for ten years. As a Spiritual Director, she works with people from different walks of life, traditions, religions and experiences of faith whilst also dedicating part of her work to those in religious orders, such as monastic orders, clergy and the Padres of the Royal Marines and Royal Navy.
Between 2007 and 2009, alongside a parish in Kilburn and interfaith work, Marie-Elsa was part time assistant to the Speaker’s Chaplain for the House of Commons. From her work there, she was invited to Oxford University Saïd Business School as a Leadership programme director, programme developer, lecturer and coach. She was also invited to join a team of programme developers at Olivier Mythodrama, co-lead workshops and coach using Shakespeare for leadership development.
Marie-Elsa founded Westminster Leadership to provide thoughtful programmes with a highly experienced team.
Robin is an organisational consultant, trainer and executive coach. He worked as a trainer, educator and social work manager for fifteen years in London, before moving to Scotland in 1995 where he founded the Findhorn Consultancy Service. He has extensive experience of leading and developing groups and individuals in a variety of settings including organisations across all sectors – public, private and voluntary – from prisons and social work departments to the NHS and police forces. Robin is trained in a wide variety of approaches to personal and organisational development, including Appreciative Inquiry, the Frameworks for Change Coaching Process, Process Work, Spiral Dynamics and Tools for Corporate Transformation.
William is an award-winning poet, author, teacher, and executive coach. As a co-founder and first chairman of Olivier Mythodrama, he was instrumental in developing mythodrama as a high-impact methodology in executive education, and for over a decade delivered theatre-based programmes on leadership issues across four continents. He now works with individuals and groups, exploring leadership through poetry, presence work and symbolic action (ritual). Clients include international organisations, ministries and agencies, blue chip corporations, chief executives and office holders. He currently teaches on the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD and is Poet-in-Residence at Saïd Business School, Oxford University.
Nicola is an experienced systemic coach working with senior leaders in a range of industries. She currently coaches, consults and teaches Constellations and supervises coaches. Nicola began her career in New Zealand in 1979, working in finance for Deloitte Haskins & Sells and tutoring undergraduate finance students at Victoria University. In 1981 she moved to London and worked for UBS in equity analysis and sales. Her interest in analysis moved from finance to human behaviour and she started her first psychological training at the Minster Centre in London. She built on this foundation by then exploring the systems that influence individuals both personally and professionally. In 2002 she became captivated by Constellations therapy and hasn’t looked back since. She has extensive experience in the public and private health sectors, coaching medical consultants and senior managers, as well as entrepreneurs and family businesses, introducing them to Constellations and systemic mindfulness for leaders. In 2014 she started coaching on the Delta Programme at Saïd Business School, Oxford University.
Juliet is an experienced trainer, facilitator, executive mentor and coach. Her work has been distilled out of a 15-year exploration of the ways in which people limit themselves at work, both personally and professionally. She combines her extensive business experience – she ran her own company for 15 years and a second company for 20 years – with a profound knowledge of NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming), PBSP (Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor) and a deep understanding of systemic thinking. Juliet is known in training circles for her warmth, for the thoroughness of her training, and for her ability to maintain a sense of fun whilst challenging those behaviours that call for change. She is a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist (UKCP) with a private practice in Chepstow, South Wales.
Robert Rowland Smith
Robert began his career as a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He lectured internationally on philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis and published the award-winning Derrida and Autobiography in 1995 and laid the ground for two later academic works. In 1998, Robert left Oxford to go into management consultancy, first in Los Angeles and then in London, where he was a partner in a firm specialising in leadership and organisation development. It was during this period that Robert trained in Constellations. His work now involves writing books and journalism, running Constellations workshops for people facing challenges in their personal or professional lives, and advising businesses. Alongside his work with leaders, Robert has set up Ennovation to help organisations innovate by drawing on unconscious energy.
Nathan has been working as a coach for the past fifteen years in a variety of settings: from working with corporate clients on events-based personal development in Borneo to intense rites of passage programmes for young men coming out of prison. What links all his work is his passion is to create environments and opportunities for people to discover and be the best possible version of themselves. Aside from his coaching work, Nathan also leads a charity and is also a main board non executive director for a UK public services company. He has two little boys named Patrick and Theo. Whilst originally from Yorkshire, he now resides in Brighton on the South Coast.
Nick Ross, BA, FRSA, has been a leadership trainer and personal development coach for over twenty years. Coming from a professional background in addictions therapy, his work today includes delivery of extensive leadership development programs and executive coaching to global companies including Orange, ExxonMobil, Daimler-Benz, AXA, Microsoft, LaFarge, Fed Ex and McDonalds. Nick is a lead presenter with Olivier Mythodrama Associates, where he also has responsibility for strategic partnership development. He has been involved in collaborations with Oxford Saïd Business School in the delivery of the BAE Delta Leadership program, and with Israel Mythodrama in leadership development with AMDOCS. Nick has a longstanding interest in understanding human consciousness and its application in the development of organizations and leadership in the 21st century.