Isobel is a founder and Director of Masterclass and a lead trainer, client project manager and facilitator within the team. A graduate from University of Surrey, she worked in France before joining DEC (then the 2nd largest global IT firm after IBM) on their fast-track graduate programme.
Isobel’s style is highly pragmatic and based on organisations and individuals achieving solid results. She works with private and public sector clients and is a popular speaker at conferences and events including the HR Forum, Baptie & Co, Institute of Management Consultants and Women in Business. She has provided feedback and coaching at Finance South East for their “Dragonfly Den” events.
She has designed and led strategic leadership programmes for Nottingham City Council, Lincoln City Council, Equant (France Telecom), Avis, London Borough of Bexley, Computer 2000, (part of the TechData Group) Xyratex and many others. These programmes include executive coaching and mentoring – typically at Board, VP and senior management level. She works extensively in the design and delivery of business performance programmes through the Masterplan™ brand. These programmes have been used by Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Information Resources – where they increased sales by £55 million in one year and achieved contract retention to a record high of 97%, Symantec in building their partner programme and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is also a business development coach working with Partners and Directors for a number of PwC’s global accounts including Sony, the BBC, Centrica and Nokia. She is retained by Accenture and CSC to coach their global bid teams these projects have resulted in business wins in excess of £1 billion.Other coaching and mentoring clients include Siebel (now part of Oracle), Borland, Novartis, Boston Scientific, 3i, National Farmers Union, Hotwire PR, Xyratex (formerly IBM Havant), National Farmer’s Union, Royal Caribbean, RIM Blackberry, SkillfastUK, The Environment Agency, The Probation Service and Digital River.
She provides one to one coaching and mentoring to leaders in industry, trade and major political parties – this highly confidential work draws on her experience as a trainer, business owner/ manager and professional speaker. She is a regular contributor on Sky News providing insight and comment on political speakers and their personal image and impact.
Isobel is an active campaigner for cerebral palsy in order to raise awareness for the disability. She is also serves as a Regional Chairman for the charity Scope.