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Alistair Cumming

Alistair has considerable experience in H.R. with large multi national companies. He has combined this with lecturing in organisational change and knowledge management.

Alistair spent over 20 years working in HR, Learning and Development and Change Management roles for large and complex organisations in both the private and public sector including Airport operations, Heath services, Media, Technology and Logistics. In the past 10 years he has combined independent consultancy for smaller companies with academic work as a lecturer and tutor at Masters level for organisational change, knowledge management and learning and development. 

His main interest and focus are in supporting organisations to develop their skills and capabilities to adapt successfully to the changing demands of the business environment in 21st century. In particular, the need to work more collaboratively both internally and externally, and to become more flexible and innovative.

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Geoff Ribbens

Specialist in organisational behaviour and consultant, coach and trainer with many public and private organisations.

The first 20 years of his working life Geoff lectured to postgraduates in organisational behaviour at a number of Universities. In the past 25 years he has been an independent consultant, coach and training specialist. During his career he has written three books, several management articles and developed training material for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Geoff has worked for a wide range of companies and industries both in the private and public sector, concentrating mainly on insurance, defence, NHS and pharmaceuticals. In more recent years he has been a coach helping the leadership development of SMEs.Geoff has an academic background in the social sciences and in questionnaire design.

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Richard du Plessis

An experienced business leader with an extensive international background and multiple industry sector knowledge.

Richard has more than 35 years of experience, holding senior management roles in the Information Technology, Manufacturing, Logistics, Financial, Consulting and Oil and Gas sectors. He has worked with large and medium sized multi national organisations as well as small businesses. He has lived and worked in 8 countries and has considerable practical and cross functional experience.

A large part of his time and effort has been spent designing and implementing large multi-discipline change programs. This has included  Shared Services, Outsourcing, Consolidation, Merger and Acquisition as well as very significant I.S. programs.These have successfully realised significant profitability improvement and growth.

Richard is director and major audit author with Business Enlightenment where his skills and experience with strategy, change and technology programs enable him to both individually and jointly develop “Pathway Audits” in a wide range of business areas.

Alan Garmonsway

An experienced human resources and change leader with an extensive private and public sector background.

Alan’s background is that of HR, Operations and originally R&D in biosciences and technology-driven companies. He has in-depth experience of working in a wide range of company environments (multi-national, SME and start-ups) and organisation types (quoted LSE & NASDAQ, privately held and public sector). In addition, Alan has also established his own consultancy in HR and associated activities, again working with a range of organisations.

His main interests and focus are in the people and organisational aspects of developing and growing successful businesses in areas such as transformation & change, talent acquisition and development, project management, employee relations, reward systems, organisation development and alignment of HR and business strategy.

Alan is a major Audit Author with Business Enlightenment, where he combines his wide people and organisational experience with his analytical scientific background to develop new audits on a range of business topic areas.

Nigel Temple

Nigel Temple is an independent marketing consultant, coach, author, trainer and speaker. He has helped over 3000 enterprises to improve their marketing results.


Nigel holds an honours degree in Marketing from Greenwich University. He ran a marketing services agency for nine years. During this period, Nigel delivered numerous branding exercises as well as several hundred marketing communications campaigns.

Nigel served as a Faculty Member and Course Director with CIM (The Chartered Institute of Marketing) for 12 years. He has taught internet marketing since 2000 and regularly talks to business audiences about branding and websites. 

He served as a Business Link presenter for seven years, delivering marketing strategy and internet marketing events from Penzance to Norwich, and throughout the Thames Valley and London. His average delegate satisfaction level is 93%.

Nigel is the founder of The Marketing Compass (, the marketing mastermind group.

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