Meet our leadership and communication experts

Simon Mariner

Managing Partner, AUSTRALIA

Simon is a specialist in Leadership Communication and Professional Negotiation skills. He has represented major banks and corporations as a guest presenter, financial markets expert and commentator.

Simon's initial career focus was the financial markets, working in an advisory role which demanded extensive sales, management and leadership skills.

Frances Pirera

Regional Manager, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

Frances is a specialist in effective communication and stakeholder engagement strategies and uses her commercial experience to provide effective communication tools and strategies, to enhance business outcomes at management and executive level.

Mark Spatz

Senior Consultant, AUSTRALIA

Mark is an Organisational Psychologist and Senior Resources professional with particular interests in talent management, including the full span of attracting, recruiting, on-boarding, developing and retaining key executives.

He consults as a professional negotiator, enables senior executives with their career pursuits, supports management teams through transformational initiatives and provides clarity of organisational purpose.

Carolyn Fletcher AM

Senior Consultant, AUSTRALIA

Carolyn brings a wealth of experience that inspires board members and executives to successfully face the challenges, issues and opportunities in spoken communication, leadership and presentation skills.

She is a Member of the Order of Australia and was awarded an AM for significant services to the community.

Reuben Omaji

Regional Manager, WA, AUSTRALIA

A graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Reuben served 15 years as an Army Officer reaching the rank of Major. Subsequent to his military career, Reuben served as the CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society in Nth Queensland. He now uses his experience to build business communications and leadership skills.

John Miers

Chairman, ASIA

Throughout a varied and challenging career in the Royal Navy, in which he rose to submarine command, John developed an incredible understanding of human communication.

John's approach disagrees with the conventional presentation and personal impact wisdom. He builds on the uniqueness of personality helping people perform at their natural best.

Tim Richardson


Tim is widely regarded in the industry as a communications expert with a leader’s perspective.

His advice embraces practical skills coaching that increases self-awareness, builds emotional intelligence and develops both CEO/Board level leadership and influencing capability.

Tom Blower

Managing Director & Executive Coach, EMEA

Tom is an MSc qualified leadership specialist with expertise as a communications coach and international leadership facilitator.

He has designed and created fully equipped leadership faculties and organisational structures for global leadership and management training all around the world.

Sarah Sweetman

Director & Executive Coach, EMEA

Sarah is a qualified business psychologist, whose focus is on helping to create the conditions for leadership success and growth in an ever more complex, changing business environment.

She brings a highly pragmatic, commercially focused, robust and insightful approach to coaching.

Case Everaert

Managing Director, ASIA

Before joining Black Isle, Case was Vice President of Global Trading at Mizuho Capital Markets. Having enjoyed a successful career in banking, Case decided to follow one of his passions – public speaking.

Case is an individual whose optimistic approach to life instils enthusiasm in everyone he works with, regardless of borders or culture.

Barry Kuntz

Managing Director, NA

Barry has held senior executive positions in sales, service, marketing and public affairs, and is also certified as an executive coach.

Known as a motivator, team builder, collaborator and coach, Barry is passionate and talented at helping individuals, teams and organizations achieve their best.

Richard Mayson

Director & Executive Coach, EMEA

Richard helps individuals and teams think more from a listener’s perspective so that they can communicate and influence with much more clarity, brevity and impact.

He is an expert in non-verbal communication, helping individuals present themselves with greater emotional engagement and purpose.

Harriet Heneghan

Director & Executive Coach, EMEA

Harriet’s expertise is in helping leaders and professionals to achieve their full potential in the area of personal communication and influencing skills.

Her speciality is personal impact. Here, she excels in showing how to increase trust and emotional buy-in through a mixture of psychological and practical learning.

Andrew Moore

Executive Coach, EMEA

Andy’s core expertise is in coaching and training individuals and groups to help them to become more compelling and impactful when they speak.

As a former Regional Manager and Head of Recruitment and Learning within the banking sector, he has experience of successfully leading large teams in the financial sector.

Colin Murray

Executive Coach, EMEA

Colin is passionate about using coaching tools to transform both individual and team potential into performance.

He is committed to helping senior leaders to enhance their capabilities by developing awareness of how their behavioural patterns and communication can impact performance across an organisation.

Lindy Cozens

Executive Coach, EMEA

Working with CEOs, board directors and high potential individuals, Lindy's main areas of expertise include Executive Coaching, Business Development and Consultative Sales, Relationship and Stakeholder Management, and Board Effectiveness.

Lindy is also a Senior Account Manager.

Anne Chatroux

Executive Coach, EMEA

Anne is a leadership specialist with expertise in executive communication and developing female leaders.

She is recognised for her ability to quickly discern what holds people and their businesses back and to get to the heart of the matter to produce results.

Paul Aldrich

Executive Coach, EMEA

Paul brings over 25 years' talent management and consulting experience to the Black Isle team, as well as executive and career coaching for both individuals and teams.

Paul has both knowledge and practice of working across a range of sectors including banking, asset and wealth management, insurance and professional services.

Clare Fitzsimmons

Executive Coach, EMEA

Based in New York, Clare is an engaging and dynamic coach who is passionate about enabling individuals, teams and organisations to reach their true potential.

With over twelve years' consulting experience in organisational change and leadership development, Clare has a wealth of experience working with global companies to strengthen leadership capability.

Nick Clark

Executive Coach, EMEA

Nick has over two decades experience helping organisations improve business performance. A highly experienced psychologist, leadership consultant and executive coach who specialises in developing commercially relevant and integrated talent management solutions.

He has worked with both public and private sector clients at all levels to enhance personal performance and professional effectiveness.

Josie Gammell

Executive Coach, EMEA

With over twenty years' experience in Hollywood, working both in front of and behind the camera, Josie's skills cover executive coaching, leadership training, corporate presentation, team building, pitching, reading the room and active listening.

Josie has dual American/British citizenship and is equally conversant in British and American corporate culture.

May Bleeker-Phelan

Executive Coach, EMEA

With more than 12 years’ experience, 9 of these in private practice, May is an assessment and development specialist with a focus on talent management.

Her psychometry expertise is supported by project coordination, social research and group facilitation and an Honours degree in Psychology.

Anita Rolls

Executive Coach, EMEA

Anita specialises in working with high potential managers and leaders, providing them with the support they need to get to the next level in their professional lives.

She has experience of setting up coaching programmes internally, managing a Global Coaching Faculty as part of the Executive Development offering.

Naomi Thomas

Executive Coach, EMEA

An experienced Executive and Leadership Team coach, Naomi brings 30 years international experience to her coaching and consulting. Working with leaders and leadership teams in transition, she supports them to create a foundation for success.

Fluent in French, Spanish and Italian, Naomi has spent a large part of her career working and living in continental Europe.

Dorothea Tsoflias

Executive Coach, EMEA

Dorothea is an Executive Coach with substantial experience in a range of Organisational sectors.

She has been a visiting tutor at Cranfield University on the 'Managing Personal Effectiveness' module of the MBA programme using the Centaur Model.

Shona Marshall

Executive Coach, EMEA

Following a 20 year corporate career in learning and talent, Shona brings her refreshingly straight forward approach to individual, team and executive level development. She has an inquisitive yet challenging style to designing inspiring solutions across a variety of sectors.

James Clayton

Executive Coach, EMEA

James has led training, development and talent management strategies for several well-known retail, logistics and utility businesses. As an executive leadership consultant and management facilitator, he has led significant consultancy projects at the organisational, leadership, team and individual level.

Natalie Carrick

Executive Coach, EMEA

A life scientist with a passion for entrepreneurship, Natalie is inspired by working with business leaders and their teams, helping them to develop their leadership capability and achieve their visions.

She has worked internationally in a variety of commercial and consulting roles around the world, supporting them from the beginning and throughout their growth.

Andy Cole

Executive Coach, EMEA

Andy is a business psychologist and HR professional who has led learning, development and talent management strategies. He covers executive coaching, corporate education, experiential leadership development and HR consulting.

He is a skilled practitioner with a range of psychometric assessments, including Hogan Assessment.

Trevor Foux

Executive Coach, EMEA

Trevor has over 30 years international experience as a leadership coach and an organisation development consultant.

He has worked with a multitude of nationalities in a variety of sectors including oil and gas, banking, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, FMCG, chemicals, government, insurance, and media and entertainment.

Graham Binns

Executive Coach, EMEA

Graham brings a combination of distinguished operational leadership in business acumen from board level P&L appointments in the commercial sector, a history of involvement in training and education, and a deep commitment to the impact of coaching.

Daniëlle Stegeman

Senior Consultant, ASIA

Daniëlle Stegeman is a psychologist and coach that Black Isle Group is proud to partner with.

1 day offline is a unique coaching concept that inspires both individuals and teams on a personal and professional level. It is designed to help people take a step back, recharge their batteries and set priorities.

Justin Harkiewicz

Senior Consultant, ASIA

Justin is a seasoned senior executive with over two decades of international experience in Asia, managing start-ups as well as growing existing companies.

A fluent Mandarin speaker, Justin feels very comfortable with all levels of Chinese society.

John Phillips

Senior Consultant, NA

John works with leadership teams to set strategic direction, build cohesive teams and communicate this effectively within their organizations.

He is a passionate believer in bringing out the best in people and is known for his ability to help leaders to develop teams that achieve superior results.

Damir Andre

Senior Consultant, NA

Damir has over twenty-five years of experience working as a director, producer, actor, writer, dramaturg and teacher. His work has taken him across Canada to the U.S. and Europe.

He has worked in a multitude of disciplines, including television, film, theatre and radio, where communications skills are always paramount.

Diane Vallée

Senior Consultant, NA

Diane’s career started as Private and Social Secretary for the President of the Canadian Senate at the office of the Right Honorable Jean Chrétien when he was Minister of Justice.

She has acquired vast experience in public relations, communications and administration in several fields, including politics, private industry and non-profit organizations.

Heidi Head

Head of Client Experience, EMEA

Heidi looks after most things Black Isle, from the day to day running of the office including Accounts; alongside managing and being part of a team of Project Managers.

Heidi works closely with the CEO and Directors of Black Isle to ensure smooth processes and efficiencies across the group.

Amanda Knight

Marketing Executive, EMEA

Amanda has a creative and design background. At Black Isle, she coordinates and implements marketing communication projects that cover marketing, supporting Black Isle events, design and CRM.

Malgosia Odell

Project Manager, EMEA

A key member of our Client Services team, Malgosia is an experienced Project Manager who leads on large scale client projects.

She ensures that these projects are delivered on time and acts as a seamless interface between the client, stakeholders, third parties and the work that Black Isle delivers.

Callum MacRobert

Senior Consultant (Development), ASIA

Callum brings extensive learning and development experience, to Black Isle, from the private educational sector.

He has been involved in management consultancy and has aided in the restructuring and organisational development of several Hong Kong based SME's.

Tanja Binggelli

Speech and Voice Coach, AUSTRALIA

Tanja is a speech and voice coach and has worked with people ranging from TEDx speakers and Google whizz kids, to on air journalists, academics and senior executives.

She has helped people overcome any given stumbling blocks to become people who feel relaxed, present well and speak with authority, clarity and authenticity.

Thomas Wright

Project Manager, EMEA

Thomas is the Executive Assistant for Director Sarah Sweetman, ensuring she is in the right place at the right time.

He project manages a variety of our client’s requirement, ensuring they receive the best possible service. Client satisfaction is a high priority for Thomas and he strives for perfection to achieve this.