Our Story

Who are we?


Our story began in 2001 when our founder, Fiona Houslip, combined a passion for coaching and cultural change, delivering quantifiable business impact, with a profound belief that it’s simply not enough to offer learning interventions without understanding how to create genuine behavioural change.


Now operating on a global scale, our rate of growth has been entirely driven by the hard work and energy of our team and the results we deliver for our customers.


Put simply, when you need to drive change, and improve performance, we can make it happen.

Our values


We believe.

We believe people and organisations have unlimited potential; engagement, awareness and open-mindedness can create a world of incredible possibilities.

We seek.

We seek to unlock this potential, using insights to create practical solutions that help solve complex problems and deliver sustainable change.

We love.

We love working with individuals and seeing them grow, building momentum in teams, enabling wider business transformation. We love creating impact.

Our team


In line with our core beliefs, our experienced team is made up of individuals from diverse industry, educational, and functional backgrounds.

Every member of the team shares our passion for learning, our collaborative approach, and are all accredited by the most respected governing bodies:

  • Fiona Houslip

    A business psychologist with degrees in Economics & Psychology, Fiona has combined her life-long passion for understanding human behaviour with twenty years experience working with corporations to deliver commercially valuable insights.

    • Nik Rabbani-Barker
      Senior Consultant

      An experienced facilitator, who specialises in designing and delivering bold training and coaching programmes that combine practical brain science with attitudinal change.

      • Rachel Holmes
        Senior Consultant

        A team development specialist and qualified Executive Coach, with a wealth of experience across the private, public and charitable sectors.

        • Katie Rowland
          Senior Consultant

          A dynamic and experienced coach and workshop facilitator. Katie has developed a niche in emotional intelligence and language skills coaching.

          • Philippa Coplestone-Warren
            Senior Consultant

            Over 15 years of Business Strategy Development, Change Management & People Development Consulting experience within one of the Top 5 global consulting firms.

            • Murray Thomas
              Senior Consultant

              A highly experienced executive coach and leadership development consultant who combines a professional background in Human Resources with significant experience of senior positions in operational general management.

              • Rowena Bach
                Senior Consultant

                An experienced international people development expert, facilitator and coach who specialises in helping individuals and teams achieve their goals and best performance.

                • Caroline Laycock

                  An experienced change management professional and business coach. Working as a management consultant with Accenture for 9 years, Caroline specialised in the delivery of large scale change programmes.

                  • Rachel Turner
                    Senior Consultant

                    Rachel is a very skilled coach, having worked with award-winning film producers, founders of multi-national businesses, best-selling authors, and political leaders in Downing Street and beyond.

                    • Claire Harding
                      Senior Consultant

                      Claire is an advanced practitioner in emotional intelligence, team and leadership coaching. She brings over twenty years experience as a senior marketing professional to her unique powerful coaching, which has a track record in transforming people.

                      • Sandra Hilton
                        Senior Consultant

                        A superb integrative counsellor with over 25 years’ experience as a lawyer, business leader and coach. Sandra has coached leaders for fourteen years as a consultant and now works therapeutically with a diverse range of clients.

                        • Andrew Haigh
                          Senior Consultant

                          An experienced coach, facilitator and consultant, Andrew combines robust academics with over twenty years practical business leadership, consulting and mentoring experience.

                          • Monica Messio

                            A physician with training in psychotherapy and neuroscience, Dr. Messio is also an executive coach specializing in mid-career changes, stress management, and burnout. Dr. Messio has an MS in Consulting & Coaching for Change from Oxford/Saïd Business School.

                            • Claire Whitehead

                              A commercially astute marketeer, well-respected people manager and a creative performance coach who is able to work across the generations.

                              • Sue Jobson
                                Office Manager

                                A former top city PA with 40 years professional experience in Office Management and PA work, Sue has worked with The PDC since 2003.

                                • Jo Jenks
                                  Operations Manager

                                  A chartered accountant who loves numbers and systems, Jo helps to keep everything running smoothly at The PDC. She is also Team Management Profile accredited with TMSDI.

                                  • Tim Wood

                                    An Economics Honours graduate, HR Director and HR Resourcing and Talent professional with a proven track record of delivery across diverse industries.

                                    • Alison English
                                      Senior Consultant

                                      Alison is an senior business leader, consultant and accredited executive coach, with 25 years experience in the global corporate environment and a proven track record in leadership and change management.

                                      • Amraj Lally
                                        Virtual Training Programme Development

                                        A specialist in Sociology and digital platform design, filming and helping develop the PDC’s cutting-edge virtual training programmes.