Our People

People are the core of our business. We know that if your people understand your business direction and are engaged in making things happen, your business will succeed.

For this reason we take great care to ensure that our people are the right people for the job. Our team have been hand-picked for their skills and creativity; and their ability to create a safe, but challenging environment. We create the space for people to connect and develop real understanding; the focus for them to assess their performance honestly; the energy and tools for them to generate clear and innovative plans of action; and the momentum to make things happen in your organisation – for the long term.

We understand that finding the right people to work with and support you is crucial. From the outset of our partnership a member of our team will be dedicated to get to know your organisation and your current challenges; creating bespoke solutions to meet your needs.

Godfrey Owen

Godfrey Owen

Chief Executive

Godfrey Owen joined Brathay in 1995 and has been Chief Executive of the Brathay Trust since 2005. 

Godfrey is proud to have worked with Brathay for the last 20 years and has supported the growth of the organisation. He says: “I have been fortunate to have worked with many talented colleagues and travelled to many places around the world with Brathay’s inspirational programmes.” 

Alongside Godfrey’s commitment to Brathay’s work he is a trustee of Cumbria Theatre Arts, a regional producing theatre in Keswick, Cumbria, and is a member of the board of Future for Heroes, who work in partnership with Brathay to support armed service veterans transition successfully to civilian life.

Godfrey says: “I am passionate about the role Brathay can play in preparing young people for the world of work, and how organisations can get the best out of their young employees. We do this through our leadership programmes, our graduate and apprentice courses, and of course our employability and young people’s work.”

Godfrey holds an MBA and a degree in Politics and Government. He is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Deborah Hepple

Deborah Hepple

Head of Organisation Development

Deborah Hepple leads our Organisational Development team. She joined Brathay in the summer of 2013 with 20 years’ experience leading organisational development across a variety of sectors. Deborah has the drive, resilience and energy to support clients in achieving their goals and aspirations, and the ability to challenge thinking and offer innovative solutions. She brings a wealth of experience of implementing large scale change, leadership development and talent management programmes. 

Deborah’s career achievements include:

  • Setting and leading business strategy using the VAST structured business planning process, leading logistics, manufacturing, transport and energy companies to develop strategic plans and change programmes. 
  • Leading successful values programmes – from definition of values through to integration into day to day working – including peer nominated ‘living our values’ award programmes.
  • Delivering business benefits through change programmes: one resulting in £4million of savings in the first year, coupled with a positive working environment and a ‘can do’ attitude at all levels of the organisation.

These projects have all differed in terms of starting point, business aims and organisational personality. Deborah has worked with these organisations to drive up employee engagement, improving business performance and growing leadership potential within their organisations. 

Deborah says: “I am driven by my belief in creating an organisational climate where people enjoy what they do and have a real sense of purpose. I am passionate about creating organisational change and improving business performance by engaging people and supporting them to make a difference within their business.”

In her free time, Deborah enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors and eating good food.

Andy Gill

Andy Gill

Head of Consulting

Andy Gill joined Brathay in 1986; and worked in senior strategic and operations positions in the organisation before taking up his current role as Head of Consulting. During his time with Brathay, Andy has gained unparalleled experience in designing and delivering proven interventions to support people development and help organisations succeed.

Andy’s recent projects include: 

  • Delivering a transformation programme to develop relationships between customer and supplier contract management teams: transforming these traditionally adversarial environments into trusted advisor relationships.
  • Leading the research, design and implementation of a year-long development programme for senior managers within a leading-edge fashion retail company.
  • Developing a large-scale Personal Development programme for international post-graduate students at a major UK business school.
  • Supporting the introduction of Lean methodology and operational excellence to a major energy and gas supplier.
  • Facilitating the integration of two senior management teams in the logistics sector following an acquisition. 

Andy also works with a broad range of clients on leadership and team development projects; supporting culture change and aligning behaviours to meet organisational goals. He has a long track record of working with clients in the manufacturing, engineering and logistics sectors. 

Andy says: “I am most proud of the longevity of Brathay’s client relationships – stretching over 40 years in some cases. It is rewarding to see the impact and value of our work.”

Andy is qualified in various psychometric profiling tools: HayGroup Emotional and Social Competence Inventory; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; Eras Quest Profiler. He is a graduate of Lancaster University.

Outside work, Andy’s interests are mountains and the outdoors in general; and, in his role as a new grandparent.

Linda Stone

Linda Stone

Business Development Manager

Linda joined Brathay in 2011 with over 20 years of experience in business development within corporate finance, professional development and higher education. Prior to joining Brathay Linda was the Director of Employer Liaison for a £12 million HEFCE funded project representing six universities in London and the South East to establish and promote partnerships in physics and industry. 

At Brathay Linda reports to the Chief Executive and is responsible for generating income through the sale and development of Brathay’s professional services to employers. This includes managing client accounts and representing Brathay at relevant learning and development conferences and industry events. 

Linda is also Client Director of Brathay’s account with the Skills Funding Agency to deliver the Brathay Apprentice Challenge; the search for the apprentice team of the year supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.  Linda and the project team work year round to support the government’s aim to have 3 million new apprenticeships

Paul Bate

Paul Bate

Senior Learning & Development Consultant

Paul joined Brathay in 2006 after serving as a Wing Commander in the RAF, where he was responsible for generic training policy, and leadership and development training for all officers and airmen in the RAF. Paul led the team responsible for producing the ‘Developing Excellence in Leadership’ strategy, which is now used across the RAF; and also led the team that produced the ‘Strengthening RAF Ethos’ strategy. He has over 30 years’ experience in the planning, design and delivery of innovative leadership, team and personal development programmes at strategic, operational and team levels. 

Paul’s recent projects include working with a market leading energy company, two fire and rescue services, and a veterans’ charity to develop their leadership training.

Paul says: “I have a real passion for leadership training across public, private and third sector organisations, and love to see what can be achieved by taking a creative approach to development training.”

Paul holds an MA in Leadership Studies from Exeter University, NVQ Level 5 in Strategic Management, Transactional Analysis 101, a Diploma in Management, he is an EFQM Excellence Model accredited provider, is a Practitioner, Coach and Business Communications in Neuro-Linguistic Programming; he is a Practitioner in: Myers Briggs Type Indicator; Strength Deployment Inventory; Belbin Team Roles; MTQ 48; Occupational Testing (BPS Level A &B) and holds the Hogan Certificate of Professional Development.

Outside work, Paul enjoys canoeing, walking and climbing in the mountains of the Lake District, Scotland and Wales.

Julian Duttson

Julian Duttson

Learning and Development Consultant

Julian is a skilled facilitator, trainer and coach with over twenty years' experience in the design and delivery of Professional & Organisation Development. He joined Brathay initially as a Consultant and became a full-time member of the team in 2013. Previous to this he spent 10 years with Outward Bound Professional as an associate trainer.

Julian's focus is on maintaining the high standards to which Brathay delivers its apprentice programmes and the continued development of this provision and capability.

Julian has studied Psychology with the Open University and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Managing Organisational Learning & Development. 

He specialises in transformational learning and change, believes that learning should be business-driven and is skilled at integrating the needs of the organisation with the development of the individual.

Sulwen Roberts

Sulwen Roberts

Business Development Manager

Sulwen joined the team in 2015 in a Business Development role, with a background of over twenty years in the field of leadership and team development. Her focus is on maintaining relationships with existing clients, and keeping up to date with their current challenges, to ensure that we continue to develop innovative programmes and interventions to respond to client needs as and when required.

Sulwen’s career achievements to date include: 

  • Leading the design and delivery of a modular three year Leadership Programme for a cohort of aspiring Senior Civil Servants.
  • Designing and delivering training interventions to accelerate the development of the senior finance team of a housing association.
  • Strategic planning with the senior leadership team of a new secondary school over a period of 18 months, with a particular focus on co-creating a shared vision for the future, and developing a roadmap to achieve the vision.

Sulwen is adept at 1:1 coaching; empowering individuals to create their own solutions. She is also an expert facilitator and is particularly interested in helping individuals to access their ability and willingness to lead, whatever their role or level within an organisation. 

Sulwen says: “I enjoy the challenge of creating developmental experiences that enthuse and engage people, helping them to feel more confident and engaged in their work roles.”

Away from work Sulwen enjoys travelling in wild places, either by boat or on foot and aspires one day to be an author.

Martin Ibbotson

Martin Ibbotson

Learning and Development Consultant

Martin has worked with our team since 2004 initially as an associate, before joining us full-time in 2014, he has worked in team and personal development for twenty years. Martin’s work is characterised by innovative and challenging programme design, and the use of adventurous activities to facilitate personal awareness and growth, and accelerated team functioning. He has worked with apprentices, graduates, and first-line and middle management across all sectors.

Martin’s recent achievements include:

  • Developing and running an eight week Mindfulness at Work course, after which participants reported increased capacity to manage workload and work-based stress.
  • Working with a cohort of apprentices, facilitating them to self-lead a week of high adventure; including climbing, canoeing, and mountain walking. They managed logistics, learnt and taught activity skills to one another, and took maximum responsibility for health and safety. 

Martin has a wealth of experience to draw on and uses his knowledge of coaching, mindfulness, and transactional analysis in all areas of his work. He is an expert in team development, professional development coaching, mindfulness training for the workplace, and peer development. He also coaches individuals on a range of professional development subjects such as leadership, managing difficult relationships, professional boundaries, and confidence in the workplace.

Additionally, Martin is Brathay’s Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) tutor; developing programmes of learning to teach ILM Award materials and guide students through their ILM journey. 

Martin says: “I have particular interests in personal awareness and growth, and inter-personal relationships in the workplace. I love being able to support individuals to surpass their own expectations and gain confidence in the workplace.”

Martin has a coaching certification and is currently studying to add an ILM coaching certificate to this. He is an NLP practitioner, studied Transactional Analysis for three years, including a year of Organisational Transactional Analysis. He is a Mountain Instructor Award Holder, and is also currently studying to become a Mindfulness Teacher. 

In his free time, Martin loves to be in the mountains climbing and running, and to be involved with his local music collective at family festivals.

Caroline Caple

Caroline Caple

Business Manager

Caroline joined our team in November 2014 in this new role created to support the growth and development of the team. Caroline has a strong background in service delivery, gained across the pharmaceutical and IT industries, and most recently within a global professional services organisation. Caroline’s past work achievements include:

  • Managing significant business change projects during a number of company mergers and acquisitions; resulting in employee adoption of culture change, and significant financial growth
  • Successfully managed the growth of an internal support function during a period of rapid organisation growth from <500 to 5,000 employees, and from a UK-only base to offices across four continents.

Caroline says: “I have a positive outlook with a strong focus on working as part of a team to achieve success, I strive to meet high professional standards and deliver a fantastic customer experience.” In her free time Caroline enjoys spending time on the Lake District fells, socialising and cooking for friends and family.

Helen Carter

Helen Carter

Learning & Development Consultant

Helen joined the Brathay youth team in 2009; in 2015 she moved into our team to continue to develop her own practice and challenge herself professionally.

Helen has been involved in development work since 2000. Most recently this has focussed on working with younger adults as they transition into working life and take the first steps in their careers and on the path to senior roles. Helen is particularly proud to have directed the Brathay Aspiring Leaders Programme for four years, guiding and enabling young community activists towards effective and sustainable leadership in the third sector. She also recently set up a ‘World of Work’ event, attended by over two hundred teenagers and twelve local employers to showcase the importance of employability skills. 

Helen says: “My passion for my work comes from my belief that those entering the workplace are the ones who will drive change and progress in the future. By ensuring they are equipped with the skills, knowledge and underpinning values to do so in an equitable and sustainable way, we can ensure success both within and beyond their organisations.”

Continuing to challenge herself, Helen has recently returned to University in her own time to study for a PGC in Sustainable Leadership. 

When she’s not at work or reading for an assignment, Helen likes to get out and about and make the most of the great Cumbrian environment. She also restores furniture and enjoys baking cakes.

Andy Woodhead

Andy Woodhead

Learning and Development Trainer

Andy joined Brathay in 2009, he developed a great foundation in supporting our programmes as a Technician and more latterly tutoring groups; providing hard skills coaching and reflective and developmental facilitation before joining our team full-time in April 2015.

Andy has worked with a diverse array of clients; from managers to apprentice groups, graduates and MBA students. Andy’s recent projects include working with first and second year graduates from a telecommunications company, supporting them to develop workplace readiness, positive working relationships and alignment to business strategy. He has also been working with senior business leads and consultants from a major power company. 

Andy is equally at home coaching individuals or small groups to help them overcome difficulties; and managing activities and reflection for large groups of people. 

Andy says: “I have a wide range of skills and knowledge which I can call on to best suit the needs and requirements of any group I am working with. I’m creative and energetic and bring a great sense of fun. I am passionate about creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment to help individuals overcome difficulties; push themselves and develop during our time working together.”

Andy is qualified to use ERAS psychometric profiling tools and has a broad range of other qualifications in Coaching, Facilitation and Transactional Analysis. To complement this, Andy has outdoor qualifications enabling him to take groups and individuals safely into the mountains and on water.

In his spare time, Andy is an avid cyclist, and enjoys mountaineering and paddle sports. He is also a member of the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team.

George Sharpe

George Sharpe

Learning & Development Consultant

George is a highly skilled facilitator and coach with 18 years' experience working with people and organisation development. He has the ability to form highly effective developmental relationships with individuals and groups from wide ranging personal and professional backgrounds.

George has a particular interest in the development of leadership capacity in organisations: facilitating leadership groups in developing a leadership culture which supports desired organisational change; and growing leadership capability.

His clients value George's thoughtful approach and ability to help them find coherent approaches to complex problems. 

He has delivered organisation development work internationally with clients in Europe, North America and Asia.

Before joining Brathay George enjoyed a successful career in the delivery and management of community healthcare services within the NHS

Jim Evans

Jim Evans

Learning & Development Consultant

Jim has worked at Brathay since the mid 90's and always in client facing roles.

Most recently Jim has been the lead on our graduate provision.  He understands every perspective of the Brathay experience whether that is client, sponsor, delegate or manager. This helps him partner with our large blue chip clients through to consulting and facilitating on small boutique programmes.

Jim holds qualifications in a broad range of psychometric instruments and approaches, including: Transactional Analysis; the Myers Briggs Type Indicator; Hogan Development Programme; Conflict Dynamic Profiling and Hay Groups Psychometric Instruments.

Gary Haughton

Gary Haughton

Health, Safety & Environment Manager

Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Technical Officer

Erja Nikander

Erja Nikander

Operations Officer