Our Team

Brendan O'Shea [Chairman, CEO Middle East]

the Partnership‘s founder and Chairman coaches Board Members, CEOs and senior executives as well as high potential professionals. His coaching clients span a wide range of cultural and geographical divides. He has consulted in over 25 different countries. He has senior level managerial experience and specialises in leadership and developmental coaching. Brendan is an accredited coach and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He regularly presents at conferences on the subject of Leadership.

Peter Grundy [Chief Executive Officer]

Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership, Peter Grundy focuses on the financial/professional services and IT sectors, having spent part of his earlier career in Bank of America working on e-banking solutions.

He spearheads our “Leadership in Sales” practice and has contributed to long relationships with international client organisations in Europe, the US and the Middle East. Part of our Business Development methodology is to assist clients in crafting compelling Value Propositions and Peter uses his coaching expertise to engage sales leaders.

He has received excellent feedback as a Consultant, Facilitator and Executive Coach. He focuses on building high performance organisations with superior results by improving the impact and effectiveness of their senior people.

After university in London, Peter continued to add to his knowledge base with studies in Resource Management, Behavioural Sciences and NLP. His current Personal Development goals include developing skills in selling to matrixed businesses and understanding the mechanics of business start-ups.

Rizane Abbas

Rizane is a very experienced manager and leader who has had an exceptional career in prestigious and successful organizations. She has held a number of high profile senior positions and has been responsible for achieving stretching bottom-line results in the businesses she has run. Rizane has been Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy and Transformation at the largest unmerged bank in the Middle East Region.

She has a BA in English Literature and is a Certified Executive Coach through an extensive programme at Strathclyde University in Scotland. She was one of the first females to be qualified as a business coach in the Middle East Region.

Rizane combines her business experience and coaching techniques to support senior executives as well as high potential professionals. This may be how best to leverage their leadership to achieve organizational effectiveness, skill building, behavioral change or development for future assignments.

Lynda Anderson

Lynda is an experienced coach and facilitator specialising in behaviour change and the development of people skills. In addition to tutoring on London Business School management programmes, Lynda runs workshops in conflict management, and influencing and coaching skills. She is also a counsellor and uses this experience in her work with businesses, helping managers and teams to resolve conflicts. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and is licensed to use a range of psychometric evaluation tools.

Richard Dear

Richard has worked with the Partnership for 26 years, specialising in sales, sales management, negotiating and influencing skills, management and teambuilding. His experience includes the provision of a range of coaching services and activities for major UK and global corporate clients. His coaching assignments include improving sales results, addressing staff performance, through to improving communication skills at senior management level.

Andrew Deller

Andrew is a qualified Executive Coach with substantial financial services leadership experience as well as currently, considerable exposure to driving cultural change in African and the Middle Eastern businesses.  A senior leader with a range of career experience he has led project and risk management, HR business partnering, management development and organisational change within complex organisational structures.  During 9 years of consultancy experience he has worked with Leaders, teams and L&D functions in organisations to drive up capability and performance. Clients recognise Andrew’s flexibility and adaptability in building relationships with individuals at all levels, in order to foster personal development and behavioural changes.

Alan Found

Alan Found is a widely experienced management trainer and coach who has worked with many blue chip businesses across the globe. He specialises in cultural change, sales leadership and personal coaching.  Within coaching he focuses on assisting high potential leaders and managers who find people management more challenging than most.  His clients feature hotel groups, banks, professional partnerships, recruitment companies and even a Premiership football club.  Alan has also served for many years as a Non-Executive Director of a major IT recruitment PLC where he has gained considerable experience in the integration of acquisitions.  Alan is a Master NLP Practitioner and has qualifications in Mountaineering, Rock climbing and Skiing which emanate from his early career when he focused on outdoor team development.

David Huntley

David has over 25 years of international Board level senior management and leadership experience.  For the past decade has been enjoying a career as a business coach and Non-Executive Director. He is specialized in executive and team coaching and works across a broad range of sectors in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

David is an experienced and versatile coach specialising in supporting and bringing thought-provoking challenge to senior executives. He works with individuals and teams committed to improving their personal and organisational impact and effectiveness. His perspective has been gained from a successful and wide-ranging international career together with a fundamental interest in his own continuing personal and professional development.

Alison Mackay

Alison Mackay is a leadership development expert and an executive coach with significant operational experience in Human Resources for complex global businesses.  She works with individuals and teams across the world focusing on executive presence, relationship management and enabling high performing teams in the context of business transformations. She has particular expertise in the area of inclusive leadership and works with businesses to create inclusive cultures to ensure women and other minorities can advance their careers and this critical talent is retained and developed. Alison recently delivered a ground-breaking Women In Leadership programme in Saudi Arabia.

Alison has a particular interest in neuroscience which enables individuals to work with their brain to enhance performance and is a member of the Neuroleadership Institute. She is also a qualified executive coach, an NLP Practitioner, a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.

Marina McGoldrick

Marina is an experienced Executive Coach who works with Senior Executives individually and in teams to bring about personal and organisational change. She has extensive multi-sector experience as well as a successful track record in the Energy and Utility sectors managing major strategic and operational change initiatives. Her early career was in Law. Marina is a pragmatic coach combining her business and organisational experience with her capability in helping individuals better understand their own approach to leadership style. Marina is an accredited coach and has a Masters in Executive Coaching.

Rony Mecattaf

Rony Mecattaf began his career in Coaching in 2005 after 18 years as an international Business Development Consultant. Rony specializes in coaching executives working in an international and multi-cultural environment, and decision-makers who are agents of transition within their organizations.  His long-term interest and training in personal development techniques, his training as a Gestalt practitioner and his international consulting experience, jointly contribute to his original coaching approach.  Rony works with clients in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. His global experience has enabled him to do professional work in French, English, Arabic and Spanish.  His industry experience includes working in a large breadth of fields, including Telecommunications, Internet and IT, Venture Capital & Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Consulting, and Education. Amongst his client companies are: SAP, INSEAD, Philips, France Telecom and Bank AlJazira.  His business experience is further enriched by his active presence on the Board of Directors of various privately owned companies.

Rony is active in the field of Personal Development. He regularly organizes seminars, workshops and events to teach and promote various techniques of Personal Growth.  He is a founding member of the Lebanese Coach Association (LCA).  Rony is certified to deliver and assess the Booth 360 Feedback Surveys and the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator. He is a licensed facilitator for Corporate Coach U’s Coaching Clinic Seminar.  Rony holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University (New York, NY) and an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France). His training with Coach U is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF), of which he is a credentialed member.

Roula Saba Mouhanna

Roula specializes in coaching executives and leaders at senior level, and in designing and facilitating group coaching engagements, corporate coaching programs, as well as individual coaching for managers to become better leaders.

Roula is a PCC Qualified Coach.  She has an M.B.A. from INSEAD (the European Institute of Business Administration, Fontainebleau, France) and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from AUB (the American University of Beirut, Lebanon). She is proficient in 5 languages and is a founding member of the Lebanese Coach Association (LCA).

Born and raised in Lebanon, Roula has travelled and lived in Europe, Canada and the Middle East.

Hazel Valentine

Hazel is a highly experienced Organisational Consultant and Executive Coach and has a wealth of experience coaching and facilitating individuals and groups at all levels of management.  Her consultancy work has included designing and facilitating a number of accredited Coaching Leader programmes for clients both in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia.  Most recently she has been working with senior leaders and managers in the largest bank in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia giving 360 feedback combined with executive coaching.  She also works as a coach supervisor with internal coaches in an organisational setting.

Many of her strategic change assignments involve working with leaders and teams in order to enable them to discover both their core strengths and how they can utilise their potential to create greater productivity.  Her clients are varied and she has worked within banking, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, construction and retail.  She captured much of her learning in her work “The Performance Coach” published by Gower.

She has completed a Masters degree in HR strategy and HRD having researched action learning in financial services.  She is a member of the faculty of the Academy of Executive Coaching where she co-designed the Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching, and has a Diploma in Advanced Executive coaching.  She has a certificate in Gestalt Coaching and Consultancy and has recently completed 2 years in Advanced Transactional Analysis in organisations. She also works as a Coach supervisor with internal coaches in an organisational setting.

Support

Here are our colleagues who take care of our finances, travel, logistics and support us in so many ways

Valerie Deacon

Valerie Deacon provides specialist support in research projects and manages our relationships with universities and accreditation institutions.

Jan Grundy

Jan Grundy is our Client Relationship and Office Manager who also supervises all our logistical, visa and operational management activities.

Siobhan Keating

Siobhan Keating is our Senior Client Relationship Manager working on client projects including events, and our development programmes including our flagship accredited Coaching Leader Programme.

Nigel Rowe

Nigel Rowe is our Finance Manager handling all our accounting activity and the management of our relationship with regulatory bodies.

Rebecca Savard

Rebecca Savard is our senior Client Relationship Manager with special responsibility for supporting our geographically spread activity including on-site assignments.

proven experience

Examples of Recent Assignments

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The (very) Top Team II

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The (very) Top Team

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The most important aspects of the programme were being able to bounce ideas, gaining an independent perspective, and discovering useful techniques and principles in conveying messages to work colleagues, in particular to senior executives

The coaching, what's happening here is working....Changing the way you have in this short space of time, I can't commend you enough. I'm seeing in you a more collaborative way of working with me and with others......visible, notable signs of progress.....a new program is being loaded in you even if it's not in your operating system as yet

...Great appreciation of work done by the Partnership to get the strategy presentation right, improving the preparation, forcing us to make decisions, challenging us, encouraging us to be more definite