Here is our Renascent network, each an expert in their field.
Toby Marchant spent 35 years in corporate life. He started his career in his early twenties as a graduate trainee for a major British conglomerate. He became the MD of the UK operations of a large Swedish group in his early thirties and just over twenty years later he became the CEO of a listed Australian company, with operations in 25 countries and roughly $5 Billion in sales.
His exit from corporate life was sudden and unplanned. At just 55, and in good health, he realised that although he had potentially decades of active life ahead, he had made no real preparation for this profound transition.
He made several short term decisions that caused him to take stock. He spoke to a number of other people going through this transition from corporate life and in doing so recognised that irrespective of the manner of the exit, the challenges and opportunities faced by transitioning were generally under-appreciated and poorly managed.
This triggered the initial thought to create a company that could help people make their transition faster and more effectively, with the aim of allowing the next phase of life to be the best yet. He believed that for this to be effective the company would need expert advice from a broad cross section of human needs, covering body, mind and soul.
In his role as mentor he recognised that he needed to add to his own skill set. He therefore completed a foundation course in Psychotherapy (Foundation Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills & Studies, Metanoia, July 2017) and a diploma in Coaching (Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching, The Coaching Academy, December 2018).
Simon Rhodes is a founding partner of Renascent. He has over 30 years of experience in executive search, both in Europe and the United States. He handles main board and divisional director level assignments in the consumer and B2B services sectors. He has had extensive experience of undertaking international mandates for global clients based in the US, EMEA and Asia.
In 2009 Simon established his own company, The Zenith Partnership, a headhunting and leadership development consultancy. His clients have been UK Plcs, large family owned companies and multinationals. Previously he was a London based partner with the global search firm, Heidrick & Struggles. Earlier he was the UK Managing Partner for an international boutique, Highland Partners.
Prior to his career in executive search, Simon worked for several companies. This included account management responsibilities in a marketing communications consultancy, Scope Communications Management; a marketing management role in Merisel, a rapidly growing US-based technology business, and a variety of sales and marketing roles in Reed Elsevier, the FTSE 100 multinational group.
Simon was commissioned at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and spent three years in the Welsh Guards.
Roger Evans is a business leadership coach with eighteen years of experience, following a highly successful international leadership career. In Personal Awareness he runs a programme to identify the “Motivational DNA” of the client. This helps them understand their true, underlying motivators, allowing them to make choices that will be rewarding and energising.
He has used that understanding with many clients to help them make their best decisions as they move from full-time corporate leadership roles and are faced with the many opportunities that they are inevitably presented with as they have more time on their hands.
He is a great believer that this is a time when leaders have the opportunity to move from what their employers have wanted them to be to what they want to be for themselves. Understanding what energises them opens their perspective to opportunities that they know will reward them and, just as importantly, those that will not. These clients have typically not put their own needs first for decades; the time has come to do so.
Roger started his coaching career after having spent nearly twenty years in leadership positions in the technology and professional services industries. He served as Chief Executive of one of the UK’s leading technology and financial services executive search firms, which was then acquired by a US based global public company. He had joined the services sector following 12 years of extensive international experience in the software industry where he was Senior Vice President, International at Dun & Bradstreet Software. In his early career Roger worked for KPMG in the Far East.
Dr Rupert King
Dr Rupert King is a registered existential psychotherapist, lecturer and supervisor. With over 15 years of experience Rupert has worked with his clients on a range of issues including: depression, anxiety, relationship problems, addictions, mid-life crisis and finding meaning in the later part of life.
He trained at Regents University where he was first recipient of the Hans Cohn prize for merit. Over the years he has worked in various settings including Brunel University and now runs a successful private practice in Chiswick, West London. He has taught on psychotherapy training courses and is an academic advisor at Metanoia Institute, where he completed his doctoral research in July 2017.
Prior to becoming a therapist Rupert worked for ten years in scientific and academic publishing for the large multinational corporation Reed-Elsevier where his roles including business development, financial planning and strategic reviews.
In Renascent, Rupert is responsible for Humanistic Psychotherapy and will focus on the specific challenges facing people in transition, moving from a highly regimented and hierarchical environment into one in which the responsibility is focussed on managing oneself. Dealing with change and unleashing hidden creativity are the two main components of Rupert’s approach.
Kelly Hearn is a coach and psychotherapist who brings a background in business, coaching and psychotherapy to her work. Kelly is accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) as well as member of the BACP's coaching division.
Kelly spent the first two decades of her professional life in the left-brain world of finance. After completing an MBA at Columbia Business School in New York, she moved to London to help one US fund, and then another, make investments in Europe. Kelly loved this work for a long while, and still appreciates the 'strategic thinking hat' it helped her develop over the years.
But at some point she started questioning whether the investment world was still ‘it’ for her in the way it had once been. She became less interested in spreadsheets and increasingly drawn to the questions of everyday life: ‘Am I living the life I want?’ ‘Are my relationships good ones?’ ‘Am I the parent and role model I want to be for my son?’ Kelly spent two years examining and writing about these existential questions as part of an MA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing at City University, London. This period of introspection also led her to start training, purely out of personal interest at first, in psychotherapy. She completed a four-year diploma at the Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy (CCPE) and also coach training at Coaching Development.
Kelly found this personal journey so rewarding she was inspired to make a second career of psychotherapy and coaching in order to help support others in their periods of transition.
James Darby is responsible for Mindfulness within Renascent and is recognised as one of the UK’s foremost practitioners.
“My role within the Renascent Network is to provide you with a life skill; a suite of personal awareness and attentional practices that you can continue to explore and develop long after you have completed the Renascent programme. The emphasis of the work is focused on self-enquiry and the cultivation of a more embodied attunement to your moment to moment experience as a way of moving towards difficulty and working with the challenge of change and transition.”
James consults from a private practice in Fulham, where he has been specialising for 15 years. He uses Mindfulness techniques as a gateway to change, helping clients to come alongside their own thoughts, feelings and habitual behaviours, rather than wrestle with them. This creates the conditions for emotional wisdom, growth and wellbeing.
“I work from the premise that awareness is fundamentally healing and that within each of us, within our ‘core’, there lies the potential to connect more deeply with our inherent health and wisdom. As human beings, we tend to be fearful of change and the inevitable uncertainty that life transitions can bring. The mindfulness-based process of bringing wise and compassionate attention to ourselves and different aspects of our being that may be hidden, wounded or hurting mitigates this ‘anxiety of uncertainty’ and allows us to cultivate a different relationship with our experience; one in which we see ourselves more clearly and increase our capacity to move towards the challenges of life transition in a more resourceful way.”
James is a fully qualified Mindfulness Teacher having trained through the CPD programme in Mindfulness Based Approaches at the Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice, Bangor University. James also holds a Diploma in Relational Mindfulness from the Karuna Institute and is currently in training and studying for a Post Qualification Masters (PQMA) degree in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice with the same institution. He is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as a trainee psychotherapist working towards accreditation.
Peter Evans is a coach in the Renascent Network. He was the founder of Oxygen Coaching and pioneer of its unique coaching method that has helped numerous business leaders to reach their full potential by linking personality, process and performance.
Following a successful career in executive search and international banking, Peter qualified as a coach at INSEAD in 2004 and has since coached senior executives from some of the world’s leading corporations and financial institutions.
Peter graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from Manchester University. He began his career with Standard Chartered Bank working in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In 1987 he joined The Consulting Group, an executive search firm specialising in the financial services sector. Peter later acquired the company and eventually sold it to TMP Worldwide.
Following the disposal, Peter was appointed as TMP’s Head of European Financial Services, managing a team of 46 recruitment consultants in eight countries. Other executives roles have included being CEO of Savile Group plc, an AIM listed HR consultancy and talent management business. During his period in charge, Savile Group was the best performing stock in its sector.
Adrienne Curtis has been a senior leadership coach for over twenty years and runs a Business Psychology practice. She subscribes to the school of positive psychology and is committed to a holistic and integrated approach to unlocking and exploring a person’s passions, strengths and drivers.
She believes in spending time to understand the journey that an individual has travelled, and to help them review what they wish to still achieve ahead of them. Sometimes long held beliefs are rejected to open up new avenues and to pursue unchartered waters. Equally there is great merit in assessing the positive attributes and personality factors that have helped create a successful and thriving career. Ultimately, she seeks to help people to flourish and maximise their happiness in whatever new activity or direction they select.
Adrienne started her career in Africa working in the Head Office of a major retailer. Returning to the UK she established a successful Head-Hunting Business and sat on the main board of the Talisman Group for seven years. They were based in UK and Australia. After completing her Master’s Degree, she worked for a psychology consultancy SHL, and ran the Executive Assessment and Development Division. She set up her own practice in 2001.
Ruth Storm has 25 years’ experience as a private equity professional in the UK. During her career, she was, and is, one of a handful of senior professional women in the industry. She was a non-executive director of many portfolio companies.
In 2008 Ruth began to think about her transition into a ‘second career’ and became an accredited business coach, focussing primarily on working with private equity professionals and portfolio company directors. She offers challenging, goal-orientated, supportive business coaching for individuals focussed on improving personal and business performance, including business development and leadership skills. She is qualified to deliver MBTI and Hogan psychometrics.
Ruth has coached many clients through transitions into new roles, new levels of responsibility and into their own ‘second careers’ and/or retirement. This often includes exploring activities which aren’t related to career, but to life-long dreams and ambitions. During her transition and since, Ruth has explored her own non-career ambitions and often combines them with her coaching work.
She enjoys outdoor-based activities and challenges, including Sailing (Yachtmaster), Cycling (remote long distance across continents, ca 30,000km to date), Mountain Trekking /Climbing and Running (marathons). She has completed unsupported ski expeditions to both the North and South Geographic Poles making her one of only a few women to do so. She has also made first ascents of mountains in the Ellsworth Range, Antarctica. Ruth is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.
Born in the USA, Ruth came to London following her BA degree undertaken in the USA and Germany. She did an MBA in London (Cass Business School). Ruth was a long-standing member of City University’s and Cass Business School’s Strategy and Development Boards and the Alumni Relations Boards.
Ruth also has an interest in developing countries and has contributed to micro-finance projects in Tanzania, Sri Lanka and most recently Borneo, where she led a team teaching business skills to local youth, enabling them to win micro-financing for business plans.
Charles Bailey started his career in wealth management at Brewin Dolphin in 2004 having graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Economics and Politics. He offers a breadth of experience from managing multi-asset class portfolios for private clients, trusts and charities to incorporating tax wrapped portfolios such as SIPPs and ISAs.
He works closely with Brewin Dolphin’s Financial Planners to make sure that a holistic approach is taken when planning and managing investments on behalf of clients.
With £40bn of funds under management, Brewin Dolphin is one of the UK’s leading wealth managers. Founded in 1762, its sole objective is to help clients achieve their ambitions through skilful, personalised financial planning and investment management advice.
“I am delighted to be part of the Renascent Network having worked with numerous clients over the past 14 years entering the next phase of their lives and seeing the great value in pooling our expertise from varying specialisms in order to make this transition as effective and meaningful as possible”.
Emma Jamieson and Caroline Sherlock
Emma Jamieson (on the right) and Caroline Sherlock run the Nutrition component of the Renascent Health Check. They are the founders of Eat Drink Live Well, and are both Registered Nutritional Therapists and Functional Medicine Practitioners having trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and the Institute for Functional Medicine.
They have been in practice for over 13 years running clinics in London, Kent and a virtual clinic, as well as tutoring and lecturing nutrition students, running workshops, online group programmes and contributing to books, magazines and radio shows.
Eat Drink Live Well specialises in working with highly motivated clients who want to discover and address the root cause of their symptoms. Particular areas of interest include energy and stress, digestive wellness, cardiovascular health, brain health (from cognitive decline through to peak performance), auto-immunity as well as more unusual conditions that just don’t seem to fall into any particular category.
Emma and Caroline are Members of the Institute for Functional Medicine and the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT), Chair and Treasurer of the London/SE BANT Regional Branch and are registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
Eat Drink Live Well supports busy people in making sustainable, healthy lifestyle changes, offering a private clinic for one to one appointments, group programmes, a large online community, a free website with nutrition and lifestyle advice and mentorship for other Nutritional Therapists. We use a functional medicine approach. Working with individuals to discuss and assess key areas to figure out how and where they can best intervene.
Functional Medicine is a different way of viewing health and disease. It’s a sensible approach where practitioners look at the underlying causes of health symptoms, using a combination of clinical assessment, clinical experience and frequently laboratory testing. A lot of time is spent listening to the individual, paying special attention to interactions between genetics, diet, environment and lifestyle – all factors that can influence long-term health and chronic, complex disease. The result is a personalised approach to health, based on each person’s unique health journey.
Ella Burke is responsible for the Personal Training component of the Renascent Health Check. She has a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training as well as a Nutritional Diploma and strongly believes in a holistic approach to health and fitness.
She specializes in High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – a method of training that manipulates the body into shape through shredding unwanted fat (both during and post workout), improving muscular endurance and aerobic capacity. When combined with full body functional training (allowing your body to perform everyday activities with greater ease and without injury) and strength training, this approach gets your body into shape in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Ella’s passion and diligence ensures she keeps on top of the latest health and fitness research to offer the most effective tailored programmes to suit your physique and condition.
Whether you want to lose weight, shred unwanted fat, increase your metabolism, gain strength, or simply improve your overall fitness and health, Ella offers specifically tailored physical training programmes, to enable you to benefit from quick, time-efficient, fun exercise to help achieve your personal fitness and/or weight loss goals.
Personal training sessions with Ella can take place in a London park of your choice, or, if preferable, in the comfort of your own home (Ella can travel to any London location).
Walter Graham is in charge of the Renascent Circuit Breaker. He is a former UK Special Forces Officer, having served for eighteen years, six with the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment and twelve for the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS).
After leaving the British Army, he became a private security specialist and has over twenty five years of commercial security experience, which included a seat on the Board of Securiguard Group plc, a company with a turnover in excess of £160m. He also operated with a number of international security organisations, a great deal of which was with clients in some of the most hostile and challenging environments in the world.
He is able to work confidently and effectively in extreme conditions in any geographic region. He is comfortable working under pressure and can be relied upon to provide cool, calm and collected advice in all circumstances.