Alice Davies

Alice Davies

Strategy Facilitator

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Who do you work with, what is that like for you/them and how do you help?

I work alongside my colleagues to help leaders and senior management teams to implement the change identified in our Discovery process. I also help teams to move towards high performance using a number of tools including Motivational Maps and Belbin Team Roles.

 

What are you most passionate about/what gives you the most energy? 

I love working with Motivational Maps. Clients always find it extremely interesting and learn a lot about themselves and each other. It's a great way to build relationships and get to know someone on a deeper level. 
 
I find it extremely rewarding to see clients step up and own the change. I feel especially energised when the mood of the room changes, people start to work together in flow and allow themselves to think outside the box and become excited about the future.

 

What do you feel like when a client has made a positive change?

It feels amazing, like we have done our job. It's rewarding when you can see the shift as clients begin to see a way through their barriers.

 

What do you do in your spare time? 

I love to explore London (especially Soho and Chinatown), crafts such as sewing and beading, and learning languages (Spanish and Japanese).
Matthew Dunaway

Matthew Dunaway

Strategy Facilitator

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Who do you work with, what is that like for you/them and how do you help?

I spend a lot of my time working with Nick and Alice, we make a great team and have a lot of fun. All 3 of us are very different and add very different things to the team. This gives us all plenty of opportunity to help each other out and provide insight from a different perspective.

What are you most passionate about/what gives you the most energy?

I am most passionate about finding the difficult solutions to peoples problems. Digging deeply into the root of a persistent problem and finding the right tools to affect positive change can be one of the most satisfying things you can do. Working with the person rather than the business is always at the heart of what I do and helping someone out who is struggling greatly energises me and provides a lot of personal satisfaction.

What do you feel like when a client has made a positive change?

When clients achieve a positive change, I feel a great sense of shared achievement and camaraderie. I am always invested in the people I work with doing well and when we can achieve that together all the hard work feels well worth it.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time I love to ski in the winter, sail in the summer and golf (badly) all year round! I have 2 young kids, so that keeps me pretty busy as well, and I love spending days out exploring with the family in Scotland. I am also passionate about fitness and nutrition and like to work with others on achieving their fitness goals in contrast to business goals when I am at work.

Roseanna Ramsey

Roseanna Ramsey

Client Manager

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Who do you work with, what is that like for you/them and how do you help?

I work a lot with Nick and Ben which I really enjoy and they both have a good sense of humour! I also learn a lot from working with both of them which is really positive for me.

What are you most passionate about/what gives you the most energy?

I am passionate about helping people finding what they are trying to achieve and what fulfils them. For me our Motivational Maps tool really helps this conversation with clients and allows them to understand their drives and motivations more deeply so they can be more fulfilled in life, both at work and home.

What do you feel like when a client has made a positive change?

I think all my colleagues would say we feel in a privilege position when that happens. For me I feel proud of them and the environment we have created to enable them.

What do you do in your spare time?

I have just been planning my wedding so that has taken up a lot of my spare time. I'm a big fan of Park Run and once married I am looking to develop my yoga practice further.

Katerina Gould

Katerina Gould

Executive Coach

Katerina Gould is an executive coach and workshop facilitator who is known for her calm and warm, yet challenging, approach. Her business career includes international corporate management and entrepreneurial roles, a first class business education and psychological training. Katerina combines an analytical and commercial focus with an intuitive and empathetic presence.

She specialises in supporting people through career and corporate transitions principally in the financial and professional services, FMCG and retail sectors: for a major retailer she coached 50 senior leaders through a cultural transformation programme, witnessing positive impact in both financial results and personal spheres while at a financial services firm she supported a client to rebuild professional confidence following a devastating performance review. She believes that her clients possess the knowledge they need to pursue their ambitions and that her role is to enable them to access and embrace that knowledge.

Ben Grant

Ben Grant

Trainee Strategy Facilitator

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Who do you work with, what is that like for you/them and how do you help?

I work with my colleagues and our clients to help them to solve the problems facing their business. Whether that's a succession crisis, leadership training, or a disagreement at leadership level, we work with our clients to resolve it and get things moving in the right direction again.

 

What are you most passionate about/what gives you the most energy?

The projects that give me the most energy are the ones where I can see the improvements in real time. People get more optimistic as we progress, they feel better, and we get to work with them as that's happening.

What do you feel like when a client has made a positive change?

I feel a sense of pride in what we have been able to achieve together, and a renewed feeling of optimism and excitement for the next project.

 

What do you do in your spare time?

I am fond of a good pub quiz, south Asian food, and keeping up with current events.
Nick Mayhew

Nick Mayhew

Founder and Managing Director

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In founding Alembic I embarked fully on a lifelong passion to help people, linking this with my career in company and M&A advisory work. Bringing these two things together means a focus on supporting ambitious business leaders with lots of problems to solve.

Who do you work with, what is that like for you/them and how do you help?


I work with the CEO's, senior leaders and investors in large family and privately owned businesses. In our clients people are bonded by their shared history and commitments, sometimes very deeply within family businesses. Although they are bound together, they are often apart: stuck in situations that can be repetitive, deeply frustrating, stressful, confusing, and perhaps even frightening.

What are you most passionate about/what gives you the most energy?


My deepest pleasure lies in helping them rediscover and then build upon the threads of communication and the threads of their lives, helping them find the courage and method to talk through their challenges and find agreement, direction, and renewed energy to move on to wherever that leads. At the lighter end of this, it means bringing alignment on major strategic options and a new binding narrative for a leadership team that needs strategic clarity and energy. At it's most challenging it can involve fixing families broken by the stresses of being in business together.

Being with my family and helping where I can in their lives. At work, my passion and flow comes in resolving the most complex and deep seated relational issues and seeing people grow in so many ways as they do this.

What do you do in your spare time?


I love history, psychology, cycling, Chi Gong, Tai Chi and these days, Vajra. I love walking, especially the line between the land and sea, and my guilty pleasure is the poetry of Kate Bush. I watch movies of any sort, and I am currently doing a Masters Degree in the Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health.

Sarah Mayhew

Sarah Mayhew

Executive and Depth Coach

I am a fellow Director of Alembic, and have worked alongside Nick since the business was founded.  I am also a Depth Coach and work with developing professionals and leaders who are open to self reflection and personal discovery work.

I value everyone having the opportunity to cultivate self-leadership and I work to motivate and inspire my colleagues in exploring new ideas and visioning.  Together we explore how the resources they already have inside and around themselves support them and how to develop new resources.

My coaching work is focussed primarily on helping to deepen self-awareness, bringing insights which inspire growth and empowered resilience. I work from an embodied and actively creative approach so that change is not just understood by the mind but also learned by the muscle memory. 

I love my life and our business and I want to support others in feeling that way about their own life and work.

Bert Stemarthe

Bert Stemarthe

Executive Coach & Cognitive Hypnotherapist

Helping people to be better versions of themselves gives me meaning and purpose to my working life. I consider it the greatest pleasure and honour to be able to share the journey of change and growth with my clients.

Still after many thousands of client-hours of cognitive hypnotherapy, EMDR and coaching it still gives me a thrill to watch people transform.

I have worked with clients in many sectors including but not limited to finance, law, retail, design, print, telecoms and more.

In my coaching work I specialise in the mental wellbeing of the leaders whom I coach. My coaching motto is, ‘you can’t fire a canon from a canoe.’ My work is to ensure that my clients have all of the mental resources, insights and abilities that they need in order to achieve whatever their goals are.

I never pretend that I know anything close to as much about my client’s work as they do – in fact I consider it an advantage that I do not. I do, however, know how our minds work regarding fear, confidence, self-esteem, values, beliefs, emotions and more, and, I am very curious indeed.

In my spare time I absolutely love Thai boxing despite the recurring injuries! I am also on a mission to get my ability to play tennis to match my love and enthusiasm for the game.

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