• Captain Adrian Cassar Royal Navy

    Adrian Cassar is an Executive Coach with a background in command and leadership development in the Royal Navy. He qualified in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School and has studied behavioural psychology and decision-making with the Open University.

    His Service career took him to multinational, frigate and regional Command, and he was involved developing cross-Government security and defence Policy in the Ministry of Defence. At the Defence Academy, he was closely involved with the personal development of individuals at key transitional moments in their careers, preparing them for operational and strategic-level leadership. This placed particular emphasis on developing students’ communication skills and emotional intelligence.

    Adrian is involved with several coaching programmes for senior leadership and management, within the Police, education and central government. His Fellowships in the Chartered Management Institute and the Royal Society for the Arts, Economics and Commerce help to keep him abreast of change. He is qualified to Level 7 by the Chartered Management Institute in Strategic Leadership.

  • Dr Gordon Coutts

    Dr. Gordon Coutts has a medical degree from London University and a business education from Harvard Business School. He has senior leadership experience across three continents, in large businesses in the private, public and private equity sectors. He has held P&L responsibility for £350m+ organisations and leadership experience of headcounts exceeding 4000. He has held Chief Executive roles for over 12 years including as CEO of an NHS Foundation Trust. High levels of employee engagement resulted in citations in the Top 50 Best Places to Work on four occasions.

    He has worked as an advisory board member and non-executive for a variety of organisations as well as co-chaired international business associations for the past 15 years.

  • Lieutenant Colonel Chris Gibson MBE

    Chris Gibson brings over 34 years military experience to Staff College. He has held leadership roles throughout his career which have seen him serve on specialist military operations all over the world. Having gained a post graduate award in Medical Simulation Management from Harvard University, Chris was appointed as The Chief Instructor of The Army Medical Services Training Centre, the world’s largest medical simulation centre. Whilst there he co-developed a training and assurance methodology for hospital care which has been adopted by American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand militaries as international best practice.

    Of recent Chris was given the task of leading on the development and delivery of a training model for military and NHS volunteers to combat the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa. This was an irrefutable success which saw over 1200 personnel deploy appropriately trained and equipped for the rigor of delivering care in a West African jungle, for which he was awarded the MBE.

    A known innovator, Chris was recently awarded with The Health Service Journal Special Recognition Award, the first occasion this has been issued for his development of innovative solutions to healthcare this was latterly followed by Ideas UK as International Innovator of the Year 2017-18. Of late Chris has been the government lead on assisting London Ambulance Service NHS Trust out of Special Measures. He remains much sought after as a key note speaker on leadership and innovation by leading academic institutes.

  • Anna Heywood

    Anna is a Chartered Organisational Psychologist, working as an executive coach and facilitator, specialising in leadership development for individuals and teams. After attaining her MSc in Organisational Psychology from UMIST, where she focussed on behavioural change, she worked for various leadership development & coaching consultancies, including Roffey Park, OPP Ltd and PBCoaching. Anna has worked with a wide variety of private, public and voluntary sector organisations and spends much of her time working with directors, chief executives and their leadership teams. Anna has spent many years managing and delivering organisational development programmes to improve organisational capability, culture and leadership performance. In addition to this she has spent a number of years training others to become business and executive coaches and enabling organisations to adopt a coaching culture.

    Her interests lie in developing leaders and teams to allow them to reach their true potential, through increased awareness of themselves, others, their relationships and the complex systems within which they work. Anna has a particular passion for helping leaders navigate the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous nature of the organisations they work within.
    Inherently curious about what makes people tick and why we behave in the way we do, as a business psychologist, Anna brings both psychological & business appreciation to her work. Her experience of working with leaders and teams has highlighted the importance of aligning individual & team development to the needs of the organisation to ensure return on investment and improved performance.
    “Anna provides support, challenge, structure, follow-up, care, development, self-awareness and toolkits for improvement! I have absolutely no doubt that I would not have developed in the last 10 years in the way that I have without her coaching me.” Global People Director, High Street Retailer.

  • Dr Tim Hodgson

    Tim Hodgson, consultant in Oral Medicine/Honorary Senior Lecturer was appointed Clinical Director at the Eastman Dental Hospital UCLH Foundation NHS Trust in January 2014. He has innovated several workshops for staff development. He sits on the UCLH workforce strategy group and is on the executive of the UCLH Phase 5 programme which will amalgamate Dental and ENT services in a new bespoke building in 2019. He advocates self-awareness resilience and change training in dentistry.

  • Dr Jane Jones

    Jane is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Cardiff leading the Forensic CAMH Service. She graduated from the University of Wales in 2005 working for the NHS since across North Wales and North London before returning to Cardiff. She is a Northerner.

    Jane’s clinical work is underpinned by psychoanalytic and systemic thinking with a specific training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, and these theoretical bases inform her work with individuals and groups.

    With a firm belief that staff wellbeing is at the heart of NHS improvement and that positive and thoughtful leadership is a vital aspect of this Jane is delighted to be part of the Staff College.

  • Colonel Jamie Martin

    Jamie Martin retired from the Army in 2015 after 33 years of service. His career included command of an armoured reconnaissance regiment and operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq as well as tours in command of an international training and advisory team in Sierra Leone, monitoring a peace treaty in Mozambique and working in various headquarters and departments of the Army and the Ministry of Defence, where he specialised in policy, strategy, planning and in media and strategic communications.

    Since leaving the Army, Jamie has developed a second career as an independent training, leadership and security consultant. Much of his work involves delivering Disaster Management training both in the UK and abroad (Oman, Sierra Leone and the Caribbean) primarily to individuals in the emergency services, military and Government Departments including a Ministry of Health. Jamie has used his extensive experience of command and leadership in the Army and built on his military training experience, which includes his time as a faculty member at the UK Defence Academy where he taught the Defence Studies and Leadership MA course, to develop his expertise and interest in the training and development of individuals at every level across a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and experience.