• Dr Yogen Amin BSc MB ChB FRCA FFICM

    Yogi is a Consultant Neuroanaesthetist and Neurointensivist, and Head of Department at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Neurology, UCL. He is also the Senior Organisational Development Lead for Leadership and Engagement at UCLH. He is a member of the core programme design team and facilitator for the Staff College.  Yogi has had experience with high fidelity platform simulation, with an interest in behaviours and human factors for over 10 years. His other roles include School Governor and Executive Coach.   

  • 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. 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 Cath Davies MBE TD MBA PG Dip HG Dip P MHGI

    Cath is a psychotherapist specialising in dealing with trauma and developing personal resilience. She is a member of the core programme design team and facilitator for the Staff College. She has 25 years of experience of designing and delivering training using formal, experiential and conceptual mediums around the world in a variety of settings, including multi-national, multi-agency, military, civilian and secure settings.  A substantial part of this work has involved experiential learning to assist personal development.

    Cath has leadership experience gained in command and on operations in the UK and overseas. As an active mountaineer, she has instructed on over 40 overseas expeditions, 10 as leader and 9 as deputy leader, giving her ample opportunity to experience and deal with high levels of stress as a leader and manage stress within a team in extreme conditions.

  • Brigadier Ian Huntley OBE

    Ian Huntley was commissioned into the Royal Marines on a university cadetship.  His operational experience, mainly with 3 Commando Brigade, included tours in Northern Ireland, Northern Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was the Deputy Task Force Commander.  He has held a number of command and staff appointments dealing with Counter Terrorism, Nuclear Security and Targeting.  He has also worked on policy and strategy in the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office.  For the last four years of his service, Ian was head of the MOD’s leadership centre, which was set up to improve the capacity of senior military officers and civil servants for strategic leadership.  Ian left the Royal Marines in 2016 and now works as an independent leadership, defence and security consultant.

  • Captain David Lilley BSc MAPM FCMI Royal Navy

    David Lilley retired from the Royal Navy in 2011; a career which included command of a warship, two Lynx Helicopter Flights and, on land-based operations, the Training Team that initiated the re-building of the Iraqi Navy in 2003. Subsequent Senior Officer appointments included Policy and Strategic planning roles in the Ministry of Defence and leading major Tri-Service Change Programmes, making multi-£100 million investments in military capability and people across Defence. Other Naval responsibilities included: Officer selection; Junior Officer leadership training and, as a Faculty Member at the Defence Academy, teaching the Defence Studies and Leadership MA Course. The development of people and their teams remains a central tenet running throughout his career and his life. “People Matter” is his poignant family motto.

    As an accomplished leader, he now provides support and challenge to senior leaders, their Boards and Teams. A member of the NHS Staff College Faculty since 2011 and an Associate with BDO LLP, he has also coached independently two NHS Commissioning Groups, a Health and Well-Being Board, a Vanguard NHS Leadership Team, Local Government Teams undergoing re-organisation and an International IT Company during start-up. He studied Geography at Durham University and is a graduate of Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, the Army Staff College and the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He is a Member of the Association of Project Management (MAPM) and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI).

  • John MackMersh

    John is a member of the core programme design team and facilitator for the Senior Leadership Course. John has run his own business for 16 years. Prior to this he held service improvement and leadership development roles in the railway sector and local government.
    John has a reputation as a provocative, experiential facilitator with a firm grasp of theory which, nonetheless, does not stop him marvelling at how little we all know about how human beings do and don’t work well together! John also works at an individual level with Senior Clinicians and CEO’s within the NHS as an Executive Coach giving him a deep insight into the very real problems NHS leaders need to engage with.