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It's not what we do but how we do it that makes Cube different.

We have a varied team who all bring something unique to Cube clients. What connects us is a desire to make a real difference to individuals, which in turn makes a real difference to businesses.

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Chris Burton
Chris Burton
Director

Passionate about the difference the right training and coaching can make, Chris brings more than 20 years experience, including previously working with a professional drama group and teaching drama for the Prison Service. He uses these theatrical skills to read audiences and people, recognising behaviours and tailoring his work to get the best results.

chris.burton@cube-ld.co.uk
07879 602002

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Experience

Chris has been involved in Learning and Development for over 15 years, gaining experience in design and delivery for a broad range of clients during that time.

Chris's work with a professional theatre group led to his teaching drama within The Prison Service at the outset of his career. Here, he developed skills in understanding audiences and recognising behaviours, and as a result has a keen awareness of the need to structure - and to vary - sessions according to the audience.

In the course of his professional development, Chris has worked for Next Directory, Next Distribution, Bernard Hodes, Ventura and Castleton Partners, leading teams that have designed and delivered Management Development programmes to hundreds of managers of varying grades, up to Director level. These programmes have often been the drivers of cultural change in the organisations in which they have been commissioned, and have been impactful and innovative, creating lasting behavioural change. In 2008, Chris launched Cube Learning and Development.

Clients include:

  • @one Alliance
  • Modern Housing Solutions (part of the Carillion group)
  • Morgan Sindall Construction, Balfour Beatty
  • DHL
  • Covéa Insurance
  • Aviva
  • New Look
  • Emsleys

Skills and qualifications

Chris has a Certificate in post-compulsory education, a BA (Hons) in History and English and an MA in Theatre Production. He also holds CITP in Train the Trainer.

Chris's expertise is in the design and delivery of leadership and management development programmes. His specialist areas include:

  • Communications
  • Cultural change
  • Presentation skills
  • Personal impact
  • Customer service skills
Meg Burton
Meg Burton
Lead Consultant / Executive Coach

With a corporate training and development background, Meg loves nothing more than seeing people grow in confidence and skills. She has a wealth of experience delivering management development courses for all levels - from senior leaders to the most junior managers - and combines a gentle approach with incisive coaching skills for brilliant results.

meg.burton@cube-ld.co.uk
07765 894040

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Experience

Meg has over 15 years' experience in learning and development in a blue chip organisation. She is experienced in the full training cycle and has worked in close collaboration with the Senior Management teams and key stakeholders. She has worked with teams and individuals in partnership to help grow and develop skills and improve business performance and results. She has experience in delivering a variety of Management Development training for all levels of employees including for example; coaching and feedback skills, presentation skills, personal drive and motivation, conflict management skills.

She is an experienced coach, supporting individuals with their career development and is also as a life coach supporting individuals to help them achieve their personal aspirations. Above all, she is a supportive, enthusiastic character who has a real passion for learning and development and a desire to make a difference to individuals.

Clients include

  • Direct Line, Hallmark cards
  • Next Distribution Ltd, Marks & Spencer Plc
  • @One Alliance
  • World Wise Foods
  • The Pink Link, Sidhill Ltd
  • CABA, United Response and The Hepworth Charities
  • Xenonex Ltd, Bev Ashby Associates and personal coaching clients

Skills and qualifications

  • ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring
  • Advanced Diploma in Managing Organisational Learning and Knowledge (CIPD)
  • Certificate in Training and Development Practice (CIPD)
  • Member of the Institute of Training & Occupational Learning (ITOL)
  • Diploma in Performance Coaching
  • Qualified Life Coach
  • Myers Briggs Type Personality Practitioner & SDI Qualified Facilitator

Meg's expertise is in design and delivery of management development programmes, personal coaching and personality profiling. Her specialist areas include:

  • Management Development
  • Facilitation
  • Coaching
  • MBTI Personality Profiling
  • Thomas (PPA / DISC) profiling


Kate
Kate Smith
Lead Associate Facilitator & Coach

With over 20 years in commercial and learning and development roles working for Arla and Morrisons Kate is an experienced Leadership and Management Development designer and facilitator. She has great insight into the challenges faced by senior leaders and managers and has delivered a wide range of programmes to help managers be their best. Kate has worked one to one with senior leaders to help them navigate work and leadership challenges and supported them to take positive action.

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Qualifications

  • ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching & Mentoring
  • MBTI & ODIN Practitioner
  • Associate member of CIPD
Justine Mooney
Justine Mooney
HR Specialist / Consultant

An HR specialist-turned-consultant, Justine focuses on creating commercial advantage through her pragmatic and straight-forward approach. Her 20 years' experience from a wide range of sectors allows her to help organisations assess and develop their potential, including leading teams through improvement programmes. Justine has first-hand experience of the challenges and rewards that come with leading people through change.

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Experience

Justine’s HR career began in recruitment, she has worked both in-house and in agency, recruiting at all levels across many industries and professions including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, financial services and IT. She has developed resourcing strategies and implemented candidate attraction databases, redesigned careers websites and overhauled recruitment and selection processes. Furthering her HR career she has Business Partnered senior stakeholders, managed large scale people transformation programmes, including redundancies and restructuring, and provided organisational development initiatives to improve performance and engagement in well known organisations in the UK.

Her coaching style is calm and curious, she has a genuine passion for helping people to be the best that they can be and have awareness of their impact upon others.

Qualifications:

  • ILM Level 7 (Masters Level) Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaching and Mentoring
  • European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) European Individual Accreditation
  • Member of the EMCC and Association for Coaching
  • Qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – MCIPD
  • Psychometric Testing Accreditation for Levels A and B. Test provider for Saville (Wave & SWIFT) and Korn Ferry (Talent Q) assessments for recruitment and development
  • Qualified workplace mediator, by UK Mediation
  • BA Hons, European Business Administration

Kay Taylor
Kay Taylor
Lead Associate, HR Consultant & Coach

Kay is a HR Professional, qualified Executive and Leadership Coach with over 20 years’ experience in HR roles both in private sector with Northern Foods and Corus and also public sector within education. She has worked with people from a broad range of personal and business backgrounds.

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Experience

Kay has been providing HR Consultancy, interim projects alongside learning and development, coaching and mentoring support for individuals and organisations. Kay has an unconditional positive regard for her clients, being supportive and non-judgemental and is an exceptional listener and problem solver and she loves to help people raise their awareness amongst the busy lives they lead.

Qualifications

  • ILM Level 7 In Executive Coaching & Mentoring
  • MCIPD
  • Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management
  • NLP & MBTI Practitioner
  • QCF Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools
Karen Bharaj
Karen Bharaj
Associate Coach

Karen is known for her warm, grounded, and practical approach, supported by a powerful combination of business and coaching expertise. She uses this to help clients gain insight, overcome unhelpful patterns of behaviour and develop new strategies and skills to improve their leadership effectiveness.

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Experience

Karen spent the first part of her career working for education and arts charities, managing and developing new programmes of work and partnerships. She moved into senior management roles in the public and private sectors overseeing strategy, organisational and staff development. Her ability to build collaborations between different partners and motivate teams across organisations was a signature of her work and approach. Inspired by an interest in leadership and the development of organisations and people, she has been working as a Leadership Development Consultant and Executive Coach since 2015. Since then, she has been working with organisations to help them build their leadership and people skills to create environments where people want to work.

Karen is known for her warm, grounded, and practical approach, supported by a powerful combination of business and coaching expertise. She uses this to help clients gain insight, overcome unhelpful patterns of behaviour and develop new strategies and skills to improve their leadership effectiveness. She has a proactive approach that supports clients to untangle complex interpersonal and organisational issues to find a way that helps them to lead with personal integrity and clarity.

Qualifications:

  • ILM 7 in Executive Coaching and Mentoring
  • Gestalt Coaching Practitioner
  • Team Coaching Practitioner
  • CiPD Organisational Development Training

Paula Louise Dixon
Paula Louise Dixon
Associate Business Psychologist & Coach

Paula is a business psychologist with a background in recruitment, selection and assessment who enjoys supporting businesses and charities to make sound hiring decisions. As a business psychologist she uses evidence-based methods to deliver outstanding results for executives, employees, teams and organisations.

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Experience

Paula is a Committee Member of the British Psychological Society's Special Group of Coaching Psychologists and specialises in coaching for executives, neurodiverse employees and in the field of employee wellbeing.

Qualifications

  • ILM Level 7 In Executive Coaching & Mentoring
  • ILM Neuro Difference Facilitator
  • MSc Occupational Psychology
  • PGCE Post Graduate Certificate of Education
  • BSc Hons Psychology
  • Occupational Testing (BPS A & B) & Member of BPS
  • 16fQ+
  • Smithfield Practitioner (ASTA9 Team Performance Tool)
Brenda Etchells
Brenda Etchells
Strategic Planning Consultant

Brenda is a Strategic Planning Consultant with 30 years commercial experience helping senior leaders with strategic thinking to aid decision making and align planning across the business. She is accomplished in workshop facilitation at board and senior leadership level, working inclusively with front line teams to gain insight and contributions to inform the strategic direction of the organisation.

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Experience

Brenda’s style is warm and friendly but she’s not afraid to ask the challenging questions to get to the crux of organisational challenges and bring business strategy methods alive in a way that is easy to understand and implement. She uses a range of tools to help communicate strategies from a simple plan on a page to developing balanced scorecard measures to ensure effective reporting.

Qualifications:

  • MBA in Business Administration & Management
  • CIM Diploma in Marketing
  • MA Psychology

Sarah Hinchliffe
Sarah Hinchliffe
Associate Consultant

After 14 years in the highly acclaimed First Direct Learning and Development team, Sarah has a huge amount of knowledge and experience in leading and developing others. Combine this with her boundless enthusiasm for improvement and that's why giants such as Virgin Media, British Gas, EE Royal Sun Alliance and HSBC call on Sarah to work her magic for their people.

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Experience

Sarah has over 14 years at the highly acclaimed first direct as part of the successful Learning and Development team, she has also worked directly in the operation as an effective Call Centre Manager. Oodles of knowledge and experience in developing and leading others, and with boundless enthusiasm for improvement, Sarah has since gone on to work with industry giants such as Virgin Media, British Gas, EE, HSBC and Royal Sun Alliance to work her magic. Sarah is an outstanding facilitator and is able to inspire leaders and bringing the best out in people.

Sarah's style is down-to-earth and honest, she delivers stimulating courses and uplifting coaching sessions and clearly demonstrates her passion for making a difference.

Qualifications

  • NLP business practitioner qualification
  • Coaching diploma
Sally McAlinney
Sally McAlinney
Associate Consultant / Training & E-Learning
Design Specialist

Her 19 years of experience in designing training, delivery coaching, and project management makes Sally the perfect specialist for e-learning as well as classroom-based activities. Her expertise in retail and finance encompasses creating long-term training programmes, re-branding projects, management development programmes, system simulations and compliance courses.

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Experience

Sally has over 19 years experience of Learning and development in all aspects of training design, delivery, coaching, and project management. Working with some of the biggest names in the financial and retail sectors, to provide e-learning and classroom based material to the highest standards. This includes continuous training programmes, re-branding projects, management development programmes, soft skills, system simulations, and compliance courses.

Sally has a wealth of expertise in customer service, working for 14 years for the highly reputable first direct, most specifically creating their induction programme. She is creative, passionate, professional, and innovative.

Gareth Williams
Gareth Williams
Design Specialist

Our visual whizz, Gareth is where we turn for all things brand. His background in branding corporate communications encompasses Next Plc, General Electric, Unilever and the NHS. Often an overlooked part of people development, Gareth has developed and implemented compelling branding on presentation, exhibition, communication and training materials both online and in hard copy.

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Experience

Gareth is our creative design specialist, with over 20 years experience working with corporate clients including Next Plc, General Electric, Unilever as well as public sector organisations like the NHS and SME’s Gareth helps our clients translate their communication messages into engaging materials. From logo designs for a leadership development programme through to internal communication poster campaigns or training and exhibition materials Gareth can help to create documents that convey messages, create intrigue and appeal to an audience.

Anna Masheter
Anna Masheter
Associate L&D Facilitator

With 15 years’ experience within the learning and development sector, Anna has delivered on a broad range of projects including developing organisational culture and behavioural frameworks, recruitment and onboarding, designing and implementing leadership and management development programmes, talent attraction and development initiatives.

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Experience

Anna has worked on a variety of business change programmes and taken the lead on Learning and Development / Internal Communications workstreams. This has included the development of the training approach for the change, designing and delivering the training programme and keeping employees engaged through effective and regular communications.

Anna is driven by one simple purpose, to help people and businesses achieve their potential. She is an experienced consultant and facilitator with experience of working on a contract or consultancy basis in a range of sectors including, legal and financial services, 3rd sector and not for profit organisations, event management and recruitment to name a few. She has helped businesses to deliver projects and brings high standards to the work she delivers.

Anna is an active member of the CIPD West Yorkshire committee, CIPD member, holds a Certificate in Training Practice and NLP Diploma.

Anna joined the Cube Learning and Development Team as an Associate in 2020 and we are delighted to have her on our team.

You can view more about Anna on her LinkedIn profile.

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