Sarah Lewis, James Brook, Dr Paul Brewerton
Sarah Lewis, MD, Appreciating Change
Sarah is an associated fellow of the British Psychological Society and a principal member of the Association of Business Psychologists. She is an acknowledged Appreciative Inquiry expert, a regular conference presenter and a published author, most recently, ‘Positive Psychology at Work’. Sarah is a consultant facilitator with particular expertise in co-creating organisational change using methodologies such as appreciative inquiry, and in the practical application of positive psychology.
Previously a social worker and manager, she is experienced working with individuals, groups and organizations on public and private sector change challenges.
James Brook, Director, Strengths Partnership Ltd
James is co-founder and Director of Strengths Partnership Ltd, a HR consulting firm providing strengths-based leadership development, coaching and talent management solutions. He has around 20 years experience in OD, coaching, leadership development and talent management, having worked in consulting and corporate roles internationally. Recent clients have included Facebook, ING Direct, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Southwark Council, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and Tesco.
James has co-designed the Strengthscope (www.strengthscope.com) assessment suite and various other strengths assessment and development tools to help translate productive strengths into measurable results and success at work. James is a regular speaker on strengths-focused human resources and has contributed a wide range of business and professional publications in the area. He has a Masters Degree in Industrial & Organisational Psychology, a MBA and is a Fellow of the CIPD.
Dr Paul Brewerton, Director, Strengths Partnership Ltd
Paul is co-founder and Director of Strengths Partnership, a HR consulting firm providing strengths-based leadership development, coaching and talent management solutions. Paul is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Doctorate in Organisational Psychology with over 15 years’ experience in individual, team and organisational development. Paul has worked across a wide variety of sectors; recent clients include Takeda, Tesco, Bank of England, Legal and General, Panasonic, Police Service Northern Ireland, Royal Air Force and many more. Paul co-designed the Strengthscope assessment tool and other strengths related products to help HR and L&D professionals to practically apply the strengths philosophy in their organisations. In recent years, Paul has dedicated his business activities to helping organisations translate a strengths-focused approach to bottom line business performance.
ANGELIKA DOWDS, HR BUSINESS PARTNER, LEGAL & GENERAL
Angelika is an HR Business Partner for Legal & General Protection and Annuities business; Other business experience include team management and project management roles in the Shared Services Finance sector at American Express and Kimberly-Clark. Angelika works in partnership with heads of business units to support the delivery of the people and organisational strategic plan and this includes the provision of learning and development solutions to drive organisational performance.
Angelika partnered with Paul Brewerton at Strengths Partnership and developed strength based career coaching workshops, which were successfully rolled out to qualified actuaries in all business units across the L&G group, supporting the aim to retain actuarial talent and align with the wider L&G people program to deliver improved performance management processes.
Esther Akpomukai, Head of Global Learning & Development & Engagement at
The Royal Bank of Scotland
Esther currently heads the Learning & Development & People Engagement function within RBS GTS Global Client Service, comprising of approx. 650+ employees. She strategically leads a robust and structured model that covers L&D and Talent Management requirements across a broad set of organizational levels with multi-regional and country flavours.
Esther is a subject matter expert on the Service Profit Chain concept and has a creative mind to develop and design L&D solutions from an employee engagement, client loyalty and shareholder perspective, with 7 years of experience in the Client Loyalty Program Management field.
She has a M.Sc in Integrated Social Sciences (specializing in leadership competencies) and in Corporate Education. She is also an accredited strengths coach.