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Christopher Simon-Evans



Christopher Simon-Evans - profile (click here)

Fellow of the Institute of Business Consulting (FIBC)

Member of the Association for Coaching (MAC)

Certificates in Cognitive Behavioural Coaching and Performance Coaching - Centre for Coaching / Middlesex University

Certificate in Counselling - Westminster Pastoral Foundation - London

BA (Honours) - French and Philosophy - University of Birmingham


Isabelle Simon-Evans Oct 09

Isabelle Simon-Evans - profile (click here)

MA in Adult Education - University of Brighton

FICPD - Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Post-graduate Certificate in Counselling - CSCT London

Former Justice of the Peace


Simon Patterson - profile (click here)

MSc Organisational and Social Psychology - London School of Economics

BSc Psychology - The Open University

BSc Geochemistry - University of Reading





James Shirreff - profile (click here)

MA in History - Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge

RSA Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Graduate of Hendon Police Training College


Christopher Simon-Evans

Christopher works with business leaders and senior executives to help them to improve their performance in areas that are central to their success and that of their organisation. These include leadership, team-working, behavioural change, communication skills, cross-cultural skills, emotional intelligence and work/personal life balance.

His first-class consulting skills enable him to establish rapport and identify key issues quickly and to work with his clients to assess the options open to them. He gives clients the confidence to implement whatever actions are necessary to address these issues efficiently and supports them through this process.

Areas of expertise

Over the last 20 years he has coached and trained hundreds of senior executives and managers from all over Europe and beyond. His clients have come from a diverse range of industry sectors, but he has particular expertise in the technology and financial services industries, as well as business start-ups.

His strength lies in helping clients to improve their business performance, leadership, business communication and people management skills. He also has extensive European experience in working with business and management teams.


Christopher is highly client-centred, seeking always to achieve the best outcomes for both individuals and their companies. His approach involves helping clients to strengthen their self-belief, overcome limiting attitudes and release their true potential.

He has a strong positive presence that creates a safe space in which clients can talk freely and openly. His manner is calm, reassuring and empowering and he is able to ask challenging and direct questions when this is appropriate. He is an excellent listener and his analytical mind can help to identify new and creative options. He is also bi-lingual in English and French and can work in both languages.


Christopher's background is firmly grounded in management consultancy. His early career was spent with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) in London and Societe Generale in London and Paris. He then moved into Executive Search and Selection in 1984, becoming a Director of Jonathan Wren International, a City-based executive search firm, handling international assignments, predominantly in French-speaking Europe. Together with his two fellow Directors, he then co-founded a new executive search consultancy, the Devonshire Group.

In 1988, he chose to move back to a major professional services firm, Deloitte, and became a Principal Associate in their Executive Resourcing consultancy. Here, as European Liaison Manager he took a lead role in developing cross-cultural understanding and international teamwork among his European HR colleagues. One year after the firm's acquisition by Coopers and Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers) he returned to freelance consultancy, gaining extensive experience in executive career coaching with Right Consultants of the US, and in international training and development with Canning in London. From 1995 to 2003 he worked with Canning as Human Resources Manager and senior Training Consultant, coaching international managers and delivering management skills seminars for many of the world's leading companies. He has been an independent consultant and coach and Director of EuroExec Coaching since 2003.


Christopher holds an honours degree in French and Philosophy from Birmingham University. He is a full member of the Association for Coaching in the UK and has Certificates in Cognitive Behavioural Coaching and Performance Coaching from the Centre for Coaching/Middlesex University. He holds a Certificate in Counselling from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation and is a Fellow of the Institute of Business Consulting.

Personal interests include:

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Isabelle Simon-Evans

Currently Director of Corporate Services with Radian, a large Housing Association in the South. Isabelle's responsibilities include HR, Organsational Development, Business Planning and Performance Management, PR and Marketing and Governance. Previously she was Director of People, Procurement and Organisational Development for a national charity.

Isabelle has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Recent lead responsibilities have included strategic HR, change management, culture realignment, and performance improvement. As well as bringing a blend of commercial awareness and experience of delivering services in the voluntary and public sectors, Isabelle's professional expertise in human capital management, communication and governance provides strategic and inspirational leadership to organisations during periods of change.

· Experience of coordinating several complex change management interventions, including a culture change in a national charity, a modernisation and improvement strategy for the Social Care Department of a large City Council and the re-provisioning of four long-term health care units.

· Experience of communication and Public Relations in the private, not-for-profit and statutory sectors.

· Governance experience as a non-executive Director for a national charity and housing association that promotes independent living for people with a learning difficulties or mental health issues - also experience of leading the policy agenda of a county council.

· Understanding and direct experience of delivering and inspecting care services acquired in two local authorities.

· Success in leading employees and volunteers through culture and value change programmes.


Simon Patterson

Simon is a management coach and consultant with a particular interest in the use of new media in training and development in order to achieve more effective communication within and between groups and teams. Other areas of interest include personal growth and humanistic psychology in general.

He spent his childhood in Africa and the Middle East, before returning to England to study science at the University of Reading, gaining a BSc in Geochemistry in 1984.

The first 5 years of his career were spent in the City of London in a range of sectors including banking, auditing and stock broking.

In the early 1990s he moved into training, working as a business language and communication skills trainer for most of the following decade. True to his international upbringing, he transferred to Italy in 1994 and was based in Milan for the next ten years, travelling around Europe and Italy to deliver "soft" skills seminars to a range of multi-national blue chip clients. Later he designed training courses, in addition to training other trainers.

In the mid 1990s he developed a keen interest in Psychology and completed his BSc in 2000 (Open University). A desire to accelerate his own personal and professional development then led him to take a sabbatical in 2001, during which he followed a master's programme at the London School of Economics, gaining an MSc degree in Organisational and Social Psychology in 2003.

He is fluent in Italian.

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James Shirreff

James is a highly experienced communications skills training consultant with wide international experience. His specialist areas are international presentation and negotiation skills, and cross-cultural communication. He has designed and delivered successful programmes for blue chip companies, the professions and the public sector in 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and Australia over the last 18 years.

He has also worked extensively with many business sectors, including pharmaceuticals, aerospace, reinsurance, heavy engineering, information technology and telecommunications.

He strongly believes that training should be a rehearsal for the situations our delegates face in their daily work. This is why he focuses on working closely with clients in order to identify precisely what they need. In this way he keeps the training relevant, challenging and fun. He speaks fluent Italian and is based in Brighton on the south coast of England.

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