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Management Team

Léa Cléret

Léa Cléret


Léa has a Ph.D in philosophy specializing in ethics in sport, with a special focus on the use of performance enhancing substances. This led her to spend close to decade working with athletes on large scale behaviour change programmes with the World Anti-Doping Agency. Léa was then asked to expand her mandate into the field of conducts which breach sport integrity, in particular match-fixing. During this mandate, she had to upskill and studied criminology in order to understand the specifics of the criminal mind. This Continual Professional Development reinforced her passionate belief in the power of personal development and brought Léa’s attention to the Leadership Trust in October 2016.

Janet Coulthurst

Janet Coulthurst


Focusing on marketing and brand strategy, Janet has a strong track record in B2B and digital marketing in both the private and public sectors, starting out as a PR for set-top box manufacturer, Pace Micro Technology plc.

She has 20 years’ experience in senior level marketing positions and ran her own communications consultancy for 4 years before joining the Trust.  Prior to that she has held lead positions in marketing and communications at Equality and Human Rights Commission, Grant Thornton, Serco and the Department for Work & Pensions.

Whilst at Grant Thornton, Janet established a new marketing team within the Government Infrastructure and Advisory Division to help build and launch the highly successful government-backed business growth service, GrowthAccelerator. 

Amanda Eckley

Amanda Eckley

Finance Manager

Amanda is currently Finance Manager for the Leadership Trust and a member of the Senior Management Team reporting to the Chief Executive. Amanda began working for the Leadership Trust in 1998 after a spell working for a company importing furniture, rugs and artefacts from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Prior to this she was a Payroll Manager for a local insurance company.

While at Leadership Trust Amanda studied for AAT Exams and was accepted as a Fellow of the Association of Accounting Technicians in 2007. After studying AAT she then obtained the Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting awarded by CIMA in 2009. She now has over 20 years’ experience in corporate financial management as well as experience of the planning and delivery of major restructure of the Leadership Trust Group including the sale of the Leadership Trust Venue Ltd.

Amanda has been heavily involved in British Eventing for over 20 years having been part of the Scoring, Timing and Fence Judge Teams at National and International Horse Trials throughout the UK including Badminton Horse Trials, Blenheim International Horse Trials and The Festival of Eventing held at Gatcombe Park. Amanda is on the organising committee for her local BE event and was part of the Eventing Scoring Team at the London Olympics 2012.

Mark Hutchings

Mark Hutchings

Head of Operations and Training

Mark is a graduate of Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served for 14 years in the British Army before leaving to pursue a business career.  His military career was as an infantry officer serving in the 10th Gurkhas Rifles and had significant roles training and development during his service.

Since leaving the army Mark has had more than twenty five years commercial experience as a global managing director with expertise in turnaround, growth and transformation businesses. He has executive board experience in PLCs, private equity backed & entrepreneurial SMEs. Mark has significant expertise in global security, medical services, logistics, oil & gas, aviation and operations in high risk countries.

As the Head of Operations and Training at the Leadership Trust, Mark also provides coaching and business consultancy for clients with particular emphasis on top team development and change management. He is an accredited and experienced coach, consultant and works with CEOs, directors and senior managers.

Mark is member of International Coaching Federations and the Institute of Coaching, Institute of Directors (IOD), Institute for Risk Management (IRM), the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) as well as a past member and chairman of the Hong Kong Security Association.

Jon Davidge

Jon Davidge

Head of Training & Development

With a degree in English, French and Linguistics followed by a 25-year career in the publishing industry, it is no surprise that language and communication are abiding passions for Jon.

In his early career, he worked internationally, and was responsible for sales of the FMCG paperback imprint, Mills & Boon, in over 40 countries across the world.  He later moved to managerial positions in the consumer magazine business before running Robert Maxwell’s children’s publishing arm as Managing Director.

He first encountered The Leadership Trust in 1988 when, as a freshly promoted director of marketing, he was sent on the Leadership in Management course.  The course director was Richard Westbury.

Jon served as a visiting facilitator until 2002 when he left corporate life to pursue a full time career in coaching and development.  He developed and launched the Trust’s coaching practice in 2004 and remains one of the coaching supervisors to this day.

Jon was made Head of Training & Development in 2011 and is responsible for the continuous development of open enrollment courses, the selection and of coaches and course directors and, with other senior contributors, the Trust’s ‘Broad View’; our ever evolving perspective on leadership, development and coaching matters.

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