About Us

The Leadership Trust Team

The Leadership Trust Team have been on their own leadership journey to influence companies and organisations worldwide.

Léa Cléret

CEO Leadership Trust International

Léa has a Ph.D. in Philosophy; specialising in Ethics in Sport, with a special focus on the misuse of performance enhancing substances. This led her to spend close to a decade working with athletes on large scale behaviour change programmes with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Léa first encountered Leadership Trust during the development of a ground-breaking pilot programme aimed at enabling administrators to “feel” what being groomed for corruption was like.  Observing Leadership Trust’s experiential methodology and quality of implementation gained her respect, as well as its agile and high-performing staff. This made joining the organisation irresistible.

Maxine Wiseman

Chief Operating Officer

Maxine leads the operational management of the Leadership Trust and oversees the delivery of our experiential learning programmes. With a broad corporate view gained from over 15 years’ senior leadership experience, Maxine can identify with many of the challenges faced by our clients. She is passionate about creating environments where people can learn, thrive and deliver great things and she has been recognised as an exceptional leader of change and culture transformation. People describe Maxine as an authentic leader who balances a commercial mind with a social heart and creates a compelling purpose. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, an ILM Level 7 Coach, and was awarded HR Director of the Year (2017) by the Institute of Directors (IoD) Wales.

Kate Beddis

Head of Learning Experience

Kate has been a passionate member of Leadership Trust team for 20 years, supporting all courses run during that time. During Leadership in Management courses, she leads up to 65 people over the duration of the week in high pressure environments. This includes; members of the faculty, activity instructors and liaising with the course venues.  She works closely with the Business Development Managers and Course Faculty to design experiential programmes that help clients achieve their goals. She is an ILM Level 5 Coach and an experienced facilitator. Kate is an active person outside of working, playing football for her local ladies team, and enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and the family dog.

Andy Jones

Facilities Manager

Andy is our leader for IT, health and safety, fire, environment, facilities, and vehicles. He also supports the planning, preparation, and delivery of course programmes. Andy is a seasoned logistician with 24 years regular army service in the Royal Logistics Corps, and currently has an active role serving within the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia). He has completed operational tours of Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Northern Ireland and received formal recognition for his valued involvement in UK resilience operations whilst serving within the Brigade Headquarters. He is qualified in facilities management, project management, fire, environment, and health and safety, as well as a Level 4 qualification in leadership and management. Andy is adaptable, and resourceful with a ‘can do’ attitude. In his spare time, Andy is either supporting the local junior football team as the Welfare Officer or spending time with his wife Becky, two sons Ollie and Alfie, and new arrival Maddie the Springer Spaniel.

Christina Harper, Head of Learning Success at Leadership Trust
Christina Harper

Head of Learning Success

Sam Jordan

Learning Success Manager

Sam has been at the Leadership Trust for over 20 years and has a long background in customer services.  In her current role, she liaises with both Leadership Trust clients and colleagues in order to manage open course bookings. She is dedicated to ensuring that each delegate is fully prepared for their residential so that every individual receives the maximum benefit from attending. She loves corresponding with the delegates and hearing about their experiences. Sam takes any opportunity to go climbing, caving, abseiling and will try most activities, drawing the line at bungee jumping. Away from her time at Leadership Trust, she loves spending time with her husband of 30 years and her dog, Paddy.

Tammy Smith

Learning Success Manager

Tammy is one of our Learning Success Managers responible for bespoke programmes. Her main day to day role is to liaise with clients and venues for each of the courses, in order to support a successful programme delivery. She liaises with the internal departments to co-ordinate all elements of a programme, regularly supporting the preparation of programme outlines and project briefs. Tammy gained her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Psychology, and her Postgraduate in Psychology. Aside from working at Leadership Trust, Tammy enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has three young children and loves going on adventures with them and her husband.

Rebecca Whalen-Smith

Learning Success Manager

Rebecca joined the Leadership Trust team in 2021 and is one of our Learning Success Managers. With a background in customer service her main role is to support the preparation of both open and bespoke programmes, liaising with internal departments, clients and venues to ensure successful course delivery. She loves corresponding with the delegates making sure they have everything they need to make their course a memorable experience. A side from working at Leadership Trust Rebecca enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as going horseback riding with her own horse, Moley.

Simon Shilton

Learning Success Coordinator

Simon has an honours degree in German Literature and Psychology, and has spent 10 years living and working in Germany, Singapore and South Africa. Simon has a varied professional background working for international companies in Human Resources, Recruitment, Customer Service and Digital Communications. Other passions besides his work include film, theatre, English literature, and exploring the great outdoors.

Sarah Stevenson, Learning Success Manager
Sarah Stevenson

Learning Success Manager

As Learning Success Manager, Sarah is responsible for engaging with our course delegates, expertly steering learners through the process and spearheading course assessments and evaluations. Her rich and varied career history adds a unique touch to her role. From being a primary school teacher, a further education lecturer, to playing instrumental roles in education, and learning and development, her journey has been quite diverse. She has also utilised her skills in Health & Social Care by contributing to education welfare, managing projects for NHS services, and supporting digital innovation within the NHS. Outside of work, Sarah cherishes her time spent with her family and her two miniature dachshunds. Her passions include walking, swimming, travelling, and immersing herself in a captivating book.

Damian Sherrard

Business Success Manager

Damian brings a passion for understanding human behaviour into his Business Development role. With an interest in new business development, Damian sees the opportunity that developed leadership capability brings to organisations, and is driven to share awareness of the economic advantages. With a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Business, which attracted him to a career in sales across a number of disciplines, Damian shares a love of adventure and the outdoors with his wife and two young sons.

Sinead Day, Business Success Manager at Leadership Trust
Sinead Daly

Business Success Manager

With over a decade of experience in learning and development, Sinead is a result-oriented Account Manager with extensive experience in relationship management, business growth, working with key thought leaders and high influence clients across a variety of public and private sector industries. Sinead is highly experienced in providing a consultative service and delivering training solutions that work for the individual client. She is passionate about what she does and takes great pride in the results. Outside of her role she loves exploring with her walking group, open water swimming and spending time with her son, husband and 15 year old Jack Russell.

Helen Armour, Head of Marketing at Leadership Trust
Helen Armour

Head of Marketing

Amy Godfrey-Bawden, Digital Marketing Executive
Amy Godfrey-Bawden

Digital Marketing Executive

Lucy Midgley

Finance Manager

Claire Jones, Executive Assistant at Leadership Trust
Claire Jones

Executive Assistant

Claire has a Post-graduate Diploma in Careers Advice and Guidance and worked for Gloucestershire Youth Support Team for 10 years gaining experience of assessing needs and supporting people to overcome barriers to progression. She re-engaged them in education, employment and training opportunities. She has experience as a Quality Assurance and Standard Operating Procedure Officer at a research organisation. Claire enjoys supporting individuals and organisations to fulfil their full potential and being part of a team which is focused on providing a valuable and high-quality service. When not at work Claire is either running around after her 3 children and menagerie of pets or running around the local area in training for the next marathon.

Amy Williams

General Manager, Chelsea Parkfields

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