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  • Aernout

    Aernout van Lynden

    With more than twenty years’ experience as a war correspondent and more recently as a lecturer in communication and journalism, Aernout specialises in bringing clarity and simplicity to complex situations.

  • Aimée

    Aimée Heuzenroeder

    Aimée comes to AGL from a range of communications-based roles – in management and fine art consulting, academia and the charity sector - in Australia and the UK. Raised in outback Australia, Aimée earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Tasmania and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Queensland. She has also undertaken doctoral research in English at the University of Cambridge, where she was a General Sir John Monash and Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar, and completed an intensive workshop in Narrative Medicine at New York’s Columbia University Medical Centre. Aimée has been a member of the National Advisory Council for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a London reader for the Guardian First Book Award and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She joined AGL in 2014, helping clients to communicate authentically through corporate narrative work and coaching for individuals and teams.

  • Alice

    Alice Cardini

    Alice’s background combines business, extensive work with graduates and decades of language and communication studies. Alice worked for many years in the financial sector in equity finance and stock broking at NatWest Markets in New York and London. At Credit Suisse in London, she advised professional asset managers on Asian equity investments. Since 2003, Alice has been an interviewer for Brown University, and has recently become Chair of Alumni Interviews for Brown University for the UK and Ireland. She holds a degree from Brown University, and spent a year as a researcher at the Stanford Japan Centre, Kyoto. Her advisory and interviewing experience is further augmented by a year studying counselling techniques at The Manor House Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling in London.

  • Alicia

    Alicia Urquhart

    Alicia has worked directly with Anthony Gordon Lennox (AGL’s Founder) and the wider business since she joined in 2010. She is now responsible for implementing AGL’s programmes for schools, managing our coaches’ network and supporting the Account Directors on client projects. She also coaches young people both in one-to-one and group workshops at schools in both the private and state sectors. She is passionate about helping young people to find their voice and communicate at their best. She is a graduate from Leeds University where she studied Art History.

  • Anne

    Anne Bailey

    Anne has spent over 20 years helping organisations with their marketing, PR and internal communications. But her real passion is helping people learn how to express themselves fully. She is convinced that the ability to communicate well is the single most important skill we can develop and you don’t need to be an extrovert to be a brilliant communicator. Anne has worked extensively with schools, teaching teachers how to communicate with challenging students and enabling young people to find their voice. She is a Harvard alumni interviewer and a non-executive director at both Papworth Hospital and the Eastern Academic Health Science Network. A native of Philadelphia, Anne moved to the UK in 1991 and never went back. She assumes it’s the people that keep her here; it’s certainly not the weather. She lives in Cambridge with her psychotherapist husband and two teenage children.

  • Anthony

    Anthony Lennox

    Founder and CEO

    Anthony has spent the past ten years working with business and political leaders around the world pioneering an innovative approach to leadership communication coaching. Anthony advises various leaders in politics, media and finance on their communication ranging from speeches to their ongoing relationship with the media, investors, employees and other stakeholders. Anthony started his career at Channel 4 before moving to the BBC where he spent five years working on the flagship news programme, Question Time. He is now a visiting fellow at The Saïd Business School; University of Oxford, a founding member of The Leadership Council and on the board for London’s Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

  • Christianne

    Christianne Davies

    Partner

    Christianne has worked with Anthony Gordon Lennox for the past seven years, advising leaders in business and politics across sectors and around the world, having joined from a management consultancy specialising in communication.  She helps leaders and their teams to express themselves with confidence and authenticity, ranging from corporate narrative, employee engagement and team alignment to speech writing and communication coaching. She is a graduate of Edinburgh and Roma Tre universities.

  • Emma

    Emma Forbes

    Emma joined in January 2014 as AGL’s Education Ambassador.
    She started her TV career when there were just four TV channels, hosting three hours of the BBC's live award-winning flagship children's show 'Live and Kicking'. Emma's media career since included the first ever teenage problem programme for ITV, 'Speakeasy', game shows, BBC radio, a host of lifestyle magazine shows and regular contributions to national and consumer press.
    Emma has always been recognised for her natural flair for presenting, the Emma one sees on screen, is the 'authentic' Emma you meet in person.

  • Frances

    Frances Emelius

    Frances has worked in private psychotherapy practice with individuals and couples for over 30 years, adding further training and insight as seemed useful and inspirational.  She helps people to find their own path through life, guiding them to live closer to their higher truth and encouraging them to flourish and realise their full potential.

  • Henry

    Henry Venmore-Rowland

    Henry was born and bred in rural Suffolk, but also lives vicariously through historical fiction. After graduating from Oxford in 2011 with a degree in Ancient and Modern History, Henry has since become both an author and a screenwriter. His first love is a good story well told. He assists AGL with speech-writing and narrative work.

  • Jamie

    Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton

    Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton has been Principal Private Secretary to Prince William (and, subsequently, The Duchess of Cambridge) and Prince Harry since 2005. In this role, he is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the official, professional and philanthropic activities of the younger generation of the British Royal Family. His work also has a major focus on mentoring and preparing The Princes for their future lives and roles.
    From 1999-2005 he worked as a consultant designing security and crisis management solutions for NGOs, public sector workers and organisations, media groups and individuals working in conflict and post-conflict regions.
    For 20 years prior to that Jamie was an officer in the British Army. The latter half of this period he served in the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS), Britains premier Special Forces unit – rising to command 25% of its fighting strength. In the late 1990s, he was a briefer to the Chief of The Defence Staff, with a particular focus on The Balkans.
    He is a trustee of the HALO Trust, the world’s foremost humanitarian mine-clearance organisation, and of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

  • Jennifer

    Jennifer Macdonald

    Jenn brings skills in facilitation, coaching and programme design to her role at AGL and works across a range of client projects. After graduating with degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and Chicago, Jenn joined Christie's to assist clients with their auction needs. With this grounding in the business, she moved to Christie's Learning & Development team, where she spent four years designing and facilitating learning programmes for staff, managers and leaders. She recently completed a Masters dissertation at the University of London about the role of narrative in the professional development of Art Specialists. Jenn is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel & Development.

  • Julia

    Julia Samuel

    Julia is a psychotherapist devising and running workshops throughout the UK, training and supporting leaders and business professionals from a wide variety of fields, typically in organisations which are undergoing major change. She also enjoys supporting and developing the AGL team and their clients, in authentic communication.
    She is psychotherapist for pediatrics at St Mary's Paddington, the post she established in 1992, where her role involves seeing families who have children or babies who die, and training and supporting the staff. In 1994 she helped launch and establish The Child Bereavement Charity, and as the Founder Patron is involved in many aspects of the charity’s work, with a key role in fundraising, strategy and training.
    Julia is a BACP and UKCP registered psychotherapist. Amongst her many roles she is an Honorary Fellow of Imperial College, London; a Vice President of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy; and Trustee of the Child Bereavement Charity.

  • Julian

    Julian Hanson-Smith

    Advisor

    Julian Hanson-Smith is a Partner of Iceni Capital, an operationally active private equity firm specialising in UK-based business services companies. Prior to co-founding Iceni Capital in 2006, Julian spent 5 years as a Principal at Lake Capital, a US-based private equity firm.  In 1986 he co-founded and was the Managing Director of Financial Dynamics (now FTI Consulting), a company he built to become one of Europe’s pre-eminent business communications consultancies before it was sold in 1999.  He has relevant and tested experience working with fast-growing business services companies, and in his non-executive capacity he deploys his operational experience as well as the financial disciplines required to create shareholder value.

  • Kitty

    Kitty Llewellyn

    Kitty has worked as a journalist and political risk consultant for a number of years, and she is a co-founder of A Partner In Education - a non-profit organisation that is widening access to quality education in Rwanda. Her role at AGL covers primarily research and AGL Education coaching.

  • Liz

    Liz Lacovara

    Managing Partner and Head of AGL Young People

    Liz combines a background in marketing with 15 years’ strategy, communications and capability consulting across a range of consumer-facing and business-to-business industries. After UK and European roles at Procter & Gamble, she worked at Oxford Strategic Marketing then spent 8 years at Brand Learning, the leading global specialist in building marketing excellence. She worked with all levels of marketing communities, from leaders through to operating teams, helping them strengthen their brand offering and ways of working. A desire to support organisations beyond the marketing function led Liz to Mind Gym where she was Global Head of Solutions and responsible for all content creation across their Engagement, Learning and Communications offers. She brings significant client-facing and operational experience, as well as a personal passion for authenticity to her role as Managing Partner at AGL. Liz has degrees from Harvard and the University of London.

  • Louisa

    Louisa Scott

    Working with people and companies to help them communicate their messages more effectively has been at the heart of every job Louisa has done over the past 17 years – whether it was as a lobbyist in her first post-university job at Burson Marsteller, working for the Conservative Party in the 1997 General Election Campaign, or as a producer for BBC News where she spent seven years working for various political programmes, surrounded by politicians and interest groups trying to get their point across best and loudest. Upon entering the world of communications consultancy and coaching she realised that she could now fundamentally and meaningfully help people with how they physically deliver themselves and their messages. That's now at the heart of what she loves about her work: helping people put their best foot forward and be the best possible version of themselves, whatever the scenario.

  • Melanie

    Melanie Fall

    After a brief spell at the Treasury, Melanie Fall worked for the BBC for ten years in their news and current affairs department. She was a member of the teams at Panorama, The Money Programme, On the Record, Newsnight and various live election programmes, working with many of the BBC ‘s top presenters. She has spent the last 15 years working on several of British television's flagship documentary series, which have taken her to Asia with Chris Patten, Australia with Robert Hughes, and all around the world with Professor Niall Ferguson. Today she runs her own production company with Professor Ferguson.

  • Michael

    Michael Samuel

    Chairman

    Michael trained as an accountant at Coopers & Lybrand. He was Chief Executive of Mayborn Group PLC from 1980 to 2006 when he sold it in a private equity deal. Michael is currently Chairman of Murex Energy and Non-Executive Chairman of City Car Club. He has been Chairman of the Anna Freud Centre for the past 12 years. He is also Chair of Full Fact, a non-profit organisation that campaigns for accuracy with politics and the political press.
    Additionally, Michael runs five family charitable trusts and owns and manages large estates in Scotland and Somerset. He is married with four children and lives between London and Somerset.

  • Milly

    Milly Ellis

    A specialist voice coach, for 20 years Milly worked alongside some of Britain’s finest actors, including Sir John Gielgud, Michael Gambon and Helen Mirren. Since 2004 she has been working with business leaders and managers in the UK, Europe and the Far East. Milly continues to work in the worlds of theatre and film, recently with The Young Vic, The Royal Ballet, Akram Khan and Company, and many of Britain’s leading film production companies.

  • Philip

    Philip Fiske de Gouveia

    Philip Fiske de Gouveia works on AGL's writing and research projects. He's an experienced speechwriter and researcher with a background in journalism and government policy research. His extensive writing track-record includes high-level speeches, policy pamphlets, ghostwriting assignments, radio documentaries, feature articles and op-eds. Philip is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin (MA English Literature) and the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds (MA International Communications).

  • Pippa

    Pippa Bateman

    After gaining a 1st class MA in Psychology from Edinburgh University and an MA in Performance from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Pippa spent five years on the professional stage performing in plays and musicals in London and abroad, culminating in a year with the West End musical, Wicked. Combining her interests in Psychology and Performance she then moved to Mind Gym, a Corporate Training Consultancy specialising in behaviour change where she supported the CEO and leadership team. She joined AGL in 2012 and runs the operational side of the business as well as managing various client accounts in both the corporate and private spheres. She is one of AGL’s team of coaches and is specifically focussed on AGL’s programmes for young people including CSR projects, graduate programmes and emerging talent programmes for corporates and schools.

  • Raj

    Raj Sundram

    Raj Sundram, our In-house accountant, brings 26 years of professional experience and extensive value-added business advice to AGL International. Raj previously worked for a City firm of chartered accountants where clients benefited from his in-depth knowledge of, and enthusiastic involvement in, a wide range of Management Accounting functions. Raj works ridiculously long hours, but any spare time is spent on his passion for classical music, swimming and watching wild life programmes.

  • Simon

    Simon Brooke

    Simon has 25 years’ experience in communications training and development.
    He is a media interview and presentation coach, as well as teaching both presentation writing and delivery. He is also a freelance journalist and editor working for most of the national newspapers, as well as various specialist publications on subjects ranging from travel, business and management to marketing, education, the environment and property.
    Simon has over 17 years’ media coaching experience, having started his career in financial and corporate public relations at Broad Street Associates where his clients included British Airways and Saatchi & Saatchi amongst others, before joining the in-house PR department at W H Smith, where he specialised in investor relations plus issues and crisis management.
    The author of two novels and a book on management techniques published last year called 'Be Bulletproof: How to Achieve Success in Tough Times at Work', Simon writes speeches, corporate brochures and promotional materials for a variety of organisations and helps executives write and deliver effective reports and presentations.

  • Sophie

    Sophie Marris

    Sophie joined AGL having completed a marketing internship with an Arts Communication platform. She studied Social Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University and graduated in 2012 with a first-class Honours degree. Sophie is Anthony Gordon Lennox’s Assistant (AGL’s Founder), and supports the Account Directors with client projects. She has previously trained as a singer with the ENO and currently performs with Canticum Chamber Choir.

  • Stephen

    Stephen Jacobs

    Partner

    Stephen has spent his entire career advising companies and their leadership teams on effective communications. He joined AGL in 2012 from PURSUIT Communications, a specialist marketing communications consultancy which he co-founded in 2009. He was previously a managing director of Financial Dynamics (now FTI Consulting), the international corporate and financial communications consultancy of which he was a founding partner. At AGL, Stephen specialises in the development of corporate narratives and communication coaching. He is also head of marketing and communications and a member of the executive committee of AIM-listed Breedon Aggregates Ltd. A voracious consumer of books and films, Stephen is happiest on a bicycle or a ski slope. He is a graduate of London and Oxford Universities.

  • Thomas

    Thomas Stuttaford

    Tom has worked in communications – primarily as a coach and as a writer – since 2006. Prior to that, he was for many years in the financial sector: at the Bank of England, he was a research analyst; and at BNP Paribas, he worked in both sales and marketing, in both stockbroking and asset management and in Paris as well as London. He has a first-class degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, a Diploma in Law from The City University and a Diploma in International Public Administration from the École Nationale d’Administration (E.N.A.) in Paris.

Photographs by Lucy Cornell