Our team comprises some of the industry’s most exceptional leaders, coaches and facilitators who have a proven track record in enabling performance improvement and delivering high impact learning experiences.

Petra Beale

Head of Operations

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Petra Beale

Head of Operations


As Head of Operations, Petra’s client focus and attention to detail ensure the smooth running of operations and financial management for xl-erate.



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15 years account management and marketing experience in global branded consumer goods businesses including McVities and Reckitt Benckiser.

 

Her last corporate role was leading the Tesco business for Reckitt Benckiser including P&L accountability, business planning, delivery and relationship management.

 

She is known for her tenacity, enthusiasm, strong team working and relationship building skills.

Kate Fletcher

Managing director

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Kate Fletcher

Managing director


Kate is a business leader, mentor and business coach, facilitator and board chair. Kate leads the development, delivery and growth of xl-erate as MD.



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Senior executive and Board experience with 20 years in FTSE 100 and FTSE250 global branded consumer goods businesses in running divisons and business units. Businesses include Glaxosmithkline plc, Britvic plc, Nestle plc, United Biscuits Ltd.

 

Specialises in leadership development, strategic management and business development.

 

Business coach and mentor to CEO’s and business leaders and Board Chair, currently completing a Masters in Executive and Corporate Coaching.

 

Responsible for the leadership and development of client relationships and the overall xl-erate business.

Andy Crocker

Director and company secretary

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Andy Crocker

Director and company secretary


Andy as Company Secretary and a Director of xl-erate supports the overall operation, administration and financial management of the business.



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Andy’s background is as an IT Service Delivery Specialist. He spent 32 years with IBM, managing all aspects of IT Delivery, both in its own internal IT group and in later years in its Outsourcing business, in a number of Senior Management roles.

 

When he retired from IBM Andy set up his own business to perform IT consultancy, working with a number of companies in the banking sector.

 

When Andy’s wife Viki founded xl-erate, Andy supported her in all aspects of Company administration and finance and after her death took over the overall management of the business for 6 months.

Alison Mackay

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach

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Alison Mackay

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach


Alison is an internationally experienced leadership consultant, facilitator and coach, assisting organisations in developing and delivering world class people development interventions.



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25 years corporate experience in global senior human resources roles with Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Smith New Court.

 

Coaches individuals and teams to develop exceptional business relationships, high performance behaviours and create strong personal impact.

 

Known for her drive, her energy and her empathy, Alison facilitates rapid and significant behavioural changes.

 

BSC (Honours) Psychology, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a graduate of the Academy of Executive Coaching.

Jane Northcote

Consultant & Facilitator

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Jane Northcote

Consultant & Facilitator


Jane is a management consultant, facilitator and author specialising in strategic management, leading sustainable change and the effective use of communication to get results.



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Consults, facilitates and trains organisations across a broad range of sectors including banking, professional services, consumer goods and oil & gas.

 

Designed and delivered training in leading change and being a change agent, problem solving, strategic planning, powerful conversations, influencing and stakeholder management.

 

Author of “Making Change Happen”, a book on implementing business change, published 2008.

Helen Green

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach

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Helen Green

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach


Helen is an experienced executive and team coach, consultant and facilitator with over twenty years business experience working with leaders to achieve outstanding results through the development of their teams.



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Former senior executive with over 20 years experience in leading branded consumer goods organisations including Britvic, Pepsi, Tropicana, McVities and Hovis.

 

Specialises in team development, leadership, sales and strategy formulation.

 

Broad experience of working with individuals and teams at all levels and across cultures within banking, professional services, consumer goods and IT industries.

 

Masters in Organisational Change from Ashridge Business School; System Team Coaching Certificate; postgraduate certificate in Executive and Business Coaching; Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

 

 

Jacqui Craig

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach

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Jacqui Craig

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach


Jacqui is an executive coach, business consultant and facilitator of learning interventions delivering bottom line results to her clients.



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Over 25 years of corporate experience within global organisations. Former senior executive with British Telecommunications, Federal Express and ODI Europe.

 

Works at board level with senior executives and with first line management and teams and has extensive experience of multi-cultural groups, teams in conflict and virtual team working.

 

Specialises in Emotional Intelligent Leadership, professional and personal impact, communication and creating collaborative business environments.

 

Member of EMCC, accredited coach, NLP and EI practitioner.

Jonathan Forrest

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach

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Jonathan Forrest

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach


Jonathan is a highly experienced coach, facilitator, consultant, key note speaker and author who works with clients globally to develop personal and business leadership impact.



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Former Vice President of Learning and Development at Goldman Sachs, has worked with FTSE 100 companies and global organisations developing leadership skills and capabilities.

 

Originally trained as an opera singer, particularly coaches clients to peak performance in developing confidence, personal presence and presentation skills.

 

Specialises in leadership development, employee engagement, executive presence, mindset change, communication and influencing skills.

 

Diploma in Executive Coaching, Member of the Association for Coaching, Associate of CIPD and NLP Practitioner, Accredited coach of breadth of leadership assessment instruments including Tetramap, Emotional Competence Inventory.

 

His book “Keep Calm and Carry On – a handbook to choose your emotions and change your attitude” was published in 2010.

Pippa Gagie

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach

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Pippa Gagie

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach


Pippa is an experienced facilitator, coach and trainer who works with professionals to develop their confidence in communication and leadership skills.



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25 years within the financial services industry within senior executive roles, in businesses including Natwest and RBS.

 

Specialises in leadership development, building trusted client relationships, presentation and communication skills and creating behavioural change.

 

Facilitates training at all levels from consultant to partner in the professional services sector including Deloitte, PwC and KPMG.

 

ICF accredited Coach, and ANLP and ABNLP Certified Trainer of NLP.

Karen Gervais

Facilitator & Coach

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Karen Gervais

Facilitator & Coach


Karen is a globally experienced professional coach and facilitator, specialising in executive presence and influence in business development, boardroom, client relationship and leadership contexts.



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Executive coach for individuals, teams and groups from over 20 countries (including India, US, Scandinavia, China, UK, Chile, Central/Eastern Europe).

 

Design and delivery of bespoke experiential executive development programs.

 

Works holistically with emotional, rational and physical intelligence to create immediate and sustainable change.

 

Post-graduate certificate in Emotional Intelligence, Associate Teaching Faculty for the Academy of Executive Coaching.

Dan Handscomb

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach

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Dan Handscomb

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach


Dan is an accomplished facilitator, consultant, trainer and executive coach who works with teams and individuals to create sustainable change and shifts in performance.



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Former senior executive for top UK and international media corporations including IPC, Haymarket and Time Warner Group.

 

Specialises in leadership development, building trusted client relationships, sales management, communication and presentation skills, personal impact.

 

Across the professional services and banking sectors; Coach and consultant to organisations on how to engage with ‘Gen Y’ and attract young talent.

 

Qualified facilitator, certified Tetramap facilitator, Dan also has a diploma in Executive Coaching accredited by the EMCC, ICF and Middlesex University.

Andrew Deller

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach

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Andrew Deller

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach


Andrew is an Executive Coach, facilitator and consultant who motivates and challenges individuals and teams at senior levels to be the most effective they can be.



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16 years leading teams and managing change within Financial Services, including a four year assignment in Africa as HR Director for Barclays.

 

Specialises in designing and leading development programmes for leaders and managers, and multi facetted technical and behavioural programmes for ‘support’ functions: audit, Finance and HR.

 

BA Honours degree in Modern Languages, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a graduate of the Academy of Executive Coaching.

Carol Watson

Facilitator & Coach

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Carol Watson

Facilitator & Coach


Carol is an Executive Coach and facilitator supporting organisations during major change programmes and helping teams and individuals enhance their performance.



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Over 20 years experience formerly in leading high performing sales teams to generate significant revenues and profits.

 

Specialises in enabling real and enduring behaviour change that produces visible and practical changes to performance.

 

Designs and delivers training in the areas of communication and influencing, personal brand and impact and building successful business relationships.

 

Executive coach, NLP practitioner, Diploma in Performance Coaching and qualifications in Stress Management and Counselling.

Viki Crocker

Our founder

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Viki Crocker

Our founder




Prior to founding xl-erate, Viki held various Senior Executive positions in IBM, Accenture and CSC Computer Sciences, including Energy and Utilities Business Client Executive, Strategic Outsourcing Programs Director, and European Business Development Executive.
In establishing xl-erate, Viki’s goal was to help individuals, teams and organisations to achieve their full potential, in the context of their own and their organisations’ goals. Her aim was that xl-erate would provide world-class advice, training and coaching to financial and professional services organisations and to the teams and individuals within those businesses. Her particular focus areas were Leadership Development, Personal Impact and Influence, Relationship Management and Business Development.
The current team is committed to live the ethos that Viki created and to provide exceptional service to our clients.

Sian Thomas

Consultant & Facilitator

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Sian Thomas

Consultant & Facilitator


Sian is a highly skilled and experienced facilitator and global consultant who works with business and sports professionals to achieve peak performance.



Led major workforce change as an NHS CEO and is known within the health sector for her consummate relationship building, having briefed the Prime Minister & other senior government officials on matters relating to leadership, stakeholder and healthcare management and global health.

 

 

Specialises in advancing leadership, performance coaching, change and culture for clients.

 

 

Supports clients to bring bold and courageous leadership challenges to resolution in a real and practical way, combining the best executive, academic and commercial learning.

 

 

BA Economics, NLP Practitioner, Licenced Coach for UEFA Professional Football & British Cycling Coach, Tetramap accreditation.