Our Team


The Vondel Team

In order to offer you the best we have sought out the best.

Our associates are all people we trust with our reputation. We pay 
them well so that they treat our clients as their own, taking pride in the services they provide and always going the extra mile.

This is a group of people we enjoy doing business with - we are confident you will too!


The Directors

PETER HOBBS BA (Hons), MCIPD, MAPM

Specialist Areas: Project Management, Time Management, Leadership and Teambuilding

Peter is an experienced consultant and facilitator who has worked with companies in a variety of sectors over the past 15 years particularly in relation to teamwork and communications around projects. He has an outstanding knowledge of his field and is able to offer practical ‘jargon-free’ advice based on sound theory.

Background

After an initial career in the Army which included two specialist training roles, 
Peter worked for six years as a consultant with the MaST Organisation. He then spent two years in a human resources and operations role in a large market research agency, Research International, where he had responsibility for resourcing, internal communications and staff development.

In 1999 Peter founded the Hobbs Partnership as a consultancy focusing on the needs of project managers and has worked with a variety of clients in the period since then including AIG, British Medical Journal, Channel Four, ITV, Knight Frank, M&G, Nokia, Penguin Books and Shell.

Peter read Classics at Southampton between 1979 – 82. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) and of the Association of Project Managers (MAPM). He is qualified to use the FIRO-B and DISC psychometrics. He holds a Prince 2 Practitioner qualification for work on projects. He is a twice published author on project management, his latest book being published in 2009 by Dorling Kindersley as part of their Essential Managers series University.

SARAH HOBBS MA ( Cantab ), ACA

Specialist Areas:  Financial and Commercial Awareness, Leadership and ManagementSkills, Conflict Resolution, Coaching

Sarah Barnes is a qualified Chartered Accountant who now specializes in financial and commercial awareness training, leadership and management skills, and executive coaching.

Through a rare combination of technical expertise and outstanding communication skills, Sarah makes finance comprehensible and enjoyable to non-specialists.

As well as financial skills courses, Sarah delivers leadership and management skills programmes across different levels of seniority in large and small organisations, including the public sector. She has a growing reputation for work on conflict resolution. She works with Boards to facilitate communication and teamwork and increase financial literacy. She is an experienced coach at this level.

Recent assignments include speaking engagements at conferences for the Ministry of Defence and Barclays Bank focusing on communication issues within large organisations.

Background

Sarah trained as an accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers in London, where she gained a solid business background and exposure to many different types of industry. After qualifying she transferred to their Training Department where she designed and delivered training programmes to groups throughout the United Kingdom and one-to-one coaching at partner level.

In 2006 Sarah set up Sarah Barnes Coaching and Training, before merging in 2008 with the Hobbs Partnership to create Vondel.

Sarah read Modern Languages at Cambridge University. She has an ACA qualification and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. She is qualified to use both the MBTI and DISC profiling instruments. She is also an NLP Practitioner and a certified coach.

The Associates

SUE CODRINGTON

Specialist Areas: Writing Skills – Grammar, Letter Writing, Business Writing, Report Writing, Minute Taking

Sue Codrington’s particular expertise is in helping people to feel more confident about their business writing, at whatever level.

For those for whom the word grammar poses something of a threat (probably because they weren’t taught any), Sue transforms understanding and attitude in a friendly, lively way. She wrote the Effective English course for the Cabinet Office, a programme now adopted by several government departments and many leading commercial organisations. This course plugs any gaps in grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Sue also designs and delivers a range of writing courses for everyone from recent joiners to board members. The majority of her work is customised to the needs of different clients and live material is used wherever possible.

DAVID COTTON 

Specialist Areas: Strategic leadership, Change management, Teamwork, Creativity and Hypnotherapy

David is a dynamic and vastly experienced learning and development consultant, who translates strategy into pragmatic learning which makes a real difference.

A training and development consultant since the 1980s, David Cotton specialises in leadership, management and change. He spent over 20 years with two of the ‘Big 4’ consulting firms, first at Arthur Andersen and then at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, where for some years he led a team of 100 trainers in 26 countries.

After running his own highly successful training consultancy David became Training Director for the People Development Team, the UK’s top provider of accredited management and leadership training before re-establishing his own company, Wize-Up Learning and Development.

A rich vein of humour permeates David’s work as trainer, coach, consultant, designer and facilitator. He long ago shelved his methodology books, seeing them as generalised solutions to someone else’s problems, and he treats every client as unique, each with their own issues.

David is a graduate, an NLP practitioner and has a diploma in Training and Development. He is a Fellow of the British Institute for Learning and Development. Much of his work involves the use of accelerated learning techniques to help his clients to move towards full realisation of their potential. He has consulted and trained in every aspect of leadership, management, personal and organisational change.

David has worked in more than 20 countries and 4 continents - in North America, the Middle East, North Africa, the Far East and much of continental Europe.

His client portfolio encompasses multinational corporations, SMEs, local and national government departments in the UK and overseas. He has coached senior executives and senior Whitehall civil servants, worked on strategic development at board level and managed pan-European training programmes for up to 30,000 people.

A prolific author, David has won publishers’ best-seller awards for two of his books and two international awards for an e-learning package on electronic marketplaces. He has designed electronic performance support systems and e-learning programmes.

JEREMY COX

Specialist Areas: Cultural Change, Leadership Development, Team Building and Executive Coaching

Jeremy specializes in the development of people to achieve both their own and organisational 
goals. He predominantly works in Cultural Change, Leadership Development, Team Building and Executive Coaching. He designs and facilitates workshops, presents at conferences and coaches individuals and business teams.

Jeremy has worked extensively across a broad range of industries and at all levels in business from CEO/Main Board of Footsie 100/Blue Chip companies through to the shop floor.

Jeremy began his career as a professional pianist, having studied at the Royal College of Music. Seeking excitement and challenge, he was then commissioned into the Army, served with The Life Guards and the Paras and latterly taught leadership at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He subsequently worked for three years as a headhunter, recruiting senior level executives and in 1997 he moved into developing rather than recruiting people.

ANDREW DINES MBA

Specialist Areas: Strategic Management, Financial and Commercial Awareness, Leadership Development, Coaching and Facilitation

Andrew is an experienced and able manager, leader, communicator and facilitator skilled in strategic development; firm wide management and people development. His considerable wealth of practical experience, energy and enthusiasm (now complemented by his attainment of an MBA in 2006) help relate conceptual ideas, learning and difficult scenarios/situations into practical, understandable and achievable outcomes at all levels.

Andrew is an experienced director of training and development and course facilitator who designs and delivers engaging events aimed not only at individual development but also the benefit for the business.

Andrew delivers his courses to all levels within organisations and achieves presentational feedback scores average over 90%. Andrew specialises in working with Law firms but also has significant experience in other sectors.

GERARD HARGREAVES

Specialist Areas: Stress Management, Work/Life Balance, Communication Skills Managing Change and Executive Coaching

Gerard is an independent Training and Development Consultant and Executive Coach with an impressive track record of helping individuals and organisations achieve maximum performance in a fast moving and demanding business market.

For 11 years he held senior appointments at MaST International before joining the Director and Board Development Department of the Institute of Directors in 1998. There he developed a highly successful one to one executive coaching programme for directors and senior executives.

Gerard has broadcast on BBC television and radio and has consulted on the production of BBC Training Videos. He is the co-author of the BBC Books publication ‘Making Time’ and the author of a book on ‘Stress Management’ published by Marshall and marketed in Europe by Video Arts.

JUDY SALMON

Specialist Areas: Personal Effectiveness, Communication Skills, Executive Coaching, Negotiation Skills

Originally a training manager with a large firm of stockbrokers Judy is now an experienced consultant with an impressive client list both in London and around her base in Exeter.

Judy specialises in general communication skills with particular expertise in helping people become more confident and self aware. She is comfortable working at all levels within organisations whether this is 1:1 coaching for board members or training courses for new recruits.

Judy has excellent listening skills and an uncanny ability to ask well timed and incisive questions to unlock performance issues.

DENISE TAYLORSON

Specialist Areas: Personal Effectiveness, Communication Skills, The Business Application of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Train the Trainer

Denise is an accomplished coach and trainer with extensive experience in the design and delivery of traditional and innovative training solutions to increase individual effectiveness and organisational performance. During her career as a training consultant she has worked 
in South Africa, Switzerland, the USA and Canada as well as in the UK.

Denise is a Certified NLP Practitioner and a Certified Life Coach. She is also qualified in a variety of psychometric instruments. She is currently working with Shell, the London Development Agency and Mastercard.

KATHY TOOGOOD

Specialist Areas: Communication Skills, Leadership Development, Personality Assessment, Coaching and Facilitation

Kathy is an experienced Personnel and Training Professional, with more than 13 years senior retail management experience for leading companies including Marks and Spencer plc, combined with over 10 years in a consulting, training and coaching role. As a consultant 
and coach, she has worked for many large organisations spanning finance, manufacturing, retail, utilities, the public sector and service industries. Clients she has worked with include Barclays, Orange, Wrigley, SPAR, Mothercare, Local and Regional Government, Abbott 
Laboratories and Pfizer. Her extensive experience spans the areas of Organisational Development, Talent Management, Performance Management, Change Management, Leadership Development and Recruitment and Selection.

Kathy gained an Honours degree in Business Studies from Sheffield University. She is also a Master Practitioner in NLP, is a practitioner for Myers Briggs (Step I & 2) and is trained to British Psychological Society level B in occupational testing. She qualified as a Professional 
Life Coach with the Coaching Academy and The UK College of Coaching, where she also contributed to the Corporate Coach Training programme. She is currently embarking on a further post-graduate coaching qualification

RHYDIAN VAUGHAN

Specialist Areas: Negotiating Skills, Sales & Business Development, Winning New Business, Beauty Parades, Key Client Management, 
Influencing and Persuading others

Rhydian specialises in designing and running programmes that have a direct impact on his clients’ bottom line, providing the crucial business winning skills organisations need to survive in difficult markets. 
 
He provides practical jargon-free advice/help to a wide and eclectic range of clients, from Savills to Amnesty International and encompassing City, Legal, Property and Retail Organisations. He works well at all levels, from board members to graduates.
 
Rhydian started his career being commissioned into the Welsh Guards and followed by 6 years in the Lloyds of London insurance market as a North American reinsurance broker. He spent 22 years with a firm of international management consultants before leaving to concentrate on giving a more personal service to his chosen clients.