Who we are

We are a team of passionate professionals with deep knowledge of project management, NLP, and training and coaching.  We are personally committed to continuous personal and professional development and want to help you and your organisation to develop to meet your goals.

Peter Parkes, Roy Cooper, Michael Beale, Mike Jones, Richard Allen, Jo Orchard, Paul Matthews and Sandra Parkes.

We are looking to grow our community, so if you share our passion then please contact us to discuss opportunities to work together.

Dr Peter Parkes

Peter Parkes MBA

I wrote the book NLP4PM and developed the supporting training course to address a shortage in competence based training for aspiring project managers and balance the popularity of training in method and process.  I have a passion for project management and continuous personal and professional development and promise to infect you.

I have held senior roles in project management in the public sector, private sector, public private partnerships and ‘big 4’ management consultancies.  I am experienced across the life-cycle, from start-up to close-out, and have worked in many industries and sectors.  My passion, however, is getting the best out of the team.

I have a Masters in project management (MBA) with a final dissertation on best practice for project management of technology while working in the nuclear sector.  I am a Fellow of the Association for Project Management, certified to the highest level of practitioner (CPM), sit on the main board of the professional body and act as Board Champion for best practice groups (SIGs).  I was a founding member of best practice groups (SIGs) for Governance, Assurance, and Portfolio Management, a co-author of several publications on the topics and a regular conference speaker on aspects of best practice.  I sit on the steering group for the APM’s Body of Knowledge and contributed to several sections.  After a lifetime of continuous professional development I am chartered by several professional bodies and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, BCS, RSC, RSA, and IBC.  I am a committee member of the Institute of Directors.


Roy Cooper

Roy-Cooper-150x150 I started my journey in NLP in the early ‘90s and progressed to Master Practitioner.  I am a Certified Coach and Mentor.

I have a long and established record in project management and business change working for companies including: EDS, IBM, CSC, Reed Elsevier, Welsh Assembly Government, Bupa, Xerox, Rolls Royce and Vodafone. Roles have included:

  • Stakeholder management to executive board level
  • Programme Management and portfolio management best practice implementation, including PMO setup
    Trouble-shooting Projects £1m – 200 million
  • Managed strategic service organisations of 2 – 5000 people
  • Managed global IT service contracts, TCV £2000m, through start-up & transformation
  • Negotiated and managed IT Service, Outsource and SI contracts
  • Designed and led EMEA wide Six Sigma Programmes
  • Coached Business Leaders and Individuals to excellence, using certified coaching techniques, practices and interventions
  • Managing major change and transformation programmes incorporating business wide systems implementation, end to end business process re-engineering as well as cultural and behavioural change.

I have excellent interpersonal skills, supported by a certification as Master Practitioner of NLP and Master Coach, enabling me to help build high performing skilled and motivated teams as well as effective value based relationships with stakeholders.

Michael Beale

Michael-Beale-150x150 My early career was in buying for high street brands, culminating in General Buyer for the Do-It-All DIY chain.  This gave me a strong background in negotiation skills as well as general management.  From there I moved on to become Strategy Development Manager for BT (British Telecommunications) during the time when it was morphing from a government monopoly to a major commercial telecommunications company.

I trained under the founders of NLP, being a certified trainer under Richard Bandler and certified coach under John Grinder.  I specialise in 1-2-1 training and coaching and executive support.  I also run ‘Tribal Gatherings’ for like-minded NLP professionals.

Mike Jones

Mike-Jones I graduated in Computer Science and progressed through a number of senior project and management roles in the utility, rail and consultancy sectors, culminating in Managing Director for Energy Retail with ABB.

I completed a second degree in Psychology and now focus on executive coaching to develop Emotional Intelligence.  I am an accredited 360 degree feedback assessor and EQ assessor.

Richard Allen

Richard-Allen1-150x150 My Project Management work over three decades has delivered business change through systems changes, mainly in the London financial sector.  I’m qualified through APM and PRINCE2, and experienced in many waterfall projects, and I’ve also run agile projects as a qualified DSDM PM, and Certified Scrum Master.

I learned my NLP Master Practitioner through multiple well-known trainers, covering Systemic NLP, Time-Line techniques and Accelerated Learning style. I’m a certified Trainer of NLP, and a certified Co-Active Coach.

I’ve found that Project Management thinking fits well with NLP’s well-formed outcomes, logical levels, and time-line shifts, to help decide and follow-through on goals.  While my Co-Active Coaching and Ericksonian language brings an enjoyable seamless way to align your inner conviction and energise your motivation.

My professional coaching has been a mix of personal career coaching, and helping people to face big challenges in their life.

Jo Orchard

Jo-Orchard1-150x150 I am a training professional and my passion is training.  I am a former training manager in a ‘Big 4’ management consultancy, having delivered a whole range of courses for management development and professional services.

I am an NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer, having qualified under the founders of NLP and subsequently delivered NLP and NLP-derived courses to a range of professional groups.

Paul Matthews

Paul-Matthews1-150x150 I am passionate about personal and professional development and have spent a career pursuing these topics across several industries and countries.  I have held senior roles with multi-national organisations in IT operations, business development and sales.

I  am an accredited NLP trainer and have delivered many Practitioner and Master Practitioner courses.

I am also the Managing Director of Alchemy – the practical desktop handbook for managers, which also contains many project management topics (some written by Peter) – www.PeopleAlchemy.co.uk

Sandra Parkes

Sandra-Parkes1 I am an HR professional and trainer specialising in workplace wellness, leadership and performance management and have delivered these functions across Europe, Middle East & Africa for a global blue chip company.

I hold a PGCE in adult education and a Masters in Education specialising in Leadership and Management.   I am a Fellow of the Institute for Learning (FIFL)  and of the RSA, and a professional member of the Insitute of  Leadership & Management.

I am a certified NLP practitioner and have completed and trained a wide range of personal development courses. I am also an accredited workplace wellness consultant and a leadership development facilitator (DDI).