Jane Myers

Jane has a background in psychology and drama, with a recent MSc in Coaching and Development. This creates a strong foundation for her work in learning and development. Having spent time researching and working in the field of dyslexia, Jane has turned her talents to the art of facilitating effective inclusive learning. This covers many areas including leadership, management, skills development, Specific Learning Difficulties and now looking at improving the facilitation skills of others.

The core of Jane’s beliefs is that everyone has potential and the ability to learn, in the right environment. It is the responsibility of the facilitator to create a learning environment which is inclusive for everyone. Learning begins with the learner; the facilitator is present to create the opportunity for the flow of thinking. 

Jane is a skilled facilitator with a strong reputation for success. She is also a performance coach and works with a range of clients in business, personal life and sport. 

Following a career with the British Dyexia Association and other charitable organisations, Jane has been running JMA ltd for over 8 years now, working with a range of clients including the Armed Forces, MOD, Open University, Local Councils, a selection of corporate clients, Police and Fire service, as well as many others. Jane also delivers training for other learning organisations with a reputation for high quality delivery every time!

On a personal note, Jane enjoys spending quality time with her family, ideally outdoors! This includes walking, biking and a passion for being around horses too. 

Ally Messer

Ally Messer has enjoyed a wide ranging general management career and is a co director of Messer Ltd an HR, Change, Performance and Coaching Consultancy with over 50 years combined experience. With extensive hands on coaching experience at numerous leadership levels she primarily provides professional coaching to leaders in all sectors utilizing a number of tools including psychometrics and 360 degree feedback mechanisms. These tools combined with skills honed and insight gained through studying at Masters level provide the necessary platform and indeed support to effectively enable change to take place and become embedded within the leaders DNA.

Prior to this she worked with the Telephone Banking Leaders and their teams providing personal coaching, running Team building events and designing other interventions as required to uplift performance. She also designed and implemented a new coaching strategy to improve the coaching culture within the Telephony Centres.

She has a breadth of experience in the Financial Services including a key role as a management Consultant for LTSB Scotland leading the design and implementation of a new Business planning and Policy Deployment process with supporting Balance Business Scorecard software. As a licensed practitioner of the AIM and Changefirst Change management methodologies this enabled her to put the theory and practice together, reinforced through managing the people side of large group-wide efficiency programmes.

Additional roles as an external assessor for Midlands Excellence and ESW assessing Businesses applying for a Quality award extended this business knowledge as has working as a quality manager utilizing continuous improvement tools and techniques, understanding the European Quality Model (EFQM) and becoming a ‘Green Belt’ in Six Sigma (process reengineering).

This experience plus her work within HR enabled Ally to understand the daily challenges leaders face whether working alone or leading a team. The complexities of being solely responsible for developing and implementing a new scheme to measure and value the contribution made by people within LTSB were seen within this strategic role. Additionally the reality of leading a high performing team was experienced through many roles particularly the leadership of the Recruitment and development team.   

Her passion for people and their development has been a constant theme through all her roles eventually led her to the personal coaching role. Coaching is her ‘true north’ and something she finds extremely worthwhile and fulfilling. She is a licensed practitioner of the Human Synergistics psychometric Tools & Techniques (www.humansynergistics.co.uk). The completion of her MSC in Coaching & Development has enhanced her work particularly her dissertation looking into how coaching can help sustain personal change.

She has largely worked within the UK but has had international experience when she worked with the board of an Egypt Bank on policy deployment and Balanced Business Scorecards. In addition she has also presented at the Balanced Scorecard Collaborative Conference in Nice.

She lives in Bath with her husband Ernie who is a co director and works as managing consultant. She has one daughter, 4 years old who keeps her on her toes! Her interests include reading, drawing, the gym, horse riding and skiing together with enjoying an active church and family life.

Kate Stonehouse

Kate is a charismatic training professional, with over 20 years experience gained in policing, specialising in child protection and training. Kate has extensive experience in the field of learning disability through personal experience and roles in the voluntary and charity sector. Kate has trained, coached and developed a wide range of professionals, private individuals, students and volunteers using her excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a pragmatic, facilitational and student centred style to enable them to meet the learning objectives and reach their potential in an enjoyable and memorable way.

Kate is a qualified trainer and training manager, and her roles have included designing and delivering bespoke training solutions to meet the need of clients; training manager with additional responsibility for quality assurance of training across the organisation; training, developing, coaching, assessing, and internally verifying in the field of Learning and Development.