Meet the Team
Developing Potential (UK) was set up from a desire to help individuals, teams and organisations to realise and achieve their true potential. How do we do that? We believe that your people are resourceful and creative; that they already know how to make your business perform better. In our experience it’s not a lack of training or skill that stops people achieving; it’s people’s levels of confidence, motivation and positive relationships. You don’t need to look far to see a change programme that has failed to ask yourself “why, when people have been given the knowledge and skills to be better do we see very little change?”. Using our knowledge, experience and expertise, we deliver inspirational, active, and memorable learning that you can instantly use in both your work and personal life – programmes that create change on a personal level, changing your organisation from the bottom up. We work with a number of specialist associates to deliver high quality and value for money learning experiences.
Dan has been developing the hidden potential within teams and individuals for over twenty years. His career started through working with young people and using the outdoors as a tool for self-discovery and personal development. An experienced trainer, coach and qualified teacher, Dan uses his understanding of experiential education and outdoor learning to provide powerful, fun and relevant learning experiences. His varied experience of working with public, private and voluntary sector organisations and working with young people through to senior management level make him a well rounded and versatile trainer.
With a firm belief in that we should practice what we teach, Dan can often be found pushing his own comfort zones through his love of surf kayaking, mountaineering, climbing and continuing professional development.
- Ba (Hons) Outdoor Education: 1st Class
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education
- Master Coach and Master Practitioner of NLP
- BPS Level A Qualified
- Certified User of the EQ-i and EQ360
- Licensed Myers Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner
- Licensed user of the 16pf personality instrument
- Accredited user of the Margerison-McCann Team Management Profile
- Certified MAP Assessor – Management Assessment of Proficiency
- Strength Deployment Inventory Practitioner – Level’s 1 & 2
Julia’s assessment of Leadership Potential began in 1997, she has subsequently moved into developing Leaders and managers through training, facilitating workshops, and coaching for individuals and teams. Alongside this she has a track record of designing and delivering assessment and development centres. Her style is honest and challenging, and she enjoys the opportunity to increase business effectiveness through individual’s realising their own potential and developing self-confidence to succeed. Julia is equally comfortable working in a solutions-focused way that builds on existing behaviours, or, exploring what emerges in a coaching conversation at a deeper level around identity, values and beliefs (including limiting self-beliefs). It is important for Julia that leaders are authentic and this is a key area of her focus. Her values of authenticity and competence underpin her work.
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development, Julia’s work record spans both the public and private sectors having been a Royal Naval Officer for 10 years, a Civil Servant and a HR consultant operating in international organisations, the private and public sectors. In her spare time she enjoys eventing her horse Harry and spending time with her family. Julia is passionate about her own development and has recently commenced a MSc in Executive Coaching and Behavioural Change.
- British Psychological Society Level A and B+ qualified
- Accredited user of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator
- Accredited user of the 16PF instrument
- Registered user of the OPQ instrument
- Certified user of the Strength Deployment Inventory
- NLP Master Practitioner
- NVQ A1 and V1
- City & Guilds 7307 – Adult Education
Darren has been involved in people development training since 1989. He has a passion for enabling learning and thinking differently. Darren’s work record spans both the private and public sectors, including time as an Intelligence Analyst working abroad. His leadership trainings incorporate hard won personal experience from Supervisor level to Director level appointments.
Darren believes in designing and delivering training that starts and finishes with listening to the client.. With his extensive background in NLP Darren is fascinated in our own maps of the world and the metaphors we use to journey through life. His training offers the choice for people to challenge their own metaphors and how useful they may be in that journey.
He has been privileged to deliver to a wide range of people including: adults with special education needs, Blue Chip companies, FE colleges, and voluntary organisations.
Darren only uses things that works!!, including: Emotional Intelligence, Accelerated & Experiential Learning, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Stephen Covey’s work, and Lean Manufacturing Techniques to name but a few.
When not working he trains for Ironman triathlons and still wonders what part of his map drives that compulsion!
- Certificate in Education
- NLP Trainer
- Mountain Leader
- Climbing and Kayak Instructor
- Member of the Institute of Management & Leadership
- Member of the Institute for Learning
Nicki is an experienced and passionate Learning & Development professional with a wealth of expertise at a senior level in a number of organisations, including borough and county councils and NHS Trusts. Nicki has recently been working with a diverse range of clients; from organisation design and change management projects with Department of Health and Virgin Atlantic, to Emotional Intelligence coaching for managers at Delphi Automotive.
Nicki specialises in:
- Facilitating and delivering a range of training activities, from programmes for staff aimed at confidence-building and developing self-awareness, to team days using experiential learning, personality profiling and feedback on observed behaviour
- Using psychometric tools as part of management / leadership development programmes, 1-1 feedback and coaching sessions, and selection processes
- Implementing OD initiatives and best practice, including organisation design and change management, talent management and competency frameworks.
What matters most to Nicki is her passion for enabling individuals to unlock their own potential, and for organisations to capitalise on the abilities of staff to drive forward business improvement.
In her spare time Nicki is a keen Latin and ballroom dancer, with a particular love of salsa dancing.
- ILM Diploma in Management Coaching and Mentoring
- Accredited practitioner of DISC personality profile instrument
- Accredited practitioner of EQi – Emotional Intelligence instrument
Roger has over 18 years of experience in the public and corporate sectors. The roles he has undertaken have shared a common theme: to bring out the best in others; from the children in care he worked with over 20 years ago through to the management, leadership and strategic roles he has held since. This is also reflected in his voluntary work as a Mentor for the Princes Trust.
He has a proven track record in delivering tangible business results in areas such as L&D strategy, operational management, sales and service management. He is experienced in operating within matrix organisations and skilled at developing collaborative relationships, managing multiple stakeholders and partners. Roger has also demonstrated an ability to balance both the relationship and task aspects of leadership when successfully establishing new departments and turning around under-performing functions. His experience demonstrates a level of credibility which is recognised and valued by his clients.
As a qualified coach, Roger has experience of working with young people, graduates, managers, senior leaders and directors to enable them to achieve their full potential.
- Henley School of Management – qualified coach
- Leadership Circle 360 Practitioner
- NLP Diploma
- CTI Fundamentals trained coach
Roger has undertaken significant personal development in the field of Emotional Intelligence and has developed and delivered his own material in this area. He also co-manages the Manchester NLP & EI Group which meets monthly.
When he’s not working, you will find him training and competing for Agecroft Rowing Club in Salford Quays.
Jock has been involved in experiential development training since 1986, working as an associate with a number of leading training organisations. A parallel career as a civil engineer led back to training via project management. He has a formidable background of designing and delivering behavioural training in as diverse areas as coaching Olympic coaches, Health & Safety, Stress Management, Phobia treatment and Sexual Health.
Jock’s real passion is for figuring out how people learn, and how they shift their self-limiting beliefs, whether that be about learning to juggle, managing their teams, or getting on better with their families. He takes an irreverent approach to training that uses an eclectic mix of elements from old and new wisdom and theory and isn’t constrained by any particular training ‘ideology’.
Recently, Jock has been involved in developing and running a follow-up to the widely acclaimed ‘Mastery’ personal development course, and has been collaborating on a forthcoming book on ‘demystifying’ Emotional Intelligence.
Delivering leadership & coaching training for registrars, consultants and senior clinical staff from North Lancs NHS Primary Care Trust
Facilitating change management programmes throughout a major government agency restructuring, for the Department of Constitutional Affairs
- Registered user of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator
- NLP Practitioner
- Mountain Leader