Team

Innovators. Agitators. Designers. Disruptors. Nice people. IW is a collective of bright minds. In our own corner of the learning and organisational change world, we feel unique.

Jonna Sercombe

CEO

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Jonna Sercombe

Philosopher, logician, psychologist, and founder of Interactive Workshops, Jonna has worked on every habitable continent in the world, training business and leadership skills in a wide variety of organisations and contexts.

When Jonna enters the room you know about it. His energy and enthusiasm for a healthy and happy workforce infuses everything he does. From his rapacious appetite for new and exciting ideas, to running 12 miles across London as an alternative evening commute, and the 10 minutes he always has to support a colleague, he exhibits all the qualities of a charismatic leader.

A pioneer in his field, he is at his happiest when engaged in genuine conversations with interesting people. At Interactive Workshops, he and his team have created, from scratch, a best-in-class agency in the L&D space.

Phone:
+44 (0)77 7980 1027
Karen Chu

Non Exec Director

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Karen Chu

Karen set up her first business aged seven, selling rocks from her parents’ garden as paperweights. She has continued to apply her brand of enthusiasm, curiosity and ability to inspire others into her extensive experience as a consultant in the banking and financial services industries, advising on the implementation of multi-million dollar and multi-disciplinary projects across global teams.

Phone:
+44 (0)78 8799 6285
Stephanie Sercombe

Producer

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Stephanie Sercombe

Stephanie is an organisational powerhouse. Whenever you need to know a when, what or how – she’s got the answer. Kicking off her career in management consultancy at PWC, a few years ago she was telling music industry bigwigs in New York how to prepare for a digital revolution. Now she applies her incredible know-how to help everyone she encounters - from BMW and the BBC to MINI or M&S - to get the most out of their training programmes.

When she’s not keeping everything running smoothly at Interactive Workshops (including keeping Jonna in line) Steph can be found performing a different balancing act; at her aerial trapeze classes.

Phone:
+44 (0)78 0123 4775
Andy McConkey

Producer

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Andy McConkey

Former rock star, sales guru, and now co-founder of Interactive Workshops, Andy has worn many hats with style. Apparently, extensive experience of pressing tour schedules, stage performances and soaring financial targets can equip you to handle most situations with ease – or at least he makes it look like that.

Controlled and meticulous, Andy’s delivery rate is a thing of wonder. An all-round machine, he squeezes the most from every day, yet never appears too pressured or busy; and always has time to crack a joke, or give stellar advice to anyone that ventures his way.

Phone:
+44 (0)77 8685 8333
Nathan Rager

Producer

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Nathan Rager

A graduate of Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Nathan trained and commanded troops with the British Army, at home and in Afghanistan among other places.

He has since applied his commanding management and leadership skills across humanitarian teams on the borders of Syria, the financial services industry and now as a resounding force for good at Interactive Workshops.

At 6’5” and with the tone of an infantry officer, Nathan has no trouble taking command of a room or an entire project with both joviality and military precision.

Phone:
+44 (0)77 9239 4075
Johnny Lympus

Producer

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Johnny Lympus

Twelve years as a successful entrepreneur and coach has helped Johnny master two things incredibly well: keeping it simple and getting the best out of people.

Having worked with leading executives and entrepreneurs from all over the world for over a decade he has an uncanny knack of turning problems into opportunities and delivering massive value in minimum time.

Johnny’s friendly demeanour hides a steel-like commitment to changing the world one leader at time.

Phone:
+44 (0)78 1321 2441
Susan Rimmer

Producer

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Susan Rimmer

With a degree in mathematics and a background in insurance and technology, you’re in safe hands with Susan.

Outside of her day job, she has also spent many years with Entrepreneurial Scotland, developing internships, mentoring undergraduates and organising events.

Being a qualified dance teacher, Susan is naturally balanced in all she does, bringing energy and charisma to her work, while remaining grounded as a tree.

Phone:
+44 (0)75 4552 1237
Emily Link

Producer

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Emily Link

With a background in cracking the toughest audience – teenagers – Emily worked in education for six years. She completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme in an inner-city school in Birmingham, then jumped right into work for a London university. These experiences have enabled Emily to lead and deliver change within people at all levels.

Her energy and enthusiasm allows her to connect with her audience and create the perfect conditions for people to flourish, by bringing out the best in them and others.

Not one to take life too seriously and taking pleasure in the simple things, Emily has an engaging and charismatic personality – unless you come up against her in a Sunday-league football match.

Phone:
+44 (0)74 7385 5916
Victoria Lympus

Producer

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Victoria Lympus

After a decade working in illustrated-book publishing, Victoria is passionate about comma placement, hyphenation and capitalisation. She loves helping others explain what they mean and turning expert knowledge into accessible text – which is interesting to read. A meticulous planner, organiser and people person – she ensures editorial projects stay on schedule and on budget.

Phone:
+44 (0)79 8511 7731
Mim Honess

Producer

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Mim Honess

With eight years’ experience as a secondary school teacher, Mim’s organisational and people skills are finely honed. That’s why we initially got her on board to help with learning design and delivery.

Since then, she’s been instrumental in helping IW to grow by seeking out and recruiting fresh talent to join the team, as well as helping Johnny organise events and keep our readers entertained with blog updates from IW Towers.

Phone:
+44 (0)74 7931 6399
Chris Lissaman

Producer

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Chris Lissaman

Chris brings his graphic design background, marketing experience and branding passion to Interactive Workshops. Always orange. Never Comic Sans.

He leads the creative team that deliver beautifully designed work to our clients and share our story.

When he’s not bringing clarity to our work at IW Towers, on the weekend Chris lends his communication skills to his local church community by leading services and giving talks.

Phone:
+44 (0)78 3700 7201
Rosie Blyth

Producer

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Rosie Blyth

Not one to crack under pressure, Rosie is always on hand to help - from helping to organise our SpeakEasy events to making sure the creative team are well stocked with Post-It notes.

With a degree in Graphic Arts & Design, she’s part of the IW Studio – working on anything design; whether that be client presentations or assets for our workshops. Rosie is incredibly organised and loves the variety within her job. Being very relational, she fits right in at IW.

Originally from Hertfordshire, she’s at home in country side. Her great taste in music also means she’s frequently given the role of office DJ.

Matteo Bisato

Producer

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Matteo Bisato

With a Masters at London College of Communication, Matteo is always keen on pushing the boundaries of graphic design and regards critical thinking as one key aspect of this practice.

To him, every brief and every project turns into an opportunity to intrigue the viewer and challenge the established visual language. He intertwines thinking with art and drawing. He is also committed to exploring the contribution of sound in our visual culture.

When he is not designing the latest book or sketching ideas for the next poster, he is wearing his climbing shoes and dirtying his hands with chalk to get on top of that route he’s been attempting too many times. Keep an eye on him — he might become a famous climber one day.

Tinashe Sithole

Producer

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Tinashe Sithole

Tinashe decided from the beginning of his career to only do work that matters. This mindset has taken him into a variety of industries and sectors including politics, tech, charity, news and education; delivering measurable outcomes, connecting people and helping people communicate better.

Never afraid of a difficult conversation, his knowledge and passion for philosophy and sociology means there is a different perspective when he approaches problems or tasks.

Outside of IW, he practices what he preaches, sitting on the board of three charities, running an entertainment business and finding ways to continuously learn.

Josh Myers

Producer

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Josh Myers

As one of the brightest on the IW team, Josh brings a fresh mix of energy and expertise to the table. Josh is a self-proclaimed extrovert, optimist and people person, and joined IW after spending three and a half years working in the London property industry.

Having learnt from some of the best in the industry, he knows how to create a good deal, influence culture and exceed expectations. He’s also learnt what he considers to be the most important component in business: relationships.

An emphatic sportsman in his spare time, teamwork and leadership ooze through his veins. As a high-performance individual who is driven to succeed, Josh is suited to life at IW like a fish to water.

Phone:
+44 (0)78 4378 8962
Anna Beer

Producer

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Anna Beer

Anna is a charismatic and structured worker and naturally embraces IW core values of team work, innovation and self-organisation. Able to balance multiple competing priorities she always stays positive and never fails to wear a smile.

Having spent the majority of the past eight years abroad, she is a true global citizen. With a curiosity for continuous learning and experiencing all things new, success to her is truly enjoying the work she does alongside the people she works with.

Phone:
+4917643569092
Laura Thomas

Producer

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Laura Thomas

With a background in graduate development, sales, and employee wellbeing, Laura has experience getting the very best from people and seeing them thrive at work.

A natural storyteller, being most comfortable in front of an audience or writing with emotion, Laura has won the hearts and minds of many - inspiring them to take action and engage with personal change.

A certified health coach and an entertainer at heart, outside of work you'll find Laura practicing for her latest ballroom dancing show or researching how to make her own ginger shots.

Jerome McCarthy

Producer

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Jerome McCarthy

Jerome brings a business orientated background to IW. Studying Economics at university he enjoys seeking out the opportunities to help businesses grow further. Following a recent change in career, Jerome is relishing the challenges at IW. He is committed to bringing innovative and game-changing solutions to go above and beyond the client’s expectations.

He brings a relaxed and calming influence to the team, whilst never losing sight of the end goal. A great asset to have with IW’s growing client base and continued acceleration in the learning and development space.

Originally from Devon, Jerome’s now loving the busy life in London. As a keen sportsman most of his weekend is taken up by watching a variety of sports. He is also a keen traveller and once conquered Mount Kilimanjaro.

Meng Jiang

Producer

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Meng Jiang

Since her first international experience as a pigtailed four-year-old, Meng has so far lived in ten countries and travelled to more than 50. She finds comfort in unfamiliarity, inspiration in diversity and curiosity in almost everything!

With a background in Investment Management, Innovation Consulting and Social Enterprise, Meng is determined to help organisations (and therefore society as a whole) grow and create value by putting people at the centre. She believes empathy, creativity, self-exploration and collaboration are the best ways to deliver a sustainable and meaningful impact.

In her free time, Meng enjoys volunteering (generously, especially in the field of education and coaching), travelling (freely), eating (adventurously) and taking photos (obsessively).

Niki Westlake

Producer

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Niki Westlake

Niki joined the Interactive Workshops design team after finishing a Graphic Design degree where she studied in her homeland of Canada and then broke the mold with a transatlantic move to study for a year in Southampton.

Niki is a driven individual with a can-do attitude and a variety of design skills that enable her to confidently handle any design project.

Ylenia Saitta

Producer

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Ylenia Saitta

Ylenia blends assertiveness with a gentle personality.
On every project she works on in the IW Studio, she’s as keen to deliver her best work as she is to learn new skills.

With a background in Media and experience gained in Italy, Scotland and Toronto, Ylenia’s passion for visual communication combined with her high level of organisation make for a fierce combination.

Alex Pestell

Producer

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Alex Pestell

Alex doesn’t settle until he delivers. Whether it’s quality work to a client, teaching a child the basics of English, or helping his team win a game.

Having lived and worked in cultural hotspots such as Paris, Lille, Bristol and erm…Leeds, Alex is versed in quickly building rapport with a diverse range of people.

Simon Fagg

Producer

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Simon Fagg

A man of few words, when Simon speaks, everyone listens. Capable of cutting to the core of any problem with a wealth of thoughtful solutions, quite frankly, he has the Midas touch.

Boasting a wealth of experience with clients in professional services, banking and communications he has solved a range of problems across sales management, leadership, and change management. As impressive as that sounds, he is also a father to seven children. Need we say more? The cherry on the cake – he is also one of the nicest people we know.

Phone:
+44 (0)79 5804 4788
Pete Beaumont

Producer

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Pete Beaumont

Pete's journey as a learning expert and leader has led him across multinational finance, professional services and mass media firms such as Accenture, Citibank and Thomson Reuters.

Hailing from South Africa, Pete studied as an Industrial Psychologist. His razor-sharp knowledge of the industry is matched by the warmth of his persona and undeniable passion for supporting emerging leaders to reach their full potential. This man not only knows his stuff, he loves it.

Phone:
+44 (0)78 8063 8555
Matt Trinetti

Producer

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Matt Trinetti

Both engineer and storyteller; poet and quant; powerful listener and speaker – Matt is a dynamic personality and positive force who brings both head and heart to everything he does.

American born and bred, Matt cut his teeth as a management consultant at IBM before pivoting his career to explore creative pursuits – writing, acting, speaking, and designing transformative educational programmes. In 2014, he hopped the pond to launch Escape The City's “Escape School” to help thousands of people in London start businesses, change careers, and find fulfilling work.

When he's not facilitating workshops, you might find him acting in a feature film, speaking on the TEDx stage, stitching leather goods, or wild camping in a foreign place.

David Taylor

Producer

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David Taylor

David has leveraged his high level career in the automotive sector delivering results at executive level onto a broader international brand stage.

David still believes he is 25 years old and continues to sail, cycle, and keep fit in an unconnected way. Previously a Trustee of BEN, he is married with three adult children.

David’s mantra: 'less is more'. Currently his personal 'less' is to focus on tyre pressure reduction and its effect on his road bike comfort. Of course, we all understand that.

Sarah Rudder

Producer

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Sarah Rudder

‘Sarah’s enthusiasm carries her through situations where she should fail’. So said her very first appraisal when she was a graduate trainee for Debenhams many years ago. Deciding to take that as a compliment Sarah has applied that same enthusiasm to everything she’s done since!

Following a successful career in retail management she’s been working as a learning designer, facilitator and coach for nearly 20 years with a wide variety of organisations around the globe. Describing herself as an adventurer in life and learning she’s a specialist in mental toughness and passionate about developing people to be the best they can be. She loves what she does.

Outside work Sarah is a long distance hiker, wild camper, dog owner and rider of a big blue motorbike.

Stephen Cornes

Producer

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Stephen Cornes

With a background in consulting, investment banking, and acting, Stephen brings theory and practice together to create and deliver engaging and dynamic learning programmes. How many people do you know have four degrees and can tell stories of working on the trading floor or performing in front of 3000 people in a West End production?!

Stephen brings an energy to learning that is addictive. He is always cracking jokes, happily sharing advice and remaining calm even in the most stressful of situations. He is also a qualified executive coach and really enjoys helping people solve complex business problems.

Liz Saunders

Producer

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Liz Saunders

Having spent a lot of her career working with NHS professionals Liz is a dab hand at understanding clever people. Able to intellectually stretch at the same time as personally enlighten, she gets the balance between attending to content and process.

Liz’s passion is helping people understand themselves and their context to be the best leader they can be. Her infectious energy motivates and inspires but, being the keen baker she is, she knows when to intervene and when to leave things to rise.

With two children and an avid interest in triathlon she knows a thing or two about preparation, technique and stamina all of which help her support and develop others.

Cameron Blair

Producer

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Cameron Blair

With an entertaining engaging style, Cameron has faced down the toughest crowds – drunk hecklers at London’s top comedy clubs. He’s happy to share laugh or quick joke with any that will listen. Avid podcast addict, his favourites right now are: Motley Fool Money, Myths and Legends and Sodajerker on Songwriting.

If you can get past his Kiwi accent, Cameron has a wealth of knowledge in finance and backpacking. He takes a break from backpacking and analysing cost benefit models, to coach on a wide variety of subjects with expertise in business presentation skills, cultural transformation and storytelling. You name a sector, he has worked it.

Rob Stewart

Producer

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Rob Stewart

With a masters degree in cognitive behavioural therapy and a PgDip in occupational psychology, Rob is able to draw upon both theoretical and practical knowledge. He possesses considerable expertise and experience within the employee engagement, leadership development and well-being fields. Rob has extensive experience of working closely with graduates to senior leaders assisting in their development and growth.

Rob holds great empathy alongside his enthusiasm and passion to assist people in growing and learning.

Margaret Allen

Producer

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Margaret Allen

Even with over 20 years’ experience including 500 hours (and counting) of coaching Margaret maintains a zest for life and a sense of fun. She combines this with wisdom, perspective and insights gained from working in sectors as diverse as drinks, pharmaceuticals and education. Friendly in her approach, she is direct and pragmatic when challenging clients. Her passion and enthusiasm ignite others thinking and energise a room.

A geographer at heart she loves exploring new places and never misses an opportunity to take clients into the fresh air to understand and map their journeys. She is at her happiest with a hockey stick or tennis racket in hand.

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