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Kevin Lawrence

Founder and Managing Director

Kevin is Managing Director of the Odyssey Group.
His unique style and insight has been instrumental in transforming and revolutionising the development functions and practices in major household known companies across the retail, insurance and construction service industries.

With a background in Operations, Sales Management, Service, PR & Communications and Human Resources, Kevin’s pragmatic understanding and commercial application of development theory and practice continues to add value across a broad range of businesses both nationally and internationally. Committed to eradicating the mediocrity he sees in the development industry, Kevin’s approach has been described as a ‘breath of fresh air’ by those he works with.

Kevin specialises in leadership and management development, change, executive team development and organisational development strategy.

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Michael Green

Senior Consultant

With a background in politics and consulting, Michael is Senior Consultant at Odyssey and has over 25 years’ experience working with the leaders of blue-chip organisations.

He effects significant and sustainable performance improvement through the implementation of fundamental behavioural change. Over the course of his career he has worked across a wide range of industries in Europe, North America and the Middle East. Additionally, he has experience in operational management and strategic change roles with a global financial services provider. In all these settings, he has demonstrated the ability to engage, to challenge and to mobilise clients – from the boardroom to the shop floor – in ways that result in their personal growth and development, as well as in the delivery of tangible benefits to their organisations.

Michael combines his academic background with this breadth of experience to help his clients to make genuine changes in the way they think, act and perform. An American national, Michael and his family have lived in England since 1989.

Sue French

Office Manager

Sue is our very patient and understanding Office Manager whom we all rely on to ensure things happen!

Sue has significant experience in both the project management and administration of learning solution delivery and is currently supporting both single and multi- cultural development programmes for a range of clients based in the UK, France and US.

Sue has worked for the Odyssey Group since January 2005 prior to which she spent 11 years in learning and development functions of the NHS.

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Julia Payne

Associate

Julia is one of our highest profile associates and is an internationally recognised expert on leadership, executive coaching and management development.

Julia specialises in the assessment and development of leaders ranging from first time managers to CEO’s. Julia has coached C-Suite and Senior Executives on developing key leadership skills within some of the world’s leading companies.

Her accomplishments and business acumen have not gone unnoticed. Julia is frequently quoted in the national press on leadership and business matters, including FT, The Times, The Telegraph, and The Guardian, together with numerous trade publications. She is a prolific writer, being extensively published in the field of leadership, high performance behaviours and development, strategy and implementation.

In addition, Julia is a highly sought-after speaker on leadership and business growth, presenting keynote speeches in the US, Europe and UAE. Julia has advised FTSE 100 companies, mid tier companies looking to enter the FTSE, owner managed companies, royal families, associations and governments on several continents.

Julia is a Board member of the International Institute of Leadership.

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Simon Lingard

Associate

With a background in the Royal Artillery, mergers and acquisitions and consulting, Simon is one of our most experienced associate consultants. A dynamic, innovative and focused manager with proven leadership skills, financial enterprise and commercial acumen, Simon is an effective motivator and facilitator with excellent interpersonal skills. Since joining the Training & Development Industry eleven years ago his effective communication, facilitation, presentation and interpersonal skills have been proven in his considerable international experience of large and small team leadership, management, sales, personal development and client consultancy work. He has provided strategic and operational development interventions that out-deliver against client needs and business objectives. He has also facilitated the implementation of strategic change at Board and Senior Management Level.

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Wendy Mack

Associate

A consultant, speaker, coach, and trainer whose specialty is helping leaders engage, align, and motivate their employees.

I have collaborated with clients in the high-tech, non-profit, and government services industries to create tailored leadership, supervisory and management development programs. Additionally, I have designed and facilitated off-sites aimed at helping clients determine their strategic direction, identify goals, and improve teamwork and communication. As an experienced facilitator, I have also worked with numerous in-house trainers to improve their presentation and classroom management skills.

I hold an M.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Communication from Slippery Rock University and a member of the National Speakers Association, the International Association for Business Communicators, and the Society for Human Resource Management.