Co-founder & Director
James is an entrepreneur with a lifelong love of business. He established several businesses in South Africa, including a disruptive logistics company that won corporate clients from large, established industry players. Having achieved success, he decided to focus his attention on helping other businesses do the same. James knew that world-class operational performance came from people who were fired up, focused, enthusiastic and allowed to give free rein to their talents. He also understood that a powerful collective 'commercial mindset', based on core entrepreneurial principles, was a way to build a sustainable competitive advantage. From this base, he developed the Growth Predictor Index™ model, which was deployed throughout several market sectors with great success. Customers ranged from high-growth, owner-managed businesses through to large multi-nationals.
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Co-founder & Director
After a career driving substantial growth as a leader in the technology sector, working with brands like GE and HP, Harry built an e-commerce consultancy which rapidly acquired a reputation for pragmatic advice and robust project delivery for customers like AXA, Lotus Cars and Bass PLC. He then spent 15 years as a C-level interim manager and business advisor, working with SME and enterprise leadership teams to make their companies smarter, more resilient and more profitable. He’s mentored CEOs, led change projects and helped to turn around several under-performing business operations. Harry believes profitable growth is anchored by (consistently) great customer experience, which in turn is dependent on highly engaged employees and effective leadership. When James introduced him to the Growth Predictor Index™ model, this effectively crystallised his own thinking and he realised its potential for companies and their investors.
After rising to the rank of Major in the British Army, Mark worked in commercial leadership positions with a variety of technology companies around the world. He was Managing Director at Avaya and Sales Director for Chordiant, Fortent, Conversocial, OrderDynamics and LucidCX, after which he focused his skills on helping high-growth technology businesses, often externally funded, to accelerate their rate of growth and geographic expansion. Mark has engaged with companies at all stages of business maturity and across a number of technologies and vertical markets. His speciality is identifying opportunities for rapid initial impact, whilst building (or rebuilding) organisations, leadership and processes to sustain long-term revenue growth. He sees the value of the Growth Predictor Index™ as a means of identifying areas of commercial weakness/risk and targeting action to drive above-average growth for organisations.
Sue Pitt MInstLM
Partner: Consultant & Business Accelerator
Sue is an experienced Executive Coach with a track record of effecting change through values-driven coaching. Her work, spanning a period of 30 years, has focused on improving the link between individual and team performance and the impact on the commercial viability of the business. This has been demonstrated through significant projects with companies in the financial services, industrial and FMCG sectors, including Pfizer, Henderson Global Investors, Kimberly-Clark and BT, where she played a key role in the development and delivery of their Inspirational Leadership Programme. Sue became interested in the Growth Predictor Index™ because it enables companies to effectively measure the commercial impact of targeted coaching on the business and to focus on driving up performance. There's more information about Sue, and testimonials about the impact of her high-performance coaching, on her own website - www.suepitt.co.uk.
Partner: Consultant & Business Accelerator
Peter helps companies break through 'growth traps' to unlock better operational results. 20 years of sector experience in retail, technology, banking, healthcare and government is backed by deep consulting skills gained from Arthur Andersen, Deloitte and Hitachi. His clients range from Microsoft at a regional/global level down to high-growth startups, usually working at board level. He has also worked extensively with CEO forums, building programmes and providing coaching and mentoring. Peter's command of commercial and technical issues, and his focus on customer experience, make him an effective problem-solver with an aptitude for structuring and leading change programmes, including programme design and investment. Having seen many transformation programmes stall or fail to deliver the desired results, he sees the Growth Predictor Index™ as offering a clear, measurable baseline to help companies avoid growth traps and unlock performance.
Tony's specialities are helping organisations achieve strategic objectives and growing new businesses across EMEA. He has worked in many sectors, but his deepest experience is in technology, telecoms, finance and public services. His consultancy and problem-solving skills were developed at KPMG and honed at BT Syntegra and Amdocs Consulting, plus smaller technology firms. Tony also grew a services business across EMEA, from start-up to over 120 staff in 5 locations. For him, an organisation’s ability to grow, and even survive, is highly dependent on its ability to continually evolve. He sees the Growth Predictor Index™ as a service that can not only measure the ability of an organisation to innovate and configure itself for the future, but also as a means of quickly identifying areas of weakness and risk, where a concentrated business acceleration programme will drive future growth in performance and stakeholder value.
Peter spent much of his career in the Aerospace and Defence industry, initially in production engineering roles, but also in Divisional CEO, MD and Director positions for BAE Systems Plc and a spell as CEO of British Aerospace Australia. He has extensive international business development experience and has worked in close collaboration with some of the world’s leading companies, including Saab, Boeing and Airbus. More recently, Peter has embarked on a portfolio career – undertaking consultancy work for a division of a FTSE 250 company and, following approval from the Bank of England, he joined the board of a building society for a two-year period as a Non-Executive Director. He’s also a Leader in Residence and Honorary Teaching fellow at Lancaster University Management School. Peter is passionate about helping individuals and companies to realise their full potential and sees the Growth Predictor Index™ as a highly effective tool to facilitate this.
Partner: Consultant & Business Accelerator
Chris is an experienced sales professional, leader and coach operating across a wide range of industries. Having joined Golfbreaks.com, one of Europe’s leading golf travel specialists, he helped them achieve record sales and significant growth, ultimately becoming their European Sales Manager. A great believer in the power and value of coaching and mentoring, Chris decided to increase his focus in this area and started his own Sales, Management and Leadership Consultancy. To demonstrate his commitment to personal development and to his customers, he followed his degree in Marketing Management with further study with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and with the Institute of Leadership and Management, pursuing professional coaching and mentoring qualifications. Chris sees the Growth Predictor Index™ as a powerful way to open a dialogue with companies, identify areas for development and provide targeted intervention to drive performance gains.
Partner: Business Accelerator
Stuart has 12 years' experience delivering training within the British military in challenging locations and situations. Leadership and Development training plays a critical role in all services and Stuart was a senior instructor for Basic Trainees, Trade Instructors, Officers and Special Forces. He also worked with safety-critical teams as a Human Factors Facilitator, improving self-awareness and awareness of others to minimise human error within processes. After leaving, Stuart set up a business with the aim of applying military training to non-military situations. He also holds associate positions with professional organisations delivering leadership and development training to top performers in both sport and business. Growth Predictor Index™ aligns well with his own thinking on the corporate mindset, and how organisations can prosper by becoming more cohesive and resilient. See more about Stuart and his work at - www.stardevelopmentuk.com.
Having graduated as a mechanical engineer, Roger invested his career in a fourth-generation family print business. From the factory floor he rose to become the managing director in 1996, when he set about building a £20m turnover business with clients like Elsevier, EMAP and Centaur. Faced with an existential threat from the internet and digital publishing, Roger led a change programme to create a more modern, competitive business. This meant persuading stakeholders of the need to adapt core business practices and mind-set. The experience taught Roger that companies must develop a dynamic response to market forces and engage all staff to think and work together in a more entrepreneurial way. When he encountered the Growth Predictor Index™, Roger quickly grasped its potential to provide CEOs, leadership teams and investors with critical insight about a company’s growth capability as a means of underpinning and de-risking future growth.
Partner - South Africa
Hugh’s expertise was forged by a career in logistics, first as a partner in what is now Skynet, and then at Concorde Express, turning it from a loss-making carrier into a highly profitable one. In 1994, seizing the opportunity presented by online shopping, he launched the Parcel Company and grew this to be a multi-million pound business. There he pioneered the owner-driver concept used 20 years later by companies like Uber and used this to drive operational excellence and a quality customer experience. After exiting the business, Hugh spent the next 12 years as a consultant, focused on strategy, business development and turnarounds. Customers included major brands like Direct Medicines and Woolworths, plus several tiers of Government. Latterly he started 2 new businesses, a disruptive player in the construction industry and an organic farming cooperative. Having seen the value of the Growth Predictor Index™ at The Parcel Company, Hugh worked with James to help fine-tune the model. He is now the lead partner in South Africa.
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