On our website you’ll see plenty of information about what we do and the services we provide. But what about who we are? Here you will find a little bit more about our team.
What’s our purpose? It’s to help you make the most of your people. And because we’ve been doing that since 1984, we’re pretty good at it. Get in touch & we’ll tell you how.
“I have been really impressed with the service I have received.
The team are friendly and helpful and respond very quickly to queries.”
– Zoe Cogan, The Centre for Inclusive Leadership
Emily Holzer, Vanessa Lovegrove, Rebecca Chalmers, Bernice MacAndrew, Catherine Hordern, Lyndsay Dobosz, Richard Yelland, Mike Edwards, Chrissie Wright, Sara Jobson, Dave Stent, Verity Clifton, Scott Alford, Adam Wilkinson, Iain Chalmers, Rebecca Chalmers, Ian Florance, Russell Chalmers
The Head Office Team
Catherine is in charge of making sure you can find us. She co-ordinates Holst’s marketing activity with particular emphasis on adding value for our existing clients.
You will see Lyndsay’s name when you’re lucky enough to receive an invoice! Lyndsay can help you with any queries around finance, invoices and payables.
Sam WilliamsSam is a highly conscientious and valued member of the head office team. As our Administrative Assistant, he keeps the office in order and manages the flow of paper and forms.
As part of the front line head office team, you're most likely to speak to Lorna when you call The Holst Group. With extensive experience in customer service, Lorna is on standby to answer your questions and efficiently connect you with the right person.
Alongside Lorna, Lu provides front line support to the Holst team and clients with calm and clarity. She brings an eye for fine detail to the client support role that makes for a great customer service experience.
The Sales Team
As Commercial Director, Jo heads up the sales and marketing team. She believes that the value, service and support The Holst Group provides is what gives us the edge over other providers. Jo has over 15 years experience in SMEs through to global organisations in a variety of sectors. She is extensively trained in The Holst Group's learning and development product portfolio.
Mike’s depth of understanding of the McQuaig Psychometric System makes him the ‘go-to-guy’ for even the trickiest of profiles. Mike builds long-standing relationships with clients and is committed to delivering exceptional levels of customer service.
With over 20 years of experience in a range of HR software tools, Grant is especially focused on delivering value and support to our clients. He is an accredited interpreter of The McQuaig Psychometric System.
Vanessa’s focus is to support your organisation to get the most value from your McQuaig Psychometric System and other courses. Vanessa has extensive experience in delivering top quality client support. She is an accredited interpreter of The McQuaig Psychometric System and is certified by The British Psychological Society as an Occupational, Ability & Personality Test User.
The Training Team
You’ll meet Sara in the training room. She delivers a broad range of facilitation and training techniques to achieve progress and change in people. Sara is a Master Trainer in Six Thinking Hats® and Lateral Thinking. She is also a Master Trainer for McQuaig Psychometric System and is certified by The British Psychological Society as an Occupational, Ability & Personality Test User.
Dave is an experienced business coach and highly regarded trainer of The McQuaig Psychometric System and is certified by The British Psychological Society as an Occupational, Ability & Personality Test User. Workshops with Dave are enjoyable and refreshingly jargon-free.
Verity is an extremely talented trainer and facilitator. She brings a wealth of commercial experience to the classroom. She is a certified interpreter and trainer of The McQuaig Psychometric System and is certified by The British Psychological Society as an Occupational, Ability & Personality Test User.
Scott enables others to motivate, communicate, manage, influence and lead. He brings international experience as a facilitator and educator. Scott is a certified trainer and interpreter of The McQuaig Psychometric System.
Adam delivers our world-class Financial Literacy training course Colour Accounting. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 17 years’ industry experience under his belt, but you won’t hear any confusing jargon from him! Instead, you’ll leave his training room with a solid understanding of how business finance works.
Keith brings a unique combination of experience from the corporate world, strategic branding and creativity. He works in culture shaping for major blue chip and global organisations, advising senior teams. Keith advises startups on everything from corporate governance to employee engagement and loves the knowledge sharing enabled through training and coaching.
The Leadership Team
Iain strives to practice what The Holst Group and McQuaig Psychometric System preaches. That is, to lead with innovation and simplicity to enhance client experience. Iain is accredited interpreter of The McQuaig Psychometric System and is certified by The British Psychological Society as an Occupational, Ability & Personality Test User.
Rebecca (Beck) is a highly sought after Master Trainer and her portfolio includes Dr Edward de Bono's courses, The Polished Presenter, Dynamic Speaking® and Engage Your Reader. Beck regularly holds workshops across Europe, Asia and Australia. Beck is accredited interpreter of The McQuaig Psychometric System and is certified by The British Psychological Society as an Occupational, Ability & Personality Test User.
Ian FloranceIan brings his extensive experience in the psychometric assessment industry as well as a huge international network to The Holst Group. Ian is a recruiter, writer, marketer, broadcaster, planner, trainer and qualified coach. Ian is accredited interpreter of The McQuaig Psychometric System and is certified by The British Psychological Society as an Occupational, Ability & Personality Test User.
Russell ChalmersRussell remains a valuable influence to the organisation as Non-Executive Director after running The Holst Group from 1995 until retirement in 2010. He is an experienced speaker on Creativity and Innovation.
Chuo University Interns Class of 2016
Yuki Sonokawa"The internship gave me new insight and motivation for job hunting. The guys at The Holst Group were so kind and taught me a lot of things. So much was new and different from my country."
Mitsuru Osumi"I'm really honoured to do the internship at this company. This was one of the most meaningful and unforgettable experience ever in my life! My feeling became much stronger to work in the UK in the future!"
Yumina Kondo"I had a wonderful time within two weeks! I had no experience of studying abroad, and I felt nervous at first. However, people in the group talked to us kindly, and I could learn about the business, English culture and so many other important things! I'm grateful to everyone giving me such an experience."
Haruka Yamazaki"I learned so many things at The Holst Group. It was actually my very first time as an intern. Everything I learned there was so very meaningful and I have had the best experience ever in my life. I am really thankful to people at Holst for giving me such a great opportunity. I will make the best use of what I've learned."
Takada Sensei is Visiting Lecturer of Chuo University
& CEO of Playful Inc
. He is a longstanding and valued partner to The Holst Group. He co-ordinates the annual Chuo University internship programme.
Chuo University Interns Class of 2015
Yuya joined us as sole representative from Chuo University in 2015. He impressed us with his confidence and determination to take every opportunity available to him. He has secured a position in banking & continues to study English so that he is able to work overseas as soon as possible.
Chuo University Interns Class of 2014