Your dedicated team

About us


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Gillian Davis

Founder / Managing Director

Since co-authoring First Time Leader (Wiley) she has been on a mission to help organisations create the space for leadership to thrive. Starting her career in her family’s executive recruitment business she has always been fascinated by the connection between empowered employees and their impact on business success. 

She works with leadership teams of fast growing tech businesses who are going through rapid change. She focuses on creating practical and applicable content that her clients can put into action immediately. Her experience has allowed her to gain valuable insight into what Leaders need now, and in the future, in order to be successful.

In her spare time, she teaches regularly at General Assembly, runs leadership advisory for Google Campus’ AI start-up residency, hosts a leadership podcast and blogs for Virgin.



Heather Taylor Portmann

Programme Director

Heather works with people to develop the tools, mindset and approach needed to embrace change  and modern ways of working. She holds certifications in Scrum and service design, but draws on a breadth of methodology and practical tools from across technology, design and leadership in her work. 

She often works 'embedded' in organisations for a fixed period of time to support our clients through intense periods of change. For the past eight years, she has been working with fast-changing organisations across design, technology and social good: With stints at three award-winning creative innovation studios (ustwo, Made by Many and Adaptive Lab) and delivering work for high-profile clients, such as Skype, ITV, the NSPCC, and TransferWise. 


Elise Nobileau-Forget

Executive coach

Elise is passionate about leadership development, employee engagement and company culture. It is her belief that through the development of strong, authentic leaders, all levels of an organisation are more engaged and better equipped to deliver on business goals.  She is committed to making a tangible difference for her clients and to deliver change to their business.

She came to coaching after a 20-year career in finance, fintech and e-commerce at senior levels.  She holds an MBA from INSEAD, certification in coaching from the International Coaching Federation (IFC) and continues to mentor entrepreneurs for the Virgin Start-Up Mentorship Programme.