Alison Best I joined byrne∙dean in 2012 from national law firm Mills & Reeve having spent over 13 years in practice there and at City Firm, Herbert Smith. I am part of the core training team and am an experienced, informal, ‘thinking’ facilitator. Each session is different and it’s about meeting the [...]


Uxshely Chotai  I love to help other people – whether that is through just listening to them, supporting them or providing them with tools or information that they may find valuable.  This is probably pretty useful, given that I am a psychotherapist. I didn’t start my career as a therapist though – [...]


Sophie Clifford If you can resolve workplace issues before lawyers get involved, you should. I know this from practising as an employment lawyer since 1998, advising and litigating, having worked for the UN, government, SMEs and start ups, looking after employers and employees. Resolving workplace issues takes many forms. I love delivering [...]


Matt Dean Victoria Byrne and I started byrne·dean in 2003 to create kinder, fairer, more productive workplaces.  My two head and neck cancers (2009 and 2016) have influenced my life and work. My first book ‘the Soft Stuff: reclaiming kindness for the world of work’ is published in April. I was an [...]


Rachael Forsberg I’m passionate about helping to keep minds fit and healthy. Having the right knowledge to spot the signs and symptoms of the beginnings of mental health conditions and how to go on to build wellness and resilience is invaluable; I love training within organisations, sharing practical tools and strategies for individuals [...]


Anna Golawski Anna Golawski is a senior consultant, coach and trainer on resilience, managing stress & pressure and improving mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. She joined byrne-dean in 2015 and has over 20 years’ experience working for large corporates (including Harrods, IBM and Rolls Royce) and brings with her strong HR [...]


Jennifer Keane I joined byrne·dean in July 2018 with an events background as I wanted to be part of a company with a strong moral compass. I’m passionate about the commitment and dedication that the team have to creating kinder, fairer and more productive workplaces, and I’m proud to contribute to that goal.  [...]


Tara Kent  I passionately believe that everyone sets out to do their job to the best of their ability and with positive intent, no matter how it might seem to those around them. I’m equally certain that ‘perception is reality’ and that, whatever the intent, everyone can (and often does) have an impact [...]


Richard Martin I head up our mental health work as well as leading on our advisory and dispute resolution work. Before byrne·dean I spent 20 years as an employment lawyer in the city.  I trained and became a partner at London firm Gouldens before that firmed merged with Jones Day where I [...]


Geoff McDonald Through my 25 years at Unilever before my departure in 2014, I had a wonderful HR career in Unilever spanning numerous functions, business groups and regions, namely marketing, communications, sustainability, talent management, leadership development. This work took me across Africa, the Middle-East and Turkey, Australasia and Asia, Europe and the [...]