Alison Best Alison 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. She is part of the core training team and is an experienced, informal, ‘thinking’ facilitator. Each session is different and it’s about meeting the specific needs [...]


Uxshely Chotai  Uxshely works in our mental health awareness training team. She joined byrne·dean this year after having spent several years working as a finance lawyer at a range of international law firms and investment banks, including White and Case and Addleshaw Goddard. Uxshely has always had a keen interest in health [...]


Sophie Clifford Sophie Clifford joined byrne•dean as an associate in July 2014. She is involved in both training and advisory, resolving difficult work situations, providing strategic HR advice and delivering workplace training sessions. Sophie is a specialist employment lawyer. She was called to the Bar in 1998, representing clients before the Employment Tribunal [...]


Matt Dean Matt’s working life is all about creating kinder, fairer, more productive workplaces.  A co-founder in 2003, Matt’s vision for byrne·dean was to bring together passionate experts from different fields in an effort to create those workplaces.Once a brand manager with Unilever, Matt qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and worked as an [...]


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 Jennifer joined the team in July, 2018 and is byrne·dean’s business coordinator. Jenn works closely with our facilitators and clients to ensure the effective running of our training sessions. Jenn is primarily responsible for the operational aspects of byrne·dean’s training business.  Her role within byrne·dean is very diverse and is made up [...]


Richard Martin Richard heads up our advisory and dispute resolution work as well as leading on our mental health awareness training. He joined byrne∙dean in 2013 following a 20 year employment law career with city and international law firms. Having trained with Gouldens he became a partner in that firm and then [...]


Geoff McDonald Previously the Global Vice President Human Resources, Talent, Marketing, Communications, Sustainability & Water, Geoff recently left Unilever after 25 years in a truly global career, especially emerging markets. After starting work as a teacher, his career has spanned leadership, capability and talent development, organisation change, with particular reference to marketing, [...]