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Disraeli Group Leadership • Reputation • Legacy

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"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."

Winston Churchill


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Matt Nixon

Matt leads Disraeli Group

Matt has worked as a consultant and executive for over 25 years.

Most recently, Matt was Group Head of Talent for Barclays. Before that he was the Group Head of Organisation Effectiveness for Royal Dutch Shell. He started his career in management consulting, working at Accenture and Metapraxis before a career as a partner at Towers Perrin in Chicago and London.

He has extensive experience working at board level on HR related issues including performance management, team effectiveness and crisis management. He has worked all over the world in cultures as diverse as Nigeria, Russia, Singapore and Canada.

Matt's work focuses on issues of executive legacy, and how the work we do as leaders creates healthy organisations and healthy reputations.



People. Guy McDonnell

Guy McDonnell

Guy has worked as a consultant and executive for thirty years, the last seven leading his own consulting firm helping Executives and Executive Teams to navigate major transformation.

Guy graduated in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge, learned strategy and analysis at McKinsey and then worked closely with the Chairman and CEO of Argyll Group – then a FTSE 50 company. Within Argyll’s Safeway food retail subsidiary, Guy then led major cross-functional programs that reconceived and transformed core stock and customer processes, releasing tens of £ms of annual bottom-line benefit.

More recently, Guy led European Change Management at Towers Perrin and Global Senior Team Effectiveness at Korn/Ferry. Over the course of his career Guy’s clients have included Shell, Exxon Mobil, Saudi Aramco, Astra Zeneca, Sony, Royal Bank of Scotland, Centrica, Unilever, and the US Military Academy at West Point. He has consulted to and coached clients from six continents.

He brings a business strategy perspective, analytical rigour, strong commitment to the client’s success and a compassionate, provocative style.



People. James Garthwaite

James Garthwaite

James has over 30 years’ Board experience of protecting and building reputations for FTSE 100/250 companies, for private financial institutions and within government.

He has held both in-house and consultancy roles with a specific focus on communications during times of material change. He has been Director of Communications for British Energy Group, Premier Farnell, Terra Firma Capital Partners and, more recently, Monarch Airlines during its successful turnaround. In each case he has helped build organisational capability through authentic, open, and engaging communication.

James started his career as an equities analyst with Cazenove & Co. before becoming a communications adviser with Brunswick Group. He has a Diploma from the Securities Industry Association, an MBA from Cranfield University, and is a Meyler Campbell trained coach and a medical charity trustee.

He brings specialist experience of strategic and leadership communications, growing ‘connectedness’ within organisations, executive coaching, and conference design and facilitation.



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Marc Atherton

Marc is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist with over 30 years’ experience in both corporate and consulting roles at Senior Management and Board level. His focus has been in delivering change and growth focussed organisational solutions through the application of Behavioural Science in both private and public sector organisations.

He has held both corporate in-house and external consultancy roles with a specific focus on creating change through evidence based interventions in the international aerospace, defence, technology, financial services and consumer sectors in the UK, EU, USA, Gulf and Far East.

Marc brings a history spanning a wide range of practice areas from Leadership Assessment and Coaching to organisational change and culture programmes in both operational and business strategy. With a background including public sector Private Finance Initiative and private sector commercial operations he delivers an integrated approach to blending the complex human, organisational and strategic components necessary in creating effective solutions.

He brings specialist psychological experience of rigorous, evidence based interventions in Leadership and Culture Change to facilitate organisational agility and growth to Disraeli Group clients, allied with a current focus on Cognitive Technologies, Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence as key enablers and drivers of change.



People. Barnaby Briggs

Barnaby Briggs

Barnaby brings 25 years of experience in the energy and natural resources sector. He has focused on communications, social performance, reputation management, and issues and crisis management. Properly engaging stakeholders – by listening as much as talking at them – has been at the heart of his work.

Barnaby now consults on the strategic value of social performance management, from philanthropy and social investment to working with partners and managing local or national content requirements.

Barnaby has previously worked with FTI Consulting, Shell International, ERM and was the first Energy and Transport Policy Officer at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

At Shell, his work focused on creating a deep understanding of complex issues in Nigeria within the business, and to co-ordinate and provide strategic support for Shell’s senior management team. He particularly focused on social performance, oil spills, and gas flaring in Nigeria, and on global stakeholder engagement around other complex issues such as oil sands and shale gas. He also ran the Social Performance team and work for the Chemicals business in External Affairs.



People. Ian Dodds

Ian Dodds

Ian specialises in leadership development, equality, diversity and inclusion management, engagement, organisation and people development and successfully delivering complex change to enable his clients to reap the performance benefits from building high performance, engaging, inclusive cultures.

He has many years’ experience of successfully developing Inclusive Leaders. Before becoming a consultant, Ian was Group Head of Organisation and People Development for ICI, then the largest chemicals company in the world, and a member of its Fine Chemicals Manufacturing Board. His clients have included Allen & Overy, Allianz, Capital Finance Group, Cisco Systems, Coca Cola Enterprises, DLA Piper, DSG International, Fluor, Goldman Sachs, Herbert Smith, JPMorgan Chase, K&LNG, Linklaters, NHS, Pitney Bowes, Philips, Proctor & Gamble, Sainsbury’s, Sodexo, Taylor Wimpey, The Economist Group, Wates Group, Wolseley PLC, and The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

Ian led the development and delivery in over 160 countries of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), ‘Making the Most of Difference’ programme. It was awarded the World Diversity Leadership Summit Diversity Innovation Award, judged by a panel of Fortune 100 Companies. Ian is: both a life coach and an executive coach and a qualified counsellor; an elected, faculty member of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioural Science; listed in Who’s Who as a Business Leader of the Millennium. He is a member of the Guru Steering Group of the Engage for Success Movement. Ian holds an MA (Oxon), PhD, Cert Ed (with distinction) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.



People. Neil Twogood

Neil Twogood

Neil is a chartered accountant who qualified with Binder Hamlyn and then The Morgan Crucible Company plc a global manufacturing company. He worked in finance and line management before founding, growing and selling a telecommunications company to a large US Telco where for two years he was Product Development Director and then VP European Sales. He then invested in, and joined as COO/CFO, a psychometric services company which, after 6 years, was sold to a leading US HCM company. After completing his MSc (dip.) he was invited to join one of the UK’s leading coaching partnerships to coach and mentor business leaders and design and deliver leadership programmes. After six years he left to run his own consultancy working with his own clients and also as an associate at Ashridge Business School.

Neil has extensive experience in leading businesses, designing and delivering programmes on leadership, change, strategy & innovation with particular interest helping leaders understand themselves better, in order to lead more effectively. He has worked extensively with companies in Europe, USA and Asia and a wide variety of other organisations including professional services and the public sector. He is an experienced executive coach and mentors entrepreneurial companies.

Neil has an economics degree from Exeter University, a MSc (dipl.) in Executive Coaching & Organisational Design and is a member of the ICAEW. He is BPS level A & B trained and qualified to use a number of psychometric tools including the OPI, BarOn EQI, TEIQue and MBTI.



Other Associates

Disraeli Group operates with associates who share our passion for improving reputation through real change in organisations.

Each of our projects is unique, so we create the right team for the job.

We welcome relationships with independent consultants, business schools and other consultancies.


"The beginning is the most important part of the work."
- Plato


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