Planned Ascent

Our Trusted Circle

Planned Ascent collaborates with trusted others to fulfil its purpose.

People We Trust to Help You

Ideas and resources that equip people and businesses for growth can and should come from a host of sources.

Our Trusted Circle is made up of people in whom we have absolute confidence; in their integrity, values and professional competence.

They represent an eclectic mix of skills and experience relevant to equipping people and businesses for growth, and we recommend them to you without hesitation.

In this section we introduce them to you in our own words and invite you to connect with them and explore what they have to offer.

This is a network founded on trust and goodwill - there are no commissions involved at any stage.

Trusted Circle Member
Navigating the Landscape of Innovation
Trusted Circle Member
Navigating the Landscape of Innovation

Simon is a passionate advocate and catalyst for innovation. Most people who meet him comment on Simon's infectious energy and want more of it. Simon invests his time, and sometimes more into businesses and entrepreneurs who need help to recognise and respond more effectively to the opportunity landscape around them. Mostly he does this in person, either as a consultant, non-executive director or entrepreneur in residence to both the public and private sectors. At other times he does it from the stage, as a respected public speaker.
 

Simon's unconventional career path has given him a unique perspective on the repeat behaviours common to successful entrepreneurs. He loves nothing more than sharing his observations and insights with people and businesses who can use them to innovate more confidently and scale more successfully.

If you are getting bogged down rather than fired up by innovation, then Simon is the man to set you free.

You can contact Simon here.

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Relationship Marketing and Management
Trusted Circle Member
Relationship Marketing and Management

Julie is the sort of marketing agency principal every brand owner wants to work with. This is no empty statement: the business Julie co-founded, Burn, was voted the UK’s best agency by clients in 2018 (Grand Prix winner, Recommended Agency Register Awards).

Burn's purpose is ‘ever better’ – and judging by the array of awards they have won every year for several years now, they fulfil it, creating outstanding results and continuous improvements for clients in multi-channel planning, creative campaigns, direct marketing and CRM.

Julie, her co-Founder, Guy, and the rest of the team at Burn have created something very special: a business and team that reflects its purpose in everything it does and becomes ever-more attractive in the process.

You can contact Julie or Guy via the Burn website.

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Digital Visitor Experiences
Trusted Circle Member
Digital Visitor Experiences

Ziv is a formidable entrepreneur building an admirable business. He is co-Founder of Imagineear, a creator of digital, audio-visual visitor experiences for iconic venues around the world in culture, leisure and healthcare: think the Eiffel Tower, Kennedy Space Center, University College Hospital and the Rolling Stones exhibition to name but a few.

Imagineear is doubly impressive because it designs and produces both hardware and content for its Clients, complemented by online management dashboards and direct to consumer apps where appropriate.

Ziv and his team are incredibly knowledgeable, very creative and friendly to boot, so if you or your Clients would benefit from some original thinking around the use and management of digital technology to engage audiences at venues, then we recommend you get in touch. 

You can do so via the Imagineear website.

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Front-line Employee Engagement
Trusted Circle Member
Front-line Employee Engagement

Guy has a rare blend of talents. He is highly commercial and goal-driven, having developed his career in high-end media sales and consulting, yet is also empathetic, strategically very astute and prepared to be patient when building success for himself and others. 

Guy is great at solving commercial puzzles such as how to bring a new proposition to market or take an existing one into a new territory. He is presently doing something similar as Managing Director, UK and Ireland, for Speakap, a new platform that helps organisations connect and engage with their front-line employees. 

If this is a challenge you face, or if you just need some clear-sighted commercial and strategic thinking to support the expansion of your business into new markets or territories, then Guy could be a valuable point of contact.  

You can reach Guy via LinkedIn or Twitter.

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Digital Activism
Trusted Circle Member
Digital Activism

Marion inspires and enables 'marginalised voices' to express themselves and be heard through digital media combined with exhibitions, events, talks and collaborative projects. Voices we would not otherwise hear -  including young people from all over Europe and those from migrant and ethnic communities; and more recently, older people. 

Working through Manifesta, the organisation she co-founded, Marion achieves this in wonderfully creative ways. Imagine a group of young people who ordinarily would not have approached a museum, 'breaking into' the Museum of London and making videos with professional help about their experiences and what inspired them. Or a group of elderly people retracing their steps across the East End of London towards the trains that would evacuate them during World War Two; walking and researching their routes using historical maps and archives to validate and rekindle their memories. Marion then created an app to enable others to explore the world they remembered. Picture a competition working with art colleges across London, where in a two-week long workshop, each winner interpreted one of the sponsor's corporate values using digital media, creating incredibly diverse and imaginative results and learning from professionals throughout the process. 

If social inclusion matters to you, your business or your Clients, or you want to explore how digital media could be used in new, imaginative and collaborative ways to reach, inspire and activate audiences that are outside the corporate 'norms'; then Marion's is a voice that will be well worth listening to.

You can contact Marion via the Manifesta website.

 

 

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Front-line Research - Social and Environmental Sustainability
Trusted Circle Member
Front-line Research - Social and Environmental Sustainability

Peter brings an informed authority and trained advocacy to everything he does. Formerly an international lawyer in a 'magic circle' law firm, and having spent eight years at the World Wide Fund for Nature - WWF, he now conducts independent research into global issues of social and environmental sustainability.

There is an element of adventure in Peter's work, which often takes him to places around the world that are far from the tourist trail and where the issues he researches present difficult challenges and sometimes great tensions needing to be resolved. With a specialist focus on water as a strategic resource, Peter brings a very different and fascinating perspective to sustainability.

If you need to understand more about water as an area of strategic focus, including some of the issues businesses, public agencies and NGO's might be grappling with; or perhaps you want to host a challenging event for your team and Clients that will expose them to some of the 'big picture' issues affecting the global outlook for sustainable growth, then in all of these cases, Peter can certainly help you. 

You can reach Peter here.

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Purpose-led Business Transformation
Trusted Circle Member
Purpose-led Business Transformation

Dorothy is an energetic force to be reckoned with! One of her many talents is rapidly transforming a business vision into reality.

Most recently she has done this for herself, founding the Purpose Led Business School in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This was a natural evolution from many years of coaching and consulting to a diverse community of ethically-conscious businesses there, which in turn grew out of her previous experience as both a corporate and entrepreneurial business leader. Dorothy also channels her energy into the spiritual practice of yoga.

Anyone looking to transform the impact of their business on the outside world, starting from the inside out, or who feels they need to reconnect with why they set up in business in the first place, will do very well to connect with Dorothy.

You can do so via her website, of that of the Purpose Led Business School.

  

Alan Perkins
Digital Marketing Systems
Alan Perkins
Digital Marketing Systems

Alan is the real deal: someone who is deeply expert in digital marketing technologies and passionate about unlocking their value for the benefit of Clients. Digital marketing isn't something Alan has learnt, rather he has shaped it by helping Google write their webmaster guidelines and having developed patents in search technology.  As with all masters of their craft, Alan sees the bigger picture and views marketing challenges systemically. Whereas others promote individual products, Alan designs and builds digital marketing systems that are sensitive to their environment and adapt continuously to optimise the return on investment. As well as running a full-service digital marketing agency, SilverDisc, who designed and built this website, Alan also owns and runs an e-retail business. 

Contact Alan via LinkedIn if you need authoritative advice on how best to unlock the value of digital marketing for your business.

 

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Creative Direction and Graphic Design
Trusted Circle Member
Creative Direction and Graphic Design

Tony is a champion for great design and ideas: ones that simply and concisely capture the essence of a brand and its message. His work has been appreciated over many years by household name brands including The Royal Mail, Guinness, The Post Office, Waterford Wedgwood and Hasbro to name but a few. Tony's ideas are informed by his insatiable curiosity which sees him devour books on just about any subject and makes him an incredibly entertaining dinner guest! Recently his work has taken him into new domains, including on- and offline work in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors. In addition to working in his own right, Tony is always willing and encouraging in his support for and mentoring of young designers - a skill he developed as an agency Creative Director. Whilst he will be robust in standing up for his beliefs, he does so in a way that fosters creative thinking and contributions from everyone on a project, which makes him  a pleasure to work with. If your business or team would benefit from some creative inspiration without the ego attached, then Tony will be a great source of help and advice. You can contact him here.

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Business & IT Solutions
Trusted Circle Member
Business & IT Solutions

Stephen is a rare breed of business and technology consultant: he understands the technical language of IT solutions as well as the commercial language of business, yet prefers to speak in plain English. 

He is great at listening attentively to what you feel your business needs, exploring that appropriately and presenting options, considerations and plans in a language all can understand, and with a great sense of humour! Stephen's advice is invariably balanced, impartial and insightful.

If you would benefit from similar advice to support the growth of your business and want a trustworthy partner to help you, then a conversation with Stephen would be a great place to start.

You can reach Stephen here.

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Sales Performance Improvement
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Sales Performance Improvement

Lorraine is a people person in the scientific sense: she uses a blend of cutting edge workforce science and psychometric profiling to help organisations understand the core DNA that makes their sales teams successful. 

Lorraine does this as Head of People Transformation at Clarify, where she also delivers New Business sales training alongside Sales Management training & coaching programmes designed to inspire behaviour change and improve performance. Lorraine was previously a director of a small consulting business, helping corporates in a variety of sectors develop measurable profiles of people who would naturally thrive in different roles and contexts. 

Increased hiring accuracy and sustainable performance improvement are outcomes every business wants, and few people understand as well as Lorraine how to blend rigorous science with commercial pragmatism to achieve them. 

You can connect with Lorraine here.

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Workplace Nutrition : Advice for Improved Energy Management
Trusted Circle Member
Workplace Nutrition : Advice for Improved Energy Management

Lesley is a registered nutritionist who works with employers and employees to optimise how they feed and manage their energy levels at work, and beyond. As workforces become ever more diverse both culturally and in terms of age, so do the lifestyles that influence the energy levels they arrive with each day. Lesley can help even out the peaks and troughs via a friendly yet scientific approach to managing energy levels delivered in one to one and group sessions, personalised nutrition plans and through cultural activities that create engagement and fun around the topic of nutrition. All will equip individuals, teams and entire companies to better manage their energy, boosting productivity and morale in the process.

If you would like to learn more about how nutrition can support you and your team to feel and be brilliant at work, then do contact Lesley via LinkedIn

 

Trusted Circle Member
Building Cathedral Leaders
Trusted Circle Member
Building Cathedral Leaders

Suki is a passionate advocate for the integration of culture as a strategic asset in business: in her own words, Suki 'aligns the human dynamics and business mechanics', and she does so to great effect. A very experienced coach and now also a qualified mediator, Suki brings a balance of candour and warmth to her coaching which earns the loyalty and respect of Clients. Over recent years Suki and Tim Cornell have worked closely together, and recently Suki has joined a new group to channel her talents into the marketplace. Successful coaching relies on a great chemistry between coachee and coach, and if you want to experience the unique chemistry that Suki offers, then you can reach her via LinkedIn.

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Legal Strategy and Commercial Contracts: Technology, Data & IP Licensing
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Legal Strategy and Commercial Contracts: Technology, Data & IP Licensing

Philip is a Partner in a leading Media Technology law firm and advises clients on commercial contracts and strategy with a particular focus on technology, data and IP licensing. His sector expertise spans media, entertainment, technology, brands, digital and data driven businesses.

If you need expert legal advice in any of these areas, Phil comes highly recommended. You can find out more and contact him here.

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Accelerating and De-risking Growth & Value Creation
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Accelerating and De-risking Growth & Value Creation

Hayy has a long track record as both an employed executive in corporates including Hewlett-Packard, GE and Orange, and in a host of senior, interim marketing and general management roles in companies too numerous to mention. These all give Harry an ability to quickly grasp the essentials of a business and identify the levers that will most impact performance. It was a natural evolution then for him to partner with another trusted associate of ours, James Raath, to develop and bring to market the Growth Predictor IndexTM. This online survey provides a granular and measurable assessment of a company's growth capability and highlights where and why it might be at risk of under-performing. If you would like to know more, you can reach Harry or James here

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