Who we are

Everyone in Making Change Happen already has their own company and specialism. We’re a collection of change agents, coaches and psychologists who have a long track record of helping organisations with change. So together we hold all the pieces of the people-change jigsaw. And we’re backed up by a diverse network of talented people – designers, writers, creatives, psychologists and change practitioners.

SANDIE BAKOWSKI

Organisational psychologist and founder of Making Change Happen

Sandie is the founder of Making Change Happen and leads on many of the shifting mindset workshops. She is an organisational psychologist, a Co-Active coach and a cultural architect. She has advised many clients on people change including British Airways, Unilever, the Department for Education, Pearson, and the Cabinet Office.

KATHARINA WITTGENS

Business psychologist 

Katharina leads the Team Chemistry and Psychological Safety workshops. She is a business psychologist and specialises in helping companies to decipher and understand their employees’ behaviours and motivations, to co-develop approaches and solutions to increase employee engagement and well-being. She’s the Managing Director of Innovationbubble.

SUSIE BALLENTYNE

Applied psychologist

Susie is an applied psychologist and is one of the leads on our Identity Landscaping workshops.  She offers psychological coaching for individuals, groups and teams. Drawing on her 20 years as a behavioural science researcher for the UK government in defence and security, and her doctoral research exploring the relationship between social identity and resilience among refugee communities, Susie specialises in interpersonal influence, social identity and resilience.

ANYA ZHURAVKINA 

Language guru

Anya is our language guru and works on our Change Narrative sessions. She has spent her career working with words. First at The Writer then at KPMG as their Language Guru, teaching their teams how to change their language to have more influence and impact.

FIONA HISCOCKS

Story maker

Fiona has spent over 15 years developing and refining narrative and story techniques; she adds a Storytelling component to our workshops. She’s a named patent holder for story-based organisational assessment method at IBM, and has designed and delivered leadership development programs for the US Federal Government.

SASS ALLARD

Change management coach

Sass leads our Implementing Change workshops. She is a  certified change management specialist and coach who transforms organisations by focusing on its people. With 20 years in publishing and media, and a strong background in delivering business transformation and process, she helps organisations identify and meet ambitious goals.

JILL MCCULLOUGH

Personal impact coach

Jill is an internationally acclaimed coach and runs our Personal Impact workshops. She’s works in film and business. She is an associate coach at the London Business School and has been adjunct professor at Yale University. In film she’s worked with Meryl Streep, Donald Sutherland, Keira Knightley, Judi Dench and many others.

MANDY RUTTER

Psychologist and wellbeing coach 

Mandy is our Wellbeing lead. Mandy is a psychologist and counsellor who specialises in organisational trauma, resilience and mental health. She has worked with employees affected by 911 and the Manchester bombings. She works with senior leaders in creating a culture that promotes emotional resilience and positive mental health. She was head of trauma and resilience at the EAP for BA [called Validium].

NICOLA PITT

Executive coach and language architect

Nicola leads our Language Impact workshops. She is an executive coach, trainer specialising in team dynamics, mental health & the power of language in the workplace. A physiotherapist by background, who worked with mental health and torture victims, Nicola brings her clinical expertise alongside her work as an NLP Master Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist to enable managers and leaders to reach their potential.

JANE GINNEVER

New practices coach 

Jane is our New Practices lead. Jane is founder of Shift consultancy and co-founder of WOW (Ways of Working) Labs. Jane has a leadership career spanning four decades and experience of working within 20+ organisations, including large companies, not for profits, SMEs, the public sector, partnerships, charities and the armed forces.  Now Jane works with organisations to introduce new practices that enable today’s world of work.

VICKY GRINNELL-WRIGHT

Team/executive coach and D&I

Vicky helps organisations with organisational strategy, business models and team/individual leadership approaches and is co-founder of Ways of Working Labs (WOW Labs).  Vicky is director for The Association of Sustainability Practitioners and guest lecturer @ Cambridge Judge Business School – CISL- Programme for Sustainability Leadership (Authenticity in Leadership and Personal Resilience).  Executive Coach: ACA ILM Level 7 Cert in Executive Coaching & Mentoring and an Aspire Foundation Mentor for women in business.

ALEX MECKLENBURG

Executive coach 

Alex leads the Creativity workshops. Alex is an accredited executive coach, co-founder of Truth and Spectacle and a Leadership Associate at the Digital Think Tank Doteveryone founded by Martha Lane Fox. Alex comes from a creative industries background with over 20 years of holding executive roles at Ogilvy Group, Huge, We are Friday and Edelman. 

TARA JONES

Delivery manager

It’s Tara’s job to make sure our relationships with our clients run like clockwork. And that we deliver everything we say we will.

EMMA WILKIN

Writer & editor

Emma specialises in injecting warmth and humanity into dry and robotic corporate copy, and turning it into something people actually want to read. She can spot a misused compound adjective or a comma splice a mile off, and helps organisations in all areas of business with their words, including EDF Energy, KPMG and BT.

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