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

Sandie’s an organisational psychologist (which means she specialises in the scientific study of human behaviour in the workplace), a Co-Active coach and cultural architect. She helps organisations with cultural analysis, narrative and employee engagement. Sandie will be your first point of contact when you get in touch with us.

MANDY RUTTER

Psychologist and resilience coach 

Mandy is a psychologist and counsellor who specialises in organisational trauma, resilience and mental health. She has worked with employees affected by 911 and 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.

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.

JILL MCCULLOUGH

Impact & Leadership Coach

Jill trains business people to increase their personal presence and the impact they have on others through body language, posture and vocal work. She’s a specialist dialect coach and works with actors including Meryl Streep, Javier Bardem, Dame Vanessa Redgrave and Dame Maggie Smith. Jill was an adjunct professor at Yale University and is currently an associate coach at London Business School.

ALEX MECKLENBURG

Leadership coach & creative consultant

Alex is an accredited executive coach whose focus lies on adaptive, responsible, creative and resilient leadership. She is co-founder of Truth and Spectacle and a Leadership Associate at the Digital Think Tank Doteveryone founded by Martha Lane Fox. Partners with PwC as Executive Coach in Residence on their Scale Programmes and is Coach in Residence at the School for Communication Arts in Brixton. Alex comes from a creative industries background with 20 years plus holding executive roles at Ogilvy Group, Huge, We are Friday and Edelman. 

KATHARINA WITTGENS

Business psychologist 

Katharina is a business psychologist and specialises in helping companies to decipher & 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.

FIONA HISCOCKS

Cultural architect and story maker

Fiona Hiscocks helps teams design cultures grounded in belonging, connection and participation. Fiona has worked with stories in organizations for more than 20 years. Tapping into stories is the best way to truly understand culture and she uses them creatively with teams to generate insight and the potential for change. She’s the Founder of Thrive.

SUSIE BALLENTYNE

Applied Psychologist

Susie is an applied psychologist, who has worked both for the UK government and independently for private and public sector clients specialising in inter-personal influence, emotional intelligence and team development. She offers psychological coaching for individuals, groups and teams drawing on her doctoral research that explores the relationship between social identity and resilience among refugee communities.

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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