Farren Drury MBE
Farren had a distinguished military career. He won the Commando Medal whilst with the Royal Marines and was awarded the MBE for services to the Former Yugoslavia. Receiving the Wilkinson Sword of Peace during the peace process in Northern Ireland on behalf of the Infantry Battalion he commanded was another special highlight. A sports lover, he has a BSc Honours degree from Loughborough University in Physical Education and Sports Science and he represented the Army at boxing and rugby.
He now runs leadership development programmes, transformational coaching and team building, working with senior leaders across all sectors whilst focusing in recent years on Government agencies charged with the safety of our country. With credibility and presence, he has run business-critical facilitation at Government Minister and Board level as well as providing confidential personal development to elite athletes and a number of very high profile future leaders worldwide.
Farren ‘connects’ with people in a unique way. His passion and enthusiasm are palpable and infectious. As a coaching client recently said – he ‘recharges batteries’ in the most ‘wonderful’ way! He balances support and challenge with courage, skill and compassion, inspiring individuals, teams and organizations to get to the heart of what they need to perform at their very best.
Inspiration is not enough. Farren helps people of all ages and backgrounds to believe in and lead themselves to take the action necessary to be the best they can be. He has a determination to make a positive and sustainable difference in society and he is the Founder of Make It Yours.
Farren’s VSM goals are to:
- Enjoy every second of a long, loving and happy marriage with Bonnie. 3 years in already and it’s going to plan!
- Build a Make it Yours Community which is enriching lives, transforming leadership and performance and helping to make society a better place.
Rebecca Alexander is an executive coach and founder of The Coaching Studio, where she assists individuals and teams with their workplace challenges. Before becoming a coach, Rebecca spent 15 years in publishing, managing budgets, small teams and big personalities for magazines including Management Today, Psychologies. She also likes swimming in cold lochs.
Rebecca’s VSM goal
- To write a book (No, really. I’ve signed a contract.)
Mike Lobb QGM
Mike joined the Army at 18 to play sport and have some fun; 12 years later he had achieved this ambition having competed in representative rugby and boxing, served with Airborne and Commando forces, been awarded a brigade commander’s commendation for bravery on operations and won a QGM as a bomb disposal officer. Wanting to settle down and grow up a little, he decided to do proper jobs in recruitment, an internet start-up and insurance before becoming a coach and mentor.
Mike’s VSM goal is:
- To be a leading part of a new company that has clear, shared values and standards, and a focused strategy (to generate partnerships that work – agreed goals and deliverables), so that he can enjoy work and earn a good living for himself and his family.
Bonnie has a Service Industry background, specifically the Travel Industry spending over 10 years in a Senior Management role with Kuoni Travel. She has extensive experience in developing effective teams able to deliver performance improvement and excellence in customer service.
She then moved into Management Consultancy undertaking a range of assignments in the private and public sectors, ranging from interim management roles, service strategy reviews, team development and project management. She is now enjoying the challenge of supporting Farren in the development of Make it Yours (as well as the slightly more daunting challenge of becoming Mrs Drury!)
Bonnie’s immediate VSM goal is:
- To have a brilliant wedding and a spectacular honeymoon!
Damian brings energy and enthusiasm into relationships and has developed a very practical approach to inspire others to improve their performance. Damian has worked his way through the ranks and now currently combines a senior management role in government whilst working with organisations in multiple sectors. He specialises in helping people understand more about themselves and the people they interact with.
Damian has over 25 years of experience working in the security and defence sector. He has spent the majority of his time in operational roles including a leadership position for the London 2012 Olympics. He has an MBA which included completing a dissertation in Emotional Intelligence. He is also a certified MBTI practitioner.
Damain’s VSM goal is:
- To positively influence 27,000 people (Note: This is the seating capacity of his beloved Charlton Athletic football ground!).
Sarah Winckless MBE
Triple Olympian. Bronze Medallist Rower & winner of the Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration at the BBC Sportswomen of the Year Awards 2013.
An Olympic bronze medallist and double World Champion rower, Sarah Winckless MBE has learned many lessons from her time as an elite athlete. This coupled with a fascination for neuroscience and her belief in human possibility, has led her to her career as a leadership coach. She has built a superb reputation in this field bringing immense credibility as a leader and superb facilitator and coach.
Sport remains hugely important to her. She led GB’s most successful Youth Olympic Games team to date as Chef de Mission for Team GB in Nanjing; was the Chef de Mission for the England side at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas in 2017 and took up the same important position for the adult England side at the Commonwealth games in Brisbane in June 2018. As an active campaigner and gene carrier for Huntington’s disease, Sarah works with that community to focus on what is within one’s control to help them thrive with an uncertain future. She was awarded the Helen Rollason Award for inspiration in 2013.
Sarah’s most recent current VSM goal was:
- To lead a successful and inspirational England Team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She was immensely successful and is now recovering and planning her next big goal.