Profile: Chris Scoble

Following a career with Barclays Bank and two major international law firms, Chris set up his own consultancy in 2007.  Under the brand of Esprima Consulting, Chris provides his clients with practical tools to help them express themselves more effectively across a range of situations, specifically aspects of Presentations, Networking and Business Development.  These tools are delivered through one-to-one and group training and coaching sessions.

At Barclays, he spent over twenty years working in a variety of functions across the bank’s international arm, and later held the role of European Director of Marketing and Communications at Dewey Ballantine LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.  This experience in the worlds of banking and professional services gives him an understanding of a wide range of markets and industries, allowing him to work confidently across a breadth of subject matters and audiences.

He brings to his clients a practical background in business development, an analytical approach to setting strategic direction and a genuine enthusiasm to maximise potential through training and coaching.  In particular, he has focussed on working closely with partners and associates at professional services firms to develop the skills required to achieve success.

Chris obtained a degree from Cambridge University in Modern Languages and has spent well over ten years living and working in France, Spain and Italy. His lifelong passion and fascination for languages has maintained his fluency in French, Spanish and Italian and he has delivered coaching and training sessions in each of those languages.

In 2019, studying with the Animas Centre for Coaching, Chris obtained a Diploma in Transformational Coaching, accredited by both the International Coach Federation and the Association for Coaching.

Profile: Simone Douani – Actor Consultant

Simone has been working as a professional executive coach, trainer, facilitator and actor in corporate organizations for the past 10 years with experience in one-to-one sessions, performance and person-centred coaching, forum theatre, role play, personal development, presentation skills, influencing skills, negotiation, unconscious bias, courageous conversations and advanced communication workshops.

Among his clients are senior managers, lawyers, and C-suite professionals. He has been working in the corporate field in the UK, Italy and worldwide delivering programs and coaching sessions both in English and in Italian.

He is a qualified transformational coach. He received his diploma from ICF certified Animas Centre for Coaching and has also gained a postgraduate diploma in Mindfulness coaching, Relationship coaching and Group Coaching.  He is a member of the ICF. Above all, Simone has developed a holistic approach to coaching and training with a particular focus on tailoring his work to the specific needs of the client. He believes that through a deep understanding of ourselves and how we react to others we can unlock our full potential and achieve our personal and professional goals.

Profile: Alex Dyce – Associate

Alex has a professional background as a senior executive, managing businesses and people across frontiers and cultures, with a strong history of coaching and mentoring both teams and individuals. 

He spent over 30 years with Barclays Bank, developing new businesses and turning around underperforming operations in USA, Europe and UK. He has faced the challenge of roles at director, COO and CEO levels in sales and marketing, product development, finance, IT & operations and country management and believes passionately in the importance of building team confidence and motivation. 

More recently Alex has worked as an adviser for companies in the software solutions, property and wealth management sectors in the UK and Europe, helping them develop their services and people. He holds a number of directorships and is a regular facilitator and panellist on seminars and programmes, testing the participants’ ability to develop, negotiate and close sales and build commercial relationships. 

Profile: Lee Ann Jones – Consultant

Lee Ann has a wealth of experience in the financial markets having worked for over 25 years in sales, business development and team management roles for global institutions such as Citibank and AIG. She spent almost a decade at Citibank managing a sales team in the FX sales and trading business before moving into business development roles in e-commerce and prime brokerage. Most recently she was involved in business development for an FX related server hosting and connectivity company.

Lee Ann has also worked in the financial markets Executive Search arena as a consultant focussed primarily on senior hires in the FX markets and e-commerce businesses. This led her to work frequently on a 1:1 basis with senior candidates and hiring managers where her experience in mentoring and building professional trust was key.

Throughout her career, she has worked with people both internally and externally to develop trust and build lasting professional relationships resulting in the achievement of goals and objectives for the individual and the organisation. Having mentored and coached a number of individuals over time, she is now completing a Diploma in Executive Coaching from the Academy of Executive Coaching in London.

Lee Ann has a BA in Marketing and Accounting from Boston College and an MBA in International Finance from NYU’s Stern Business School.

Tom Scoble – IT Consultant

Tom has a professional background in Project Management, mainly working in the Telecommunications and IT sectors. He completed his APM-PMQ in 2016 and has worked for large corporations such as Virgin Media and Solera.

Tom obtained a degree from Aston University in Automotive Product Design and as part of his degree took a sandwich year abroad, living and working in Spain. He is fluent in both Spanish and Italian.

Through his experience working for large organisations he has acquired valuable hands on IT skills, and he now provides IT support for Esprima on a consultancy basis.