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Who we are

Victoria Speers

Victoria has been a full-time Executive Coach since 2009 and draws on her extensive experiences of leadership, consultancy and corporate life to coach senior executives and leadership teams to reach their full potential in order to drive tangible business and personal results.

Victoria coaches in a broad variety of organisations on a global basis. She has extensive experience working within Financial Services, Insurance, FMCG, Technology, Retail, Manufacturing, Media and Publishing as well as in SMEs. She splits her time between coaching individuals and senior leadership teams.


Victoria started her career in the telecommunications industry and was the European HR Director of Telecom Italia. Victoria was then part of the leadership team which set up a telecoms brokerage and was involved in multiple acquisitions across the globe. It was during this time (at the start of the boom) that she realised there was a gap in the market for HR outsourcing to support fledging firms in their growth, sale and IPO ambitions. In late 1999, she set up an HR and recruitment outsourcing consultancy called Definitive Resource Management (DRM), which grew rapidly and supported a large number of successful companies in their early days. In 2001, Victoria sold DRM to TMP Worldwide / Hudson Global Resources and went on to run Hudson’s Talent Management Consultancy for a further 8 years. During these years, she worked extensively within financial services and FTSE 100 firms designing, developing and running their leadership programmes. In 2009, Victoria decided to retrain and completed a post-graduate in Executive Coaching.


Victoria works with leaders and leadership teams helping them to find their authentic leadership style, to grow their confidence as leaders and to help them navigate and engage with the complex matrix systems they tend to find themselves in. Victoria’s style has been described as energising, pragmatic, action-oriented, challenging and entirely focused on developing individual and team performance to drive business results. She works closely with her colleagues developing coaching techniques and interventions and is a guest lecturer on the University of Chester coaching course (Barefoot).



  • Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching, University of Chester accredited through ICF (International Coaching Federation)

  • BA (Hons.) French & Italian, University of London and fluent in Italian

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Jonathan Patrick

Jonathan ('JP') brings safety, empathy, experience, encouragement and challenge to all his coaching. 


After over 25 years’ work in industry - including CEO of Mood Corp., EVP of Mtv Networks International (Viacom) and GM at Diageo Plc – he is well-versed in transformational change and resilience.


During his international career, including four years living in Asia, he thrived on getting the best out of people. This was the case in the joint venture he set up in China for Diageo; the Global sales team he built for Mtv; and the amalgamation of companies he brought together to consolidate Mood Media.


Since 2012, JP has coached at the most senior levels on a global basis. And he coaches broadly in the following sectors: Banking, Technology, Financial Regulation, Insurance, FMCG, Manufacturing, Retail, Advertising, Services, Hospitality, Media, Production and Publishing.  He has hands-on executive expertise in sales and marketing, finance, organisational change, matrix management, strategic planning, synergy maximization, mergers and acquisitions, refinancing and company sale. JP coaches and mentors Senior Executives on a 1:1 basis as well as coaching leadership teams and larger groups.


Building on his passion for people development, in 2011, JP qualified as an Executive Coach at the University of Chester (a course on which he now lectures). He previously studied Business at Anglia Ruskin University.



Education, Qualifications, Professional Memberships 

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching, University of Chester accredited through ICF (International Coaching Federation)

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Jodi Rilot

Jodi’s coaching clients describe her as compassionate and challenging.  She came to coaching after a career in management consultancy and organisation development.  


Jodi established her career with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) working for 10 years in diverse industry sectors for clients such as BT, Barclays, Department of Work and Pensions and Legal & General. She specialised in change management, helping clients to manage the impact of change on people and culture. Jodi went on to join an in-house organisation effectiveness team at BAA, British Airports Authority. Here she built experience in construction-driven change, re-structuring, talent management and development, succession planning, performance management, employee engagement, values and behaviour definition. As an independent consultant, clients included the Football Association, where she shaped the CEO’s Football First Culture Change agenda.


Jodi has held senior leadership positions at ITV, focussing on the employee engagement aspects of the CEO’s transformation agenda and at Openreach, BT, as Director of Leadership and Talent.  Here she shaped and facilitated leadership programmes for first line managers up to MD.  In her last two years at BT, Jodi worked as an internal coach to the senior leadership team both one to one, and as a team coach to the Openreach exec. 


Jodi works well with leaders and teams in transition, helping them to establish how to be happy and successful at work, particularly at times of change e.g. promotion, change of leadership, re-organisation or maternity/paternity returners. Grounded in a strong belief in the individual, Jodi’s coaching style is down-to-earth, caring, firm yet friendly.As a team coach, Jodi has been described as bringing “sunshine and grit”.  She reads widely on the subject of personal development and enjoys sharing insights with her coaching clients past and present.


Education, Qualifications, Professional Memberships

  • BA Hons Marketing and Modern Languages, University of Lancaster

  • EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) Certificate of Coach Mentoring

  • ACC accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation

  • Member of the The MoralDNA™ Academy, a collective of consultants, facilitators and coaches who have worked with Roger Steare in delivering leadership and culture change programmes in client organisations.

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