OUR TEAM

Bill Pitcher

BILL PITCHER

Director & Co-Founder

Bill has a Master of Arts Degree from the University of De Montfort.

Bill has held various offices within The Association of Career Professionals International, a global association for career practitioners and executive coaches including International Board Member (1996-2004) and Global President (2000-2002).

He is also a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, and has held various offices within the Institute.

In his early career Bill worked in management in the retail and telecommunications fields, and subsequently in human resource management in the public sector and utilities.

In his mid career he worked in human resources consultancy for KPMG and then joined Moores Rowland where he established a human resources consulting practice. In 1990 he led a management buyout of this function and renamed it CEDAR International. Under his guidance CEDAR grew to become one of the UK’s leading independent HR consulting practices, with forty-five staff at eight offices throughout the UK and strong global links.

During the period 2002 to 2006 Bill delivered programmes on Diversity, Multi-Cultural Teamwork and International Communications (2004-2006) at The University of Bremen and The University of Applied Sciences (The Hochschule) in Bremen, Germany.

Bill served on the Board of CEDAR International from 1989 until 2006.  In October 2008 Bill set up Pitcher Solutions Ltd, focusing on delivering quality executive coaching and team programmes to both public and private sector, and HR advisory work including restructuring.

Bill has worked in many countries on consultancy assignments including Spain, France, Germany, The Netherlands, West Africa and The USA. He has advised large employers including UBS, Citibank, British Airways, Quilter Goodison and many other organisations.

Bill’s coaching clients have included senior executives from such organisations as HSBC and NBC Universal, both individuals and teams.

In addition to his career counselling, coaching and HR advisory services, Bill is now a part time actor on stage, screen and corporate videos.

John Lees

JOHN LEES

Career Strategist/Speaker/Broadcaster/Author of 12 Career & Personal Development Books

John Lees is one of the UK’s best-known career strategists.  He is author of a wide range of career and business books.  “How To Get A Job You Love” was twice listed as WHSmith Business Book of the Month and regularly features as the best-selling careers book by a British author.  His books have been translated into Arabic, Polish and Spanish.

John acknowledges Richard Nelson Bolles, author of “What Color Is Your Parachute?“, as a major influence.  John’s work as a career strategist was inspired by the creativity, wisdom and generosity of 125 hours’ teaching from Dick Bolles at two of his summer workshops in Bend, Oregon, and a decade of continuing support and encouragement.  Dick Bolles wrote the preface to the current edition of “How To Get A Job You Love“.

As a career coach, John specialises in helping people make difficult career decisions – difficult either because they don’t know what to do next, or because there are barriers in the way of success.  John is a regular keynote speaker at UK events, has presented at the world’s largest international career conferences and delivered workshops or talks in the USA, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and Germany.

John has written careers columns for Metro and People Management and thought leadership pieces for The Times and The Guardian. He appears regularly in the national press with features in Management Today, Company, Cosmopolitan, Prospects, and Psychologies.  TV appearances include the BBC interactive ‘Back to Work’ programme, BBC 2’s “Working Lunch”, Channel 4’s “Dispatches”, and ITV’s “Tonight – How To Get A Job”).  He is a regular blog contributor to Harvard Business Review online and in 2012 wrote the introduction to the “HBR Guide to Getting the Right Job“.

John is a graduate of the universities of Cambridge, London and Liverpool, and has spent most of his career focusing on the world of work.  He has trained recruitment specialists since the mid-1980s when he was Chief Executive of the Institute of Employment Consultants (now the IRP).  He has worked with a wide range of organisations on career management issues including: British Gas Commercial, The British Council, CIPD, Fairplace, Harrods, Hiscox, The House of Commons, Imperial College, The Association of MBAs, Lloyds Banking Group, Marks & Spencer, NAPP Pharmaceutical, Oakridge, Tribal, and business schools across the UK.  John is a Fellow of the CIPD, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, a Legacy Fellow and a founding Board Director of the Career Development Institute.

Alongside his day job, John serves as an ordained Anglican priest.  John is married to the poet and children’s writer Jan Dean.  They live in East Devon.

Mike Malan

MIKE MALAN

Director & Co-Founder; Marketing, Events & Projects Manager

Mike hails from Cape Town, South Africa and holds a Project Management Diploma from VarsityCollege.

Mike’s work experience includes working in Banking, IT, Government, Charities and, more recently, freelancing as an Events Manager.

As an Events Manager/Events Assistant, Mike has been privileged to work with the likes of Anne Graham Lotz, Stuart & Jill Briscoe, Arianna Huffington, Theo Paphitis, Lord Karan Bilimoria, James Altucher, Ben Bernanke, Yanis Varoufakis, Jo Malone, Michael Acton Smith, Nigella Lawson, Boris Johnson, Vince Cable, Ed Miliband, James Caan, Peter Gabriel, David Grey, Avery Sunshine, Kym Mazelle, Noel Robinson and others.

Mike secured Kirk Whalum, Tata Vega, Ron Kenoly, Dave Koz, Paul Brown, Peter White, Euge Groove, Oli Silk and The Sax Pack for live interviews and Marc Antoine and Don Moen for telephonic interviews for a charity radio station whilst co-producing a Smooth Jazz Radio Show.

Mike successfully grew an all-women event from 400 people to over 2,000 in the space of 2 years, and in 2012 worked on an event with Noel Robinson at Wembley Stadium that saw over 32,000 people in attendance.

Mike is an accomplished pianist, having played piano for the then President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, at the Cape Town City Hall in Cape Town, South Africa.

Ray Warren

RAY WARREN

Executive Coach & Mentor

Ray’s coaching experience over the last 12 years covers a broad range of clients from FTSE companies through privately owned organisations to NGO’s.   This includes organisations such as Marks and Spencer, Guardian Media, Nationwide, Homeserve Plc, Direct Line Group, Credit Agricole, Nationwide, Virgin, and Kuehne and Nagel.  Ray also has extensive experience working with international clients based outside of the UK from different cultural backgrounds including Europe, India, North Africa, Central Africa and the Middle East.

Ray provides tailored executive coaching programs to enhance the learning, development and performance of his clients. He combines his commercial experience and understanding of the psychology of individuals and teams to help create action plans that have “buy in” and are sustainable for his clients and their organisations.  He supports existing, and emerging, executives to become more effective leaders able to develop teams and organisations to deliver results. His international experience allows him to coach across borders and offer support to clients working in today’s multi-cultural business environment.

Ray has delivered leadership development and training both in one to one coaching situations and in facilitating groups and teams. He is able to work across a broad range of leadership subjects and draw upon contemporary ideas and models in working with clients.

Ray’s specialities include managing and delivering change in organisations, performance management at strategic and operational levels and developing the manager as coach.  In addition, Ray works with individual leaders to develop interpersonal and communication skills, improve confidence and assertiveness, and enhance delegation skills to allow leaders to spend more time “on the business” rather than buried in it.

Ray has over 20 years of international business experience working with large multinational organisations.  He was CFO of Global IT Solutions at Electrolux and held several international Finance Director posts with Diageo Plc.  His work as a senior finance executive in these organisations has allowed him to build a broad commercial knowledge and a wide ranging network.

Ray holds an MSc in Change Agent Skills and Strategies from Surrey University, is an accredited Executive Coach with Ashridge Business School, and an active member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

Sandra Carito

SANDRA CARITO

Portuguese Lawyer & Registered European Lawyer

London born Sandra Carito opted to read law in Portugal, qualifying as a Portuguese Advogada.

Worked with an international Portuguese law firm in Lisbon and the UK until 2014, leaving to become a Registered European Lawyer with England & Wales and found her own City-based legal firm.

With experience working on award-winning London regeneration projects since 2001, now assists private clients and corporate investors in Portugal.  Other areas of practice include contracts, cross-border, risk assessment and compliance, company and real estate.

Supporting numerous charities and participating in educational mentoring projects, Sandra is also the current Honorary Secretary for The Anglo-Portuguese Society.

A recommended lawyer of the Portuguese Consulate in London, Council member of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and a founding committee member of the Portuguese Chamber Business Network since 2011.

Victor Brittain-Wong

VICTOR BRITTAIN-WONG

Director & Co-Founder, Entrepreneur

Victor’s financial management experience over the last 20 years covers a broad range of companies from start-ups to SMEs to FMCGs to large global multinationals across various industries such as chemicals, food, engineering, education, health and insurance.  Companies such as United Technologies, Glencore, Elementis, Glencore, RSL Steeper and Brakes.

Victor is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) as well as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).  He is also an Alumni of Imperial College London with an MSc in MBA.

Victor started his career in Malaysia with Arthur Young in Audit, now called Ernst & Young after their merger, before moving to the UK.  In his early career, Victor worked as an Administrator of a media company before moving to a start-up company as Financial Accountant, where he worked on laying the foundation of strong financial processes and sustainable cashflow and growth strategy helping the company to break even within 2 years.

Whilst at United Technologies, Victor was involved in a variety of projects and additional responsibilities in addition to his regular financial management.  He was involved in the mergers and acquisitions team working in partnership with PwC in due diligence and valuation.  He was also involved in pricing projects for the Europe and Middle East region.

Victor combines his financial and commercial experience to help organisations to move from where they are to where they want to be, helping to recognise and harness a much neglected competitive advantage in most organisations; processes to improve growth and financial sustainability.  He incorporates the kaizen (continuous improvement) mind-set in every undertaking.

Victor is also an entrepreneur having set up several start-ups, from food to mobile health to financial technology.  His first start up was a food company providing ethnic food, which he later sold to his business partner to set up his own consultancy; Brittain-Wong advising on disability and coaching managers how to integrate disability into their team and organisation working with clients such as Barclays Bank, local councils, the BBC and Met Police.

Victor’s current start up is involved in healthcare in the area of assisted-living, and he is also currently enabling the Student Support Centre, a group of companies in the Education industry, to re-position the organisation in the digital world.

Social entrepreneurship is also something that Victor values highly, and is a partner of the Transformational Business Network, investing in and mentoring entrepreneurs and micro businesses in the developing world.  He is also an investor and activist in a company bringing access to renewable energy in some of the most deprived areas in the world.