Leadership Forums

The Forums are located around the United Kingdom providing leaders and individuals with support and input that enables them to achieve what matters to them. If you would like to engage in a conversation that creates more powerful results in your organisation, please contact us by emailing Phil Thompson: phil@ella-forums.org.

London Forum
Andrew Jacobs

Andrew Jacobs

Chair - London Forum 2

Andrew built his family Food Import business to revenues of $100 mln p.a. and is one of the global industry leaders on a United Nations project for more nutritious and sustainable foods. Andrew now spends most of his time as a Social Action activist with Citizens UK and coach/mentor to charities and social enterprises through his extended network & ella forums.
London Forum

Les Broude

Chair - London Forum 1

A Chartered Accountant by background with an extensive knowledge of finance and general management through international roles in the Mars Group and senior executive roles with Barclays Bank. He is currently a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair for the Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust and a Trustee and Audit Committee Chair at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.

He coaches in Career Transition at Penna Plc bringing his broad finance and management experience as well as knowledge of Interim Management.

He joined ella in 2014 and runs Group 1.

East Midlands Forum

Lindsey Williams

Chair - East-Midlands Forum

Lindsey is an experienced chief executive and non - executive director with a passion for social impact and diversity. She has worked in housing, development, education and training for more than 30 years.
Lindsey is a direct and dynamic leader who likes to get things done. She thrives on tough challenges, fresh ideas and breaking down barriers - and having fun whilst doing it!

``Leading an organisation that is continually learning and developing both myself and others is vital to success``

Lindsey believes in the power of professionals to change lives and build, safe communities where people want to live, learn, work and stay.

West Midlands Forum

Abbi Buszard

Chair - West Midlands Forum

Coach, Founder and MD of Grow Your Own Organic Learning, a coaching and experiential learning business with a social enterprise heart, Abbi is passionate about making an impact. An experienced commercial leader with 14 years’ experience in FTSE 100 consumer products businesses, she has held Director-level roles in GB and Europe and offers a wide breadth of expertise across Business Transformation and Change, Customer Management, Customer Marketing, Organisational Design and Learning & Development.
Southern Forum

Julie Pelych

Chair - Southern Forum

Julie is passionate about developing individuals, teams and organisations to reach their full potential and to achieve great outcomes. She has extensive experience of Leadership Development and Executive Coaching and uses a strengths-based approach in her work, underpinned with the latest research in neuroscience.
She has worked with a diverse range of private and public sector organisations including retail, engineering and construction businesses as well as the NHS, housing associations and large charities. Julie has coached senior leaders, managing directors and CEOs as well as a broad range of individuals at all levels in organisations. Julie is a British Psychological Society qualified user of an extensive range of psychometric tools and an ILM qualified Coach. She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, holds post-graduate diplomas in HR and in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring, and is a Master Practitioner in NLP as well as a qualified user of a wide range of counselling techniques.
Prior to setting up her own business in 1995 Julie was an HR Director in a blue chip global business and spent 11 years working as an HR professional in the public transport, engineering and FMCG sectors.
North East Forum

David Robinson

Chair - North East Forum

David started as Chief Executive at Tees Valley YMCA in May of this year and is based at their offices in Darlington. His background cuts across the charity, public and private sectors and he brings with him senior management experience in the fields of youth, learning disability, mental health, employment support, corporate social responsibility and local regeneration. He has also held posts in private sector recruitment and sports retail buying. David takes a real interest in the community and voluntary sector, especially in the North East and is currently a trustee with Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE). He is a Clore Social Leadership fellow, completed the Common Purpose North East Meridian leadership programme, is in the process of completing his Churchill Fellowship Report on Entrepreneurial Charity Leadership and has been involved with Pilotlight, both as a leader of a charity benefitting from the programme and as part of a team supporting a charity. He has a degree in Management and Masters in Psychology.
North West Forum

Aamer Naeem

Chair - North West Forum

Aamer Naeem is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the Management Consulting and Leadership Development industries. Strong professional skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Entrepreneurship and Training Facilitation. Aamer has sat as a Fitness to Practice Committee member for the General Pharmaceutical Council and the General Teaching Council. As CEO of Penny Appeal, was responsible for growing the organisation from £100k to £33m over 6 years.
Central Forum

Nanci Hogan

Chair - Central Forum

Nanci Hogan is an executive consultant and coach for leaders, senior managers and CEOs, working in the public (including local, national and international government and academic institutions), private and Third (Charity and nongovernmental organisation) Sectors. She works at the individual, team, organizational and systemic levels. She is trained in ICF recognized individual and organizational depth coaching as well as in ORSC systems coaching, focused on building thriving teams and organisations. Over the past year she has led six group coaching sessions for humanitarian aid and mission workers. She also identifies herself a moral philosopher and ethicist.
Scotland Forum

Beth Tope

Chair - Scotland Forum

Following a successful career in Executive HR roles for international businesses, Beth is now a Coach, Facilitator and Interim HR Consultant. She assists a broad range of individuals and teams to navigate challenges and to grasp opportunities, she is passionate about supporting people and groups towards insight and action.
New to working with charities, Beth brings a diverse perspective often overlaying a private sector commercial flavour to the discussion.