WHO WE ARE
CHRIS SWEETMAN, DIRECTOR
Chris is an experienced leader, consultant and facilitator, having worked in and around the financial, legal and professional services sector for the last 20 years.
He began his career in the Competition Directorate of the European Commission in Brussels, before training and qualifying as a commercial lawyer with Blake Morgan. During his time there, he was seconded to the legal departments of RAC Motoring Services, the Welsh Government and the UK Department of Health, as well as to a business development role at PHS Group - identifying new targets for acquisition as part of the Group's growth strategy.
Whilst in practice, Chris discovered a passion for learning & development. He went on to combine a role training lawyers at major law firms with a senior management position at national legal professional development provider, altior. After its acquisition by US private education business, Kaplan, Chris was promoted to Managing Director, and was later awarded Chartered Manager status in recognition of his achievements in this role. Following two years as Director of Learning & Development Services at Capital Law, and sister consultancy business, Capital People, he fulfilled a long-held ambition to set up Sweetmans and Partners.
ROSIE SWEETMAN, DIRECTOR
Rosie has coached at Executive, senior and middle management level in several leading Financial, Legal and Professional Services firms. Qualified in Executive Coaching and Mentoring at postgraduate level, her coaching is thoughtful, pragmatic and solutions-focussed, meaning clients frequently feedback the positive impact the coaching has on them and their business.
Before setting up Sweetman and Partners, Rosie was Director of Business in the Community Cymru, working with hundreds of businesses to embed purpose and values into wider business strategy. She successfully repositioned the organisation as a business-led charity, and was appointed as partner to Barclays Lifeskills, and by Welsh Government to roll out its 'Business Class' programme across Wales through a unique licence model. She was awarded the highest accolade for leadership in The Times Top 100 charities to work for over two consecutive years, and won the IOD Wales Award for Director of Leadership in Corporate Responsibility.
Prior to this, she headed up Grant Thornton’s Business Development function for Cardiff, Bristol and Cheltenham where she was responsible for PR and marketing, as well as sales coaching for all partners in the Wales & South West of England region.
Before that, she ran the Professional Development programmes at Arts & Business, partnering senior business and arts professionals for mutual benefit through board placements, skills projects and mentoring.
TANYA GASS, ASSOCIATE facilitator
Tanya is a non-practising solicitor who specialises in negotiation and presentation skills training for professionals.
She trained and qualified at Clifford Chance as a corporate finance solicitor, focusing on floats and placings on the Main Market. She has also worked at Collins Stewart Stockbrokers, Gouldens (now Jones Day) and as Deputy General Counsel at Hanson plc.
Tanya has been working in the field of learning and development since 2003. She initially spent 8 years at BPP delivering sessions on Equity Finance and Business Law, whilst playing a key role in shaping the business’s technology and e-Learning strategy, as well as the development of its team of trainers across the UK.
She now specialises in designing and delivering impactful communication sessions for accountants, lawyers, company directors and secretaries, compliance heads and other professionals. Using accelerated learning techniques to maximise delegates' benefit from the sessions, she is known for her visual and practical approach, and her engaging style.
ADAM PRINT, ASSOCIATE FACILITATOR AND COACH
Adam is a qualified coach and experienced facilitator with nearly 15 years' leadership and management experience. He has a passion for helping people build resilience, reduce limitations and achieve success. He always remains supportive and challenges effectively and has achieved results through solutions-focused coaching interactions and leadership development support.
Prior to becoming an independent coach and facilitator, Adam was a senior operations manager in financial services contact centres, where he grew and developed teams to great success. He was recognised for performance, employee engagement and customer advocacy, which was achieved through building an engaging development culture with clear vision, values and objectives and by enabling and empowering others.
Adam utilises his leadership experience, business knowledge, self-reflection and emotional intelligence to facilitate learning in others, resulting in great feedback from clients.
PHILIPPA HAIN, ASSOCIATE COACH
Philippa is an executive coach who has been providing coaching services to a wide variety of organisations for over 25 years. She has coached Chief Executives, Senior Teams and Managers at all levels in professional services firms, blue-chip companies and small businesses, as well as in the public sector.
Previously a part of Deloitte LLP’s consulting team for 10 years, she is qualified to postgraduate level in Executive Coaching and Mentoring.
As well as being a qualified coach, Philippa is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a registered psychologist with the Health Professions Council. She is also an accredited member and committee member of the Society for Coaching Psychology and is passionate about how psychological models and principles can be applied to people and teams in business, and how coaching can facilitate effective performance improvement, leading to improved well-being, greater efficiency and cost reduction.
Philippa is qualified to use a wide range of psychometric instruments and 360 tools to aid the coaching experience. She has also written articles and contributed to book chapters on the topic of coaching.
ALLISON HOLLAND, Associate facilitator and coach
Allison is an experienced facilitator and executive coach.
She has worked as a senior learning and development consultant for over 15 years, delivering programmes for senior leaders in both the private and public sector. Her focus is on developing individuals, teams and organisations to deliver results.
With an MSc in Leadership and Management and a background in project management, she also has a practical ability to analyse, scope, design, and evaluate challenging and targeted development workshops for individuals, teams, departments and organisations.
Allison enjoys working in partnership to deliver unique and sustainable change; balancing challenge and support. She is accredited to use the Insights Discovery® tool, as well as other psychometric tools.
DAVID HAIN, ASSOCIATE COACH
David has a 30-year track record as a team and individual development coach, supporting Board members, organisation leaders and their teams across many different cultures. A common feature of his assignments is the need to develop alternative approaches to change.
Before becoming an independent coach, David worked in leadership and organisation development as a training manager, programme leader, executive coach and consultant with Marks & Spencer Plc and Development Associates, a subsidiary of Deloitte. After transferring to Deloitte Consulting, he was a change lead and leadership coach on global leadership and change programmes with a range of public and private sector clients, including financial and professional services businesses, BDO, Eversheds and Royal Sun Alliance.
He is an accredited practitioner of the Immunity to Change methodology and utilises this approach in his coaching.
More recently, he has led a number of transformation projects involving leadership development, facilitation and personal/team coaching for clients including Atradius, Finance Wales, the Intellectual Property Office, ONS and the Wales Audit Office.
KATE HAPPOLD, ASSOCIATE FACILITATOR AND COACH
Kate has over 20 years of experience, working predominantly within Financial Services, spending 5 years at AXA UK, before a further 13 years at Morgan Stanley, where she was responsible for increasing leadership capability through 1:1 coaching, team and group coaching and high potential leadership and management development programmes.
She was later asked to lead the Equity HR team, where she sat on the European Equity Operating Committee, learning first-hand the challenges senior managers face in leading and growing a competitive and fast paced business, managing multiple stakeholder relationships at different levels, whilst still bringing their people with them. Some four year later, she returned to a talent and leadership development role, to set up an internal coaching practice for senior managers, as well as leading the design and facilitation of high potential leadership programmes and team coaching interventions.
Here her focus was on developing clear vision and strategy, increasing team/group capability and communication.
She is also a qualified Executive Coach and a qualified Hogan, MBTI and Strengths Deployment Inventory Psychometric Practitioner.
Through her pragmatic and commercial approach and use of practical tools, Kate creates an environment that supports sustainable change and growth.