Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
Justin Standfield, Managing Director & Principal Consultant
Justin is Incendo’s Managing Director and principal consultant. With an organisational development background gained over 22 years in a range of sectors in the UK and internationally, he has acquired extensive consultancy and facilitation experience of all stages of the development cycle. He has designed and delivered a range of learning interventions for diverse audiences from CEOs to leaders in the armed forces, from air traffic controllers to midwives.
In recent years, Justin has specialised in helping organisations with a range of change initiatives. His work in this area has included diagnostic activities, consultancy and the design of bespoke programmes to equip people with the approaches required to succeed within cultures that require commitment, resilience and flexibility. Within this work, he’s able to draw on his own experience of operating in senior management positions.
Justin is a Fellow of the Learning & Performance Institute (LPI) and is passionate about continuous personal and professional development. He has a particular interest in the corporate application of mindfulness, Appreciative Inquiry and the ‘soul-friendly business’ concept – all fuelled by a limitless fascination with people, behaviour and human motivation. He’s also on a personal mission to eradicate Death By PowerPoint from all UK training rooms!
Meryl Shearwood, Personal Assistant
Before joining the team here at Incendo, Meryl worked within a number of roles in the financial services sector. The investment world is extremely fast paced, with everything constantly changing and no day being the same – which gave Meryl plenty of opportunity to hone her excellent communication, prioritisation and organisation skills.
Meryl works closely with Justin to organise training programmes, conferences and other events. Acting as a first point of contact, she liaises with Incendo’s clients, suppliers and partners.
Lucy, Staff Morale Officer
Lucy is very much the office lynchpin at Incendo HQ. She prides herself on establishing immediate rapport with people and works hard to maintain lasting connections with all clients that meet her. She has a range of duties which she fulfils with a positive attitude; these include social media management, cushion testing and biscuit tasting. Lucy is also responsible for monitoring the office aquarium at Incendo HQ.
Although she doesn’t possess any formal qualifications in the field of Organisational Development, Lucy’s pedigree can be traced back to the early 1930s.
Consultants & Coaches
Lynda Steer, Organisational Development Consultant
Lynda has over 30 years experience working across private and public sectors enabling organisations to achieve results through their people. She has global, multi sector experience designing, implementing and embedding organisational development initiatives, transforming organisations to develop, grow, streamline, or align their people, services and processes. Lynda is enthusiastic about enabling organisations to develop their current and future talent, drive business success through outstanding leadership, refocus on delivering enabling activities and maximising people engagement during periods of transition and change.
Lynda is an entrepreneurial and commercially experienced leader, able to successfully instil business goals, values, vision and corporate culture during all forms of engagement, with a particular focus on transformation and change. She gains credibility and respect quickly when leading teams, working as part of a senior management team or in partnership by aligning teams across all levels of an organisation to shared corporate goals.
She is a UK Mediation trained Mediator, accredited NHS 360 facilitator and British Psychological Society Level A and Level B trained.
Soraya Robertson, Executive Coach & Organisational Development Consultant
Soraya has an inspiring way of helping others to discover the possibilities that exist when they feel ready for change. A firm believer in the potential inside each of us, Soraya has a wonderful combination of an outcome focused nature, empathetic heart, and enquiring mind. She helps her clients make change and achieve their goals by working with them to discover their ‘why’, their ‘what’ and supports them to define and implement the ‘how ‘of integrating positive change for the long term.
No stranger to the business world, Soraya has held several leadership positions both in the UK and as part of European teams. As well as being a coach for individuals and leadership teams, her applied technical skills and capabilities have extended across talent and organisational development, corporate communications, change management, benefits management and service improvement. Soraya can detach to be objective and she has felt first-hand the paradoxes, issues and excitement of leadership and management – this makes her hugely credible and empathetic with Incendo’s clients.
Soraya is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).
John Beavis, Executive Coach & Organisational Development Consultant
John’s coaching and development expertise stems from nigh on two decades spent in the military sphere where he coached and mentored in a variety of assignments and settings. These ranged from senior leadership roles within key strategic operations, such as the 2012 Olympic Games security operation, as well as professional training, assurance and international experimental research projects. The most common challenge that John faced was the need to “Do more with less,” to get the best performance from his teams and successfully achieve the full scope of the mission. This led him to incorporate coaching and development as a key facet of the leadership function, enabling him to drive individual performance and optimize organisational capacity, amidst shifting scope and diminishing resource.
As well as his coaching portfolio, John has a range of associated Masters Level qualifications – including Executive Management and Executive Coaching & Mentoring – and is fully committed to continuous professional development. Upon retiring from the military domain, John chose to pursue his passion for coaching and development and has worked in the UK, USA and China with clients in the corporate, public and NGO sectors. John’s vision is to couple leadership experience with coaching expertise to deliver effective executive development.
Amy Bearman, People Development Consultant
A Chartered member of the CIPD, Amy works with our clients in a range of contexts including leadership development programmes, 1:1 and group coaching, assessment centres and facilitated workshops. Her diverse career to date has been in the private, public and third sectors; in addition, Amy has held a number of teaching roles in further education. Her experience of working as a Human Resources Director adds something extra that is particularly valued by Incendo’s clients.
Amy designs and delivers creative, bespoke solutions for organisations who want to transform their people and their results. She creates experiences that are engaging, memorable and make sense to people – in all aspects of their lives, not just at work.
We’re a ‘Disability Confident’ Employer
The Disability Confident scheme was developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives to help organisations successfully employ and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. The scheme is voluntary and access to the guidance, self-assessments and resources is completely free. There are 3 Disability Confident levels within the scheme – these are:
- Disability Confident Committed (level 1)
- Disability Confident Employer (level 2)
- Disability Confident Leader (level 3)
Incendo Development Ltd is a Disability Confident Employer (level 2). In essence, level 2 of the scheme is about getting the right people for your business, and keeping and developing those people; w
e believe that by being Disability Confident it gives small businesses like Incendo a unique opportunity to lead the way in their community, regardless of the size of your company.
Organisations we work with
We’re proud to work with some phenomenal people in a range of organisations, and we’re delighted that our growth has been largely due to referrals from our existing clients. The following are organisations for whom we have designed and delivered successful development interventions; these may have been learning programmes, workshops, seminars, coaching assignments or team development events.