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Anita Houghton MBBS. MSc. MFPHM.
Anita has had many years experience in the health service and related organisations. Originally trained in public and community health, she has worked as a consultant in hospitals and community clinics, district health authorities and national bodies, including the Royal College of Physicians, the Audit Commission, and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. In the year 2000 she took up the post of Associate Dean in postgraduate medicine for the London deanery, where she developed leadership programmes for junior doctors and new consultants. She has also been a non-executive director of a PCT.

In tandem with these posts, she has developed expertise in the field of personal development and one-to-one coaching, and is a qualified counsellor for both the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and FIRO Element B, an accredited practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and has a post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

She has been coaching managers, doctors and other professionals for the past six years, and has run training programmes for consultants, junior doctors and GPs, on the subjects of leadership, career development, team-working, assertiveness, and the use of psychological type to enhance effectiveness in the workplace.

In addition to coaching and training, Anita writes articles on the subjects of career development and self-awareness, and has published two books on career development.

Chris Rasey BA (Hons) 
Chris is an experienced developer of people.  For over thirty years he has been successfully training, coaching and facilitating individuals and groups in a variety of organisations at all levels.  Whilst employed within organisations he worked in the engineering, manufacturing, retail and IT sectors as a trainer, internal consultant and manager.  Since working as an external consultant he has added public, academic, financial and professional services sectors to his experience.

In recent years he has trained and coached on leadership courses and programmes in the UK and a dozen other European countries.  In addition, he regularly trains groups in facilitation, training, assertion, coaching, and self-development work. Chris has created a particular reputation as an NLP trainer, and has helped hundreds of people to qualify as Practitioners and Master Practitioners of NLP. As a coach, he particularly likes enabling leaders and managers to develop their perceptions and their skills so that they have more productive and enjoyable working lives.

Chris is a qualified user of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, FIRO B, and OPQ, and is a Master Practitioner and certified trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Carol Parkes MBBS MSc MFPH
Carol Parkes trained in medicine and had a 20 year career in the NHS, having specialised in public health medicine and epidemiology.  She has worked at many different organisations from hospitals and primary care trusts to strategic health authorities, with the last ten years in consultant posts.  She has gained considerable experience in senior management, policy development and implementation, board-level strategy and leadership development.  In her recent experience in the NHS, she has worked on clinical leadership development and clinical engagement, leading on strategy as well as implementation.

Alongside her medical career Carol has had an ongoing fascination and interest in people development and how organisations can benefit from this. She is experienced in training and coaching groups and individuals (including senior medical managers, GPs, nurses, public health clinicians, medical educators, private industry senior executives) in personal development and leadership.  Using this portfolio of skills and experience, she is now a full-time freelance consultant, trainer and coach.  

Carol has an MSc in Organisational Behaviour and is a trained neurolinguistic programming (NLP) practitioner and trained coach.  She is qualified to use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) for Step I and Step II and in MBTI Flexcare communication and influencing skills.  She is also trained to use the Firo Element B instrument and an indicator of Emotional Intelligence in individuals and teams.


Our clients include
Guy’s & St Thomas’ Trust, SE London SHA, OD Partnerships, Dept of Health, National Clinical Assessment Authority, South East London Strategic Health Authority, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Community Trust, BMJ Careers, National Audit Office, Southwark PCT, SE London Shared Services Partnership, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, National Schizophrenia Fellowship, Associated British Ports plc, Eden Vale plc, Barclay’s Bank, IBM.