Manley Hopkinson – Founder & Director

Manley was schooled on leadership through a mix of practical and academic; as an Officer in the Royal Navy and the Royal Hong Kong Police, as a skipper in the BT Global Challenge, the world’s toughest yacht race, and as part of the winning team skiing to the Magnetic North Pole.

Over the last 20 years, Manley has worked with an extraordinary range of organisations globally, both within his own consultancy and as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, and has been applying and refining the principles, and application, of creating & leading high performing teams with great success.

In addition Manley has held accountable leadership roles as the Director of People & Performance for The Atlas Consortium, Hewlett Packard Defence & Security UK and Ark Data Centres, which was recently awarded the highest accolade of the Investors In People Platinum award.

This continual journey of learning, testing, reviewing and refining across a broad spectrum of global organisations and sectors, has allowed Manley to deeply understand what it actually takes to gain the commitment that drives sustained high performance.

Manley has learnt much from many extraordinary people from all walks of life, and is always trying to grow his understanding of leadership, team work and performance. Research into the neural physiology, the brain science, that physically drives the ability to learn, change and perform, was the final part of the leadership jigsaw that led to the publication of Manley’s widely acclaimed book “Compassionate Leadership” in 2014 and the creation of the Compassionate Leadership Academy.

With many more adventures ahead, Manley is always a “leader", in learning.

Catherine Hopkinson - Director

Catherine is a Business graduate who spent many years working in television advertising and sponsorship. She re-trained as a secondary school teacher (B.Ed.), specialising in Business, ICT and Marketing. Leading a team as a Head of Faculty specialising in alternative curriculum and vocational education. As part of the Senior Management team she devised and delivered staff training and mentored newly qualified teachers. As a mature student she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with the Open University. Catherine runs the business office and financial side of CLA. She is an eternal student with a passion for education, current affairs, travel and adventure and is a trustee of the registered charity – Forca – Strength Against Cancer.

Chris Moon M.B.E - Associate

Chris Moon has tested the limits of human endurance. He avoided certain death by negotiating the release of himself and two colleagues from the grasp of Khmer Rouge guerrillas in Cambodia. He left the British Army to clear landmines for a charity, and subsequently lost an arm and a leg in an explosion. Less than a year later, he completed the London Marathon, and today runs the world’s toughest ultramarathons. Chris knows exactly what it takes to overcome adversity and supposed limitations helping people to step beyond what they thought possible.

Andy Cave - Associate

Andy Cave is one of the greatest mountaineers of his generation and his teams have pioneered some of the most difficult mountain climbs in the world. Andy’s and his team’s story of resourcefulness, resolve and rising above expectation has inspired audiences all over the world. His Leadership workshops and keynote speeches convey the importance of partnership and respect in all that we do and reinforce the need for focus and drive to unlock true potential. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Sheffield for his work in Language & Social identity in Industry. His two books have won six literary awards and been translated into German, Italian & French.

Jacqui Fairbrass – Associate

With a background in the British Army, wide public and private sector experience and a passion for individual development, Jacqui is a highly successful and committed senior leadership coach. Her natural style brings warmth, vitality and attentiveness to her clients; building rapport and trust and enabling them to become the leader they aspire to be. Jacqui is a qualified Master Coach, Systemic Team Coach and NLP practitioner, certified to deliver the Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI), Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Step 1 and Step 2 and Clarity 4D. Jacqui has worked within government organisations, the emergency services, blue chip companies and SMEs in the defence, housing, banking and communication sectors.

Gwen Stirling Wilkie - Associate

Gwen is a highly regarded facilitator, culture change, and developmental consultant. Her philosophy is of a ‘practical helper’ working alongside you and your teams as you progress towards creating and delivering the positive action you are seeking. Clients love the way she brings her own stories of compassionate leadership to life in the way she works; sharing her lessons of life, leadership and learning during her 25 years of experience in creating places where individuals can thrive and become collectively brilliant. She has held senior level roles in commercial and charitable organisations, has worked as an Executive Director, and is currently a volunteer Board Director of ODN Europe, a membership organisation.

Fedor von Balluseck – Associate - Europe

In a world that is increasingly busy, complex, and distracted finding your path becomes more and more a necessity and a challenge. Fedor likes to help individuals, teams and organisations on this journey. He works by looking both at the business and the human side of things. He leverages a mix of personal experiences in international and diverse settings and combines these with a professional development in Economics (MSc), Strategy (BCG), Marketing & Leadership (Philips) and Coaching (MMS & ICF). The Compassionate Leadership Academy is a fantastic program that helps people and teams on this journey and he is proud to help bring this to the Netherlands. He lives in Haarlem (The Netherlands) and is happily married and has 3 children.

Skillset Ltd. – Platform Design and Administration

SkillSet Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Latitude 91 Ltd., is a specialist provider of eLearning and bespoke training services to the public and private sectors. Its main activities include:

  • Design and development of effective and engaging eLearning content.
  • Configuration, customisation, hosting and ongoing support of learning management systems.
  • User adoption services related to the introduction of new IT applications and associated processes, including training and manuals.

As part of an ongoing commitment to quality and security, SkillSet is certified to ISO9001 and IS027001 standards. In 2017 the group gained Amazon Web Services Consulting Partner status. SkillSet have worked with Manley to design and implement the Compassionate Leadership Academy platform, the programme modules and the learning activities.

Face T.V. – Video, Graphics and Marketing Partner

Face is a video production agency launched in 1994, involved in all aspects of the development, production, distribution and transmission of television programmes, commercials and corporate videos.

All of the creative and production resources are in-house, providing a one-stop shop for our wide-ranging client base. From scripting, through shooting, to editing, animation/graphics and distribution, we have all bases covered.

Broadcast television credits include observational documentary series for Channel 5, the Discovery Channel, UKTV and ITV Meridian. In addition to this broadcast work, we’re a very experienced post-production house for infomercial programmes produced for DRTV (Home Shopping) channels on Sky TV and Freeview. We have worked closely with The Compassionate Leadership Academy to create dynamic and engaging content.

My People Group – Organisation Culture Analytics & Measurement

MyPeople Group was formed by the analytics teams that supported GB Cycling, GB Rowing, England Rugby, the British & Irish Lions and the Philadelphia 76ers. Our teams have contributed to more than 20 World Championship titles, 20 Olympic Gold medals, 1 Rugby Six Nations Grand Slam, 3 Six Nations tournaments wins, 2 undefeated Lions tours and 3 Tour de France Wins.

MyPeople now specialises in helping organisations to create winning, high performance cultures in the business environment using approaches which have already proved successful in elite sport. The MyPeople cloud-based relationship and performance analytics platform provides high levels of critical insight to help measure, scale, protect or change organisational culture and performance. My People have joined forces with CLA to enable the measurement of the impact of the CLA programme; a first in the field of personal development.