Mentoring & Coaching2019-07-29T11:57:21+01:00

Why Mentoring & Coaching?

Mentoring & Coaching is a system of semi-structured guidance whereby one person shares their knowledge, skills and experience to assist others to progress in their own lives and careers. Mentoring & Coaching can be a short-term arrangement until the original reason for the partnership is fulfilled (or ceases), or it can last many years.

Mentoring & Coaching is more than ‘giving advice’ or passing on what your experience was in a particular area or situation. It’s about motivating and empowering the other person to identify their own issues and goals and helping them to find ways of resolving or reaching them – not by doing it for them or expecting them to ‘do it the way I did it’, but by understanding and respecting different ways of working.

Mentoring & Coaching is not counselling or therapy – though the mentor or coach may help to access more specialised avenues of help if it becomes apparent that this would be the best way forward.

Complement your learning or enhance your career with one of our experienced team.

Alex Ellinis

Mentor & Executive Coach

Alex Ellinis is a dedicated visionary senior executive with over 20 years’ experience in sales and operations, he has worked within large and multinational organisations across industries including, security, transport and logistics, supply chain, civil engineering and travel and tourism.

Throughout his career he has led diverse teams across Europe and America’s as well as pioneering graduate, mentoring and succession planning programmes to help develop and shape the next generation of management and leadership within organisations.

Alex holds a black belt in lean six sigma, Certificate in Vocational assessment, MSc in strategic management, level 8 diploma in leadership and currently completing a PhD in Business strategy. Alex is a chartered fellow of the CMI, fellow of ILM and a fellow of ISM

Alex Ellinis

Mentor & Executive Coach

Alex Ellinis is a dedicated visionary senior executive with over 20 years’ experience in sales and operations, he has worked within large and multinational organisations across industries including, security, transport and logistics, supply chain, civil engineering and travel and tourism.

Throughout his career he has led diverse teams across Europe and America’s as well as pioneering graduate, mentoring and succession planning programmes to help develop and shape the next generation of management and leadership within organisations.

Alex holds a black belt in lean six sigma, Certificate in Vocational assessment, MSc in strategic management, level 8 diploma in leadership and currently completing a PhD in Business strategy. Alex is a chartered fellow of the CMI, fellow of ILM and a fellow of ISM

Mark Parsons

Mentor & Executive Coach

After a recent career break, Mark has taken a change of direction – having spent 30 years in the corporate world, he is now the Chief Business Development Officer for Xelba, an IoT start up based in Chelsea, London.

Mark’s career has been focused around the customer and he has learnt that “…the customer is far more disruptive than technology, so constantly understanding the changing customer needs is key to success…” Mark was latterly Chief Customer Officer for DHL Supply Chain UK & Ireland.

Responsible for the development of strategic customer relationships to drive both commercial growth and business retention through great customer experience, he has led sales, client management and solutions teams of over 100 covering all B2B business sectors and industries

Mark has spent over 30 years working across the Supply Chain, prior to working at DHL, he worked for Accenture, Invensys & Electrolux, working in different roles in the UK, across Europe, and based in the US and Australia.

Throughout his career Mark has not only lead complex multi-€m customer & supplier engagements but has also been responsible for implementing a number of strategic business transformations, particularly around organisational and cultural change, and more especially in B2B commercial transformations in response to digital disruption, driving significant cost-down and value-creation opportunities.

Mark has held a number UK Directorships, runs his own Consulting business and has pursued his interest in Blockchain by gaining certification in Blockchain Strategy through Oxford University

He has also been a Trustee of a Charity over the past 10 years and continues to play an active role in supporting the voluntary sector.

Mark Parsons

Mentor & Executive Coach

After a recent career break, Mark has taken a change of direction – having spent 30 years in the corporate world, he is now the Chief Business Development Officer for Xelba, an IoT start up based in Chelsea, London.

Mark’s career has been focused around the customer and he has learnt that “…the customer is far more disruptive than technology, so constantly understanding the changing customer needs is key to success…” Mark was latterly Chief Customer Officer for DHL Supply Chain UK & Ireland.

Responsible for the development of strategic customer relationships to drive both commercial growth and business retention through great customer experience, he has led sales, client management and solutions teams of over 100 covering all B2B business sectors and industries

Mark has spent over 30 years working across the Supply Chain, prior to working at DHL, he worked for Accenture, Invensys & Electrolux, working in different roles in the UK, across Europe, and based in the US and Australia.

Throughout his career Mark has not only lead complex multi-€m customer & supplier engagements but has also been responsible for implementing a number of strategic business transformations, particularly around organisational and cultural change, and more especially in B2B commercial transformations in response to digital disruption, driving significant cost-down and value-creation opportunities.

Mark has held a number UK Directorships, runs his own Consulting business and has pursued his interest in Blockchain by gaining certification in Blockchain Strategy through Oxford University

He has also been a Trustee of a Charity over the past 10 years and continues to play an active role in supporting the voluntary sector.

Ian Larnder

Mentor & Leadership Facilitator

Ian has vast experience of strategic working including creating strategic partnerships, developing strategy and operational delivery particularly within senior partnership working arrangements.

Following early promotions, in 2005, Ian was selected to join the Association of Chief Police Officers, this was the strategic body for UK policing responsible for developing and implementing national strategy and policy.

Ian lead among other things the National Community Tension Team, an HMG funded unit that collated, analysed and disseminated intelligence to inform and assist in addressing community tension. Ian’s unit was then tasked to produce the first Police PREVENT strategy. This strategic work had to be aligned to compliment HMG’s CONTEST UK Counter Terrorism Strategy.

As the Units experienced Superintendent, Ian travelled extensively nationally and internationally working with police, governments, security services and communities. The work of this Unit was ground breaking and often controversial as it was at the vanguard of work that preventing people being drawn into terrorism and identifying those at risk of being so.

In 2010, Ian rejoined the MPS as the deputy of the Specialist Operations Olympic Command Unit. This Unit had national responsibility for the safe and secure delivery of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games specifically around protective security measures that addressed the significant threat of terrorism. This role included close working with HMG departments, local authorities across the UK, all UK police forces and many other significant stakeholders including foreign Governments and security services.

In 2014, Ian worked directly to the Director of HR for the MPS to research opportunities to address the under representation of black minority ethnic officers and female officers in the MPS. His team developed and introduced policy changes that positively impacted the representation of the two groups.

In January 2017, he was appointed Acting Chief Superintendent. He led over 800 staff, in what is still one of the most challenging of London Boroughs, until his retirement. Ian offers a depth of knowledge and experience within the public sector as well as a plethora of leadership and strategic experience to benefit students from all sectors.

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