Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE

Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE
Chairman

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Educated in South Africa (Michaelhouse and the University of Witwatersrand), Rick Peacock-Edwards had a glittering career in the RAF from which he retired as an Air Commodore in 1999. The son of a Battle of Britain pilot he was himself a fighter pilot and flew the Hunter, Lightning, Phantom and Tornado. He has commanded a squadron and a large RAF Station (RAF Leeming) and filled a number of important positions both in the UK and America. He has extensive experience of working with government at the Ministry of Defence. During his Service career he was awarded the Air Force Cross (AFC) and appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

In his post RAF career he has filled a number of Director appointments and was Managing Director of Vector Flying Training Services Limited, a consortium of companies bidding for a multi-billion pound defence contract. He is President or Chairman of a number of organisations in the Voluntary Sector and is also Vice Chairman of the prestigious RAF Club in Piccadilly. General Interests include sport, the world of finance, painting and stamp collecting

John Peters BSc (Hons) MBA FRSA MRAeS

John Peters BSc (Hons) MBA FRSA MRAeS
Military Advisor

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John Peters came to the world’s attention in January 1991, when his bruised and battered face flashed onto television screens around the world as a prisoner of war. It was his disfigured image that became a potent symbol of Saddam Hussein’s ruthless aggression.

In 2000, John retired from the RAF to found his own management consultancy firm. Working internationally with corporates, governmental and the Third Sector, Monkey Business provides business critical development, consulting and coaching through a leadership lens. Executives experience intense pressure to perform effectively within increasingly turbulent environments of ambiguity, uncertainty and unforeseen surprises. Using his Gulf War, POW experience, international media exposure, award-winning Human Factors development programme and instruction in high-performance aviation and 20 years’ consultancy business, John challenges leaders’ approach and provides practical tools that can be applied immediately in the workplace.

With particular areas of interest being uncertainty, organisational learning, trust and failure, he is currently writing a book on leadership and is the author of LEAP!©, the online Leadership Effectiveness and Agility Profile. He runs numerous Executive MBA programmes for business schools at the Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow and The Blue Executive MBA in Copenhagen. Clients include Capital One, the Mayors of Moscow, Singapore Institute of Management, Lloyds Bank, NATO and Costain. He has been Chair of the Association of MBAs, (the international MBA gold-standard of accreditation) and is Governor of Worcester Royal Grammar School and Patron to KidsOut, a charity supporting disadvantaged children

Lt Cdr Samantha Truelove MBE RN

Lt Cdr Samantha Truelove MBE RN
Diversity Advisor

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Sam Truelove was shortlisted for the 2014 European Diversity Awards Inspirational Role Model of the Year Award and shortlisted for the British LGBT Awards 2015 (positive role model), National Diversity Award 2015 (LGBT Role model) and Inclusive Networks National Awards (Network Leaders of the Year with her Co Vice-Chair of the the Royal Navy’s Compass Network – Lt Cdr Chris Wood. [Compass is the Royal Navy’s Sexual orientation and Gender Identity network]. Sam was born in South Africa and went to school in Stellenbosch, South Africa and Coronado, CA, USA.

She worked as a scuba instructor in Egypt for 4 years before joining the Army Air Corps in 1998. After a short period as an Air Trooper she commissioned into the Royal Logistics Corps from Sandhurst in April 2000. During her time with 17 Port and Maritime Regiment (as a Troop Commander), Marchwood she deployed on Operation AGRICOLA (Kosovo) and took part in Exercise Saif Sareea in Oman (RFA SIR GALAHAD).

Louise Gallant

Louise Gallant

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Louise has 20 years’ experience in resourcing, working with various corporate organisations both in the UK and Globally. 

Past projects include implementation of ATS's, development of employer brands, candidate attraction, recruiting and training for call centres, outplacement services for corporate organisations, high volume and head office recruitment, global recruitment, psychometric profiling, interview coaching and executive coaching. Specialising recently in the design and facilitation of assessment centres for high volume campaigns, including graduates, Louise coaches hiring managers to understand behaviours and culture fit within their organisations.

Her mission is to measure what great looks like in businesses and to recruit against best performers. More recently, she has consulted several clients in the retail, hospitality, manufacturing, media, sales and leisure sectors.

Louise is a Master NLP Practitioner and Yoga enthusiast. When she isn’t leading the business, you’ll find her meditating on a beach… in India.

Kate Philip

Kate Philip
Advisor on Wounded, Injured and Sick

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Drawing on her extensive experience in leadership and communication from her time in the military, as well as key lessons she has learned from dealing with a life-changing injury, Kate applies her drive and enthusiasm for personal development to help people and organisations to release their potential.

Joining the Army following graduation in Classics from Oxford University, Kate deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, where her leadership, decision-making, technical skill and adaptability were brutally tested in the fast-paced environment of front-line operations.

An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) put an end to her tour of Afghanistan and Kate's injuries resulted in her electing to have her leg amputated below the knee, becoming the first British female to lose a limb in combat. Persistent medical issues demanded further revision surgery and a new goal by which to re-focus her rehab, therefore at the end of 2013 Kate trekked to the South Pole as part of an expedition organised by Walking With The Wounded. This earned her the honour of being shortlisted in the Women Of The Year awards in 2014.

Kate is honoured to be an ambassador for ABF The Soldier’s Charity and a trustee of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC). Given her military career and experiences in the face of adversity, Kate is an ideal Advisor to Anascena.  

Lt Gen (Retd) Phil Jones CB CBE

Lt Gen (Retd) Phil Jones CB CBE
Military Advisor

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Lt Gen (retd) Phil Jones served for over 35 years in the British Army in command and staff positions at all levels. He trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and joined the Royal Anglian Regiment in the early ‘80s.  He led infantry soldiers in the UK including extensive periods of duty in Northern Ireland, Germany, Belize, the Balkans, Abkhazia/Georgia, Afghanistan, the USA and Canada.  He trained Army junior leaders, was the chief of staff of an airmobile brigade, the military assistant to a NATO Commander-in-Chief and was a campaign planner in a NATO corps headquarters.

He has been a Brigade Commander in Northern Ireland, Military Advisor to the UN SRSG in Afghanistan, a Military Attaché in Washington DC, and the Director of the ISAF Force Reintegration Organisation in Afghanistan.  He was the first Chief of Staff of the UK Joint Forces Command.  Latterly he was the Chief of Staff of NATO's Supreme Allied Command for Transformation.

He is now a Partner at DIMAT Limited, Chief of Operations at Equilibrium Global, and a senior advisor to PA Consulting.  He is also an honorary fellow of Exeter University Security Strategy Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Cambridge Analysis Institute and a trustee for the Tsavo Conservation Group.  He is Colonel of the Royal Anglian Regiment and a patron for Flying for Freedom, a charity teaching wounded veterans to fly.

Nikki Huxter

Nikki Huxter
Office Manager

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Nikki brought 35 years of experience to Anascena when she joined us as Office Manager in March 2016.  She has worked for HM Government, in the charity sector and in the corporate world, undertaking many different roles including EA, Event Manager and HR Manager. She has a can do attitude and will do everything in her power to ensure the company she supports is able to fulfil its vision.

Nikki has her own business, South East PA, and in her spare time she fundraises for charities that support individuals on the autistic spectrum because her husband and both of her adult sons have Asperger Syndrome.

Sarah Newman

Sarah Newman
Founder

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Born and educated in the UK, Sarah opened her first business in 1994 in Dublin. Needahotel.com sold wholesale hotel rooms to the travel trade worldwide. The business grew from zero to 100 million euros turnover within ten years, Sarah embraced the development of the internet sensation and interfaced her reservations system with Ryanair.com and AerLingus.com – eventually selling over a million hotel bedrooms each year with over 100 multilingual call centre staff. She successfully sold the business to American giant Cendant Corporation.

She has since worked on projects in Switzerland, Canada, Ireland and the UK.

She was the first female Dragon on Ireland’s Dragons Den, followed by building a reputation as a motivational speaker. She worked with many charities raising awareness and funds as well as offering consultancy to SMEs.

Sarah is the Founder of Anascena, sharing her vision with the Anascena Team.