Meet the team

John Ryrie

John Ryrie

John Ryrie

With 25 years senior broad HR experience across working across the world for organisations like Mobil Exxon, Canon, Danone, Hallmark and Bacardi-Martini, I am passionate about helping individuals and organisations change to realise their full potential and so increase organisational effectiveness and  capability. I help organisations determine what changes on both an individual and wider level really make a difference to drive performance

Every individual and company is unique and have their own unique journey to unlock their full potential. It is working on the strategic, operational, personal and interpersonal changes needed that I love, using my background in assessment, leadership development at all levels, coaching, mentoring and using my business acumen to drive change.


Nick Kemp

Nick Kemp

Nick Kemp

I am passionate about improving the way people experience the world of work by creating productive, competitive and innovative working solutions.  I have worked for over 20 years with a range of financial services and public sector organisations as a organisational change consultant, business and executive coach.  I use my experience to work with clients at a systemic level to help them develop the clarity vision, values and behaviours needed for people to be at their best.  I am an ICF qualified executive coach, and accredited programme and change manager.  I also am a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and have post graduate and masters qualifications in OD and people development.

Laura Davies-Clare

Laura Davies-Clare

Laura Davies-Clare

I am a procurement and supply chain specialist with a career spanning the public and private sector.  I have worked as an in-house change consultant, and have 3 years client-side experience in delivering a large scale complex change programme using Transcend approaches. I have a passion for the development of leaders at all levels in an organisation, enabling the creation of sustainable capacity to manage complex and on-going change.  

Caroline Sharley

Caroline Sharley

Caroline Sharley

I really like Transcend's way of thinking about how sustained change happens in organisations.  From my experience, listening to people, trusting and involving them in change is key  - at different levels throughout an organisation-to achieving sustained individual and organisational change, and performance.

Bernadette Cass

Bernadette Cass

Bernadette Cass

My career has focussed on working with change, providing an approach to the development, growth and increased effectiveness of organisations and the people working within. I have a strong operational business background, having held global Board level IT roles for blue chip companies and government. Typically my clients want to make significant shifts in their culture and approach to work, and I challenge them to discover their own solutions and achieve their objectives. I am inspired by working with those who want to perform at their best, I am a qualified coach and use Transactional Analysis theory to support my work.

Tony Wardle

Tony Wardle

Tony Wardle

I am a Non-Executive Associate at Transcend and have been supporting the team in a marketing and business development role for seven years.  Having spent my early career in consumer markets, I have made a specialisation of business-to-business marketing, particularly in Professional Services and Technology sectors.  My marketing agency Mann Wardle Group was acquired by Saatchi & Saatchi in 1987 following which I spent six years at Saatchi as chairman and CEO of several subsidiaries. During this time I founded specialist b2b agency Saatchi Business. I worked at Reuters for four years as Group Marketing Operations Director responsible for the Reuters brand, market research and CRM, and have held a number of global interim marketing director roles.

Paul Pivcevic

Paul Pivcevic

Paul Pivcevic

I support our clients as a consultant, coach, trainer of coaches and coach supervisor. I enjoy seeing the impact of our work developing over time and the strong relationships with my clients that result. As a consultant I have spent 15 years working across public and private sectors but my background spans experience in marketing, media, research and sustainable development. I particularly enjoy working with leaders and their teams in the moment, naming and then shifting those patterns together that will create lasting change their organisations.

Nick Putnam

Nick Putnam

Nick Putnam

I spent ten years refining my consulting skills amongst the most senior leaders in Shell, one of the world’s largest companies.  I have been privileged to work directly with, and learn from, some of the best-known authorities in the field of business improvement and organisational effectiveness.

An energetic and seasoned consultant, I build trusted relationships at all levels, including board level executives.  I bring a respected combination of international commercial experience with performance consulting, leading to high value business outcomes.

Michael Thorley

Michael Thorley

Michael Thorley

I am the owner of Transcend. My work is characterised by assisting organisations, teams and individuals to explore and improve their performance. I bring over 25 years  of practical and hard earned operational and strategic experience with roles as a senior commercial manager, facilitator, coach and change leader working in both private and public sectors across the world. I combine wide experience with professional qualifications in psychology, accountancy, supply chain management, and psychotherapy. I especially enjoy creating developmental environments where people can explore and integrate new ideas, and bring increasing authenticity to their work.

Malcolm Higgs

Malcolm Higgs

Malcolm Higgs

I work with Transcend and their clients providing research design and input as well as analysing diagnostics used in their work with clients.

I have experience as an organisational consultant and am a professor of Organisational Behaviour and HR Management and the Director of the University of Southampton Management School. I am a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society as well as a Principal Member of the Association of Business Psychologists.

Katie Jones

Katie Jones

Katie Jones

 I have been with Transcend from the start. I run the office, I am a vital support to the team, and I answer your calls and liaise with your assistants to schedule meetings.

With thanks to those who came before ......

We would like to acknowledge and thank those who came before us for their work and their passion.  Their contribution has made us who we are today.

Thank you to Deborah Rowland, Angus Fisher, Roger Bellis and Nancy Clay.