ABOUT US

ABOUT

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As a boutique business consultancy, we are intentionally smaller and perfectly formed. Our handpicked team of values-driven experts have vast professional and personal experience in the field, and beyond.  

When you work with us you benefit from much more than a business consultant; you are working with a team who have walked in your shoes. We recognise the challenges, frustrations and opportunities. We understand.

Our previous careers span a myriad of senior management, leadership and director roles across HR, operational development, culture change, business transformation, safety behaviour, leadership & development, organisation capability, internal & external communications, marketing, project management, recruitment, training and more.  

Being intentionally smaller means we’re able to pack a bigger punch. We’re flexible and agile; we’re not bound by policies, processes or off-the-peg concepts. We operate in the real world where one size doesn’t fit all and life throws us curveballs. So we’re responsive to the ever-changing events, trends and challenges of the corporate environment and we recognise that the same happens in life.

We invest ourselves in the people we work with, their wellbeing and the companies they are a part of; we’re committed, we’re collaborative and when those curveballs hit we are by your side.

Yet we don’t believe in dependency. We create self-sustaining transformation avoiding the reliance on ongoing consultancy support. We dig deep to get to the root of the issue sooner and to create a sustainable solution. Our solutions are people-focused, results-driven and proven.  

Our reputation for transformation and achievement goes before us; recommendations have driven our own growth and success since we set out on our journey in 2012. Today we continue to transform mindsets, develop talent and achieve results for organisations, businesses and individuals across the UK.

More than business consultants
Proven, bespoke solutions
Transformational and sustainable change
We take a different approach to deliver better results.

Our difference sets us apart and gives our clients the edge.

OUR PROVEN PROGRAMMES

OUR TEAM'S EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

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KAREN POWELL

HR L&D | Organisation Change | Organisational Capability | Mindset Transformation | Behavioural Change | Enterprise

LESLEY HEATH

Safety & Environment Management | Mental Wellbeing| Mindset Transformation | Behavioural Change

OUR STORY

Like many before us, our journey began with the belief that things could be better. The conflicts we encountered throughout our professional careers and the fragility we experienced in our personal lives left us wanting – needing, something different for ourselves and others.  Raising teenage daughters through divorce, cancer and the daily grind while navigating a successful career was never going to be easy. A series of high profile, high-pressure roles within challenging professional environments makes the picture bleaker. 

Our story certainly wouldn’t make the glamorous pages of Instagram. Instead, it forms the backdrop to our approach and is a well of real-life, gritty experience – we’ve lived through so much of what we work on with our clients. In 2011 WE established our company, Kokoro, Karen was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Perhaps classically, it was a diagnosis that would make us realise that there’s a different way of being and doing.  Years spent climbing the corporate ladder and reaching the very top of our game means we’ve been witness to all that’s great within some of the most prominent household names in the UK. We also experienced judgement, inauthenticity and discrimination. It wasn’t a world we wanted our daughters to grow up in. 

Already they were suffering from low self-esteem and confidence, dealing with it in some of the most destructive ways, the only ways they knew how.  For us, for our daughters and others, we knew we had to use our professional and personal experience to bring about a change. A change that would empower and equip women and young girls to be the best version of themselves, without labels and judgement. Throughout Karen’s experience of breast cancer, we felt the support of our female friends and colleagues; we heard their wise words as they shared their own experiences. Here was a strong female tribe that we knew existed the world over.  As twins, we’ve always had our tribe of two. At times our paths have been similar but more often we walked our own. And while we have shared values and a similar approach, we have very different perspectives. That’s where we offer added value for our clients, and immeasurable support for each other. In part, we’ve made the journey from a working-class upbringing to university to high-profile roles in big brand names because we had each other. 

We had a cheerleader, someone to encourage us, champion us and help us be the best version of ourselves. That’s what we want for every woman and young girl. And Karen’s experience of breast cancer showed us what we had to do. Around this time, we also began delving deeper into the effects of mindset on determining our outcomes. And we searched out complementary therapies to support our physical and mental health. When we put all this together, we knew we’d discovered a powerful combination that could change futures, and Kokoro was born.

Changing our mindset impacts choices and decisions which shape our future and we quickly saw the transformation for those we were working with, and the effect it had on others around them. We were equipping the women of tomorrow with the resources to change their world. And through Kokoro, we continue to change futures. And through our company Matter of Choice, we change fortunes. Very quickly we realised the full potential of our unique approach and how its versatility allows us to apply it to other situations. And so today we also transform businesses using our vast experience gained in senior leadership roles within some of the most well-known companies in the UK, and our passion to help people be the best they can be.   

We’re only able to successfully support people because of our own experiences and the ‘work’ we’ve done on ourselves over the years. Self-awareness, self-belief and the confidence to be authentic without compromise all takes time. But the change we see in ourselves is significant. To understand our triggers and responses, the labels we put on ourselves and the judgements we make is life changing.  ‘To make things better’ continues to be a driver for us, we believe everyone should have access to the tools that will give them a better future. A few years ago we established a philanthropic arm to Kokoro, which is funded by the work we do with businesses, so we can give our support to young people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access it.  

Knowing we’re improving wellbeing, helping young people gain skills to get them into work and empowering them to be confident and most importantly, be themselves – makes it all worthwhile. Our belief that things could be better still rings true. We know there’s more to do, but we’re proud of what we’ve already done for so many people. Change starts with yourself and one person at a time we’re helping people make that change for a better future for them, a better world for everyone.