Director of Strategy Consulting Limited, John Courtney has
been a Company Director for over 20 years, including many
years as Chairman or Managing Director in his own businesses
which have ranged from sporting goods to agricultural chemicals.
he has been a Non Executive Director for several SME's.
John has trained at
The Academy of Business Strategy, and is an associate
of the Institute of Management Consultancy, and a member
of the Institute of Directors. He is also a visiting lecturer
on the MBA course at Cranfield University School of Management.
John has run training seminars at board level on corporate
strategy and made presentations to both large and small
groups on funding strategies. He brings a wealth of experience,
particularly in corporate strategy, funding, business planning,
internet strategy and marketing strategy.
John is an approachable, practical, down to earth consultant
comfortable in the board room of plc's as well as helping
with implementation with smaller companies.
KATHRYN DAWSON BSc. (Hons)., M.B.A.
Kathryn Dawson is the company's General Manager, and she
is also an experienced and multi-skilled consultant in her
own right. Prior to Strategy Consulting, Kath was head of
Strategic Business Analysis and International Client Administration
with a multinational corporation and operated in both the
UK and USA.
Kath is mainly responsible for client, supplier and associate
relationships. Her passion is to deliver effective Search
Engine Optimisation for clients.
Stephanie's talent is in Sales and Marketing Management.
Her career spans almost 20 years and has been split between
these two sectors, initially in Media and then in Freight
Forwarding. Stephanie also spent 8 years assisting in the
rebuilding of the largest Kuwaiti Newspaper's Commercial
Press, she then worked in southern California working in
Video Production and then in Freight Forwarding.
Stephanie assists our clients by heightening their awareness
of the various funding and strategic tools that we work
with to ensure that they have the optimum amount of options
available in order to progress their business.
JANE BROMLEY Chartered Marketer, DipM, BA Hons
With 19 years business experience, Jane has advised the
Boards and Management teams of both blue chip and smaller
companies for well over a decade. Having set up a company
from scratch, led a European roll out, increased revenues
by ?millions several times over, helped companies to turn
around sliding profits and headed up global product launches,
she uses her extensive expertise to help businesses achieve
their full potential.
Jane trained at Cranfield University and Ashridge in
Breakthrough Business Strategy. One of the very first Chartered
Marketers, she has an international reputation for delivering
results through effective business strategies and creating
compelling value for customers. She lectures on subjects
ranging from “What successful companies do differently”,
“Bringing business strategy to life” to “Extraordinary Results
through customer loyalty”. She is currently writing a book
RICH F.C.P.I.L, F.I.L.E.X.
David has helped many businesses obtain funding via the
Small Firm’s Loan Guarantee Scheme and is an expert at preparing
business plans and forecasts for such applications, particularly
in software and IT. His wide expertise and experience are
also used to help and advise small businesses on how to
grow and thrive in today’s competitive marketplace. He is
also a business advisor with his activities centred mainly
on the software sector.
David is a former lawyer with over 20 years in claims
related professions, the majority of which was spent with
the UK’s leading personal injury law firm. He has for many
years regularly written articles on IT and business for
various industry journals.
Andrew has worked in finance for over 10 years and has
succeeded in raising many different kinds of funding for
small and medium sized businesses. Having developed over
100 business and financial plans from Florist to International
Telecoms Company Andrew's methods and contact base has enabled
him to become and accomplished financier.
Andrew has also started several business ventures including
Telecoms Infrastructure, Offshore Hedge Funds, Jewellery
importers, Investment land and property thus making his
knowledge base flexible and wide spread.
Andrew is 40 years old (life begins) and married with three
girls all under 9 years of age.
JAN RAKOWICZ - MBA
Jan has been a management consultant for the past 15
years, interspersed with a number of interim general management
assignments. He has worked for a wide range of organizations
including Boston Consulting Group, Societe Generale, a supplier
of furniture to IKEA, a corporate finance boutique, the
European Patent Office and primary healthcare.
Jan has worked in Western and Central Europe and speaks
fluent English, Polish, French and German. His special interests
are organisation strategy, implementation of change, and
aligning the purpose of the organisation with that of its
IAN MALTBY A.C.I.B.
Ian rose through the ranks of a major bank and following
several managerial roles in branches, retail and corporate
relationship management, his long career culminated in an
executive position on the lending side. For 5 years he has
been a highly professional and practical commercial finance
and business consultant using his experience to assist on
a wide range of funding or related business matters.
Ian particularly enjoys finding solutions to problems,
and specialisms include writing business plans, making presentations
to banks, conducting negotiations or mediating with lenders,
plus his passion for the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme.
Ian has many connections, is an accredited consultant to
Business Link and a member of the National Association of
Commercial Finance Brokers.
ANN GOODWIN, Chartered Marketer, FCIM, DipM
Ann began her long and varied marketing career with household
names such as Fisons, RS Components and Bostik. Whilst working
for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Ann
developed and implemented a strategy to communicate the
health and safety message both in the UK and overseas to
various safety critical industries including construction,
rail, oil and healthcare.
Her last position as an employee was as Marketing Director
for Catalis Rail Training, an international supplier of
training and development services to the rail industry,
where Ann had responsibility to develop a management portfolio
of services for the newly privatised industry. Clients included
Railtrack, Virgin Trains, Amec, Balfour, Alstom and Kier.
Today, Ann advises on strategic marketing direction to
meet clients’ business objectives. In addition, Ann overseas
the implementation of marketing plans to ensure the various
tactical aspects are adopted across the breadth of the marketing
mix. Despite holding senior positions, Ann has never lost
the ability to 'roll up her sleeves' and deliver cost-effective,
practical solutions that work.
In recent years, she has supported clients at both a
strategic and tactical level across a number of industries
including Construction, NHS and Healthcare, Rail, FMCG,
Leisure and IT.
As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and
a Chartered Marketer, Ann has lectured for the professional
CIM exams and delivered numerous training courses on marketing.
Outside of work, Ann is an avid follower and member of
Leicester Tigers and England rugby supporters clubs.
Ray is a PR specialist and has 20 years experience in Fleet
Street working for the Press Association, The Times, The
Daily Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday. She is a regular
contributor to The Sun, Sunday Express and Family Circle
magazine. She specialises in tailor-made articles that give
clients control over what appears in publications and work
with photographers and marketing specialists. Ray also provides
media awareness seminars. She is a mentor for the Prince's
ANTHONY GREENMAN A.C.I.B., M.C.M.I.
Tony is a former banker who worked at senior levels for
Barclays for 30 years before becoming a consultant to use
his vast experience for corporate clients. Tony has advised
business people on how to set up a business, borrow from
a bank, use financial information as a tool for success
and, when it has all gone wrong, get the bank and customer
together to negotiate a settlement.
An expert on the Government Small Firms Loan Guarantee
scheme, he has also helped companies to create a simple
business plan that places objectives in an order for action.
ELIZABETH ELLIOTT B.A., M.C.C.P., M.A.P.s
Elizabeth is a highly skilled consultant in mind-body medicine
and a personal coach. She works in both Australia and U.K.
She has had over 10 years experience in developing and delivering
life skills and return to work programmes. She has trained
in the fields of meditation, mind-body medicine and psychotherapy.
She integrates strategies to access intellectual, emotional
and spiritual intelligence in her work. Her expertise is
in helping individuals and groups achieve change and growth
through meditation, visioning, positive thinking, healthy
communication, exercise and creative problem solving. She
has published and presented to international audiences on
topics such as the role of meditation in the workplace,
spirituality and leadership in management, prevention of
stress and back pain in the work place, conflict resolution
ALEX SKRYPNIK M.Sc
Alex has a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics and has
many programming certificates as well as over seven years
experience in developing systems across Europe. He has strong
analytical and problem solving skills and a thorough and
innovative approach to the accomplishment of assigned tasks.
His technical skills include Java programming, database
management and web development
David's background extends over 17 years in sales management,
ranging from small and medium sized businesses to international
organisations. Always a hands-on sales leader, David has
recruited and managed sales teams to exceed targets and
drive revenue growth in competitive business-to-business
Since 2005 David has worked as a management consultant
specialising in sales strategy, operations and execution.
His client portfolio ranges from start-ups & emerging companies,
through to established firms needing to re-start or turnaround
sales performance. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Sales
& Marketing Management.
NIK HRSTIC AABS, MInstD
Nik has a successful record in both strategic business
planning and implementation. He has helped ‘Blue Chip’ companies
exceed their expectations with market entry and business
development, restructuring, performance turnaround and merger
and acquisition initiatives.
He has start-up, JV, emerging market, growth and mature
companies experience with both public and privately held
organisations. He is commercially focused on behalf of his
clients and has excellent analytical, problem solving, communication
and relationship building skills.
Nik has more than 20 years corporate experience in industry
with leading multi-nationals in manufacturing and supply
chain services sectors. He has worked for more than a decade
in Managing Director Regional Vice President roles in
UK, North America, Europe and the Far East.
Our links with the Institute of Management Consultancy,
the Academy of Business Strategy, the Institute of Directors
and Beer & Partners and the Chartered Institute of Marketing
provide an extensive network of qualified and experienced
consultants with a depth of experience in strategy, marketing,
finance, business planning and the internet.