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Our talented facilitators and coaches

The team at Antoinette Oglethorpe have been nothing other than impressive in their approach in supporting us move from face-to-face learning to digital learning for our staff. It is through their “can-do” attitude, creativeness and drive to continuously push the boundaries and deliver, that we have fully interactive learning sessions using functionality in ways we did not know we could.

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As you would expect from Team AO, our team of expert facilitators are all very different, but we do have several things in common:

We’ve all had varied and successful business careers, with backgrounds in learning and development and experience of large, international organisations.

We share a common set of values and a consistent way of working.

We’re passionate about career development and mentoring.

We know our stuff and we know it works because we practice what we preach.

We draw on our real experience of leading and developing others in the workplace.

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Antoinette Oglethorpe

Director
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Clare Roberts

Facilitator

Gwen Tredinnick

Marketing
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Jenny O’Brien

Assistant

Hani El Sharkawi

Associate Trainer

Nyaniso Gasa

Associate Trainer
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Aitana Leret

Associate Trainer
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Katie Thomas

Associate Trainer
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Antoinette Oglethorpe

Director

I am a consultant, coach, speaker and author with 30 years’ experience developing leaders for multi-national organisations. I am a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, a member of the Association for Coaching and a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

A defining moment of my career was when I helped start up Avanade, a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft. That was the inspiration behind my first book, “Grow Your Geeks – A Handbook for Developing Leaders in High-Tech Organisations.”

I was named Best Coach in the Best Business Woman Awards 2019 and Best Business Woman in the SME MK and Buckinghamshire Awards 2020.

Why you love working at AO

We have a brilliant team and fabulous clients. We are helpful, we have fun, we deliver great work that makes a positive difference and we are always learning.

Professional passion

I want to create a world of productive employment and sustainable economic growth.  My mission is to empower my clients, colleagues and community to fulfil their potential so their work lives are more rewarding and satisfying.

Testimonial

Antoinette is a clear thinking leader with a keen eye for what works and what can be improved. With clients and colleagues, she manages to mix her high level of professionalism with both a sincere interest in the other person and an appropriate level of humour. Antoinette is clearly passionate about her subject and this is what draws people to her expertise and ways of thinking.

Personally

My work is multi-national and so am I. My father was Irish and my mother was Australian. I was born and brought up in London but am a Geordie by marriage. Maybe it’s no wonder I love to travel.

Personal Passion

I am passionate about people and travel.  I love to learn about different places and cultures.

Favourite quote​

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

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Clare Roberts

Facilitator

I am an experienced and qualified Career Coach, Mentor and Facilitator, an Associate of the CIPD, and a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management. I have spent over 25 years’ in the area of Leadership Development and Career Coaching, working with organisations across the public, private and not for profit sectors. Organisations I have worked with or for include Halifax Plc, London Underground, University of Hertfordshire, NHS and the RSPB.

Why you love working at AO

I love working at AO Ltd as we are a virtual team who work well together and have fun! We have some great clients and we are constantly evolving and learning together both as a team and with our clients, whilst providing the best possible professional service.

Professional passion

The one thing I love most about the work I do is the feeling I get when I help clients to realise their potential and become the best that they can be! If I can in any small way facilitate that learning then I am happy.

Testimonial

Clare has blended support and challenge in a way that fits her mastery of the techniques she passes on. Her passion for helping people be the best they can be, together and individually has been constant and unyielding.

Personally

I have been married to John for 30 years and we have 3 grown up children of whom we are very proud. I love the great outdoors, walking and sailing and being with my family.

Personal Passion

My key value is being helpful and this is a major driver of all that I do – happily it is also one of our key values at AO Ltd!

Favourite quote​

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled they will say ‘We did it ourselves’. I love this quote because it resonates as a leader, a parent or as a facilitator!

Gwen Tredinnick

Marketing

I’ve spent the last 15 years working as a digital strategist, working in all aspects of digital from website development to marketing strategy and delivery. Leading and innovating ways of working to stay ahead of the curve and deliver impeccable results.

Why you love working at AO

I love working at AO because it really is a business led by it’s values. We’re a nimble, flexible and innovative team. Constantly learning, being helpful and most importantly having fun.

Professional passion

I get a huge amount of personal satisfaction in helping my team and clients achieve their potential and fulfil their aspirations.

Testimonial

Gwen is the Mary Poppins of the digital world, practically perfect in every way. She’s an extremely motivating person to speak to and has certainly driven myself and our online team to achieve so much more than we’d ever manage alone.

Personally

Family comes first in everything I do. I have a small but perfectly formed family and they’re at the heart of anything I do. I LOVE to travel, and spend my off time trying to cram in as many new places and experiences as I can.

Personal Passion

Animals and food, simple! I love animals, mine, other people’s, any animals really. That and a bit of serious eating is my personal passion.

Favourite quote​

Worry is a misuse of the imagination.

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Jenny O’Brien

Assistant

I am a virtual assistant with over 20 years’ experience supporting board level executives from businesses of all sizes, multinationals to higher education institutes, SMEs and start-ups.

Why you love working at AO

The AO team love to help, they’re friendly, have fun and all enjoy being part of the virtual team. They also embody the AO core values which reflect my professional attributes.

Professional passion

I love helping clients, utilising my expertise to meet their goals. Always providing first class support with a smile.

Testimonial

Jenny brings a real energy to her work. I can always rely on Jenny for high quality outputs, delivered on time, and with great enthusiasm. She is dedicated and determined to deliver the best possible results, with a desire to continuously improve ways of working.

Personally

My greatest pleasure is spending time with my family.

Personal Passion

Being in the great outdoors, exploring and having new adventures.

Favourite quote​

There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.

Hani El Sharkawi

Associate Trainer

I am an experienced and qualified Coach, Trainer, Mentor and University Lecturer. I call Vienna home. My many years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry have taken me to Astana, Paris, Singapore and Vancouver.

Why you love working at AO

I love working with Team AO as everyone is so professional, passionate and fun to work with. The team members are all focused on putting clients’ needs first and sharing their knowledge and experience.

Professional passion

I love helping individuals and organisations grow and flourish. I was fortunate enough to gather many years of leadership experience around the globe and love to share my knowledge and skills to assist others in excelling in what they do. I particularly enjoy working with diverse and multicultural teams.

Testimonial

Mr. Hani El Sharkawi is a true visionary. Integrity, passion, dedication and graciousness are at the cornerstones of his character. He is a highly organized individual who truly cares about everything he does. In addition to speaking 6 languages, he is an inspiring leader.

Personally

I grew up between Alexandria and Vienna, graduated from high school in the USA and have lived and worked in 7 countries. I enjoy traveling, discovering new cultures and experiencing amazing hotels. I also love cooking and a relaxed evening with friends.

Personal Passion

I am passionate about people and cultures. I am an animal lover and a vegetarian. I absolutely love Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks.

Favourite quote​

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Nyaniso Gasa

Associate Trainer
I am a versatile professional with experience in Project Management, Training & Facilitation, Global Mobility & Systems, Stakeholder Management, Human Resources Information Systems and Digital Marketing. Born and bred in South Africa, I have had the privilege to work for global organisations such as Unilever, DHL Supply Chain and Amazon.

Why you love working at AO

I enjoy working with a diverse team and the laughter that comes with it. I love the flexibility and open communication as well.

Professional passion

My super power is calmness. I am passionate about learning new systems and being a troubleshooter.

Testimonial

Working with Nyaniso has pushed me out of my comfort zone and set me up for self-discovery. I have now discovered my life's purpose and everyday the picture gets more colorful!

Personally

My family. I come from a large family filled with laughter and love.

Personal Passion

Cooking Sunday Lunch, love good food.

Favourite quote​

When your life is on course with its purpose, you are your most powerful - Oprah Winfrey

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Aitana Leret

Associate Trainer

I am a PCC certified coach (ICF) and trainer with 10 years of experience in Talent Development working with international companies empowering global talent to unlock their potential. I have delivered training online and on-site in more than 20 different countries in Spanish, English and French.

Why you love working at AO

We are a team of like-minded people with a passion for helping others take ownership of their careers. I love learning from them and from our international clients. It’s an honour to facilitate career development training for United Nations agencies and to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Professional passion

I love to help people connect with their unique qualities and experiences and utilise them to create the lives they want for themselves.

Testimonial

Aitana, our time together has transformed my life! I have overcome my doubts and fears, I got a strong sense of who I am and what I want, and I just got my dream job. I can’t thank you enough!

Personally

I am Spanish, and after living in Ireland, Nepal, and Paris, I am currently based in the south of France. I enjoy spending time in nature, gardening, meditation and contemplate my Italian greyhound running on the beach.

Personal Passion

Lifelong learning, I especially enjoy learning about myself and to actively work towards self-actualization.

Favourite quote​

Learning is an experience, everything else is just information - Albert Einstein

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Katie Thomas

Associate Trainer

I am a trainer, facilitator and strategy consultant with 10 years’ experience working across multinational organisations such as Diageo, Kantar, Google, Heineken, and School of Life. I am studying a masters in Transaction Analysis Psychotherapy which provides an in depth understanding of how relationships are developed and effective communication styles, which can be applied personally and professionally. I am passionate about helping people live more fulfilled lives and I combine this passion with my commercial experience to facilitate engaging and actionable workshops for you and your teams.

Why you love working at AO

Team AO is a great example of where our values are genuinely lived and breathed every day – it’s a wonderfully fun, flexible and passionate team.

Professional passion

I love the ‘aha’ moment – when I can see a new skill or way of thinking has had a real impact on someone and will benefit them going forward.

Testimonial

Katie is a brilliant facilitator - she was very measured in her approach and was willing to listen as much as talk. You could tell she really cared about the content she was sharing.

Personally

I live in Cornwall so exploring the beautiful coastline in our campervan ‘Percy’ is absolutely one of my favourite things.

Personal Passion

I have always been so intrigued and curious about understanding our own human behaviour, particularly how we build relationships with others – I am super excited to be learning more about this through my Psychotherapy Masters!

Favourite quote​

The mind does most of its best thinking when we aren't there. The answers are there in the morning.

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