Meet Our Team

Our core team shares skills and experience across a spectrum of industry types and challenges, so cross-representative of our clients activities they seem almost like a compendium of management best practice.

Well, in a way, we believe they are!

Sharon Constancon
Sharon ConstanconCEO / Founder

C Dir – Chartered Director, Institute of Directors
MBA – Master in Business Administration,Witwatersrand University, South Africa
ACIS – Associate Chartered Institute of Secretaries & Administrators
FCIBM – Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Business Management

Other studies include:-
International Treasury Management
International Finance Foreign Exchange Accounting
Diploma in Company Direction

Special projects & positions held:-
IoD – Board of Examiners – Board member for Certificate and Diploma exams
IoD – Interviewer for the Chartered Director Program
CfA – Steering Committee for development of Occupational Standards in Corporate Governance and Secretarial

Sharon has two decades of experience working as a contracted specialist to top 500 level companies in the arena of risk management, particularly treasury risk management. Customers included Dimension Data, Datatec, Tongaat Hewlett, Panasonic, Nashua, MTN, Telkom, Richards Bay Minerals, Beacon, Plascon.

Sharon has worked in the financial services and corporate sectors and in the last two decades run her own businesses providing corporate foreign exchange risk management and corporate governance services and solutions. Sharon’s focus is on “adding value to the customer, that is why I get up in the morning”. To achieve this, Sharon has developed systems and frameworks to support her drive to deliver service, something she feels is sadly lacking in businesses today.

Sharon’s experience in risk management at the Board level of more than 250 major, and often worldwide, corporates and her knowledge of regulations, international finance, corporate governance, financial markets and running her own businesses have together provided Sharon with an ability to work with Boards on more than one level – strategic, risk, governance and management. This experience enables her to support Chairmen and NED’s in their strive to improve the leadership by and challenge within their Boards. Sharon has strong analytical skills to complement her communication skills and uses this to help support change within Boards.

Sharon’s entrepreneurial mind, studies, managerial positions and experiences in large corporations, and innovative businesses, have honed her skills in understanding where operational risks lie and how they need to be addressed to ensure visibility to the Board, who are ultimately responsible. Sharon’s mission is focused on business effectiveness and efficiency, using a light touch transparent approach to embedding solutions, often starting this process at the Board level, with Due Diligence and Board Evaluation programmes.

Her career has included roles as Company Secretary at JCI, Treasury Manager for Blue Circle and Chief foreign exchange dealer for Société Générale before starting her own businesses, the first of which was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Alan Hindley
Alan HindleyChairman

C Dir – Chartered Director
F.IMechE – Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers
IoD Diploma – Diploma in Company Direction including the Certificate in Company Direction
FIoD – Fellow of Institute of Directors
VP PRG – Vice President of Professional Review Group (of CDir’s) for the IoD
Senior Executive Programme – Tektronix
Advanced Programme for Directors – Honeywell
Fellow of the Chairman’s Network

In addition to his Chairman role with Genius Methods, Alan is also Chairman of three other companies –

ComplySoft Ltd which has developed frameworks to replace the inappropriate use of spreadsheets, diaries and task lists in governance and control environments.

Trevor Baylis Brands plc which helps inventors to qualify their ideas and then take them to market.

Valufin Ltd which provides foreign exchange risk management consultancy to importing and exporting organisations.

Alan conducts professional interviews for the IoD’s Chartered Director programme, on a pro bono basis. This work involves interviewing existing, experienced Board members, to determine their knowledge and experience in the field of Corporate Governance and Company Direction and therefore, whether they qualify for the status of Chartered Director.

Alan is Vice Chairman of the Professional Review Group at the IoD. This group is responsible for steering the Chartered Director interview process and sets the standards required for qualification by candidates.

A theme in Alan’s current career is his passion for helping Boards of companies to operate more effectively and efficiently. Alan’s interest in Corporate Governance stems from his belief that the “fish rots from the head”. He believes therefore that a well run Board is essential to ensure a well run, and therefore, profitable company. He is often heard to say “I wish I knew then what I know now”.

Alan works with a number of SME directors and business owners supporting their strategic planning and growth. As a member of the South East Chartered Director group he supports fellow Chartered Directors in ensuring continuous Board improvement. Alan works with related Chartered Director groups sharing the knowledge of the South East group, supporting members and promoting the visibility and value of Chartered Directors in business.

Alan has a sound understanding of business and long term strategic thinking which is complemented with his experience in company direction and corporate governance. He has an innate ability to understand and work with people, a good listener and a person who can distil the needs of the business clearly and accurately. Alan is a mentor to a number of directors.

An engineer by initial training, Alan spent 10 years in the aerospace and Nuclear power industries followed by 10 years in product development and marketing in Europe for Honeywell Control Systems Inc. The next 25 years he held positions as MD, CEO, or VP, in product and service companies across the UK, Europe and America.

Eva Eldridge
Eva EldridgeSocial & Business Psychologist

Eva Eldridge BSc, MSc Psych, Member of British Psychological Society, International Coaching Federation, International Association for Coaching Psychology
Social & Business Psychologist / Organisational Behaviour Specialist / Certified Executive Coach she enables seamless business and people change at senior leadership level in corporate environments; she helps organisations to understand their diverse stakeholders better.

Other studies include: Organisational Behaviour Management (Vrije University, Amsterdam, Holland) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Registered Qualified Certified Occupational Test User/administrator with additional Hogan Suite, Saville Waves and MTQ accreditation (Cambridge University)
Neuroscience in Coaching (Henley Business School)
Diploma in Clinical Psycho-oncology
Mindfulness for well-being Practitioner

She has published plentiful papers on the role of psychological and neurological factors in learning and development, performance and motivation.
She combines her deep knowledge of neuroscience and psychology and its practical real-life application in diverse organisations to align people with the business vision while designing engaging and interactive material for the facilitation of workshops and interventions. She provides Executive Coaching for individuals and Systemic Team Coaching for teams and groups.

As a Social Psychologist she explains human behaviour in groups – how people think, feel and what they do, what their intentions, goals, beliefs and attitudes are when influenced by others. As an Executive and Team Coach she ensures that her clients improve their performance, engagement, and alignment while transforming the wider business.

The scope of her interventions in organisations involves:

Leadership development interventions
• Performance related issues (diagnosis of drivers and ‘derailers’)
• Power related issues
• Conflict resolution
• Decision making traps (working through heuristics and decision biases)
• Transition and change situations (clarity and direction in a new role or organisation within the critical first 3 months)
• Well-being and occupational burnout (how to enhance the first and prevent the latter)

Team and group development interventions through systemic team/group coaching
• Developing/reinforcing trust and cooperative learning
• Clarifying roles, boundaries and direction especially in the situation of transition or change
• Creating high-performing teams
• Developing teams in relation to their network of diverse stakeholders
• Diagnosing teams’ and boards’ culture and performance
• Helping teams to profile their members and select team members for perfect ‘fit’

She identifies, reveals and addresses the key psychological and neuroscientific aspects of human behaviour that come into play in a team/group environment. Such aspects drive conscious, but more damagingly, unconscious, behaviours that affect our interactions, goals and performance.

She designs and undertakes a wide range of psychological interventions for individuals within a diverse range of businesses, focused on personal challenges, career issues and career change. Other areas covered include: personal development / change; personality, emotions, motivation; communication; stress management; sustained behavioural change.

Her clients come from businesses such as British Airways, NHS, Deloitte, a national oil & gas company and many others.

“I was sceptical of the value of an external board assessment, but today, having thought my board was good, I understand how addressing some simple and practical steps, my Board and I are definitely more effective, more aware of each other, communicate differently and make better decisions quicker.”

Chairman, Financial Services

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