The power of people
Great things start happening when people find their purpose and perform at their peak. We help people see possibilities, take action and reach their potential.
What we're all about
Unlocking potential, raising performance
Getting you clear on your strategy, thinking critically and constructively, being innovative and future oriented, and enabling more effective decision making.
Helping you set and relentlessly strive for meaningful goals; seeking feedback, managing setbacks; maintaining mental toughness and embodying a growth mindset.
Prioritising your well-being, seeking positive experiences; applying strengths; better connections by developing social and emotional skills; acting with purpose in all pursuits
How we work
A combined approach
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Who are the Mandarinos?
Like the A-Team but easier to find
At the start of each engagement we assemble a core team of experts, drawing on their unique skills, industry knowledge and wealth of experience to deliver real value and ensure success.
Charlie CursonStrategy and Performance
Chief Mandarin, dynamic coach and strategist with a proven track record for driving high performance in organisations, teams and individuals.
Purpose: To help you realise your potential, plan for success and smash your goals.
Weapon of choice: An arsenal of anecdotes for every occasion.
Weakness: An unhealthy (but useful) obsession with Lego.
Karen CallaghanPeople and Culture
An experienced coach and developer, Karen is passionate about the process of learning, whether it be to dial up performance or shift culture.
Purpose: Helping people to work, lead and live better.
Weapon of choice: Disarming northern candour and a catalogue of concepts.
Weakness: Naïve optimism about what can be achieved in a day.
Steve Williams OBETeams and Behaviour
Double Olympic Gold medallist and four times World Champion rower. Accelerates teams to the next level with high performance practices.
Purpose: Help leaders and teams discover the confidence to perform at their peak.
Weapon of choice: Unwavering belief in human potential.
Weakness: A sucker for extreme temperature challenges.
Jack MilnerPersuasion and Communication
A serial comedy, film and theatre creator, he explains how to take dry, technical info and make it clear, memorable and engaging.
Purpose: Arming you with the tools to influence, persuade and engage, having a laugh along the way.
Weapon of choice: A killer punchline.
Weakness:Twice daily compost checking obsession.
Sally CursonPsychologist - Positivity & Wellbeing
A psychologist, designer and deliverer of training programmes, advisor on all things people, wellbeing and development.
Purpose: To help improve your performance and wellbeing.
Weapon of choice: A well timed coaching question and a water based analogy.
Weakness: Prone to taking trips down a random rabbit holes.
Stuart HarrisBrand and Design
A multi-disciplined, highly creative individual who is passionate about finding simple design solutions to complex problems.
Purpose: Helping organisations authentically articulate their purpose to create meaningful relationships.
Weapon of choice: A half chewed pencil and a scrap of paper.
Weakness: Absolutely no sense of rhythm.
Dickie FarrellyCrisis Management and Decision Making
A Naval Officer that applies military leadership and high performance methods to business organisational challenges and opportunities.
Purpose: To build individual character and foster positivity and trust in teams.
Weapon of choice: Doing the right thing even when no-one is watching.
Weakness: DIY - if the task involves tools it won't end well
Simon OwenStrategy and Market Analysis
A strategy and business transformation master specialising in developing and implementing propositions and go-to-market approaches.
Purpose: To help you execute tough strategic decisions with confidence.
Weapon of choice: A ninja researcher and spreadsheet manipulator.
Weakness: Forgets that he's no longer 22 (especially on the football pitch)
Freddie TilbrookInnovation and Entrepreneurship
An innovator and entrepreneur with a passion for designing, trialling and launching new human experiences.
Purpose: Create islands of innovation - to create, trial and evolve ideas ready to sell into corporate leadership.
Weapon of choice: Insight from customers, employees and tech to generate exciting and feasible ideas.
Weakness: Unwavering belief that anything is possible.
Who we've helped
Here are some of the organisations that our team has supported over the years.
What they said
Don't just take our word for it
Chief of Staff - BP
Founder – innocent Drinks
Director – Microsoft
Head of Strategy - Experian
Senior HR Consultant - JLR
Founder - Concirrus