Our Team

We are a team of results-oriented, highly qualified and experienced business psychologists with the mission to help our clients choose, develop and engage winning talent to maximise their organisation’s success.

Wendy Lyons

Managing Partner

Wendy  Lyons

Managing Partner

Wendy is a Director at Human Assets. She specialises in the design and delivery of assessment and development initiatives, in particular assessment centres for high potentials and leadership development. Wendy has experience across a wide range of public and private sector organisations (e.g. HSBC, NHS, Standard Chartered, Exxon-Mobil, Department for Transport) and has worked in Hong Kong and China as well as Europe.

Current and recent projects include:

  • Design and delivery of a large-scale assessment process for selection of the NHS non-executive chairs.
  • Defining roles and ‘indicators of excellence’ for a global bank following a restructure.
  • Working with the Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) to design new standards and assessment criteria for work based learning.
  • Providing consultancy advice on talent management strategy for high potentials.

Wendy is a Chartered Psychologist and a member of the British Psychological Society. She has commented on business issues on Sky News and in the Observer.

Contact Wendy: wendy.lyons@humanassets.co.uk

Dr Charles Woodruffe

Managing Partner

Dr Charles Woodruffe

Managing Partner

Charles is the UK’s expert on assessment and development centres (and author of Development and assessment centres, 4th edition, 2007). He has also written books and articles on talent management (Winning the talent war, Wiley 1999) and leadership. He has consulted to a wide range of organisations including many household names in the private sector (e.g., RBS, HSBC, Ernst and Young, Shell, and Exxon-Mobil) and the public sector (e.g., The Cabinet Office, Department for Constitutional Affairs, The Security Service, Department for Transport and The BBC).

His consultancy activity covers the range of talent management and his particular current interests include developing the indicators of excellence concept, talent management strategy, executive assessment and coaching and applying the psychology of emotion to the workplace.

Charles is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an Affiliate of the American Psychological Association.

Contact: charles.woodruffe@humanassets.co.uk

Dr Marie Stewart

Dr Marie Stewart

Dr Marie Stewart is a psychologist who specialises in Diversity/Equality and Inclusion. She has an MBE for services to education, diversity and equal opportunities. Marie was educated in Jamaica and London University and has qualifications in Education, Psychology and Sociology.

She has worked in the Netherlands and Jamaica as well as the UK and has more than 20 years experience in the UK as a consultant to a range of private, public and voluntary sector clients and international agencies for organizational and individual development.

She has particular expertise in relation to fair assessment methods for selection and appraisal, the management of diverse teams and leadership development for individuals from groups currently underrepresented at senior levels. Examples of recent assignments include: Impact assessment and Diversity/Equality-proofing of new performance management procedures being developed by Government departments;a leadership development programme for middle managers from minority ethnic groups in a major financial group; and an independent investigation of a complaint alleging racial discrimination in annual appraisal reports.

Contact Dr Marie Stewart:
marie.stewart@humanassets.co.uk

Nicola Shergold

Nicola Shergold

Nicola is a Chartered Business Psychologist with over 17 years of experience working in selection, development and leadership for global clients. She is focused on delivering robust and practical solutions for clients, and is passionate about enabling individuals to reach their full potential, regardless of background and opportunity.

Contact Nicola Shergold:
nicola.shergold@humanassets.co.uk

Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins

Mark has 15 years experience of performance & talent management and assessment design and delivery at all levels across a variety of sectors. He has held numerous in-house roles including Senior Organisational Psychologist at the BBC and RBS as well as Head of Resourcing and Talent at Heathrow Airport amongst others. He has been the Programme Manager of a work-stream to scope, design, trial and validate a group-wide centralised Resourcing & Assessment platform to assess over 300,000 candidates a year across 7 job clusters. The personality questionnaire Mark designed as part of the process was nominated for Best Retention & Innovation Award at the Personnel Today Awards and the programme won the HR Excel Award for best Recruitment and Retention. He has worked in China with the Bank of China on their Leadership Competency Framework and lectured at Nankai University on assessment as well as designing and delivering assessments for BBC Worldwide in the US.

Mark has conducted in-depth psychological profiling and development of middle and senior managers as well as directors across a number of organisations and sectors using psychological interviews and psychometric instruments to establish key strengths and capabilities, areas for development as well as potential and ‘best fit’ within the organisation or particular roles. Mark has also designed profiling methodologies to specifically assess capability within senior management and director populations.

Mark has also worked with Executive teams to create the performance and talent picture for the organisation and lead the performance and talent management approach working at ExCo level to present and shape the talent pipeline.

In addition, Mark has designed large-scale recruitment and selection processes across a range of business and sectors from customer facing roles through to graduate recruitment and high-potential talent pools. Working closely with clients from initial research and definition of assessment criteria through to design of exercises, design of training courses, training materials and implementation of those courses. This also includes post-implementation validation of selection processes to ensure effectiveness.

Contact Mark Hopkins:
mark.hopkins@humanassets.co.uk

Trisha Cochrane

Trisha Cochrane

Trisha is a fully qualified Business Psychologist with 20 years’ experience in talent assessment and development. She is qualified to use a very wide range of psychometrics and has a diploma in Performance Coaching. From a theoretical standpoint, Trisha draws on her knowledge and experience of psychology, including emotional intelligence, social identity theory (vital in building strong teams and organisational culture), positive psychology, and different leadership approaches. Trisha has worked in a wide range of industries, both public and private sector. Trisha’s expertise ranges from assessing high-potentials to facilitating leadership development workshops and providing coaching.

Contact Trisha Cochrane:
trisha.cochrane@humanassets.co.uk

Rob Williams

Rob Williams

Rob is a Chartered occupational psychologist specialising in the field of assessment; particularly the bespoke design of assessment tests and assessment centre exercises. He has consulted across both the private and public sectors for over ten years. Most recently, he has conducted role profiling work for HSBC and delivered assessment events for clients such as the NHS and the Department for International Development.

Having designed many ability and personality tests himself, Rob is also an accredited user of many personality questionnaires (MBTI Types I and II, FIRO-B, 16PF5 Questionnaire, Wave Styles, Hogan Development Survey and the OPQ). He is the author of many research papers on psychometric test development and has written the practice testing book ‘Prepare for Tests at Interview for Graduates and Managers’.

Contact Rob Williams:
rob.williams@humanassets.co.uk

Samantha Ward

Samantha Ward

Samantha is a HCPC registered and chartered Occupational Psychologist with over twenty years of experience in talent and leadership assessment and development. She has worked internationally across many business sectors and industries including finance, legal, pharmaceutical, retail, telecommunications, energy and transport. She is qualified in a wide range of assessment methodologies and tools that identify and support leadership potential and has assisted many organisations in making informed and rigorous decisions in relation to recruitment, succession, transitions and reorganisations.

As an experienced coach she is skilled at working with people at different developmental stages of their careers. She works with a range of coaching models and frameworks, tending to adopt an integrative approach depending on the unique needs of each client with a particular focus on emotional intelligence, self-awareness and building resilience. Samantha also has considerable experience in working with intact and cross-functional teams in order to support collaboration and decision-making. She draws on methodologies that are underpinned by psychological expertise and up-to-date research.

Contact Samantha Ward:
samantha.ward@humanassets.co.uk

Jackie Barber

Jackie Barber

Jackie is a Business Psychologist and Executive Coach specialising in leadership assessment, development and workplace wellbeing. She delivers assessments, coaching and workshops to a broad range of organisations, from large multinationals to fast-moving start-ups, as well as public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Jackie has a diploma in executive coaching and is a certified practitioner and trainer in a range of psychometric tools, including those measuring personality and emotional intelligence. She was heavily involved in developing the world’s first psychometric tool to assess resilience and the impact on workplace wellbeing.

With over 20 years’ experience, Jackie has also worked in corporate leadership roles and was previously communications director in a global risk management company. She is passionate about helping individuals to increase their self-awareness, maximise their potential and achieve sustainable high performance.

Contact Jackie Barber:
jackie.barber@humanassets.co.uk

Lindsay Corrigan

Lindsay Corrigan

Lindsay has worked with Human Assets over the last twenty five years, designing and delivering bespoke assessment and development solutions for a wide range of public and private sector organisations. Lindsay has a particular expertise in individual and team development, delivering experiential workshops and tailored team and one-to-one coaching interventions.

Contact Lindsay Corrigan:
lindsay.corrigan@humanassets.co.uk

Jo Cammell

Jo Cammell

Jo is a Chartered Psychologist with 25 years’ experience helping individuals and organisations maximise potential through leadership development and assessment activities. She has worked with Human Assets since the early days of her career and has built international experience across varied clients and sectors. Jo works predominantly in the fields of coaching, in-depth interviewing, leadership development programmes, 360° feedback programmes and the design and delivery of assessment and development centres. Jo has a Postgraduate qualification in Executive Coaching and is currently extending her skills through an Advanced Diploma. She is passionate about her coaching, in which she works to effect lasting and powerful change, and has particular interests in cognitive behavioural and relational approaches. She is qualified and experienced in a range of well-regarded psychometric tests produced by major test publishers.

Contact Jo Cammell:
jo.cammell@humanassets.co.uk

Zuzana Webster

Zuzana Webster

Zuzana supports Human Assets with administration and project management, she has over ten years’ experience. Zuzana has decided to develop her career further and recently completed Level 3 Foundation Diploma in People Practice with CIPD.

Julie Verdon

Julie Verdon

Julie is a registered occupational psychologist, who specialises in the assessment and development of leaders. She also provides executive and career coaching services to her clients. Over the last 19 years, she has helped organisations to identify and develop their current and future leaders, up to and including C-suite. She has a post-graduate certificate in career management and coaching and helps individual leaders to raise their self-awareness, to manage their strengths, address their leadership challenges and to work through career transitions. She has also been a coach on leadership development programmes at Said Business School, Oxford University.

Her experience spans a wide range of industries, professions, and organisational settings across the public and private sector. She has worked nationally and internationally and is quick to appreciate her client’s history, current context, and future aspirations.

Julie’s work across different sectors and cultures, her natural curiosity, her interest in learning and development and ability to quickly spot patterns, enables her to provide clients with fresh perspectives and valuable insights.