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Who we are

Training & Coaching Faculty

Our approach to every client brief is multi-disciplinary. We work as a faculty, with different partners taking the lead on projects according to their expertise. Our clients always benefit from our combined experience and we believe this is what makes us deliver outstanding results.

Irene Bejenke Walsh


Irene Bejenke Walsh has worked in management training for well over a decade and founded MessageLab in the year 2000.Through her previous career as a business journalist for The Wall Street Journal and CNBC and subsequently in corporate communications with global PR agency Hill & Knowlton, she combines in-depth knowledge of corporate issues with extensive media and presentation experience.

Irene specialises in presentation and media training, investor communications as well as trust coaching and crisis communications. She has coached a vast number of senior executives in preparation for all types of communications challenges: from speaking at industry conferences to conducting IPO roadshows, analyst presentations, shareholder meetings, press conferences as well as sales presentations. One of Irene’s special areas of expertise is the “investor pitch”: preparing management teams in fundraising mode for both public offerings and raising private equity. Her strength lies in helping clients to create rapport and trust with their audiences.

Her clients include Fortune 500 companies such as British Telecom, Motorola, Oracle, Kodak, ABN AMRO, Astra Zeneca, PwC and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Irene has also helped many early-stage businesses and SMEs across various sectors to raise finance. Over the last seven years, she has trained over 300 entrepreneurs pitching to London Business Angels (part of GLE) for funding and also worked extensively with Venture Capital Funds and early-stage investment organisations such as NESTA and The London Technology Fund. Irene also moderated the first two national Award Ceremonies for the British Business Angel Association (BBAA).

Her work has taken her to most Western European markets as well as the Emerging Markets of Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In 2006, she coached the management team of Russian steel giant Severstal prior to its successful £1.5 billion listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Irene still enjoys writing and has recently penned an article for Swiss HR Magazine “HR Today”. She is bilingual in English and German.

 


Sandra Davis
has worked with business leaders and public figures to improve the effectiveness of their communications and finely tune their messaging for twenty years. For the last decade, she has focused on coaching and training presenting, pitching and management skills for a wide range of companies and organisations around the world including BlackRock, AXA, Centrica, Nokia Siemens, the Government of St Lucia, the Metropolitan Police, the Government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Linklaters and BNP Paribas.  She also has worked on nvestor presentations and fundraising, including private equity firms and their platforms as well as the launch of Moneysupermarket.com.

Client’s benefit from Sandra’s practical and realistic training developed through corporate experience, including her role as Head of Corporate Communications for George Wimpey PLC, as well as consultancy work for marketing and PR agencies including Edelman and Hill and Knowlton where she ran award winning global communications programmes for UPS, American Express, Barclays Bank and Forte Hotels. In addition, as a qualified speech therapist, Sandra is able to draw on her specialist expertise where it can add value to the training process.

 

Foto : Peter Horncastle


Peter Horncastle
’s twenty-year consulting career has spanned a number of international consulting firms specialising in corporate psychology, HR and organisational effectiveness. He has since advised on leadership, talent and succession issues for a wide range of FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies. Peter has worked internationally as a coach, facilitator and consultant in North and South America, Eastern and Continental Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has contributed on leadership issues in both the professional press and broadcast media.

The challenges he has particularly enjoyed included supporting clients with culture change and merger integration, facilitating top team strategic reviews, co-designing the blueprint for an international leadership academy, coaching senior sales leaders in emerging markets and working with undercover police officers.

Peter holds an honours degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Occupational and Organisational Psychology. He was awarded Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow status by The British Psychological Society (BPS) in 1989. He is also a Principal Member of the Association of Business Psychologists and a Member of the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology.

 

 

 

David Vaus is an expert in non-verbal communication and stress management, a practising osteopath and a former officer of the Fire Service. His unique approach to coaching focuses on the impact of body language and other non-verbal forms of communication.

He has helped numerous clients to achieve more self-confidence through both postural and psychological coaching. Posture, communication and decision-making are closely linked and body language is the first port of call for assessment of self-confidence. His strategies have enabled individuals and groups to improve communication, leadership and to be in control of situations rather than feel overwhelmed by stress. His unique coaching skills and techniques ensure an often rapid transformation within a short space of time. His special interest lies in transferring coaching models from the world of team sports to business contexts.

Recent corporate clients include: Huntswood PLC, Amano Cafes, London Business Angels, Citigate Dewe Rogerson, UTAir and the London Fire Brigade Training Department.

David Vaus is a Registered Osteopath, with a Bachelor of Osteopathy. He holds an MSc in Applied Human Science and an MSc in Developmental Health. David also has Post Graduate qualifications in Occupational Health and Fitness.   

 

Advisors

Andrew Walsh – Media Analyst/Corporate Finance/Business Development

Andrew has been instrumental as an advisor to MessageLab’s investor relations training programme. An experienced financial analyst and corporate financier, formerly with Natwest Markets, Schroders, Apax Securities and Bridgewell, his career spans more than 20 years of investment banking experience.

Specialising in the fast-moving media sector, Andrew has become an important industry voice on companies as diverse as Huntsworth plc, RightMove.com, Future Network, Bloomsbury Publishing (of Harry Potter fame), Next 15 and Jazz FM as well as other hallmarks of the advertising, digital media, entertainment and radio industry. In 2008, he was ranked one of the top 10 most influential analysts in the media sector by ‘The Independent’ and regularly appears in the top tiers of industry rankings.

Throughout his career, Andrew has advised a number of management teams on mergers and acquisitions, helped companies to raise money privately and on the stock market and written highly regarded research on both small and large cap companies. He has therefore built a unique understanding of the way companies present themselves to analysts and investors and how they are, in turn, perceived by the market. Sharing some of his in-depth experience has helped us to develop one of the most realistic investor relations training programmes on the market.