Our Staff Team
Director and Founder
Elisabeth initiated The College in 1988 to offer experience of personal transformation for leadership and authenticity to others – both in organisational and personal life. As a lead consultant on major organisational change projects in industry, government and the private sector, Elisabeth is wholly committed to cross-national training and development. Her career began in social action; later she trained in adult psychotherapy at the Tavistock Institute, London, always researching group methods for effective change. She has worked in Poland, India, Britain, USA and The Netherlands.
Ambassador for The Recess College
Since 2015, Eppo has been a member of Dutch Parliament , the Tweede Kamer and supports the activities of The Recess College in the role of ambassador, sponsor and liaison for those in The Netherlands.
As Executive Director of The Dutch Technology Foundation (STW), Eppo attended The Recess College for his own professional and organisational development in 2010. After attending The College, he trained in Leadership Insight consultation, helped commission, develop and grow the Our Future Leaders programme in The Netherlands.
Senior Facilitator and Mentoring Support
Rita had a distinguished career as an NHS manager. Now she is working in and coordinating in a number of voluntary organisations and is immersed in understanding the dynamics of community and voluntary organisations. She works as a facilitator for the both the Recess College Sabbatical and Our Future Leaders Programmes. Rita is a Leadership Insight Consultant and she manages the Mentor and Coaching programme for our alumni.
Perdita Hunt OBE, DL
Senior Facilitator and Leadership Insight Consultant
As Director of the Watts Gallery Trust Perdita successfully led the Hope Restoration Project to save The Watts Gallery and Artist Village. She is Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey, an Arts Heritage consultant, Specialist Advisor to the National Trust, Chairman of Surrey Hills Arts Advisory Committee, Trustee for the Foundling Museum and Baynards Trusts Zambia. Perdita was awarded an OBE and Honorary Doctorate (University of Surrey) for contribution to The Arts and philanthropy. She attended The Recess programme ten years ago.
Willem is a strategy and innovation consultant advising Internet, clean and high-tech clients. His background is in artificial intelligence and technology management, empowering organisations to confront their future challenges to the fullest in the present. He attended the Recess College in 2008 and as a Trainee in 2013. He takes the lead role for Our Future Leaders and Living Labs, the extensive network of OFL-Alumni, with continuing training and development and pioneered the radical development of a cohort of Peer Facilitators.
Mark specialises in Turn-around of Distressed Companies of large-scale national and international enterprises located in Poland. Trained as an executive coach he brings a breadth of senior management and consulting experience to coaching entrepreneurs and leaders of multi-national corporations. He has over 15 years of experience of the Central European market in a variety of roles and is fluent in Polish. Mark attended The Recess College in 2007, is a Lead Trainer for Leadership Insight and Our Future Leaders as well as offering one-to-one consultation.
Sally is a therapeutic body worker focusing on the alignment of body, posture, appearance and the significance of physical symptoms of stress. Her specific talent for The College lies in her integration of massage, movement and dance within an approach to Pilates exercise. Alongside this, as a group facilitator she has in-depth understanding of the complex body/mind interaction around emotions and relationships.
Sally owns her own company, Bodywork, trained as group facilitator and brings to The College over twenty years’ experience of group work linked to developing participants.
Business Development Manager
Cheryl coordinates all the College programme activities and is available for conversations about what we do; she also is the lead coordinator for Leadership Insight Personal consultations and training.
She comes with considerable depth of experience as a group facilitator and coach in the fields of HR, leadership, team and organisational development, based on twenty-five years’ as an internal and external consultant for the public and private sectors. She trained as Leadership Insight Consultant in 2014 and attended The Recess College in 2016.