Ruby Stars

Isla Wilson

Isla is an experienced management consultant, entrepreneur, public speaker, non-executive and chair. Isla has worked as a consultant for some of the biggest names in business: Virgin, Sainsburys, Volkswagen, Balfour Beatty, Enterprise, Nokia to name just a few. She has fantastic breadth of knowledge of the approaches taken by businesses in a really wide range of industries. Isla prides herself on making things happen. Isla founded Ruby Star, selects our associates, and develops our training and facilitation games and events.
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Rachel Warhurst

Rachel is the master of supreme-systems and effortless organisation. If disorder is holding you back, or you don’t have the right things in place to keep track of your business Rachel can get everything back in control in no time. When she isn’t supporting our clients, Rachel also keeps a lid on the creative chaos that we generate at Ruby Star Associates. Rachel is also an expert at systems, compliance and information governance.
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Catherine Sandland

“Presenting Queen” Catherine specialises in moving people from panic to poise when it comes to how they present themselves and their business. She is a communications expert and understands how vital it is to be able to communicate confidently and effectively if you want to develop and grow your organisation – whether this is how you pitch, how you manage or how you lead and influence.
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Adrian Ashton

Adrian is our resident expert in growth, social value, finance, not-just-for-profit structures, and charities. He is a recognised, approved and accredited provider of advice, consultancy, training and research to various social enterprises, charities, sector bodies and other organisations. Adrian brings great knowledge of the changing environment and policy context in which social enterprises and charities operate as well as extensive experience of helping leaders and organisations of all types develop & grow.
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Kate Carney

Kate is the voice, eyes and ears of your customers. She can quickly put herself in your customers shoes to give a perspective that is hard to get when you’re busy building your business. With a background of all things, marketing, innovation and customer, Kate brings boundless energy and enthusiasm paired with in depth knowledge and high levels of challenge to get you great results, quickly.
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Nina Gilligan

Nina is a performance and communications specialist and has supported a range of public sector and blue chip organisations to improve how they get the best out of conversations, deliver effective feedback, collaborate and co-create. She has a background in education, training and events and is an experienced facilitator. She is an expert in using humour to deliver a powerful message.
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Simon Calderbank

Simon is an expert in behavioural psychology, elite performance development and developing growth mindset. He has a background in working with Creative and Digital businesses to unlock their potential and achieve growth. Simon will be the ultimate cheerleader for you & you’re your business.
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Sallie Bridgen

Sallie is an experienced executive and non-executive leader with a proven track record of success in a range of public, private and social sector organisations. She is an expert in aligning strategy, governance, values and culture to transform teams and deliver better outcomes.
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Neil Simpson

Neil is a passionate, versatile and collaborative enterprise professional, with a wide range of high-profile project management, teaching and training expertise in both the private and public sectors.
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Marie-Claire Ashcroft

Marie-Claire is a creative entrepreneur, helping creatives, business owners and changemakers live life unedited. She is an expert in mindset, outcome-focussed thinking and helping you to identify and magnify your brilliance.
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Caroline Sanger-Davies

Caroline is a leader in marketing, communication, and income generation; with extensive experience in delivering strategic campaigns, managing reputation, and creating engaging customer and stakeholder experiences. She can help your draw on high-level strategic insight, and apply it in a way which is practical and effective for your business.
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