Meet Our 2019 Symposium Speakers

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Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey

Dr. Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey is a globally recognised authority on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. He has a PhD from the London School of Economics and publishes research in this field.

Jonathan hosts the Resource Groups Podcast, a weekly show that informs and educates through applied research and insights from experts and thought leaders. He understands the science behind inclusive organisational behaviour and has studied the principles necessary for success. Today, he is the Founder and Chairman of the Resource Groups Company;  a London-based organisation that helps individuals and organisations to reach their potential through inclusive practices.

Jonathan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has worked in a variety of finance and consultancy roles, his previous employers and clients include The Walt Disney Company, News International and Channel 4.

Jonathan combines his professional expertise with academic rigour to drive change through research, training and consultancy. In 2019, he launched The Resource Groups Youtube Channel to support his mission to help 1,000,000 people to make their workplaces more inclusive.

15:00 – 16:30 | The Business Case for Diversity: How Can Diversity Create a Competitive Edge and What Does it Take for a Coach to Support This?

John Leary-Joyce

John is Executive Chairman and founder in 2000 of the AoEC, a global coach training organisation accredited by ICF, EMCC, AC and Middlesex University. His initial eighteen-year career was in Gestalt therapy and group facilitation with a clinical practice. He was Gestalt Centre London CEO for 12 years whilst delivering team development and consultation in organisations before becoming an executive coach and completing his MA in executive coaching.

With this experience John developed a specialty in Systemic Team Coaching. He coaches Senior Leadership Teams on personal leadership, interpersonal dynamics, stakeholder relationships and team strategy/objectives.

John, with Prof Peter Hawkins and Dr Hilary Lines designed and facilitate globally Systemic Team Coach CCEU Certificate and ACSTH Diploma training programmes, involving our Team Connect 360 instrument which effectively evaluates team performance.

He is author of Fertile Void, Gestalt Coaching at Work AoEC Press 2014 and co-author of Systemic Team Coaching AoEC Press 2018.

13:30 – 14:30 | A Look into the Future – Systemic Team Coaching

Sharon Toye, MCC


Sharon is about to take up a role as head of organisation and people development in a European professional services organisation. Until recently she was a Leadership Consulting partner in the Heidrick & Struggles with global responsibility for the Accelerating Teams practice. With over 20 years’ experience as an executive and top team coach, she is an Organisation Development expert and highly skilled consultant.

Prior to founding Co Company, which  was acquired by Heidrick & Struggles in 2015, Sharon was a leader in Accenture’s Change Management Practice in New York and London. Holding an MSc in Organisational Psychology, an MBA from London Business School and being a UKCP qualified psychotherapist with an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy, Sharon brings a depth of psychological understanding and rigour to behavioural and mindset change. She designed and led the UK ICF accredited Team Accelerator Coaching Program (TACP) and is co-author of Accelerating Performance (Wiley. 2017). She has published widely in journals including in the McKinsey Quarterly, the London Business School Business Strategy Review and Business+Strategy.