Our Team

Licence holder & Director

Licence holder & Director

katie underwood

A graduate of RADA, Katie spent 7 years as an actor, working for the BBC, National Theatre and Peter Hall Company, amongst others. Restless and hungry for a challenge, Katie returned to university, graduating from the LSE with an MSc in Gender, Media and Culture. She is now a freelance gender consultant, Samaritans volunteer and cheese lover.

Co-lead

Co-lead

melania manti

Melania grew up in Italy and moved to the UK to complete her education. Pursuing her interest in justice and human rights, she graduated in law with first class honours and wrote her dissertation on the immigration crisis in the Mediterranean Sea. She now works as a management consultant in IT and business transformations. She loves Malcolm Gladwell’s stories and her favourite TED talk is ‘Grit: the power of passion and perseverance’.

Partnerships

Partnerships

margarida ridd

Having completed a Masters in Management, Margarida graduated from NOVA School of Business & Economics and has worked internationally in Financial Services. An enthusiast of the Portuguese culture, she believes that immersing in experiences that bond us beyond physical borders is the best excuse to travel. Fascinated by new sounds and rhythms, Margarida explores the message and delivery of a narrator, as well as the power of silence.

Photographer & Visual Content Curator

katherine leedale

Katherine graduated from the London College of Communication with Distinction in Image Production (Photography), having returned to education after a career in theatre. Her clients are mostly arts companies and performers, meaning she gets to half-watch a lot of fantastically interesting artists at work. In her personal practice she is currently experimenting with both smartphone apps and digital destruction and with the tactility of bookbinding, collage, text and other analogue technologies. 

Speaker coach

Speaker coach

Kristian phillips

Kristian graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2009. He has since worked with the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Michael Sheen, Vanessa Redgrave and Rupert Gould. He also has a parallel career in facilitation and the art of communication. Working largely with management consultants, doctors, lawyers, farmers and teachers he's learnt that expertise, technical knowledge and ideas only go so far. The secret to galvanising staff and building clients is in how you craft these into story. 

 

Speaker coach

Speaker coach

olivia chappell

Olivia has worked in the creative arts industry for over 10 years. Having studied Drama and Theatre Arts at University of Birmingham, she went on to graduate from East 15 Acting School, being named Critics' Choice by The Stage newspaper.  As a qualified teacher, Olivia has worked extensively with adults and young people as a director and as an acting, vocal and presentation coach. This past year, Olivia has become an Associate Producer with The Springhead Film Company and sat on the Teacher’s Consultancy Panel at the Royal Court Theatre. Olivia is the founder of Creative Utopia, a company providing presentation coaching and creative consultancy for individuals and businesses.