Meet Our Team – UK

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Our success depends on the quality and diversity of our people.

Andrew Thacker

Managing Director

Andrew supports a team of UK-based consultants and is involved in designing and delivering a range of courses and events. He is leading the work People Positive is doing in the field of Collaborative Working and continues to actively engage with organisations in the areas of cultural and behavioural change. He has a great deal of experience in conducting cultural surveys and analysing the results, which has led to him being able to advise on winning strategies for organisations in the rail, oil and gas and utility sectors.
Andrew has extensive international experience and recently spent a year based in Brisbane directing People Positive operations in Australia.
He is now UK-based and concentrating his energies on ensuring that clients with operations in the UK, Europe and Africa continue to receive the high quality of service that is expected of People Positive.

Rod Pashley

Founder and Principal Consultant

Rod Pashley founder of People Positive™ officially stepped down as MD following his retirement in 2012. Rod continues to maintain an involvement with People Positive™ taking on a part-time role, bringing his passion and humour alongside his significant 30 years experience into the business in areas such as business development, coaching and mentoring consultants and supporting the delivery of some assignments.

Peter Cable


Peter is an accomplished leadership and business performance coach and consultant, enriched by 30 years experience at senior level leading people, managing change and resources. Following a successful military career specialising in leadership and personal development at all levels, Peter has worked for the last 14 years driving business performance improvement and developing leadership in individuals and teams with a broad range of FTSE100 and international clients across the commercial and public sector. A respected and trusted coach, motivating course director and skilled facilitator, he has also been involved for many years delivering youth development and leadership programmes in the UK and through community projects in developing countries. A passionate traveller, Peter has lived and worked in Europe, North America and Africa. He enjoys keeping fit, trekking and rough camping, is a qualified pilot and a ‘born again’ motorcyclist.

Steve Howe

Principal Consultant

Steve has developed a highly practical and no-nonsense approach to coaching commercial team behaviour and communication in a number of sectors. For the last four years he has specialised in construction and utilities working at senior levels achieving significant results with bid teams during client/contractor engagement workshops. Formerly a journalist, Steve’s ambition to work with people was fulfilled with The Outward Bound Trust, where his management skills led naturally to his appointment as Director of Sales and Marketing and then Director of Communications. During this period The Trust enjoyed spectacular growth in sales. He was awarded membership of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty the Queen for his contribution to the development of The Outward Bound Trust.

Lou Webb


Lou has been delivering and designing courses in a variety of areas for the past ten years. These include behavioural safety, sales and customer service, team building, challenging conversations, conflict management and performance management. Having gained a Master’s Degree in Culture, Place, and Identity, Lou went on to train at drama school graduating in 2001.   Impressed by the powerful role drama plays in the training room Lou moved into an actor/facilitator role with People Positive™ in 2008. As a trained actor she has extensive experience working with forum theatre and drama based training methods. Lou works world-wide and offshore for the oil and gas industry.

David Napthine


David lives in County Durham and has worked for a number of years as an actor, actor/facilitator, devisor of training programmes and writer of scenarios for drama-based training. In all of these capacities, he has worked in the oil, rail, construction and engineering industries and also for local authorities, charities and health trusts. As a professional actor he has played God, Prospero, Bottom, murderers, dodgy photographers, army officers and a deranged lighthouse keeper. He has written extensively of BBC Radio Drama, theatre (including librettos and song cycles) and for site-specific productions (e.g. swimming pools, cathedrals, housing estates).David also works as a theatre director and many years ago he was the Ribena Picture of Health!

Fiona Begbie


Fiona has been involved in occupational health and safety education and practice for over 25 years. She has experience in developing and delivering graduate level education, working with groups in the classroom and with practitioners in industry. Most recently Fiona has been leading a national work-health educational project. She has been providing coaching and undertaking Post Graduate training in coaching. She has a specialist interest in positive psychology and mental health promotion (MHP) and experience of case management in occupational health, leadership, stress management and person based behavioural safety training, policy development, inter-disciplinary training, policy implementation audit, learning needs assessment and commissioning education. To top off his impressive list of achievements, she has also completed a Master’s Degree in Education undertaking research into critical thinking.

Sam Weir


Sam, has worked closely with People Positive™ for twelve years and runs his own outdoor activity business Kayak Scotland which provides sea kayak guiding throughout Scotland.  He has lived in Scotland since 1990 and during that period has worked coaching and guiding outdoor activities to a wide variety of user groups.  When not working he enjoys spending time with his partner Melanie, getting out mountain biking and enjoying the Scottish coastline in his sea kayak.

Sam Brooke


Sam has a background of research and operational experience in the diving industry which has formed the foundation for twenty years of organisational development work across the oil industry. Sam gained a PhD in 1989 and is also an accredited sport psychologist and has worked with national athletes and teams. Sam has also had a brief military career in the Royal Marines primarily in Arctic Norway and has more recently been owner/skipper of a wooden pilot cutter running chartered sailing and mountaineering voyages throughout the Western Isles.  Sam lives on the Isle of Skye with his wife and daughter and enjoys mountaineering, sailing, setting creels for lobster and crab and the wilderness of the Highlands.

Dan Higdon


Dan was almost a pop star in the ’80s playing guitar in the now legendary, Toxic Kangaroo Babies. With a performing arts background he was more than qualified to step into the corporate training world just as drama starting to be used. He now has over 25 years of experience working in this field, specialising in Behavioural Safety, predominantly for the Oil and Gas industry.

Dave Latham


Dave has been part of the People Positive™ team since the late 90’s and acts as a principal consultant developing and facilitating safety, culture and leadership and team development programmes. His experience in development training and facilitation goes back to the mid 80’s and he has worked with people on expedition, in the classroom and in the workplace. Before that, he worked for a major oil company as well as site drilling supervisor. Dave’s management and technical experience allows him to understand and connect with all his clients. Whilst he is happiest operating with people in the outdoors where he can help the experience make the difference, Dave is just as comfortable engaging with people in their own working environments. As well as a wide range of outdoor activity coaching and guiding qualifications Dave holds a First Class Honours Degree (BSc) in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen and a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Logic and Methodology of Science from Sussex University.

Richard Opie


Originally from Somerset, Richard worked an apprenticeship as an antique furniture restorer before training as an actor.  He spent some years getting greased up and wearing tights before entering the burgeoning corporate presenter and professional role-play market. Since then Richard has gained an I.L.M. qualification in Business Coaching and regularly facilitates coaching, training and drama based learning sessions around the world. He has worked across a wide range of industries including banking, oil & gas, construction and aerospace as well as many public sector arenas.  Richard has extensive experience of behavioural safety that is complimented by him being bosiet qualified and a regular offshore visitor. Finally he is an established presenter/host on the UK corporate video and conference/seminar circuit. When not delivering Richard’s time is taken up with his young family and trying to fit in the odd game of cricket.

Karen Darke


Karen has the philosophy that to have the most impact in life we should challenge our constraints, adopt a positive mind-set and support each other to be the best we can be. As an athlete with the British Cycling Team and Silver Medallist in the 2012 Paralympics, Karen finds much of her inspiration through sport and outdoor adventure, and uses her own experience of overcoming challenges and optimising performance to help others through coaching, facilitation work and speaking in a variety of organisations. Karen developed her skills in coaching, organisational and leadership development roles with Royal Dutch Shell (8 years) and subsequently in her own business, Inspire and Impact, where she works most frequently with entrepreneurs in the third and public sectors. Karen has a PhD in Geology, an MA in Development Training and is a qualified coach. Examples of consultancy work Karen has been involved with include design and delivery of a leadership coaching programme for NHS Education Scotland, development and delivery of leadership development programmes for the Scottish Social Enterprise Academy and a graduate placement and development programme for Highlands and Islands Enterprise.   Karen continues to train as an athlete with British Cycling towards the 2016 Paralympics in Rio alongside her coaching, learning and inspirational speaking work. She is author of two books, If You Fall and Boundless.

‘What is life if it isn’t an adventure? I’m constantly amazed by what can be achieved if we set our heart and mind to it. It’s all about finding belief, confidence, motivation and commitment. And of course, the love and support of friends and colleagues. Then there are no limits.’

Neil Millward


In addition to running his own consultancy business, Neil has worked with us as a Consultant since 2001. He comes from a background in outdoor education/voluntary sector where he has spent many years in young people’s training and development. When not working, he is often helping with young people’s projects or working his croft by the Moray Firth. He is a power boating and VHF instructor and holds a BSc in Chemistry and an MBA from the Open University.