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Meet the team

We are a multi-disciplined team with one shared interest: developing human performance . Our guiding principles always keep us focused and connected: intelligent, inspiring and inventive. This drives our enthusiasm to explore new ways of working with our amazing clients. ​

CO-FOUNDER

Lara Milward

Lara is an award winning fitness and leadership coach, athlete, mentor, author, and mother. She is Co-Founder of The Leadership High and BlitzFitness.

She has learnt that the physical and psychological are intrinsically linked and “I move therefore I think’. She is passionate about energising and enabling others.

A political science graduate who started her career at the House of Commons on a backbench committee for women’s healthcare she has been a #womanswarrior ever since. Lara moved from Octagon to start Redmandarin after cutting her teeth in consultancy at The Henley Centre.

Lara is currently the Official Fitness Partner of the Virgin Strive Challenge and the Sunday Times Fitness Expert.

She is crazy about CrossFit, singing and skiing.

CO-FOUNDER

Sarah MacDonald

Sarah is a business leader and spent 25 years leading change for some of the world’s number one brands. With a degree in sport management and psychology, she was instrumental in the growth and development of the Nike women’s retail business in the UK and Europe and went on to work as a senior leader for GlaxoSmithKline and the world’s leading Investment bank, Goldman Sachs.

Sarah is an expert in building experiences and believes they help us create emotional episodes which shape our attitudes, behaviours and performance.

Sarah is an entrepreneur, mum of four, Co-Founder of The Leadership High, MacExperience (MacX) and Inclusion-X.

 ASSOCIATE PARTNER 

Sally Storey

Sally has over 20 years’ leadership experience across all aspects of commercial pharmaceuticals and previously five years in FMCG. She was the first female leader of any pharmaceutical company across the Gulf Co-operation Council. She has a track record of delivering transformational change programmes across different functions and geographies. She has 13 years’ experience operating at board level and is currently an advisory Board member for a leading strategy consultancy. Sally was Chief Operating Officer at Surfers Against Sewage, a national marine conservation charity. 

Sally's degree in Chinese Studies fuelled her love of travel adventure and she has since had the privilege of leading and managing people from over 50 nationalities, of visiting more than 60 countries and of living in six. Sally is passionate about developing people and teams and we are delighted that Sally is a member of the TLH team.

ASSOCIATE PARTNER

Peter Redhead

Peter’s career path started with the Home Office looking at crime patterns. But he soon joined Northumbria Police where he ended up as a Detective covering all major crimes. An MBA with distinction led him to Hong Kong to become an equity analyst. Peter was Head of Asian Research for JPMorgan and Head of European Research for them in The City & has managed staff from tens of countries and worked with clients and regulators world-wide. He was Global Head of Equity research and co-head of Asian equities at Macquarie. Peter is a non-executive board director and is active in a number of charities. Peter is a Leadership Coach and we are excited to have Peter as a member of the TLH team.
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ASSOCIATE PARTNER

Kate Holden

Kate is a highly accomplished leader with executive board experience and a significant track record of driving profitable growth through digital acceleration, strategic partnerships and building world class high performing teams in Media, Education and Technology sectors.

Kate’s leadership skills and experience in managing P&L of up to £223m and staff of 1,000 has been gained through a successful career with some of the most respected global brands: RELX PLC, Pearson PLC, Financial Times and McGraw-Hill Education.

Born in Cyprus and educated at an Italian school, Kate speaks English, French, Italian and Greek, loves working with different cultures and channels her passion for coaching leaders and teams by focusing on helping them gain clarity and create a culture of belief and confidence.

ASSOCIATE PARTNER

Emma Murphy

Emma has twenty five years' experience working for some of the world’s most admired organisations. Emma spent 19 of those years as a team member and leader at the Bank of England where she developed and implemented the first strategic plans in the Bank of England’s 325-year history. These focused on how best to manage deeply analytical talent while building a more diverse workforce, transforming rigid ways of working, and bringing internal and external communications into the 21st century. Emma also played central roles in the integration of the Prudential Regulation Authority into the Bank and establishment of the Financial Policy Committee. She has supported and coached many leaders at senior levels on the formation and communication of their key messages which included Mark Carney, ex-Governor of the Bank of England.

Emma has advised other central banks around the world, helping adapt lessons learned from the Bank of England’s experience into their differing contexts. She has particular expertise in meshing cultural change with the people and communications challenges. Leading people and teams for a large part of her career Emma remains passionate about developing and supporting people in all aspects of their work and life. She has a first class BA in Economics, and a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics. TLH are delighted to have Emma on their team.

The Leadership High - Emma Murphy
The Leadership High - Kirsty Pank

ASSOCIATE PARTNER

Kirsty Pank

Kirsty is a Project Director with over 20 years of strategic and operational experience in experiential marketing. As a creative problem solver, Kirsty always aspires to find the best ways to do things. With a degree in Sports Science and marketing Kirsty has worked for some outstanding organisations and teams. A career highlight was her role in the Rugby World Cup 2015 team.
Kirsty is our TLH Project Director and directs and manages our day to day operations.

TEAM ASSISTANT

Sally Murrell

Sally has been on our team since the beginning. She brings so many skills coupled with a sense of humour that simply keeps us all ticking and grounded as the business grows. She loves to work alongside us and our clients and ensures we are prepared, that diaries are managed and our business continues to operate effectively and efficiently. Sally loves to sing and play the piano and, because she is now a resident of Spain, work on improving her Spanish.
The Leadership High - Sally Murrell

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