Who are we?

Sue Machell


Sue is an experienced coach, facilitator and organisational development specialist. Previously a Director of Nursing and Chief Executive in the NHS and a senior fellow at the King’s Fund, Sue’s particular expertise lies in coaching, leadership development and programme design and delivery. She has a particular interest in clinical and systems leadership, integrated care and quality improvement. She works with senior, middle and frontline leaders across the health and social care system to develop and transform services, manage change effectively and improve the quality of care for patients and service users. She has a particular interest in how human relationships can work more effectively and productively between individuals and across professions, groups and systems.

Pippa Gough


Pippa is a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor by background. She has held a number of senior nursing positions, including that of Director of Policy at the Royal College of Nursing before joining the King’s Fund as a member of Senior Faculty in 2001. Pippa has 15 years’ experience of providing consultancy in organisational and leadership development, coaching, and policy research (mostly on health labour market), initially whilst at the King’s Fund, then at the Health Foundation where she designed and commissioned the successful Generation Q programme.  She has run her own consultancy business since 2011.  

Bernie Brooks


Bernie is a qualified counselling psychologist and group facilitator. He has worked in health and public services for all his career. This includes being a Senior Fellow in Leadership at the King’s Fund (where he is currently an Associate), a faculty member on the Cabinet Office Top Manager Programme, Head of Leadership at a Strategic Health Authority and a Lecturer in Educational Studies at Surrey University. His current work focuses on supporting clinicians and leaders working in Urgent and Emergency Care systems, Board Development, individual coaching and developing senior nurses working with older people. After leaving University he lived on an Ashram in India and learnt a variety of meditation techniques.