GAME CHANGERS

We pride ourselves on having a highly specialised and experienced team working on every project. Our people believe in the power of collaboration to drive results and they have a diverse set of skills, experiences and points of view. They are all driven by making a measurable impact in all we do.

PIPPA HANDFORD

Lead Producer & Facilitator

MILES HANSON

FOUNDER & CEO

PETE MCDONALD

LEAD COLLABORATION CONSULTANT

CLAIRE CARTER

COLLABORATION CONSULTANT

ORIANA CINQUINI-STEEL

Producer & Facilitator

MARIJA MERCER

PRODUCER

SAUL JAFFE

COLLABORATION CONSULTANT

RIA PELLINGTON

PRODUCER AND FACILITATOR

PIPPA HANDFORD

Lead Producer & Facilitator

Pippa joined The Collaboration Company in 2006 to work alongside Miles to develop collaborative solutions for people and organisations. Pippa previously worked at the global brand communications consultancy – The Marketing Store Worldwide – where she spent 8 years perfecting her account management, client relationship and marketing skills.

Pippa’s initial role at The Collaboration Company was project leader where she was responsible for the smooth running of all projects and events and overseeing the team. In her current role, not only does she facilitate collaboration workshops but Pippa also ensures the business runs efficiently. She works closely with the project management teams to deliver exceptional collaborative workshop experiences for our clients.

Pippa lives in Warwickshire with her husband Jonathan and young daughter Sophia. She can often be seen running around the local lanes whilst exercising herself; sometimes with her rather large dog in tow and often with Sophia on her bike and on occasions all three together which is always entertaining!

MILES HANSON

FOUNDER & CEO

  Miles has led the growth of The Collaboration Company from a start-up into a globally recognised specialist collaboration consultancy. He has seen at close hand a huge range of collaboration programmes and projects across a variety of clients, sectors and geographies.

Miles works with senior leaders who are similarly excited and inspired by the potential of collaboration but often stuck as to how to make it happen. These experiences mean Miles’ advice reflects the realities of collaboration and he is increasingly asked to speak to boards, companies and at conferences on topics such as leadership in the age of collaboration, building collaborative cultures and capability and personal creative confidence.

Prior to The Collaboration Company, Miles worked his way up through the ranks at global brand communications consultancy The Marketing Store Worldwide ending up as CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He worked closely with brands including Unilever, Walmart and McDonald’s.

Miles lives in Leicestershire with his wife Tiffany and his three children, who rate his hard earned certificate as a LEGO Serious Play Facilitator as his standout career highlight.

PETE MCDONALD

LEAD COLLABORATION CONSULTANT

Pete loves working with clients and prides himself in delivering exceptionally engaging workshops and cutting edge learning programmes. Pete is a people person and his passion for working together with others ensures his client projects have collaboration at their core.

Pete has a marketing background and has been working with clients in multiple sectors for over 12 years. His diverse industry experiences in both the public and private sector help Pete bring together knowledge and insight from very unrelated worlds. His early experiences focused on developing consumer brands before Pete moved into the L&D space providing consultancy to public sector organisations. At The Collaboration Company, Pete is one of our lead consultants and has worked with many clients including; British Airways, Selfridges and Britvic Soft Drinks. Pete also leads on our exclusive Challenge24 Leadership Development programme.

Outside of work Pete is mostly found either playing sport or spending time with his young family…often combining the two as his son follows in his footsteps of playing football, cricket and golf whilst supporting their beloved West Bromwich Albion.

CLAIRE CARTER

COLLABORATION CONSULTANT

Claire is passionate about collaboration and its potential to unlock new ways of thinking and working. She supports a range of collaboration programmes and projects enabling groups to tackle complex business challenges and come up with new and often transformational ideas.

Claire is most excited by the work The Collaboration Company does in its quest to create an army of creatively confident and collaboratively savvy leaders and relishes the opportunity to use creative approaches within sessions.

Prior to The Collaboration Company, Claire ran her own successful consultancy company which specialised in social research and the development of cross-sector partnerships. She has worked with national charities, local authorities and government agencies and in a past life worked in theatre and television.

Claire lives in Shropshire and is at her happiest when she is running, discovering new music or dragging her two children out on long country walks.

ORIANA CINQUINI-STEEL

Producer & Facilitator

Oriana is a true believer in the power of collaboration so is keen to use her skills to spread the word. Oriana facilitates collaboration workshops and also communicates and raises awareness of The Collaboration Company’s work. This she does through developing and managing new business across all learning programmes and business services as well as via devising content for all social media channels.

Prior to joining The Collaboration Company, Oriana spent 12 years marketing FMCG brands such as Capri Sun, Dairylea, Worthington & Carling. 9 of those years were working with Miles Hanson and Pippa Handford at marketing consultancy The Marketing Store Worldwide.

When not working Oriana likes to ceroc; a partner dance that needs a lot of collaboration, raise awareness of other things she is passionate about; villa holidays in Tuscany plus her greatest challenge is instilling collaborative values in her two young boys!

MARIJA MERCER

PRODUCER

Team Manager and general “glue” of The Collaboration Company.

Marija joined The Collaboration Company in 2008 and has played a supporting role to the team over the years using her excellent organisational skills to maintain the smooth running of the office. Prior to joining The Collaboration Company, Marija spent many years working with BT in their busy facilities management department.

Not many people know this, but Marija is a classically trained cook! Whilst she has no burning desire to appear on Masterchef or The Great British Bake Off any time soon, she does however enjoy cooking up sweet treats to keep the team energised!

Outside of work Marija enjoys being cooked for and loves fine food and wines. Whenever possible she gets out and about in the great British countryside with her real passion – her chocolate labrador Harry!

SAUL JAFFE

COLLABORATION CONSULTANT

Coming from the world of theatre, Saul has been applying his adapted skills in business for the last twenty years. He appreciates the importance of collaboration, having experienced its advantages first-hand in business, the arts and education, across a diverse range of projects in the UK, Europe and America.

From his very first foray into the business world he was hooked, realising that his background offered a unique way in to helping people in business build better relationships, develop their innovation and communications, as well as explore and appreciate their customer’s insights and perspectives first-hand.

He has a magpie-like interest in how people learn, behave and work together and enjoys applying those discoveries in the design and delivery of bespoke, experiential client projects, conferences and events. He’s written and produced audio-guided city walks for senior energy sector leaders to help them contemplate the future of IT; developed an interactive public engagement campaign about water conservation using Angry Gnomes and created a “blind-dining” experience to help senior leaders in an FMCG organisation better appreciate their snacking offer.

He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife, their two wonderful, noisy boys and their whiffie (not quite whippet, not quite staffie) dog. He’s an accidental Guinness World Record holder, the least likely owner of a marathon medal and is an associate artist at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

RIA PELLINGTON

PRODUCER AND FACILITATOR

Ria’s previous experience was in the technology sector, where she pro-actively worked with businesses across the UK & Europe, enabling clients to develop innovative products, processes and services. Bringing together companies from across varying sectors to collaborate and work in partnership on a new product development initiative.

Since joining The Collaboration Company Ria is responsible for the co-ordination and smooth running of both Challenge24 and Ideathon sessions. Together with heading-up the company’s graduate programme, facilitating client work sessions and building collaborative relationships with programme partners and participants.

Ria is a bit of a rockchick at heart and more often than not you can find her in the midst of a music festival. She has been known to enjoy a mosh pit or two but has slowed down in recent years due to an incident involving losing her shoes!



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