Spark Leadership Founder

Dr Elizabeth Coffey founded Spark Leadership in 2005 to advise Board Executives on leading change in their people and their organizations. Elizabeth has been a Senior Partner in Korn Ferry’s Leadership and Talent Consulting practice. From 2002, she led the UK Leadership Capabilities practice at Mercer Delta Consulting Ltd. She joined Mercer Delta as a Partner from The Change Partnership, which was acquired by Whitehead Mann (now part of Korn Ferry). She graduated cum laude with a double degree (BSc Hons) from Wellesley College (in the US) in Psychology and English Literature.

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Rebecca Stephens MBE
Rebecca Stephens MBEAssociate
Museji Ahmed Takolia CBE
Museji Ahmed Takolia CBEAssociate
Tony Montes FCIPD, GTML, Agile HR Leader
Tony Montes FCIPD, GTML, Agile HR LeaderAssociate
Andrea Facchini
Andrea FacchiniAssociate
Elizabeth Klyne
Elizabeth KlyneAssociate

Rebecca Stephens MBE

Rebecca is a British author, journalist, and motivational known for being the first British woman to climb the Seven Summits and as the first British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a professor at Hult International Business School’s Ashridge Executive Education program.

Rebecca originally trained as a journalist and pursued that career for some ten years, becoming deputy editor of the Financial Times magazine Resident Abroad. In 1989 Stephens accompanied an expedition attempting the North East Ridge of Mount Everest. Exploring the question “why do climbers climb?”, she climbed to the first camp at 7,100m and made a decision she wanted to climb the mountain herself.

In 1993 she returned to Everest on a British expedition and reached the summit on 17 May, becoming the first British woman to do so. On 22 November 1994 she became the third woman, and the first British woman, to climb the 7 continental summits of the Messner list

She was a presenter on BBC television’s science series Tomorrow’s World from 1994 to 1996.

In addition to her mountaineering exploits, Rebecca has sailed the Southern Seas to the South Magnetic Pole and Antarctica and cross the South Atlantic island of South Georgia. With the polar explorers Ranulph Fiennes and Mike Stroud, she competed in an eight-day Eco-Challenge, which consisted of running, biking and canoeing across the Canadian Rockies.

Tony Montes FCIPD, GTML, Agile HR Leader

Tony is a Global Fellow for Talent Management (Wharton) and an Agile HR/Talent leader. He specialises in advising & applying expertise in developing Group level leadership talent. He has decades of international experience in the delivery of strategic Human Capital development processes and leveraging workforce diversity in various sectors.

He is a Master Trainer of Trainers in Political Savvy.

Previously, Tony was VP for Talent & Capability Management in ADNOC Distribution. He established HC talent & succession management in ADNOC Onshore, which scaled into the ADNOC Group Talent Development strategies. He led the design and implementation of progenitor processes in Talent & Succession, Leadership Development, High Potential Assessment & Performance Management. Tony created service leadership education capabilities in Distribution to support the company’s transformation to being a listed company.

Tony held senior positions in leadership development in Nawah Energy Company. As an academic, Tony was the Client and Programme Director for leadership development, HR Curriculum Director for the MBA and EMBA at Ashridge Business School.

He began his career at Shell, where he was one of 3 Global Diversity Managers for the company, where he led pioneering work in Diversity Education and Awareness across the Shell Group.

Museji Ahmed Takolia CBE

A graduate of the universities of Cambridge, Bristol & the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) Princeton, Museji has anchored his career around equality & social justice, advising charities, local and central government.

His executive career culminated with 4 years at the Cabinet Office as the Government’s Senior Adviser on DE&I. It was here that he commissioned Elizabeth Coffey and Tony Montes to work with him in developing the ground-breaking ‘Pathways to Leadership’ programme for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic employees aiming to enter the top echelons of the civil service.

Prior to taking up this post, he was a management consultant, principally as an adviser to PricewaterhouseCoopers MCS (later PwC) on economic and social planning. He led research and development for increasing the number of senior Black managers in local government.

He joined Norman Broadbent International as Director & Head of its Global Diversity Practice, which was successfully spun-off and trades as “GDP”, today.
Museji stood with Nelson Mandela at his Soweto home a week after his release from Robben Island. He advised on EU social programmes in post-peace Northern Ireland/Ireland, & his passion to support post-apartheid South Africa took him to Cape Town to advise on the implementation of new legislation on Black empowerment initiatives.

He is a highly respected NED & has held directorships in business (ISL software/IT Bengaluru India), & with charities supporting Black business & economic development in Bristol. He took up ministerial & other board appointments in education (OFSTED), CHI (regulator of the NHS in England), MHP a regeneration & social housing company, in pensions (NEST Corporation & as Chair of The Pensions Advisory Service) & as chair of the Wye Valley NHS Trust.

After the BLM street protests in Bristol, Mayor Marvin Rees asked him to take over as Chair of the Mayoral Commission on Race Equality in October 2021 to set out a strategy and plans for making racial equity a reality in all spheres of social, cultural and economic life in the city – this is an unpaid senior advisory role.

Elizabeth Klyne

Like many people active in the fields of Diversity and Inclusion, Elizabeth learned about marginalisation and exclusion through personal experience. She has used this experience to forge a career dedicated to helping people reshape cultural environments, so they can support and nurture trust, creativity, kindness and breakthrough results.

Her career began in retail, advertising and journalism. In 1996, she pioneered an approach to career development, which has since been adopted by many leaders in the field. In pursuit of her own personal development, explored the role of the unconscious and its impact on our emotional lives and is a certified Shadow Work Coach and Group Facilitator.

She has over 25 years’ experience in leading transformational programmes for individuals and groups in both corporate and voluntary sectors, helping people navigate the most complex challenges while retaining their connection to themselves and their personal integrity.

She is a member of a team that delivers annual women’s initiation programmes designed to transform the victim / perpetrator cycle into a source of power.

Her clients include graduates, Board Members and Chief Executives of FTSE 100 companies, including ICI, Prudential, Unilever and HSBC.

Andrea Faccini

Andrea is a business psychologist and an executive coach, with a broad consulting experience on talent management processes working with several international organizations across Europe, the USA and the Middle East.

He has designed and delivered bespoke training and development programs, as well as provided high-impact employee selection solutions to international blue chip and public sector organizations.

He specializes in selection, assessment, coaching, leadership and talent management using inventories published by Hogan Assessment Systems. As a master practitioner of these internationally respected tools, he is also one of the UK’s leading trainers of Hogan Certification Programs and a member of the prestigious Hogan Coaching Network.

His main interests lie in studying the factors driving leadership derailment and in the development of effective organisational cultures that maximise the value of diversity to pursue high performance and excellence.

Clients include • Barclays UK • Ramboll • Mars UK • Country of Kuwait • Eli Lilly • Johnson & Johnson • Novartis • Dell • Microsoft • Rasgas Qatar • Hewlett- Packard

He has an MSc in Occupational Psychology and a BSc in Psychology, Birkbeck University, London, UK.

Extensive experience

Her vast years of consulting with CEOs and their top teams resulted in the book entitled 10 Things That Keep CEOs Awake – and How to Put Them to Bed. A sample of other publications includes: The End of Tolerance? which outlined Elizabeth’s practical approach to business diversity issues. Elizabeth co-authoredThe Changing Culture of Leadership – Women Leaders’ Voices – a research-based book about women leaders across 20 industries in the UK. , She has developed a portfolio of FTSE 250 companies in which she led numerous diversity projects on gender, ethnicity, and culture. Liz was invited to present this work internationally that has contributed to global viewpoints on diversity in the corporate and public sectors.

Award winning

Elizabeth has received numerous awards over the past decade, which includes: 2007 Mentor of the Year (Women of the Future Awards) and 2001 European Woman of Achievement of Award (for work on diversity). Invited by the British High Commission, Elizabeth joined the exclusive 2008 UK trade delegation to Mumbai. Elizabeth frequently speaks internationally at business schools, leadership conferences, leadership conferences and global summits. She is a Master Trainer of Trainers in Political Savvy (Strategic Influencing in an Ethical Way).

A sample of Elizabeth’s leadership clients include KKR, Blackrock, Investec, Barclays Bank, Citi, Nomura, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Credit Suisse, Marsh, Aon, BP, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Shell, GSK, Sanofi, Pret a Manger, PwC, Accenture, Unilever plc, Xerox, National Grid, EDF energy, Scottish Power, the BBC, HM Senior Civil Service, British Airways, Virgin Airways and Cabinet Ministers.