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Team Sandstone accompanied by nearly 100 clients and delegates crossing the finish line together at the Blenheim Palace Triathlon.

Meet our highly experienced team - the principals…

Paul Horwood

Paul is a Veterinary Surgeon, former British Military Officer, and Managing Director of Sandstone, which he co-founded.

Paul has had a varied career so far, initially an Officer in the Royal Marines, Paul left and trained as a vet, but kept his links with the military, returning to the front line in Afghanistan in 2012 with the Grenadier Guards.

Paul qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2000, and joined Westpoint Farm Vets, becoming partner, owner and director along the way and growing it from a small 3 man business based in West Sussex, to employing over 200 people, in 25 practices around the UK, and turning over in excess of £70M. In 2015 the business was sold to Private Equity and Paul remained as Managing Director of the farm animal side of the business until 2017.

Paul’s areas of expertise include leadership and management development, especially in the professional sectors, and decision making under pressure. He is skilled at taking the best from his experiences of the military, sport and business and making them relevant and easily understood to a diverse audience.

Paul has a Masters in Bovine Reproduction from Liverpool University, an MBA from the Open University, and is a Trustee of Vetlife, a mental health charity.

Paul Horwood

David Samuel

David heads up Sandstone Communications’ automotive training operations. His team design and deliver courses enabling sales professionals to establish effective customer loyalty. He has helped organisations translate the increasingly technical nature of automotive industry products into genuine customer benefits.

David works extensively in the Middle East, where the focus is always on building long term partnerships with clients. The automotive team members are all well established in the region and fully understand local requirements and cultures.

David started his career working in the property market, building on his degree in Land Management; in his spare time David is an established property developer. His projects range from prime Central London locations to a unique, upmarket student property brand in the South of England.

David Samuel

Tim Bradshaw

Tim is a fomer Intelligence Officer and co-founder of Sandstone. His areas of expertise include leadership development, team dynamics, critical decision-making, and crisis management.

He is skilled in defining client needs and designing courses to ensure the outcomes desired by the client.

He has wide experience working with clients in Europe, the Middle East and elewhere. He regulary speaks after dinner and provides inspiration and focus on behalf of various orgainsations and mental health charities.

Tim served with the British army as a captain in diverse roles before operating as a Human Intelligence Officer. In 2015 he was part of a team attempting to summit Mount Everest when huge earthquakes hit the Tibetan and Nepalese regions.

He is a qualified BASI ski instructor, ARDS High Performance Driving Instructor and holds CAA pilots licences for both helicopter and fixed wing aircraft.

Tim Bradshaw

Cedric Astor

Cedric is the chief financial and administrative officer of Sandstone, as well being trainer, coach/mentor and employee assessor.

He is an internationally experienced executive with many years of experience in Europe, the USA and Asia. He has successfully managed across functions, interest groups and nationalities in different locations around the world.

Cedric worked for many years for blue chip corporations including Philip Morris, Walt Disney, Polo Ralph Lauren and HK Telecom, and his experience covers not only finance and administration but also HR, Strategy,M & A and IP licensing. For the last 20 years he worked with SMCs on a variety of different projects before co-founding Sandstone.

Cedric is a UK qualified chartered accountant (Smith and Williamson and KPMG), has an MA from Cambridge University and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, having completed their AMP programme

...and our associates, coaches and assessors.

Mandy Hickson

A former Tornado GR4 fast jet pilot with the Royal Air Force, Mandy comes with an incredible story She manages to combine this with an in-depth knowledge of human performance factors, having worked as a facilitator with teams across a large variety of industries to bring the key areas of team dynamics, cultural change, decision making and risk management to the forefront.

Human Factors training recognises that we all make mistakes, and provides the ability to deal with risk and reduce errors, giving us tools to be more efficient and effective in our roles. She is passionate about the power of these approaches and the potential this unlocks for any organisation.

Mandy Hickson

James Kerr

James Kerr is a superb presenter and a natural storyteller who speaks on a mixture of topics including sports psychology, leadership practice and organizational science, with a compelling narrative.

Kerr is the author of the global best-selling book Legacy, revealing the simple secrets of success behind some of the world’s elite business, sports and military organisations. In Legacy, Kerr unpicks the secrets of the world’s most successful sporting team, the All Blacks. The book has been described as ‘seminal’ by the Independent newspaper and ‘unputdownable’ by Bloomberg. The Daily Telegraph newspaper called it the ‘modern version of Vince Lombardi’s guides to coaching’ and says ‘for those searching for genuine keys to team culture, it is manna from heaven.’ Kerr explores the driving forces enabling the best teams to achieve extraordinary results - these include a focus on excellence, a collective commitment, a high degree of autonomy, trust and individual initiative, compelling communication, individual accountability, integrity and humility - all underpinned by a climate in which ‘leaders create leaders’.

There is an impressive list of teams and corporations that have sought Kerr’s expertise including, US and UK Tier One Special Forces, Formula 1 teams, America’s Cup crews, Premier League football managers, Olympic Performance Directors, Google, PayPal, Dyson, Red Bull, Shell and Boeing. He regularly advises elite clients on galvanising teams, resetting standards, and rebooting a winning culture and mindset.

As well as addressing small, elite teams, Kerr addresses the specific challenges faced by larger, more diverse organisations, including the impact that female leaders can have in previously male dominated environments, the challenges of engaging millennials, the shift from a transactional towards a transformative leadership style, personal leadership, ethics and integrity, marginal gains and incremental improvement, values and vision-setting, and achieving resilience in adversity.

He is currently working on two books: Where the Earth Meets the Sky is about the Everest basecamp disaster and what it takes to overcome adversity in order to reach the top. The Legacy Workbook, a Curriculum for Change, addresses the practical challenges leaders face in implementing change.

James Kerr

Mike Hope

A former specialist communications operator for the British government, and covert surveillance officer for the police service. Mike has served as a mountain rescue team leader and enjoys adventure motorcycling.

Trauma medicine and training have been a constant skill and requirement throughout Mikes professional and personal life. He has taught BTEC level 3 in public services and now delivers, HEAT, RTACC and first aid training.

Mike Hope

Jo Bradshaw

As a former no-saying, height-hating, comfort lover Jo turned her life around in her late 30s by saying YES. Whilst standing on top of Everest in 2016, having survived the earthquake on the mountain in 2015, she did wonder how on earth she got there but Everest is just one chapter, not the whole story.

Jo Bradshaw is an adventurer, mountaineer and Everest summiteer who combines her work as an Expedition Leader, Outdoor Instructor and Public Speaker with raising funds for Place2Be, the UK’s leading children’s mental health charity.

In 2004 Jo was a Business Advisor leading a very risk averse life when she took part in a cycle challenge in Peru, pedalling 500km at altitude for Asthma UK. She now enjoys a richness of life she never thought possible, sharing her passion for the outdoors and creating extraordinary memories by helping people push their perceived limits.

Jo teaches and assesses the expedition element of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at all levels here in the UK and takes students and adults on adventures all over the world.

‘Say yes now and work it out later’ was her late Father’s mantra and she encourages others to embrace those words and to take that leap of faith.

Before her 40th in 2011 Jo had never been above 6000m but since then, in 2013, she became the 3rd British woman to reach the true summit of Mansalu. In 2016 she also became the 38th British Woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Jo has now completed 6 of her 7 summits challenge. The final summit, Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, is on the cards. The summit will see her join just a handful of Brits, and around 500 climbers worldwide, to achieve this coveted mountaineering milestone.

Jo unlocks the potential in your employees, colleagues, students, or the audience at large through sharing and discussing her experiences in business and adventure, focussing on building resilience, reframing imposter syndrome and being a champion in someone else’s life.

She firmly believes that helping change the words ‘Can I?’ into ‘Because I can!’ can only have a positive impact on everyone in both their work/school and home lives.

Jo Bradshaw

Colin Gregor

Colin is a trainer and coach for Sandstone, specialising in the techniques required to select and manage high performance teams.

He is a former Scottish rugby international 7’s and Glasgow Warriors player, and he specialises in the characteristics and behaviours required to achieve high performance within any team.

As a qualified executive business coach Colin is well placed to assist corporate clients to use the characteristics of high performing sports teams within commercial environments.

Colin currently also runs Public Health Improvement Training in Scotland, helping professionals to achieve both a healthy body and a healthy mind.

Colin Gregor

Merlin Hanbury-Tenison

Merlin is a Sandstone trainer with many years of experience leading teams and helping aspiring leaders. He is a qualified Strengths Finder™ coach.

Having started out with the British Army as a tank commander and an intelligence officer, he then spent several years at PwC, working with ailing financial services, engineering and utilities clients to change behaviours, analyse problems and create an environment for success.

He has a broad range of experience in multiple industries, and has worked with clients across multiple sectors and industries in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Merlin has a BA in Leadership and Management and an MBA.

He is currently engaged in implementing various rewilding programmes on his family’s property on Bodmin Moor.

Merlin Hanbury-Tenison

Malin Spratt

Malin is a coach with Sandstone.

She has lived and worked in eight countries across three continents. With her international background she is highly experienced in supporting people through transition.

She started off as a fashion designer in Paris in the 80’s, then went on to teach fashion in Tokyo, before setting up her own creative studio in Hong Kong. She subsequently became President for a Swedish International Organisation specialised in supporting female expats. through transition and integration outside their home country.

Malin, who holds a bachelor degree gained in France, as well as her professional coaching qualifications, has now been coaching staff at all levels for over 5 years, in English, Swedish and French.

She has accumulated over 500 coaching hours, with clients from around the world.

Malin Spratt

Karen Pearson

Karen works as a pre- and post-employment staff assessor and client HR advisor for Sandstone, specialising in automotive companies.

She has extensive experience of automotive retail operations, with a deep practical understanding of the challenges an automotive retailer faces.

She is experienced at developing and delivering management assessments and management training, as well as senior management development programmes, focused on measurable, positive outcomes.

Karen started out in her automotive career selling Commercial Vehicles for a Mercedes Benz dealer, and went on to work in automotive retailing for high profile UK Motor Groups.  She also held operational and financial roles at BMW, Rover Cars and Toyota, and latterly spent 12 years with Mercedes Benz UK in a Network Development role.

Karen Pearson

Nick Murdoch

Nick works as a pre- and post-employment staff assessor and client HR advisor for Sandstone, specialising in automotive companies.

He has gained extensive experience within the automotive sector, working with both premium and non-premium brands. He has built effective, long-term relationships with many national sales companies.

Nick has frequently acted as a recruiter of Line Managers, Heads of Business and management at the CEO level. He has also worked as a trainer, assessor and consultant advising clients on the organisation and design of training courses and assessment centres.

He has worked both in the UK and the Middle East. This cross-regional experience has given him an unique perspective into the cultural differences in training and recruitment between the regions.

Nick studied Music, Philosophy, Law, and Psychological Evaluation to Master’s Degree level. He is a Certified Assessor within the Institute of the Motor Industry.

Pauline Cheung

Pauline is a coach with Sandstone, working with professionals and entrepreneurs who wish to improve their visibility and leadership presence, or are ready to make their next significant career move.

Prior to coaching, Pauline spent many years in the corporate world working with senior executives in the areas of strategy, marketing and business development. She worked for leading Fortune 500 companies, including Walt Disney and Polo Ralph Lauren. She has also spent time as a management consultant assisting FTSE companies to launch new ventures. 

Her geographical exposure spans Europe, Asia and the USA, a diversity which has developed her capability and understanding of relationship-building and the motivation of people across business units, nationalities and cultures.

Stepping off the corporate track and into the entrepreneurial world, Pauline added to her existing bachelor’s degree in chemistry and her MBA, by training at the renowned culinary school, Johnson & Wales. She then went on to launch her own business consulting for various food businesses, as well as teaching, in-person and online, avid home bakers how to bake like a pastry chef in their own kitchens.

Pauline then decided to qualify as a coach and is a Certified Co-Active Coach with the Co-Active Training Institute.

Pauline Cheung

Chantal Cummings

Chantal is a Sandstone Associate and a Sandstone Ambassador, inspiring others to high personal performance.

Her skill set and experience fit remarkably well with Sandstone’s brand values; her own days regularly start with personal training at 0500.

As well as being an experienced performance trainer, Chantal has achieved Elite status as an Ironman athlete. In her first season as an Elite she finished 4th in a number of races; she is now competing for podiums. 

Chantal holds a degree in Leadership.

Chantal Cummings

Ed Drake

Ed not only represented Great Britain in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games as Britain’s #1 Alpine skier, but was Britain’s #1 in Ski Cross after just one year on the World Cup Ski Cross circuit (the only British man to become #1 in two different winter sports).

Ed served on the British Ski and Snowboard Board of Directors for over 2 years, working hard to shape the system for future athletes.

He coaches children and adults as a way to give back to the community that helped to support him throughout his career.

Ed is a TV presenter, trainer and motivational speaker who disseminates the message that through hard work and dedication, you can do anything you put your mind to.

Ed Drake

Jeremy Gumbley

Jeremy has spent more than 20 years in the Automotive training sector ranging from physical driver instruction and coaching to theoretical sales and product training.

Throughout his career Jeremy has developed and delivered educational programmes for some of the world’s most prestigious and valuable automotive brands.

Paul Crabtree

Paul Crabtree is an experienced L&D professional with 16 years’ experience in the premium automotive sector. He holds an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, an ICF Level 2 coaching certification and an Executive Coaching certification from Marshall Goldsmith. He’s qualified as a JLR Accredited Trainer in both classroom and virtual (18 month program). Paul has extensive expertise in training design and delivery both in the classroom, and also in the virtual space, where he led JLR’s conversion to online learning during C19. In this role he drove JLR’s adoption of Adobe Connect for Virtual Classroom delivery, developing global deployment guidelines and converting over 20 classroom courses to virtual. He also spearheaded digitisation of the learning experience with the adoption of virtual tools and apps, particularly to support experiential product launch. Paul is fluent in French and for six years managed the JLR Training Academy Hub in North Africa, based in Casablanca, Morocco. In this role he managed curriculum, product launch and assessment and coaching activities for Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, culminating in a double win from the region in the annual Sales and Service advisor of the year competition (2019). In his role in JLR Gaydon, Paul was responsible for the General Manager Assessment program, widening the competency framework to include behavioural and operational elements from the Hospitality sector in the content of modern luxury retail experience. This was successfully implemented and now forms and industry-leading approach to senior management development planning. He also ran assessment centres in MENA for Sale and Service staff with the support of retailer line managers, to develop and implement Training Needs Assessment programs and support robust performance management.

All of this contributes to Paul’s main aim: memorable, learner-centric, relevant learning outcomes. Paul is a passionate car enthusiast and has a track record of delivering outstanding experiential product launch activities, most recently with EV’s and Telematics.

Paul Crabtree

Clare Fitchett

Clare is a Specialist Paramedic in Critical Care and a trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Emergency Medicine. She has an interest in high performance in pressurised environments, human factors of performance and medical education.

Prior to becoming a paramedic Clare had a diverse military career as both an RAF and Army officer including operating as a Human Intelligence Officer. Clare has been involved in multiple international expeditions in both medical and leadership roles. She regularly trains others to work in complex non-permissive environments.

Clare has an MSc in Leadership and Management and is currently undertaking a further MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.

Clare Fitchett

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