Our  Team

Who we are

Our team provides unrivalled breadth and depth of expertise across
organisational change, business analytics, group & relational dynamics,
leadership development and personal psychology.

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Ian Byrne

Ian combines senior-level business transformation experience with deep expertise in group dynamics and leadership development. He is CEO and founder of Living Systems.

Ian partners Boards and Business Unit leadership teams on organisational transformation, strategy execution and culture change. He also oversees the design and delivery of transformational leadership programs. He holds an MA from Oxford University, has trained as a Gestalt psychotherapist and also holds an MSc in Complexity Science and Organisational Transformation from Middlesex University.

All of Ian's work  is focused on developing the capacity for Collective Intelligence in organisations, groups and individuals. He is an expert in group dynamics and facilitation, as well as leadership psychology and change.

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Helen Franklin

As a Gestalt psychotherapist and organisational consultant, Helen is an expert in relational dynamics and personal psychology.

A coach, facilitator and consultant with 17 years’ experience working with both global corporations and SMEs, she has designed programmes, development centres and offsites with relational leadership and collaborative working at their heart.  Helen specialises in transforming interpersonal dynamics and releasing the potential of individual leaders.

In a previous life, Helen was an actress. The integration of this expertise with her psychological training gives her deep insight into the development of leadership awareness, impact and presence. Helen has a diploma in Organisational Change and a Masters in psychotherapy.

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Tory Frame

Tory is a highly accomplished business strategist with  some of the world's leading organisations . She is currently studying for a doctorate in AI and machine learning.

Tory Frame is passionate about consumers and technology. She has just started an AI PhD, following a Computer Science MSc. She was formerly on the Executive Team at Diageo, responsible for Strategy, Business Development and Ventures. Prior to that she was MD International and CMO at Barry's Bootcamp. and  before that a Partner at Bain. She is an active angel who invests behind founders, celebrating their success in investments like Love Home Swap, and Look After My Bills.

Tory earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, where she received the Dean’s Award, and a Master’s in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University. She was recently recognised as one of “100 Women to Watch” by the FTSE annual ranking.

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Jenny Mackewn

Jenny is a renowned expert on Gestalt psychology, complexity theory and systems thinking. She is a catalyst of whole system change in organisations and communities

Jenny is a published author  in Gestalt psychology and whole system change. She is a qualified psychotherapist, and currently leads a variety of leadership programmes for Schumacher college in organisational transformation, ranging from whole systems change, to constellations and systemic approaches to consultancy, coaching and leadership. Previously she led a masters programme in complexity theory and transformative Leadership at Metanoia Institute, part of Middlesex University.

Jenny's passion is in translating the principles of complexity theory and living systems into  practical consulting solutions to help organisations adapt to increasing volatility, complexity and uncertainty.

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Simon Edwards

Simon is a Promethean - a creative who challenges existing paradigms and norms. He  creates immersive experiences dedicated to personal transformation and learning.

Simon combines deep creative design experience from the escape room industry, large interactive and immersive art for Burning Man events and IT technology & systems and has a genuine passion for bringing this expertise to disrupt the experiential Learning & Development industry.

Simon sees problems that most would define as impossible as challenges to relish. He consistently delivers new ideas that blend diverse elements that not only attract and hold attention but give others fun, memorable, challenging and even transformative experiences.

 

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Rob Thurner

Rob is a digital strategist, consultant and trainer. He works with us to embed digital technology, skills and capabilities within our initiatives.

Rob’s network of exceptional digital delivery partners helps clients develop rapid prototypes which apply learnings to real-time and evolving business challenges.

Rob is the Founder and CEO at our digital partner Burn The Sky, the digital strategy and training business serving clients such as American Express, CVC Capital Partners, Faysal Bank, GSK, HSBC, John Lewis, O2, PwC and global agency networks Dentsu Aegis, Havas, Omnicom and WPP.

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Rosie Rycroft

Rosie heads up our finance and operational support team at Living Systems. She has excellent communication skills and makes sure everything runs to plan.

Rosie is the lynchpin in our team that makes sure programmes are delivered on time and to budget and that the management of operational logistics always exceeds client expectations.

Prior to that, Rosie had worked for 20 years in marketing in the technology sector, promoting products and associated services to senior high level decision makers across a broad range of industries.  Rosie held roles such as Head of UK Marketing at Informix Software  and Northern European Marketing Services Director for Ascential Software until she took a career break to raise a family.