I thrive on diversity. My choices have led me to where I am today. Change is a constant and I love it. I believe that we are never too old to change, and there’s nothing that can’t be changed, if you put your mind to it. Start simple. Just start. Working at Impact allows me to experience, challenge and grow. Outside of work, I am a keen baker and love to entertain. Moving and settling in the Lake District from South Africa has been a positive life changing experience.
As a former client, I jumped at the chance to work with Impact in 2002 and pursue my passion for inspiring others to realise their potential. I’m an avid reader and love to incorporate my learning into the leadership development programmes that I deliver; recent topics of interest include applied neuroscience & gender dynamics. Dogs feature widely in my life outside of work.
I have a great dual role: helping to create amazing projects with charities, schools and not for profits - working with people passionate about making a difference. My technical support role combines logistics, safety and ensuring smooth running adventure sessions in programmes. I always have a variety of projects and an adventure on the boil. I'm proud to be part of the team that set up Impact Australia, I made lifelong friends in Asia Pacific and around the world.
As a consultant, I like Impact's programmes because every one of our projects could make the participants think deeply about their issues in the workplace, and move forward for their business success. I am excited when exploring a solution for my clients' current and future business challenges. Besides my job, I like cooking, travelling, fine arts, musicals, Japanese KABUKI, opera etc.
Itsuyo (Barbara) Watanabe
I was lucky enough to join as the third member of the US team in 2006 and have done almost every role in the business including design, delivery, sales support, project management and even bookkeeping! That breadth of experience has helped me in my current leadership role, it allows me to understand the business from multiple perspectives and focus on operational excellence. My nickname is Wiki because I can usually help find the answer!
Wendy Lee Berger
I love exploring issues that my clients face and helping to find practical solutions. My other roles include developing Impact’s thinking around leadership and team development, and using systemic perspectives to encourage responsible leadership in business and society. Convincing, articulate and credible as a facilitator, I'm passionate about helping people realise their full potential...including myself! I love ski-mountaineering and any ways to access wild places.
Dr Karen Jaques
I love why Impact exist, which is to build organisations worth working for, I am excited to explore the journey with our clients. I love building effective client relationships both externally and internally, the people in Impact are passionate, motivated individuals and I love working here. I am always out and about whether it is running around after my niece or walking the fells or working out in the gym, happy, happy, happy!
I was an associate for Impact for 21 years before becoming part of the full-time team. I love the sense of fun, friendship, camaraderie and the way Impact works. Oh, by the way I’m on the Technical Support Team – ropes and boats, programme design and logistics and lots of other things too. I love my job, get loads of out of it, meet lots of amazing people and learn new things all the time – how lucky am I?
I like to do meaningful work, working together with clients to create something new and deeply valuable. The areas of change where I feel I contribute the most with my skills and strong business background are leadership development and agile transitions. I like to challenge myself in many ways, my favorite challenge is climbing high ice covered mountains.
In the last 25+ years I’ve worked with many great organisations and love being able to bring a breadth and depth of experience to my programs. I currently regularly travel across Asia consulting for clients and looking after our great people. I'm described as an Energiser Bunny, I bring energy into everything I do, even if I'm stepping off a 12-hour flight! I recover by spending time with my family and exploring the wilderness in NZ with a fishing rod.
As a Programme Co-ordinator, the main focus of my role is to help organise and set up a variety of global programmes as part of the Programme Management team. I moved to the Lake District last year after spending the past few years living in various places in the UK and abroad. My favourite way to spend my time outside of work is travelling, but I love the fact that I can now live and work in such a beautiful place every day!
An important element of my role is entering awards for Impact and for the inspirational work we do with our clients. I also write and edit content for our weekly newsletter, 'In Good Company'. I have many years of Impact experience as well as a professional marketing qualification. I care a lot about the work I do, the people I work with and the environment around me. I love being outdoors, I love living in the Lakes and feel lucky to be bringing my family up here.
I love creating exciting digital experiences, and the opportunity to do so for a company genuinely worth working for was simply too good to pass up. When I’m not behind a keyboard I can be found evangelising about the latest and greatest science and technology, learning something new, travelling the world or lumbering up the familiar fells of my home in the Lakes.
I have been a coach and mentor for 3 years. I changed my profession thanks to the inspiration of one of Impact's facilitators during the programme I participated. I enjoy to support managers in their development while still remembering what it's like to be on the other side. I have been in their place for 20 years - starting from sales management, ending up as the President of the Board.
I am the lead web developer at Zinco, helping Impact build its web presence. I love the diversity my role brings, I work with many types of organisations and interact with some amazing people. I’m a problem solver and love tinkering with new technology to see what’s around the corner. Outside of work my passion is cycling and enjoying time with my young family.
I manage the end-to-end implementation of client solutions, sales and service. Prior to Impact I worked in the public sector where I gained experience in project and relationship management through partnership work with other public bodies and community organisations. I love going on outdoor adventures but I admit to being ‘fair-weather’ (and proud!) so on a wet day you can find me reading by a fire or in the kitchen testing out new recipes.
Find a job you love and you will never work a single day in your live! I do everything from managing the business, to inspiring people and helping clients to develop as sustainable business in which the quality of leadership is crucial. People describe me as a passionate and fast moving person, able to quickly connect to the culture and the needs of each organisation and to co-design powerful solutions. I love adventure which is about saying “yes” to life.
With 20 years of L&D and OD consulting experience my role includes everything from proposal development to managing global projects involving leadership development and change initiatives. As a strategic business partner, I help clients improve business results via custom solutions that align talent development with business drivers. On weekends I'll be cheering at my two sons' football games or riding my John Deere tractor in pursuit of the elusive perfect lawn.
Curiosity and culture have influenced my life since I was a kid and dug a hole in our yard attempting to arrive in China for dinner! I am passionate about connecting people and their purpose to experiences, and partnering with organisations that are on the journey of transformation. I love yoga, scuba diving, travel, and volunteering my skills in local and global communities.
I am responsible for knowledge management, new solutions and coordinating associates. An active coach, psychologist and psychotherapist, I have over 20 years experience as HR manager with orientation on quality and business-context solutions. I have a broad knowledge about HR processes, policies and tools, verified by implementation. I am a mother of a teenage boy and in my free time I love going to concerts and jazz singing.
I consult with our valued customers to understand their business aspirations and challenges, before recommending a learning and development solution that is going to meet, and exceed their needs. I maintain close relationships to ensure they receive the best possible service. I work across all market sectors and levels, however I'm particularly passionate about graduate development. Out of work, you’ll find me up a mountain attached to either a rope of a pair of ski’s.
As Marketing Specialist, I use my past experiences in start-ups and agencies to implement different marketing activities throughout the business. I am passionate about all things creative. I believe in using the power of marketing to make a difference and Impact offers a unique proposition that does exactly this. I enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures and foods. I will never say no to a new adventure!
I am a bold and vibrant multidisciplinary graphic designer, driven by the power of communication and how a piece of design can provoke thought, emotion and action. I aim to bring energy, raise questions, push boundaries and break rules. For me, the most vital part of my life is people. People, and the relationships we hold with one another, are everything.
I manage equipment, projects and vehicles at our HQ. I have a certificate of competence in the inspection of personal protective equipment for adventure activities, level 3 qualification in transport managers professional competence and IOSH managing safely certificate. My sense of humour helps me to cope with a job which is at best dull. Playing guitar with the infamous Impact band "you get what you pay for" is simultaneously the moment I'm most and least proud of.