CharlieSimpson

Charlie practiced at the Bar for four years before becoming a professional actor in 1990. Having won the prestigious Carleton Hobbes BBC Radio Drama Award he went on to perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End and on TV in everything from classic drama to soap.

In 2003 he met Richard and started coaching communication skills. Since then he has built up a portfolio of clients ranging from finance to professional services to electron microscopy to industrials to fashion. He typically works with senior management, and often in pressured situations – Management presentations, large pitches, fund raisings etc.

Charlie is an CEDR accredited mediator, and in 2016 co-founded the LEADA Foundation, which runs a leadership programme for senior leaders in West Africa.

RichardGarnett

Richard was a professional actor for 15 years – TV, film, and theatre (including the West End, Broadway, and lead roles for the Royal Shakespeare Co). In 1995 - after a year in which his 3rd child was born and he spent 5 months away from home - he decided that a change was required, and he began the process of building up what has now become a substantial practice as a consultant in communication skills.

He typically works with the most senior levels of management in professional services, private equity firms, and PE portfolio businesses. In 2010 Richard co-founded the online presentation tool Present.me

RussellBoulter

Russell trained at LAMDA and worked as an actor, director and producer for over 20 years. In 2008 he joined G&S comms and quickly established a practice designing and delivering training courses for multi national businesses.

He is a qualified NLP hypnotherapist & life coach and a conference keynote speaker. He works one on one with C-suite executives globally. He occasionally gets dragged back into the world of documentary narration for the BBC Natural History unit.

Charlie Burnell

Charlie employs communication and business skills which he has honed in over 30 years in the entertainment industry; originally as a performer and subsequently as a producer. He has worked as a coach with KPMG, Ruffer, Dell EMC, Bunzl, Wahaca, and the Natural History Museum. In 2008 he founded Threesixty Entertainment whose groundbreaking multi-media production of Peter Pan has played to over a million people in the UK and USA.

ChristinaWalker

Christina is a specialist vocal coach. Her passion is to help you find your voice. She studied Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting & Dance and worked as an actor for over eighteen years in theatre and TV and with Alan Ayckbourn in the West End. She was a sought after presenter for many corporate training videos across several business sectors.

She has a BA Hons. in Theatre and an MA in Professional Voice Practice at Birmingham City . She is currently studying Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. She'll work with you to discover your vocal power, and help you to find the confidence you need to get you and your message across under pressure.

Neill
Harvey-Smith

Neill is an expert in disagreement. He gets clients battle-ready for pitches, presentations, negotiations, Q&As, interviews and public appearances. Neill was Head of Media for the Church of England, and is author of several books on communication and debate. He was a World Masters debating champion and twice national debating champion. Neill has worked with Garnett & Simpson since 2008.

PeterStephens

Peter trained at LAMDA and in a distinguished acting career played lead roles at the RSC, in the West End and at the National Theatre. He also established a successful career in fitness and as the British National Aerobic Champion, was one of London’s top ten personal trainers. As regional manager for Fitness First he was in charge of 26 clubs across the UK.

As a communications coach Peter received the Arts and Business People Development Award. He has a varied client portfolio that includes JP Morgan, BCG, Gartner, Denplan and Ogilvy and a variety of ‘one to one’ clients across many industries and at all levels.

SpencerLambert

Spencer had never heard of ‘slides’ before he got his first job making them. That was over 25 years ago using a camera and film. He has run his own presentation design consultancy since 1997 and has worked on hundreds of presentations for clients including Microsoft, Glaxo SmithKline, KPMG, & Barclays.
More recently he joined the G&S team, with a focus on management presentations for PE houses exiting their portfolio businesses. More recently still, he co-founded and is also CEO of Present.me, the online presentation tool.

TimBenton

Tim trained and worked in theatre as both an actor and director. His skills as a communicator and facilitator, however, rapidly propelled him into training, L&D and coaching. For many years he has been in demand as a keynote speaker within the world of education, helping educators understand how to engage and connect with their students. His corporate clients have included Microsoft, P&G, General Electric, Accenture, Thales and many more, both home and abroad. He is also in demand on the UK Start-Up scene, as a pitch coach.