©2019 by Akoma Consulting. 

OUR STORY

Akoma Consulting was founded in 2016 with a single vision: to Impact Lives Every Day. We fundamentally believe that effective, sustainable and profitable organisations are driven by the lifeblood of any business - its people. We have a passion for focusing on attitude, behavioural alignment and emotional competence, whether delivering leadership development, team effectiveness or change programs through our bespoke, tailored solutions.  Our bespoke programmes are always centred on ensuring your organisation and people are healthy and focused. 

Our Values:

To be 'Naked Partners' with all of the organisations that we touch. We seek to be 'Naked': open, transparent, offering challenging feedback and showing vulnerability to one another and our clients. We strive to be 'Partners': to our clients, delegates, each other, families and associates.

OUR TEAM

Where the Passion Begins

IAN RICHARDSON

Director/ Facilitator

In 2012, Ian took the decision to harness his management experience in the banking and education sectors and focus it toward his true passion: People Development. He joined the management team of one of the UK’s foremost leadership and team development consultancies taking the role of Lead Facilitator.  It was here that Ian developed his existing interest in the books and models of Patrick Lencioni. His skill lies in lifting the theories off the page in a way that teams can understand and, more importantly implement in an impactful and effective way.

Ian works worldwide with groups from Management to Board level. His clients to date have included start-ups through to FTSE100 companies in diverse industries including Technology, Banking, Higher Education, Manufacturing, High Net Worth Insurance and Construction.

 

Outside of work Ian’s passion for developing and coaching others extends to his voluntary work for a charity assisting those fighting their way out of alcohol and drug addiction. He enjoys challenging himself individually and as part of a team and has completed several charity challenges.

Ian’s number one team are his family and he spends as much time as he can with them enjoying the woodlands and waterways of North Norfolk.

KAT TINDALL

Director/ Facilitator

Following several years in functional leadership roles across diverse sectors, Kat’s passion for people and a life-changing move to the Norfolk countryside led to her joining a Team and Leadership Development consultancy in Norwich.  The tools and methods learned here have formed the foundation of Akoma’s offering today. Utilising tools from SDI and Patrick Lencioni’s Organisational Effectiveness, Kat is passionate about injecting the “So what?” into leadership development. Team building with no outcome, actions or accountability may well be a fun and beneficial use of time but what drives Kat is real sustainable impact on the bottom line, retention and employee engagement.

Through experiential learning built on the foundation of proven tools, Kat is driven to deliver real organisational change, starting with the Board or Leadership team and driving the behaviours, learning and change throughout the business.

Away from work, Kat’s passion for teams extends to her number one team, Chris and Sam and her membership of sports, charity and theatrical groups.

SARA MULHEARN

Facilitator

Sara is a warm, caring and passionate professional facilitator, coach and consultant, who specialises in leadership and team development. With a background in psychology she has a wealth of international consulting and industry experience that includes financial services, education, hospitality and tourism, insurance, military, manufacturing and emergency services.

 

Sara has a proven track record in team and leadership development that makes a lasting difference to people and bottom line results. Focusing on Change Management, Employee and Customer Experience Sara enjoys translating academic theory and research into real-world experiences that help others grow. She is a practiced facilitator of diagnostics and tools that add depth and context to the learning experience including SDI, LPI, Celemi, Team Assessment for Organisational Health.

 

Her personal interests mean you’ll find Sara motivating others to achieve their personal ambitions through outdoor events and education or messing about with horses. She is committed to continuous self-improvement in all aspects of her life, with a deep, unwavering desire to make a real difference and help others.

SARAH SUMMERS

Facilitator

BEN SMITH

Facilitator

Ben is an experienced facilitator who brings a caring and calm approach to his work with groups. The area of development where Ben thrives is working with emerging/entry level managers taking their passion and drive and harnessing it with pragmatic practical tools which translate straight back to their effectiveness in the workplace.

 

An assessor and coach, Ben believes passionately that working with people on the ground is key to his clients’ success. They are the people who customers meet, who make the impact and who represent the culture and behaviours which are hopefully being modelled further up the chain.  

 

Ben enjoys working for Akoma because of our practical approach to development. Yes, we need properly researched and proven models and tools but the sustainable impact comes from what they mean back in the workplace in terms of behavioural change. Ben lives and breathes our value of enhancing lives through all he does.

 

Away from work, Ben enhances his own life through exercise and the outdoors. He’s a passionate cyclist and loves being in the countryside or on the beach.

REBECCA RUSSELL

Business Manager

Rebecca has always been a people person and following University, she immediately entered into a career where communication skills would be essential as interacting with people from a wide variety of backgrounds is something she thoroughly enjoys.

Rebecca has worked with large companies in roles where she has needed to be analytical, pro-active and reactive on a daily basis.  She has built great relationships with companies up to Director level and can adapt quickly to change.

 

Before relocating to Norfolk, for her husbands work, she had successfully started up her own business but after the move, it wasn't long before they started a family and they now have two beautiful girls who keep them on their toes!

Outside of work, you will find Rebecca with her family enjoying those precious moments and creating memories for a lifetime.

CHARLIE

Office Cat

Charlie the office cat is an integral part of the team. His main duties include lunch theft, walking across laptops when important documents are 80% complete and playing in boxes. We provided him a home when he was abandoned in a repossessed house missing much of his fur, very underweight and needing several teeth removed. Like the rest of our team he is one of a kind.

Sarah is a seasoned HR professional with over 20 years’ generalist HR experience. Holding a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and recognised as a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, she holds the highest qualifications and recognition in her field. In addition, Sarah is an NLP master practitioner and an executive coach.


With a wealth of commercial experience working for charity, public and private sector clients, Sarah will quickly get to know you and your business and tailor commercial HR solutions to support your business requirements.


A specialist in talent management, change management, TUPE and organisational design, Sarah is passionate about engagement and working with businesses to ensure their people are the best that they can be – therefore driving competitive advantage and revenue.

 

Sarah’s style is highly engaging, practical and honest.
Away from work Sarah loves travel and family time with her two teenage daughters and Pippin the dog! She’s always planning her next adventure!