Toby Buckle: Founder
I first became interested in leadership in 1990 when I studied Management Science at Manchester University (UMIST). After graduating I worked my way up to a number of management jobs in different industries learning a lot about the practical realities of leading on the way. By 2004 I was in a senior management role and had taken many opportunities to get trained up in coaching and people development. I began coaching individuals across the company and ran some workshops for staff across the group.When my mum Hazel passed away unexpectedly from a stroke in 2006 I decided to leave the security of a well paid job, and set up Hazelbranch to focus on developing leaders. Since then I have been lucky enough to work with leaders in organisations as far afield as Tokyo, Dubai and Singapore as well as across many European cities and the UK. I have learnt a lot along the way.
I believe we need resilient, resourceful and effective leaders in organisations that make a difference. Leaders need supporting to perform at their best. It’s often a lonely job at the top and the chance to talk things through, add in some of the lates research findings and theories and work out a way to apply these practically is key. I believe my approach can help you see things from a new perspective and look to the heart of issues in order to produce results.
I also believe in giving something back to the community and I have been a chair of trustees, sat on steering groups for social enterprise and interview panels for senior appointments at Great Ormond Street Hospital. I now sit on the board of Brighton’s City Think Tank
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