What we do
Define your Strategy
We unblock your teams by helping them to take complex commercial, product and organisational decisions; build strategy then create and execute plans which deliver.
Develop your people
We build the capability and confidence of your leaders through one-on-one interventions: coaching, 360 feedback, Situational Leadership and mentoring.
Build your teams
We boost the productivity and capability of your teams by creating alignment, building trust, clarifying responsibilities and demanding accountability.
Scale your business
We help you to nail execution: putting continuous improvement and a laser focus on results into the heart of your culture; identifying and living the values which drive engagement, performance and passion in your business; designing the organisation for now and the future.
Gareth is the former COO of Red Gate Software, a successful high-growth private software company based in Cambridge, Pasadena and Singapore which was placed in the Sunday Times Best Companies lists for seven years. He led software engineering, sales and marketing teams to launch and grow new products – but also held responsibility for “back office” functions – HR, Finance and IT – during periods of high growth in revenue and headcount.
Prior to joining Red Gate in 2008, Gareth worked for the University of Cambridge, leading IT provision at DAMTP (Stephen Hawking’s department) and Selwyn College. Gareth drives organisational change by creating and developing trusting relationships to form high-performance teams. He has a particular interest in strategy development, employee engagement, personal development, organisational design and management frameworks. He’s at his happiest and most effective helping bright, creative, innovative people work together to solve difficult problems.
Gareth has 10 years’ coaching experience as a senior business leader. He is currently participating in the Meyler Campbell Mastered Programme, accredited with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches. He initiated Red Gate’s adoption of Situational Leadership II, and the “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” approach to team building. He was also responsible for piloting Red Gate’s adapted version of The Toyota Way, which has since been adopted organisation-wide.
Gareth has an MA in Natural Sciences and an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University. He is a Myers Briggs ENFP and Strengths Finder Arranger, Individualization, Maximizer, Communication, Woo.
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