We do the work we love because that’s the work we’ll do best. We believe that great outcomes will come if clients and colleagues are enjoying what we’re doing. Wellness, positivity and kindness are key to every day working here. We aim to make every client glad they chose Clearworks.
It’s critical to us that the work we do is effective. We’ll never agree to do work we’re not experienced and skilled to deliver and we’ll keep learning all the time to ensure we’re at the top of our game. If we think the work you’re planning won’t make the difference, we’ll say so.
The cornerstone of all our work is mutual trust with clients. We’ll only recommend known experts, we’ll explore your options. We’ll pass on the work to trusted allies if it’s not our bag and we’ll flag it if we have any concerns. Your secrets are safe with us.
We’ll price fairly and deliver our very best work. We’ll avoid unnecessary extra charges and work in agile ways. We won’t hold back if we can see ways to deliver more without charge.
In return we ask to be respected as partners and paid fairly as agreed. We also ask you to handle our IP with care.
We’ll be aiming to excel as we work with your people. We’ll look after your records, your data and your confidences. If we mess up, we’ll apologise and find a way to make it up. Our aim is long term partnership with our brains and hearts on full.
Every member of the Clearworks coaching team has been invited to join because of an outstanding match for skills, values and capability, in addition to being a warm, trusted professional of integrity.
Each coach has a strong background or connection to the specialist area of STEM, Biotech and Pharma and it is a huge privilege to represent this special group of practitioners.
More detailed biographies are available with qualifications and postgrad specialities. Please contact Kat Campbell at HQ for more background.
Welcome to Clearworks.
Gill Martin has been leading the Clearworks Coaching Circles in big pharma, since 2017, as Lead Group Coach. She also works 121 and with Teams. Her work is grounded in a career in Organisational Development and Change, in-house in organisations including The Body Shop, and recently alongside institutions such as Imperial College and Roche.
Gill’s magic lies in her ability to balance a systemic understanding of the whole organisational picture, with a gentle, heart-led care for her client.
The 20 years as a leader in the big guns like Pepsico, as Senior Director at Costa and Whitbread, give Nic Armitage his corporate spurs. In recent years he has developed an on-line leadership profiling system for a Pharmaceutical client and developed a global leadership programme in the Biotech sector which equipped their leaders to implement a newly developed strategic direction across multiple markets.
Nic’s passion is in helping teams to form, accelerate and deliver. Nic works 121 with Senior Leaders as well, in his warm and pragmatic style.
Tracy Skyrme is all about heart and purpose-led leadership work. Tracy has been working for many years at top level with organisations, teams and leaders to help them find meaning in their work, lead with purpose and make values-based decisions. One of the most fun-loving creatives, and also on the Board at the International Coaching Federation; quite the combination. Tracy is a powerful team and individual coach and consultant, with a career started in KPMG and established in L&OD globally since 2003.
Claire Burgess is a talented supporter of female leaders. Claire has worked in trust with Clearworks to provide innovative and affordable input for emerging female leaders since 2013 and continues to drive change in this speciality. With a Masters in Occupational Psychology, Claire delivers 121 coaching of all sorts at Clearworks, as well as maternity leave and parental leave returner Circles.
Claire is a patient and engaging facilitator of workshops and leadership development, using her expertise in emotional intelligence and positive psychology.
We’re so proud to be able to introduce the unflappable Sally Bernham as a member of the Clearworks team. When we grow up, we’d like to be as classy a coach as she is!
Sally is the Course Director for the professional coaching certificate programme for The University of Cambridge and an experienced, qualified Coach Supervisor. She’s comfortable working at the top table anywhere. Sally leads Clearworks’ Coach Supervision.
With a PhD in Biophysics, Dr Sian Rowsell had a successful and varied career in the pharmaceutical sector (mentoring, change leadership, continuous improvement, team leadership, project and portfolio management across global cross-functional teams), Sian is now a full time (and award-winning!) coach and facilitator.
Sian has a particular flair for working with female leaders in STEM, helping them forge ahead in their careers and achieve balance in their lives. Clients who have worked with Sian include National Physical Laboratory, Vocalink Mastercard, Serco, AstraZeneca, Samaritans and many many more.
Nana-Efua Lawson is an accomplished occupational psychologist, specialising in leadership coaching and development, team facilitation, 360° feedback, psychometrics and diversity and inclusion. She has a warm, gentle style and a refreshing clarity in the way she works. Nana has worked on programmes inside a broad blue-chip portfolio, including eBay, Standard Chartered Bank, BP, Nestlé, Diageo, Hasbro, Ernst & Young, Morgan Stanley, Aviva, NBC Universal, Deutsche Bank, Kinross Gold, UT Bank Ghana, Qatar Telecom, and Kuwait Petroleum Corporation.
Polly Downes is a really fantastic fit for Clearworks with her tech background and gifted coaching. Polly worked in strategic solution roles for Dow Jones Newswires and the FT.com, so is familiar with the pace in tech and biotech. At Clearworks, Polly focuses particularly on 121 work with leaders, as well as Clearworks Coaching Circles, parental returners and female leaders. Aligned with the Clearworks way, Polly's expertise is broad and deep, incorporating diverse skills from grief coaching to board readiness. She's a coach with the whole human in mind.
Steve has rich experience of creating and leading high (and not so high) performing teams. His original career in consulting means he can now bring a deep perspective. Steve started his career at Accenture, then joined Capco in 2010 and was instrumental in helping the business achieve 25% compound annual growth between 2010 and 2016. Steve served as the CEO of Capco in both the UK and South Africa. Steve has chosen to coach: to serve leaders and teams by building thinking environments in which they can safely explore and then commit to the behaviour and mindset changes they need.
The first thing we saw in Chrissie was her huge charisma, commitment, and care about the people she’s coaching. She’s great fun and yet she’s very serious about what she does, and the success of her clients at the same time. Christine started out as a technologist in the 80’s before working her way all the way up; now focusing on developing leaders full time. She has developed and supported leaders as coach and mentor, within organisations such as Vodafone, Siemens, BP, WS Atkins, IBM, HP UK, the British Computer Society and Saint-Gobain Plastics to name just a few, and has a flair for developing women in tech and STEM, winning awards for doing so.
If you call or email HQ, the first person you’re likely to meet is Kat Campbell. Kat knows our clients, coaches, processes and systems and is PA to Director Aly King-Smith. If you need dates, bookings, information, background or any queries about Clearworks, please roll up and ask Kat. She has a strong background in just about everything we need in HQ, from account management to business development, running a business to hosting webinars and creating products. She works with warmth and care. Contact Kat with any Clearworks queries.
Honestly, there could be no one nicer to receive an invoice from than Rachel Boyles.
Rachel looks after Clearworks accounts, statements of work and all things Xero, VAT and invoice. We’re very lucky to find the combination of efficient accounting and human touch. Any queries about your account, please ask for Rachel first.
Meet Victor. The most brilliant IT guy in the world with a huge heart of gold, a brain full of computers, and an uncommon patience with ridiculous requests. Unfortunately he supports the wrong rugby team, but apart from that, he’s perfect.
You probably won’t meet Rebecca. She remains hidden at HQ doing our sums, but we want to mention this fabulous team member who leads our finances year after year without losing her hair. She’s been with Aly since she launched her first business and won’t be allowed to leave.
The creative brain behind our lovely brand and materials is Claire Harrison from West9 Design. She understands what we are creating for the STEM sector at Clearworks, and keeps our materials looking sharp and pretty. Claire has over 20 years experience working with charities, not-for-profits, higher education institutes and small businesses. Her clients include: the London School of Economics and Political Science, Antibiotics Research UK and Putney BID.
Clearworks was founded in 2013 by Aly King-Smith who is a Consultant, Facilitator, post-grad qualified Executive Coach, Business Founder, Writer and Speaker operating in the world of STEM, Biotech and Pharma leaders and teams.
A physiotherapist by background (many moons ago), her fascination with human behaviour has taken her career from the rehab of amputees, to a successful commercial career in pharma and vaccines, at Searle, (now Pfizer) and Pasteur Mérieux, (now Sanofi), followed by over 15 years in boutique behaviour change consultancy. Aly is an entrepreneurial leader and founder who is now especially driven by developing great leadership in some of the sectors most critical in saving this planet – STEM, Biotech and Pharma, and by developing cultures and behaviours that build success and equity for every type of person and brain. She’s determined to grow a business where all leadership is inclusive leadership, and high performance can co-exist with happiness and wellness.
Developing leaders in STEM, Biotech and Pharma is important work, and we are excited to welcome you to Clearworks.