Led by Matt Dean and Victoria Byrne, we began as a collective of employment law and HR specialists who had worked at the coalface of workplace people issues for many years. Our careers had enabled us to identify patterns of how and why workplace relationships sometimes fester and lead to irrevocable damage. This inspired us to identify better ways of working and raise awareness for positive change in workplaces.
Today we are leaders in workplace behaviour and culture. We are trusted by hundreds of global brands and organisations in over 50 countries. We partner with them to deliver on our vision of making long lasting positive changes in workplace culture through our three core services of Training, Resolution and Strategy.
The world, workplaces and expectations on people have changed significantly since we began. You are probably finding your day to day is becoming increasingly focused on people matters and navigating an evolving landscape. It can be overwhelming and you might not know where to start. Our work and purpose – to create kinder, fairer workplaces realising potential - could not be more relevant today. We have a team of incredible people ready to help you.
We are a collective of emotionally intelligent experts with a deep understanding of workplace behaviour and wellbeing issues.
We’re highly specialised in workplace behaviour and wellbeing issues from careers working with leading organisations and institutions. We have diverse professional backgrounds including barristers and solicitors, HR specialists, coaches, clinical psychologists, mediators and mental health first aiders.
We are in tune with the emotional complexities of any professional working environment and have relevant, real world experience, making us credible, commercial and relatable. It is this collective power of our experience that elevates the quality of our work.
Our purpose is creating kinder, fairer workplaces realising potential.
In Summer 2022, as we all adjusted to new normals at work, we undertook an internal consultation to ensure our values continue to align with our people. We tweaked the words, to update and clarify. No-one wanted serious change from what was developed when we begun in 2003, because they are who we are.
Our purpose genuinely is why most of us choose to be here. We’re proud to say that our values really do govern how we work – every day.
Caring about how we deliver excellence
We’re intentional about the energy and focus we bring to our work and make full use of who we are.
Trusting human connection
Being human is messy; with collaboration comes conflict. We trust human connection to create a path.
Making a positive difference
People like you changing how they think and behave is what makes a difference in work spaces.
Choosing right over easy
An independent voice comes from being grounded, standing firm and creating space for others.
Our wider impact
Contributing to issues outside the workplace
We are a values-driven business, and our commitment to making a positive difference extends further than the work we deliver with our clients. We are deeply passionate about what we do and use our knowledge and influence to create positive change in a variety of ways.
As a business that services global clients, we inevitably have to travel. By offsetting our emissions through ClimateCare since 2005, we have supported projects that make a measurable difference to people’s lives and sustainability. Since 2005, we have offset 593 tonnes of carbon, which is the equivalent to 9,805 tree seedlings grown for ten years.
Richard Martin is co-chair of the steering committee for the Lord Mayor’s ‘This is Me’ in the City campaign. This is Me is a pioneering City wide mental health campaign, initiated and led by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal team under the Lord Mayor’s 2016 Power of Diversity programme.
EYLA’s mission is to nurture and develop the leadership potential, health and wellbeing of children and young people, especially Black Asian and other ethnic minority groups, empowering them to become the next generation of successful leaders. EYLA view education as a launchpad for this mission and as a gateway to belonging to an influential peer group who will individually and collectively exert positive influence in society. We donate a portion of our revenue from our work on racial issues to EYLA.
Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy. Each day around 16 people take their life in the UK and Ireland. Every hour, the Samaritans receive 600 calls for help. Their work is critically important in helping save lives, which is why we donate a portion of our revenuefrom our mental health work to them.
From 2019 - 2022 we were appointed to promote and develop the Mindful Business Charter (MBC), an initiative to change the way that organisations work with their clients to remove unnecessary stress and promote more effective and healthier working practices. Now a charity with well over a hundred signatories, we are proud to be a signatory and our Principal Consultant Richard Martin divides his time between the MBC andbyrne·dean.
We proudly support Butoke on The Justice Project. Butoke is a small NGO which works in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the poorest people on earth. The Justice Project specifically aims to enforce the legal rights of survivors of sexual and other violence and, also, to encourage respect for such rights. Sexual violence in particular is endemic in the DRC, with recent conflicts having made it worse.