Everyone at SecondNature has been a senior executive in the corporate world. We are not career trainers or actors. Our business and our commercial backgrounds mean we all understand intimately the situations our clients face and can provide perspective and real-life professional advice that makes a genuine difference.
We also have an unwavering passion for helping people become the presenters they want to be and in doing so helping them to reach their professional potential.
Co-Founder & Managing Director | UK & InternationalRead Bio
Belinda is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of SecondNature International. With a determination to drive a paradigm shift in the delivery of presentation skills training both In-Person and Online, she is a strong advocate of a more personal and sustainable presentation skills training methodology. Belinda believes that people don’t have to change who they are to be the presenter they want to be. So she developed a coaching approach that harnesses people’s unique personality to build their own authentic presentation style and personal brand.
Belinda is an extremely enthusiastic, vibrant and highly engaging trainer and coach with professional development credentials spanning more than 15 years. She has a great wealth of experience and works with people ranging from C-suite executives to high-potential graduates in a huge variety of industries from, for example, FMCG to pharmaceutical, ITC to retail, media to financial and construction to government.
Belinda works with business people across the world (coaching people in over 35 countries in the last year, including in the US, India, China, Singapore, Australia and here at home in the UK). She has helped transform the business presentation skills of thousands of our client’s people in an A-Z of organisations including Amazon, Asda, BBC, Brookfield, Brother, BT, Coca-Cola, Cushman & Wakefield, DHL, EE, Esri, Heineken, Intel, IpsosMORI, Mars, Moody’s, moonpig, Multiplex, Nationwide, Northern Trust, Publicis Groupe, Roche, Savills and Triumph Motorcycles – to name but a few.
Along with developing SecondNature’s revolutionary methodologies Belinda is acknowledged as providing particularly strong counsel, highly insightful direct feedback, and supportive advice to help executives transform their presence, authority, impact and persuasiveness as presenters.
Belinda was General Manager of a communications skills coaching consultancy for 5 years prior to launching SecondNature, and originally started her career in advertising, working for the iconoclastic Saatchi & Saatchi in London and then Sydney.
Belinda has a Management Sciences (BSc) Honours degree from the University of Manchester, UK; is DISC and MBTI accredited and holds a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.
We asked Belinda to share something non-work related to reveal a bit about what makes her tick; this is what she said:
“My first full-time job, when I was a student, was as a truck driver. I still love travelling and meeting people, especially from different countries/cultures, and to date, I’ve visited 40 different countries. There’s many more waiting for me to discover!”
Co-Founder & Managing Partner | UK & InternationalRead Bio
Gavin is a founding partner of secondnature.
His earlier career in Advertising, Marketing and Design was the catalyst behind the development of the SecondNature brand and it now also provides the experience to drive the company’s profile and momentum. With his background in communication, Gavin understands the imperative for clarity in all forms of communication and is passionate about the company’s reputation for customer service and quality.
His role in the business is a multi-disciplinary one, but the main channel for his creative energy is the creation of all secondnature’s participant learning materials designed to help people more efficiently plan, prepare and deliver impactful presentations.
Gavin also plays a central role in business administration, sales, supporting SecondNature’s coaches, its clients and participants, and in building the credentials of SecondNature as the premier provider of presentation skills training in the UK.
Gavin has an MA in Marketing from Kingston Business School in London, a Psychology & Computing Science degree (BSc Hons) from Manchester Metropolitan University, and the Diploma of the Market Research Society.
We asked Gavin to share something non-work related to reveal a bit about what makes him tick; this is what he said:
“I seem to have assumed my dad’s habit of volunteering! I was a Team Leader in the State Emergency Service (Australia) for 8 years, and in the UK I was the project champion for our community 1000Mbps fibre-to-the-home broadband. But ‘the one that got away’ was to be a volunteer for a ‘summer’ season at Base A, Port Lockroy, Antarctica, after visiting there some years ago (unfortunately, I think I would now probably be a bit too old…☹)”.
Senior Consultant & Coach | LondonRead Bio
Sonia is a charismatic and enthusiastic presenter, coach and trainer with a desire to teach others the skills she has learned over three decades in business and broadcasting.
As a former television reporter and presenter (BBC, ITV, BBC Radio and GMTV Correspondent – UK and Foreign assignments) she has been a frontline communicator, reaching a wide audience by using clear and concise language, key visuals and her own personality.
Over the past decade, she has been Editor of Business Video at Reuters News Agency, specialising in business, finance and economics and personally dealing with clients around the globe (Reuters thrived on its reputation for quality and trust, communicating those values were a vital part of her work).
She appreciates the importance of understanding an audience, using appropriate information and language while building a bond with those around you.
She is passionate about offering an insight into the secrets of engaging a business audience while delivering a focussed, informative and effective presentation.
Sonia seeks to harness everyone’s personality in order to give them a unique style which they are comfortable with. She knows how to overcome nerves, build confidence and bring out the best in people.
Sonia has worked on television programmes which have won presentation awards and has an NCTJ degree in journalism. She has also worked as a media trainer.
We asked Sonia to share something non-work related to reveal a bit about what makes her tick; this is what she said:
“I love organising independent travel trips for my family and others. My favourite expeditions involve wildlife, city walking tours and UNESCO world heritage sites – I’d like to see them all but as at July 2019 there were 1,121 of them in 167 countries…..which reminds me I must start planning my next trip!”
Senior Coach & Regional Manager APACRead Bio
Cheryl is passionate about helping people in business grow and develop personally, as well as professionally, enabling them to contribute better to the success of their organisation.
Cheryl delights in helping individuals and teams within SecondNature’s large blue-chip clients discover and strengthen their presentation and communications skills to build their confidence in a short space of time.
To date she has coached over 1,500 individuals in more than 50 different companies (including AGL, Alinta, Aurizon, AusBiotech, Bupa, Carr Design, ConocoPhillips, Coca-Cola, Denton Corker Marshall, iCare, JCB, Mars, Mirvac, Multiplex, RBA, Roche, Slater+Gordon, Toll Group, VicRoads and the Victorian Electoral Commission), so she has a wealth of cross-industry credentials within more than 20 industry sectors (including construction, energy, logistics, property, pharmaceutical and healthcare, government, financial services, media, manufacturing, FMCG, IT and law).
She coaches in a mentoring and supportive manner, recognising that everyone is an individual and so needs to develop, and own, a unique presenting style.
With over 15 years’ experience in Senior Management roles within the Education, Training and Franchising sectors (both in the UK and Australia), Cheryl understands how vitally important clear and effective business presentation skills are in order to achieve successful commercial outcomes.
Cheryl’s career has spanned Sales & Marketing, General and Project Management, Recruitment and Training, throughout all of which her professional leadership, presenting and communications style has been crucial to her own, and her businesses’, many successes.
Cheryl has a BA (Hons) in Business Economics from the University of Paisley, Scotland.
We asked Cheryl to share something non-work related to reveal a bit about what makes her tick; this is what she said:
“I am originally from Glasgow, which means you can expect some of the world-famous Glaswegian patter and a sense of humour in every encounter.”
Senior Consultant & Coach | SydneyRead Bio
Gareth is an energetic & dynamic coach and trainer who is passionate about helping people improve their business communications performance.
His credentials span a successful 25-year career in sales & marketing leadership roles of Fortune-500 organisations around the globe, and across a broad set of industries including Professional Services, Engineering & Construction, Finance, Oil & Gas and Print. Gareth now works with corporate clients from the ‘outside in’ as a strategy consultant and business coach. He is also a university lecturer.
Managing regional sales teams across countries and cultures has given Gareth a hands-on appreciation of the importance of strong presentation and pitching skills for transforming individual and business performance.
Gareth’s infectious leadership and communications style, senior coaching experience and presenting ability have led to his success and to him becoming a key part of the SecondNature team where he coaches people in organisations like ASIC, the BBC, Coca-Cola, Cushman & Wakefield, Compass, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Hungry Jack’s, Janssen, LexisNexis, Multiplex, NSW Health, Pizza Hut, Queensland University of Technology, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), Veeam and Western Sydney University.
Gareth has a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University in NZ, and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.
We asked Gareth to share something non-work related to reveal a bit about what makes him tick; this is what he said:
“I grew up in New Zealand surrounded by the ocean. These days I’m often with my family on the sands of Bondi Beach, in the water on a board, or a bit of both whilst patrolling for Bondi Surf Club.”
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