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 | UKRead 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 Consultant & Coach | UKRead Bio
Sally has a natural inclination to stretch, challenge and develop people whilst encouraging them throughout the training process. Building, transforming and engaging teams to deliver in fast paced organisations with a customer focused bias, and effectively coaching key team members for peak performance on an individual basis.
Sally has wide experience across many senior business roles and has a strong sales and commercial focus, with a knowledge and understanding of environmental and social impact. Working across public and private sectors, with large corporations, family run businesses, trade associations, B Corps, social enterprises and in the charity sector.
She is a trusted business leader, with a background in industry, particularly in high growth businesses. This has given Sally the experience to quickly adapt to a variety of cultures, with her ability to understand business need. Focusing on the business impact both internally and externally, successfully developing and growing it with a clear strategy.
Previous clients from her business roles include names such as 3M, Amazon, Aldi, Asda, Coca Cola, Danone, Iceland, Innocent, Lidl, Marks and Spencer’s, Morrisons, Nestle, Ocado, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose.
Her ability to facilitate produces excellent discussion and debate, encouraging creativity and constructive challenge within the group. She has an infectious enthusiasm for change and growth, continually seeking innovative solutions, and is passionate about delivering an organisation’s purpose, recognising the critical role people play in delivering this.
We asked Sally to share something non-work related to reveal a bit about what makes her tick; this is what she said:
I love learning and trying new things, in the last few years I have started open water swimming, learnt to front crawl, which is still a work in progress, and started an abstract art course. I get excited by each new challenge and the new people that I will meet.
Senior Consultant & Coach | UKRead Bio
Dorothy is an engaging and amiable presenter and coach, who is passionate about helping people achieve their goals, both personal and professional.
With over a decade of experience working in media agencies, she understands the pressures of a fast-paced corporate environment. However, Dorothy is a firm believer that regardless of workload, there are innumerable benefits to prioritising personal development, and she strives to instil this belief in those she coaches.
Having honed her own presenting skills as part of pitch-winning teams, she understands the importance of effective communication, and that even the most amazing results or exciting opportunities will never hit home unless they are delivered in a clear and confident way.
Dorothy has established incredibly strong working relationships with a plethora of clients across various industries, including L’Oreal, Henkel, UK Government, Haven Holidays, Universal Music Group, Westfield and Parcelforce. As a Client Lead she worked closely with key decision makers for these brands to identify and achieve their over-arching business goals, through clear, well-planned timelines and objectives.
It is this detail-orientated approach that Dorothy strives to bring to her coaching; showing her clients that their larger Business Skills goals can be achieved by breaking them down into smaller, accessible areas of focus and development.
Dorothy attended the University of Exeter and achieved a BA in English Literature.
We asked Dorothy to share something non-work related to reveal a bit about what makes her tick; this is what she said:
“One of the best experiences of my life was travelling around the USA and Canada when I finished my degree. I visited over 30 States and Provinces and had some sensational experiences! Some highlights included watching the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, staying overnight with Navajo Native-Americans in Moab National Park, taking a boat under the Niagara Falls and climbing Half Dome in Yosemite.”
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 1,600 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 like to set myself regular goals and have found a monthly walking challenge with family back home in Glasgow has been a great way of staying connected and doing something positive together. The current challenge is to walk 100km every month! The challenge began in 2019 to raise funds for Lymphoma Australia and has continued since then.”
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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