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Brew People blend expertise and sector experience

We find better solutions when we work together

Brew People are a multi-disciplinary team with skills in people & performance, diversity & inclusion, leadership & strategy, psychology & well-being, employee engagement & culture change. Together, we tap into a wealth of experience, perspectives and expertise. It's what helps us to innovate and to connect with your organisational challenges. It turns out that "what you know" is also "who you know"!

Laura Haycock MD of Brew People

Laura Haycock

Laura Haycock, founder of Brew People. Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Chartered Psychologist, Certified in Coaching Psychology. Graduate of Oxford University with MSc from Cranfield University. Several years as Director of environmental consultancy combined with broad range of business psychology experience. Proven record as leadership coach. 
My favourite brew is pretty varied: classic English Breakfast tea first thing, then a shot of black coffee or zesty fruit smoothy. Later on a reviving Earl Grey, or calming fresh mint. There's a right time for everything!

Our team has skills in:

Diversity and inclusion

Leadership and strategy

Psychology and well-being

Engagement and change

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James Whitehead

James Whitehead, senior leader in values-based organisations including Director of Forest Peoples Programme and Global Innovation Lead at Oxfam. Focussed on social and environmental justice with expertise in strategy and governance, representation and advocacy, and innovation. MBA from Durham University.
My favourite brew is a macchiato, ideally served with an almond croissant in the company of a few cycling buddies after a tough bike ride over rolling hills and through stunning countryside.

Mary Akimoto. Team Member of Brew People

Mary Akimoto

Mary Akimoto, executive coach, strategy and change consultant with significant international experience, including comprehensive redesign in the shipping industry. MBA, Masters in Business Psychology, ICF accredited Coach, with research on female entrepreneurs and board diversity and dynamics.
My favourite brew is a morning decaf flat white, lots of water and the occasional glass of wine  to finish off the day. Being a non-native Brit, tea and pints haven’t yet been imprinted on my DNA.

Gigi Khonyongwa-Fernandez. Team Member of Brew People

Gigi Khonyongwa-Fernandez

Gigi Khonyongwa-Fernandez, leadership, diversity, empowerment and wellbeing specialist. MSc in Health, Population and Society. Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching and ICF accredited Coach. International experience and global board appointments in health sectors.
My favourite brew depends on which side of the Atlantic I am on. In my home country, the USA, it’s a tall cold glass of sun-brewed iced tea with lemon. In my adopted country, the UK, its PG Tips with, wait for it...milk!

Maga Polok. Team Member of Brew People

Magda Polok

Magda Polok, programme administrator and lead on remote learning outreach,  engagement, and e-learning design. MSc in Work Psychology with research in diversity, wellbeing, socio-economic status and human-technology interaction.
My favourite brew is a dark roast black coffee or, alternatively, a green tea. Laura thinks this reveals some interesting different sides to my personality! That's psychologists for you.

Issy Stephens. Team Member of Brew People.

Issy Stephens

Issy Stephens (they/she), content and graphics designer, filmmaker, researcher of gender and sexuality. BA (Hons) Film from Falmouth University. MSc in Contemporary Identities at Bristol University.
My favourite brew is usually an oat milk cappuccino, that’s my go to. Peppermint tea is also a great one, maybe a berry tea if I’m feeling fruity!

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Lex Karageorghis

Lex Karageorghis (he/him), inclusion consultant with particular expertise in research, equality law, disability, and LGBTQIA+ inclusion. CIPD Level 7 Diploma in HRM. MSc in HR Management and Organisational Analysis. BSc in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience.
My favourite brew is a strong double espresso. I can't start my day without one!

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