Who we are

Alistair McGeorge

Alistair is widely regarded as one of the most influential and inspirational retail CEOs in the UK. His experience and insight into the world of retail leadership is broad, considerable and impressive. He also possesses huge natural drive for offering his advice and support to others.

Alistair, a trained accountant, has enjoyed a great career in senior leadership as Group CEO of Littlewoods, Matalan and New Look. He restored the reputation and performance of these well-known and multi billion pound firms. In all three cases he oversaw significant transformation programmes.

Alistair is a mentor to selected DeltaV clients regarding strategic and leadership decisions. He is currently non-exec Chairman of The Original Factory Shop.

He is an avid follower of Scottish Rugby, Manchester United and is a 5 handicap golfer and former county Tennis player.

Richard Millman

Richard was Educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Wakefield and The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

His early career was spent in Marketing with Guinness and Allied Domecq in the UK, followed by five years working in the developing markets of Russia and Ukraine in the 1990’s, initially for Allied Domecq and then The Coca-Cola Company.

Richard returned to the UK as Marketing Director for PCWorld Business. During Richard’s tenure the turnover grew from £125m to £400+m, both organically and through acquisition.

Richard was subsequently promoted to his first Managing Director role in a sister company to PCWorld and oversaw the continued growth of the business and its ultimate sale.

For the last few years Richard has focussed on the area of Private Equity backed business turnarounds in the Leisure Sector, most notably the turnaround and subsequent management buyout of Total Fitness Health clubs.

Richard has also maintained a strong affiliation with the Royal Air Force, having flown with Northumbrian University Air Squadron, graduated from The Royal Air Force College Cranwell and served as an officer in the RAF Volunteer Reserve.

Richard is married to Robyn, has two sons and lives in Yorkshire. Always leading an active lifestyle Richard is a keen runner, competing in 10k races, half marathons and marathons. Richard also enjoys hill walking (he recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro) mountain biking, clay shooting as well as boating and kayaking during the summer months. Richard is a keen Sheffield Wednesday supporter. Richard speaks Russian.

Gemma Atkins

Client Support Manager

With over 12 years’ experience within the administration field, Gemma has worked with John for more than 5 years gaining extensive knowledge in supporting the Client Managers and consultants in the delivery of programmes to our clients.

Ben Neary

Leadership and Resilience Partner

Former Parachute Regiment Major with extensive experience of high performance leadership throughout the world, including Afghanistan, Central America and Africa.

Graduate of CEO John Fay’s Junior Leader programme in 2002.

A Sports Science graduate of the University of Leeds, Ben holds qualifications in ILM Strategic Leadership, Coach and Mentoring, Team Building and CMI and NCFE Communications as well as RQI Resilience measurement and development tool.

Key expertise

  • High performance leadership development and coaching
  • Developing individual and team resilience
  • Creating high performing teams
  • Graduate and middle management leadership development

A passionate endurance athlete, adventurer and a lover all things sport, Ben brings an energy and determination to the partnership.

Matt Lock

Wellbeing and Resilience Specialist

A former professional footballer, Matt enjoyed great success with Exeter City before turning his attention to football coaching and founded Corporate Caveman in 2015, a wellbeing consultancy specialising in highly accessible, work based wellbeing training.

Matt’s delivers bespoke programmes to businesses to promote wellbeing, nutrition and fitness as a means of keeping staff in peak condition to maintain high performance.

A graduate of the University of Bath, Matt holds a BSc in Sport Science, an MSc in Strength and Conditioning as well as UEFA B Licences.

Key expertise

  • Assessing workplace wellbeing and physical health
  • Designing and delivering innovative workplace based wellbeing programmes
  • Advising and developing nutrition and wellbeing programme
  • Creation and development of high performance teams

A true innovator, Matt has applied all his sporting knowledge, experience and expertise to develop a unique product to improve business performance. A relaxed character with a great sense of humour, Matt unlocks the very best all those around him.

John Fay MBE

Managing Partner & Purpose, Leadership and Resilience Specialist

A true visionary and catalyst for change, John is extremely well connected in the corporate, sports and defence worlds. He is known for his passion for developing others and supporting organisations at the highest level.

Possessing vast experience of leadership and management from his 15 year IBM career in ERP software, where he sold and project managed global implementations. He also had a very successful amateur sporting career and was a county rugby player. John set up his consultancy 15 years ago and has personally led strategic transformations in Shop Direct Group, Lloyds Wealth Management, Willis Towers Watson, New Look, BT, LaFarge (now Tarmac) and BigW in Australia.

In 2006, John was awarded the MBE for services to leadership after he founded the RAF Junior Leaders course some 18 years ago, a course that has trained over 3,000 young people in personal development and leadership and remains today the best in class in the world for preparing young people for leadership in the military, business and professional sport.

John has for 6 years managed the careers of Ryder Cup legend Jamie Donaldson and top 20 golfer in the world, the sensational Tyrrell Hatton. He works at the very forefront of elite performance in professional sport.

John commits much of his spare time to his passion for philanthropy and charity and has led major fundraising events for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation for which he raised almost £1m respectively. In 2014, he walked across the Falkland Islands raising money to build respite care homes for RAF families.

Key expertise

  • Implementing large scale transformational change programmes
  • C-suite and senior executive leadership development and coaching
  • Creating high performing teams
  • Keynote speaker on leadership, purpose and resilience

A passionate family man who is married with 2 children. John is a phenomenal networker and leverages his network for his clients.

Joey Salzman

Client Support Manager

Joey moved to the U.K. from Orlando, Florida where he has previously served as an electrician for the United States Military before starting his career as a business consultant.

Serving during both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Joey received two letters of commendation for his professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties. His military career helped him to develop the necessary leadership and organizational skills to undertake any challenging assignment set before him with utmost efficiency.

A University of Central Florida graduate, Joey holds a BSc in both Business Administration and Information Technology in which he was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success and the Tau Sigma National Honor Society during his university studies.

With a can-do attitude, Joey realizes that no single approach is the right one for every individual, easily adapting to his client’s needs. Enthusiastic, well organized, highly effective and able to manage deadline sensitive projects to the highest quality. Joey brings his education and military experience to achieve the company’s goals to the highest degree.

In his free time Joey enjoys travelling, exercising and networking.

Dr Lizzy Bernthal

A hugely experienced health professional and former British Army Nursing Officer who accelerated to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and head of the Defence Medical Services’ psychological resilience research and development before joining DeltaV.

Benefitting from a vast range of clinical, research, teaching, leadership and management portfolio during a career in the NHS as well as the Army, Lizzy’s combination of research and practical application of resilience, wellbeing and empowerment development methods is unparalleled in much of the developed world. She speaks with immense passion and pride about her work in the most remote and challenging environments in the world, including her management of a resilience and empowerment programme that transformed the lives and futures of female doctors in Pakistan as well as other high profile projects in Europe and the Far East including Afghanistan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Kosovo and Cyprus.

Lizzy has a stunning academic profile with BSc (Hons) (1st Class) MEd (Distinction), a PhD in Health Services and Science and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Lizzy frequently presents her work and research at national and international conferences and is an accomplished author and publisher in various medical journals.

Key expertise

  • Measuring and enhancing individual and organisational resilience and wellbeing
  • Research and evidence based development of clinical psychological and wellbeing development programmes for large organisations of 100,000+ staff
  • Research, publication and implementation of strategic level clinical and change programmes
  • Strategic level support for organisations to exploit opportunities through empowerment
  • High performance leadership development, coaching and mentoring

A truly innovative, inspiring and passionate professional with a stunning array of experiences and knowledge, Lizzy is always focussed on developing others and supporting them to better themselves. Lizzy is also a committed mother and the Governor of the Birmingham Womens’ and Childrens’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Rosemary Moore

An HR Business Partner with extensive experience of organisational change through restructuring, mergers, acquisitions, divestments, off shoring and the impact of the digital age. Rosemary has worked with multinational organisations on global projects and with specific focus across Europe, Middle East and Africa. In Rosemary’s work as a Coach she enables higher levels of performance with individuals and teams to act upon and embed change.

Rosemary holds an MA in Human Resource Management and a PostGraduate Certificate in Business & Personal Coaching. She holds Chartered Membership of the CIPD and is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Areas of expertise

  • Leadership Coaching.
  • Leadership Development.
  • Designing and delivering resilience solutions for HR teams at all levels.
  • Supporting individual and team development across organisations.
  • Communication and change management

Rosemary has a passion for learning and staying curious which means she isn’t afraid to ask the difficult questions to provoke thought and discussion. Rosemary is at her happiest in the outdoors and has completed the Inca Trail and reached base camp at Everest amongst other adventures.

Rosemary brings her skill of pragmatic and commercial HR partnering to the team.

Ian Langley

Ian began working on the North Sea rigs before founding Air Energi more than 20 years ago. The business grew into a true global services company backed by several private equity partners over the years. The merger with Swift of Houston created a $1bn business again backed by private equity. It’s one of the greatest success stories in the Industry. As such, Ian is a highly respected leader in the Oil & Gas Sector and more broadly in private equity.

Ian is Chairman of Air Swift, EPI Group and Berry Recruitment. He also sits on the board of Pockit, Little Black Dress and is a shareholder in FireStart Sports. A keen golfer (Queenwood and Prestbury) and cyclist, he also enjoys Yoga. His charity work is extensive across many causes.

Chris Paterson

Leadership & Resilience Partner

A senior leader with experience of developing and leading performing teams in different countries and across different functions, Chris is now an Executive Coach and Facilitator specialising in Leadership and Resilience. Chris was Finance Director for GSK in Czech Republic and later in Romania overseeing a doubling of the business in 3 years. Chris led the Specialist Business Unit for GSK Romania and then the Vaccines business for GSK in the UK generating growth of over 30%.

An Oxford graduate and qualified accountant (ACA), Chris is accredited as an Executive Coach with the Association for Coaching.

Key Expertise

  • Developing individual resilience and enabling resilient leadership
  • Creation and development of high performing teams
  • Leadership coaching
  • Coach training
  • Talent management and career development

Chris has always been passionate about learning, spotting potential in others and supporting them in their growth and career development

Chris believes that purpose comes when we contribute to something larger than ourselves. He is the founder of a charity, GivingTime, which supports young people make the transition from education into the workplace, by delivering a professional coaching and volunteering programme

A devoted family man who is married with 2 children, Chris loves being active and has a goal to continue snowboading into his 70s.

Dr Paul Turner

High Performance and Leadership Partner

Holding a Ph.D in Leadership Coaching, Paul has an outstanding track record in implementing change throughout C-suite to front line leaders in retail, manufacturing, I.T., financial services, housing and defence.

Qualified Hogan Assessment practitioner, TEIQue (Emotional Intelligence) coach and Full Range Leadership MLQ 360 coach.

Recognised as Best International HR Executive and in the Top 40 UK HR Power Player and Top 100 Most Influential HR UK Directors lists.

Key expertise

  • Executive and senior level leadership development
  • Implementing culture and behavioural change
  • High performance coaching
  • Creating and developing high performing teams

A passionate sports fan and a lover of travel, Paul’s academic prowess and passion for improvement is a constant catalyst for improvement within the partnership.

Gareth Lock

Gareth is a former Royal Air Force Squadron Leader who was a C130 Hercules navigator before leaving the military to begin a new career in consultancy and research. He has build an impressive portfolio of work with clients in numerous sectors including Oil & Gas, public and private healthcare and the maritime sector within which he has developed and delivered two globally unique coaching and training programmes in human factors and non-technical skills for high risk diving teams.

Gareth has designed and delivered programmes globally and across multi-cultural environments. He is a
Graduate of the Aerosystems Course and holds an MSc in Aerospace Systems, and now studying for a part-time PhD in Human Factors. Both bring a Systems Thinking and psychologically-safe mindset to problem solving and team development.

Certified as a trainer in the Process Communication Model, a model used by NASA for nearly 20 years as part of their astronaut selection and is only one of four active trainers in the UK delivering programmes based on this.

Key expertise

  • High performance team development.
  • Personal and team communications specialist.
  • Focused on psychological safety and just culture as enablers for high performance.
  • International speaker on human factors in high risk environments.

Gareth is passionate about human performance in close knit teams and driven towards excellence in whatever role he is in. Interests ranges from academic research to personal/team development to exploring and shooting photos of shipwrecks 75m down. Gareth’s energy and passion for personal development and training is infectious and never fails to inspire change in his participants.

John Peters

High Performance and Leadership Specialist

Former RAF fighter pilot who leapt to fame during Gulf War 1 after being shot down and captured by Iraqi forces.

John is well known throughout the corporate world for his dramatic public speaking engagements as well as possesses over 15 years’ experience in high performance and leadership development.

Key expertise

  • Advising board and C-suite leaders on high performance and leadership
  • Supporting the personal development of leaders of all levels
  • Creation high performing teams
  • DeltaV Keynote speeches on leadership, human resilience and risk

A devoted family man, high energy and hugely dynamic, John brings a sense of fun and passion to the team.

Ben Chappell

Leadership, Resilience & Teamwork Specialist

A former Captain in the Royal Marines of 8 years service who joined DeltaV in July 2017 as a leadership and resilience specialist. Ben worked extensively in operational leadership and management roles in the Marines as well as spending 3 years in a training and development role at the prestigious Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon.

Ben lead a team of 4 responsible for the implementation and continuous review of coaching and mentoring practices and policy at the Commando Training Centre which during his time emerged to become a globally recognised centre of excellence. Ben was also responsible for designing and delivering the England Football Team Leadership and Teamwork programme that Gareth Southgate and his team undertook in June 2017 and credit for a run of increasingly good performances.

• Leadership and management – 8 years experience at senior management level with the privilege of leading extremely intelligent, freethinking and talented individuals and teams.
• Adaptable – comfortable with uncertainty: able to evaluate, assess and orientate to unfamiliar problems and apply analytical thinking and pragmatic solutions
• Proficient in creating collaborative and forward thinking cultures through embedding effective behaviours and creating trust
• Planning and organising – able to execute plans effectively, achieving results in dynamic and high-pressure situations.
• Stakeholder management – able to build strong relationships through excellent interpersonal skills and communication.
• Coaching and developing – a qualified coach with a good understanding and experience of organisational development and training pipelines including leadership and management development.
• Currently undergoing CIPD Level 5 HR.

John Hall

A former Royal Air Force Squadron Leader with extensive experience leading and managing diverse and dynamic high performing teams in the UK and overseas. John has regularly been called upon to lead teams required to deliver significant increased output and has successfully done so on each occasion. A member of training staff for the Junior Leader programme in 2003 and 2007, John has a wealth of experience as a leadership mentor.

A passionate sportsman, John was a successful amateur rugby player who captained the Royal Air Force and represented the Service at two defence forces world cups and a number of representative 7’s rugby competitions around the world. This experience of sporting excellence brings an additional dynamic to his leadership which was subsequently awarded by the Royal Air Force and the US Navy.

Key Expertise

Designing and delivering leadership development training to high performance individuals and teams
Designing and delivering bespoke resilience training for individuals and teams
Building and leading high performance teams
Coaching and mentoring for leaders of all levels, from First Line to C-Suite
Project and programme management

Alan Shaw

Leadership and Game Plan™ Specialist

Alan possesses over 25 years’ experience in change consultancy, leadership development and business coaching within high performing organisations as well as extensive strategic experience in a Non-Exec director.

Highly motivated, pragmatic and confident consultant with a passion for unlocking hidden talent in individuals and teams.

Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Management.

Key expertise

  • Executive and high performance coaching
  • Creation and development of high performance teams
  • Delivering change of culture and organisational behavioural and attitude
  • Strategic consulting and change management

A vastly experienced and knowledgeable partner, Alan brings extensive insight to the team and can be relied upon to find a solution to the most complex client issues.

Edward Gordon Lennox

Leadership and Game Plan™ Specialist

Former British Army Officer with over 10 years’ experience in operational business management including roles at Whitbread Restaurants, Showplace Hospitality and NCP.

A graduate of the London Business School, Edward holds MBTI Step 2, CIPD Executive Coach, FRLM/MLQ Practitioner and Temperaments & Interactions qualifications.

Edward has many years’ experience working with DeltaV and his skill in designing diagnostic and development solutions was instrumental in designing Game Plan.

Key expertise

  • Executive leadership development and coaching
  • Strategic consulting and change management
  • Delivering change of culture and organisational behavioural and attitude
  • Creation of high performing teams

A gentleman in every regard, Edward’s sense of fun and optimistic outlook on just about everything makes him hugely popular and a pleasure to work with.

Nick Kitchen

Leadership & Resilience Partner

An experienced senior executive coach, organisational consultant, facilitator and engaging event speaker, Nick has more than twenty years’ experience in supporting the development and success of organisations and leaders from many different sectors throughout many parts of the world.

An International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach and coach trainer, Nick has also taught on leadership programmes at London Business School and Oxford University’s Said Business College. In his first career, Nick was previously the New Business Director for the international advertising agency TBWA.

Nick is rare amongst senior coaches and facilitators in that he is equally adept at working powerfully with and facilitating, large, often diverse international groups, as well as working closely and at depth with smaller leadership groups and individual leaders of organisations.

Key expertise:

  • Senior executive and team coaching
  • High performing team development and leadership
  • Strategy development and thinking
  • Creating compelling business visions and their effective communication and delivery
  • Enhancing collaboration across and beyond the organisation

Described by clients as a good listener and thought provoking in response, curious, challenging and supportive, creative, fun and outcome oriented.

Very engaged father of two adult daughters, Nick is both a lover of the arts including theatre, music and choral singing (singing in his local choir) and also a keen outdoors enthusiast being a regular cyclist, outdoor swimmer, hill-walker and skier.

Matt Beresford

Leadership & Communications Specialist

Matt has many years of business experience, specifically in the IT industry, where he has worked with many of the world’s best-known technology companies, most recently leading a team to build the UK reseller channel for Google Chrome.

In 2011 Matt turned his life-long love of the theatre from a hobby to a profession by taking an MA in Theatre Directing under the tutelage of Sarah Esdaile and Chris White. He has continued to create and direct amateur and professional theatre ever since.

Shortly after completing his MA he combined his experience in both fields to begin coaching and training individuals and teams across a range of area, including voice, impact, self-belief, story-telling and status. He has worked with many UK and international organisations including the BBC, RBS, Barclays, Prudential, Subsea 7, Standard Life, OC&C, FSCS and Tech Data.

During 2017 he developed a new programme on Creative Leadership, applying both his experience of working with Google and the leadership principles of the Theatre Director, to enable leaders and their teams to maximise innovation, creativity and collaboration.

He trained as an executive coach in 2015, has begun formal training on Relationship Systems Intelligence and is a member of the Association for Coaching.

Key Expertise

  • Team and Individual Communications Specialist
  • High Performance Leadership Development and Coaching
  • Designing and Delivering Workplace Creativity and Collaboration Programmes
  • Leadership Coaching

Will Lock

Leadership, Resilience & Wellbeing Specialist

Will is a former Captain in the Parachute Regiment who gained invaluable leadership, management and training delivery experience throughout his 8 years’ service during which he also served on numerous operation in Afghanistan.

Will is passionate about developing others and during his time in the Army spent over 4 years in training delivery roles, including 2 years at the Parachute Regiment’s training academy where he was responsible for managing and delivering programmes designed to build mental and physical resilience through progressive, innovative and immersive training.

Will left the Army in 2015 and set up a corporate wellbeing business with his brother Matt, who is now DeltaV’s Head of Wellbeing. Their business, which was acquired by DeltaV in 2018, specialised in delivering a unique form of workplace-based wellbeing programmes which focus on movement, stretching, nutrition, hydration, sleep and relaxation.

Key experience:

  • Training Needs Analysis and programme design
  • Enhancing individual wellbeing
  • Individual and team resilience
  • High performance leadership development and coaching

Peter Sunnucks

Leadership & Resilience Specialist

At the age of 35, Peter has quickly become an internationally renowned mountaineer and explorer having become one of the youngest British climbers to complete the 7 Summits, reaching the highest mountain peaks in every continent in the world, including Mt. Everest in 2010 and most recently, Mt. Vinson in Antarctica.

Peter was also responsible for the planning and leadership of these expeditions as well as the fundraising and project management of these enormous tests of mental resilience and determination. Peters’ incredible dedication to this cause is made even more impressive by the fact that he combined his expeditions with his full time role as a Senior Engineering Manager at Defence & Aerospace giants, Raytheon UK.

Peter dedicated his expeditions and achievements in completing the 7 Summits to his close friend, John Thornton, who aspired to climb Mt. Everest however was tragically killed in Afghanistan whilst serving as a Troop Commander in the Royal Marines in 2008.

Peter brings his story of leadership, mental resilience and teamwork to life in gripping and hugely enjoyable presentations as well as continuing to advise DeltaV as a senior advisor to its Resilience and Leadership programmes.

Gavin Eivers

Wellbeing Specialist

Since completing his Sports Science degree in 2004, Gavin has been delivering bespoke Wellbeing and physical training programmes to a multitude of high profile clients in New York, Auckland, Melbourne and throughout the UK.

Gavin has worked on a variety of DeltaV’s Wellbeing programmes and continues to expand his impressive range of professional qualifications which include accreditation from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI), TEN Pilates Academy, Rehab Trainer and the Advanced Coaching Academy.

Gavin’s approach to Wellbeing and personal training is to deliver accessible training which combine simple movement, strength and fitness training with corrective exercises and Pilates methods, all of which are tailored to every individual and designed to be delivered either in work or around a busy schedule.

Gavin’s personal purpose is to people look, move, feel and generally live better by improving mobility and movement, reducing pain, improving strength, fitness, body shape and tone and reducing weight if necessary.


In 2004, SFL, the forefather of DeltaV Partners was founded by our CEO, John Fay MBE who believed that inspiring great leadership in others depended two key components; knowledge and experience.

John brought together a team of academics and experienced leaders who had lived and breathed leadership within business, elite military units, professional sport and mountaineering teams.

Since 2004, we have delivered large scale transformational change for clients both in the UK and across the world developing the leadership talent of over 35,000 people. To learn more about our programmes to date, click here.

In 2017, we rebranded to become DeltaV Partners, introducing new partners and a host of new consultants to the company who had completed John Fay’s rigorous ‘Junior Leaders’ programme some 15 years earlier before going on to serve with distinction in leadership roles within business, elite sport and the military.

Our philosophy of combining outstanding leadership academics with experienced leaders stands us apart. The training that we deliver is embedded in science and truly brings leadership to life and has real, tangible impact on the performance of our clients.


The name DeltaV coms from Space Dynamics. In 1960 President J.F. Kennedy instilled a clear purpose in the American people and as such moved a nation to achieve an impossible challenge; to put a man on the moon and get him back safely by the end of the decade.

The Apollo programme that followed unleashed the creative brilliance of over 400,000 NASA and US engineers whose 3 stage Saturn V rocket powered Messrs Armstrong, Aldrin & Collins from Earth’s orbit into a trans lunar injection headed to the Moon, the rest is history. Leaving orbit and or returning from the Moon needed a change in velocity known as DeltaV – a combination of speed and acceleration.

We believe that delivering lasting change and achieving incredible results in any organisation takes a form of DeltaV – a combination of purpose, leadership, resilience and wellbeing  to achieve success despite whatever challenges stand in the way.

We aspire to work with people like President Kennedy; those who challenge the status quo, who are the most ambitious, bold and daring and those who know that to achieve the seemingly impossible relies on unleashing the full potential of their people.

We are a team of experienced leaders and lifelong academics with a shared passion for empowering organisations to achieve their most ambitious goals, to make their strategy come alive.


We are always interested to hear from passionate, experienced specialists who are interested in joining us. Please get in touch at careers@deltavpartners.com to speak to one of the team.


As part of our commitment to supporting professionals aspiring to begin a career in leadership development, we are dedicated to offering advice or work placements to those leaving professional sport, the military or public services. For more information contact careers@deltavpartners.com.