About Us

Practical training based on knowledge of what works. We pride ourselves on keeping up to date with cutting edge knowledge to inform all our services, translating this knowledge into tools and techniques that everyone can understand and use.

Michelle Spirit

FCIPD, RMN, Dip (Hyp) Psych, DCG

Michelle is the expert emotional resilience adviser for Skills for Care and an Associate for both MIND and In Equilibrium. She has worked with the University of Oxford to help research approaches to resilience building for emergency service personnel with MIND, and with the University of Chichester to develop the country’s first Masters Unit in developing resilience.

She has over 20 years experience of leadership, change management and mental health. Early in her career she worked as a mental health nurse, and then as a careers advisor, learning how to help those experiencing difficulty, and those at a crossroads in their life.

Moving into research and development, and management helped her consolidate this work by practicing what she had learnt and by studying evidence based approaches proven to help people cope with change, difficulty and pressure. This drew her to training as a hypnotherapist and psychotherapist. She has to date helped over 8,300 employees in over 120 organisations build their resilience, manage stress and conflict or better understand how to support those with a mental health issue, 94% of whom have rated the service as very good or excellent.

Alison Sumpter


Alison has 20 years experience as a performance coach specialising in individual and team development. She has a wealth of practical experience of the management of staff which includes working as a training manager at Boots plc during a reorganisation and restructure. Alison is passionate about delivering innovative training solutions, many of which have achieved exceptional results for both national and international clients. Her experience and successes have been evidenced within numerous organisations. She develops dynamic solutions to individual and organisational need, specialising in Leadership, Resilience and Change management. Within The Colour Works, as a licensed practitioner of the Insights Discovery model of behaviour, and experienced facilitator and coach, she has created and implemented effective individual and team learning and development programmes based on organisational needs to many with high impact results. With Cybele she has worked on a number of exciting projects with international clients helping to align solutions to an organisations vision and strategy; making sure the right people have the right skills at the right time.