Our incredible team members are handpicked based on their professional, supportive and creative nature and are equipped to deliver exceptional services.
With offices in London and New York City, we have a global perspective supported by different backgrounds and relevant specialties—from educational experts to qualified professional coaches and academic researchers.
Graydin is always looking for inspiring coaches and trainers who want to join us on our mission to transform education. Check out Working with Graydin to learn more.
McKenzie Cerri Co-founder
McKenzie is one of our co-founders. She is the lead director of the UK office and their team of associate coaches and trainers. She has been coaching and studying coaching for more than 10 years, with extensive experience delivering coach-training and coaching to teachers, students, parents and executives. She is a Co-active Coach, a certificated practitioner and coach of NLP, and a Mytho-Self Facilitator. Inspired by the impact coaching had made during her formative years, combined with a desire to enhance the lives of young people, McKenzie and Quinn Simpson partnered to form Graydin.
Quinn Simpson Co-founder
Quinn is one of our co-founders and lead director of the US office and a small team of associate coaches and trainers. She is an expert in motivating and inspiring others to coach and be coach-like in education and business, and excels in the areas of leadership, sales, strategy development, and project management. Quinn has run hundreds of workshops on coaching training, leadership and communication, as well as providing one-to-one coaching to over 400 clients. She is a certified Co-active Coach and NLP Coach Practitioner, and also co-founded Akosia, a small charity that uses coaching as a facilitation technique in filmmaking projects for underprivileged children and women.
Abby Foord Head of Curiosity
Abby Foord is our Head of Curiosity. She focuses on working with our clients to ensure each and every coaching journey is seamless. Abby has a degree in Illustration from the Arts University Bournemouth, an experience she values greatly and which has provided her with the ability to find a creative solution for any problem. She also has experience within art sales and marketing. When she isn’t working with Graydin, Abby has a role in marketing at a circus school and also provides freelance illustration workshops and projects.
Rachel Baldi Associate Coach
Rachel is a trainer, supervisor and certified ICF ACC coach with over ten years’ experience of coaching individuals and groups and delivering courses. Her expertise is in leadership development, sales and account/project management, and she has been trained in the Neuroscience of Coaching and Mindfulness. She is a Certified Co-Active Coach (CPCC) trained by The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a graduate of their Leadership Programme. She came from a background in youth coaching, focusing on career development and rehabilitation in the criminal justice system. For seven years, she worked internationally as a CTI Program Advisor and Coach for the UK, USA and Singapore and now manages CTI’s Corporate Department, bringing coaching and leadership training and development into companies and organisations around the world.
Tim Perris Associate Coach
Tim has nearly 20 years experience coaching and tutoring individuals and groups in music and performance. He is a CTI trained Co-Active coach and a trained confidence coach through the American Confidence Institute. Before coaching he spent 12 years teaching Maths and Science from primary to 6th form. Then he was introduced to Carol Dweck’s ‘Growth Mindset’ work, which had a profound effect on his philosophy of education; he retrained as a coach and established a coaching practice working with families and in education. Tim currently works on a national programme of Mindset delivery in schools and continues to teach alongside his work with us.
Sonal Sodha Associate Coach
Sonal Sodha is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) trained by the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership Program. She holds the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation (ICF). From Toronto, she runs a private coaching practice with a focus on personal leadership. Sonal also creates and facilitates workshops on leadership and self-development. She began her career in healthcare as a pharmacist and holds an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Prior to starting her coaching business, Sonal spent over 14 years in sales, marketing and medical roles at Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca and Bayer. She is a charismatic leader known for her playful energy, wild curiosity and ability to connect with people.
Tivo Rojas-Cheatham Associate Coach
Tivo Rojas-Cheatham is a high-performance and learning coach as well as an education and curriculum design consultant. He is committed to teaching young people how to empower themselves and teachers how to become catalysts of great student learners. He has been a manager of a Farmworker youth mentoring program and has worked with elementary teachers and graduate-level faculty and teachers. He has a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a focus on health education methods and is trained in embodied coaching, leadership and experiential learning.
Megan Thomas Associate Coach
Megan is a trained and Certified Co-Active Coach with over seven years of experience. Her focus areas include career development, leadership and entrepreneurship. She coaches individuals and groups and facilitates workshops. Outside of coaching, Megan volunteers with Parent Gym, running skills and confidence workshops to help parents support the wellbeing of their children. Prior to becoming a coach, Megan worked in digital project management. She is also a qualified Personal Trainer, earned a certificate in Web Design and Technology from San Francisco State University, and holds a degree in Psychology from Clark University, Massachusetts.
Sarah Creevey Associate Coach
Sarah is a coaching and education specialist. With a background in educational research and consultancy, she qualified as a personal and executive coach in 2014, with the intention of helping others be happier and more fulfilled in their work. She is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). Sarah has a particular interest and specialism in positive psychology and neuroscience, which she applies to all of her coaching work. She has worked with us at numerous educational institutions, including Wellington College, Latymer Upper School and London Southbank University. Sarah also coaches clients privately and runs courses on topics such as communication skills and resilience.
Isabel Mortimer Associate Coach
Isabel is a certified personal and executive co-active CPCC coach and specialises in leadership development, cultural change, and enabling positive team dynamics. She has created several coaching and leadership programmes and has supported cultural exchange and team development work across a range of high profile organisations, including the BBC, AstraZeneca and Greenpeace. She is a Clore Leadership Programme fellow and works for them to support other fellows in developing as transformational leaders. Before coaching, she was Resident Director of the New Adventures Dance Company.
Nicole Owen Associate Coach
Nicole combines her 25 years’ experience as a performer with her training as a Co-Active Coach (CPCC, PCC) and Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF) to help performing artists unleash their artistic potential and own the beauty and impact of their unique creative expression. Working with dancers, actors, singers and directors, both professional and just starting out, she teaches the mindset and tools for mental and emotional resilience that performers need. For three years, she worked as a Student Advisor in the Music Program where she also received her degree. It was there that she realized the power of coaching and mentorship. Through even the most basic coaching skills of listening, asking powerful questions and providing encouragement, she helped many students navigate this challenging stage of their life. Helping another person unlock their innate wisdom and affirm their personal greatness is her mission. To now help train teachers – the keepers of our next generation – is a tremendous honour.
Jocelyn Pepe Associate Coach
Jocelyn is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and a Professional Certified Coach with the ICF. As a Business Coach and Facilitator, she trains others in coaching and leadership development. Previously, Jocelyn spent 15 years as an independent consultant in Fashion Wholesale where she uncovered her knack for truly hearing people and inspiring them to reach their maximum potential. Jocelyn competes in triathlons and knows that a person’s mindset is the only thing getting in the way of greatness. She uses the coaching approach daily to empower her three children to be independent and unique individuals and is thrilled to work closely with those educating our youth and citizens of the future.
Cahit Ali Associate Coach
Cahit Ali is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and holds the designation of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). He has also completed the Co-Active Leadership Programme, which empowers participants to lead in all areas of their lives. Cahit currently runs a successful private coaching practice, and delivers highly experiential personal leadership workshops. He also coaches within businesses in the context of wellness and mental health. Before training as a coach, Cahit earned an MA in Literature and Philosophy from Queen Mary, University of London. He worked in UK qualifications for 15 years and has been involved in educational research and publishing. In each area of his life, Cahit is guided by his passion for understanding and helping others.
Faye Kilgour Associate Coach
Faye Kilgour is a CTI-trained coach who specialises in coaching aimed at improving communication and relationships in education and business. Faye has coached and facilitated training for educators and young professionals in schools, universities and companies across the UK. Faye’s natural ability to listen and really ‘be’ with people, coupled with her enthusiasm and determined nature, means her coaching and training style are fun and challenging. Fascinated by human behaviour, Faye is building on her coaching experience by pursing her Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology and is excited about the opportunity to combine the two disciplines.
Laura Williams Associate Coach
Laura is a Time to Think Coach, Facilitator and Consultant, a member of the Association for Coaching and an NLP Practitioner. Laura specialises in training organisations and individuals to think independently, creating environments that generate fresh, robust and productive thinking. She focuses on youth development, careers and entrepreneurship and manages a learning programme for aspiring entrepreneurs. She has run over 50 workshops on topics including independent thinking, self-management and resilience, as well as providing one-to-one coaching to a diverse range of clients. She has a background in fundraising and works regularly with charities, as well as volunteering for 10 years with disabled people.
Fiona Biggins Associate Coach
Fiona is an ICF-qualified life and career coach with seven years of coaching experience. Her specialism is supporting people through difficult transitions from university to work, from first job to second job and from employment to self-employment. She has delivered more than 100 personal development, careers and leadership programmes to young people and adults in third sector organisations such as London Youth and to educational organisations such as London South Bank University. She also coaches students at London School of Economics and Goldsmiths.
Zahra Saigar Associate Coach
Zahra is on a mission for each woman to create the best out of herself and those around her. She envisions a world where women – from teenagers to empty-nesters – recognize themselves and their impact as leaders in this world. Zahra deepens her work with coaching private clients, facilitating group workshops and, even at home, as a mom to her daughter! She combines her breadth of experience across a range of industries (not-for-profit and consumer healthcare to apparel) and disciplines (marketing and change management consulting to boards of directors) to understand the landscape women face in their personal and professional worlds. Zahra carries both the designations of Certified Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and the International Coach Federation (ICF), respectively.
Angela Tomlinson Associate Coach
Angela has taught in a variety of independent and state schools over the past thirty years. As Deputy Head (Staff Welfare & Development) at Latymer Upper School, London, where she was until July 2017, Angela met Graydin and experienced the transformational impact of coaching. She then decided to dedicate the rest of her career to enabling as many teachers as possible to learn to coach.Angela is a Certified Co-Active Coach trained by the Coaches Training Institute, an accredited (ACC) coach with the International Coach Federation and is currently training in Relationship Systems Coaching with CRR Global. She holds a BSc in Economics and Politics, an MA in Education Leadership and Management, and the NPQH. Angela continues to run the highly successful coaching programme at Latymer, where she has been delivering Graydin courses and one-to-one coaching for the past three years. She firmly believes that coaching can transform schools and that every teacher can coach!
Elizabeth Dean Associate Coach
Elizabeth is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and provides career transition and personal and professional Life-Leadership Coaching to individuals and groups. Elizabeth is also certified to teach the Beyond Consequences Training Course to parents and teachers. Early in her career, she worked with Walt Disney World as a professional actor, singer and performance trainer and engaged with students and educators through Theatre For Young People productions. For 11 years, Elizabeth brought her passion to the corporate world as a Senior Recruiter with Xerox Corp. where she coached hiring managers and candidates to find the perfect fit. Throughout her journey, Elizabeth has been committed to personal authenticity, grounding her clients in the foundation of their most authentic selves and celebrating all that is objectively right and good about who they are. This approach dramatically improves clients’ outlook on work and life, unlocking infinite potential and deeper connection.
Cari Frame Associate Coach
Cari is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) trained by the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), an Accredited Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), and a certified Nutrition Coach with Canadian Fitness Professionals. She runs a private coaching practice in Calgary with a focus on empowered wellness and activating personal potential in life, health and business. Cari also runs programs and workshops on a variety of topics, including self-sabotage awareness and positive self-concept. Prior to coaching, Cari worked in solopreneurship, civil engineering, forestry, health ethics and administration. With her degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy from the University of Alberta, she worked as an Ethics Education Coordinator for Alberta Health Services. Cari also has extensive volunteer experience in crisis intervention and suicide and mental distress support. A dynamic speaker and coach, Cari has a deep belief in the power of human connection and personal potential.
Janelle Woo Associate Coach
Janelle is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), trained by the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). Her passion is to serve those who serve others and to bring connection and creativity together. She coaches privately as well for The Nest in Calgary and Okotoks, Canada. In addition to coaching, her professional career is in the non-profit world in project management and consulting. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Janelle’s energy, ability to see patterns, and fun with metaphors help clients engage and see things in a new way while having some laughs.
Kate Peer Creative Director
Kate oversees everything visual at Graydin, strategizing and designing materials for web and print. She has her own design studio, where she specialises in helping entrepreneurs and artists define and communicate their story clearly and succinctly. Kate has a Master of Design and an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology. She loves to tackle the big ideas and obsess over the tiny typography.
Bryce Kuhlman Software Engineer
Bryce is our Software Engineer and works with us to maintain our online learning portal. He has spent the last 20 years helping master teachers connect with eager students across the globe. His software platforms help teachers reach a wider audience through automated content delivery, coupled with group and one-on-one coaching. His systems have been used in such diverse areas as entertainment, neuroscience and robotics. Bryce has degrees in engineering-physics and robotics. He started his first company when he was 12 years old and has been a serial entrepreneur ever since.
Laura Quinn Graphic Designer
Laura supports Graydin with visual design. She is an independent designer based in London with a passion for visual storytelling and creative problem solving. Laura studied design at Shillington College London after spending a decade as a strategic fundraiser in the non-profit world. She holds a master's degree in Non-profit Management from The New School and a bachelor in International Studies from the University of Iowa.
Emma Barty Finance Director
Emma is our Finance Director. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Taxation Advisor, and runs HaesCooper, an accountancy practice in Kent. She has over 15 years’ experience in financial and management accounting at businesses of varying sizes across several sectors such as retail, and FMCG.
Sumner & Lang Editorial
Karen Sumner and Warren Lang are the wordsmiths who help Graydin produce clear, accessible and engaging materials. Before co-founding Sumner & Lang in 2013, the duo spent 15 years teaching and leading at a prominent Canadian independent school. Applying their understanding of language, learning and communication, S&L work with education and business clients to produce internal documents, handbooks, reports, articles, websites, brochures, viewbooks, non-fiction books and ad copy. Their logo, an ampersand, symbolises their belief that collaboration is the source of creativity and success.