About Jemma Barton – Founder & Director for Vantage People

It’s always been about people for me and it’s this passion that led me to found Vantage People in 2016. The heart of what I do is supporting the development of great leaders and teams. Providing them with the tools and insight to deliver and create excellent places to work. If you get these pieces right a successful business will follow!

I am passionate about creating excellence in organisations through their leadership, approaches, systems and culture. In today’s competitive landscapes along with technological developments, shifting demographics and purpose lead thinking are now disrupting the way leadership operates.

To change the way organisations think we need to change the way people think. We work to challenge both people and organisational systems; we strive to help our clients to deliver something special.

For 15 years I have worked with senior leaders in both commercial and public sector organisations as a trusted partner, I’m a qualified coach, member of the ICF, MCIPD and qualified practitioner of Constellations, Strengths Coaching, Strengthscope, EQ-i and Extended DiSC. I love working with people and organisations that dare to think differently.

Jemma has worked with clients from Vodafone, Aricent, Virgin Media, Serco, UTC, Pepsi Co, Black Swan, MHRA and Central Government.

About Naomi Graham – Executive Coach and Facilitator for Vantage People

With more than twenty years’ experience, Naomi is an executive coach and facilitator who works with managers and leaders at all levels to develop their confidence, capability and credibility.

As well as significant experience in designing, developing and delivering global programmes, she also works one to one coaching executives to:

  • Fine tune personal skills for maximum influence
  • Lead with inspiration and vision
  • Transition to a new role, organisation or location
  • Assess their career development and potential next steps

Naomi Graham has considerable experience developing leaders as both an executive coach and facilitator.  Formally a Global Head of Learning & Development for a renowned international art business. Naomi is a PCC accredited coach, supervisor and mentor.

Naomi combines a unique style of direct feedback, challenge, unwavering support and complete belief in her client’s potential.  She brings considerable energy to her work and invites her clients into a creative, flexible space to really effect change.

Whether working in a group situation or one to one, she supports her clients as they explore how they can have more influence in the way they operate, often incorporating a detailed review of the way individuals function and their assumptions about their business, colleagues and themselves.

Qualified in MBTI, FIRO-B, Insights, SDI, EQ-i 360, Systemic Coaching, Cognitive Behavioural Coaching and Hogan Suite. Her clients include Ascential, Anglo American, BNP Paribas, EDF, Expedia, Ford Motor Group, IHG, PayPal, Sky, Hello Fresh and Sotheby’s.

About Paul Z Jackson – Executive Coach and Facilitator for Vantage People

Paul Z Jackson is a leader in the application of improvisation in the UK and around the world.  Co-founder and President of the Applied Improvisation Network, he designs and leads projects, workshops and training programmes that transform lives by developing collaborative skills.

He draws on his experiences in journalism, comedy production and the BBC to create impactful, story-rich events that connect directly to the needs of the participants.

His passion for bringing out the best in people has led to work as a mentor, coach and trainer of trainers and facilitators.  After ten years experience as a journalist with the Thomson Organisation, he took an interest in improvisation and comedy, setting up a series of performing groups that nurtured the talents of Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones.  As a script-editor and senior producer with BBC Radio 4, he introduced dozens of writers to their first professional contracts.

A graduate of Oxford University, he is co-author of the ground-breaking book, The Solutions Focus – Making Coaching and Change SIMPLE, rated as one of the Top 30 business books of the year in the USA and the new study guide Positively Speaking – the art of constructive conversations with a solutions focus.  His other books include Impro Learning58½ Ways To Improvise In Training, The Inspirational Trainer andEasy.

Paul has trained more than 1,000 coaches in the solutions-focused approach; coaches senior executives and police officers; is a supervisor for the Brief Therapy Practice diploma course.

In addition to his extensive corporate work with clients including P&G, Crossrail, Tate, ZS and JLIS, Paul has taught and lectured at the London Actors Centre, Bath Spa University College, the CIPD, Aalto, Imperial and London Business Schools, Cranfield and Ashridge schools of management.


About Anna Markovits – Leadership Development Consultant, Facilitator and Coach for Vantage People

Anna has a background in senior management, including more than 12 years’ experience in various learning and development management and consulting roles. Her most recent internal role was as Head of Learning & Development for a government regulator of the pharmaceutical industry. She worked in HR and L&D roles in central government, the music industry, a law firm and a training company before setting up her own management consultancy in 2014.

Anna is passionate about driving forward development for organisations and the people within them to maximise their potential. An insightful and results-driven coach, facilitator, MBTI, SDI and FIRO-B practitioner, Anna is skilled in leadership and management development and capability, team development, facilitation, organisational culture and organisation development. Anna is accomplished in working with senior leaders, managers, technical experts and employees at all levels.

Anna’s clients include: AstraZeneca, MHRA, National Institute of Biological Standards and Control, Tate & Lyle, Health & Social Care Information Centre, UK Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine & Coats