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Peter Coxon

Peter founded OPT leadership after many years as a consultant psychologist, creating a company that helps to develop the synergies of the ‘soft’ humanistic side of business, with the ‘hard’ business delivery demanded by today's competitive world.


Peter majors on the personal skills of managing ourselves and leading and influencing others in order to bring about the personal and organisational development that delivers exceptional results. He is known for his coaching and facilitation skills when helping develop executives, senior leaders and high performance teams.


Peter has designed and run a wide range of management, leadership and team development programmes and coaches senior executives in SME and global businesses.


Leigh Jones

Leigh supports and develops a sustained organisational performance approach for clients in a constantly changing environment, delivering high quality operational and strategic management and leadership within a multitude of settings including Higher Education, Health Care, and Charity ensuring the involvement of their people. 


Working with senior leaders who are experts in areas ranging from Arts and Business through to Science and Engineering, developing leadership capacity and capability at all levels, she delivers workforce plans, succession plans, policies and practice, supporting the strategic goals of organisations.


With knowledge and experience of human resources and OD interventions such as recruitment, retention, performance management and learning and development, Leigh has a strong focus on engagement of the workforce and the importance of health and wellbeing and equality, diversity and inclusion in developing organisational culture, with experience of leading on EDI initiatives, creating health and wellbeing strategies and steering groups to influence change and provide support to people within organisations using a holistic approach, weaving wellbeing through all elements of an organisation.



Michael Benson

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Michael Benson has a passion and expertise in the creation and delivery of Safety Leadership Programmes that make a real and sustained improvement to the safety performance in the workplace. An experienced pilot, Michael works in the aviation
sector, delivering safety programmes to highly trained pilots and support staff, the shipping industry and worldwide across the oil and gas sector.

Neil Harper

Neil brings 40 years experience of the technology sector to OPTL. He has been a leader of engineering, manufacturing and customer facing teams, in businesses ranging from startups to global corporations, most recently as a senior leader in hardware development in the social media space.


Neil is passionate about helping individuals and teams succeed in challenging circumstances so that they and their organisations achieve both personal and business goals. He provides structured approaches to both planning and problem solving, and helps bring new insights and new perspectives to complex situations, all while focussing on the well-being of the individual.


Neil has particular strengths in developing first time managers, leaders and project managers at all levels. He is also a specialist in technical program management in the semiconductor sector.


Neil has worked successfully with OPTL on many programs for over twenty-five years.

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Juliet Glanville


Utilising her substantial international HR experience, Juliet loves to work with organisations who are going through change.  In simple terms, her strengths lie in helping bring order and simplicity to the chaotic or the complex.  She underpins this with a strong adherence to personal authenticity and actively encourage those that she works with to do the same.


With a business focus and a pragmatic solutions oriented approach, she is able to support business and / or HR leaders with challenges that include, but are not limited to,


  • Project management (change programmes, systems implementations, payroll integrations, policy localisations, restructures etc),

  • Organisational design

  • Recruitment and resourcing

  • Individual coaching or mentoring


Outside of her professional life, she takes great pleasure from spending time with her horse, dogs, family and friends.  She has also recently discovered the ‘joy’ of early morning Boxfit classes!

Alexis Bowater OBE

Alexis Bowater OBE is an award-winning journalist who anchored the ITV news in the west country for almost a decade. Working as a reporter in newspapers and television for almost fifteen years gave her a solid grounding in narrative-building and presenting live television whether breaking news from a satellite truck or interviewing leaders and politicians for the top stories of the day from the studio. On leaving ITV she swapped sides of the microphone when she became campaigning CEO of a national charity, the Network for Surviving Stalking, being interviewed by journalists from national and international media including the BBC, ITV, Sky and  CNN. Alexis has given speeches from Strasbourg to Westminster, been the guest of  three Prime Ministers at Number Ten, and shared a stage with ex PM Theresa May at the unveiling of the historic project Alexis led: The Nancy Astor Statue Campaign celebrating 100 years of women in Parliament.

When it comes to communications, strategy, creating narrative, presenting, public speaking, interview training and confidence building, Alexis has an outstanding pedigree and more than 25 years of experience on both sides of the camera. She delights in helping people to reach their potential. As she says herself: "I've made the mistakes so that you don't have to".

In June 2022 Alexis was awarded the OBE for Services to the Safety and Equality of Women in Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Honours list. 

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