Meet the Team
Our team are based in London and around the United Kingdom.
Founder, Director, Master Trainer of NLP
Jeremy Lazarus is a highly-qualified and experienced professional in the field of business, coaching and sport. He has been coaching professionally since 1999, and running NLP and coaching courses since 2000. Prior to setting up The Lazarus Consultancy Ltd In 1999, he was a management consultant, corporate treasurer and Finance Director, and has over 35 years’ business experience.
He has the following professional qualifications and credentials:
- ILM Approved Centre (The Lazarus Consultancy, #079810)
- Accredited Master Executive Coach (The Association for Coaching)
- Professional Certified Coach (International Coaching Federation)
- Certified NLP Master Trainer (ANLP)
- Masters’ Degree (MA) in Coaching and NLP
- BA (Hons) Business Studies
- Fellow of The Association of Corporate Treasurers (FCT)
- Fellow of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA)
- Guest lecturer in sports science at a UK University
- Football Association qualified coach
As a Certified NLP Master Trainer and a business and sports performance coach, he works with and trains with senior level managers and directors from the public and private sector, including SMEs, blue chip companies, several NHS Trusts and charities, as well as international athletes and Premier League footballers. He also is part of The Association for Coaching’s team of coaching assessors.
Prior to setting up The Lazarus Consultancy Ltd in 1999, Jeremy’s career path was as follows:
- 6 years working in The City,
- 4 years as a management consultant at Ernst & Young (specialising in corporate treasury and financial services),
- 5 years at Unigate plc (Treasury manager before promotion to Group Chief Accountant)
- 1 year as Finance Director of restaurant chain YO! Sushi.
He is a former semi-professional footballer, who has represented Great Britain in international sporting competition.
Jeremy has helped Britain’s elite pistol shooters in the mental aspects of their preparation for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 and at the London 2012 Olympics.
He is a guest lecturer at Middlesex University on sports science courses, and was for several years an accredited lecturer for coaching-based Masters Degrees run in partnership with The Performance Solution.
In 2015, the global gurus website listed Jeremy as number 13 in the list of global NLP gurus, in the top 3 in the UK.
Jeremy is the author of four best-selling books (on Amazon UK):
- Ahead of the Game: How to Use Your Mind to Win in Sport, published in 2006 by Ecademy Press, ISBN 9-781905-823093,
- Successful NLP : For The Results You Want, published in 2010 by Crimson Publishing, ISBN 978-1854585462
- The Little NLP Workbook: published in 2012 by Crimson Publishing, ISBN 978-1854585721
- NLP for Business Success : How to Get Better Results Faster at Work, published in 2013 by Crimson Publishing.
and has appeared in the media numerous times.
He has a passion for helping people achieve better results faster.
Dr Sally Vanson
Associate Master Trainer
Dr Sally Vanson is one of Europe’s most sought after business coaches and professional coach trainers. She has been nominated for both the Association of Coaching Awards for ‘most influential coach’ and ‘most impactful coach’. Sally’s commercial achievements for record profitability led her to win recognition in the Hanson PLC Middle Manager of the year award (worldwide) after which she moved into a strategic role working on mergers and acquisitions, was an employed management consultant and then Director of Human Resources for Mazda Cars before founding The Performance Solution™ in 2001. In 2002 Sally became a global partner with Dilts Strategy Group, based in San Francisco.
Sally’s positive attitude and insight, underpinned by an ability to analyse complicated strategic issues quickly and logically, enable her to inspire practical solutions for transforming personal and business performance. She works in industries as diverse as legal and financial services, hospitality, pharmaceutical, logistics, ‘e’ commerce, automotive, retail and professional services in blue chip organisations, the public sector and third sectors on a global basis. Clients include The London Stock Exchange, Bevan Brittan LLP, Astra Zeneca, NHS, Thomson Reuters, Harlequin, Mills & Boon, HMRC, European Commission, Prudential Insurance and the NEST Corporation.
Sally is valued for her innovative and pragmatic approach and her passion for positive and congruent leadership is one of the reasons that professional coaches choose to be trained and supervised by her. Sally’s current projects revolve around the optimal performance of people in professional firms as well as the development to post graduate level of other coaches. Sally has gained a reputation as an international speaker and is the author of three books. She completed her doctoral research into the identity issues in senior partners in law firms resulting from commercial challenges and the changing face of the profession. She is a visiting fellow at Kingston University and an associate lecturer at University of Derby.
Sally also does pro-bono work as Chair of New Highway Drugs Advisory Service.
Lisa de Rijk
Associate Master Trainer
After starting her career in NHS clinical practice as a nurse, Lisa moved into NHS management in 1992, until she left to commence her own shared business in 1997. Using NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) as a launch pad, Lisa has developed extensive experience as a Coach, Facilitator, Change Agent, Trainer, Supervisor and Mentor. Now a Master Trainer of NLP, Lisa is also accredited by the UKCP as a neurolinguistic psychotherapist and has an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice focusing on the applied psychology of NLP. Lisa is currently studying towards a PhD in Psychology at Surrey University.
Lisa has worked with a variety of organisations and has an established portfolio of clients in the public and commercial sectors.
Lisa’s recent groundbreaking publication on the applied psychology of NLP is currently being utilised by the US and Canadian Military to inform the development of a programme to manage PTSD for the US Veterans Association.
Donna Blinston is a Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Time Line Comprehension, a Life Coach, Leadership and Facilitation Coach, who works on a one-to-one and team/department/business basis. By professional background Donna is a RGN, specialized in the field of gastroenterology and the liver. Donna developed within her nursing gaining experience and qualification to her current role today as a Nurse Specialist in Blood Bourne Viruses. This is where her passion as a nurse and the drive to care for, support and help her patients led her to finding NLP.
Since being introduced to NLP in 2004, Donna has developed in so many ways, both on a professional and personal level. Her drive was to show people the gift of NLP and bring NLP into healthcare. As a ward sister she thought she could facilitate change to benefit the patients but this was only at ward level. NLP enabled Donna to gain the knowledge, confidence and understanding to run workshops and training sessions to bring the nursing teams together. This in turn affected the way managers ran their team; the teams became patient focused and the patients benefited tenfold. This has had amazing success, managers knew what their team wanted from them and vice versa, limiting decisions and beliefs were removed and all gained insight into each other’s needs, weakness and strengths.
Donna developed her own business Inspirational Solutions, In Your Hands Consultancy in 2008, serving her clients on a one to one basis as a life coach and in their businesses, developing training programmes for team development and team success. What she offers will inspire and motivate you, it will increase you/your teams self-awareness and empower you so that you/they can be whatever it is you want to be.
Donna is an Author of two books: Psychobabble A Straight Forward Plain English Guide to the Benefits of NLP and Make New Year’s Resolutions and Keep Them Using NLP. Donna’s passion for NLP encouraged her to write her books in a simple, easy to use way, providing multiple real world definitions and real life examples of the tools and techniques so that every reader could apply them to themselves.
Client Liaison Manager
Usha Kong is an NLP Master Practitioner and works with The Lazarus Consultancy as a Client Liaison Manager providing course information, guidance and support to new and existing clients
Usha trained with The Lazarus Consultancy and knows first hand how the courses are run and the benefits of Jeremy’s style of delivery. Having applied what she has learnt to her own businesses, Usha understands the value of studying with an organisation with high standards and is able to share her experience with them.
Usha Kong is a Professional Coach, Trainer, and Consultant working in the field of Education, Business and Entrepreneurship.
Usha spent the first 20 years of her working life in the corporate field – working for the London Stock Exchange and Accenture. Usha has, over the last 10 years been running her own Coaching and Training Practice. Usha also provides personal development products and training in education. Usha works with clients in the areas of Personal Development, Leadership Development and Business Development providing Coaching, Mentoring and NLP services.
In addition, Usha is also the Managing Director of a not-for-profit company providing entrepreneurial and employability training to disengaged and disadvantaged young people to help raise aspiration and confidence.
IT & Research Manager
A native of Ireland, Dave Clinton began his career working in the field of education, teaching children with autism in the US. With a background in psychology, he then worked briefly in HR and Finance roles before beginning his career as a coach in London in early 2000. Now, he splits his time between coaching, providing operational support and learning important parenting lessons from his teenage children. At the Lazarus Consultancy, Dave provides input on technology & marketing.
Outside of work, he enjoys hiking the great outdoors, travelling & enjoying time with friends and family.
Julie Murphy manages our day to day administration. With an academic background as a Computer Studies graduate from Loughborough University, Julie’s first career was in IT. She worked for 16 years as an analyst/programmer for various companies mainly in the Insurance, Banking and Finance sector. She has worked on diverse projects ranging from oil rig maintenance, insurance renewals, hotel contracting, credit card queries to data warehouse systems. This experience has given Julie good insight into business practices and organisational dynamics.
After a career break, Julie joined The Lazarus Consultancy team in 2006. As well as handling all aspects of administration, her other duties include responding to information requests and developing our website. She is highly organised and believes one of the most important aspects of her role is to provide excellent customer service based on accurate and timely information.
Julie also works as a Data Manager for an autism specialist school.
IT integration and Web support
Brian Reddick assists with the operation of the main website, membership site, and the email automation systems which integrate these together. He is Australian by birth and now a British Citizen after moving to London in 2010. Brian enjoys making all of the different IT systems work together and being a complete Geek. In his former life he worked in IT in Financial Services, Banking, and with IBM before becoming a freelance contractor.
Brian has great alignment with The Lazarus Consultancy as he is also qualified as an NLP Trainer with a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology,. He is unique as an IT person that can communicate with 'non IT people' too.