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Learning & Development Consultancy

Talking Ape brings a a breath of fresh air to the Learning and Development world. We work within your 70:20:10 strategy and listen to understand your needs. We co-design programmes that are energised, experiential and focused on the real world of the delegates. We help delegates bring about real, sustainable behavioural and mindset change. We can help you get that right balance between people and results-focused. Give us a call.

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Meet Our Team

James Marshall

James Marshall

Founder of Talking Ape

James Marshall is the founder of Talking Ape and only person ever to work as a Chartered Surveyor and then as a BBC Radio and TV producer. He spent 11 years at the BBC. (Radio 4′s All In The Mind, Material World & Thinking Allowed, BBC1′s The Human Mind.) Other highlights include interviewing Sir David Attenborough, reading out letters on the John Peel show, book researching for Lord Prof. Robert Winston and directing a helicopter camera. At the BBC he did some facilitation, became a coach and got that change/learning bug. He worked with some of the UK’s most successful training companies working with Apple, Google, Sky, RBS, Freshfields and Barclays specialising in communication and management development skills. He currently coaches on the EMBA programme at Said Business School, Oxford University. He is qualified in NEO PI-R, NLP, SDI, DISC and PRISM brain mapping. He supports Everton FC, owns a VW T25 camper van and has two children (not in any kind of order of importance by the way).

Jo Sandford-Smith

Jo Sandford-Smith

Marketing & Design

Jo began her career in PR and marketing for a tech company but decided to cross over into broadcast journalism. She worked for five years in commercial radio (where at times it was hard to believe she was getting paid for having so much fun) before realising she should take herself more seriously. She switched to the BBC in 1998 where she became a Reporter/Producer on BBC Radio 4, working on magazine programmes such as Woman's Hour and You and Yours. She covered a range of subjects from consumer and disability affairs,including the Sydney Paralympics to health, politics and the arts. Her role at Talking Ape is to look after marketing, design and materials.

Nikita Mikhailov

Nikita Mikhailov

Nikita is a Business Psychologist and an expert in psychometric profiling especially the Lumina Spark profiling tool. He is an active member of the British Psychological Society and the Ambassador of the Association for Business Psychology. Nikita specialises in applying Psychology in an occupational setting. His clients include Fortune 500 companies in the areas of Oil and Gas, Finance as well companies in the Transport, Construction, FMCG, Aerospace, Tech Start Up ventures, Education and the European Space Agency.,,Nikita is qualified in a range of psychometric instruments (Including: NEO PI-R/3 Lumina Spark, Hogan suite, Implicitly)., ,In his role he is currently supporting a global network of partners, practitioners and strategic alliances from the UK, US, Canada, Japan, China, South Africa and others.,,Nikita also co-organises knowledge sharing events such as Cinema evenings called “Psychology at the Movies” during which a film is shown and then discussed by psychologists and the general public. ,

Joanna Yates

Joanna Yates

Associate

With a Masters in Occupational Psychology Joanna has over 10 years experience within banking, pharma and retail worlds. As well as having the ability to connect with a variety of different backgrounds she has a passion for storytelling. Joanna started the UK’s first true storytelling club night in 2007.

Andy Davies

Andy Davies

Associate

Andy Davies has over 20 years’ experience facilitating and coaching in leadership, management development and communication. With an authentic and engaging style, (it helps that he’s Welsh) he has a strong record of bringing about behavioural change in a wide range of clients from operational front line up to board level. He has worked with a wide variety of FTSE 100 clients including RBS, Nat West, Netjets, Bank of Ireland and Direct Line. Andy began his career as a sports coach, a teacher before transferring to a financial advisor with United Friendly, Friends Provident and then as an area manager for Pearl Assurance.

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