Equanimity was founded by Mark Casey and Anne-marie Payne. We’ve worked, lived and breathed partnerships for over 25 years. As with every member of our team, we’ve negotiated ‘fall-outs’ and relationship challenges to find the right outcomes for all concerned. We all now live calmer, lighter, brighter lives.
Hello, I’m Anne-marie. My passion is to use my skills, training and experience to help people understand what truly makes them tick, in order to find new and better ways to navigate relationships (particularly tricky ones!).
I’ve worked in marketing communications for over 30 years. I’ve owned and amicably exited a business. During this time, I’ve applied relational intelligence techniques to enable clients and colleagues to focus on the heart of a matter, truly listen to each other (and their audiences), creating an environment of greater understanding and clearer communication. All essential elements of navigating relationships in business.
As a business owner in a fast-paced, highly pressured industry for 20 years, I developed a bespoke mentor technique for my team that discovered their strengths and true passions, which enabled me to create roles and opportunities for them to apply both.
This experience led to the development of a fresh, fast-paced, intuitive Q+A session that forms the first step of our Equanimity process. I believe that having time and opportunity to be completely honest with yourself, without the constraint of conditioned thought (think of that pesky ‘should’ word) leads to a happier life. I don’t know about you, but when I headed up my business, I found that ‘me time’ was definitely in short supply and I was bottom of my own priority list! My role in the process is to give you back some ‘me time’ to focus on what is important to you and discover the best way to communicate this to others in a way that they can better relate to.
Then, together we can work out the best way forward for all.
Hello, I am Mark Casey. With over 30 years’ experience in technology and corporate media relations for Blue Chip companies there are very few communication challenges that I have not been faced with. Following the traditional path of working for large PR agencies based in London, I then co-founded my own Covent Garden based agency, Prodigy Communications in 1999 and ran that successfully until my business partnership broke down in 2006. Since then, I have acted as a media relations advisor and mediator to multinational telecommunications companies and global trade bodies.
A remarkably average student at school, I fortunately inherited my father’s athletic ability and played representative rugby at school, university, and senior level. Though I was never the best player on the pitch I was regularly appointed captain because of my ability to bring a team together, deal with confrontation and bring the best out of my teammates. Rugby can be a brutal game that requires a high level of physical and mental toughness but in my opinion creates bonds and a “esprit de corps” rarely found in any other sport. What I have learnt from this sport I have always used in every aspect of my life.
Liz Jewer started her career in Hospitality and Catering in hospitality operations and Human Resources over 30 years ago. As a fellow of the CIPD, Liz has a stellar reputation within HR and before founding HR Think, Liz was part of the Leadership Team at TMP Worldwide for 10 years, as HR Director and Board Director.
She is a member of The Coaching Academy and is a Lumina Spark psychometric practitioner in addition to holding a post graduate degree with the CIPD and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, with Classical Studies.
Liz has a specialisation in conflict resolution… read more, best HR practices for mergers, acquisitions and TUPE transfers, redundancies and Strategic HR Advisory services. She is also accredited by ILM / City & Guilds in conducting workplace investigations and has extensive experience in conducting complex and sensitive investigations including investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and bullying at a senior level as well as conducting case reviews. She has also carried out mediation for all levels of employee including at Leadership and Board level. Liz is also skilled at coaching leaders, managers and teams to manage conflict.
conflict resolution, best HR practices for mergers, acquisitions and TUPE transfers, redundancies and Strategic HR Advisory services. She is also accredited by ILM / City & Guilds in conducting workplace investigations and has extensive experience in conducting complex and sensitive investigations including investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and bullying at a senior level as well as conducting case reviews. She has also carried out mediation for all levels of employee including at Leadership and Board level. Liz is also skilled at coaching leaders, managers and teams to manage conflict.
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Benjamin is an experienced entrepreneur, coach, author and public speaker. He has worked with a wide range of businesses, from touring theatre companies to high street banks, developing and delivering coaching, leadership training and culture consultancy. Benjamin’s obsession is challenging leaders to become extraordinary and create organisations that allow people to thrive. People can do incredible things with the right support and Benjamin is a cheerleader not a critic. A compassionate optimist he is always seeking to create a fairer world that works for everyone. He understands people and cultures and works with organisations to build incredible workplaces, and to understand and integrate authentic values into the day to day operations and behaviours.
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Ali Gordon-Creed – BA(hons) MSc (Psychology) DC MMCA AMC Dip Counselling (BAC accredited) – trained as a psychotherapist and person-centred counsellor from 1986-1996 and has over 25 years experience in the personal development field. She has taught at the Metanoia Psychotherapy Training Institute, at the University of Surrey Adult Development Programme, and co-founded and directed Experiential Events in Oxford. She has run workshops in Spain, Italy and the UK.
Ali is a truly authentic and experienced practitioner. Her journey from being told her life would be limited due to physical issues to overcoming challenges and using the power of the mind to envision and achieve the future she wanted, is at the heart of everything she does.
Ali was introduced to Pyscho-Cybernetics in her 20s as part of her Psychotherapy training and that combined with knowledge she has accumulated from teachers all over the world has allowed her to live what she teaches!
Ali is passionate about teaching compassion to self, creating a consciousness of choices and teaching not just the belief systems but the latest science which underpins them, thus combining both esoteric Eastern, as well as Western thinking and practices.
Inspiring, supportive, magical, calming – just a few words used to describe Ali. Many clients have said that even a 10 minute conversation with Ali can ‘unlock’ stress, anxieties and set them on the path to a brighter future.
“Ali has walked the walk and she communicates the talk with humour, eloquence and a great deal of compassion” Tessa J (Oxford).
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Hello. I’m Joel and I am a performance coach
I help people overcome anxiety, shyness, nerves and social awkwardness, enabling them to discover the freedom to do whatever it is they want to. In today’s pressurised world, many people find that their lack of confidence holds them back, whether this is in the workplace, in their relationships or in their social life. By restoring confidence, people can change the way they think and feel to improve the quality of their personal and professional lives.
For the last 25 years I’ve been an actor, director and voice-over artist. I am probably best known for my role as Jake Moon in EastEnders and for playing Dawn’s fiancée, Lee, in BBC’s The Office. Over the years I have worked with almost every major advertising agency, alongside television companies, commercial directors and many Blue Chip and FTSE 500 companies. All these experiences have taught me more than a thing of two about performance, pressure, and how people behave when they have to step out of their comfort zone.
Working with individuals and teams, I guide people to quickly identify common workplace behaviours and characteristics. Once those behaviours have been identified I can equip people with the essential skills they need to adapt to different situations, discover more about themselves, how to better relate to others and really enjoy their life and work balance.’
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Freedom Trail helps you to discover a new way to make your business work better for you. Founder and your guide, Mark Thomas, is a former member of what he refers to as ‘The 3am Club’, that lonely place and time when worries and thoughts about your business crowd your brain stopping you from sleeping. A former business owner of 25 years standing, Mark is a qualified coach and mentor for anyone who works in business or owns a business. Freedom trail gives you permission to put yourself first, helping you to create a clear vision personally and ultimately for your business. Mark guides and supports you along your own Freedom Trail, to a brighter more fulfilled future by mapping out the best route for you.
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As well as our team of talented professionals who support you as an individual, we also have approved service providers to help grow and strengthen your business or prepare it for exit. Every company we recommend is known, trusted and approved by the Equanimity team.