Rutbusters is a group of leading professionals and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds spanning government, business, the military, medicine and not-for-profit sectors, including experienced coaches, psychologists and mentors. We have all experienced significant change and life transitions and each of us brings a wealth of advice and support from this first-hand knowledge.

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Kedge Martin
Founder, CEO, Coach

Kedge started her career working for the UK’s first public affairs consultancy and researching for an MEP in the mid ’80s. Realising that that environment didn’t really correlate with her values, combined with a burgeoning entrepreneurial spirit, she decided to leave the UK just as the late ’80s recession hit to set up a launderette and dry cleaning business in newly liberated Poland.

Returning to the UK in the late ’90s and driven by a desire to ‘make a difference’, she transferred to the not-for-profit world, leading WellChild – the UK’s leading charity for sick children – and Sentebale – Prince Harry’s charity for African orphans.

Kedge co-founded Longbow (providing leadership and succession planning for family offices) in 2016 and Youngbow, supporting children and young adults both in education and their early careers in 2017. Rutbusters came about to meet the need of her fellow quinquagenarians, the sandwich generation and older baby boomers who want to make the most of the fact that we are living longer and need to find engaging work and other activities in our fifth, sixth and seventh decade and beyond.

Having graduated with a degree in Law & Sociology, Catherine spent 12 years working in advertising, becoming a Board Director at Ogilvy & Mather, where her clients included many government departments, including the Department of Health and the Department of Education. She then spent 10 years as a Partner at Lillingston Event Management, organising events for primarily private clients both domestically and internationally, before setting up her own company in a similar field. More recently she has specialised in helping small businesses with their strategy, sales, finance & administration and joined Rutbusters in March 2018 to run its operations.

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Catherine Carleton-Smith
Director of Client Relations

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Catherine Carleton-Smith
Head of Operations

Having graduated with a degree in Law & Sociology, Catherine spent 12 years working in advertising, becoming a Board Director at Ogilvy & Mather, where her clients included many government departments, including the Department of Health and the Department of Education. She then spent 10 years as a Partner at Lillingston Event Management, organising events for primarily private clients both domestically and internationally, before setting up her own company in a similar field. More recently she has specialised in helping small businesses with their strategy, sales, finance & administration and joined Rutbusters in March 2018 to run its operations.

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David
Coach

David developed a passion for the outdoors and living in hostile environments at an early age. He qualified in medicine in 1978 and followed a successful and varied career as an anaesthetist, spending 13 years in the British Army as a parachute-trained doctor, providing front line resuscitation and surgery to the Parachute Regiment and UK Special Forces. His time in service included 12 tours, including to Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a Forward Surgical Team, Medical Emergency Response Team and in the Field Hospital at Camp Bastion.

It is David’s firm belief that we all possess potential which exceeds our expectations, which, for the most part, we do not use; much of his non-clinical time mentoring doctors focussed on allowing them to access and utilise this immense resource.

His army and NHS experience led David to discover that coaching is one pathway to helping people to discover their true potential and reach a higher level of performance, joy and fulfilment.

A fully trained coach, he now combines clinical work, mentoring and coaching for clients from all professions and backgrounds.

Lucean is a chartered Psychologist with extensive experience of working at board level with PLC and family-owned businesses in the USA, UK and continental Europe. His work includes the design and facilitation of leadership & motivation programmes, facilitation of high-performing team programmes, incorporating team method teaching designs and emphasising the potential of ongoing learning.

Lucean has extensive knowledge in assessing the potential and development needs of individuals and the suitability of candidates for board-level appointments and has designed personal development programmes using actors to help participants address specific needs such as projection of gravitas, the development of confidence and the rehearsal of difficult scenarios and/or conversations.

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Lucean
Psychologist, Leadership Developer

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Lucean
Psychologist, Leadership Developer

Lucean is a chartered Psychologist with extensive experience of working at board level with PLC and family-owned businesses in the USA, UK and continental Europe. His work includes the design and facilitation of leadership & motivation programmes, facilitation of high-performing team programmes, incorporating team method teaching designs and emphasising the potential of ongoing learning.

Lucean has extensive knowledge in assessing the potential and development needs of individuals and the suitability of candidates for board-level appointments and has designed personal development programmes using actors to help participants address specific needs such as projection of gravitas, the development of confidence and the rehearsal of difficult scenarios and/or conversations.

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Tara
Coach

Tara is the only leadership coach and keynote speaker with a PhD in neuroscience and a successful career as a medical doctor behind her. This unique combination of experience comes together to create an uncompromising and holistic impact on performance optimisation in businesses around the world.

Tara is passionate about disseminating simple, pragmatic neuroscience-based messages that change the way people work and sustainably translate to tangible financial improvement in the business.

Tara is at the forefront of the application of neuroscience to business. She is an award-winning author, speaks globally on ‘the brain in business’ at international conferences, blue chip corporations and at top business schools including Oxford, Stanford and MIT.

Graham brings a combination of distinguished operational leadership in combat, business acumen from board level P&L appointments in the commercial sector, a history of involvement in training and education and a deep commitment to the impact of coaching.

Graham enlisted as a private soldier and retired from the British Army as a Major General. Most of his time in uniform was spent leading organisations on operations. He received recognition for heroism and distinguished service in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. At the peak of his military career, he left the army and embarked on a commercial career as CEO of a private security company providing services to government, international organisations and commercial clients in complex environments such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Libya.

Keen to embark on a sustainable tertiary phase of his working life, Graham qualified as an executive coach. As a proven leader in the most challenging of international environments, he is well positioned to adapt his experience and training to support the delivery of sustained change in senior individuals who are seeking to break up the routine of their life.

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Graham
Coach

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Graham
Coach

Graham brings a combination of distinguished operational leadership in combat, business acumen from board level P&L appointments in the commercial sector, a history of involvement in training and education and a deep commitment to the impact of coaching.

Graham enlisted as a private soldier and retired from the British Army as a Major General. Most of his time in uniform was spent leading organisations on operations. He received recognition for heroism and distinguished service in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. At the peak of his military career, he left the army and embarked on a commercial career as CEO of a private security company providing services to government, international organisations and commercial clients in complex environments such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Libya.

Keen to embark on a sustainable tertiary phase of his working life, Graham qualified as an executive coach. As a proven leader in the most challenging of international environments, he is well positioned to adapt his experience and training to support the delivery of sustained change in senior individuals who are seeking to break up the routine of their life.

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Nicola Ibison
Advisory Board

After spending her early career years as a newspaper journalist, Nicola was given a break into TV, when she won a scholarship to Chicago’s Northwestern University, to study for a Masters’ Degree in Broadcast Journalism. She dreamed of becoming the next Kate Adie but she soon discovered she was dreadful on screen, so she switched to behind the cameras and was much happier as Senior Producer at GMTV and then on the newsdesk at ITN. Around the mid-’90s she set up a new company, managing the careers of TV presenters, which she later sold to a football agency. She spent four years there, before joining the entertainment agency, James Grant Management, where she was tasked with setting up and leading new divisions of the company, in sports media, factual, specialist and current affairs. Amongst Nicola’s clients were Clare Balding, The Hairy Bikers and Eamonn Holmes, all friends to this day.

In 2015 she decided to switch careers and set up a new executive search company, specialising in placing leadership roles in broadcast and digital. More than half the roles she and her team place take a candidate from one ‘world’ to another and her clients are as diverse as TV companies, sports and digital platforms, and global news outlets. She already knew a bit about TV but she’s also had to rapidly learn about motorsports, the Middle East, global photographic digital sales and football, for the roles she has been asked to place. Every day is a learning curve but she is determined in her quest to find the best possible candidates for her clients.

Liz studied economics and history at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She went on to gain a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics, before joining Goldman Sachs as an investment banker. She then moved to the Ministry of Defence, where she spent 18 years working in a range of counter terrorism and security roles in the UK and overseas.

A fluent Mandarin speaker, she has extensive experience collaborating with behavioural scientists in the study of human psychology, motivational techniques and career management.

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Liz
Coach

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Coach

Liz studied economics and history at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She went on to gain a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics, before joining Goldman Sachs as an investment banker. She then moved to the Ministry of Defence, where she spent 18 years working in a range of counter terrorism and security roles in the UK and overseas.

A fluent Mandarin speaker, she has extensive experience collaborating with behavioural scientists in the study of human psychology, motivational techniques and career management.

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Luke
Coach

Luke quickly moved away from making a living in music playing the saxophone, managing bands and training to be a sound engineer. His thirst for learning, variety and the way people tick, took over.

He instead crafted a portfolio career across multiple industries globally, from SME to Blue Chip, picking up two post grads in marketing and HR plus a host of other qualifications along the way. This eclectic approach suited his unique mix of energy, creativity, audacity and tenacity – specialising in learning and development as his true love.

At 30, he determined to become a net contributor and unleashed his entrepreneurial spirit: a boutique coaching and training business, an online footwear retailer and involvement in a range of other grassroots community projects ever since.

Whether it’s leadership coaching an MD of a bank, or working on lifestyle design with a private client, Luke’s reputation has been built upon relentlessly ensuring an ROI for each and every assignment. Those case studies consistently run into millions of pounds every year, along with well-being, resilience, and creating change that doesn’t have a price tag.

Anamaria is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and Systems Coach with more than 700 hours of experience. And she is passionate about human development and improving the state of the planet.

She has dedicated her life to help individuals and teams design and build lives, careers and relationships that are genuine, alive and impactful expressions of their true selves. By using creative processes, she helps her clients overcome psychological limitations and unlock their unique potentials. As they find clarity around values, vision and purpose, clients learn how to show up in the world as powerful individuals and authentic leaders.

With a successful international career in architecture and personal experience of changing careers and creating two prosperous businesses, Anamaria has the ability to assist clients at many levels. She is passionate about mental health and specialises in stress management, resilience, mindset and confidence. She also works as a career coach and with coaches who want to reach their full potential.

Anamaria is passionate, confident, creative and totally committed to human development.

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Anamaria
Coach

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Anamaria
Coach

Anamaria is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and Systems Coach with more than 700 hours of experience. And she is passionate about human development and improving the state of the planet.

She has dedicated her life to help individuals and teams design and build lives, careers and relationships that are genuine, alive and impactful expressions of their true selves. By using creative processes, she helps her clients overcome psychological limitations and unlock their unique potentials. As they find clarity around values, vision and purpose, clients learn how to show up in the world as powerful individuals and authentic leaders.

With a successful international career in architecture and personal experience of changing careers and creating two prosperous businesses, Anamaria has the ability to assist clients at many levels. She is passionate about mental health and specialises in stress management, resilience, mindset and confidence. She also works as a career coach and with coaches who want to reach their full potential.

Anamaria is passionate, confident, creative and totally committed to human development.

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Hamish
Coach

After leaving Edinburgh University, Hamish served for seven years in the Scots Guards, before going on to do an international MBA at IE in Madrid. He went on to lead a number of healthcare and education businesses in Asian emerging markets before transitioning to become a Coach, an NLP Practitioner and a certified Meditation & Mindfulness teacher.

His strengths are in helping adults (both young and old) find the confidence to lead themselves with greater authenticity and wake up to their own sense of purpose. Hamish often works with clients on transformative adventure experiences in wilderness areas around the world, where the opportunity to find your true self is much easier without the distractions of the crowded modern world of social media and other demands.

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Hamish
Coach

After leaving Edinburgh University, Hamish served for seven years in the Scots Guards, before going on to do an international MBA at IE in Madrid. He went on to lead a number of healthcare and education businesses in Asian emerging markets before transitioning to become a Coach, an NLP Practitioner and a certified Meditation & Mindfulness teacher.

His strengths are in helping adults (both young and old) find the confidence to lead themselves with greater authenticity and wake up to their own sense of purpose. Hamish often works with clients on transformative adventure experiences in wilderness areas around the world, where the opportunity to find your true self is much easier without the distractions of the crowded modern world of social media and other demands.

Antonia’s love of travel and adventure saw her graduate with a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, wander the world for 18 months and then start her career in Hong Kong working with the Swire Group, seconded to Cathay Pacific at Kai Tak airport. As one of only two women taken into the Swire graduate programme, she was charged with improving ground staff customer service and taking responsibility for the design and build of the new first class lounge.

After marrying the love of her life she moved to Perth, Australia, where she worked in a management role, responsible for researching and releasing a new product in the aged care sector. Antonia then spent 16 years bringing up her three children and simultaneously working part time in the family businesses. Wanting to shift her focus in life and change career, she qualified with a Diploma in Professional Coaching in 2010 and is now an Associate Certified Coach (ICF). Since 2015 she has consulted for Integral Development, Perth, as a senior coach and facilitator of strategic planning and training in Leadership & Management amongst a range of clients in the private and government sectors.

Antonia loves coaching clients to help increase their self-awareness and understanding of what motivates them deep down and to apply this learning to better their choices and lives moving forward, be it personally or professionally. She coaches many of her clients remotely using Skype, Zoom or telephone and loves the fact that technology facilitates this without diminishing the coaching experience.

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Antonia
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Paul
Coach

Paul coaches and mentors public- and private-sector professionals in transition. He has 20 years’ experience in the British Army leading and commanding soldiers on five of the world’s continents and in some of the most demanding conditions. He has operated at ambassadorial and ministerial level, designing and delivering coaching and training programmes in a wide variety of locations as diverse as Brunei, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine.

Leaving the Army as a senior officer, Paul felt the anxieties, vulnerabilities and insecurities one faces in transition and empathises with the emotions and feelings that his clients face. It was a coaching intervention that he says ‘gave me permission to leave the Army’ and he did so within a year to become a professional coach.

Paul now delivers leadership, executive and transitional coaching as well as developing young people to join the military. He is a keynote speaker and draws on his experiences all over the world with a healthy injection of humour.

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Paul
Coach

Paul coaches and mentors public- and private-sector professionals in transition. He has 20 years’ experience in the British Army leading and commanding soldiers on five of the world’s continents and in some of the most demanding conditions. He has operated at ambassadorial and ministerial level, designing and delivering coaching and training programmes in a wide variety of locations as diverse as Brunei, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine.

Leaving the Army as a senior officer, Paul felt the anxieties, vulnerabilities and insecurities one faces in transition and empathises with the emotions and feelings that his clients face. It was a coaching intervention that he says ‘gave me permission to leave the Army’ and he did so within a year to become a professional coach.

Paul now delivers leadership, executive and transitional coaching as well as developing young people to join the military. He is a keynote speaker and draws on his experiences all over the world with a healthy injection of humour.

Claire has always worked with people at the heart of things, across 17 countries, four continents and eight languages. She has been a general manager, an entrepreneur, a headhunter and a strategy consultant in her career of more than 30 years. She has worked with and for LVMH, BP, Arcelor Mittal, UBS, Swire Group and more.

Since 2009, she has focused on talent and career as the crucial issues, advising VCs, start-ups, established global groups and others on various aspects of talent and culture, while continuing her research, writing and coaching in this field. She is co-author of Disrupt Your Career – How to Navigate Uncharted Career Transitions and Thrive, and has helped more than 2,000 coaching clients disrupt their career trajectory purposefully over the past seven years.

Claire is also passionate about transforming education and helping people to make better life and career choices much earlier on. This has been a direct challenge as she has raised her four children single-handedly. They are now very happy in their chosen careers, which are not conventional, but are full of enthusiasm and laughter.

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Claire
Coach

Alex Coach

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Coach

Alex is a AC accredited transformational life coach and graduate chartered psychologist (MBPsS).

After a degree in English Literature at Durham University, Alex worked as a PR consultant for 5 years followed by 7 years as a self-employed upholsterer. As her 3 children began to grow up, and with empty nest syndrome circling, she volunteered with Kids Company to mentor a young adolescent. This experience was life changing and inspired Alex to take a Certificate in Psychotherapy with WPF, followed by a MSC in Applied Psychology. She qualified with a diploma in Transformational Life Coaching in 2018.

Alex’s coaching style is based on active listening and good rapport so that a client can focus in on an issue and find practical and long term solutions. She works with all ages and has a particular interest in women returners. She uses a number of different coaching techniques to boost motivation, self-esteem, confidence and purpose. She recently took part in a successful project with Open Age to coach their over 50s in getting back to work. She is married and lives in London where she coaches face to face and online.

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Alex
Coach

Alex is a AC accredited transformational life coach and graduate chartered psychologist (MBPsS).

After a degree in English Literature at Durham University, Alex worked as a PR consultant for 5 years followed by 7 years as a self-employed upholsterer. As her 3 children began to grow up, and with empty nest syndrome circling, she volunteered with Kids Company to mentor a young adolescent. This experience was life changing and inspired Alex to take a Certificate in Psychotherapy with WPF, followed by a MSC in Applied Psychology. She qualified with a diploma in Transformational Life Coaching in 2018.

Alex’s coaching style is based on active listening and good rapport so that a client can focus in on an issue and find practical and long term solutions. She works with all ages and has a particular interest in women returners. She uses a number of different coaching techniques to boost motivation, self-esteem, confidence and purpose. She recently took part in a successful project with Open Age to coach their over 50s in getting back to work. She is married and lives in London where she coaches face to face and online.

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