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At the centre of any change is the human experience. The arduous journey we all take to achieve anything worthwhile is littered with a range of emotions and can feel like a rollercoaster at times. The vision may be clear and compelling, even essential for survival, but the grinding reality of making it happen against the formidable forces of resistance can derail even the most noble intentions. Our clients are on that journey and our job is to help them navigate the many obstacles and achieve something worthwhile.

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Say hello to… Mark Vincent

Mark is the driving force behind Applied Change and has been involved with Change Management since the late 80’s; yes since Ghetto blasters and stone washed denim! He is the music industry specialist in the team and has supported the major labels throughout the seismic transformation of the past 20 years. Having worked both in-house and as a consultant, he has a depth of understanding on both sides of that sometimes-painful fence, especially where change is concerned. When Mark isn’t leading the Applied Change team you’ll find him behind the decks as a Hard House DJ; he remains a staunch fan of Radio 1 and new music in general, at the bemusement of most of his peers and colleagues.

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mark.vincent@appliedchange.co.uk

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Say hello to… Simon Stapleton

Simon hails from the North West and loves to tell it straight – he makes a proper cuppa and knows geography north of the Watford Gap. He is an MBA and master at change management, with a strong IT, Digital and Financial Services background; this includes over 25 years experience in leading, delivering and embedding technology enabled change, and more recently, enabling the Agile Business. In his spare time, Simon is an experimental chef, brewer of beer and cheese-maker who pushes the culinary envelope (perhaps a bit too far…)

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Say hello to… Sally Chapman

What Sally doesn’t know about the music and media sector, frankly, isn’t worth knowing. She has the priceless ability to quickly understand the real opportunity in a given situation and the breadth of technical and people skills needed to make it happen. She’s one of those unique people who builds real lasting relationships wherever she goes, an all round lovely human being to be around.

Her ability to juggle being a stellar consultant and an amazing mum is astounding and yet she takes it all in her stride and with a smile.

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Say hello to… Tim Edwards

It’s so easy to like Tim, he’s a natural people person, while also packing an incredibly sharp intellect. Rather annoyingly, he never seems to age and will no doubt always look 21. We love watching people underestimate him at first meeting only to quickly discover that razor sharp wit that lies behind the friendly, young looking exterior. Blending oodles of process and performance experience with great people skills, Tim is the kind of person who can handle pretty much any change situation, and with a smile.

When he’s not working, you’ll occasionally find him at a local skate park doing BMX jumps with his sons.

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Say hello to… Martin Croft

Martin is thoughtful, insightful and reflective. He really understands how the mind works, especially where the stress and fear of change is concerned.

He’s great at teasing out individual and group thinking on change, especially when it manifests as resistance. He helps individuals and groups by taking their thinking from fearful and protective to a place where opportunities are endless; meaning transformed behaviour and performance. You could say he is like a good digital radio – always tuned in and ready to deliver thought clarity.

When not working, he’s either trashing around on his motorcycle, walking the labradoodle or working out the best fly for those pesky trout.

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Say hello to… Martin Green

Martin is as quick thinking as he is straight talking (he’s from the North East – enough said!). He’s our bright spark, our motivator and has a massive can-do attitude; basically a force of nature. If you want a problem solving, call Martin – he is the Sherlock Holmes of the team with a forensic mind that, in a business sense, leaves most people standing. And yet, he consistently turns his vast encyclopedic knowledge into distilled practical solutions that deliver real bottom line improvements in process and operational performance.

When he is not rallying the herd at work you’ll probably find him coaching youngsters on the rugby field or at the eighteenth hole on the golf course…heading in the general direction of the watering hole of course.

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Say hello to… Alv Hill

Alv has bags of ‘big cheese’ consultancy under his belt and he puts all that to use on a daily basis. He is annoyingly calm and composed under pressure and seems to effortlessly bring order out of chaos. Alv brings his vast experience into a multitude of different situations and seems relatively un-phased by most of them. He combines extensive experience on the softer change management aspects, excellent stakeholder management skills with rock solid planning and delivery credentials. Most importantly he unleashes the true potential of any team.

When not assisting his clients Alv like to test his ironman swim-bike-run mettle by competing in triathlons.

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Say hello to… Janine Dierks

Janine is a real one off, able to combine incredible tenacity, a microscopic eye for detail, while also retaining an amazing, albeit slightly wicked, sense of humour. She brings a real breadth of consulting skills, tools and experience as well as a keen eye for quality; our best completer finisher by far. Janine’s sector experience includes Music, Publishing and Financial Services with a strong emphasis on supporting operational teams through a systems and process changes.

For those who have worked with Janine, it’s rather like having your big sister making sure that everything will be ok. Outside the office, her incredible baking skills can improve anyone’s mood regardless of the situation they are in.

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Say hello to… Craig Nicholson

As warm as the Australian sunshine that he spends a good part of the UK winter basking in, he is knowledgeable, smart and a real pleasure to have on the team as our new Associate. With both feet firmly planted in commercial ground, he’s the numbers man who steadfastly refuses to count beans unless they’re going into his flat white.

Craig reached Vice President level at Twentieth Century Fox, held Finance Director positions in Publishing, and has supported a range of clients through business, finance and operational change and growth in both Australia and the UK.

A long-suffering Motherwell FC fan, he still has the accent, but tries hard to steer clear of the stereotype of a Scottish accountant, even though he is one.

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Say hello to… Amanda White

Amanda is the engine room of the business. She ensures everything runs smoothly, including our complex travel arrangements, the important finance and administration activities, alongside supporting us with client work. She also has a second job, manages a young family, is in the middle of a major house renovation and gets involved in various activities at the local school…you get the picture. You’d never know it though as she always has a smile and remains amazingly calm. We’d love to know how she does it.

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Say hello to… Simon Munroe

Simon’s two great passions are shiny things and going fast, so using technology and working with great people to make a difference never really seems like a ‘proper job’. Rapid change is the norm for Simon. He’s helped the recorded music industry through the effects of content digitisation and changes to consumer behaviours and preferences. He also supported the newspaper industry move to subscription models, helped video content producers to improve digital rights exploitation and helped retailers to use data more effectively to increase consumer engagement and loyalty. As if that wasn’t enough he’s also added an MBA to his extensive repertoire of knowledge and experience. When he’s not working you may find him enjoying a blast on a scary motorbike or alternatively being much more sensible in an old-style campervan.

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