SGFE has worked with hundreds of national and international enterprise & SME businesses spanning across industries to set and implement successful growth, funding and exit strategies.
The team achieves success through our proven and unique blend of coaching and consulting, and firmly believes in using both a commercial and cultural approach.
Every SGFE coach has at one point or another been in a business owner’s shoes, and we all fundamentally believe empathising with our audience is paramount in building fruitful and sustainable partnerships.
What Our Clients Say
Managing Partner, Law Firm
Vendor Relations, Finance Firm
CFO, Tech Firm
Founder & CEO
He was one of the founding partners of Shirlaws, responsible for driving the growth of the business. In addition to consulting with hundreds of mid tier businesses, he has worked with British Aerospace, Sony Pictures, HSBC, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Direct Selling Association and Oxford University.
Nic has also been invited to deliver keynote presentations at numerous Business Schools in the UK and Europe on business strategy.
Hobbies & Interests: Motorcycles, F1 Racing, Red Wine, Health & Fitness, Vinyl Collector, Reading, Personal Development
Skills: Board & Team Training, CEO Coaching, International Speaker, Strategy Consultant, Revenue Systems, Sales Trainer
Co-founder & COO
Hobbies & Interests: Julian’s mantra is to live life to the max…his social activities include enjoying family life, watching football, fitness training, worldwide travel, walking the family dog, socialising and coaching swimming. He also loves fine wine.
Skills: An expert in management structures, corporate innovation, finance reporting/management accounts and problem solving. Julian makes companies grow fast through embedding revenue, management and cultural systems and has applied these skills in a large number of SME and corporate clients.
Ranging from global industrials, international banks and service companies, through to small-medium entreprises of all types, he has been instrumental in performance improvement of leadership and general management, sales growth and productivity gains, cultural change and increased brand image.
As an entrepreneur, Rich was co-founder of National Shortlist PLC – a precursor to the online recruitment platforms (similar to ‘Indeed’) that we have today, but at a time before the internet existed. He was featured widely in the national and trade press as a trailblazing businessman. In other ventures, he has appeared on radio and TV as a subject matter expert and panellist in several countries, once being interviewed by the presenter Michael Parkinson. Rich also founded a health products company which made it onto the High Street against all odds.
He is an accomplished salesperson and negotiator, trainer, coach and consultant, but in business enjoys nothing more than spending quality time listening to businesswomen and men with a passion for what they do.
Hobbies & Interests: Rich enjoys off-road cycling, protecting the environment and a ‘bit’ of golf (the bit when the ball drops into the hole).
Skills: Sales has been a lifelong passion and Rich enjoys working with companies to structure, recruit, train, manage/coach and hold people accountable for sales results.
His focus is to help them grow their business by facilitating insights and clarity that takes a plan from good to great.
He has extensive experience of working with leaders to develop a high-performance culture that creates a winning team.
Hobbies and interests
In his leisure time Shekhar is an enthusiastic lover of all thing’s food. He has his own twist on Indian cuisine that propelled him to the ¼ finals of master chef in 1999 and Mega chef in 2000. He is also a writer of screenplays and stage plays and has had two plays produced in the London fringe.
Shekhar specialises in contextual business planning, is a sought after coach and is skilful in putting clients at ease and listening. He will challenge and encourage you to push forward and expand your possibilities and potential.
Gemma is a qualified Insights practitioner, a Meyler Campbell business coaching graduate and our in house Compass Indicator specialist.
Hobbies & Interests: Gemma enjoys spending time in the Cotswolds, walking her dog in the beautiful countryside. She loves eating out and spending time with friends and family.
Skills: Gemma has an ability to creatively problem solve enabling her to work with businesses to unlock their people potential. She enjoys working in high energy and innovative environments, where she can help problem solve creatively, and challenge clients to help them understand what is possible, both personally and professionally. She unlocks the potential of businesses and individuals to deliver improved performance.
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS : Vicky has a zest for life and helping others, whether this is through work or on a voluntary basis. She is a keen cinema goer and has a wide taste in entertainment regularly going to concerts as well. She enjoys swimming immensely. She also enjoys quality time spent with family and friends, and loves a nice Frappuccino.
SKILLS : Vicky has been instrumental in the acquisition of firms , law firm start-ups, ABS, practice management, and has a particular expertise in compliance and business strategy. Vicky takes a proactive approach and is fully equipped to identify fundamental issues firms are facing, and to work through the issues to provide positive solutions.
He has held senior roles in operations, finance and general management across a range of industries that include telecoms, forestry and renewable energy. John has spent 15 years as a business owner and partner in a number of professional consulting practices, where he has experienced the full range of entrepreneurial highs and lows.
Hobbies & Interests: John lives in Switzerland and enjoys the fantastic quality of outdoor life it offers, whether that’s up a hill, down a hill or around a lake. He likes to cook, read and play a bit of guitar when no-one is looking or listening.
Skills: John’s particular areas of interest and expertise lie around planning, process and governance– operational, organisational and financial – interlinked disciplines that many entrepreneurial businesses lack, yet which are absolutely key to realising full growth potential.
She has a passion for unlocking potential in people and businesses. Beyond her business work, she has carried that forward as a volunteer business mentor for the Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme and Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IoEE).
Hobbies & Interests: She’s always had a passion for adventure, and she loves travelling the globe in search of that, photographing it all as she goes. Day-to-day she loves a good book, a swim, and a great cocktail.
Skills: As well as having been a business leader, Susie is also a qualified executive and business coach. She now combines her coaching with commercial experience to help business owners make the practical changes needed to take their business to the next stage. Helping them cut through the clutter of the day to day and forge a clear path forward to become more focused, re-energised and excited about the future.
Kate has over 25 years’ experience as a business consultant supporting corporate leadership teams in gaining critical insights, designing and executing transformative change. She specialises in B2B global value chains with a particular focus on tech, industrial and logistics.
Hobbies & Interests: Out of work, when not at a zoom HIIT class, running a half marathon, walking the dog or dancing with her mums’ street dance crew, you’ll find Kate with friends and family enjoying spicy food and a firey chilli margarita or two.
Skills: Kate is a straight talking critical friend, adept in challenging constructively to help businesses identify strengths and weaknesses adapt and flourish commercially.
Hobbies & Interests: Phil loves running to stay fit, is an avid football fan and even plays when given the opportunity. He has a large family and enjoys travelling the country to spend time with them. Phil is keen to help protect the environment and has changed his lifestyle over the last few years as a result.
Skills: Strategy consulting. Implementing management and cultural systems. Introducing Process and financial management disciplines. Team and individual development plans.
Client Services Director
Ben graduated with a degree in Law and a Masters in Legal Practice.
A forward-thinking and analytical business leader, Ben is experienced in sales and marketing, strategic planning and business development. At SGFE Ben is responsible for leading the growth of the UK client base.
He has spent twenty years in working for a range of assignments in a variety of sectors, including M&A, Real Estate Finance and Accountancy. To date Ben has worked for companies such as BARCAP, MARSH insurance, surveying firms, accountancy practices and marketing/design agencies.
Hobbies & Interests: Ben enjoys skiing and swimming when time allows from busy family life.
Skills: Business development / sales are my passions.