About Us

We are diverse and eclectic mix of motivated people who believe passionately in the value of life-long learning.

From inspirational facilitators to our outstanding support team, it is our varied experiences – in business, the military, academia, and sport – that give us the perfect formula to inspire purpose-driven leadership in individuals and organisations

We are Inspirational

We exist to ignite the spark in every delegate, in every client, so that they may become more successful, adding value to their bottom line, to their people, and to the planet.

We believe that inspiration does not come from conventional training. Real inspiration is about lighting that fire within people when they learn by doing, working collaboratively with colleagues to see for themselves the positive impact of an inclusive mindset and the power of teamwork.

We create impactful development experiences, transform through coaching, and empower organizations to thrive through change.

We live our values. From supporting each other, doing the right thing, challenging and innovating – all the time focused on delivering great client outcomes.

Graphic showing the values of Inspirational Group

Our Leadership Team

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett

Chairman

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Stephen Bennett

Stephen founded IDG in 2000 with the aim of sharing his passion for leadership development with others. With a decades-long career at the helm of successful organisations, Stephen is as an acclaimed public speaker and author in the field of finance. Today, he combines his experience as a leader, educator, and finance expert to help clients prosper.​

Starting out as a Chartered Accountant, Stephen quickly rose through the ranks to become a postgraduate-level lecturer, and later the Director of Studies at Deloitte Haskins & Sells. His impressive track record soon saw him appointed as Assistant Managing Partner and then Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for the UK and Europe.​

In 1990, Stephen became chairman and CEO of a second-tier market company, and achieved a full listing on the London Stock Exchange within two years. The group was later sold to a large US corporation now owned by Warren Buffett.​

Stephen has served as a non-executive director on several boards and is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Fortius Group, one of the UK’s leading private orthopaedic clinic groups. He is an experienced speaker and published author, and has written articles for numerous publications around the world.​

Peter Turpie

Peter Turpie

CEO

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Peter Turpie

Peter’s wealth of leadership experience makes him a valuable partner to any organisation seeking substantial growth. He joined IDG in 2019, after working extensively to transform organisations in the UK and Middle East. He believes sustainable business growth is based on strong long-term relationships, effective leadership behaviours, and innovating to create value for customers.​

Peter spent the first 24 years of his career in the British Army, progressing to senior roles in the Parachute Regiment and Ministry of Defence. After leaving the military, he moved to Abu Dhabi to become an advisor to the United Arab Emirates Government.​

He later set up the Middle Eastern arm of a multinational company that trained organisations in the defence, security, and transport industries. Within five years, he had grown it into four successful companies with diverse portfolios.​

Most recently, Peter served as a business consultant in an EU-funded programme that mentored fast-growing UK businesses.​

Heather Couchman

Heather Couchman

COO

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Heather Couchman

Heather enables both IDG and its clients to flourish. She collaborates with colleagues throughout the business to create sustainable financial goals, keep our people safe and well, comply with regulations, and offer clients an exceptional experience.​

Before joining IDG in 2009, Heather spent a decade making organisations more effective from within human resources departments, specialising in leadership development and harnessing emerging talent. Before this, she held operational roles within the financial services industry.​

Heather is APMP (Association of Proposal Management Professionals) certified and has years of experience managing proposals, allowing her to tailor solutions to the unique needs of our clients.​​

Heather is also a trustee to The London Horseplay Centre, a charity that uses equine therapy to support people with mental health challenges.​

Laurent Corneille

Laurent Corneille

Director of Growth

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Laurent Corneille

Laurent navigates IDG towards ever greater success. By exploring future trends and embracing new technologies and opportunities, he equips the team to meet clients’ evolving needs.​

Before joining IDG in 2011, Laurent was European Head for an international headhunting firm that served blue-chip organisations, including some of IDG’s biggest clients. He began his IDG journey as Head of Technology, developing our people analytics offering to help clients transform their organisations through valuable, actionable data.​

Laurent is well versed in Lean Project Management and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt, proving he can deliver high quality solutions on schedule and within budget. Fluent in both French and Italian, he’s also certified to use the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI 2.0) psychometric tools. Occasionally he joins training programmes to share his commercial and leadership expertise.​

Iain Robertson

Iain Robertson

Director of Consulting

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Iain Robertson

Iain is IDG’s lead innovator, designing award-winning leadership programmes for a diverse range of clients.​

Having been with IDG since 2003, Iain knows our clients inside out. He’s worked with teams all over the world, from India to the US, and with individuals from new graduates to seasoned board members.​

Iain also develops our commercial simulation training, which brings teams together to solve business problems within custom-built scenarios.​

Iain cut his teeth in the high-pressure world of a Big Four accounting firm, where he proved his mettle by successfully training the graduate intake of 600 people. What’s more, his achievements are backed up by prestigious qualifications; not only is Iain a Chartered Accountant with a degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Wadham College, Oxford, but he’s also recognised by the British Psychological Society and certified to use the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI 2.0), Strengthscope, and DiSC psychometric assessment tools.​

Iain lives in Kent with his wife, three children, and a bonkers Dalmatian. Away from IDG, he spends his time running, reading, and fixing whatever the children have broken this week.​

Jake Meyer

Jake Meyer

Client Accounts’ Director

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Jake Meyer

Jake is renowned for taking on some of Earth’s biggest challenges, and has scaled the heights of both the physical and business worlds.​

As an IDG consultant, he helps professionals and graduates develop effective leadership behaviours, and his team-building events bring learning alive through active participation.​

Since joining IDG in 2010, Jake has worked with clients in an impressive range of industries, from international finance and energy companies to sports teams and rescue services. He also sits on IDG’s board and contributes to our growth strategy.​

He combines his experience with expertise in psychometric assessment to get the best out of the teams he works with. Qualified to use tools including the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI 2.0), Strengthscope, and DiSC, he helps clients uncover and act on powerful insights into their personalities and behaviours.​

Jake’s achievements outside of IDG are remarkable. He’s a serving officer in the British Army Reserve, and served in Afghanistan in 2012. He is also a semi-professional mountaineer, adventurer, and public speaker, having broken records including becoming the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest and K2, and the youngest man in the world to complete the Seven Summits. He has even earned a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his services to Mountaineering, Charity and Young People.

Ryan Parker

Ryan Parker

Head of Growth & Leadership

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Ryan Parker

Ryan’s exceptionally varied experience as a leader and educator makes him a fount of wisdom and a trusted advisor to our clients.​

Ryan has spent more than two decades designing and delivering captivating learning programmes. He is currently leading IDG’s team at Misk Schools in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as head of the leadership growth department. His pioneering experiential curriculum prepares students for the challenges of leadership by immersing them in rich, realistic learning environments.​

Before joining IDG in 2018, Ryan was the managing director of Parker and Associates in Johannesburg. Here, he put his degrees in organisational change and industrial psychology into practice by developing clients’ teams in complex and volatile circumstances.​

Ryan’s programmes make a lasting impact by empowering people to steer their own development. Through Universal Design for Learning principles, he creates inclusive experiences that harness individuals’ strengths for deeper learning.​

Ryan has found his true vocation in teaching and facilitating learning, and his passion is reflected in his success in the field. When he’s not developing the next generation of leaders, Ryan’s active lifestyle includes running and swimming, as well as hiking with his family.​

Dr. Rona Mackenzie

Dr. Rona Mackenzie

Director of Youth Development

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Dr. Rona Mackenzie

Rona leads IDG’s work with schools, charities, and other organisations to deliver youth development programmes. Her vast experience in both education and leadership helps her empower young people to be inspiring future leaders. Rona is also IDG’s designated safeguarding lead for youth programmes.​

Having spent twenty years in the education sector, Rona has been part of school leadership teams in six local authorities. Her many qualifications include a master’s degree in educational disadvantage and special educational needs, a doctorate in education, the National Professional Qualification for School Leadership, and the Professional Qualification for School Inspectors.​

In 2013, Rona was appointed Founding Principal of Lincoln University Technical College. After opening the new science and engineering college, she focused on the holistic development of students, enabling them to grow personally, technically, and academically.​

Following her impressive career in education, Rona completed a master’s in business administration (MBA) and went on to join the executive leadership teams at a luxury jewellery company and then a cyber security solutions provider.​​

As an NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) Master Practitioner, Change Management Practitioner, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Rona has the theoretical knowledge to back up her years of leadership experience.​

Outside of IDG, Rona chairs Zest Theatre, an arts charity that amplifies the voices of young people. A lifelong sportswoman, Rona is most at home in the gym, under water, or in the mountains, and she’s a qualified Qigong instructor.​

Contact Us

IDG UK
IDG House Royal Berkshire Hotel London Road Ascot SL5 0PP UK
+44 (0) 207 798 2848

IDG India
301, Tower 2, Montreal Business Center Baner Road Pune 411045 India
+91 955 271 5800

IDG Middle East
5th Floor One Business Centre DMCC, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai UAE
+44 (0) 1276 686644

IDG UK
IDG House Royal Berkshire Hotel London Road Ascot SL5 0PP UK
+44 (0) 207 798 2848

IDG India
301, Tower 2, Montreal Business Center Baner Road Pune 411045 India
+91 955 271 5800

IDG Middle East
5th Floor One Business Centre DMCC, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai UAE
+44 (0) 1276 686644