Our Team

We’re a pretty unique bunch of people. Our team includes internationally renowned experts with backgrounds in neuroscience, business, training, research, communication and leadership.

When you partner with Boardwalk, you’re getting access to diverse experience, global perspectives and a ton of enthusiasm to co-create effective solutions with you.

Lady (Kitty) Chisholm, FRSA

COO and Co-Founder

Kitty leads on the content of our transformational leadership programmes and developing more diverse leadership pipelines. She is a qualified coach, an experienced facilitator of boards and senior management teams and a well-known public speaker on learning and leadership. Her book, Neuroscience for Leadership: Harnessing the Brain Gain Advantage won the CMI Practical Management Book of the Year award in 2016. She has an MA from Cambridge, a BSc (majoring in Psychology) from the OU and her interest in neuroscience led to an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change from Henley. She is a Fellow of Brunel University, the RSA, and the Knowledge Media Institute.

Fun Fact

I have changed career 9 times

Favourite Place

Home

Favourite Film

Last Year at Marienbad

Dr. Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, FRSA

CEO and Co-Founder

Shaheena leads on the development of research and programmes. She brings creative thinking in developing new approaches and products. Her work has influenced gender diversity policy in over fifty countries. She works with large corporates, entrepreneurial family firms and charities in leadership development and is a faculty member at Henley Business School. Shaheena is a thought leader in the diversity arena, a regular media commentator and panel speaker. She frequently publishes work to further the field and is co-author of Championing Women Leaders, beyond Sponsorship with Kitty Chisholm. In 2006 Shaheena was awarded a Women of the Future Award. Shaheena is also Chairperson of the Aga Khan Education Board for the UK.

Fun Fact

I made my singing debut at the age of 9. The song: Fame - go figure!

Favourite Place

In the zone

Favourite Film

Monsoon Wedding

Medeia Cohan

Head of Relationships and Strategy

Medeia leads on strategic planning, business development and relationship management. She is an innovative, creative thinker with an arsenal of skills in planning, programme design and partnership management. Medeia's diverse and colourful 20-year career includes a range of leadership roles spanning the sports, education, communications, entrepreneurship and fine art sectors. She has a reputation for developing unique programmes, driving new business and building and managing high performing teams. In 2013 Medeia was recognised as a Woman of Achievement by Director Magazine. In 2017 Medeia published her first book, Hats of Faith, which introduces diversity and inclusion topics to young children.

Fun Fact

I have never seen the movie Titantic

Favourite Place

On the beach with my boys

Favourite Film

Lucky Number Slevin

Sonal Thakrar

Communications Specialist

Sonal consults on all aspects of communications, working across the team to deliver effective messaging, campaigns and channels. She has over 20 years experience in communications, through her roles at Cisco, Camelot, The Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone and British Airways. She was recognised as Communicator of the Year by CEB, and has led several award-winning campaigns in the people, inclusion and diversity space. Some of her proudest achievements include creating employee programmes for the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Sonal also works in mental health services, with extensive experience gained through volunteering for the Samaritans and as a qualified counsellor in the charity sector.

Fun Fact

Cheese lover (food and music)

Favourite Place

Poolside with a Pina Colada

Favourite Film

Forrest Gump

Dr. Diana Theodores

International Performance Coach: Communications, Presence, Impact & Influence

Diana promotes the principles of great performance on the world stage for leaders, teams and individuals. Her dynamic approach, rooted in performing arts enables people to step into a bigger self to achieve their unique maximum potential. Diana is on the Leadership Development Faculty at the Cranfield School of Management, the Banff Centre, Canada's premier Centre for developing creative leaders, and Mobius Executive Leadership in the US. She has a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin, an MA from York University, Toronto and a BA from Bennington College, Vermont. She is a certified Coach from the NLP and Coaching Institute of California.

Fun Fact

Appears in the Beatles Movie directed by Ron Howard!

Favourite Place

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

Favourite Film

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Sarah Snape

Coach and Facilitator

Sarah is an APECS-accredited coach and facilitator specialising in leadership development, with a particular interest in helping companies and clients through periods of transition. Coming from a career in business, Sarah stands in the shoes of her clients to understand what success looks like for them, and works on understanding and harnessing her clients personal motivators and values to help them succeed in their goals. Sarah believes that anyone can achieve positive change, and enjoys helping her clients discover this for themselves. She works in both the private and public sectors, and has a Masters degree in Coaching & Behavioural Change.

Fun Fact

I have a secret passion for Walnut Whips

Favourite Place

By the side of a lake

Favourite Film

Parenthood

Sarah Perrott

Executive Coach and Facilitator

Sarah is an energetic, enthusiastic advocate for individuals and teams, enabling them to be the best that they can be. She is pragmatic, commercial, value-based and purposeful in her coaching. Sarah uses different techniques, coming from a psychotherapeutic knowledge base, including neuroscience. She specialises in career coaching, including the first 100 days, coaching for resilience, achieving promotion and developing an authentic leadership style. Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, accredited with the British Psychological Society, a certified NLP Practitioner and a licensed HeartMath provider. She has an M.Sc. in Coaching & Behavioural Change and is an APECS accredited coach.

Fun Fact

Gary Barlow met me in the Sinatra bar in Puerto Banus a few years ago!

Favourite Place

Nairobi, Kenya

Favourite Film

Good Will Hunting

Rajwant Bains

Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach

Rajwant is a highly skilled and experienced consultant, facilitator and Executive Coach with unrivalled passion and commitment to supporting individuals and organisations to excel. Her coaching approach in working with individuals is to be a thought partner to enable people to realise their full potential and, at an organisational level, to facilitate the development of systems within which those individuals can flourish. She has successfully led and managed major change programmes through her ability to set clear strategic direction as well as her strong interpersonal and team building skills within diverse and complex organisations.

Fun Fact

Best way to relax is to watch an episode of Frasier

Favourite Place

Kerala, India

Favourite Film

Mother India

Dr. Claire Collins

Leader, Coach, Academic Researcher, Change Agent and Consultant

Claire’s passion is in supporting people in achieving the growth they seek and seeing them flourish. She is Director of the DBA Programme at Henley Business School and Academic Lead on the British Army Higher Education Pathway. And is actively involved in the research and teaching of Leadership, Leadership Development and Coaching. Claire had a 20-year career in the NHS and went on to be CEO of a leading London law firm. She chairs the Leadership@Henley community of practice, Chairs the Women@Reading Group and is Deputy Director of the Henley Centre for Leadership. Her doctoral research was on the use of executive coaching within leadership development.

Fun Fact

I love baseball

Favourite Place

Home

Favourite Film

Anything with Sandra Bullock in it.

Jack Fallow

Leadership and Strategy Advisor

Jack consults on leadership and strategy. Founder chairman of GasForce, an employee owned company, his previous leadership roles covered Operations, HR, Service and International Strategy at British Gas. He also championed the creation of the Women’s Network and his region won the Prince of Wales training award for a pioneering Woman into Management programme. He is proud to be vice-chair of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and a trustee of the Engines Orchestra.

Fun Fact

Ex rock drummer

Favourite Place

Mendocino

Favourite Film

The Shawshank Redemption

Nadia Dewji

Social Media Manager

Nadia is a marketing graduate from the University of Ottawa, Canada. She assists in managing Boardwalks social media channels, posting content which is relevant and effective. As a young professional and having experience in social media marketing, she is well versed in both independent consultation and dealership accounts. She has worked for Audi, running one of it's dealerships social media profile as well as continuously consults small businesses regarding their online presence and website design. Her background makes her a great fit and offers a unique perspective onto Boardwalks online presence.  

Fun Fact

I am completely obsessed with coffee shops and latte art!

Favourite Place

Nepean Point, Ottawa

Favourite Film

Life of Pi

Mary Auta

Research Associate

Mary contributes her research prowess to the global agenda on increasing gender parity in leadership spheres across the political, public and private sectors. An aspiring business leader, she supports the team to push the dial on women’s increased participation in high-level decision making. She has served in various leadership positions as Chairperson, Editor-in-chief and Project Team Lead and is a serial entrepreneur with half a decade of experience in managing creative start-ups.  

Fun Fact

As a child I wanted to become a pilot

Favourite Place

Harris Garden

Favourite Film

A Walk to Remember

Nida Rashid

Research Associate

Nida is researching women in leadership positions across Public, Private and Higher Education in the Commonwealth countries. At Boardwalk, she is excited about playing her part to improve gender diversity. In the past, she has worked with IBM as a Technology Consultant and has pioneered a female wedding photography business in Pakistan. Nida also voluntarily translates health content for women in rural areas of emerging nations. She is also a poet and an illustrator. Her keen interest in both IT and business comes from her educational background -a Computer Science degree and a Masters in Entrepreneurship and Management from Henley Business School.

Fun Fact

Fun Fact Candies make my world go round

Favourite Place

Anywhere with mountains and waterfalls

Favourite Film

And My own life (literally)

Latest insights

Women on Boards in Uganda

What if I were to tell you in 2015 there were 3 companies on the Ugandan stock market that stood a stronger chance of improved financial success versus their competitors?