Our Associates and Partners

Our reputation depends not just on the work we do, but on the people we work with as Associates. You can be sure that our Associates will be highly qualified in any discipline they offer, and that they will have a minimum of 10 years’ experience at strategic level.

From time to time we may also work with appropriate partner organisations to deliver some aspects of our service, and ensure a wide pool of expertise.  Again we only work with field leaders and expect our partners to work to our values and standards.

Regular members of our Associate team are:

IMG_1893aDr. Waiyin Hatton

Waiyin is an energetic high achiever, motivated by ‘making a difference’, in her work and professional environment, and in promoting equality within a diverse community.  She is passionate about inspiring and nurturing greatness in people, teams and organisations.

She has extensive leadership experience as Chief Executive across a number of health settings and across public and not-for-profit sectors.  She also has significant experience as a non-executive director across a number of sectors, and is respected for the outstanding achievements she has delivered for the organisations that have been privileged to have been the focus of her time and energy.

Waiyin has developed her interest in human motivation and behaviour both academically to Doctorate level, and by utilising her coaching and mentoring skills in a range of settings.  She has membership of relevant coaching and mentoring organisations.  In addition to her doctorate in applied psychology, she is also an accredited NLP practitioner.

On leaving full-time paid employment in 2012, she set up Wai Beyond, a coaching and leadership consultancy focusing on Inspiring and Nurturing Greatness.  Whatever the context for her work, Waiyin is results focussed using her considerable warmth and rapport building skills to achieve co-operation and successful outcomes.

In addition to doing Associate work with Harvey McMillan, Waiyin is in demand as a motivational speaker and runs Wai Beyond, her own successful Consultancy. 

JoJo Adams

Jo has over 25 years’ experience in business and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a member of the Association for Coaching, has a Diploma in Corporate and Executive Coaching, a Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching, is accredited to deliver DISC profiles and is a certified NLP Practitioner.

Jo has been described as someone who perseveres and is not a quitter. This has been reflected in her career where she has jumped at the chance to work in environments that offer challenge and opportunity.  She started her career in IT managing all the finance, HR and administration for a growing software business, and then moved in to HR working in retail, hygiene services, media and financial services where she was frequently recognised for her contribution to business improvements and people management.

Jo is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a member of the Association for Coaching, has a Diploma in Corporate and Executive Coaching, a Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching, is accredited to deliver DISC profiles and is a certified NLP Practitioner.

Since setting up her first business in 2007, Jo has worked with a variety of businesses in the public and private sector, delivering HR support, coaching and development programmes. Jo has extensive experience as a coach, leader and programme manager. Jo spent 10 years working in financial services as an HR Business Partner and Programme manager.  Her experience included working in complex regulated environments as well as working as part of the senior team involved in acquisitions, joint ventures and significant organisational change programmes.

During this period Jo was required to operate a consultative approach and coach both her stakeholders and team in meeting demanding organisational objectives and targets. Her experience includes managing complex stakeholder relationships and delivering high profile programmes and benefits realisation.

Jo also lectures at Inverness College (part of University of Highlands and Islands) and is the Programme Leader for the Certificate and Diploma CIPD Programmes.

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Joy has held leadership and management roles within the University of Aberdeen most recently as Deputy Director of Human Resources (Staff Development).

The underlying aim in everything Joy undertakes is to assist individuals to develop their full potential and to “be the best they can be”.  Impact and sustainability are key considerations when Joy reflects on her work.

Joy was responsible for introducing coaching into the University 15 years ago, and it is now embraced enthusiastically as a positive development intervention.  Internal coaches are now being trained to enhance internal coaching capacity.

Leadership and management development have been Joy’s primary responsibilities.  The development activities which Joy delivers emphasise the benefits of adopting a coaching style of leadership and management, where appropriate.

Joy established the University’s award winning International Leadership Development Programme which provides a basis for leadership succession.

The University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching was established by Joy as a result of her enthusiasm and commitment to coaching, and she currently tutors on the programme which is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the theory and research associated with coaching together with competence in practical coaching.

Areas of responsibility in addition to coaching and mentoring include, strategic and operational planning, linking appraisal to other HR procedures, risk management and the coordination of the University’s internal mediation team.

Joy has the privilege of coaching and developing senior leaders within the University and has worked closely with clinical staff and senior leaders in Medicine and Dentistry.

The award of a coaching qualification with distinction and the strategic knowledge gained from Joy’s MBA studies ensures that her work with senior leaders is relevant.

Joy now works part-time with the University and combines this with coaching, mediating and development activities in a range of organisations.

Brian MillerBrian Miller

Brian began his career with the consultancy firm KPMG. He subsequently joined BP and held a number of senior positions within the North Sea Oil & Gas business over a period of more than 20 years. These included managerial positions in business, performance and development work in the UK and the Netherlands, as well as leading a number of projects involving the integration of businesses following mergers and the transfer of activities between offshore operators following the sale of Oil & Gas fields.

As a result of these roles, Brian has gained extensive experience of building teams, leading organisational change and delivering step changes in levels of performance. Brian has been responsible for the planning and performance aspects of major North Sea development projects at a scale >£1bn investment and for coaching the BP executive leadership team in the delivery of results from the North sea business to achieve an enhanced performance contribution to meet global performance demands.

It was in operating as a senior member of the BP commercial finance leadership that Brian recognised what was distinctive about his leadership style was the focus on people and ability to motivate a highly diverse team to deliver outstanding results for the business. This led on to participation within global leadership mentoring programmes and then to the move to gain a formal qualification in coaching to complement his extensive experience in this role.

Since establishing his own business in 2009, Brian has worked extensively in the provision of professional services to businesses and charitable organisations. Service delivery is grounded in the application of his combination of business and coaching skills which allows him to promote a distinctive approach to performance achievement. He has also worked for the Robert Gordon University as a lecturer and tutor on their business MSc courses for the past three years applying his communication and motivational skills in a different context.

A number of these assignments have involved the engagement and coaching of staff across a wide range of disciplines in order to achieve coherent project delivery. Development of project management skills has further enhanced Brian’s application of coaching techniques. This has been invaluable to the successful delivery of cross-company projects where there has been no direct line authority over the people whose contribution has been essential to the delivery of the outcome.

Catriona Ness

190620 - Catriona NessCatriona is an enthusiastic, engaging and highly skilled, professional coach and mediator. She commenced her career in the NHS first qualifying as a nurse (RGN, RNLD, RMN) later moving to service development. Her interest in human behaviour and interpersonal dynamics took her into Organisation Development where her work in Change Management Consultancy began.

During her career within the Health Service, Catriona was highly regarded both locally and nationally for her professionalism, objectivity and wide-ranging experience.
She has considerable expertise working with individuals and teams where relationships and conflict are issues, assisting them to find their own solutions.

She successfully managed and led the Coaching Service for NHS Tayside with 14,000 employees. She was a lead member of Tayside Public Sector Coaching Collaborative and provided coaching across Angus, Perth & Kinross and Dundee Local Authorities She is a qualified Business Coach, Team Coach and Mediator (including Relationship Coaching beyond mediation).

Phillip Wong

190620 - Phillip Wong AssociatePhillip has 25 years’ leadership experience at senior levels in business and over 30 years of coaching and mentoring. He brings that combined knowledge and expertise to help individuals and teams to fulfil their potential by overcoming their barriers to increased performance. He coaches CEO’s and senior executives in the public, private and voluntary sectors, helping them to meet the challenging and changing needs of their organisations.

Phillip has with FTSE 100 companies, working in highly regulated and customer driven businesses, where quality, safety and cost are prime drivers. He has managed complex organisations and product streams, and led organisations through major change, using techniques such as Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma, always delivering benefit to the bottom line.

Phillip started as an independent coach in 2004 with the aim of helping professionals do their best work in a wholly fulfilling way. Phillip’s extensive corporate background, practical and pragmatic approach and passion for people have allowed him to work with leaders and managers at all levels in diverse organisations on a variety of assignments.  He is on the NHS Scotland Executive Coaching Register.

Phillip believes in putting something back into the community. He is currently he volunteers as a business mentor through the Chambers of Commerce to help local businesses develop and grow. In the past he has volunteered as a career mentor for the unemployed and as a Company Secretary for a local housing association