Our People

Our People

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Outstand has a broad, flexible network of associates. A sample…

Paula Broadbent MSc, BSc, PGdip, MAC

Founder and MD

Paula is energetic and passionate – she loves providing clients with a fresh, objective perspective and providing deep insight about the capability of their talent. After 20 years working both in business and as a management consultant, it became clear to her that many people are pushing themselves upwards, ultimately to fit into roles that bring them little joy and limited value to their organisation. Paula’s key driver is to help individuals to love their job. She uses her many years of experience in assessment, coaching and development to support organisations to match their people to the best roles for them. She also works with individuals to help them make stretch career moves work, allowing them to hit the ground running.

Paula has run Outstand since 2015 focusing on these matters of perspective. In 2018 she also took the position of Programme Director for the General Management Programme (GMP) at the School of Management at Cranfield University.  Prior to forming Outstand, she worked for just over 10 years in Hay Group’s leadership and talent practice. Before this she gained eight years of experience in a variety of business roles. She holds an MSc in Psychology, BSc in Business Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching, and a wide variety of accreditations in psychometric tools and people analytics techniques. Her favourite tools are Lumina Spark and the Talent Q suite of psychometrics. She has over 2,000 hours of coaching experience and is a member of the Association for Coaching.

The partnership was formed by a group of experienced consultants in 2016. They saw an opportunity to combine their expertise and brands, and offer a more diverse and holistic consulting service to clients. Together they have a depth and breadth of experience across all areas of Human Resources consulting. Partnership members include:

Nina Berezowski

• BA, Psychology (SA)
• Master of Commerce, Organisational Psychology (SA)
• Systems Psychodynamic Coach
• Conscious Business Coach
• EMCC Senior Practitioner Coach
• BPS Level A & B Qualified
• Hogan Practitioner
• MBTI, FIRO-B, DiSC, OPQ, Wave,

Holistic, insightful, non-judgemental

Originally from South Africa,  Nina moved to the UK as a young adult, which has given her fascinating insight into how different cultures work and what it takes to be successful in each. Before her own career change to professional coaching and people advisory, I spent 15+ years in senior HR, talent, and change management positions within global companies in the consulting, financial services, and telecommunications sectors.

She has coached professionals from a variety of industries and organisations, from graduates to senior executives, as they have navigated varied professional & personal obstacles and transitions.

Her passion is the study of leadership, organisational systems, team dynamics and human relationships. She shares what she knows with her clients to help them pursue their lives with greater clarity and purpose.

As a coach, she works with individuals, seeking to develop a deeper understanding of self to enable meaningful change and achieve greater effectiveness.

She specialises in system psychodynamics; an interdisciplinary field that integrates and applies influences from psychoanalysis, group relations theory and systems thinking. This offers an exploratory approach to understanding organisations and the behaviour of those who work within them.

Whether it is working at the individual, team or organisational level, her focus is on uncovering underlying issues, rather than simply attending to surface symptoms or challenges.

She creates a challenging and safe environment that gives them the confidence to work at depth to uncover ‘what’s really going on’ and to tackle the hard to reach issues and patterns of behaviour that may be limiting their performance.

They particularly value her approach of combining psychological insight with the current realities of business and leadership.

‘Nina asked challenging questions that helped me to think about things from new perspectives and to examine my thoughts and feelings from different angles’.

‘I always leave (our sessions) feeling revitalized and more confident about who I am and where my career is going.’

“Nina helps me see the changes I’ve made and helps me connect the dots in a meaningful way”

Nina’s passions (outside of coaching) include reading, playing contract bridge, spending time with family and friends, walking and brunch!

Ilario Di Bon

Ilario is fond of coaching as a potent lever to grow, lead and empower. Over the past two decades, he has experienced the virtue of coaching with the firms and clients he has worked with and by cooperating with several non-profit organisations. He has developed a unique, deep-rooted expertise and set up a coaching and consulting practice in 2015.

Ilario moved to the UK in 1998. He is married and has two boys. Coming from the Dolomites in Italy, he is a passionate skier and mountaineer. He is able to coach in English or his native Italian.

Business and Leadership Experience

Ilario has been an executive, consultant and coach for over 25 years. He has extensive international experience gained operating in the UK, Continental Europe, North America and Asia.

At UBS Asset Management (2000-2008), he covered several positions ranging from analyst to head of research and global fund manager, responsible for over $26bn of assets. He spent three years in Tokyo, as head of the Japanese equity team, where he successfully led a turnaround programme.

He then moved to Fidelity International (2008-2010) where, as head of global equities, he designed and implemented a reorganisation of the international equities division and grew a new global fund to over $1bn.

At Alliance Trust (2011-2015), Ilario masterminded a deep transformation of the equity platform and $5bn portfolio.

In his years in industry, Ilario led large, international teams and developed a leadership style centred on coaching and people’s empowerment.  He set up a coaching and consulting firm, Create Growth Partners Ltd, in 2015. He has been advising companies and start-ups in the UK and internationally. Alongside his consulting activity, he has been coaching a selection of international executives and entrepreneurs.

Professional Expertise

Ilario works with individuals, boards and teams, in commercial and non-profit sectors. His coaching approach benefits from his longstanding perspective as business leader and global investor, and his international and multi-cultural background. He has hands-on experience in strategy development, organisational change, global team management and special situations (turnarounds and corporate start-ups). Practising a blend of empathy and challenge, Ilario acts as a partner and change agent: he supports his clients to achieve bold strategic goals and sustain superior performance.

His key areas of interest are:  Business growth and sustainability.  Innovation and business transformation. Executive performance.

Education: Master of Business Administration – Manchester Business School, UK (1999-2002), BSc and Master’s, Economics and Finance – University of Bologna, Italy (1989-1994), Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching –Academy of Executive Coaching, UK (2015-2016) Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine – Harvard Medical School, USA (2017)

Ilario has worked with a variety of psychometric tools – among them, DISC, MBTI, Colour Profiling, Hogan, Clarity4D, Clifton Strengths and Team Management Systems. He is a Member of the Institute of Coaching (Harvard Medical School, USA).

Victoria Hanson

Victoria has been working in Executive Assessment and Development for over 15 years. She thrives on supporting individuals to unlock their potential and helping organisations make better decisions about how to manage their most important assets – their people. She has worked with a broad range of clients across the private, public and not for profit sector; in addition she is well travelled, having worked all over Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For ten years, Victoria worked for a global management consultancy, developing deep expertise in robust, researched approaches to measuring and managing an organisations talent pipeline. She designed and delivered tailored talent management strategies for a number of FTSE 100 firms and was part of a team that won a prestigious MCA talent management award for a global bank. Victoria is heavily focused on ensuring that her clients invest their people budget where they will get the best return on investment and make the biggest difference.

She has a BSc in Sociology and Psychology from Loughborough University, is part way through a Masters in Organisational Behaviour at Aston University and is accredited in wide range of psychometric tools including Belbin, Hogan’s, Emotional Intelligence and Talent Q to name a few.