The 10Eighty Management Team
Our team in the UK and the UAE work in partnership with our clients to deliver results. We bring to all our work a wealth of knowledge and experience from across a wide range of industries and sectors, always with a focus on delivering results. We also have a comprehensive network of associates, many of whom have worked with us for over 20 years, who are seamlessly part of our practice. Please get in touch with us so we can discuss your requirements and put together the right team for you.
Click or tap each member to see their biography displayed at the bottom.
Michael Moran - CEO / Founder
Michael is CEO and Founder of 10Eighty. He is passionate about helping people maximise their potential and believes everyone should have job satisfaction and a successful career. He helps organisations design jobs and career paths that maximise employee engagement.
Michael’s background is in Human Resources, having worked in the NHS and Financial Services sector. He has successfully run HR consultancies specialising in career management for the last 20 years.
As an avid reader/commentator on the world of work and sport, he regularly draws parallels between the two. Michael’s favourite scribe is Matthew Syed, Times sports correspondent and author of ‘Bounce’.
You could describe Michael as a budding author with “The Guide to Everlasting Employability” already under his belt, and technophile who’s created 2 career management apps to help people manage their careers. He’s a season ticket holder of Derby County which helps build his resilience given their inconsistent performances and he’s a proud father of Hannah, 10Eighty’s Business Development Exec, and Tom who’s currently on active service in Calgary chasing tanks.
Liz Sebag-Montefiore - Director / Co-Founder
Liz is a Director and Co-founder of 10Eighty, and has provided HR solutions to a wide range of industries since 2005 working with numerous firms to understand their needs. She’s a great believer in the power and intelligence of networking. She’s always thinking about her next introduction and with 900+ Facebook friends and 2700+ LinkedIn connections the possibilities are endless.
She’s passionate about making a difference through her mentoring work for the CIPD. Making people happy in their career every day is her ultimate goal.
You could describe Liz as an art lover, tennis enthusiast (look out for her at the Hurlingham Club or at Wimbledon in June), hostess with the mostest, foodie à la France, and devoted mum of Orlando (with Number 2 arriving June 2017!) who enjoys the perfect work-life balance.
Nick Lawson - Finance Director
Finance Director Nick has been ‘Chartered Accountanting’ for multinationals, startups and businesses in between since the 90s with a solid track record of helping young businesses get up and running. His forte is sorting out funding, investment, processes and creating reliable financial management reporting for stakeholders and investors.
You could describe Nick as The Singing Accountant with a penchant for water and snow sports.
He’s established six inclusive community choirs in Surrey – Vocality – and is part of a Barbershop Quartet/Octet. You may see Nick performing in pubs around Claygate or at renowned Thames Ditton folk venue, the Ram Club…
…and he’s organised an Oxford to Thames Ditton kayaking trip, is planning a ‘Three Men In A Boat’ style journey down the Thames in camping skiffs, and took part in a famous 90-kilometre cross country ski race in Sweden.
Nigel Williams - Non Executive Director
10Eighty is proud to announce and welcome Nigel Williams as the Company’s Non-Executive Director. He replaces Neil Purvis who stepped down by virtue of his appointment as Chief Human Resources Officer at QBE. Neil remains an investor in 10Eighty.
Nigel’s appointment will add further HR breadth to the 10Eighty Board, in particular his expertise in the insurance and professional service sectors. Nigel is the outgoing Group HR Director of Catlin and is currently the Integration Transition Leader following the acquisition of Catlin by XL.
Welcoming him to the Board, CEO Michael Moran said: “I am delighted that Nigel has agreed to join us. He is a very senior HR professional and will bring with him a wealth of commercial experience. His insight into our clients’ requirements will be a valuable addition to the 10Eighty Board as we focus on our future growth.”
Emma Mitchell - Business Development Director
Business Development Director Emma is a People Development professional with 2 decades plus experience of training and coaching business professionals from many sectors.
Her focus is developing people and maximising their potential for leadership through coaching and training facilitation “My MO Is helping people do the right thing at the right time with support from emotional intelligence insights”.
You could describe Emma as a wellie-clad country girl, enthusiastic about animals and maintaining the beautiful English countryside who loves nothing more than walking her dog Jake in rural Sussex.
Indoors you’ll find Emma cooking Italian cuisine for her family with fresh local produce washed down with wine, champagne or prosecco, watching procedural cop shows like CSI, enjoying her village’s local music festival or rocking out to the Kaiser Chiefs in Brighton.
Hannah Moran - Business Development Executive
Business Development Executive, Hannah is our succession planner (a 10Eighty bench strength) with a background in public sector outplacement support, successfully placing individuals with learning disabilities and autism.
She’s driven by helping others achieve and seeing others succeed, particularly when they don’t know they need career help…you may not be surprised to learn that she has championed 10Eighty’s CareerCENTRE™ from Day One.
A few of her favourite work things are problem solving, building business and personal relationships and making a difference whilst having fun because: “You can’t take yourself too seriously.”
You could describe Hannah as a ‘pedalhead’ often found cycling around Bushy Park, Hampton Court, and ‘part-time petrolhead’ who occasionally races around Brands Hatch in a souped-up Merc.
When wheel-free, Hannah spends QT with friends and family especially Alfie, her fun loving and determined little boy, juggles 10Eighty tasks with keeping Alfie entertained and supporting hubbie Bradley’s business.
Sophina Rajah - Managing Director Middle East
Managing Director Middle East Sophina’s wealth of international experience includes strategic and operational roles in the private and public sectors working for Blackberry Middle East, Kifaf General Trading (KGT), Virgin Media and the MOD in the UK.
She’s thrilled with the consulting, delivery and coaching work she does. Her work “digs deep and peels away layers” enabling clients to see new perspectives, discover new realities and start new journeys, giving her a privileged sneak peek into their unique worldview lens.
You could describe Sophina as a fanatical foodie who enjoys challenging herself with New World cuisines, sourcing a quinoa pizza recipe on Facebook or baking her hubbie’s favourite – banoffee pie.
Her reading obsession encompasses non-fiction, for insights into real life situations and for developing her role such as Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ and the fictional pleasures of Shirley Conran’s ‘Lace’ for utter escapism.
Toby Townrow - Managing Director 10Eighty Cymru
Toby is Managing Director for 10Eighty Cymru and has a strong background in communications and learning & development, discovering the ‘learning bug’ as a manager for consumer electrical retailers Dixons. In early 1998 Toby recommended to the Dixons L & D department an up-and-coming TV presenter. Two months later a training video fronted by Graham Norton landed on his desk!
After making a splash as communications manager for ntl: and sales coach for Unilever, he took the plunge into freelancing in the UK and Saudi Arabia.
Having lived most of his life in Wales, he has grasped the opportunity to base himself in the ‘land of song’ where as a youth he had nearly pursued a music career in his employability journey.
You could describe Toby as a Japanophile who can speak a smattering of Japanese, planning his next visit for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, devoted Dad of 4 (4 months to 19 years old) and cinephile with a renewed desire to compose film soundtracks.
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Sarah Jamodu - Operations Manager
Sarah, our Operations Manager has many years of operational management experience in HR Consultancy.
She’s a details person who’s happy as Larry working with spreadsheets, systems, data tracking or setting up 300 people on Strengthscope®. She’s your first contact for our outreach programme, is our social media guru and author of our monthly reports.
You could describe Sarah as an organiser par excellence – she co-ordinates the volunteer rota at a night shelter for homeless asylum seekers 6 months every year, chairs the PTA and runs a weekly Parents Café at her sons’ – Tobi and Dami – school.
Sarah’s diverse practical skills extend to gardening, decorating and DIY. She’s also handy with a paper-cutting knife, enjoys attending a monthly craft class… and took up running to complete a Half Marathon for charity.
Joan O’Connor - Head of Leadership Development / Executive Coach and Facilitator
Joan, Head of Leadership Development, is a highly experienced executive coach, facilitator, team coach and consultant and has worked in global commercial environments since the mid-90s.
She enables individuals to make a positive difference for themselves through one-to-one coaching, team effectiveness and team coaching work. In her leadership coaching, she helps people work out what being a leader means to them, and how to become the best possible leader.
You could describe Joan as a vinyasa flow yoga practitioner, a lover of ballroom and latin dancing, who wants to learn the Argentinian tango, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ addict (who even watches ‘It Takes Two’), musical theatre fan, frequent concert goer and convert to the Latin American rhythms of Santana after Carlos’ guitar solos sparked a musical epiphany.
She adores amethysts and is obsessed with the colour purple (not the book/film) which, you may have noticed, has heavily influenced 10Eighty’s branding…
Trevor Merriden - Head of Collaborative Learning
Trevor has 15 years’ experience as a journalist with spells as deputy editor on Management Today and editor/editor-in-chief at Human Resources magazine.
His job title, ‘Head of Collaborative Learning’, reflects his personal and professional passions. As a content creator, he loves to drag the best ideas out of people and as a ‘Collaboration Advocate’ he argues we must kick down silos and pop learning bubbles to work better together.
You could describe Trevor as a team player who’s fascinated with patterns in football (and elsewhere) particularly those his team, Watford FC, make at Vicarage Road. He’s ludicrously proud of coaching a football team of 9 to 10 year olds and helping them develop as people and players.
Trevor factoids: back in the day he was area fencing champion and played the French Horn to Grade 8, he’s currently a presenter on St Albans-based Radio Veralum and is a big fan of Catalan band, Sense Sal. Ole!
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Sona Whyte - Financial Controller
Sona, our Financial Controller and Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales provides number-crunching support for a variety of businesses.
She gets a buzz from getting her figures spot on. Her ideal day is choc-a-block with completed tasks, challenges met, areas for improvement found and bottom lines increased. Working closely with Nick Lawson she ensures VAT returns and board meeting reports are executed on time.
You could describe Sona as a ‘veggie Nigella’ who prepares a mean aubergine curry and bakes a blinding banana and walnut loaf. She’s a seasoned traveller who adores a city break In New York or Venice, but truly loves London, especially the Globe Theatre end of the South Bank.
She volunteers weekends at a local hospice serving tea and biscuits to patients, which: “can be a bit overwhelming and requires considerable diplomacy but rewarding too as you’re a friendly face making a difference at a difficult time”
Keith Stopforth - Executive Coach and Facilitator
Executive Coach and Facilitator Keith’s extensive experience is spread across the retail, financial services, banking, legal and outsourcing, pharma and most recently healthcare sectors.
He usually supports people with a ‘D’ in their title. A leadership development specialist who loves to see people network and collaborate, he’s excited to see individuals he’s coached gain confidence and self-awareness, develop trust and develop as leaders.
You could describe Keith as a late blooming mountain climber who’s conquered 2 of the 3 Peaks: Scafell Pike and Snowdonia, with Ben Nevis in his sights summer 2017. His head for heights probably began when he walked over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during a recent Oz vacation.
Other Passions of the Keith: cruising around the Mediterranean, learning the history and cultures of new places, his aptly-named grandson Oliver who always wants ‘more’, It’s A Wonderful Life’ and inspirational song, the (David) Brent-tastic ‘Disco Inferno’.
Ian Christie - Web Editor
Web Editor Ian has freelanced since the early noughties and a good chunk of his public sector work before then involved engaging and consulting with staff, residents and service users.
He’s all about creating written and audio-visual content that’s accessible and engaging for all audiences, and while he’s an advocate of plain English, he’s not a grammarian: “For me, good copy should have ‘flow’ when you read it out loud”.
His championing of clearly written English extends to co-producing Easy Read documents with self-advocacy group Camden People First for public bodies like HS2 and TfL.
You could describe Ian as an eternal indie kid. He’s a John Peel Session veteran, rebooted his 80s band Khartomb in 2013 since when they’ve appeared on Brooklyn’s Newtown Radio and Stanford KZSU 90.1FM, recorded an EP and returned to the live circuit with his trusty Fender Telecaster.
He’s also a lifelong Spurs supporter, culture vulture and avid podcast listener.
Richard Lalchan - Website Manager
Our Website Manager Richard has been working with the web since the late nineties producing sites for the likes of Morgan Stanley, NHS Hounslow, West London Mental Health Trust, Peace Hospice Care and many SMEs.
He has a passion for clear communication and empowering small businesses and individuals to achieve their potential by helping them develop digital marketing strategies and a clear direction.
Working closely with Web Editor, Ian and Director, Liz he’s always tweaking and updating our website to ensure it’s a brill user experience and looks a treat on your smartphone.
You could describe Richard as a creatives cheerleader after setting up Creatives Hub, a network to inspire creative people to turn their ideas into reality and hopefully a career. He’s also an aspiring author, currently writing a sci-fi novella, and a huge fan of Liverpool FC and Swedish miserablist Ingmar Bergman.
Douglas Reynolds - IT Translator
Doug is a Business Information Technology graduate from the University of Gloucestershire and freelance business owner.
Our IT Translator, he’s all about understanding how businesses can utilise the web strategically to achieve their goals faster. A self-styled tech explorer, he’s often building his own apps and keeping a weather eye on technology trends.
You could describe Doug as a first responder… a first aid trainer at college, now a St John’s Ambulance volunteer assisting a team of paramedics at places like Cheltenham race course and music festivals where “teamwork and communication can be absolutely critical.” Every weekday he voluntarily walks dogs for elderly and terminally ill people.
For relaxation, he listens to his 80s vinyl collection which includes electro-pop classics like ‘Dare’ by Human League, reads dystopian fiction like Brave New World, interacts with his Amazon Echo and brushes up on bushcraft.