Who we are

 Paul McInteePaul McIntee 

Paul is the Managing Partner and is responsible for driving the strategy and managing the business. He has over thirty years experience in technical and commercial management in large multinational companies and eight years experience as a business consultant to SMEs. His experience encompasses creating commercial relationships and alliances, strategic and tactical business management, programme and project management as well as creating and leading teams.

He has held senior positions in technology management and commercial management within BT as well as being the ‘VP Customer Projects & Commercial’ for a spin-out company. Paul’s international experience includes creating strategic alliances with companies in France, Germany, India and Norway, as well as creating winning proposals and leading successful bid teams.

Paul joined Obsidian in February 2007. His specialisms include commercial and business growth, programme and project management, coaching and senior leadership development. Paul is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, Member of the Institute of Directors and Member of the Institute of Business Consultants and an accredited executive coach with APECS (association for Professional Executive Coaches and Supervisors).
Paul can be contacted on 01394 670360 or paul.mcintee@obsidian.co.uk

David Downing 

Dave has been with the partnership for over ten years and focuses on individual and team development as well as being involved in consultancy assignments. Throughout his time with Obsidian Dave has been a major fee generator for the business developing strong partnerships with a number of organisations across different market sectors. He is committed to growing the business both organically and by recruiting new consultants to the team while retaining the central strategy of developing partnership relationships with Obsidian’s clients so that any intervention develops their business as well the people within it.

Dave has a strong technical background with eighteen years experience in industry, both UK and overseas, working with research organisations and industrial companies. He was Commercial Director for five years, and was then promoted to Managing Director of a UK based, international, industrial manufacturer.
Dave can be contacted on 07802 497076 or david.downing@obsidian.co.uk

David Evans

David has wide ranging commercial experience, gained over 25 years both as a senior manager and contractor, working with large organisations which are household names as well as SMEs across a variety of sectors. With experience across a number of areas and has experience of commercial delivery, both at a strategic and tactical level.

Specialising in Sales and Business Development, David has held senior positions in technology companies, with wide ranging commercial responsibilities including creating a workable plan to reach consumers, creating and managing collaboration/partnering opportunities; procurement and supplier management; devising and implementing commercial strategy; increasing productivity, inventing new ways of doing things, streamlining processes/outsourcing/removing duplication and the effective use of IT.

He has also held senior positions, with full profit and loss responsibility, with overseas companies operating in the UK building the whole operation from scratch. David joined and Obsidian in 2013 and is responsible for mentoring and coaching clients on all aspects of sales and business development as well as looking after the practice’s needs in these areas.
David can be contacted on 07787 055 497 or david.evans@obsidian.co.uk

Julie KendallJulie Kendall

Julie has broad management and people development skills, gained from a career which spans the not for profit, public and private sectors. She has recent experience of working both as a director of an organization alongside consultancy assignments, which provides up to date and practical first hand knowledge of the issues that companies face.

She frequently works with organisations which need to take the next step towards making their processes and people management a bit more professional but may not have all the skills in house, for instance reviewing the staffing and structure of an organisation where the team has grown organically but may now have high staff costs or inefficiencies in ways of working. She works with organisations requiring improvements to aspects of performance management, for instance, competency frameworks or appraisals, and frequently supports companies and individuals through redundancy and career transition.

Julie is an excellent developer and deliverer of tailored training programmes to suit the needs of the client. She mentors or coaches individuals to bring out their potential, whether to help them motivate and influence others, to achieve their objectives, tackle performance issues or move to the next stage with their career. She is also skilled in developing job specifications and recruiting the right people.

When not at work Julie is a keen runner, a bee keeper and a member of an experimental theatre company. She was also a Games Maker at the 2012 Olympics and as recognition of her work as Workforce Operations Team Leader she was invited to meet the Prime Minister when he visited the venue.
Julie can be contacted on 01799 516574 or julie.kendall@obsidian.co.uk

 Dr Jeremy PayneJeremy Payne 

Jeremy has a strong commercial background with over fifteen years experience in major corporations. He has held a number of senior executive positions in strategy, quality and internal management science consultancy. He held a senior group strategy and planning role in BT where he was pivotal in the introduction of the Balanced Scorecard and the European Excellence Model at corporate level. On leaving BT he worked as a Client Partner for a medium sized City of London based Management Consultancy, leading assignments for clients in the telecommunications and financial services sectors.

Jeremy joined Obsidian in 2000. He specialises in organisational and individual Performance Management and the crucial linkages between the two, and has a track record of successful interventions at Board and senior management levels.

Jeremy gained his BA from the University of Cambridge with First Class Honours in 1978 and his MA and PhD from that University in 1982. He successfully completed the International General Management Programme at IMD in Lausanne in 1993 and became an Accredited European Quality Award Assessor in 1995.
Jeremy can be contacted on 07808 166218 or jeremy.payne@obsidian.co.uk

Peter Wortley

Peter is a recent addition to the Obsidian team, joining in 2013. He has a strong track record in business, gained from over twenty years experience in industry. Peter has an operations background and has had almost ten years experience at Managing Director level, leading organisations through complete transformations. In his last major role, as General Manager of a stand-alone UK Division of Magna, he lead the turnaround of a loss making entity to a performing profitable £75M turnover division.

Peter combines his experience gained from leading and motivating teams and individuals with his expertise in Mental Toughness, a cutting edge area of Psychology, to improve the performance of organisations. Peter gained his BEng from Loughborough University 1992 and his MBA in 2005. He qualified as a coach in 2011 with an ILM level 5 award and is a member of the EMCC and coordinates the Cambridge network.
Peter can be contacted on 07786 336313 or peter.wortley@obsidian.co.uk

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