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Who we are

Cathryn and Patrick first met as students at the University of Reading in the late eighties, where they bonded over a love of early E.D.M. and French literature... Nearly three decades later,  they share another passion – the future of work – and that the skills and expertise developed during the course of their professional lives complement each other perfectly when it comes to bringing their insights and knowledge to a wider audience.

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Cathryn Barnard

Cathryn has always been fascinated by how humans communicate. A degree in modern languages helped to surface an awareness that communication is both verbal and non-verbal. This understanding and a deep interest in how and why humans behave as they do have underscored a successful career in recruitment and workforce planning - Cathryn’s first staffing business scaled to a £3-million-turnover company.


The way we work today is on the cusp of seismic change that will fundamentally shift our entire approach. Cathryn’s passion for the future of work is fuelled by a belief that, whilst disruptive, these changes present an enormous opportunity for humans to work in ways that provide more fulfilment and satisfaction than is the current norm.  

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Patrick Lodge

Patrick is a futurist and emerging trends expert, with a particular passion for generating strategic intelligence applicable to all forms of upstream future-planning activity. The work he does in this area is designed to help clients better anticipate the socio-cultural change likely to impact their businesses, and to translate the key implications and opportunities emanating from the changing world into actionable strategic imperatives.

For over 14 years, Patrick has been working with Breaking Trends™, an acclaimed global trends consultancy that has built a solid reputation for generating future-focused market and business intelligence. During that time, he has worked with a host of brands and businesses, including BMW Group, the BBC, BSkyB, City Football Group, E.ON, Fremantle Media, HarperCollins, McDonald’s, and Virgin Atlantic, helping them to achieve a better understanding of the future. He is also a copywriter and marketing content specialist.

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Our tribe


We believe that future workforces and teams will be far more dynamic, diverse and fluid in their make-up. Purposeful, 'blended' teams of 'permanent' and 'temporary' / freelance / interim staff will come together around customer challenges and opportunities to create, deliver and reflect on new products and services. A key feature of this new approach will be much closer, ongoing dialogue with their client cohorts.


In appreciation of this shift, we are growing our own ‘Tribe’, collaborating with others through a set of core values and a clear vision for the change we want to see in the world of work. 

Paul Jocelyn

Paul is our lead on workplace Learning and Development. With a successful career spent with one of the UK’s largest retailers, Paul has in-depth experience of learning and development strategy, tools and campaigns that can help organisations support change by focusing on continuous learning.  


With technology evolving at lightning speed, ‘lifetime learning’ at an individual and organisational level is the new foundation of an adaptable and future fit organisation


Paul’s insights, strategies and ideas can help organisations to challenge  and focus their continuously learning mindset as the role of 'learning' moves beyond training for compliance and standardisation

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Mike Jones

Mike’s military career took him on six tours to the front line of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan; if anyone knows anything about how to manage and lead in hostile, volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environments, it’s him.


His unique experiences led him to teach leadership to officers at Sandhurst Military Academy. Mike now blends this remarkable hands-on experience with a MSc in Occupational Psychology. He helps us and our clients better understand the way we as humans respond to uncertainty and the key human skills required to successfully lead and motivate teams through continuously changing landscapes.

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Liz Clayton-Jones

Liz has over three decades of experience within global FMCG, giving her deep insights into the workings of complex organisations and the people who lead and serve them.


A certified Strengths Coach with 15 years in engagement and learning and development-focused roles, Liz specialises in developing highly engaged and collaborative teams, helping people understand and activate their unique strengths, diverse thinking and working styles, and using these to intentionally collaborate for greater success. 

Our research shows that newer generations are motivated by work that provides a sense of purpose and unique contribution.  In addition, we know diverse and collaborative teams are more able to deliver innovative solutions to the new challenges the future of work is unveiling. The insights and experience Liz brings can help organisations make significant shifts to achieve both.

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