Who We Are

Meet the Springboard Consultancy team

Ann Clayton, CDirFIOD Chair

Ann started her career as a computer programmer and worked her way up the ladder to her first management role. Over the years she gained her management experience, outside of IT, in sectors such as finance, manufacturing, and retail.



Karen Daly-Gherabi, Managing Director

Karen became Managing Director of The Springboard Consultancy in May 2016, after a career as a Senior Officer in the British Army, promoting excellence, development, achievement, and diversity. This was followed by 12 years working for The British Council in the Middle East creating international opportunities and building trust and engagement through education, training and cultural relations. 

Karen introduced the award-winning Springboard Women’s Development Programme into the Middle East whilst with the British Council, so had seen first hand the positive impact that the programme has had on more than 17,000 women, including the network of trainers, across both the Middle East and North Africa. 

Throughout her career, Karen’s passion has been for developing people through training, development and creating opportunities so that everyone can be the best they can be and this is where Karen gets her true sense of satisfaction. She is thrilled to now be part of the Springboard Consultancy, whose international work across 45 countries together with a track record of having had more than 250,000 people experience their life changing programmes.  Karen says “I am living my dream in helping progress equality across societies”. 


Georgina Pullen, Senior Training Consultant

Georgina joined the Consultancy team in 2000 and actively delivers all our personal development programmes across the UK and worldwide. She both trains and licenses our new Springboard trainers.

Georgina is committed to the personal development of others, particularly women. She is an experienced trainer with an enthusiastic approach to her development work. She has an impressive 25-year track record of delivering top quality training across a variety of government and private sector organisations.

Georgina builds rapport and strong relationships with colleagues, clients and participants and has a positive outlook on life, living the values of our development programmes personally.


Kathy Connell, Senior Administration Manager

Kathy is the first point of contact for all Springboard clients and the consultancy’s network of 400 licensed trainers. Kathy has worked with The Springboard Consultancy since 2005 providing much-needed continuity and adapting her role to meet the many changing needs of the business throughout her service.

Kathy says “Working for the Springboard Consultancy is brilliant, no two days are ever the same, the team is cohesive and supportive and I’m constantly amazed by the life changing experience our personal development programmes bring to our many participants.”


Mariam Daher, Middle East Regional Lead


Fiona Carlisle – Sales Support Executive 

Fiona worked at Loughborough University for 12 years in their award-winning conference and events operations. She joins the team with a wealth of experience in business development, sales and event management within both the corporate and higher education sectors.

Fiona works alongside Amanda, Helen and Georgina in Springboard’s busy sales and training team and is a recent recruit, having recently returned to work after a career break to bring up her family.


Helen Maxwell – Sales Executive

Helen has been working in the training sector for over 10 years receiving several accolades along the way.

Her past experiences have seen her delivering training programme solutions in the Construction, Utilities and Travel sectors while also finding training solutions for apprenticeships and leavers in the MOD.

She enjoys working with people, motivating, supporting and teaching them to grow.

Helen is thrilled to be a part of the Springboard Team and feels very passionate about the programmes we deliver.


Amanda Waite – Sales Administrator

Amanda joined the Springboard team in 2019, bringing a wealth of administration experience up to Senior Management level. Amanda’s role is to support the Springboard Consultancy Sales Team, applying her particular strengths of organisation and efficiency, helping to make things run smoothly.  

Amanda is passionate about sport, especially the promotion of women’s sport, creating positive role models and influences, for children and young people, whilst having a positive effect on both their physical and mental health. 

Aligned with an HR and sports coaching background, Amanda has a special interest in the personal development outcomes achieved on Springboard Courses. These include building self-confidence, empowerment and developing the individual as a whole.