Our Team.

Our clients are the lifeblood of Authentic. Here’s how our skills will support your business goals.

Neil Bestford

Founder | People and Culture Strategist

After a decade working through the hierarchical ranks of the region’s top creative agencies, I’m not ashamed to say it, in 2008 I burnt out. Fast-forward to 2014 – six years after my ‘burn out’ – having left the creative industry and lecturing for one of the UK’s top FE colleges, I found my passion for people and culture in my first foray into ‘management’ at a Sunday Times Top 100 Company. Although I didn’t know it then, it was the catalyst for following in my father’s footsteps in 2018 when I set-up my own business, Authentic.

Having been ‘that employee’, ‘that manager’, ‘that strategic lead’ I understand the pain points and challenges organisations face when it comes to people and creating an authentic culture. You have to be bold, positive, passionate, true to your values and have the right support. That’s why I created Authentic. To apply robust, proven standards and share advice from personal experience to help people thrive and organisations to flourish.

Here’s who else you’re likely to work with.

Alan Shaw

Leadership and Culture Change Consultant

Alan has successfully delivered organisational development, leadership transformation and culture change around the globe and across the UK, including for the NHS. Thanks to his commercial focus he can bring your strategies and values to life, delivering high impact change and coaching for sustainable business and people performance. Alan is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a North East CIPD Mentor and Coach.

Clare Blunt

Mental Health Trainer

Clare is a qualified Mental Health Professional, trainer and coach. She’s an Approved Mental Health First Aid England Instructor and is also on the National Training Team for MHFA England CIC. She works with clients to improve mental health and wellbeing at a personal, organisational and strategic level. Looking at prevention, not just intervention. Advising on how to spot the early signs of poor mental health and how best to look after your organisation as a whole, you included.

James Kent

Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach

James is driven by his personal experience of being chronically unhealthy in his early twenties. Now, an experienced nutritionist and personal trainer, with over 15 years’ experience, he is passionate about helping others make sustainable, long-term change through habit-based coaching. Precision Nutrition, a globally recognised coaching collective who have coached world-class athletes, is at the heart of his coaching style. James can get and keep your people productive and healthy.

Ross Gladwin

Musculoskeletal Specialist

Former World Champion kickboxing athlete, Ross gained first-hand insight and experience of managing injuries and enhancing physical performance throughout his 10-year sporting career. Today Ross is a therapist, with a Master of Science (MSc) in Sports Medicine and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) specialising in Sports Science and Musculoskeletal Injuries. His kickboxing and experience of successfully managing Olympic athletes, television actors and fitness clients gives him a unique approach to physical therapy and rehabilitation.

We'd love to hear from you.

Whether it’s strategy, training, coaching or wellbeing, or simply to find out more about how Authentic can support you, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us today to arrange a free, no-obligation call.

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