Who are we?
We are 2 directors, a support team, associates and partners in the UK and abroad.
Our mission is to transform global leadership from the ‘inside out’, equipping leaders to serve well, in today and tomorrow’s world.
We will take you on a journey with yourself, others, something greater (such as a personal vision or mission) and God. We aim to provide a safe space for deep learning that facilitates a ‘soul shift’ for you and for organisations.
We work with a wide range of clients from across the private, public, charity, voluntary and enterprise sectors.
We also offer
Our learning approach is theoretical, experiential and practical. We combine mentoring, storytelling and coaching based on best practice, creativity and fun!
Our values are:
connection through prioritising relationships; clarity by simplifying complex issues and convergence which draws together diverse strands.
Our approach will prepare you for new paradigms, fresh possibilities and of course, the shift to your next leadership!
Rev Dr Kate Coleman is founding director of Next Leadership. She has over 30 years of leadership experience in the church, charity and voluntary sectors and is a mentor and coach to leaders.
Kate recently completed a term as Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council (2012-2014), is a former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (2006-2007), and a Baptist Minister.
A popular speaker and lecturer, Kate has gained a reputation as a visionary and an inspiration to many. She is a strategic advisor who mentors, coaches and supports leaders and organisations locally, nationally and internationally. Recognised as one of the 20 most influential black Christian women leaders in the UK (https://issuu.com/keepthefaith/docs/keep_the_faith_issue_100), her network extends across all sectors and church denominations. Kate is author of 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership.
Her media contributions include the mainstream press, radio and TV.
Rev Cham Kaur-Mann has nearly 20 years leadership experience, in the church, charity and voluntary sectors and is a mentor and coach to leaders. She is the first (and currently only) Asian woman minister within the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
Cham is Co-Director of Next Leadership and also works with the Cinnamon Network as the Trainers’ Team Manager, delivering leadership training across the UK.
She is a motivational speaker with a unique and compelling ability to ‘story a story’. Cham mentors, coaches and supports leaders from a variety of sectors. She is author of ‘Images of Jesus’ and ‘Are there traditional “women’s ministries”?’
Cham is a Certified Stakeholder Centered Coach.
7 Deadly Sins programme Team
Kay has a long and distinguished career in the UK retail property sector. A chartered surveyor, Kay spent 27 years at FTSE 100 constituent Capital Shopping Centres Group PLC (CSC) where she became Managing Director, responsible for the £7 billion shopping centre portfolio and an Executive Board Director before stepping down in September 2011 to seek other business opportunities.
Currently Kay is a Non-executive Director for St Modwen Properties PLC, New River Retail Limited and Boyer Planning. She is highly experienced in working with local authorities, retailers and tenants.
In addition, The Association of Women in Property identified Kay amongst the top 25 most prestigious women in the leading property and construction organisations.
Dr Neil Deuchar
Dr Neil Deuchar
Neil has undertaken Medical Directorships in both specialist Mental Health and Strategic Health Authority settings, his managerial portfolio having included Leadership for Quality, Professional Regulation, clinical configurations, Information Governance and Research and Innovation.
- Consultant Psychiatrist, Health Xchange, Birmingham
- Associate Medical Director, NHS Midlands and East
- Specialist Advisor on Commissioning, Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Mental Health Advisor, Right Care, Department of Health
- Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
Neil’s career has also taken him into general practice, journalism and media relations. Neil has recently started a social enterprise that aims to provide personal development and healthcare employment opportunities for destitute people.
Julie is an organisational and people development specialist with a broad operational background, wide international experience, and extensive expertise in working with Christian and not for profit organisations. She is a Director of Human Dimensions Development, an independent company based in the UK and also visiting consultant for Sarum College, Salisbury.
Julie’s experience covers the church, not-for-profit, public sector and commercial arenas, enabling her to integrate best practice from each. Her work with different cultures adds a breadth of knowledge. Julie’s leadership experience is rooted in 11 years of general management at the John Lewis Partnership – one of the UK’s biggest retailers. Her experience also spans several years of senior leadership positions in the Bible Society.
Julie has, more recently, completed two years as Director of the Foundation of Church Leadership. She has now returned to private practise, and continues to work on developmental and strategic needs of leadership at the most senior levels in the church.
Les Isaac OBE
Les Isaac OBE
Les is CEO of Ascension Trust. His mission and vision is to train and develop individuals to serve their local community, city and nations of the world. He co-launched an innovative project called ‘Street Pastors’ in 2003. Today there are 29 projects across London, with over 250 initiatives in cities, towns and villages in the UK and Ireland. Street Pastors has also been launched in Antigua & Barbuda, Gibraltar, Trinidad & Tobago and Manly in Australia. Les is currently the Convenor of the Ecumenical Lambeth Borough Deans and received an OBE in 2013. Les is currently the Convenor of the Ecumenical Lambeth Borough Deans and received an OBE in 2013.
Revd Isaac; widely called Les, is married to Louise, a school teacher, with whom he has two children; Jake and Lara.
He is the CEO of a Christian charity called Ascension Trust which he founded in 1993. His mission is to train and develop individuals to serve their local community, city, nation and nations of the world. His desire is to see communities working more effectively in their society.
Such is his determination and convictions to get involved and impact communities and society at large, he co-launched an innovative project with Revd David Shosanya, a Baptist Minister and a Detective Constable Ian Crichlow called ‘Street Pastors’ which provides a late night outreach service in high crime areas to tackle the issue of guns, knives and violent crimes on the streets of Britain.
The Street Pastors initiative was launched in Lambeth in 2003 with 18 Street Pastors; today there are 29 projects running within the 33 boroughs of London with over 250 projects in other major cities, towns and villages with four international projects in Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad & Tobago, Gibraltar and Manly in Australia and the work is continually developing with over 10,000 trained Street Pastors!
Les has been interviewed on Radio and TV and regularly meets with Parliamentarians and high ranking Police Officers to discuss and contribute his vast experience and knowledge to community issues. He is a motivational speaker visiting high security prisons to inspire inmates and staff. He is one of Britain’s most influential black Church Leaders who is highly regarded around the country for his innovative work with communities.
He has written three books to-date entitled ‘Dreadlocks’, ‘Relevant Church’ and ‘Street Pastors’.
Les has been a minister in Lambeth for over 30 years and currently serves as the Convenor of the Ecumenical Lambeth Borough Deans. He is the associate minister of Christian Life Fellowship, a lively church with branches in Greenwich, Lambeth, Medway and Croydon.
Les has recently been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and will be awarded an OBE for his work fostering community cohesion.
Professor Heidi Safia Mirza
Professor Heidi Safia Mirza
Heidi is Professor Emeritus of Equalities Studies in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. As one of the first black women professors in Britain, Heidi is recognised as a leading expert on black and minority ethnic women in the UK. As a Diversity and Equality Consultant, Heidi has an international reputation for challenging inequality and championing human rights through educational reform.
Heidi was one of eight winners at the 2014 Media Diversified Eight Women awards, which celebrates the achievements of black and Asian British women who have made significant contributions in their field colour across the UK. She was also invited as a keynote speaker to deliver the 2014 lecture, marking the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s address at St. Paul’s Cathedral, enroute to receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.
In 2012, marking her country Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th Anniversary of Independence, Heidi was recognized and awarded for her ‘contribution to academia’. She was also appointed Professor of Racial Equality Studies at Middlesex University, a landmark appointment, the first Chair in Racial Equality in the world.
Heidi established the Runnymede Collection at the BCA (Black Cultural Archives), a race-relations archive documenting the late 20th Century civil rights struggle for Multicultural Britain and has authored several best-selling books.
Dr Elaine Storkey
Dr Elaine Storkey
Elaine is a well-known academic and broadcaster, and was named one of the 100 women public intellectuals by The Guardian.
Elaine is Director of Education for the Church of England Church Army, and speaks at public events in many countries. Author of eight books, she has also written hundreds of articles for journals and newspapers. She has a number of academic degrees, including a Doctorate of Divinity, and has lectured at King’s College, Birkbeck College and Oxford University.
Elaine is passionate about justice and transformation and the role of the local church in tackling poverty. In 1997 Elaine Storkey became President of Tearfund, a Christian relief and development charity, and was involved in monitoring aid, relief and advocacy work in countries of the Global South until she stepped down in 2013. In 2010 she and her husband, Alan, became founder members of Restored, an organisation committed to advocating against violence to women.