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Rely Upon Our Team

At Black Isle Global, our consultants bring decades of corporate, consulting and coaching experience to our clients. We’ve earned our stripes and we take pride in sharing our knowledge.

Meet Team Asia

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John Myers
John Miers

Teaching leaders to inspire by breaking the mould of traditional presentation advice.

Katherine
Katherine Payne

Enabling and accelerating individual and organisational growth

Case
Case Everaert

Empowering leaders to speak for themselves, their businesses and their causes.

Paul F Hussey

Instilling leaders with gravitas and boardroom presence

Callum MacRobert

Solving executive performance problems with strategic training.

 

Heather Linhardt
Heather A. Linhardt

Creating a strong economic business case for social and environmental change.

Anthony Wong
Anthony Wong

Experienced HR Consultant, Trainer, Coach and Lecturer in Leadership, HR Management, and Communication.

Monica Browning
Monica Browning

Finding the bold and courageous inner leader who steps forward with passion and purpose.

Angela Lee
Angela Lee

Facilitator and coach to organisations facing human capital management challenges

Meet Team North America

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Barry Kuntz
Barry Kuntz

Teaching people to stand out whenever they speak so they achieve their best

 

 

Diane Vallee
Diane Vallée

Making you stand out when you speak for yourself, your business and your cause so you achieve success.

Damir Andreai
Damir Andreai

Bringing out the natural best in speakers.

John Miers

Founder and chairman of Black Isle, with almost 30 years’ experience showing senior leaders how to gain admiration and trust in management meetings, with staff and in the media. Expert at making presentations fun for the speaker and the audience.

Throughout a varied and challenging career in the Royal Navy, which included acting as a media spokesman, John developed an incredible understanding of human communication. On leaving military service in 1990, John founded Black Isle, in order to share his experiences and understanding to develop effective communication within a business environment.

He personally developed a media coaching programme which allows each participant to have at least seven mock interviews, to prepare them for a variety of situations. The Chief Executive of the Canadian Olympic Committee became the most sought-after figure by the TV networks at the Vancouver Winter Olympic games after working with John.

John’s approach disagrees with a great deal of conventional wisdom concerning presentation and personal impact. He builds on the uniqueness of personality and helps people perform at their natural best in any situation.

He was a pioneer in e-learning, developing an early video-based programme on speaking skills, allowing managers in Asia and North America to enjoy a workshop which was not just a lecture or podcast.

This highly individual and successful approach has allowed John to expand Black Isle Consultants across four continents and to seven offices around the world. As well as coaching politicians in North America, Asia and Europe, John has helped many senior executives and public figures perform more effectively in high profile appointments.

John and the Black Isle team have won the Hong Kong trainer of the year award twice.

His book: ‘Hit me Again! … I Can Still Hear Him!’ has been acclaimed for its simple and refreshing approach to speaking in all situations.

“Removing the terror of public speaking is so rewarding – both when giving a poor presenter the skills they need and also when showing a good presenter what it is that makes them great. The power they get from that understanding is a revelation to them and a delight to me.”


Relevant Qualifications

Royal Navy Submarine Command training
Royal Navy Senior Instructor
Royal Navy Media Spokesperson
Qualified coach for EQ-I analytical

Clients Say

“Over my 19 year career, I can count on three fingers the number of training sessions that I felt were really beneficial …. Yours was one of them.”

Jerry Forsythe, Senior VP, Effem (Mars Foods)

Katherine Payne

Enabling and accelerating individual and organisational growth

As a corporate executive, Katherine led strategic planning, human resources, business operations and risk management for Digital Equipment, JDS Uniphase, Johnson Electric and MetLife Asia Pacific. From start-ups to major multinationals, she has worked across industries, geographies and cultures to build dynamic, successful businesses and functions.

Her practice focuses on developing leadership skills, optimizing performance, communicating effectively and building agile and inclusive organisations. She has coached board directors, executives and teams around the world to achieve strong outcomes, both for themselves and the corporate ROI. With experience in both the public and private sectors, Katherine is a recognised facilitator and negotiator, particularly in diverse cultural environments.

Katherine is proficient in establishing appropriate organisational structures and governance models for various entities, having worked with partnerships, joint ventures and various subsidiary structures. Her experience in numerous mergers and acquisitions is a valuable asset in due diligence, organisational alignment and post-closing integration.

She has also served as a board director for academic, health care, and corporate organisations.

“ Helping individuals and businesses articulate and achieve their goals is the most satisfying work imaginable”


Relevant Qualifications

Master of Science in Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan Fellow)

Bachelor of Arts, East Asian Studies, University of British Columbia

Certified Canadian Human Resource Professional

Qualified Professional Coach.

Certified Assessor for Saville and DiSC

Clients Say

“Thank you, Katherine, for your insightful guidance. You helped me address several significant professional challenges and move forward with confidence; couldn’t have done it without you!”

S. Southey

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Case Everaert

Empowering leaders to speak for themselves, their businesses and their causes.

Case works with high-powered individuals who have gone on to promote themselves and their organisations successfully. Some of Case’s clients have gone on to do great things including:

  • speaking at TEDx events
  • founding successful businesses
  • winning best speaker awards
  • successfully campaigning to change legislation.

His experience also includes coaching the female MDs of a financial institution in Asia to resolve internal communication challenges, leading to better engagement and higher retention and promotion rates; and addressing the cross-cultural communication in a global toy manufacturer to improve communicates between different geographies and genders leading to better problem solving, reduced lead times and smoother operations.

“Many people refer to communication as a soft skill. I believe it is the hardest skill executives need to succeed. It is tremendously rewarding to grow people into better communicators and see them thrive personally and professionally.” 


Relevant Qualifications

Master in International Management degree from Thunderbird, AZ, USA;

Bachelor in Business Administration degree from Nyenrode University in The Netherlands;

Accredited EQ-i 2.0 and EQ360 Coach;

Founding member of the Male Allies Leadership Council.

Clients Say

“I would highly recommend Case to any company looking to speak with one voice”
– Maaike Steinebach, CEO ABN AMRO, HK

Paul F Hussey

Instilling leaders with gravitas and boardroom presence

Paul is the creator of the unique Executive Presence for Leadership Development programme, based on his own experience as CEO of global enterprises.

Using his expertise in private equity, he coaches leadership teams to prepare for investor exit, significantly enhancing the value of the business for the investors. The creation of a well-orchestrated and fluent leadership team is known to increase anticipated business value (multiples of EBITDA) by an additional 0.25 to 0.5 of a multiple.

His long career as a banker and vice-president in numerous multi-national corporations enhances his programmes with cross-cultural nuance and sensitivity.

Paul led his own leadership teams through two successful investor exits and is seen as an industry expert. He has a high profile in the media, giving regular interviews and making frequent television appearances.

“What makes this so worthwhile is helping clients self-actualise. My role is to release and harness the innate ability within leaders. Witnessing the change, makes it all worthwhile”


Qualifications

Masters in International Management from Thunderbird, AZ, USA

MBA degree from Thunderbird, AZ, USA

B.Sc. in Management Science from Trinity College Dublin,

Currently studying for his LLB in HKU


Clients Say

“The personal transformation I have gained with Executive Presence is extraordinary, and changed my career trajectory”

– Circle Yeung, Director, HSBC

Callum MacRobert

Solving executive performance problems with strategic training.

Callum has worked with a varied cross-section of industries, inspiring executives and teams to be better communicators. He’s handled large and small scale projects including:

  • training 100+ Executives at a leading real estate investment trust to be better in front of their board
  • teaching an asset manager’s sales team how to sell more effectively (increasing the number of deals by 50%)
  • working with the AML team of an investment bank’s to improve their approach to client interactions, helping them retain clients worth over hundreds of millions of dollars
  • training an executive team as moderators to increase their exposure in their market, leading to more accounts and revenue
  • showing a Non-Governmental Organisation how to improve their messaging and delivery enabling them to hit a new records of 10M HKD at their annual fundraiser.

“I get immense satisfaction from being part of peoples’ learning journeys; the spark that goes off when they ‘get it’, apply it and use it. This gets me up in the morning and keeps me going at night”


Relevant Qualifications

BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science from the University of Stirling, Scotland.

World Rugby Level 2 Qualified Coach, coaching all ages.

Clients Say

“Callum’s practical lessons were delivered with humour, and the skills learned were immediately applicable, memorable and well received”

Amy Fong, CE, Save the Children Hong Kong

Heather A. Linhardt

Creating a strong economic business case for social and environmental change.

Heather has worked with many high-powered individuals and organisations who have become instrumental in changing themselves and their organisations successfully.

Some of the outcomes her clients have gained as a result of her work include:

  • innovative management systems to support organisational well-being
  • global licensing and accreditations
  • international sustainability awards
  • repositioning in the market with successful product offerings and programmes
  • conceptualisation of organisational sustainability strategy
  • innovative ‘Women in Action’ and leadership programmes.

 

“I love watching people and businesses reach their full potential. Seeing them achieve things they never believed possible is so invigorating.”


Relevant Qualifications

Certified Cognitive Coach

Adaptive Schools Facilitator

Degree in Environmental Law and Communications from NAU 

Clients Say

“Heather is on a very short list of the most competent professionals that I have worked with in this field”
Michael Lindsay, VP Outward Bound USA

Anthony Wong

Developing effective professionals and leaders who deliver better results with people, through people.

Anthony has worked with numerous institutes and corporations in designing and rolling out effective people management and training programs that have brought sustainable successes to their organisations and members:

  • successful launch of the new professional standards for HR practitioners in Hong Kong
  • design and delivery of career programs for students which have helped the universities significantly improve their global ranking
  • newly designed performance management systems and training programs that helped a leading game developer turnaround its business and improve its top- and bottom-lines by 15% and 25% respectively within two years
  • development and implementation of new industrial relations strategies that helped a global leader in FMCG resolve its conflicts with the labour union, turned around the situation from two major strikes in two years to zero industrial action in the following decade.

“It’s so rewarding to train people to become more effective leaders with better impact, influence and inspirations!”


Relevant Qualifications

Master Degree in Transport Policy & Planning from the University of Hong Kong

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.

Fellow of Hong Kong Institute of HR Management

DDI and Franklin Covey certified facilitator.

Clients Say

“Participants found Anthony inspirational, vivid in presentation, well prepared and experienced. I would be most willing to recommend Anthony for any endeavours he wants to pursue”
– Lois Lok, Head, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service Institute

Monica Browning

Finding the bold and courageous inner leader who steps forward with passion and purpose.

Monica has extensive international corporate HR experience with a specialisation in talent management, leadership development and coaching. During her HR career she has:

  • coached senior leadership and management teams on culture and organisational change resulting in 90% increased awareness through cultural awareness workshops
  • co-designed and facilitated multiple leadership development programs across Asia to include 100+ participants over 4 years
  • been the trusted advisor and HR business partner through complex organisational restructuring programs ensuring 30% cost savings
  • worked across all areas of the employee HR life-cycle bringing a wealth of understanding, knowledge and capability to numerous organisations and leadership teams in the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

 

“People matter to me. Enabling people to find clarity and purpose in who they are as well as what they do matters to me even more. My passion for coaching lies in the magical and transformational opportunities for self-discovery, exploration and the endless possibilities that can arise through the creative coaching process for individuals, teams, organisations and communities.”


Relevant Qualifications

Qualified coactive coach with the Coaches Training Institute;

Accredited Performance Climate Systems (PCS) practitioner focusing on organisational climate;

Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Trained facilitator in the use of Strength Finder 2.0 (Gallup).


Clients Say

“Monica’s coaching has provided me with clarity and alignment between my personal/core values and my career. In addition, I have rediscovered my inner confidence, strength and ambitions which are enabling me to take important steps for the next phase of my career.”

Herman Tse, former HSBC Investment Banker

Angela Lee

Facilitator and coach to organisations facing human capital management challenges

Angela’s long career has included senior HR leadership roles in private, public and NGO sectors across many industries including luxury retail, IT/telecom, hospitality, publishing & media. From this she has developed strong business acumen and a proven ability as a strategic partner to various businesses covering local, regional and international perspectives. 

She has successfully led organisation-wide projects in culture transformation, change management and organisational development. They include:

  • team collaboration and communications for a European buying office
  • leadership development for a US-based e-commerce and marketing business
  • business etiquette, personal effectiveness and branding for a HK-based international law firm
  • coaching skills for leaders for a quasi-governmental regulatory body
  • HR skills for non-HR managers and team effectiveness for a European based luxury brand

She is also a part time lecturer and tutor for HKU Space delivering programmes on organisational behaviour, change management and other HR topics.

My mission is to create a sustainable future within any organisation by showing people how to acquire and demonstrate the personal attributes and values which make a real difference.


Relevant Qualifications

ICF PCC

Certified Organisational Coach, Level Three, IECL, Team Coaching certificate

Certificate on Principles of Organisational Coaching

MBA in International Business

Certified Hogan Assessment User

Certified assessor for The Leadership Circle

Clients Say

“I was impressed by the quality of work and passion displayed by Angela throughout the entire training journey.”

Chief HR officer in a large public sector organisation

Barry Kuntz

Teaching people to stand out whenever they speak so they achieve their best

Barry is a motivator, team builder, and collaborator. He is passionate and talented at helping individuals, teams and organisations achieve their best.

Before joining Black Isle as Managing Director, Barry held senior executive positions at General Motors of Canada Ltd. in sales, service, marketing, and public affairs. His book, “PAUSE: Standout Whenever You Speak” has been widely acclaimed.

Since joining Black Isle, he has been helping leaders to stand out, whenever they speak. He has taught hundreds of people in all sectors, at all levels, from entry level to CEO.

Barry also coaches executives to become more effective at emotional intelligence, helping them to manage behaviour, navigate social complexities, and make decisions that achieve positive results.

“I light up when a client calls to tell me how well their presentation went. I know that I’m making a difference.”


Relevant Qualifications

Bachelor of Administration degree from University of Saskatchewan

Graduate in Executive Development from Niagara Institute and the University of Illinois

Certified practitioner in the Dr. Reuven Bar-On method

Accredited EQ-i and EQ360 Coach

Clients Say

“Barry delivered the most valuable hour of 1:1 coaching ever! I walked away with immediate, applicable, tangible results and a sense of empowerment. A rare experience, indeed.”

Corinne Lavictoiré, CEO/Author/Speaker

Diane Vallée

Making you stand out when you speak for yourself, your business and your cause so you achieve success.

Diane has acquired vast experience in public relations and administration in politics, private industry and non-profit organisations. She draws from her career which has included:

  • assistant to the President of the Canadian Senate
  • administrator to the office of the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien when he was Minister of Justice
  • Director General of The Canadian Club of Montreal in Singapore.

During her career, Diane has been active in rising corporate and private funds for several charities. She also organised and managed numerous prestigious charity events.

One of her greatest achievements with Black Isle has been the week-long training for Mars employees at their annual associates conference, which she has delivered 3 years in a row.

“Helping others to speak with impact is my passion, because it’s a critical life skill.”


Relevant Qualifications

B.A in Political Science from the University of Ottawa.

Clients Say

“Diane delivered exceptional training to our team. She has made a profound impact on the success of their careers.”
Maxime-Olivier Gauthier, Vice-president Strategic Management

Damir Andrei

Bringing out the natural best in speakers.

Damir has over forty years of experience as an actor and director. He brought this knowledge of human communication when he joined Black Isle over two decades ago and integrated it into the unique approach that Black Isle brings to all their work.

His much-valued consulting and coaching make him much sought-after as he:

  • works with leaders to review and refine speeches
  • brings out the natural best in speakers of all generations
  • writes speeches from scratch so speakers get their message across with impact
  • coaches CEO’s get the best of all worlds, with a great speech and fantastic delivery.

“What motivates me is making a difference in the lives of executives by using my creativity when writing and editing speeches.”


Clients Say

“Guys, I have to say this…… I toyed with the idea of not going to this training; why bother going?

How wrong I was and how lucky I turned up. The trainer is Excellent. I feel even more ‘fired up’ about doing my presentations now. The man really knows his onions.

If you don’t go you are missing a great opportunity.”

 

Simon Cockayne, Senior Software Engineer, Syon/Sterling, California