Everyone on the Praesto team has been individually selected because of their expertise. Some have even won awards for their work. And we have a whole bank of consultants who we bring in as appropriate on specific projects.
Here are some of our key consultants:
Neil Shah – managing director
Consultant in NLP, hypnotherapy, behavioural change
Neil Shah is a businessman, life coach and motivational speaker. He also has a long-standing interest in hypnotherapy and neuro linguistic programming, and has trained extensively in these fields. He has qualified as a practioner in Hypnotherapy and Counselling & Communication Skills from The UK College. He is a licensed practioner of NLP having trained with Richard Bandler and Paul Mckenna. He has trained as life coach with Curly Martin (author of 'The Life Coaching Handbook')
Because of this, he knows the power of the mind. And he’s used that to great effect himself. He’s walked on fire; climbed Mount Everest; ran the London Marathon and steered his own IT recruitment company to a multi-million pound turnover and offices in three countries.
Neil is a former Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur award winner, and was also nominated for DTI/EU ‘Best European Small Business Initiative’ in 2000. He had achieved Investors in People for his former company in record time and has 'The success through people' award in 2002 to add to his accolades. As a prominent young businessman, he has also attracted support from government with links to government ministers and even an invitation in 2001 to 10 Downing Street to meet with Prime Minister Tony Blair
If you ask him, he’ll tell you that his success came from the way he trained his staff. And now those same training techniques are available to you, through Praesto Training and Development, which Neil started to bring innovative training and development programmes to businesses and individuals across the UK.
The Praesto team with the Mayor of Harrow at the launch of a new course in stress manage-ment.
Feza Sengul – coach, director of business development Feza brings a wealth of integrity and people skills to the Praesto team, his knowledge, positive energy, humour and humility generate outstanding results. Having spent the majority of his career recruiting for various projects worldwide, he has developed a greater appreciation for people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Feza believes that life is a sharing experience and enjoys both the sense of connection and the greater learning shared. He is dedicated to supporting the growth of people in their personal training and development needs through both Praesto and The Stress Management Society. His day to day work is extremely challenging however he feels fortunate to work with such a talented and dedicated team of specialists. Feza facilitates Stress Management workshops at London Universities. He has a keen interest in people, the life-sciences, loves and enjoys nature, wildlife, travelling, culture, music, philosophy, history, the arts and poetry.
"Making life what it should be… a positive growing experience."
Somesh de Swardt Consultant in individual and group drumming
Somesh has been drumming since he was old enough to hit a tin can with a stick. Now he’s the founder of Drum Jam, one of the leading UK drum circles. All who attend his sessions know how drumming can unlock energy, create powerful teams and get people focused on the 'beat' of their life.
Somesh has now personally facilitated UK drumming sessions for well over 30,000 people. As well as jams with circle members, the company takes its work out into the community by working with schools, universities, those with disabilities, the elderly and facilitating corporate conferences and team-building events.
He’s considered such an expert in his field, that he’s frequently seen in the press and on TV (including a recent appearance on C4's fit farm) talking about the benefits of drumming to individuals, groups and companies alike.
Consultant in communications
Our communications training is overseen by an award-winning communications professional with 15 years’ experience in publishing and marketing.
After starting as a radio journalist for the BBC, Andrea then moved to publishing and communications, rising from copywriter to creative director. Now she runs alphabetti communications which specialises in editorial consultancy and PR.
She has twice been short-listed for a national award, and been a winner once (Popular Communications’ Newsletter of the Year). Her client list over the years has included such names as Coutts & Co, Alliance & Leicester and Hilton. And she has extensive experience of hiring, running and training creative teams.
Simon Hammonds – health, fitness and nutrition consultant
From competing in long distance swimming, to the British University’s National Mountain Biking Championship, triathlons and swimming galas, sport and exercise have always been his passion.
He has worked in the Caribbean as the Fitness Director for Princess Cruise Lines. He has worked for top gyms as a Nutritional Consultant, Personal trainer and Swimming Instructor,
He is an Advanced Instructor with the British Register of Exercise Professionals as well as a Water Safety Instructor with the American Red Cross. He is also a Member of the Register of Nutritional Therapists. His areas of speciality are core-stability and functional strength training.
Physical activity and correct nutrition are fundamental to a stress free lifestyle. Simon’s passion is sharing his expert knowledge and enabling people to reach high levels of wellness.
Consultant in holistic relaxation
Anne has the healing hands of Praesto. A qualified massage practitioner, she studied at the College of Holistic Massage in London in anatomy, physiology and massage. But her main focus is Indian head massage and acupressure massage in the workplace… which is useful for the staff of Ikea in North London who often enjoy her massage services in their tea breaks!
Anne is a certified infant massage instructor for the International Association of Infant Massage and holds a certificate of pregnancy massage from The Clare Maxwell-Hudson School in London. She is also qualified in Reiki.
Aegon Welsh Health Fitness and Nutrition Aegon became a full-time trainer and therapist after completing the Future Fit Personal Training and Premier Sports Massage Courses. This followed an illustrious 12 years service in the Royal Marines. He delivers fitness and nutritional consultancy, develops fitness/rehabilitation programmes and he works closely with our other consultants to provide a complete wellness experience; His aim being to deliver a varied, interesting and challenging environment in which individuals will explore new levels of fitness, energy and general wellness;
Consultant in stress management
Vanessa teaches dynamic yoga, an invigorating branch of the discipline that energises the chakras to release energy and stimulate happiness. She trained extensively in the UK and India in yoga, meditation, tabla, energy balancing and herbal medicine. Now she runs a private practice for City clients to help them de-stress and her classes are consistently oversubscribed. She’s also a seasoned entrepreneur herself, with a NASDAQ flotation, a film career and major campaign work for Amnesty International under her belt.
Shaun Hammond Hypnotherapist/Counsellor/Healer With over 16 years worth of experience, Shaun brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. After having studied for 3 years at the UK College, he went on to spend 7 years working in the Churchill Research Wing at St Mary's Hospital Paddington. He has been involved in research into how the subconscious mind can be used to help various forms of creativity and stress management, and has given workshops at the Actor`s Centre and various other venues both in the UK and abroad. Whilst spending time in the Far East, he has given workshops at the Bangkok Ballet Company and has worked extensively with musicians, writers, dancers and actors. Shaun has also spent time at the SAGB in Belgrave Square where he learnt both healing and colour therapy techniques, and now takes workshops using a combination of colour healing, movement and self-hypnosis. He is also lecturing in hypnotherapy and counselling at The UK College.
Lisa Larn - Yoga Instuctor Lisa teaches hatha yoga, a combination of yoga postures, relaxation, meditation and breathing techniques that work on the body mind and spirit, bringing a sense of welbeing, energy and balance. She has trained with some of the most inspiring teachers in India and the UK in Yoga, Meditation, Psychology and Shiatsu so has a holistic approach to healing and is passionate about sharing her experience, knowledge and expertise to help others lead a stress free life.
Tracy Kaur - Management Consultant/Trainer/CIPD/NLP Following a successful corporate career and gaining first hand experience of the pressures of business, Tracy realised there was an alternative. She competely redisgned her life and now she can share those strategies with you. She uses a holistic approach to train and coach managers in vital skills to ensure team harmony and increase performance. She has worked with organisations such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers and understands what constitutes a highly effective management training programme.
She is qualified in nutrition, NLP, hypnosis, massage and reiki, which add an unique approach to her corporate training programmes. Her personal achievements include the Vancouver marathon, climbing to Everest Base Camp and Mount Kilimanjaro.