Meet The Team

“The science of successful behaviors – those that make people happier and more productive – has been locked away in a vault that only a select, powerful few had the key to… until now. Potentialife has broken the seal – and we are democratizing leadership for all, and at all levels. That gives me a skip in my step on my way to work every morning!”

Angus Ridgway, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

As a former Senior Partner of 20 years at McKinsey&Company, Angus led the Strategy Practice in Europe, Middle East and Africa, overseeing the work of over 1,000 colleagues. His interest in leadership came from his astonishment at the diversity of leadership profiles he saw in his clients over the years, and for over 10 years he led Leadership Development functions at McKinsey, most recently for the global group of 1,500 Partners.

He obtained his B.Sc in Pure Mathematics from Nottingham University and his MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau

Tal Ben-Shahar, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer

Tal is the author of the international best sellers Happier and Being Happy, which have been translated into 25 languages. He also taught the most popular course in the history of Harvard University on “Positive Psychology” with a total of over 1,400 students. He has consulted and lectured around the world to executives on topics including leadership, education, ethics, happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness.

He obtained his B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology at Harvard and his PhD. in Organizational Behaviour, where he focused on leadership development, from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Harvard Business School. He is a former international squash player.

“I have devoted my whole career to understanding what it is that distinguishes the happiest, most successful people – true leaders – from the rest; now for the first time I have the opportunity not just to tell people the answer – but to support them in actually becoming one of these leaders.”
“We are making the world a happier place – our clients become more energetic, engaged and productive in front of our eyes. And as a result they are achieving more professionally. I can’t think of a better motivation. We also have a great fridge selection in the office!”

Daniel Philbin-Bowman, SVP, Strategy & Business Development

Daniel is a former strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company. In the course of his work he collaborated with Professor Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize winner in economics, and won the McKinsey Global Entrepreneurship Award. Prior to joining McKinsey, Daniel ran his own marketing consultancy company, worked at Morgan Stanley and also founded several not-for-profit initiatives including Tell Us Why, a non-partisan political advocacy campaign.

He attained his. B.A. from Trinity College Dublin, where he was Business Student of the Year and graduated with a Gold Medal First degree in Business and Political Science.

Guy Sigston, VP, APAC

Guy Sigston, founded the Lawson Group in 2012 and has interests in Corporate Advisory, Executive Recruitment, Health and Human Services Recruitment and Training. Throughout his career Guy has worked with some of APAC’s largest privately held businesses and corporates on the achievement of growth objectives through people. With the philosophy of leadership as a central tenet to sustainable growth Guy’s success has been recognized with significant business awards and celebrated on the front cover of Australia’s premier business publication, Business Review Weekly.

“The ability to enable individuals to find fulfillment in work and non-work activities is incredibly rewarding. The email of thanks, the recommendations and the transformation of individuals provides my ultimate fulfillment!”
“We need a new type of leader for the global, turbulent, fast paced, complex, connected and unpredictable context in which we live and work. And we are able to develop these new leaders – 10x leaders – at scale. What could be more exciting?”

Kerrin Miller, VP Africa

With over twenty years’ experience in the people side of business, Kerrin started her career in human resources, working in both South Africa and the United Kingdom for ten years, before completing her MA (Industrial Psychology). For the last ten years as a Registered Industrial Psychologist, Kerrin has consulted within a blue chip client base in the field of leadership, change, coaching and experiential learning.

She completed her B.A. in English and Industrial Psychology and Honours at the University of Cape Town; and her MA in Industrial Psychology at the University of South Africa. Her thesis focused on the meaning of work for professional women.

Luis Javier Castro, VP Costa Rica and Colombia

Luis Javier is founder and president of Mesoamerica, a boutique private equity firm on Latin America. He began his career in Bain & Co. working in strategy cases for many of the largest companies in Central America.

Luis Javier dedicates most of his time to leadership, entrepreneurship and sustainability initiatives in the region. He is an active board member of several institutions and foundations such as Mesoamerica Foundation, Plan Maestro Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo (AED), Central American Leadership Initiative, Aspen Institute, G-50 group, among others.

“Unlocking the potential of collaborative leadership is what I believe is going to reshape our world. I spend my life trying to connect people from different ways of life in order to improve our society. Potentialife provides the framework that is going to enable these individuals around the world to make this possible.”
“I want to help improve the health and happiness of people across the world. Potentialife offers people the chance to evaluate their lives – professionally and personally, and put positive changes in place, that stick. The quality and rigour of the programme blows my mind, and I am excited to be a part of an organisation that delivers such clear and significant impact.”

Hattie Crosthwaite Eyre, Chief Operating Officer

Hattie is a former Manager in the health care practice at McKinsey & Company, where she led teams of consultants advising on strategy for NHS and other health care clients. Prior to McKinsey, she worked for the African Medical and Research Foundation, developing health care services in remote areas of East and Southern Africa.

Hattie has a first class degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University, and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is founder of an educational charity for kids and college students in rural Ghana.

Jeremy Davis, VP, Australia & New Zealand

Jeremy has more than a decade of experience working with blue chip organizations in the leadership space. Jeremy worked as a facilitator for a Corporate Training Enterprise before beginning his own business, which he ran successfully for nine years. During that time he facilitated programs and delivered coaching for some of Australia’s highest profile organizations, working with a range of professionals from line managers through to CEOs. He has spoken at a range of forums including Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand’s Annual Business Forum. Having observed, first-hand, the challenges organizations face in making sustainable change through ‘traditional’ training programs, Jeremy joined Potentialife as part of his quest to help organizations make positive change stick.

Jeremy has a degree majoring in psychology for the Australian National University. He holds a Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment and is accredited in a range of profiling tools including Leadership/Impact®, LSI, GSI, DiSC and McQuaig.

“A good coffee and working with organizations that help people be better, happier and more fulfilled leaders. I have always been interested in what motivates people and what creates happy, high performing individuals. Working with Potentialife, I have a unique opportunity to help people on a scale that has never before been possible.”
“Knowing that I can make a difference to my family, to my clients’ organization and to the country through humility, hard work, integrity and positive relationships, together we can change the world.”

Suvit (Dev) Chansrichawla, VP, Thailand

Suvit, better known as Dev, is managing director and founder of Serendipity&CO, a next generation HR consultancy specializing in people, culture and change. He has more than 15 years’ work experience in the field of Human Resources, working in blue chip Financial services, Retail, Telecom and Education industries in Thailand. His areas of expertise are HR management, HR development and HR systems. He has been involved in driving organizational and HR transformational projects throughout his career.

He completed his B.S. in Finance and International Business from New York University Stern School of Business; and his M.Sc. in HR Management from Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University. His research work concentrated on the role of leadership in retaining newcomers.

Marita Lekmo, VP, Sweden

Marita has had a diverse career since she left Karlstad University with a MBA in Business Economy. After jobs in New York and Oslo, she led several turnaround projects as CEO before settling in a position as VP of Elkjöp, which is a leading consumer electronics retailer with 100+ warehouses. Post Elkjöp, she started her own business focusing on organizational development and good leadership. Besides coaching leaders in both the private and public sector, she has been educating in change management and has developed a number of useful tools for leadership and group-management training. After being introduced to positive psychology by Tal and Angus, she has been applying it in her company, Profile4Professionals, in Stockholm.

“Besides all my furry loved ones and a most beloved husband, it is my mission to enrich the world by turning good into excellent. Potentialife is like showing the golden pot at the end of the rainbow, the tool that can bring this about on a truly global scale. I am thrilled to be part of that.”


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