Meet The Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.