Meet the Team


Dan created Metris Leadership in order to share what he learned about leadership and team performance during a 16 year military career, which included 8 years serving with UK Special Forces, as well as appointments at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Army Staff College.

At Sandhurst he was responsible for teaching, coaching and mentoring the next generation of young officers whilst at Army Staff College he was responsible for leadership development and planning processes.

He also served in the MoD, working in operations and crisis management.

Dan has a BA in History an MA in Strategy and is currently getting up extra early to study for an MSc in Performance psychology.  He is a keen runner, skier and climber and owns a small border terrier named Grizzle.


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Suzie works as a teamship and leadership consultant with a particular focus on helping teams create psychologically safe teams in order to optimise team function, performance and decision making.

She qualified as a medical doctor twenty years ago and still practises as a Consultant Anaesthetist in Major Trauma at a large NHS tertiary referral centre. Her medical career has included 10 years as an Army doctor (winning the JR Rees prize for Military Psychiatry), and 4 months in Nepal.  She started researching decision making in high stakes situations in healthcare and quickly came to realise that it was team culture, function and communication that made the difference.

She had some time out of medicine working at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London and in the Middle East and studied Leadership and Negotiation at Harvard.

She has worked with healthcare organisations, government departments, Armed Forces in the UK and overseas, sports teams, and a range of business schools and other businesses.

She is about to start an MSc in Psychology and begin training as a counsellor in order to eventually qualify as a psychotherapist.

She loves being outdoors, especially in or on  the sea, (swimming, all year round, kayaking or sailing) and managing the ecosystem in her garden.  She runs in the forest and pointlessly moves heavy things about in the gym to keep fit, and has a Dutch bike with a wicker basket for getting around (no lycra required).  She enjoys reading, especially novels – and cake.

Mark B

Mark is a professional expedition leader, coach and mentor with a particular interest in the positive transformative effects of habits, especially those involving physical activity such as walking, running, breath work and cold water immersion. This interest was born in part through his own experience processing injury via an explosion during operational service in Iraq.

Mark’s service with the Gurkhas sparked a strong connection with Nepal, where after the 2015 earthquake he developed and ran an operational capacity in disaster relief and reconstruction for the World Food Program. This built on significant experience delivering sustainable development projects to rural communities.

Mark has also founded and run a business, delivering coaching and guidance to photographers visiting remote and austere environments.

When not working, Mark is all too frequently found immersing himself in lakes and rivers, a trait we believe to be nothing more than a weak justification for donning Speedos.


Nicki is a specialist learning and development consultant who focuses on the use of adventure as a vehicle to develop resilience and self-confidence.

During a 17 year military career she gained operational experience in Iraq and Afghanistan where she specialised in influence and information operations. Nicki completed her Military career planning the Army’s Talent Development Programme and setting up and running a Regional Army Service Women’s Network that fosters and supports female leaders in the Army.

Nicki has worked with a wide range of clients including Chubb, Rich and Spectrix. She particularly enjoys working with individuals and teams on resilience as well as working as an executive coach with individuals.

Nicki is based in Hampshire with her family and when not busy with work is typically found surfing or off in the mountains.


Charlie is a performance psychologist with a background in elite sport both as a competitor and performance specialist.

Charlie served for 5 years as an Officer in the British Army including operational service in Iraq.

In 2007 Charlie was the National Modern Pentathlon champion and went on to compete at the World Championships. He has worked with a range of Olympic and professional sports teams as well as blue chip multi-nationals such as Virgin, Coca-Cola and Barclaycard.

Charlie was the Performance Psychologist for GB Skeleton, working with Lizzy Yarnold as she became Olympic Champion at the Sochi Games in 2014 & defended her title in 2018 to become a double Olympic gold medallist.

Charlie has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Sport and Performance Psychology and has recently written a book on elite performance entitled, Inside Out, Elite Performance From Within, which will be published in February 2022.

These days Charlie has swapped Pentathlon for Triathlon and is all too often found riding a funny looking bike, shrink wrapped in lycra and wearing a pointy helmet.



Tsitsi is an NHS Consultant anaesthetist who has trained and worked in Zimbabwe, the UK and US.  Over the last 25 years  she has trained, mentored and coached doctors across their career span – from those starting out, to those embarking on their Consultant career, including supporting international medical graduates as they navigate working in the NHS.
She is especially interested in coaching leaders as they work through change – both personal and organisational.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking and listening to music – especially live music.  She loves a good concert!

Mark R

Mark is a psychometric analyst and coach with a strong interest and background in leadership development.

During a full career in the RAF Mark progressed from operational to instructional roles in aircrew training to designing and delivering leadership development programmes at the Defence Academy.

Mark has an MA in Leadership Studies, a Coaching Diploma (ILM) and is a member of the British Psychological Society.  He is qualified in a range of psychometric instruments including Hogan, FIRO Elements, MBTI & Belbin. Mark has worked on a wide variety of programmes for clients including the FCO, Blackwells and the DWP.

Claiming dodgy knees Mark has swapped the respectable world of hill walking for the lycra-clad idiosyncrasies of cycling. He is also, regrettably, a lifelong Manchester Utd fan.



Jon is a coach and facilitator with over 30 years of experience working in leadership development.

Following a career in publishing that included MD positions with both magazine and digital businesses, Jon started into the field of leadership development as a visiting tutor with the Leadership Trust.

Jon transitioned full time into his ‘new’ career in 2002, qualifying as a coach with the Institute of Human Development. Jon is an expert in programme design and has worked with a wide range of clients including Charles Tyrwitt, Leeds Playhouse, PwC and Robert Half.

When not coaching, Jon spends a worrying amount of time crafting his physical image to resemble that of Jurgen Klopp and harbours a burning desire to meet the great man himself. The Liverpool Manager’s close protection team has been informed.



Nathan is a Research Fellow in Psychology, Security and Trust at the University of Manchester and an academic advisor to Metris Leadership.

Nathan’s academic work is orientated around resilience and performance in high-risk occupations. He applies this practically via research, development and training consultancy to government and third sector organisations that deploy their people to high-risk environments.

Nathan has a PhD in sport and performance psychology, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and an Associate of the Alpine club.

When not being extremely clever he can be found running up insanely steep hills and (deliberately) spending the night on them.


Valerie is an executive coach, facilitator and leadership development trainer with experience in the commercial, NGO and voluntary sectors.

A London-based French national, Valerie worked for BT in market development, sales and marketing management before pivoting, via a sabbatical in Tanzania with Voluntary Service Overseas, to her true passion: people development.

Among others, Valerie works in this capacity with PWC, DuPont and the WHO.

Her interests include singing, running, skydiving and very dark chocolate.


Bob spent 25 years serving in the military – hard to believe from his youthful portrait! He served initially in the Armoured Corps before transferring to a Specialist Military Unit, where he spent the majority of his career. A senior leader within his Sabre Squadron he was a specialist linguist and mountaineer. Bob has served all over the world and was awarded an MBE for his services.

Since leaving the military Bob has established his own adventure activities business, (www.contouroutdoor.co.uk) with whom Metris Leadership retain a close partnership; drawing on the ethos, organisational and leadership principles acquired from his previous service and applying them in the outdoor sector.

Bob is a qualified Mountain Instructor (MIA). As well as climbing, running and cycling, he is passionate about Welsh Rugby and owns an angry neurotic cat named Dylan.


Phil spent 20-years serving as a Helicopter pilot in the RAF, with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also served in ops planning roles, worked as an exchange officer with the US Air Force and helped spearhead UK military support to the Government’s Covid crisis response. In his final role in the Armed Forces Phil was a member of the Directing staff at the UK Defence Academy, where he was responsible for designing and delivering leadership, resilience and high performance training for senior leaders in the military and Civil Service.

An endurance junkie, Phil is a multiple ultramarathon and triathlon winner.  Endurance sport unexpectedly took on a new role in Phil’s life in 2014.  Helplessly sitting on the side-lines whilst his daughter underwent grueling treatment for leukaemia led to an epiphany.  Phil realised he could use his passion for endurance sports to connect with Isla, whilst also raising critical funds for the miracle workers who saved her life.  What followed was a series of audacious physical and psychological challenges, culminating in a 3000 mile unsupported row across the Atlantic Ocean.

Phil is passionately committed to inspiring individuals and teams, and equipping them with the skills, knowledge and mindset to achieve high performance.  Since leaving the military Phil has worked with a range of clients including Lockton, AON and the Defence Academy.


Fi served in the Army for 16 years as an officer in the Education Corps before leaving to Join Metris Leadership in 2015. During her career Fi served as a senior instructor at the Army Foundation College, as Chief of Staff at the Defence School of Languages and as the Vice Principal of Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College.

Fi is an expert in the design of training and development programmes for leaders at all levels. She has a wealth of experience in designing programmes for continuous improvement, values led leadership, change management and cultural change. Fi has worked outside of the military on our open programme as well as with the Loughborough elite athletes programme and Blackwells.  Fi has a BSC in Education and an MSc in HR Development and Performance Management

Fi’s outside interests include horse riding, outdoor pursuits, running and camping adventures with her young family.