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Dr Paul Gentle

Academic Director
A leadership expert, Paul has dedicated the last fifteen years to creating and delivering leadership development programmes in higher education.

Professor Susan Lea

Governance and Executive Specialist
Susan has substantial experience of leading successful change in diverse universities through a range of senior leadership roles, most recently as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull. 

Helen Teague

Organisational Development Specialist
Helen is an Organisational Development expert and executive coach bringing 20 years of experience to her work with Invisible Grail.

Carolyn Gentle

Partnerships Director
Carolyn joined Invisible Grail in 2021.The commitment of Invisible Grail to enriching the experience of all those inhabiting the university sphere is a perfect match to the HE world of my imagination.

Professor Linda Drew

Creative collaborator
Linda is an experienced leader and facilitator, with a strong background in learning and teaching research and development. A former Dean, Deputy Director and Vice-Chancellor with experience of leading institutions through significant change. 

Phil McNaull

Phil McNaull

Client Relationship Director
Over the last 14 years Phil has worked as a Finance Director in Higher Education leading large scale finance transformation projects and shaping strategic direction.

Jamie Jauncey

Writing Specialist
Jamie has spent several decades helping organisations and individuals to find their voices and tell their stories.

John Simmons

Writing Specialist
Through his books and consultancy, John is widely considered the leading exponent of more expressive words as an essential element of communication for brands and organisations.

Stuart Delves

Writing Specialist
Stuart co-founded Dark Angels in 2004 – a decade on, into ‘the daring night’ with Invisible Grail.

Alan Pollock

Creative Collaborator
An award-winning playwright and TV writer, Alan has taught Creative Writing at the Universities of Warwick and Gloucestershire, and set up an MA in Professional Creative Writing at Coventry University.

Cláudia Laranjeira  

Digital Marketing Researcher 
Cláudia is currently studying for a Masters in Marketing and Digital Business at Universidade Portucalense, in Porto, Portugal. 

Dr David Langley

Disruptive Innovator
An experienced polymath having worked in leadership roles at globally leading organisations where his focus has been research, innovation and knowledge exchange.

Who we are, what we do, and why

Grounded in our deep knowledge of higher education, we work with you and your people, teams and institution to strengthen cultures of collaboration, develop strategies that speak to a shared purpose and enable all to lead to their full potential. Delivered through long-term programmes of transformation, one-to-one support, or in bite-size development workshops, everything is done in partnership with you.

Together, our experience extends from leadership through communications, teaching and learning, strengthening partnerships, the student perspective to organisational development. Everyone at Invisible Grail contributes to the conversation of what we do and how we do it.

Lovely people, refreshingly different approach, precision-tuned to HE. What more could you want?”

Clive Betts
Head of People Development, University of Exeter

Our Charitable Partner

We are proud to support the Devon Environment Foundation who channel funds to grassroots nature regeneration projects within Devon and its coastal waters. DEF taps into its network of local nature experts to identify the most impactful projects delivering Nature-based Solutions in Devon; providing the vital funds required to enable them to replicate and scale. You can find out more about the brilliant projects DEF has supported here: 

Our philosophy

We’re a purpose-led, for-profit organisation. Everything we create and deliver in partnership with you is guided by our belief that if we challenge how we think about the way we work; we can build a better world. A world that is more sustainable and collaborative – where people work together more freely, communicate more easily, and depend upon one another more readily.