Here at LEEWAY we structure and manage our team a little differently. We believe in balance, encouragement and support of the whole person: not just the bit of them that comes to work. We are a small, committed group of individuals who believe there is a better way to be “at work”, and have chosen to create an environment that reflects these values. We support each other in balancing our professional life, our families, our communities and our own wellbeing. So if that means you need time for community work; or want to take a snow day; or just need some family time – that’s exactly what we want for you.
This in turn means that everyone at LEEWAY has more than one job, be that within the organisation or in their own separate pursuit.
This gives us flexibility, breadth and increases our capability. And above all, it means we have a committed, determined team fully motivated to deliver for our clients.
Managing Director & Certified Professional Facilitator
Nikki is the founder of LEEWAY, and has oversight of all our consultancy projects.
Starting out a software engineer in the late 1990’s Nikki quickly realised she was better suited to communicating with people rather than machines. That prompted a move into learning and development, and she has moved between technical and people-centric roles ever since. These roles have included delivery of global high potential development programmes, and performance management leadership on major capital projects.
As digitalisation progresses and our workplaces become more diverse, these two disciplines have been coming closer and closer together. After a decade or so of being an apologist for her diverse background, Nikki is now enjoying putting it to work.
In early 2016 this culminated in an approach from the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, and she went on to work as the Innovation Hub Manager. Nikki established and ran the Innovation Hub in Queens Road, and was instrumental in the design and technology selection of a second Hub at the National Decommissioning Centre.
Alongside her primary career, Nikki is also an experienced expedition leader specialising in high altitude trekking. She has led month long developmental expeditions for young people in countries such as Ecuador, Peru and Mongolia. Nikki continues to lead small groups in Scotland and occasionally further afield.
To relax Nikki immerses herself in the natural environment, be that through splitboard touring in winter, yacht cruising in the summer or walking in the mountains for the months in between.
You can find out more about Nikki, her past appointments, and her previous projects on her LinkedIn profile.
Louise Robb of Louise Robb Associates
Certified Professional Facilitator
Louise has seventeen years’ experience working globally with a large range of blue chip and NGO clients as a facilitator, team and individual coach and mediator, focusing on behavioural, organisational, systemic and strategic issues. Key strengths include understanding group dynamics and calmly facilitating thoughtful communication on the journey to conflict resolution.
After a thirteen-year career in business as an accountant and finance director, she began studying an extensive self-designed syllabus in psychology. As a teacher in Somatic coaching she utilises a blend of martial art and mindfulness techniques. Louise recently completed her Masters in Integrative Coaching Psychology. With a United Nations International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, Louise has worked with the UN and its sister agencies to enhance field workers’ capacity to cope with stress.
Based in Scotland, Louise undertakes pro-bono coaching of communication skills and stress management to national youth sports teams. Her sense of adventure, connection to our environment and forty-year passion for kayaking have inspired solo kayak journeys around the Scottish isles; also teaching sailing, facilitating a local cycling club, skiing and Pilates all stand Louise in good stead as a diverse thinking partner with her clients.
Strongly committed to her own development, she is currently undertaking further research and practice in the area of the Polyvagal theory and its implication for integrating into coaching.
Kate McKay of 4_ttude
Kate is on a mission to help organisations make sense of rapidly changing conditions by simply not enduring change but by embracing it. She helps business leaders to not only craft the visions of their companies but also engineer the tools that will concretely bring those visions to life.
This mission created Kate’s business, 4_ttude, bringing together people and affiliate agencies with differing backgrounds, skill sets, and beliefs toward a shared vision for people-positive change and purposeful collaboration – a unique approach to transformation. Leeway is one of 4_ttude’s partners, and 4_ttude is one of ours!
Kate is also the Managing Partner of Design Sprint Academy in Scotland working closely with DSA HQ in Berlin with global organisations such as SAP, Roche Switzerland and Nexis Lexis.
Morna Ronnie of The People Portfolio
Morna has had a people focus throughout her 25 year + career from recruiting in agencies, in-house and RPOs, to facilitation of training courses and workshops, career coaching, outplacement and psychometrics.
She enjoys creating solutions to individual and company people needs and prides herself on having a positive, professional and results driven approach.
Morna also has a keen interest in diversity & inclusion and has recently focused on devising and delivering a programme for professional career break returners. This allowed the returners to restart their careers in a supported manner whilst providing a new pool of talent to employers and contributing to their diversity and inclusion targets such as the gender pay gap.
She is British Psychological Society Level A & B Accredited and also holds Belbin accreditation.
She is based in Ayrshire and works across the Central Belt as well as online.
Carolyn is a self-employed administrator with her own small business based in Cambridgeshire.
With a background of working in support roles throughout a range of diverse industries and in a global virtual environment, she is adept at general administration and also has experience in events management including venue contract negotiations, travel and catering arrangements; proofreading and copyediting, with an excellent eye for detail and exemplary grammar, spelling and punctuation; verbal and written communications, with a degree in Modern Languages and good working French and Spanish; audio typing, including transcribing recordings of interviews and dictated correspondence; and website administration, uploading and editing content.
Carolyn can provide an out-of-office service for busy professionals, monitoring and responding to emails, making and receiving telephone calls, managing diaries, scheduling meetings, chasing invoices, proofing and editing documents; whatever administrative tasks are required in order to free up her clients to get on with their core role.
Highly confidential and conscientious, creative and responsive, Carolyn is always eager to take on new challenges. Independent and adaptable, she is prepared to travel wherever necessary and to work outside standard business hours when required, in order to fulfil her clients’ needs.
Widely travelled with an adventurous nature, particularly enjoying worldwide independent solo trips, Carolyn is happiest spending her leisure time visiting new destinations, immersing herself in the local environment and culture, making new friends, savouring regional cuisines, and enjoying activities such as walking, swimming, sailing and skiing; or when at home taking long daily walks around nearby lakes and parkland with her border collie.