Our Story - Our team

Leo Aspden

Leo Aspden

Coaching and Training Adviser

As an award-winning high growth business consultant and executive/leadership coach, I have more than 30 years experience of working with business leaders, executives, and teams in coaching, leadership development, business strategy and marketing.

I am deeply passionate about improving the quality of how individuals and businesses achieve their goals and find their true purpose, helping to improve the quality of what they do, and how they feel about doing it.

We face the greatest challenges of our time with climate change, preserving biodiversity and creating healthy living and working environments and the work of Changing Streams is central to this.

An approved high growth business coach on the Growth Accelerator programme, and former NWDA high growth coach providing tailored programmes of coaching, and leadership development to business leaders, senior executives and management teams across the north west.

Working with the Business Growth Service I successfully delivered leadership and management coaching and training, and as NW Ambassador for SME businesses I worked with key business support and industry groups to provide training workshops for first-line management to senior board members, partnering with RBS, Lloyds TSB, New East Manchester, and Business Bolton, Business Link, Chambers of Commerce, Business Growth Hubs, the Manufacturing Institute, as well as accredited study centres.

In 2006 I founded the award-winning management consultancy reach-mc, specialising in business strategy, marketing expertise, executive coaching and leadership development.

With significant experience of the construction sector, the built environment, building materials manufacture and supply, I recognise the need to achieving a better quality of sustainable construction must also address the impact that our dependence on plastic is having on life and the environment. 

The rest of our team

Neal Maxwell

Founder

I’ve spent over 30 years in the Fit out industry and have seen a number of seismic changes in my working environment and of...

Prof Jonathan Sharples

Co Founder & Head of Oceanography

I have been researching the ocean for the past 30 years, studying how ocean physics (tides, weather, ocean currents) affects the growth and distribution...

Dr Gareth Abrahams

Co Founder & Head of Building Design Research

Before becoming an academic I worked for over 10 years as a senior project architect designing and delivered a number of prestigious projects across...

Brendon Kenny

Co Founder & Head of Engagement

I am passionate about the environment and believe business should create profit with purpose. I have over 35 years of Business experience at Senior...

Terry Cheesman

Finance Director

I haven’t always been a specialist tax accountant.  In my mid twenties I was a member of Friends of the Earth, worked in forestry...

Dr Wendy Jones

Company Secretary

I am a scientist with many years experience of business development on both sides of the academic-industry interface.  I have lived and worked in...

John Hall

Head of Memberships

I am a qualified solicitor having been a partner in the commercial law firm of Bermans for 35 years. I then became CEO of...

Dr Luigi Di Sarno

Sustainable Materials and Infrastructure Specialist

I am a Senior Lecturer in Structural Design in the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool. I have more than two decades of experience...

Rob Capleton

Industrial Relations Manager

I am the Industry Relations Manager on the Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory programme at the University of Liverpool, who offer ambitious business owners unique academic...

Mick Ord

Public Relations

I am the former manager of  one of the BBC's most successful radio stations BBC Radio Merseyside where I started as a reporter in...