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


I’ve spent over 3 decades in the Fit-out industry and have seen a number of seismic changes in my working environment and of course,...

Prof Jonathan Sharples

Director & 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

Director & 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...

Kris Tisdale


I am fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to see much of the world and whilst travelling I have seen first-hand the devastating...

Dr Wendy Jones

Science Engagement Lead

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

Caroline Harris

Strategic Advisor

I have 18 years’ experience across Operations, Finance, and IT in the Financial Services industry, specialising in Change Management. I worked on the introduction...

Danielle Heward

Membership Lead

With over 15 years of experience in operations and project management, business change and transformation, I have honed my expertise in optimising operations. I...

Nick Williams

Membership & Community Manager

As the Changing Streams Membership & Community Manager, I am the first port of call for everything that relates to our members' involvement in...

Lynda Thompson

Research Associate

I’m a relentlessly curious qualitative researcher working in the construction, infrastructure and energy (fuel crisis) sectors. I'm a people person first and foremost and...

Prof Ric Williams

Climate Adviser to Changing Streams and co-chair of the Climate Futures Research Challenge

I have been researching how the ocean affects the climate system, addressing the reasons why climate models show a large spread in how much...

Dr Stephen Finnegan

Advisor to Changing Streams on carbon reduction and founder of the Zero Carbon Research institute

Dr Stephen Finnegan acts as the Director of the ZCRI and investigates the whole life sustainability and financial implications of creating individual projects, buildings,...

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...

Asmaa Sadou Ammar

Changing Streams Research Centre

Commencing my academic journey at the University of Alicante, I developed a passion for architecture and engineering. Studying abroad in the UK and Greece...

Brendon Kenny

Business Development

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

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...