It is important to us that our clients are able to work with the right people for their project and aims. As well as our core facilitators, we sometimes work with carefully selected associates, talented, trusted individuals with a range of backgrounds and disciplines.

After an initial conversation, we match clients with the person who best fits their needs. Learn more about us below.

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Caragh Dewis

Caragh Dewis

Caragh began life as a bio-organic chemist but after completing her PhD, she made the leap into the corporate world, joining Unilever for a number of management and leadership roles.

When she realised that she missed being around science, she moved to become Director of Research Services at Cancer Research UK. Since 2012 she has been a freelance facilitator and consultant with clients including The Institute of Cancer Research and the Francis Crick Institute.

At the ICR she facilitated the coming together of biology, chemistry and physics research groups and specialist imaging technologies to form the Centre for Cancer Imaging.

She says that one of her great joys is seeing people surprise themselves by designing solutions to challenging problems.

When she is not working, she is kept busy being mum to her two girls, keeping track of their social life and homework. Occasionally she swims or rides her bike.

Scott Middleton

Scott MiddletonOriginally from Auckland New Zealand, Scott came to the UK for a short holiday in the 90s and has now lived here for 21 years.

He agreed to manage the logistics for the Crea Conference in Italy and from there he began working with a network of facilitators in academia.

His background is in publishing, production and IT, a great way to develop problem-solving and organisational skills. He looks after the logistics of running events for The Collective.

His focus is on making sure that participants at events have a great experience and that everything runs smoothly and calmly so they are able to concentrate on their input to discussions.

He says that he enjoys being in a room with groups of really smart people who have a common purpose to make the world a better place.

When he’s not working, Scott still loves traveling and seeing new places around the world.

Liz Ogilvie

Liz Ogilvie

Liz has over 20 years’ experience in facilitation and leadership development. She has worked for and with organisations from global multinationals, such as Procter and Gamble, to education institutions including Kingston College and micro-enterprises in under-developed parts of London.

Her career has seen her work in Norway, the US and New Zealand, as well as in the UK. In 2016 and 2017 she is Programme Leader for the ARMA Global Research Directors, contributing to excellence in research management and administration.

She has also helped universities and the UK Research Councils to inspire innovative, transformative multi-disciplinary solutions to answer increasingly complex scientific challenges.

She says she learns from every event and finds it exciting to see people building and developing the ideas that emerge.

When she is not working, you will often find her at the theatre or in the kitchen cooking a meal for friends and family.