Meet our Community
Chris joined RISE in 2016. His lifelong passion lies in human development in all forms, especially the personal and the spiritual. He loves to travel and is energised by meeting new people and breathing in new cultures.
Jemma joined RISE in 2019. Her career has always been about people, being able to understand the complexities of people was an early passion - a lifetime of discoveries inform her approach.
Gita’s passion is supporting people in understanding themselves, how they experience others and facilitating group conversations that enable new connections, perspectives and practices.
Beth weaves the best from business, leadership, and psychological best practices with an organisation's own unique DNA to bring about business outcomes through the power of their people. Her passion is in exploring how businesses embrace paradox, navigate complexity and operate authentically
Simon founded RISE to equip groups to more effectively rise to their greatest challenges, whether they be business, social or environmental. He champions smarter collaboration underpinned by a beyond beliefs and borders mindset.
Having started her career in psychology, she was first invited to bring her work to organisations in 2015, when her skills as a group facilitator were sought out by groups attempting to integrate more participatory leadership models.
Beth is part of the core team at RISE, supporting in our community and client administration. She thrives in a challenging, varied environment and is currently working towards a Bachelors in Design and Innovation, with a particular interest in sustainability.
Megan has been instrumental in the creating of RISE and developing the approach and community we have today. She splits her time between working with clients, supporting the strategy and governance of the community and with her young family.
Martin is an internationally experienced CEO, venture builder, and board advisor. He is passionate about innovation, tech and its application to accelerate positive impact and sustainability.
Jo has been working with RISE since 2016. She has been a key part of building our community of consultants as well as supporting client work. She keeps learning from her own and other's patterns of behaviour, whilst being frustrated and/or amused.
Beyond work, family and friends, you’ll find her doing outdoor and endurance sports, meditating, travelling, playing the flute. She is also in leadership roles in several non-profit organisations.
What we're doing
We use our diverse experience from a range of fields - psychology, sociology, business, geography, the public sector and the arts - and we work to explore and better understand what happens when people get together to collaborate around a common purpose; using our experience of being together in RISE as our live laboratory.
Why is this useful?
- We believe the way in which we explore our practice with one another has a direct impact on the quality of our work with our clients, inside and outside of RISE.
- Our focus and attention on connection and learning fosters a culture of feedback and challenge alongside support and a deep appreciation for each other.
All of our consultants are independent consultants, who have experience and work outside of RISE. Some consultants find a large percentage of their client work sits within RISE, others have a smaller level of engagement. We find this flexibility supports people and the different demands that ebb and flow in our lives.
People join RISE because they are attracted to the idea of working alongside like-minded people on interesting client projects, whilst being able to engage in stimulating, thought-provoking and often challenging discussions about our practice with each other.
Consultants are able to participate in monthly learning calls, small peer-learning groups, and bi-annual gatherings as well as having the opportunity to step into shared governance roles and have a direct say in the strategy and direction of the community as a whole.
We're always interested in connecting with, and inviting in, experienced consultants who are interested in collaborating and learning together on projects.
If you're interested, and want to find out more about how we work with each other on client projects please get in touch and we can set up a conversation.
We are currently exploring ways in which we might grow the learning community and make it accessible for more independent consultants in our field that are interested in connecting with like-minded peers, exploring their work together, and developing their practice.
If you're interested in finding out more about our future community plans, we'd love to hear from you.
How we work together
We recently agreed a new governance model for our organisation, making the shift away from a hierarchical structure to working in self-organising circles as a community. Our structure is constantly evolving, but you can see a current depiction below:
We hope this way of working will foster the community spirit of RISE, and enable consultants to feel a part of growing what we're doing together. This Shared Governance transition is an experiment and we'll be sharing our experience of this change process as we go on our blog.