At Minerva Engagement we improve business and personal performance from the inside out

Our focus is on making a difference to your business. We generate long term partnerships, built on a powerful combination of insightful understanding, practical experience and academic excellence.

Deborah Hulme FIIC

Neuroleadership Specialist

A thought-leader and practitioner in employee engagement and behavioural change, Deborah is trained in NLP, neuroscience and coaching and is a Fellow of the Intitute of Internal Communications. With an infectious energy and a sharp strategic mind, Deborah has over 20 years shaping and delivering complex engagement programmes. She provides strategic insight, direction and support at all levels of employee seniority leaving a lasting legacy on both organisations and individuals, but the lightest of footprints.

Teresa Threadgold

Communications Specialist

A highly motivated internal communications specialist, with over 18 years’ experience in corporate communications. Experienced in taking a strategic approach as well as proven strengths in tactical delivery, Teresa has a real passion to make a difference through exceptional internal communications, colleague engagement as well as events development and management.

Francesca Polini MSc

Change & Engagement Specialist

Francesca has delivered at the very highest strategic level across countries and cultures; coaching leaders, setting and executing transformational change initiatives with some of the world’s most recognisable brands including Mars, Greenpeace and Barclays.  She brings a valuable mix of leadership, communication, change and engagement experience across varied sectors and markets.

Dr Jane Stevens MBA

Organisational Change Specialist

Specialising in malignant haematology Jane migrated into a clinical leadership role, most recently operating as divisional director for Cancer and Clinical Support in a large acute Trust in London. Having completed her MBA in 2016, Jane is undertaking a Doctorate in Organisational Change at Ashridge Hult Business School, where she has been accepted as an Associate. In addition to her study Jane works with Minerva to provide, facilitation, training and leadership development insight, learning and support

Helen Stephens


Helen has 25 years’ experience in the market research industry delivering insight to commercial clients on the performance of their brands and advertising. Coaching and mentoring individuals was an important aspect of this role and after a life-changing event in 2017 Helen decided to focus her career on coaching. She now holds a Diploma in Transformational Coaching which is accredited by both the International Coach Federation and the Association for Coaching. As a coach she enjoys helping people achieve their full potential by offering a space for people to think and express their ideas without censor or judgement and by gently challenging their assumptions with warmth and empathy. This leads to greater self-awareness and new perspectives, empowering people to take the direction they truly want.

Jonathan Miller

Leadership, Innovation and Change Specialist

An engineer by original training, Jonathan has a sharp mind, a passion for excellence and is excited by technology and people’s innate creativity. He develops leaders, helps organisations to innovate, and facilitates change. Jonathan has worked at executive level in people orientated change roles in: Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, Logica, Glaxo, Financial Services Authority, the Senior Civil Service and other organisations.

Dominic Paine MBA

Coach & Change Specialist

Dominic brings 20 years of experience from a variety of leadership roles across the media, events and public affairs sectors. During his career throughout Europe and Asia as a sales director and business lecturer, Dominic developed a passion for coaching and mentoring his teams and students in order to help them to grow personally and professionally. Having completed his MBA in 2016 from Ashridge Hult Business School Dominic moved to Australia where he qualified as a Change Management Practitioner and took up a mentoring role at RMIT University.

Jennie Flower MBA

Business Strategist

Jennie has a background as an Account Director/New Business Director in advertising agencies developing and implementing marketing strategies for global brands. She ran her own business development consultancy for over a decade and has lectured in advertising at Bucks Uni. Jennie now heads up Business Development for Minerva Engagement. She is a recent Executive MBA graduate of Ashridge Business School having being awarded their ‘Women in Business’ scholarship in recognition of her research into the challenges facing leaders in today’s global business environment.

Karen Evans

Financial Controller

Karen has oversight regarding all things financial. With over 16 years financial management expertise, Karen ensures Minerva Engagement is compliant with UK regulation. Karen oversees company policy as well as managing all contractual and financial matters. Karen keeps us on track and moving forward.

Bianca Botten

Office Manager

Bianca keeps us all on track, providing invaluable office support, arranging, re-arranging and cracking the whip when required. She ensures the smooth and successful delivery of all Minerva Engagement events, keeping a busy team to schedule with great efficiency and always a smile.

Explore our Vision, Mission & Values


Creating the space to grow and wings to fly one person, one team and one organisation at a time


We improve performance inside out by defining culture, embedding change, engaging leaders and inspiring teams


We are a group of like-minded individuals with a genuine desire to make a difference, we help people and organisations be the best they can be and that feels good


We are hungry in our pursuit for knowledge, committed to investing in ourselves to build our capability and skills whilst continually improving performance and service


We make time for imagination and creativity, we love what we do and most importantly, we have fun doing it


Sustainability and responsibility play an increasing role in today's business environment; the future focus is on doing things with people and not at people. Encouraging collaboration to achieve change is at the heart of everything we do


    Senior Manager, Channels, Content & Campaigns, Virgin MediaSenior Communications Participant, Neuroscience, Engagement & Change Masterclass Senior Leader Participant, Neuroscience & Engagement Workshop, Murphy GroupHead of Internal Communications, SiemensManaging Director - Business Banking, SantanderInternational Product Portfolio Manager, Elavon Financial ServicesHead of Internal Communications, Major UK Construction CompanyompanyInternational Product Portfolio Manager, Elavon Financial ServicesHead of Internal Communications, Major UK Construction CompanyManaging Director - Business Banking, SantanderHead of EU POS Vendor Services, Elavon Financial ServicesHead of Employee Communications, National Grid
  • “Working with Minerva, I was particularly impressed that, when the scope of work changed, they were able to react quickly and adapt. They weren’t fazed at all”

    Senior Manager, Channels, Content & Campaigns, Virgin Media
  • “I learned so much about myself and my memory issues of late, this is the best course I’ve ever been on”

    Senior Communications Participant, Neuroscience, Engagement & Change Masterclass
  • “Minerva’s sessions were great! Neuroscience as a subject in general interests me greatly and the guidance on rational and emotional systems provided tangible information that supports modern day management.”

    Senior Leader Participant, Neuroscience & Engagement Workshop, Murphy Group
  • “When Siemens took on the BBC Technology contract, Deborah Hulme was someone the leadership of both organisations respected and by influencing at this senior level, she was able to fundamentally change and improve the way the organisations worked together.”

    Head of Internal Communications, Siemens
  • "The team far exceeded my expectations.  I’ve worked with a number of companies over the years in similar but not necessarily identical circumstances and Minerva Engagement blew them away."

    Managing Director - Business Banking, Santander
  • "I just want to say thank you. It's been a very positive experience and it continues to be a positive relationship. The coaching supervision has made a big personal difference to me but it's much wider than that, I think it's just such a healthy working relationship."

    International Product Portfolio Manager, Elavon Financial Services
  • "I've been very happy with Minerva's work and look forward to working with them again."

    Head of Internal Communications, Major UK Construction Companyompany
  • "When organising and supporting us on our road shows the Minerva Engagement team more than exceeded my expectations, I've attended a lot of events and I just thought they were fantastic."

    International Product Portfolio Manager, Elavon Financial Services
  • "Working in Internal Communications, I'm used to employees being cynical about these types of activities, so it was nice to see and hear people talking very positively about the workshops and to hear them referring back to the workshops even now."

    Head of Internal Communications, Major UK Construction Company
  • "I'd just like to extend my absolute gratitude to the whole Minerva Engagement team. Their work left an indelible mark on us and we were very appreciative of everybody's support, both personally and professionally."

    Managing Director - Business Banking, Santander
  • “We got a huge uplift in our responses to our internal comms this year.  When we asked our employees “Are we taking action?” we got a 16 percent uplift, whereas our previous average before Minerva Engagement came on board had been two or three percent.”

    Head of EU POS Vendor Services, Elavon Financial Services
  • “At senior level you find there aren’t many people you can confide in about Internal Communications challenges you face.  Deborah has been there, got the t-shirt, is a great sounding board and trusted advisor for me.”

    Head of Employee Communications, National Grid