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Resilience in Action: Helping Young People Overcome Barriers and Build Pathways to Success

28 September 2023 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Speakers: Joy Maitland, Atiya Sheikh, Dr Stewart Desson

Event summary:

Discover our unique approach to helping young people overcome barriers, unlock their true potential, and create pathways to success.

Award-winning: We will share with you our ABP award-winning coaching and mentoring program designed to develop self-awareness, emotional intelligence, resilience, self-leadership, and accountability in young people.

Personalised Coaching Contracts: Our approach starts with forming unique, personalised coaching contracts with each young person.

We take the time to truly understand their needs, aspirations, and challenges. Whether the need is support with job applications or critical conversations, we adapt the coaching sessions and their frequency to suit their specific requirements.

Ongoing Assessment: Our coaching journeys starts with weekly support, laying a solid foundation for their development. As self-efficacy and confidence grow, we gradually reduce the frequency of coaching sessions. An ongoing assessment of evolving needs shapes the future frequency of coaching interventions. We continuously adapt our approach to ensure the best outcomes for each individual.

Testimonials: You will hear testimonials from programme participants, sharing their success stories and personal growth.

Lumina Spark: Central to our approach is the integration of Lumina Spark, a personalised psychometric tool, to help build self-awareness and enhance interpersonal relationships in both their personal and professional lives.

Post-Pandemic Resilience: We will also share insights into the psychology of our coachees post-pandemic. Learn how our programme has helped them navigate the challenges of the ever-changing world, building resilience and self-awareness along the way.


Speaker bios:

Joy Maitland MGP FIoD FCMI FInstLM

Joy is a Business Psychologist, Executive Coach, and the author of ‘From Alpha to Zen: Leadership for a Brave New World.’ She firmly believes in the importance of continuous learning and improvement, and her motto, “Be the Difference. Make the Difference,” serves as a guiding principle in all aspects of her work, whether within the workplace or broader society.
With extensive experience in senior-level corporate management, Joy brings a wealth of expertise to her role. She maintains active involvement with various organisations at Board level and holds esteemed fellowships with the Institute of Directors (IoD), the Institute of Leadership and Management (TILM), and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). She is a member of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners and the Association for Business Psychology (ABP).

Throughout her career, Joy has worked with renowned global brands such as Vodafone, 3M, Sony, RBS, and Credit Lyonnais. In 2005, she launched the highly acclaimed Inemmo Leadership Development Solutions, which has received numerous awards. This venture followed her role as Group Director Operations at Taylor Nelson Sofres, a prominent FTSE 250 firm. Currently, Joy holds the position of Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair at the Plane Saver Credit Union. She has also served as a Trustee Board Member of The Institute of Leadership and later as an Independent Director on their Nominations and Succession Committee. Additionally, she has contributed her expertise as a board director at the Amos Bursary and as Vice Chair of the Ekaya Housing Association.

As an author, Joy empowers her readers by advocating the adoption of modern leadership techniques and innovative approaches to thinking and working, ultimately striving for leadership excellence. Her book, “From Alpha to Zen: Leadership for a Brave New World,” resonates with a growing readership worldwide and guides individuals on their journey to become inspiring leaders.

In her role as an executive coach, Joy provides invaluable support to current and aspiring leaders, assisting them in embracing modern leadership techniques and innovative ways of working to achieve leadership excellence.


Atiya is an exceptional Leadership Development Consultant who works with managers on a wide range of solutions to help them achieve critical change through their people. As Business Psychologist, and Director of the multi-award-winning Inemmo Leadership Development Solutions, she strategically supports clients to drive the improvement of both management and leadership capability, ensuring the development of solutions that are aligned to deliver the strategic goals of the organisation.

Atiya’s current role followed successful careers in Accountancy and Market Research. In Market Research, she brought Professional and Financial Services industry perspective to studies ensuring that research was designed and delivered to produce actionable insights that address clients’ underlying business challenges. She delivered brand focused insight consultancy to industry leading clients including The London Stock Exchange, Barclays, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, UBS, Credit Suisse and RBS. In addition to her role as Director at Inemmo Leadership Development Solutions, and Lumina Learning Partner for East & West Africa, Atiya is currently a Non-Executive Director of the LHP.

Atiya is a Member of the Association of Business Psychology, a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the Institute of Directors (IoD) and Chartered Quality Institute (CQI), Market Research Society (MRS), Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners (ACGP) and the ACCA.

Atiya holds the distinction of being a CTA Certified Executive Coach (ICF), a TNA Brain Coach specialising in Applied Neuroscience and Brain Health, a Certified Facilitator of the Sedona Method, and a Practitioner of Lumina Learning Psychometrics. In addition, she plays a pivotal role in facilitating Lumina Practitioner qualification programs, empowering others to effectively utilise Lumina Learning Psychometrics in their own practices. Notably, Atiya’s expertise extends to her certification as a Lead Auditor for ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health & Safety, and Social Systems, further exemplifying her comprehensive skill set.

With a track record of exceptional achievements and a dedication to continuous growth, Atiya remains at the forefront of Leadership Development Consulting, consistently providing invaluable guidance and transformative solutions to her clients.

Dr Stewart Desson PhD MSc MSc BSc FCIPD

Stewart is an experienced Business Psychologist, the CEO and founder of Lumina Learning, and the author of the innovative Lumina Spark psychometric.

After working for 15 years for British Airways, Stewart was interested in creating psychometrics that go beyond the limits of personality type testing which puts people into boxes, and instead embrace psychological diversity. He has shown that adaptive and ‘maladaptive’ traits can be measured at both ends of the Big Five’s polarities and in 2017 he obtained a PhD in Business Psychology from the University of Westminster. Stewart wanted to develop a non-dichotomous programme which can measure people’s personalities in a variety of situations. The result is the hugely successful Lumina Spark which is used with clients across the globe.

Stewart has a passion for building a community of like-minded professionals innovatively applying Lumina Learning’s suite of Products and Solutions. Stewart has designed and delivered a broad range of training programmes and runs these internationally. He is particularly focused on looking at how personality can help and hinder people’s application and effectiveness in terms of innovation, leadership, engagement and dealing with pressure.





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28 September 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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