About us

OUR Complementary skills

We are a collective of like-minded professionals, passionately committed to helping to make your workplace happier, more productive and more sustainable.

Astrid Davies is our lead consultant, and she brings our different experts together with care, to match our skills to your unique requirements.


Astrid Davies is Managing Director and the lead consultant of ADCL.  She led high-performing teams throughout a 30-year career working in UK public, private and voluntary sectors and you can read more about her below.

Astrid is determined that all of ADCL’s work will be change for good.  We define “good” by aligning our work in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  One way we do this, every day, is by using renewables to power the business (that’s Goal #7).  Another is working for decent work and economic growth through the Future Leaders Breakfasts ®  brand (Goal #8).  Our work with sustainable businesses to encourage sustainable communities and promote responsible production and climate action supports Goals #11, #12 and #13.  And we’re all about Goal #17 – we love working in partnerships to get things done – and done right!

Purple circular logo, stating in white lettering that ADCL is proud to have been powered 100% by renewable electricity again in 2023
UN poster of all 17 of the sustainable  development goals to 2030

ADCL is a proud signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant, offering initial free support to UK Service personnel past and present, plus their immediate family. So if this is you, and you could do with some support to move you on in your career, please use the form at the bottom of the page and we’ll be happy to discuss the ways we can help.

ADCL is also a proud signatory to the “Business without Blood Sports pledge”.  You can find us alongside many other ethically-conscious companies on the League Against Cruel Sports’ website

We believe that killing for fun is unacceptable.


Astrid is our lead consultant.  So, she will be your contact point for all the work we do with you. However, sometimes you will need more than one consultant on your job, to guarantee your project’s success. That is when we call in our Associates.

Our Associates are part of our wider network of trusted connections.  This means we can call on other leadership consultants, top quality coaches, neuroscience experts, experienced trainers, facilitators, behavioural profiling and culture experts.  In addition to our core focus, we can also call on “Agile” project management experts (PMI/PMP), digital experts, financial advisers, property professionals, HR specialists – even world class insolvency experts. Together, we offer a one-stop shop for your organisational change requirements.

You can find out more about our Associates and partnerships below.


Bark Financial offers professional financial planning advice. Sarah Butler DipPFS is fully qualified with personal integrity and a passionate belief in the benefits of providing quality financial planning advice.


Beverley Poole has over 20 years’ experience working with companies and individuals, aiming to get the best outcomes for everyone. She can mentor you through change, providing structure, motivation and insight to your business or to you personally.


Kate Underwood HR & Training was founded in 2015, to help small businesses succeed.  Applying 25 years’ top-level experience, Kate’s company provides reliable, cost-effective solutions and HR support so you always feel safe your business is legally compliant. By utilising the latest HR technologies & training techniques, they are dedicated to saving you time, money & admin’, by unlocking the potential of your greatest asset – your employees.


L&M Plus Consulting Limited is a forward thinking management consultancy.  We offer key solutions which strengthen business practice, performance, leadership and management in any organisation. Our specialism is neuroscience-based leadership and management development, change management and wellbeing programmes which include training, coaching and mentoring.


Judith Germain has been defining Mavericks as wilfully independent people since 2005.  She is considered the leading authority on Maverick Leadership. The Maverick Paradox provides bespoke solutions to enable organisations, business owners and individuals to change the way WE work, through leadership and influence. Because when Maverick Leaders (regardless of whether they run their business or work within someone else’s) utilise their ability to strategic,  innovate and execute we can ALL have better outcomes. The Maverick Paradox provides leadership solutions at the bleeding edge of innovation.


Marion Hewitt, FCIPD, is an accredited coach who quickly establishes credibility, building strong, effective and collaborative relationships with clients. Challenging them to feel empowered to bring about change within their personal life and working life. The style of coaching will be tailored to the individual client to enable them to get the best outcomes from each session. Her specialism, drawing on her past experience, is confidence and credibility coaching for HR professionals.



We belong to The Change Maker Group. Our purpose is to develop Change Makers everywhere so they can change their world. We are an international group of professional and highly-experienced consultants, coaches and trainers who partner with organisations around the world to enhance their change capability.


Aspire4Business Academy is an eLearning, training and outsourced L&D platform. Hosted, administered and certificated courses for business, wellbeing, education and hospitality. Flexible online learning from specialists in business, self-improvement and personal growth. Individual support for trainers and corporates.


Astrid has led a wide range of different high-performing teams for 30 years.

A business information and Leadership specialist,  Astrid brings a wealth of broad-based commercial experience, practical common sense and boundless energy to everything she does.   For example, she brings agile competence, learned from retail management in London’s Oxford Street, knowledge management from her Masters, and sustainability support from her work as a Net-Zero consultant. Her eclectic CV means she is able to flex to help you solve your workplace problems fast.

Astrid has worked in private and public sector organisations through some of the worst recessions in living memory.  Throughout, she and her teams delivered quality outcomes for customers. She qualified as a Prince2® Practitioner and certified in Managing Successful Projects (MSP®), so your projects will be delivered properly, on time and budget every time. There’s certainly breadth of experience at your disposal.  In fact, this depth and breadth is why she has been made a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership  (FIoL).

Astrid is an experienced trainer, public speaker, conference MC and keynote.  So, not only does she deliver training and talks, but she can also help you  to make your presentations shine.

As well as being an experienced, accredited coach and member of The Association for Coaching, Astrid is an ANLP-qualified Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner.  She has helped individuals and teams achieve – even exceed – their goals, for decades. Astrid combines all of these skills in her unique OPTIMUM™ coaching framework. She also contributes to the online magazine The Maverick Paradox, a resource for the wilfully independent leader which features a stable of Maverick writers. And of course you can read her thoughts in the blogs on this site.

Astrid volunteers her skills as a mentor at University of Southampton as part of their business-readiness Careers offer. In addition, she is a Business Advisory Board member for Southampton’s Enactus chapter of budding social entrepreneurs. Southampton University’s Enactus were UK national champions for 2021.

Perhaps the most important bit you need to know about Astrid is that working with her is useful, high-energy and fun.  She brings her passion for our core values of integrity, equity and sustainability to every piece of work.  So please book a call today, to find out more.