LPI has a network of Professionals around the Globe that cover a range of cultural backgrounds and languages who combine many years of Experience in the real world together with solid Academic Background in Organisational Development.

Founders : Maria Katsarou and Kathryn Stanley founded LPI in 2014 with the vision of creating companies where effective communication and work practices ensure innovation and business success.

Dr. Maria Katsarou, CPsychol

Maria Katsarou B&W2

Maria has co-authored the book ‘Under Pressure – understanding and managing pressure and stress at the workplace’, published by Marshall Cavendish International (UK). The book has been released in English, Portuguese and Chinese.

Maria grew up in Lagos Nigeria, has lived and worked in various countries, and while operating globally is based in the UK, where she is the founder of Our World Group and The Leadership Psychology Institute. She has 20 year of experience in partnering with senior teams (Middle-level Managers, Management Teams, Boards and CEOs) for several organizations including AstraZeneca, Coca-Cola HBC, Novartis, WIND (telecom), GlaxoSmithKline, Gilead, Leaseplan, Rokas Group (design and manufacturing of industrial equipment), Mediamarkt, Qualco, Ericsson, Roche, Alcatel-Lucent, Chartis, Japan Tobacco International (JTI), British American Tobacco (BAT), S&B (diversified minerals and materials group), Foodlink (Logistics), CSL Behring, AMGEN, Kylashipping, Printec, ELVAL (Viohalco), EverythingEverywhere (Orange), AB Vassilopoulos (retail supermarket chain), Marks & Spencer, among others.

As a Professional in the field of Leadership Psychology & Organizational Development she specializes in providing Organizational Solutions that answer to today’s ever increasing business needs around leadership, managing change and increasing both individuals’ and teams’ effectiveness through the implementation of customized Leadership programmes, Group Dynamics workshops, Executive Coaching. Coming from a multi-cultural background herself and having to negotiate her own path in the corporate world for 13 years in organizations like SCA Hygiene, Johnson & Johnson, Henkel-Ecolab and Diageo, allows her to provide an insight into an organization that is practical, pragmatic and challenging. Her achievements include the effective leading of various HR initiatives, the successful introduction and action as a catalyst for organizational change, as well as leading multi-cultural leadership programs in Greece, Germany, South Africa, Eastern Europe and Turkey.

Recently she was appointed as a Board Member in ICF UK Chapter, starting January 2017.

She has a BA in Management and Organizational Behavior, MA in Human Resources Management and an MSc in Psychology. Her Doctorate in Leadership Psychology at William James College (former Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology) in Boston gave her the opportunity to specialize further into leadership teams and to break new grounds in measuring trust. She holds the Henley Certificate in Coaching, is a member of the Henley Register of Coaches (UK), and is an accredited (ACC) Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF – USA) and currently preparing for her PCC level. At the same time she is accredited by The Kantor Institute (MA, USA). She is certified in various psychometric instruments (e.g. MBTI, FIRO-B, CPI, 16PF, etc.) by the British Psychology Society and has also been a tutor in Management courses at The American College of Greece and other Academic Institutions, and delivering workshops, seminars and training programmes to Executives since 2002. Her professional affiliations include the American Psychological Association (APA), the British Psychology Society (BPS), the International Coaching Federation (ICF, USA), and she is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM, UK).

Geoff H. Makin

Commercial Director

For the last 35 years Geoff has been involved in a broad range of commercial initiatives across varying industries as well as running his own businesses in the UK and France.

At a very early stage along his commercial journey he recognised the value of employing external expertise for the development and growth of business ventures. Realising the need and value for cross-disciplinary experts, i.e. people who can bring to the table expertise as well as sound business acumen/judgment he aims to bridge the gap between business and science.

Geoff’s approach ensures that the LPI services and interventions are about application and not theory that will drive an organisation’s bottom line.

His many years of experience together with his natural financial astuteness, have earned him the ability to immediately identify the problematic areas within an organisation and propose the best solution that will transform a business.

His methodology constitutes of designing a solution and subsequently engineering an intervention to match the organizational need. Through a pragmatic approach he ensures that organisations receive a return on investment on their development or consultation initiatives.

Geoff believes that the science of psychology fused with the pragmatism of the LPI’s approach is the engineered solution for today’s commercial and leadership challenges.

Naomi Graham

Senior Associate

With more than twenty years’ experience, Naomi Graham is an executive coach and facilitator who works with managers and leaders at all levels to develop their confidence, capability and credibility.

As well as significant experience in designing, developing and delivering global programmes, she also works one to one coaching executives to:


  • Fine tune personal skills for maximum influence
  • Lead with inspiration and vision
  • Transition to a new role, organisation or location
  • Assess their career development and potential next steps


Naomi combines a unique style of direct feedback, challenge, unwavering support and complete belief in her client’s potential.  She brings considerable energy to her work and invites her clients into a creative, flexible space to really effect change. 

Whether working in a group situation or one to one, she supports her clients as they explore how they can have more influence in the way they operate, often incorporating a detailed review of the way individuals function and their assumptions about their business, colleagues and themselves.


Her significant experience of coaching and facilitating in organisations enables Naomi to support businesses to create sustainable cultures.  She also works with independent and internal coaches in offering supervision and mentor coaching for credentialing.

Training & Education:

  • MA Employment Studies and HRM
  • BEd Business Education & Information Technology
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC – ICF)
  • Certified Coach Supervisor and Mentor Coach
  • Chartered Fellow of the CIPD
  • Accredited MBTI, FIRO-B, Insights, SDI, EQi 360, Systemic Coaching and Hogan Suite


Her clients include: Affordable Art Fair, Anglo American, BNP Paribas, Clarks, EDF, Expedia, Ford Motor Group, GBS (N-Power), Groundsure, PayPal, Sky and Sotheby’s.


Naomi founded Mayridge Consulting in 2014. The company specialises in:


  • 121 and team coaching
  • Supervision and mentor coaching for credentialing
  • Group and team facilitation
  • Leadership and management development training
  • Change and transformation programme support

Hara Sinifakouli

Senior Associate

Hara has been one of the first Senior Associates of the Leadership Psychology Institute and has been part of the team since 2010 having participated in various challenging assignments, which included change management projects, instilling a coaching culture, as well as being a co-facilitator on the Coaching Programme. She combines solid business background with psychology knowledge and skills and is characterised by a calm power, reflection and an acute insight into human behaviour, which allows her to make effective interventions at an individual as well as a team level.

With over 17 years of experience in the field of Human Resources, she originally started her career in the consulting industry and specifically in the areas of Recruitment and Selection as well as Compensation and Benefits Surveys. Her latter part of her HR career she spent at ABN AMRO Bank where she successfully led projects in the areas of Learning and Development, Performance Management, Employee Engagement Surveys, as well as other HR projects.

Currently she is an active HR professional working as an HR Section Head for the Aegean Baltic Bank and is responsible for the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, and programmes for the organisation, which includes Recruitment & Selection, Employee On-boarding, Learning & Development, Compensation & Benefits.

Born and raised in Athens she studied Business Administration at the University of Piraeus and holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Middlesex University Business School in the UK. Being passionate about human behaviour, she pursued this further through her post-graduate studies in Counselling Psychology (person-centred approach) from the University of Strathclyde. She also holds a Coaching Certificate which is accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Katy Charalampidou

Senior Associate

Katy brings to coaching Balance and Maturity. The combination of her 30+ yrs of experience in People Development combined with her entrepreneurial background (also owner of a successful advertising-graphic design agency), offer clients practicality combined with Emotional Intelligence.


Katy is amongst the most experienced people development practitioners of the Greek Market. She has participated in large leadership development  and coaching programs for Alpha Bank, Nestle, Eurobank Cards, Papastratos Philip Morris Int’l , AIG, Piraeus Bank, National Bank of Greece, Hellenic Petroleum, Hellenic Aerospace Industry , Makro Cash & Carry, Johnson & Johnson, Glaxo Smith Kline Beecham.

As an executive coach, she has more than 700 logged coaching hours (Alpha Bank, JTI Hellas, AXA, LeasePlan Hellas, Alcon, Nestle, CSL Behring, Astrazeneca, FHP-Vileda, Randstad Hellas, Persado, Greenpeace, etc) within which she has coached more that 200 senior managers.


She has worked as Senior Project Manager for Thomas International (Personal Profile Analysis) – SELECON CONSULTANTS, working on applications of  Thomas system, consulting & training.

She has also worked as Project Manager for Grid Seminars of Scientific Methods – INTERSYSTEMS MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS, working on Marketing, client development & implementation of Grid management programs and as Senior Management Trainer for ACHIEVE GLOBAL – Professional Selling Skills (PSS).

She is a founding member of the Hellenic Coaching Association (Affiliate of EMCC) and ICF Greece Chapter


Katy speaks Greek, English and Turkish.


Professional Qualifications


  • Associate Certified Coach – ACC (ICF – International Coach Federation)
  • Trained Professional Coach (Core Essentials Coaching Skills Program – Coach U, UK)
  • Diploma in Brief Coaching (Solution Surfers)
  • Certificate in Solution Focused Team Coaching (Solutions Surfers)
  • ICF competency Brush-Up Program (Positive Life Works)
  • Certified Thomas System Analyst (Thomas International – PPA System)



  • B.S. in Marketing & Management Deree College Athens