Our approach

Working Matters are a firm of Work Psychologists and affiliated professions. We aim to help organisations prosper and employees grow and develop. We do this by applying proven psychological theory and research to the workplace. We help our clients select the right people, develop them to grow and perform, and engage them meaningfully.

Working Matters has a unique view into what matters and what works when driving corporate performance. We have a wealth of experience working with a diverse range of clients across all sectors in the UK, Asia Pacific, and internationally.

Meet the team

Gene Johnson, PhD Founder and Managing Director

Gene has over 25 years’ experience in the corporate, consultancy, government and academic sectors. He started his career with the U.S. government, later moving to an academic position in the School of Management at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has worked in roles as Global Director, Leadership Development Director at Getinge Group, International Director of Talent & Development for Rackspace Hosting, and as Dell’s Director of EMEA Talent Management. He is a Registered Psychologist in the UK (Occupational), NZ, and Australia (pending).

Expertise: Executive leadership development, talent management, OD, performance management, diversity and inclusion, volunteer leadership

Favourite Pastimes: Runs half-marathons, collects art from around the world, and enjoys all types of theatre

Favourite Quote or Mantra: ‘Where’s the evidence?’ (and more personally, ‘I can’t look up when I’m looking down.’)

Graham Russell Leadership Coach

Graham specialises in working with directors, managers, and business owners from the financial, legal, education, and public sectors. He is an accredited coach. He’s a friendly, relaxed man with a wonderfully sunny, optimistic, and positive nature.

Expertise: Individual leadership development, relationship skills, coaching.

Favourite Pastimes: Cinema, screenwriting, running. travel.

Favourite Quote: ‘Live as though life was a game you couldn’t lose.’

Fiona Beddoes-Jones, PhD Consultant

For over 20 years, Fiona has worked within complex organisations such as Airbus, BP, and Coutts to support their middle and senior managers to understand themselves and their colleagues more effectively.  This not only makes them better leaders and managers, it also means that they can work more effectively in environments where they have influence but no direct line management ‘power’.  A keen volunteer herself, Fiona has now taken her expertise and applied it to the charity sector, where the idea of ‘learning to lead oneself, so others choose to follow’ has become so critical.

Expertise: Authentic leadership development, executive coaching, Leadership Temperament Types™, Thinking Styles™, Cognitive Team Roles™, the Corporate Love Model™ and the leadership and management of volunteers.

Favourite Pastimes: Expedition Psychologist for the arctic Ice Warrior Project, and Race Psychologist for the Spine Race series of ultra-endurance expedition marathons.

Favourite Quote or Mantra: ‘Not everything has to change for everything to change”

Fiona Lee, MA CPsychol Work Psychologist

Fiona is a UK Chartered Psychologist and business consultant with over 12 years’ experience of delivering assessment solutions for clients in retail, energy, financial services, government, and not-for-profit organisations. Based in the UK, she hails from Australia and is also a Registered Psychologist through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Expertise: Executive selection, leadership development and coaching, talent management, graduate recruitment

Favourite Pastimes: Fiona enjoys playing the piano, and going to live music gigs and arthouse cinema, as well as spending time with her young family

Favourite Quote or Mantra: ‘In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer’

Julia Knight, CPsychol Work Psychologist

Julia has 20 years experience working as a consultant for a wide range of organisations in the public, private, and third sectors – both in the UK and Internationally. She applies psychological principles to help individuals and teamsto gain insight into themselves and those around them, and to maximise their potential. As an accomplished singer, actor, and improviser, she is particularly interested in applying tools and techniques from theatre to support personal development.  She is co-author of “Listen! Say Yes! Commit! Improvisation for Communication, Creativity, Teamworking & Leadership at Work”.

Expertise: Leadership development, executive assessment, team development, creativity & innovation

Favourite Pastimes: Making stuff up – sketches, recipes, and songs

Favourite Quote: ‘Listen! Say Yes! Commit!’

Emma Rees Consultant and Executive Coach

With over 20 years experience working in commercial and talent management roles at P&G, Diageo, and Tate & Lyle, Emma has worked globally to identify and develop talent from middle management to board level.  She blends her commercial experience with deep personal insights and has lead the development and implementation of complex programmes in multiple markets across Europe, North America, and Asia. She particularly enjoys working with both commercial and public sector organisations that are passionate about their people.

Expertise: Leadership development, talent management, OD, recruitment.

Favourite Pastimes: A keen yogi and runner that likes to explore far flung parts of the world armed with a camera and carry-on luggage only.

Favourite Quote or Mantra: ‘People create value – focus on your people and your results will follow.’

Kerry McLennan Consultant and Facilitator

Kerry is definitely the most positive and warm person we have on staff. She has over 10 years’ experience in training and development, working for several multinationals, including Dell, Rackspace Hosting, EY, and AMP, working both in the UK and Australia. She has an MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology. Kerry is passionate about capability development and employee engagement.

Expertise: Softskill facilitation

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