About Us


I am Emma Walker-Cotton, a founding partner of Causeway Consulting. I have worked as a consultant across many different sectors. My work has been described as inspirational and life changing by organisations I’ve worked with.

As an organisational development specialist and executive coach, I have a passion to support organisations and individuals to fulfil their potential. I believe people management is a straightforward task, people just need the confidence, inspiration and right tools to do it.

Before setting up this business I worked as a Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, successfully leading large teams, designing award winning Leadership Programmes and HR Strategies.

I have an MSc in Organisational Psychology, which has given me a good understanding of different organisational cultures, what makes them effective, and how to create the right work place climate so that people want to fully engage and perform to the best of their ability.

I am qualified in running psychometric testing and registered with the British Psychological Society.

When working with you I will be direct, honest, ask challenging questions and design bespoke programmes that will enable you and your organisation make deep seated lasting changes.

I am Ruth Walker-Cotton, a founding partner of Causeway Consulting. My main areas of focus are strategy development and project management – whether working with leaders to develop a feasible strategy and ensure they are choosing projects for effective implementation, setting up project governance, prioritisation and planning processes, training project leaders and teams or guiding them through a project – I can support businesses to improve their strategic decision making and resource planning, working with them as they go through organisational change. I have successfully improved performance in a variety of sectors, through setting targets in partnership with key stakeholders and achieving them successfully.

I have extensive programme and project management experience and have successfully written and implemented strategies and managed major projects within the NHS, housing and charity sectors. My skills are enhanced by APM Project Management qualifications and membership. I have an MSc in Strategic Project Management, which helps to evidence and support my work. I am experienced in people management and love designing and implementing systems and processes to ensure clarity and efficiency.

I am also Business Manager for Causeway Consulting.

Here is an introduction to the associates we work with:

Larry Reynolds

Larry Reynolds mugshotLarry is an expert on authentic leadership. He has designed, delivered and evaluated leadership development programmes for a wide range of organisations including The Co-operative Group, European Investment Fund, Kingston University, Next, Save the Children, Simpson Group and Stryker.

As judge of the Training Journal leadership awards he is responsible for assessing the very best leadership programmes delivered each year by UK based companies.

Larry has 25 years’ experience of developing leaders and managers through coaching, facilitation and training. He has worked in a wide range of organisations in the private and public sector. Larry is particularly interested in the coaching process. In his most recent book Courageous Conversations (published in 2015 by Troubador) he explores alternatives to the GROW model, which place more emphasis on enabling the coachee to gain new perspectives on their current situation in order to generate more creative alternatives for action.

Maggie Shannon

Maggie works with people to help them gain focus, create the time and space to think through problems and issues, and be able to find their own ways of resolving them. Her approach to coaching and leadership development is based on understanding that her clients are resourceful people who already have the answers. She will work with them to support their exploration of ideas, challenge their assumptions, and enable them to make progress.

Maggie has a background in social housing, working at a senior executive level and leading on transformational and cultural change. She has also held a number of non-executive roles on boards of charities and housing organisations, and is interested in helping individuals, teams and organisations to thrive and improve.

Jane Atherton

Jane works with individuals, teams and organisations to support them to achieve business goals and be the best they can be.
With over 20 years’ experience of designing people strategies, organisational development programmes and interventions; she is passionate about employee engagement and the belief that if people feel valued at work they will perform better and deliver better results for customers. She has supported businesses to achieve top ten positions in the best 100 companies to work for and to excel at Investors in People.
A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, she has a track record of working with senior leadership teams and boards to design and facilitate development events with impact.
Jane offers coaching at all levels in organisations to support people to achieve their potential, team development using Myers Briggs Step 1 and leadership development. Jane also offers strategic human resource interventions as part of her portfolio.
Jane has previously operated as People Director in the social housing sector and is Chair of Ashton Pioneer Homes in Ashton under Lyne.

Caroline Oubridge


Caroline specialises in training and advising organisations on how to explain who they are, what they do and why it matters.  She offers training in communications, writing effectively and creating case studies that count. She can assist people to communicate more confidently and put brand values into action.

She started out making community programmes for BBC local radio before working in press and communications for national charities for over 15 years.  For her the task of engaging the people you want to reach comes down to understanding their interests, identifying the best route to reach them and then delivering a good story.

Caroline always delivers training that is informative, enjoyable and practical and recent clients have included the Alzheimer’s Society,  Kirklees Council and Wrexham County Borough Council.