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The Team


Deb Barnard - RD1st Director, Course Design, Trainer & Coach

Deb has extensive experience working within the creative sector combining artistic practice with arts/business management at Senior Executive level. Deb currently works as a Trainer & Coach; specialising in relational dynamics, personal development and leadership. 
She is a coach for the NESTA & Clore Leadership Initiatives (Arts & Social Programmes), Arts Marketing Association, the NHS and the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme.  Deb is an experienced coach Supervisor.

She delivers the Personal Leadership Module for 3rd Year Trainees on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Lancaster University and delivers training for Clinical Psychologists throughout the U.K. 

Deb is regularly commissioned to design and deliver bespoke courses in Coaching Skills for Leadership & RD1st Action Learning: most recently for: Zakheref (Jordan), E.U.N.I.C (Amman), The Cultural Enterprise Office (Glasgow), The EXTEND Leadership Programme, The British Psychological Society, Creative Scotland, The Clore Short Course and the Clore Fellowship Residential at Bore Place.
In 2015 she will be working again with Ruwwad, the Youth Empowerment Programme for Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Palestine and will also be working with LOYAC in Kuwait.

She achieved full membership with the Association for Coaching (AC) in 2005, is a BBC Accredited Coach and was shortlisted for the ‘Award for Influence’ at AC in 2010. Deb holds a B'Ed (Hons) with a specialism in Child Psychology and was awarded an M.B.E. in 2004.


  Isabel Mortimer - RD1st Trainer & Coach

Isabel Mortimer is an experienced personal and executive coach and is qualified as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and an Organisational Relationship and Systems Coach (both endorsed by the International Coaching Federation, ICF).
Isabel specialises in leadership & team development, cultural change, and enabling positive team dynamics. 
An established leader, Isabel was Resident Director for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Dance Company and is a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme (Arts).
As well as her extensive experience in the arts, she has also worked for a wide range of organisations e.g. the BBC, AstraZeneca, Action for Children, Royal Borough of Kingston, British Airways, British Gas, Greenpeace, The Royal Commonwealth Society, International Passport Services and Royal Mail.

Isabel is a coach for the following organisations: 21st Century Legacy ‘Be the Best You Can Be’ programme for primary and secondary schools; The Clore Leadership Fellowship Programme and the Clore Short Courses and she is Director of Coaching for the Dancers Career Development. She is also a visiting lecturer at Birkbeck University specialising in personal development planning. 


Claire Antrobus - RD1st Trainer & Coach

Claire is an accredited RD1st coach (2010) and a qualified Action Learning Facilitator (Institute of Leadership and Management, 2011).
She currently works with a wide range of non-profit organisations as a consultant, researcher, trainer and coach to create and enable change.

Claire also mentors and delivers training within national and international leadership programmes including National Council of Graduate Entrepreneurs, British Council Accelerate programme, Clore Leadership Programme and engage Extend Leadership programme.

Claire’s background is in curating and managing galleries and museums. Recent clients include Tate, Hepworth Wakefield, Cumbria Museums Consortium, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Turner Contemporary and Mission, Models and Money, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

She was NESTA Innovation Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme in 2009/10.

Emma Haughton - RD1st Trainer & Coach

Emma has over twenty five years’ experience of supporting individuals and organisations in the arts and creative sector to realise their vision and potential. 

As well as training with Relational Dynamics 1st she is qualified to work with ‘The Thinking Environment’ (Nancy Kline) as a Time to Think Coach and has done foundation training in Gestalt theory and practice and Mindfulness and throughout 2015 is training at the Gestalt Centre in London for a certificate in Group Facilitation (completing early 2016). Emma is a Coach and Trainer for the National Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme, a registered Clore coach and in 2014 she co-founded Generate Coaching Partnership, coaching teams and partnerships.
Emma’s coaching, facilitation and training has seen her work with individuals and teams from organisations including Punchdrunk, Home Live Art, Siobhan Davies Dance, Hydrocracker Theatre, Same Sky, Arts & Business, Brightwave Ltd, Community Works Brighton, Brighton & Hove CC, Surrey CC, British Gas.  Emma is a Trustee of Spire Arts in Brighton, sits on the Board of Directors of Gravity & Levity and on the Steering Group for Hydrocracker Theatre.  

Dina Abu Hamdan - International Development/RD1st Trainer & Coach
Dina Abu Hamdan, a Jordanian cultural consultant, arts manager, director, dancer, coach and choreographer, is a woman who wears many hats. She was appointed at the Dubai office of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein as a project manager and artistic director to plan and oversee the establishment of Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children, which was inaugurated in Dec 2014. 

Dina had previously directed the Princess Haya Cultural Centre in Jordan and was responsible for the centre’s regeneration plan. She was the creative Director of the Children’s Museum, and a Media consultant with the Philadelphia Consulting Group. 

Creatively Dina had extensive experience directing theatre with large number of children, in addition to a number of TV shows. She was the resident choreographer of the National Company of Jordan. Combining both creative and managerial roles, she was selected for the Cultural Management fellowship program of the Kennedy Centre-, and in 2012 became a Clore Leadership fellow- UK.

Dina is currently a freelance cultural consultant and artistic director for special projects and is an accredited Relational Dynamics Coach. Dina has been instrumental in setting up the RD1st coaching projects in Amman, Jordan and is our link to the rest of the world!  


Rivca Rubin - Guest Trainer

Rivca assists people to live the lives they want to live and works with organisations to refine their vision, align practice to values, and create working cultures people want to work in. She works extensively in the cultural, higher education, and increasingly the health and humanitarian sectors.
Rivca first worked with Deb Barnard on co-delivering the Leadership Dynamic Course – this was followed by co-delivering the accredited Relational Dynamics course since its inception in 2008 to Autumn 2017.

Carol Wilson - Programme Accreditation & Standards
Carol Wilson is Managing Director of Culture at Work (previously Performance Coach Training Ltd) and and is a Fellow of the ILM, the Association for Coaching and the Professional Speaking Association. She was Head of Accreditation and Honorary Vice President at the Association for Coaching UK for a number of years.

She experienced the value of a coaching culture first hand while working at board level with Richard Branson at Virgin, where she became the first woman to found and run a successful record company. Accredited as an AC and a BBC coach, Carol now focuses on transformational leadership, consulting with organisations to transform their cultures, providing external accreditation to organisations, and is a keynote speaker, broadcaster and writer.

Carol was nominated for the Association for Coaching Awards for Influence and Impact in Coaching.
Carol has written many articles about coaching and is the author of a comprehensive guide to coaching called ‘Best Practice in Performance Coaching; a Handbook for Leaders, HR Professionals, Coaches and Organisations’, featuring Forewords by Sir John Whitmore and Sir Richard Branson (Kogan Page 2007).