Our Team

Our skills and talents encompass our work with People, Communities, and Enterprise.

Anwar Ali OBE

Managing Director

Maria Williams

HRM Director, Co-Founder

Janet Whitehead

Head of Employability and Training

Gail Lavery

Head Talent Coach

Chelsea Cook

Senior HRM Administrator and Talent Coach

Muzahid Khan DL

Business Coach, NLP Coach, and Author

Frank Drainey

Accountant, DHF Accountancy Ltd

We work from the premise that we cannot do a good job if we do not understand the issues in play. So, our Team takes a ‘top down’ perspective, to understand the wider picture and concerns. We then link this to a ‘bottom up’ view, taking account of specific lived-in experiences that can illuminate the way ahead and help set things in context with, place, culture, group sensitivities and best ways to engage. 

From our inception we set about creating a culture where all contributions are prized and praised, irrespective of the person, their circumstances, what they are working towards.

All good ideas are celebrated, every effort recognised. This is a natural part of our team dynamic, inbuilt daily interaction as we imagine, plan, deliver, review and share. 


Our Board


Anwar Ali OBE

Company Secretary, Director at Upturn Enterprise Ltd

Maria Williams

Co-chair, Director at Upturn Enterprise Ltd

Susan Mayhall

Co-chair, Director at Upturn Enterprise Ltd

Steven Crossley

Director at Upturn Enterprise Ltd

Martin Williams

Director at Upturn Enterprise Limited

About Upturn

Find out more about Upturn, our history, and our team.

About Upturn