The UK College of Personal Development has attracted the very best trainers and tutors in the business.  All our trainers are all highly experienced in their field, and many have published works.

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

As well as our lead trainer group, our guest trainers and associate trainers have a worldwide reputation of excellence in their field, working internationally and have various books and papers published.

Meet Our Team –

Tony Nutley

Tony Nutley is the CEO and Founder of the UK College of Personal Development which he launched in 1999 and was incorporated as a limited company in 2008.

Over the last 20 years, UKCPD has grown into an internationally award-winning educational institute delivering best in class training, coaching and organisational development services.

Tony is a passionate performance coach and consultant; his coaching and consulting work is based on his many years of experience working with companies both large and small.  A successful entrepreneur, he has started no less than 4 successful business ventures, including UK College of Personal Development, MBS Coaching (Coaching & Consulting), MailNinja (Email Marketing), UKCPD Press (Publishing). 

Tony is a highly dynamic and inspirational trainer and coach, as well as being a key member of the UKCPD Team he works for organisations nationally and internationally as a Trainer and Performance Coach.

In 2017, he was awarded the ACQ Global AwardUK Gamechanger of the Year” for his work on organisational change and performance coaching.

Tony has constantly pushed the field of NLP forward and worked with people to increases the standing of NLP in the minds of the general public, the corporate world and academia.  He has played a key part in various projects that have moved NLP into the mainstream and he continues to work on new and imaginative projects around this outcome.

The UK College of Personal Development were the very first organisation in the UK to develop the traditional NLP Practitioner training into a more practical and coaching focused programme, developing innovative models and mapping the comprehensive NLP toolbox against popular coaching frameworks.  In addition to the Association For NLP (ANLP) accreditation, they were also the very first organisation to have their NLP Practitioner training accredited by Association For Coaching (AC) and the ILM.

Recently, the UK College of Personal Development’s reputation for its high standards of training and student support has been recognised, receiving awards such as:

  • Best NLP Training & Coaching Organisation – UK
  • Award for Excellence in Leadership & Management Training – UK
  • Global 100 Excellence Award

Tony has published various books of the benefits of personal development, is an Accredited NLP Trainer, and is an accredited user of the EBW and iWAM Psychometric tools.

Tony is an advisor to the Association For Coaching (AC) on standards of training programmes, recognition and accreditation. (Training Course Recognition Forum). And he is also on the advisory and training programme accreditation board for the International Association For NLP (ANLP)

Outside of his work Tony is an enthusiastic cook, he has a keen taste for Italian food and Spanish wine.

Melanie Richens

Melanie Richens

Melanie Richens – Director of Training Melanie is a Professional Coach, Certified NLP Trainer, NLP Master Practitioner, Hypnotherapy Master Practitioner and Provocative Change Works TM Practitioner

Her first career was as a lawyer, becoming a partner in a top 100 law firm and latterly Director of People. She is now following her passion for developing people enabling them to perform at their peak and removing barriers to success through a combination of coaching and training.

Melanie has coached and trained individuals at all levels to improve personal performance, to aid career progression and unlock personal potential enabling people to achieve their maximum capabilities.  Melanie works collaboratively in partnership with clients to set and achieve goals, solve problems and foster learning and development.

She is equally at home working with individuals or organisations; when working with organisations she can bring her first-hand experience to bear of working at board level designing and implementing strategy and delivering cultural change.

Melanie is passionate about encouraging business success through engaging and developing people in order to ensure that individual performance is aligned with the strategy of the business leading to a win-win situation for both employers and employees.  Melanie has collaborated extensively with a number of training organisations and coaches to design, develop and deliver leadership and management training programmes. These programmes have included:

  • People & Performance Management
  • Leadership
  • Coaching skills
  • Effective goal setting
  • Effective appraisals
  • Time Management
  • Handling difficult people and conflict resolution
  • Communication skills
  • Building relationships with clients and colleagues

Melanie is currently chair of the Swindon Mindful Employers’ Network which is an organisation for employers aimed at increasing awareness of mental health issues in the workplace.

  • ANLP (Professional Member)
  • Association for Coaching
  • British Institute of Hypnotherapy

Chris Rasey

Chris Rasey

Chris Rasey – Lead Trainer. Chris is an NLP trainer and experienced people developer. He has spent twenty years in consultancy and training  Chris has delivered various training programmers including leadership and team development events both nationally and internationally.

Chris is a successful and committed developer of people, with a talent for using insight and enthusiasm to create and build confidence and capability in his clients. The beginning of his journey was as a Training Officer in an engineering and manufacturing environment in the mid-70s. Chris also worked in the retail and IT sectors as consultant and manager before starting his own consultancy in 1990.

Since then he has worked for several clients, usually on a long-term basis, building a particular reputation for leadership training, personal development programmes and coaching. Chris has also established a profile as an NLP trainer, playing a significant and often major role in the Practitioner training of hundreds of people.

Since becoming an NLP Practitioner, Chris has integrated NLP in his work with clients in the Professional Services, IT, Manufacturing, and Public Sectors, and has worked throughout the UK , Western and Eastern Europe.

Chris has worked as trainer, manager and consultant in four organisations; United Glass, House of Fraser, Wimpy, Thorn-Emi Datasolve, where he ran various leadership and personal skill courses. Chris has also used TA and Assertiveness techniques and is qualified in MBTI and OPQ.

Outside of work Chris has spent many years as a rugby coach. Chris loves to dance and is also a keen singer.

Andrzej Brzozowski

Andrzej Brzozowski

Andrzej Brzozowski – Lead Trainer. Andrzej is one of our key team members, an NLP Trainer with an eye for what will make the difference in delivering NLP concepts in entertaining and innovative ways.  Modelling is the very essence of NLP and Andrzej is a keen NLP Modeler exploring various human change methodologies and distilling the essence of many to use in his training and change work.

In his own words:

Before embracing NLP and other change tools life for me was an impossibly high rung-less ladder. No matter how hard I tried to reach my goals, through effort and using the two crutches that I had, I would always tire and slip back down to the starting point like an endless game of snakes and ladders. I even bought the rungs that would make the difference neatly piling them beneath my goal of happiness, whilst I kept on doing what I always did with the mad expectation that I would get something different.

Then one day a sloth which was passing by whispered “use the rungs”…and since then I’ve never looked down…

So my goal in life is to climb higher and higher and to help others do the same. To that effect I have become a student and practitioner of NLP, Hypnotherapy, the Sedona method, Byron Katie the Works and many many more systems and techniques. Each providing a different vantage point to see where to place the next rung.

I am an ANLP Accredited Trainer, and a member of the British Institute of Hypnotherapy.

Guest & Associate Trainers

Dan Leyland

Dan Leyland

Dan Leyland – Associate Trainer. Dan is a change management specialist with a vast experience in leading the design and delivery of change for leadership teams of entrepreneurial organisations, using a blend of consultancy, coaching and training skills. Dan is passionate about supporting leaders and leadership teams with ambitious change, and he’s spent a number of years developing a toolkit based on pragmatic application of what works. He calls this How2-Change.

He is also consistently developing his network of change leaders with related (and often unusual) skills sets with which to create unreasonable results for clients. Dan will be offering training on the How2-Change methodology to UKCPD members in 2017.

Outside of work, Dan is married, has a young daughter, a house full of pets and a passion for long distance running.

In 2016, he completed the Cotswold Challenge – a 2 day event in September with 27 and 30 mile ultra-marathons to raise money for Silverline – the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.


Nick Kemp

Nick Kemp

Nick Kemp – Guest Trainer. Nick has been involved in the field of personal change for thirty years, having studied many forms of communication and personal development, including Hypnosis, Provocative Therapy and Neuro Linguistics, before creating his own Provocative Change Works(tm) approach that he uses in his private practice.

His highly acclaimed Human Alchemy ™ series of CDs attracted international attention and he created the first ever commercial multi sound DTS hypnosis CD. In early 2001 Nick Kemp’s Human Alchemy CDs had already became regarded by many as some of the finest hypnosis products available, and were described by Anglo American Books in the following way –

“We are sent many CDs and audiotapes from therapists for review, but it is truly unusual to come across a product that is as effective and professional as this offering from Nick Kemp. As well as being a useful tool it should be of great interest to those who wish to use the more complex language techniques inherited from Milton Erickson’s great work.”

In 2004 Nick Kemp met Frank Farrelly, (creator of Provocative Therapy and influence on the creators of NLP) and began an intensive training to become an approved Provocative Therapy Trainer. He subsequently founded The Association for Provocative Therapy (or AFPT) and released the “Provocative Change Works for Phobias” DVD set which has commentary from Frank Farrelly himself. In 2006 Nick Kemp was a guest for 26 consecutive weeks on BBC Radio curing phobics live on the air using his Provocative Change Works approach. This has been described by Frank Farrelly to a professional colleague in the following way.

“You’ll find his work on phobias using PT mixed with NLP and Hypnosis quite a blend and Enlightening!” ~ Frank Farrelly

In 2008 Nick Kemp was invited to present at the IASH Conference in San Francisco to a “standing room only” audience and he has since also presented his work in New York. In 2009 and 2010 he will be running a series of new trainings in the UK, Europe and USA. His Provocative Change Works approach and creation of the Provocative Icon System ™ has attracted the attention of many international trainers including Steve Andreas who made the following comment

Donald MacNaughton

Donald MacNaughton

Donald MacNaughton – Guest Trainer. Donald specialises in developing high performance teams /individuals through mental skill acquisition /performance psychology. Donald is widely-recognized for his ability to bring both athletes and coaches to a better understanding of High Performance techniques.  A two-time best-selling author, consultant, and keynote speaker, Don’s success comes from his practical approach to adapting the latest thinking in sports psychology.  His effective ability to integrate it into everyday life equips his clients with the tools necessary to sharpen their mental skills.  This assures enhanced performance in life and in sport.

Uniting personal excellence, leadership skills and talent development Don’s grasp on neuroscience and team dynamics is progressive.  His dynamic work can be seen in the successful achievements of his clients across multiple disciplines.  To that end, his work with governing bodies like the Scottish Football Association (SFA), Irish Football Association (FAI), Rugby Football League (RFL) and the British Association of Ski Instructors (BASI) have been a central part of his success.

In addition to his work with athletes, coaches and governing bodies, he is the author of two best-selling guides to self-development.  Their titles include, “The 12 Hidden Laws of Performance” and “Talent Unlimited”.

Ross Temple

Ross Temple – Associate Trainer. Ross is a transformational coach and personal development trainer who has a passion for helping to bring inspiration, direction and progression into the lives of others.

From the moment Ross has graduated from the UK College of Personal Development he has worked with a number of coaching clients ranging from students to executives, and business owners.

He also has created and presented his own signature seminar named ‘The Stepping Stones Of Self Success’ which has been presented to groups and institutes nationwide.  Ross  qualified in as an NLP Practitioner & Business & Life Coach 2016, he is currently extending his studies and deepening his knowledge by completing the NLP Master Practitioner.

 The world of human potential and development is hugely exciting, for each of us to become aware of the stage we are at, in order to move forward but to never become consumed by the environment that we first find ourselves in”.


Robert Dilts

Robert Dilts

Robert Dilts Special Guest Trainer. Robert has been a developer, author, trainer and consultant in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) – a model of human behavior, learning and communication – since its creation in 1975 by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. A long time student and colleague of both Grinder and Bandler, Robert also studied personally with Milton H. Erickson, M.D., and Gregory Bateson.

In addition to spearheading the applications of NLP in education, creativity, health, and leadership, his personal contributions to the field of NLP include much of the seminal work on the NLP techniques of Strategies and Belief Systems, and the development of what has become known as ‘Systemic NLP.’ Some of his techniques and models include: Reimprinting, Integration of Conflicting Beliefs, Sleight of Mouth Patterns, The Spelling Strategy, The Allergy Technique, Neuro-Logical Levels, The Belief Change Cycle, Generative NLP Patterns, the Unified Field Theory for NLP and many others.A developer and highly acclaimed authority in the field of Leadership, Creativity, Communication and Team Development, he has published over 20 books, including titles such as: Visionary Leadership Skills (1996), Alpha Leadership (2002), From Coach to Awakener (2003), Tools for Dreamers (1991), Skills for the Future (1993).

Co-founder of Dilts Strategy Group, Robert has a global reputation as leading behavioural skills trainer and business consultant since the 1970’s.

Robert is one of the original developers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and was a developer of the Success Factor Modelling process. Robert teaches and lectures all over the world.

Past clients and sponsors have included the Fiat Group, Telecom Italia, IBM Europe, Apple Computer, The World Bank, The Old Mutual, Hewlett-Packard, Alitalia, AT Kearney, WHO, Harvard University and Ernst & Young. Robert has a degree in Behavioural Technology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.


Pilar Godino

Pilar Godino Master Certified Coach (ICF)

Pilar Godino – Associate Trainer. An international leadership coach with over 7,000 hours of coaching practice whose consistently successful results have established her as one of the pre-eminent individuals in her profession. Her book “The Business Alchemist” is published by Hay House.

Pilar’s clients include major corporations, such as Diageo, Kraft, PepsiCo, ING, Heineken, Accenture, Danone, Vesuvius, The European Union Institutions and various NGOs. She works at senior executive level and specialises in Transformative Leadership and Executive Team Performance within multi-cultural environments.. she has worked with more than 700 clients who have found her dynamic, supportive, inspiring, challenging, transparent, insightful and with great humour. Her methods have been described by clients as ‘alchemy in action’

Pilar is a Coach and delivers programmes at the international Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in Belgium where she is a valued collaborator for the Centre of Expertise on Coaching (CEC).

Pilar was one of the first coaches in Europe to become a Master Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). As NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer, she is a guest speaker at coaching and NLP academies across Europe. Pilar has developed her own models and methodology for quick and easy belief change and in the field of behavioural change, and leadership development.

Lynne Copp

Lynne Copp

Lynne Copp – Associate Trainer. Lynne is the founder of The Worklife Company, formed 16 years ago, is focused on changing the way the world works… for good, An expert in organisational development, change and leadership, she supports clients to create great places to work that are relevant to today’s world.

She is a leader with extensive experience in leadership coaching, organisational development and culture change across a wide range of organisations and industries. She has worked with companies like Ernst & Young, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Birmingham City Council, the Police and the Armed Forces. Lynne is a Lay Member (NED) for NHS South CSU, and North Yorks & Humber CSU, and works with a number of NHS organisations delivering strategic change, organisational development and change.

Lynne has held a senior management position in Hewlett Packard, where she led the strategic direction for HP’s Computer Division Marketing Communication function. She was hired into HP as Head of Process Re-Engineering, Change and TQM and transitioned to become Head of Learning & Development & Diversity. Prior to HP, Lynne worked in the Defence industry.

Lynne is author of Award Winning book ‘Dancing Round the Handbags®’, and an internationally recognised expert in work life balance, wellbeing and gender diversity. She is particularly passionate about changing the regard and outcomes for women in business. Her current research, supports this agenda.

Ron Piper

Ron Piper

Ron Piper – Associate Trainer. Ron is an Assistant Headteacher at The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College in Swindon where he has a remit for staff development. He is an NLP coach, NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer. In recent years Ron has modelled the practice of outstanding teachers and shared his findings in workshop settings with a number of schools up and down the country and more recently for the last two years at the National NLP Conference in London.

As well as modelling the practice of outstanding teachers and drawing sharp attention to the differences that makes the difference, Ron also coaches teachers to higher levels of performance and trains school leaders to develop their own coaching skill sets for the purpose of leading organisational change. He is the lead trainer in the UK College of Personal Development’s “NLP For Teachers” training programme.

If you would like to discuss how our experienced team of trainers can unlock the potential of the people in your organization please contact us via:

Telephone: 01793 511 180
Post: The UK College of Personal Development, 3-5 Wood Street, Old Town, Swindon, SN1 4AN