Fiona McInnes-Craig - Founder & CEO
Fiona is a force to be reckoned with; limitless energy, inspiring vision and searing insight combine to make her an exceptional business-woman as well as a powerful facilitator. She is passionate about helping individuals and organisations get clear about what they want, honest about where they are, and put the steps in place to get from A to B. Fiona has high standards and works relentlessly to ensure that our clients' and participants’ expectations are always exceeded; programmes are continuously refined and facilitators are supported to learn and share on an ongoing basis. Fiona has created many of the company’s innovative programmes and services from scratch and delivers career support programmes around the world.
Christelle Pellecuer - Associate facilitator
Christelle has joined the team to co-deliver 3 Crossing Thresholds programmes for the African Development Bank – both in English and French.
Christelle’s vision is to support and empower others to realise their potential. She has diverse experience in training, facilitation and individual mentoring and coaching. Her style is highly interactive and engaging.
Christelle’s professional background includes working in the education sector (University of the West of England and University of the Arts London) for over 15 years, undertaking programme and project management roles with an international focus. She has managed change processes in teams and organisations, giving her a deep understanding of human motivations.
Flora Toulson-Clarke - Associate Facilitator
Flora is a qualified training consultant, facilitator and coach specialising in career and personal development, with a CIPD Certificate in Training Practice. Her background lies in designing and delivering bespoke workshops aimed at improving self-esteem, self-confidence, personal awareness and social skills. Other outcomes have included live performance, short films and published books. She has worked with schools, charities, excluded community groups and public and private sector organisations, and this breadth of experience allows her to easily engage a wide spectrum of participants. With a BTEC in Performing Arts (Distinction) Flora can bring a variety of role-play and drama exercises into her workshops.
Jacqueline Baker - Associate Facilitator
Jacqueline has held leadership roles across both central and local government, as well as the not for profit sector. She set up her own coaching and consultancy business in 2011 and has been a freelance trainer with Thresholds since May 2015. Among other roles, she was a Senior Partner with 2BCoached, and has worked with the National Mentoring Consortium, supporting undergraduates with disabilities and dyslexia. Jacqueline is trained to ILM Level 7 in both coaching and coaching supervision, and is a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner. She has a diploma in management consultancy from the Chartered Management Institute, and is a certified Member of the Institute of Consulting.
Liza Berresford - Managing Director & facilitator
Liza's passion for empowering women has led her to Thresholds Ltd. After a few years as programme facilitator she was identified by the CEO as the perfect candidate to take over the role of General Manager. In this role Liza wears many hats, managing the day to day; continued programme improvement and design; managing contracts and customer relationships; and of course keeping in touch with the ‘real’ work of module facilitation. Coming from a family of facilitators it was inevitable that she would find her home in a team of empowered, inspirational facilitators doing groundbreaking work to support women to unlock their potential. Liza believes that by giving people space, time and tools they can be empowered to take control of their own path.
Nicola Lowit - Associate Facilitator
Nicola is an experienced facilitator, trainer and mindfulness teacher. She was a Civil Servant for 20 years, including working for a number of years as a Deputy Director in the Ministry of Justice. She brings a real passion for empowering and developing women to be their best selves. Working with Thresholds is her dream job, and she brings a calm, thoughtful and warm approach to her work.
Nicola has a keen interest in supporting wellbeing and mental health and is an accredited mindfulness teacher. As well as working with Thresholds, and teaching mindfulness, Nicola delivers a range of training programme in areas as diverse as change management, women's leadership and managing mental health in the workplace.
Emma Ryan - Associate facilitator
Emma is an experienced facilitator who works with warmth, empathy and challenge to develop and achieve a goal, be it personal or organisational. Emma has an MSc in international health and health policy and has worked at a senior level within Government, the NHS and voluntary sector organisations in the UK and abroad. Over 15 years Emma focused on designing and improving health and care services by bringing together the ‘users’ (e.g. patients and families) and ‘providers’ (e.g. clinicians and managers); facilitating conversations starting with ‘what do you want?’. Since the birth of her third daughter, Emma has focused on working with women as a Thresholds facilitator and Hypnobirth teacher where she finds asking women ‘what do you want?’ is also an important and refreshing place to start.
Jo Wood - Associate facilitator
Jo’s knowledge and experience of the Civil Service coupled with her passion for women’s development makes her an ideal Thresholds facilitator. She has a keen interest in social mobility and embedding diversity, and mentors young women from diverse backgrounds to help them to progress and succeed.
Jo has over 20 years experience as a civil servant. Starting her career as an admin officer in the Department for Work and Pensions in the North West she has since moved through a number of challenging and high profile roles in HMRC including Project Management, Chief of Staff/Private Office and large operational leadership roles. She currently works as Programme Manager for Transformation at the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport.
Lindsay Berresford - Associate facilitator
Lindsay is an accomplished and internationally experienced learning and development consultant, process facilitator and trainer of trainers, with experience of working with people at all levels in private, public and third sectors. She has worked with Thresholds from its inception and is one of its Directors, having developed the Crossing Thresholds model alongside Fiona and piloted it in the Department for International Development. With a pragmatic and innovative approach, Lindsay has specialised in developing experiential training on a range of topics from personal development to renewable energy. She is also the founding Director of a sustainability festival and a national campervan hire company.
Fiona Yensen - Associate facilitator
Having worked in the private sector for over 10 years and the Civil Service for 15 years, I have been blessed to be supported and mentored by some truly inspiring people. Over the past 8 years I have worked with the Gender Equality Network as well as mentoring through Crossing Thresholds supporting women from all backgrounds to reach their highest potential. Prior to completing the Crossing Thresholds course, as a BAME woman, I have often felt I needed to work harder, longer and achieve more to be recognised. However, the Crossing Thresholds course enabled me to visualise where I want to be – my goal, and the steps I need to take to achieve it. This has completely changed how and where I focus my efforts and the type of life lessons I want to pass onto my children. I feel very privileged now to be a part of the Thresholds team to continue my passion for supporting women to understand what their goals are and to work towards these – much smarter than working harder and longer than others to prove you are equal!
I am a proud Mum of two and live in the North-West leading on the cultural change programme in HM Passport Office.
Busola Johnson - Associate facilitator
Being on Crossing Thresholds transformed my approach to career planning. It has inspired me to help other women gain the tools and confidence to begin the transformative journey that I had started myself. That is why I am now a facilitator with Thresholds.
When not delivering inspiring career training, I am a Specialist Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, a role I love. It is a demanding and stretching position in a mutually-supportive team in which I am encouraged to bring the whole of myself to work. I mentor a number of civil servants and support BAME Oxbridge applicants through their application process. I am an external board member of Cambridge Women in Law, which promotes the work of Cambridge University legal academics and alumni. When I am not working, I enjoy laughing with friends, practising my lockdown-inspired love of weight-training and singing unaccompanied choral music.
Sheida Ghadakchian - Associate facilitator
My journey into becoming a Thresholds facilitator began whilst I was a participant myself on the Crossing Thresholds programme. Given my passion for developing myself and others, I was instantly attracted to the prospect of being able to pass on the amazing lessons I learned through the programme. Having worked in the Civil Service in several countries for the past decade, I have benefited from the opportunity of working in diverse environments and appreciate the importance of fostering opportunities for women from all walks of life.
What I really love about Thresholds is how it gives you the courage to go for what you actually want in your career and life. I love seeing that spark in our participant's eyes as they say out loud the goals and dreams they really have and want to achieve.
As well as being a Thresholds facilitator, I work in the Civil Service in London on issues surrounding domestic abuse and violence against women and girls. When I’m not working, I spend most of my time on the musical theatre scene in London, either watching or participating in a show.