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Meet

The Team

MILES HANSON

FOUNDER & CEO

Miles has led the growth of The Collaboration Company from a start-up into a globally recognised specialist collaboration consultancy. He has seen at close hand a huge range of collaboration programmes and projects across a variety of clients, sectors and geographies.

Miles works with senior leaders who are similarly excited and inspired by the potential of collaboration but often stuck as to how to make it happen. These experiences mean Miles’ advice reflects the realities of collaboration and he is increasingly asked to speak to boards, companies and at conferences on topics such as leadership in the age of collaboration, building collaborative cultures and capability and personal creative confidence.

Prior to The Collaboration Company, Miles worked his way up through the ranks at global brand communications consultancy The Marketing Store Worldwide ending up as CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He worked closely with brands including Unilever, Walmart and McDonald’s.

Miles lives in Leicestershire with his wife Tiffany and his three children, who rate his hard earned certificate as a LEGO Serious Play Facilitator as his standout career highlight.

PIPPA HANDFORD

LEAD PRODUCER & FACILITATOR

Pippa joined The Collaboration Company in 2006 to work alongside Miles to develop collaborative solutions for people and organisations. Pippa previously worked at the global brand communications consultancy – The Marketing Store Worldwide – where she spent 8 years perfecting her account management, client relationship and marketing skills.

Pippa’s initial role at The Collaboration Company was project leader where she was responsible for the smooth running of all projects and events and overseeing the team. In her current role, not only does she facilitate collaboration workshops but Pippa also ensures the business runs efficiently. She works closely with the project management teams to deliver exceptional collaborative workshop experiences for our clients.

Pippa lives in Warwickshire with her husband Jonathan and young daughter Sophia. She can often be seen running around the local lanes; sometimes with her rather large dog in tow and often with Sophia on her bike. On the odd occasion you can find all three out together, which is always entertaining!

Nikul Patel

Brand Experience Manager

Nikul is responsible for the exciting growth and implementation of the Ideathon programme. Prior to joining The Collaboration Company, Nikul spent seven years at The Prince’s Trust where he managed charity partnerships with the likes of Experian, Rolls-Royce and Barratt Developments.

Since joining The Collaboration Company, Nikul has worked alongside Pippa and Miles to maximise the collaborative strengths of business leaders to help charity partners solve critical strategic challenges. Nikul project manages our Ideathon sessions and works closely with our corporate and charity partners.

Nikul is a massive football fan, he manages to play three times a week and he also enjoys cycling through rural Leicestershire whenever he can. Nikul is a ‘pizza lover’ and if given the option would eat pizza every day.

CLAIRE CARTER

COLLABORATION CONSULTANT

Claire is passionate about collaboration and its potential to unlock new ways of thinking and working. She supports a range of collaboration programmes and projects enabling groups to tackle complex business challenges and come up with new and often transformational ideas.

Claire is most excited by the work The Collaboration Company does in its quest to create an army of creatively confident and collaboratively savvy leaders and relishes the opportunity to use creative approaches within sessions.

Prior to The Collaboration Company, Claire ran her own successful consultancy company which specialised in social research and the development of cross-sector partnerships. She has worked with national charities, local authorities and government agencies and in a past life worked in theatre and television.

Claire lives in Shropshire and is at her happiest when she is running, discovering new music or dragging her two children out on long country walks.

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