Executive Team

Executive Team

Meet the Directors

Our Executive team draws on a wealth of experience from across sectors to ensure we are always focussed on outstanding results for our clients and learners and a fantastic place to work for our people.

Shaun Lanceley | Executive Director

Shaun works closely with our clients to understand their requirements, and develop and implement high quality Raise the Bar leadership and management development and learning solutions, including Levy funded apprenticeships.

Shaun has enjoyed a career working at senior level leader in multiple blue chip organisations and across sectors including financial services, engineering, manufacturing, energy, defence, automotive, emergency services and outsourcing. Specialising in learning and talent consultancy and needs analysis, he was previously a Director at a £1Bn turnover Global training provider overseeing the design, set-up and management of outsourced learning and apprenticeship contracts.

Becs Bridge | Managing Director

Becs ensures that the business always delivers exactly what our clients expect, leads the day to day operations of a nationally distributed team and monitors that the business is delivering the strategic objectives through an ever-changing landscape.

Becs has more than 15 years’ experience in the learning and development sector including running several national delivery programmes for the country’s largest training provider and developing & managing large, complex supply chain operations.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith | Founding Director

Steve has a passion for elite performance. He is an entrepreneur and he is also an Olympic Medallist, British Record holder and a former Team Captain of the Great Britain Athletics Team. A well known Leadership Speaker in his own right his focus is strategy and marketing ensuring our approach always Raises the Bar.

Jonathan Stanger

Jonathan Stanger | Founding Director

Jonathan has a passion for personal and professional development.  A former Sports Agent and Professional Footballer, he takes a strategic role in the continual development of both the Learning and Speaker Business. A background in business development ensures he keeps close to the client relationship side of the business, working closely with the commercial teams to drive the business forward.  

Steve Charnock | Non Exec Director

Steve is a qualified chartered accountant who brings a wealth of experience in investing and growing organisations. A successful investor and entrepreneur he was recognised for his analytical skills by Reuters and he co-founded Cenkos Fund Managers and Seneca Partners, he is also Chairman of Service Solutions Group. 

Ian Smith | Non Exec Director

Ian has wide experience spanning over 36 years in all aspects of further education and across provider types.He is a former Ofsted Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector(SHMI)and has 20 years’recent experience in inspection, having worked as a senior manager for the Adult Learning Inspectorate.Ian has managed a national quality improvement service and has experience of managing education programmes for young people, apprenticeships, community learning and adult skills provisions. Currently Ian is working as a consultant and advisor in the Further Education sector, supporting colleges and independent providers. He is non-executive director of a number of ILP’s.

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We are only as good as our ability to learn and evolve and our team have done an amazing job raising the bar for our clients. They embrace their needs through difficult times with a passion for developing people in the world we operate in now, and also what’s to come.

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With hundreds of delegates on Leadership and Management programmes, Change Catalyst being part of the DNA of many of our clients and our Speaker Bureau delivering hundreds of events we are excited for the journey ahead. Online has provided us with the opportunity to bring the key parts of our business closer together than ever and our 700+ thought leaders continue to inspire across the globe. We Raise the Bar!


A year of online! As well as our delivery moving 100% online during the pandemic, we also moved to a more flexible approach at our head office with the building now used as a hub and super flexible working patterns the norm. Our change Catalyst Programme became a global online programme with leaders mixing from across sectors and geographical boundaries.


By 2019 we had evolved again and built a strategic partnership with Engage Solutions Group to provide a stable platform and integrations into our client’s systems.


We became a Government registered apprenticeship provider, delivering in leadership and management whilst focussing on the learner experience that our clients always expect from us. Change Catalyst was also developed and its first cohort of 75 excited managers started their programme journey.


Shaun Lanceley joins the business (later becoming a shareholder) bringing a wealth of knowledge delivering large scale learning programmes. We became an ILM approved centre later that year.


We moved to our current home with space to grow and develop our people in a modern setting.


We developed our unique learning app to support all of our delivery, enhancing the learning experience further by introducing elements like Augmented Reality, a first in the sector.


We developed our first bespoke Learning Management System to support our learning programmes. Although clunky in parts this early adoption was key to our blended approach in later years.


With recession hitting our clients hard we stuck by them (many are still clients today) but also diversified to run award winning programmes in Education and Sporting settings.


Formed in 2004 by Steve Smith and Jonathan Stanger and born out of a passion for self-development in its early years RTB focussed mostly on corporate speaking with our first exclusive speaker being Swimmer Steve Parry, fresh from winning a medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics! Our first client was NatWest Bank.