Change Catalyst

Change Catalyst

Change Catalyst is our unique online programme focusing on the most relevant leadership challenges of today. The programme provides the inspiration, stimulus, and tools to think and lead differently in exponential times.

Change Catalyst | New Animation from Raise the Bar on Vimeo.

Six inspirational sessions
with global experts for a programme price of £1,495 per person.

Six inspirational sessions delivered over six months, feature thought leaders such as the author of global bestseller Legacy – James Kerr and author and co-host of the High Performance Podcast – Damian Hughes. This guided programme uses the latest technology to connect you to a global network of like-minded leaders, passionate about their development.

Join our latest UK, EMEA and India cohort starting October 2022 and be the Catalyst!


Programme Masterclasses

Session 1: Optimising Performance October 12, 2022
Optimising Performance Image

Dr Robbie Anderson

Psychologist, thought leader and Managing Director of Chimp Management


Managing Director of Chimp Management, Robbie draws upon his background in sport and exercise psychology and his experience within high-performance sport (such as the National Performance Programme Psychologist for the Rugby Football Union, and psychologist for British Canoeing and GB Taekwondo) to help delegates apply the chimp model to both their personal and professional lives.

By attending this session delegates will gain leadership insights, tools and techniques to:

  • Understand the key elements of the “Chimp Model” i.e. The Chimp, The Human and The Computer
  • Improve self-awareness, manage your “Chimp” and understand the underlying elements of emotiona l intelligence
  • Reduce individual stress levels and achieve stable performance
  • Improve communication with both clients and team members
  • Improve your performance both personally and professionally
  • Develop strategy to improve your team’s confidence and performance
The Chimp Paradox

Dr Robbie Anderson

Dr Robbie Anderson is a British Psychological Society (BPS) Member Status Psychologist and has consulted with Professor Steve Peters (author of the bestselling personal development book The Chimp Paradox) for over a decade. The ground-breaking book features insights, tools & techniques used by global leaders and iconic sports stars like Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, and Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Read more

Another great session with loads to takeaway and implement daily.

Completely engaging and delivered at the right pace and right level for the audience.

Dr. Anderson was brilliant presenter and really linked all the concepts well together and built on them throughout the session.

The session was superb, I could have sat and listen for another two hours at least.

Robbie had great energy and clearly is very knowledgeable about psychology, the Chimp and how to engage an audience.

Found the whole session captivating and very engaging – I’m already looking forward to the next one!

Brilliant and engaging – can definitely see this could be life changing.

Session 2: Inclusive Leadership November 9, 2022
Inclusive Leadership Image

Hayley Barnard

International speaker and expert on Diversity & Inclusive Leadership


Hayley is a communications expert and delivers comprehensive speeches and talks where she explains the psychology behind unconscious bias. Hayley Barnard is a keynote speaker aiming to equip leaders to champion diversity as well as being a consultant to top-level executives throughout the UK and Europe.

In session 2, Hayley challenges delegates to analyse ‘what it is like to be on the other side of you’ and inspires small changes that can have a significant impact on their ability to influence people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, ages, preferences, and so on.

This session will:

  • Provide delegates with a sound overview of how diversity and inclusion can help drive innovation, employee retention and better business results
  • Explore the traits of an inclusive leader and how they differ from more traditional styles of leadership
  • Understand the barriers to inclusion at work, such as unconscious bias, and how it might be impacted their leadership
  • Explore the personal and leadership actions delegates can take to reduce the impact of bias, focussing on small changes to make big impact to build inclusion
  • Provide practical inclusive leadership tools that can be put in to practice immediately to attract, support and retain a fully diverse team and/or customer base

Hayley Barnard

Hayley Barnard is a respected thought leader in organisational diversity and inclusive leadership. Working with some of the best-known brands in the world she has shaped their strategic approach to inclusion and built inclusive leadership capabilities that support greater collaboration and a sense of belonging for those they lead.

Hayley Barnard tackles issues surrounding unconscious bias and inclusiveness, ensuring that her ideas have real value for audiences’ working lives. A straightforward but highly engaging speaker, Hayley Barnard uses her expertise to ensure inclusion is something that can be accessible to all organisations.

Read more

Great facilitation and talk from Hayley, I really enjoyed listening to her. It’s a tricky subject and it was handled brilliantly.

This is helping to create meaningful changes at my organization. I have learned so much from this session and can already use it in my conversations/projects.

It was incredible inspiring and thought provoking. I left the session with an abundance of tips and best practices that I felt immediately able to action upon.

Hayley was incredibly engaging.

I absolutely loved the way Hayley facilitated from start to finish. Totally engaged throughout!

Really great session, full of thoughts an tools to takeaway to make change.

Hayley was a great speaker, insightful, thought provoking and actionable – I love a session where I can come away with I can use that straight away, I can build that into my leadership style.

Session 3: Creating Culture December 14, 2022
Creating Culture Image

James Kerr

International performance expert and author of Global best seller ‘Legacy’


James Kerr is the author of ‘Legacy’, the best-selling business book, which gives a fascinating look into the most successful sporting team of all time, The All Blacks. After spending an unprecedented amount of time with the All Blacks, James has a unique insight into what it takes to build high-performing teams.

A superb presenter and a natural storyteller, within his session, James draws upon his experience with the All Blacks, and other elite teams such as the Special Forces, the Red Arrows and the Ghurkas to emphasise what it takes to be a high performing team.

As well as providing some great examples that can be directly applied within delegates’ own organisations, James provides a framework which delegates can use to turn their intentions into specific actions.

James’ session focuses on;

  • Creating a team environment that maximises trust, psychological safety and high performance
  • Humility as an individual and leader
  • Implementing and putting values into practice
  • The characteristics of High Performing Teams
  • Marginal gains
  • Making leadership decisions under pressure

James Kerr

James Kerr is a best-selling author and speaker with a unique insight into what it takes to build high-performing teams. He is the author of the best-selling book, ‘Legacy’, one of the year’s most talked about business books, which gives a fascinating look into the most successful sporting team of all time, The All Blacks.

Read more
Session 4: Exponential Thinking January 18, 2023
Exponential Thinking Image

Laila Pawlak

Leading expert and lecturer at Silicone Valleys Singularity University


Disruption – Leading in a D-VUCA world

Laila is one of Europe’s leading thinkers on innovation and disruption. As a lecturer at the world-leading Singularity University in Silicon Valley and Co-Founder & CEO of SingularityU Nordic, Laila challenges delegates to think differently.

This session will:

  • Help delegates to explore the mindset of an exponential thinker
  • Explore the DNA of disruptive organisations
  • Take a look at the role of technology and AI within innovation and disruption
  • Focus on examples of Unicorn Organisations and Exponential organisations such as TESLA, UBER and AIRBNB
  • Enable delegates to be more confident leading through uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Help delegates to understand the role they can play in championing innovation and disruption within their own organisations

Laila provides some fascinating examples of disruption and innovation and brings it all together with an easy to use customer focused tool, enabling delegates to bring the theory and ideas to life.

Laila Pawlak

Laila Pawlak is an expert on exponential technology, disruption and the impact that this has transforming how we interact with our customers. She works with organisations across the globe and is the co-founder of DARE2mansion – a 1300m2 Professional Playground in Copenhagen that serves as an incubator where entrepreneurs, businesses, and academia come together to create unique experiences and new businesses.

Read more

Really thought provoking and engaging

Brilliant session! It was that good I made my kids read my notes

The session blew my mind

Session 5: Hybrid Leadership March 1, 2023
Hybrid Leadership Image

Kirsty Mac

One of Europe’s most sought after Executive Coaches and Leadership Consultants


One of Europe’s most sought after Leadership Consultants and co-host of one the UK’s most popular leadership podcasts, Kirsty Mac leads session number five of the programme. Kirsty Mac is an expert in communication working with thousands of individuals to help them become inspirational leaders. Kirsty works with entrepreneurs and executives to transition them to their next level of success.

Kirsty uses her extensive experience working with organisations across the globe, and her infectious passion, to challenge delegates to think about their role as a leader in the modern world and how this might have changed in leading remote teams, enhancing self-awareness and further adding to the leadership toolkit.

This session will:

  • Enable delegates to understand their preferred leadership style
  • Explore what makes an extraordinary leader – the characteristics they possess, and behaviours demonstrated
  • Explore the importance of purpose and its alignment with day-to-day activities to improve leadership capability
  • Focus on personal brand and what is important to delegates as an individual and a leader
  • Ensure delegates have the right support structure in place to fast track their potential

Kirsty Mac

Kirsty Mac is an expert in communication working with thousands of individuals to help them become inspirational leaders. Kirsty works with entrepreneurs and executives to transition them to their next level of success.

Read more

Always a pleasure listening to Kirsty and very engaging

Well-presented and organised as usual, and it led to some interesting discussions

Kirsty’s enthusiasm is infectious








Guided online programme of
six interactive masterclasses

Featuring inspirational thought leaders including the authors of global best sellers ‘The Chimp paradox”, “Legacy” and “The Barcelona Way”. With access to great minds and inspiring content, this programme will provide you with practical tools to take away and apply.

I love people and missing the physical connection I didn’t think I would get as much from a virtual programme – but I couldn’t be more wrong! I really appreciated mixing with different folk in the rooms rather than people just on the tables, the smaller numbers brought much more focused in depth (at some points) discussions. The polls were useful and something we may not have done in person. I felt really connected all the way through.

I also feel that being at home made for a more relaxed environment where I was able to take in much more. I’ve been much more productive work wise as I’ve been able to work top/end and catch anything critical during lunch.

Sheryl Fenney
HR Director – Fanatics -UK

I left each session full of ideas, thoughts on new ways or working and inspired to learn and do more. And most importantly I’ve utilised more ideas, frameworks and thinking from Change Catalyst than any other training programme I’ve attended in my entire career. I would recommend the programme to any leader or aspiring leader who is looking to challenge their own thinking and improve their leadership skills. World class!

David Coleiro
Co-Founder and Client Relationship Director, Strategic North

What attracted me to Change Catalyst is the idea of being able to connect with people from different industries, exchange ideas and to hear from specialists in the area. I really like the speakers, I’ve heard about the majority of them and I was excited to also attend lectures from speakers I’ve never heard of before, so when I saw Change Catalyst and the opportunity came and landed on my desk I didn’t even think about it.

Elena Grigorova
Head of Process Simplification, Santander

As the name indicates Change Catalyst is truly an inspiring leadership catalyst. I was an international participant on Change Catalyst as I was spending time between India and the UK and it was phenomenally helpful to be part of a diverse group and exchange thoughts/ideas.

Change catalyst undoubtedly offers thought provoking insights and useful tools across key leadership domains and I always looked forward to the sessions.

Valsraj Menon
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences – India

Change Catalyst Alumni

Once you have completed the Change Catalyst programme, the amazing conversations don’t stop there! Being part of our Change Catalyst means you will be part of a continually growing network of leaders from a wide range of sectors, where people share their successes, challenges, stories and experiences. You will also:

Alumni Members

Register your interest
for the next cohort

Register your interest for the next cohort