Who we are

Take a look at the people behind Growth Catalyst.

Professor Robert Blackburn - Programme Director

Robert Blackburn is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Liverpool Management School. His interest in entrepreneurship derives from his PhD where he took a critical analysis of the job generating capabilities of small businesses. This exploded into a range of projects, examining the behaviour of small businesses, the people involved, their motivations and ambitions, strategies and interactions with their environment. Robert is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the programme.


Richard Holloway- Programme Manager


Richard successfully runs a number of leadership programmes through the University of Liverpool Management School in the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEEL) He has worked as portal and strategic co-ordination manager of the Northern Leadership Academy. He pioneered Venture Navigator, a website linking management research and growing businesses.

Business coaches

Ros Faulkner

Ros_FaulknerRos is a highly experienced coach and trainer with a track record of inspiring individuals and teams, resulting in significant business performance improvement.

She regularly works with individuals and teams around Leadership and Performance to help organisations operate more effectively and achieve their goals. Her experience includes Business Development, PR and Marketing, manufacturing, TV Production and education.


Robbie Lightfoot

Robbie LightfootRobbie has over 17 years’ experience in Human Resources, Learning and Development and Organisation Development. This has been gained through consultancy and prior to this in a number of successful roles in organisations in the utilities, manufacturing and higher education sectors. His last role before moving into consultancy was as Head of Organisation Development for the International and Commercial division of United Utilities PLC.


Debi Lee

Debi is an experienced executive coach and learning & development consultant. Prior to establishing her own people development business, in 2008, Debi worked as a senior business leader and has built up over 22
years corporate management and leadership experience. She currently works both independently and as an associate as a qualified executive coach.

Action learning facilitators

Lisa Anderson

‌‌Lisa AndersonProfessor Lisa Anderson is a Lecturer in Management Education at the University of Liverpool Management School, she works within the Northern Leadership Academy investigating new approaches to evaluating leadership and management development activities. She has also worked as a manager in the retail sector and in local government. Lisa has worked with many businesses using action learning to improve management and leadership development.


Elaine Eades

Black and white image of Professor Elaine Eades

Professor Elaine Eades has extensive experience of Management and Leadership development, most recently running MBA programmes at the University of Liverpool Management School. She works with organisations in leadership team recruitment and development, and as a non executive director, and has successfully facilitated action learning sets for a wide range of organisations.

General facilitator

Deborah Dalley

Deborah DalleyDeborah is an independent coach, facilitator and trainer with 25 years experience of individual and group development.  She has a genuine enthusiasm for helping people to explore ways to deal with situations that they are finding difficult or challenging.  This can range from providing coaching support to an individual who needs to have a courageous conversation to guiding a department or team through a culture change programme.

Her personal approach is characterised by building strong relationships with clients, honesty and a commitment to ensuring practical outcomes.

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