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Meet Our Founders

Meet Our Founders

by neillthew


Trevor Cousins and Neill Thew are the Founding Directors of Cru Leader Development.

Our journey to this point ….

  • between us we have more than 40 years’ experience in people development
  • we have held senior management and leadership positions in commercial and public sector organisations
  • we have successful track records in developing leaders and supporting people in making lasting adaptive change across a range of industries including finance, higher education, engineering, mobile telecoms, property, public health, hospitality, creative industries, charity/not-for-profit, and heritage.
  • we have been trained in Immunity to Change coaching by Prof. Robert Kegan and Dr. Lisa Lahey of Harvard University

We have trained in Adaptive Leadership – we are graduates of the Art and Practice of Leadership Development programme at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, led by Ronald Heifetz


About Trevor

Trevor loves global wandering; self-improvement; going out for supper; playing Scrabble; a perfectly mixed Negroni and walking the beach in Hove.

Clients describe Trev as genuine; insightful; empowering; optimistic; reflective; wise; grounded; trustworthy; innovative; and sensitively challenging.

+44 (0) 7906 947564


About Neill

Neill loves having six books on the go; cooking; exploring the world; any new Apple product and Japanese logic puzzles.

Clients describe Neill as one of the most inspirational people they have ever met; warm; empowering; creative; positive; big-hearted; widely read; knowledgeable and fun.

+44 (0) 7515 516540