MEET THE TEAM

Our team blends experience in executive coaching, consulting, business and senior leadership, with psychological training and a passion for human connection.

Garath Symonds

Founder and Executive Coach

Garath is the Founder and an Executive Coach at Reconnect. He trained at the Tavistock Clinic and his approach is psychologically informed and systemic. A qualified and experienced executive coach he uses compassion and empathy to build a resonant relationship with his clients.

Also trained in Advanced Group Facilitation at the London Gestalt Centre he is adept at working with teams and within organisational systems. He has a degree in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution and is a trained and experienced mediator, with a strong background in community and organisational dispute resolution.

As a senior leader in the public sector he led ground breaking reforms that delivered dramatically improved results that attracted international governmental interest. He understands the experience of leadership and knows the challenges it brings. Garath helps clients to work out what is getting in their way, leading from this awareness they are able to reconnect with their best performance.

Garath Symonds

Founder and Executive Coach

Garath is the Founder and an Executive Coach at Reconnect. He trained at the Tavistock Clinic and his approach is psychologically informed and systemic. A qualified and experienced executive coach he uses compassion and empathy to build a resonant relationship with his clients.

Also trained in Advanced Group Facilitation at the London Gestalt Centre he is adept at working with teams and within organisational systems. He has a degree in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution and is a trained and experienced mediator, with a strong background in community and organisational dispute resolution.

As a senior leader in the public sector he led ground breaking reforms that delivered dramatically improved results that attracted international governmental interest. He understands the experience of leadership and knows the challenges it brings. Garath helps clients to work out what is getting in their way, leading from this awareness they are able to reconnect with their best performance.

Verity Symcox

Co-Founder and Executive Coach

Verity is a Co-Founder and Executive Coach at Reconnect. A qualified and experienced executive coach, researcher, international speaker and trainer. She specialises in psychologically informed coaching, positive mental health coaching and coaching at relational depth. Verity has a MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change from Henley Business School.

She is considered a thought leader in the field of mental health and coaching after her seminal research titled ‘How Coaches Make Sense of Mental Health’. She is an accredited NLP practitioner and HBDI Thinking Partner and trained in systemic coaching.

Prior to Coaching, Verity ran her own successful retail business when she also led a local business network. This extensive entrepreneurial experience, coupled with her therapeutic training underpins her inquisitive, psychologically informed coaching style that helps clients to make sustainable changes and reconnect deeply to their passion and purpose.

Verity Symcox

Co-Founder and Executive Coach

Verity is a Co-Founder and Executive Coach at Reconnect. A qualified and experienced executive coach, researcher, international speaker and trainer. She specialises in psychologically informed coaching, positive mental health coaching and coaching at relational depth. Verity has a MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change from Henley Business School.

She is considered a thought leader in the field of mental health and coaching after her seminal research titled ‘How Coaches Make Sense of Mental Health’. She is an accredited NLP practitioner and HBDI Thinking Partner and trained in systemic coaching.

Prior to Coaching, Verity ran her own successful retail business when she also led a local business network. This extensive entrepreneurial experience, coupled with her therapeutic training underpins her inquisitive, psychologically informed coaching style that helps clients to make sustainable changes and reconnect deeply to their passion and purpose.

Richard Bundy

Systemic Practitioner

Richard qualified as a Systemic Practitioner in 2004 at The Regent’s School of Psychotherapy & Psychology and since then has worked with international businesses, the public and not-for-profit sector. He holds qualifications in trauma, crisis and conflict management and is adept in enabling organisations to heal and grow. He was tutored in Family Systems Therapy founded by Bert Hellinger and trained under renowned systemic practitioners Judith Hemming, Jutta ten Herkel and Phillippa Lubbock.

Richard’s expert knowledge of business systems started when he formed a boutique tea company supplying Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the Ritz Carlton chain. His passion for music led him to tour the world with multi-platinum contemporary artists as both a musician and a musical director; utilising his capacity to connect with others to successfully effectuate several international tours. 

Richard’s compassion for people and his skill in psycho-dynamics enables him to reconnect clients to greater awareness and solve systemic problems within organisations. 

Richard Bundy

Systemic Practitioner

Richard qualified as a Systemic Practitioner in 2004 at The Regent’s School of Psychotherapy & Psychology and since then has worked with international businesses, the public and not-for-profit sector. He holds qualifications in trauma, crisis and conflict management and is adept in enabling organisations to heal and grow. He was tutored in Family Systems Therapy founded by Bert Hellinger and trained under renowned systemic practitioners Judith Hemming, Jutta ten Herkel and Phillippa Lubbock.

Richard’s expert knowledge of business systems started when he formed a boutique tea company supplying Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the Ritz Carlton chain. His passion for music led him to tour the world with multi-platinum contemporary artists as both a musician and a musical director; utilising his capacity to connect with others to successfully effectuate several international tours.

Richard’s compassion for people and his skill in psycho-dynamics enables him to reconnect clients to greater awareness and solve systemic problems within organisations.

Stephanie Wheeler

Executive Coach

Stephanie is an Executive Coach at Reconnect. A qualified and experienced leadership coach, facilitator, researcher and author. She is currently working on a coaching book on playfulness and creativity in individual and team coaching.  Stephanie has a MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change from Henley Business School and is ICF accredited. A LEGO® Serious Play® facilitator, certified by the Association of Master Trainers, Stephanie runs bespoke workshops. She was lead-author on a recently published research paper on LEGO® Serious Play® and its effect on team cohesion, collaboration and psychological safety. 

As a former lawyer, Stephanie has worked with a wide range of UK and international stakeholders and has an understanding of working in high-pressure, commercial environments. She is interested in a number of areas which inform her coaching approach including applied positive psychology. Using a person-centred approach, she is a highly attentive listener, quick to build rapport, working with insight, humour and compassion and with permission, challenge. She works with clients to develop deeper self-awareness, leading the way to sustainable change.

Stephanie Wheeler

Executive Coach

Stephanie is an Executive Coach at Reconnect. A qualified and experienced leadership coach, facilitator, researcher and author. She is currently working on a coaching book on playfulness and creativity in individual and team coaching.  Stephanie has a MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change from Henley Business School and is ICF accredited. A LEGO® Serious Play® facilitator, certified by the Association of Master Trainers, Stephanie runs bespoke workshops. She was lead-author on a recently published research paper on LEGO® Serious Play® and its effect on team cohesion, collaboration and psychological safety.

As a former lawyer, Stephanie has worked with a wide range of UK and international stakeholders and has an understanding of working in high-pressure, commercial environments. She is interested in a number of areas which inform her coaching approach including applied positive psychology. Using a person-centred approach, she is a highly attentive listener, quick to build rapport, working with insight, humour and compassion and with permission, challenge. She works with clients to develop deeper self-awareness, leading the way to sustainable change.

Sarah Symonds

Reconnect Coordinator

Sarah’s role is to connect! She leads on team communications, coordinating our associate network, improving the client experience and the organisation of Reconnect Days. She understands coaching because she is a coach: A Licensed Career Coach Practitioner and qualified Executive Coach and Mentor (ILM 7), she knows the business and is able to join the dots for the team. Sarah also holds a Foundation Certificate in counselling and a degree in Business Administration, augmenting interpersonal skills with commercial savvy.

As former business owner, she co-foundered a contemporary online florist. It was in this role that her talent for elegantly curating products emerged. Sarah’s eye for design, commitment to improving the client experience and ability to connect people, brings the coordinating capacity that makes our business run more smoothly.

Sarah Symonds

Reconnect Coordinator

Sarah’s role is to connect! She leads on team communications, coordinating our associate network, improving the client experience and the organisation of Reconnect Days. She understands coaching because she is a coach: A Licensed Career Coach Practitioner and qualified Executive Coach and Mentor (ILM 7), she knows the business and is able to join the dots for the team. Sarah also holds a Foundation Certificate in counselling and a degree in Business Administration, augmenting interpersonal skills with commercial savvy.

As former business owner, she co-foundered a contemporary online florist. It was in this role that her talent for elegantly curating products emerged. Sarah’s eye for design, commitment to improving the client experience and ability to connect people, brings the coordinating capacity that makes our business run more smoothly.