An unconventional mix of people and skills

No two change initiatives are alike and neither is our team.  Each of our Change Agents brings a unique mix of ideas, influences and outlook, plus an impressive record of achievement in fields as diverse as business, media, public service and the not-for-profit sector. And together we have exceptional experience in planning, designing and implementing change – as managers, entrepreneurs, consultants and coaches.

What brings us together is a shared belief that things don’t have to be like they are.  We share the philosophy that change really does come from within.  Our role is to help you bring it out.

What makes us such effective agents of change is our blend of hard and soft skills, combining research and strategic planning with facilitation, mediation and coaching.

Jonathan Obermeister
Barry Clarke OBE
Simon Cooper
Tim Johns
Noam Obermeister
Nick Allen

Jonathan Obermeister

Jonathan is passionate about cross-fertilising ideas from different people and places to help organisations change for the better.

He set up Change Agency in 2002 as an antidote to traditional change management consultancies. The idea came from his experience of running ‘dream teams’ at the AMV/BBDO Group, where – as Group Development Director – he was responsible for developing business, relationships, skills and culture across 14 different marketing and communication agencies. He also ran the Group’s consulting unit Brand Futures.

He also has client-side experience as Marketing Director of the world’s first digital radio network Digital One, and has been a specialist advisor to the UK media and telecommunications regulator Ofcom on how to reach digitally and socially excluded citizens.

Jonathan’s particular interests are in helping clients to become more customer-centric, to genuinely live their values and to tap into the creativity of their own people. A fluent French speaker and unashamed Europhile, he is equally at home working in the UK or internationally.

Barry Clarke OBE

Barry specialises in strategic planning and governance issues particularly for non-profits and multi-sector initiatives.

He was the founding Chairman of Proximity London, the UK’s leading integrated communications company, which included Clarke Hooper – the consulting firm which he co-founded in 1974. Barry had previously been vice-president of McCann-Europe and a marketing consultant with Glendinning Companies in the US and France. He began his career at P&G.

Barry was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Marketing Agencies Association Worldwide in 1998. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Institute of Directors. He was twice elected chair of the International Save the Children Alliance and served on the international advisory board of the Gates-funded Innovations for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

He is currently a member of the governing Council of the Better Cotton Initiative, a director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, a school governor and a Trustee or mentor to a number of small businesses and charities. He was appointed OBE in 1997.

Simon Cooper

Simon works with organisations to adopt and develop sustainable cultures, values and business practices – focusing on positive contributions to society and the environment.

In an earlier life, Simon was HR Director and then Group Communications Director at GWR Group (now Global Radio), where he was their principal spokesman and lobbyist for industry change. His move into sustainability and CSR came with an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the School of Management at Bath University. He was the founding chairman of Textile Exchange Europe and chairs Virtual Parks, which is developing virtual reality tours for natural parks whose ecosystems are too fragile to support on-the-ground visits.

Simon served as a trustee of the think tank Demos, and has a diverse portfolio of national and regional pro bono activities including the Schumacher Society (which he chairs) and the Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Foundation. He is also an accredited executive performance coach and qualified business mediator.

Tim Johns

Tim helps to humanise organisations by changing the way that leaders, managers and employees engage with communications and each other.

Tim was previously Global VP of Corporate Communications for Unilever, and has also held senior communications roles at BT and Sainsbury’s.

Tim has worked extensively across all communications disciplines, supporting leaders though major strategic initiatives. He is particularly interested in how the latest external media techniques can be deployed internally.

Tim is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and vice chairman of the English Chamber Choir.  His engaging and charismatic style also means that he is much in demand as a conference speaker.

Noam Obermeister

Noam is a research analyst with particular interest in environmental science and policy. He provides desk research, data mining, coding and analysis on a range of assignments for both corporates and non-profits.

Noam has a first class honours degree in International Politics from King’s College, London. He has previously worked on social media for their Global Biopolitics Research Centre and is currently collaborating with Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate and Culture, on an academic study into the perception and framing of climate change in the scientific community over the past 50 years.

Nick Allen

Nick’s passion is in helping to pioneer change, to revitalize existing businesses and develop new businesses.  He strongly believes that success only comes when clients own the change, which is critical to turning a smart strategy into successful action.

Nick has a balance of client side and consulting experience, having most recently set up and run part of the European oil and gas practice at Navigant. He began his career in marketing, first at Procter & Gamble and then RHM Foods (now Premier Foods), before moving to Shell where he held a number of commercial and strategy roles over 15 years, based in London and South East Asia.

As Global Head of Marketing for Shell’s retail fuels business, he was responsible for the profitable growth of the fuels business across 34 markets, and led the differentiation of the category, strengthened Shell’s relationships with its customers, and banked significant incremental value for shareholders. Latterly, he was Vice President responsible for low carbon new business development, government policy and advocacy and ran the company’s internal management consultancy business.

Nick is most at home working across countries and continents, and has a particular passion for helping to drive transition in the energy sector, to help forge a more sustainable world for his children’s generation.  He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.