Mentor and support team
A highly experienced and expert team that is dedicated to peoples' personal growth and learning
Kevin facilitates and designs the Ubuholi, Ukukhula, Iqembu and Invictus Indabas
Kevin is the Managing Founder of Odyssey Invictus and Managing Director and Founder of the Odyssey Group.
Passionate and driven in his desire to support people with their development, whether corporately or through social projects and helping to conserve the few wild places and endangered wildlife of the natural world, Kevin is incredibly pleased to be able to offer unique and potentially transformative development experiences and retreats in KwaZulu Natal, where he has, as part of his work at Odyssey Group, been supporting disadvantaged young adults from the UK and rural school and conservation work in South Africa.
In the corporate world his unique style and insight has been instrumental in transforming and revolutionising the development functions and practices in major household known companies across the retail, insurance and construction service industries.
In South Africa, Kevin’s UK based companies have helped transform the learning resources at the rural Ntokozo School in KwaZulu Natal, built an education centre for rural villagers on the banks of the Pongola River (to help them better understand and manage the natural flora and fauna resources their sustainable lifestyles depend upon), sponsored and been actively involved in the first ever Spotted Hyena collaring and telemetry tracking project and supported the work of the Wild Volunteers in re-wilding and populating the Ukuwela Conservancy.
With a background in Operations, Sales Management, Customer Service, Public Relations, Communications and Human Resources, Kevin’s pragmatic understanding of both the personal and commercial application of development theory and practice continues to add value across a broad range of businesses. Kevin’s approach has often been described as a ‘breath of fresh air’ by those he works with. At a personal level, perhaps the greatest feedback he has ever received from an individual was:
“when asked what my life-changing experiences have been, I’ll look back,
point at you and your programme and say, that was”
Kevin specialises in leadership, talent and management development, coaching, personal development, change, and team development.
Michael facilitates and designs the Ubuholi, Ukukhula and Iqembu Indabas
With a background in operational management, people development, politics and consulting, Michael has been working with Kevin as a Senior Consultant at the Odyssey Group, prior to supporting him at Odyssey Invictus, for over 12 years. He has over 25 years’ experience of delivering coaching, and people and performance development interventions for both public and private sector companies.
Passionate in his research, design and facilitation, constantly looking to integrate the latest proven thinking with the best of the more traditional, he enables significant and sustainable personal and corporate performance improvement through helping people to break through their resistance to change, developing of new ways of working, and, new life and work habits.
Over the course of his career he has worked across a wide range of industries in Europe, North America and the Middle East. Additionally, he has experience in operational management and strategic change roles with a global financial services provider. In all these settings, he has demonstrated the ability to engage, to challenge and to mobilise clients – from the boardroom to the shop floor – in ways that result in their personal growth and development, as well as in the delivery of tangible benefits to their organisations.
Michael combines his strong academic background with this breadth of experience to help the people he works with make genuine changes in the way they think, act and perform. An American national, Michael and his family have lived in England since 1989.
Michael specialises in leadership, talent and management development, team development and leading change.
Angus Wingfield and his company Africa Wild Trails is the partner of choice for Kevin and Odyssey Invictus and Angus provides support either directly or indirectly for all indabas.
Following a chance meeting in 2013 when Angus and Kevin realised they had a shared passion for people development and Africa, they have been working together to deliver the Invictus programme that Kevin provides and funds for disadvantaged young adults in the UK. Such is their trust and friendship, they have extended their work relationship to include all the Odyssey Invictus Indabas.
In 2003 Angus travelled to South Africa with Col. Chris Blessington OBE and fell in love with the country. Then, following a successful career working with youth organisations and passionate about wildlife conservation and Southern Africa, in 2009 he formed Africa Wild Trails and the company now has 8 partners in South Africa. Angus has always known that having key people resident in a country of operation is vital in terms of safety and risk management, logistical expertise, maintaining high standards and the quality of learning about the local cultures and environment.
“There is no better way to understand the importance of conserving wild places and the wildlife that live their lives there, than to go and immerse yourself in them, if only for a short while. The impact on each individual is very real and will last a lifetime.”
Andy joins us an an associate to support all our Indabas and brings a wealth of experience of both Africa and managing CSR programmes
Andy specializes in working with individuals and teams to help them to become more compelling in the way they lead, communicate and innovate.
He has 14 years of experience successfully leading large teams for Barclays across a unique variety of front line, support function and head office roles. He has led regional sales and service teams, recruitment and L&D teams and managed multi-million pound CSR programmes.
Having led many outdoor learning expeditions in Africa, he is a trained Mountain Leader and Accredited Practitioner with the Institute of Outdoor Learning. As well being a qualified leadership coach with the Coaches Training Institute and team coach with the Centre for Right Relationships.
His career has always led him from one challenging situation to another and this has taught him the importance of having purpose, engaging people’s spirits and doing things the right way. It has also reinforced the importance of getting out of your comfort zone as the key way to grow, understand yourself better and build resilience.
His clients like working with him because he brings a strong sense of clarity, balances challenge with support, and creates a fun environment to learn in.
Dr Joanna Livingstone BSc DClinPsych
Joanna consults with us on a collaborative basis and supports the integration of well-being concepts and processes as required for our indabas.
She is a highly experienced Clinical Psychologist, Nia Movement Practitioner and Life Coach. Having worked both in the NHS and in corporate companies she brings a unique skill set to the work she does. She is passionate about helping people to find the resources within themselves to make positive change and build resilience.
Joanna draws on her clinical and personal skills to help individuals change, grow and develop through a range of techniques that are theory and research driven; from positive psychology, cognitive behavioural therapy, compassion focused therapy, mindfulness and mindful movement. Together with her enthusiasm, intuition and empathy for others, Joanna has helped many individuals over the course of her twenty-year career to achieve positive change in both physical and mental wellbeing.
Joanna has her own business (Key Psychology Services) that operates from consulting rooms in Glasgow and is happy to support our clients, as needed, anywhere in the UK.