The following associates all have over 30 years experience in HR and have extensive line and consulting experience. He has extensive experience in HR strategy, processes and systems, organisational design, performance, compensation & benefits, change management and leadership development consultants.  He also coaches and mentors executives and senior HR professional consultants.

HR Strategy, Tom Raftery

Tom Raftery

is the founder and director of Its all about people a Human Capital Consultancy based in Dubai. Tom has over 30 year international HR experience in senior line roles with British Aerospace, Sedgwick Forbes, Arc International and the Nazer Group. In addition he has extensive consulting experience working for Towers Watson, Arthur Andersen and MEIRC.

He has lived and worked in the Middle East for over 15 years and worked across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. His consulting work in the region includes companies such as Adnoc, Zadco, Gasco, Borouge, QGPC, HSBC, Arab Banking Corporation and Precision Group. Tom has a degree in Industrial Sociology, an MBA from Warwick University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 

He has presented at various conferences in Europe and the Middle East and has run a number of training programmes and as such is an engaging facilitator and trainer. He is a CIPD certified trainer. Tom likes to make sure that humour is not far away from his work, he also enjoys cooking, which he has just got into, travelling, walking, keeping fit and he has just started rowing on the Creek.



Tim Knight, Strategy Consultant

Tim Knight

is an experienced HR professional with over 40 years practical experience of all aspects of HR, both as a senior manager and as a consultant. During his time as a line manager Tim worked for National Bank of Abu Dhabi as the Group Head of Compensation & Performance as well as one of the world's largest offshore energy contractors as their UK Head of HR. Tim has spent much of the 25 years living and working in the GCC region.

As a consultant he worked for major professional consultants firms such as KPMG, PwC and Ernst & Young during which time he developed a reputation both in the UK and in the GCC as an authority on all aspects of reward and performance.Tim was responsible for designing and implementing one of the UAE's first share option programmes to receive approval by ESCA, in addition to which he has designed many other innovative executive compensation programmes utilising both stock, phantom stock, shared ownership arrangements and deferred cash.

In addition to his expertise in reward and performance Tim has spent many years advising organisations on successfully bringing about change and on pre and post-merger integration. Tim has been a Fellow of the CIPD for almost 30 years and was for some time a visiting lecturer on the Senior Management Programme at Cranfield, one of Europe's top Business Management Schools.  In 2011 he co-authored "Best Practice Executive Compensation Prior to an IPO", published by World at Work. 



Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor

is a published author, psychologist and an expert in the design, delivery and evaluation of learning and development programmes.  
He is a chartered occupational psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) in the UK. He also holds chartered member status with the UK's Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Ian is qualified to administer and interpret a wide range of psychometric assessments and holds  BPS Level A and B (Intermediate)  qualifications in occupational testing.
He has over 30 years experience in learning and development. For the past 18 years he has been based in Dubai UAE where he worked for two of the world's most successful airlines, Emirates and Etihad. As  Head of Leadership Development at Etihad he designed and delivered a range of leadership skills programmes and assessment and development centres  aligning these to talent management and engagement initiatives. Ian combines strong theoretical and academic insights with a pragmatic, results focused approach.His publications include "A practical guide to assessment and development centres" (Kogan Page 2007) and he appears regularly as the occupational psychologist "business doctor" on Dubai Eye radio station. 
Ian holds four degrees from various UK institutions including; MA(Education), BSc (Hons), BA (Hons) and an MSc in Occupational Psychology from Birkbeck College,  London University.  He is a chartered occupational psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) in the UK. He also holds chartered member status with the UK's Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Ian is qualified to administer and interpret a wide range of psychometric assessments and holds  BPS Level A and B (Intermediate)  qualifications in occupational testing.


Martin Goodman

Martin Goodman

is a highly experience HR coach, mentor and facilitator with a sustained record of demonstrable success in a range of HR roles in sectors including electricity supply, engineering, manufacturing, management consulting, pharmaceuticals, financial services, logistics, business services, as well as central and local government. 
He has over 30 years experience working variously as an HR Director, independent interim, consultants, researcher and academic. His specialist focus is helping organisations deliver enhanced business value through behavioural and cultural change in a wide range of contexts including start-ups, M&A, flotation, cost reduction, restructuring, turnaround and the introduction of SAP. 
He has strong analytical, problem solving, coaching, communication, influencing, negotiating, decision-making and stakeholder management skills. Wide international experience covers mainland Europe, Africa, Asia and USA and he is a fluent French speaker. He holds an MSc in Management Studies and a degree in French and he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Martin is a keen (although not very good!) swimmer, enjoys French cinema and is also very active as an actor and director at his local community theatre.



Brian Lewis

specialises in leadership development, team improvement and the creation of high performance cultures. He is an outstanding facilitator who brings freshness, enthusiasm and joy to the learning process.  Brian is insistent that people development is grounded in business needs and constantly looks for quantifiable outcomes from any investment. He is an impactful influencer on the leadership development and behavioural landscape often providing experiences that clients never forget. 
Brian set up his own company, B.T.Lewis Associates in 2010 and he has worked on leadership development of the senior executive team of a major division of Swiss Life in Zurich; the development of HR strategy and leadership within the HR function of Nandos, and is deeply involved in the leadership growth of the top, senior and middle managers of Avelo ( 
Brian is also an Associate rethinking consultant since December 2005, Brian has applied his capabilities to a range of businesses across a variety of sectors. Clients include BT Operate, BT Wholesale, BAA, Ladbrokes Odgers, Brakes, and Tesco's Central European operations 
Finally Brian is an Associate Professor of Leadership for the ESCP Business School in London and has worked with global organisations in the pharmaceutical and telecommunication business.. He is experienced in teaching within an international framework, having worked in Paris with senior finance team members of "Orange", and in Kuala Lumpur with GSK.


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