Clare and Jim created the Synergia brand in 2003, when they wanted to find a better work/life balance with their two young children.  They both left senior roles in blue chip companies to create the Synergia brand.

Synergia came from synergy – the combined power of a group of things when they are working together that is greater than the total power achieved by each working separately:  (Cambridge English Dictionary):

Initially their approach was to offer project management and HR management to any organisation that needed those services.  As time progressed they refined their offering to organisational development, and in 2008 Synergia Coaching was created to reflect the growth of the business within that sector.

Clare worked with her first Independent school, Sherborne Girls, in 2005. At that stage Dr Simon Lettman, HMC, took Clare under his wing and supported her working with schools around leadership development, coaching and solving people problems.

Jim continued to grow the Project Management side of the business with significant contracts within the NHS and Private Sector.

Our team

Clare Barnett – Managing Director

Clare has enjoyed a successful career holding several senior level HR, training and personnel roles across a variety of organisations including retail, manufacturing, IT, automotive industries and the public sector. Today Clare works alongside organisations such as the NHS, the Police and Independent Schools to design and deliver effective training and coaching programmes.


  • Over 20 years experience in senior level coaching and mentoring
  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Chartered Management Institute
  • Member of British Psychological Society
  • MA in Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Organisational Development

Annette Roberts – Executive Coach and Mentor

Annette has worked in the Independent Educational Sector for over 30 years before recently retiring from a highly successful co-ed Junior School, where she was Head for 13 years.

Annette is a qualified Level 7 Executive Coach and Mentor and combines her depth of understanding about people, group dynamics and emotional intelligence to help leaders and non-leaders develop the confidence and insight to fulfill their potential.


Over 35 years experience in education in a variety of roles

  • Ex Chair of the Junior Society of Heads and Chair of the Association of Junior Independent Schools.
  • Served on the Cross Association of Junior Independent Schools Committee.
  • Governor at an Independent all through School
  • Judge of the TES Pre-Prep School of the Year 2019/20
  • Involvement in training programmes and general support for ‘Classroom in the Clouds’, a charity in Nepal

Annette Roberts

Jo Shuttlewood

Jo Shuttlewood – Executive Coach

Jo’s working experience spans over many years and sectors including retail, manufacturing and education; both in the UK and Europe.

Jo has returned from a short working break and now shares her wealth of experience by mentoring leaders, practitioners and learners. Along side this, she is renovating a disused farm in the idyllic North Staffordshire countryside.

Jo is a dedicated learning practitioner with a ‘whole brain’ approach that really does put the learner centre stage.


  • Coached a huge variety of leaders whilst practicing at a Master Coach level
  • Delivered and design many leadership development programmes cumulating in the publication of a case study for one such highly commended programme.


Liz Finneron – Mindset Coach

Liz studied with the world’s most celebrated coach, Brendon Burchard, at his esteemed High Performance Academy in California. She uses a blend of highly effective techniques to get you moving towards your goals immediately. You’ll learn how the mind works and how you can break down the barriers between where you are now and the life you want, empowering you to take full control of your future and achieve the freedom and balance you crave.


  • Personalised, transformational techniques
  • Trained as a Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and International Line Management Coach
  • Broad knowledge of Mental Health issue, spent a year volunteering at Brighter Futures Mental Health Helpline

Liz Finneron

Louise Robinson

Louise Robinson – Educational Consultant and Executive Coach

Louise has been in a variety of educational institutions, boarding and day, rural and city-based schools, with a subject base of maths and computing. Stepping down from Headship, in 2018, after 17 years as a Head, she has continued to develop her profile and expertise. She led the national GSA as President in 2012 and was then the vice-chair of the ISC for 3 years. She is also an experienced Registered Lead Inspector (ISI) and a Magistrate; balancing her voluntary work with employment in inspecting, appraising and coaching. She is also a school governor, a member of a University Board and a Trustee of the Liverpool World Development Centre charity.


  • Coaching & Mentoring at Executive/senior level L7 – ILM
  • Justice of the Peace
  • NPQH DfE
  • M Ed University of Liverpool: BA(Hons) 2.1 Computer Science & Maths
  • Registered ISI Inspector
  • Member of EMCC

Richard Bills – Executive Coach

Gaining a degree in Electrical Engineering Richard completed a student apprenticeship and became a design and development engineer with the then GEC Measurements. A move to the Police Service followed where Richard was constable, sergeant and inspector. He also qualified as a British Gliding Association instructor, and deputy chief flying instructor at Staffordshire Gliding Club. He was seconded as a development adviser with the Police High Potential Development Scheme.


  • Qualified coach via Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and further accredited through Civil Service Learning and Oxford Brookes University.
  • Accredited by British Psychological Society and qualified to use NEO PI-R Personality Inventory, Hogan Development Survey (the ‘dark side’ of personality), Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and psychometric tests.
  • BSc in Electrical Engineering.
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA).