Who We Are

Our Story, Our History

Our People, our success

Who we are

Our team of behavioural change consultants specialise in helping permanent companies and temporary projects alike pivot in the direction they need to achieve success.

We are professionals who understand the nuances of changing habits within organisations. We embed winning behaviour into the people who drive your core business operations.

Our Story

Our Breakthrough Change team was founded in 1998 by John and Kay, two Financial Services professionals working in London during the ‘80s and ‘90s. Having seen the power of organisational change first hand, they understood the devastating effects that improper adaptation can have on companies. Their vision was to embrace change through influencing the behaviour of a company’s most valuable asset: people.

Our success at Breakthrough Change came one step at a time. We started with simple skill-based workshops that helped clients learn the subtleties of influence and negotiation, the behaviours of leadership  and the techniques for sales development. As our early-adopters grew, they took us with them. 2005 was a critical year for our scaling efforts, as we were challenged to build a collaborative Project Management Office (PMO).

The purpose of the PMO was to manage a series of GOCO (Government Owned, Contractor Operated) projects valued at £4.6B. These projects spanned a wide range of industries in the UK and US, including Construction, Engineering, Design, Science, Mechanics, Electrical, HVAC, and Nuclear. In turn, we needed to build Breakthrough Change into a robust operation capable of handling the full spectrum of corporate cultures. That’s when our High Performance Team Development Programme was born.

Based on 20 years of world class research by McKinsey and Harvard, we conducted a meta study that showcased the 6 pillars of high performance teams. In turn, we developed a High Performance Team Questionnaire (HPTQ TM) to measure how teams perform within each of the 6 pillars. Our efforts have been instrumental to our success on 47 complex projects where the average project value was £2.8B. Additionally, we shaved off 4.4% from the CAPEX budget, a testament to the high level of trust, collaboration, and respect we’ve developed for a diverse range of contractors and stakeholders.

 Since our advent, we at Breakthrough Change have operated for over 22 years, supported 165+ clients, worked with 30,500+ individuals, and achieved 96% of our new clients through recommendations.

Our People

John Walsh

John Walsh

Managing Director

Collin Williams

Collin Williams

Senior Behavioural Change Consultant

Ana Stepowska

Ana Stepowska

Senior Behavioural Change Consultant

Helen Basford

Helen Basford

Senior Behavioural Coach

Kay Walsh

Kay Walsh

Operations & Finance Director

Ed Midson

Ed Midson

Senior Behavioural Consultant

Our Success & Results

Recommendations are the hallmark of an exceptional company. Across any industry, a recommendation is a personal affirmation of quality. That’s why at Breakthrough Change, we’re proud to have achieved 96% of our new clients through recommendations. In fact, we’ve received a new client from recommendations every 6 weeks for the past 22 years.