You can because you
think you can.


Distance is nothing – it
is only the first step that
is difficult.

Mme Du Deffand

We are not creatures of
circumstance; we are
creators of circumstance.

Benjamin Disraeli

























































David Liversage
Founder and MD

David Liversage is the founder and Managing Director of Blue Phoenix.

He worked for several years in the media industry for both media owners and agencies, latterly at PHD and Drum PHD as a Director, where he set up and implemented a learning and development strategy. He was responsible for managing large teams, running key advertising accounts such as Sainsbury's, Gillette and HSBC, before making the break to set up Blue Phoenix in 2003.

David has a BA honours degree and is a qualified business coach (BCF), a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a member of the Birkbeck College University of London Business Master Class faculty. He also has training in NLP and certification in EmergeneticsĂ.

David is passionate about creativity, and working with teams to build their vision and identity.

In his spare time he keeps fit at the gym, along with boxing and yoga classes. David also has a passion for the theatre, fed by performing in, Directing and writing scripts for amateur dramatic performances.


Nathalie Joel-Smith
Training Coordinator & Trainee Facilitator
Office Manager & PA to David Liversage

Nathalie co-ordinates the delivery of Blue Phoenix workshops and programs. Having worked for several years as a Coordinator and PA in Marketing and PR, Nathalie's skills and interests have sparked the move into People Development. Utilising her organisational and planning skills, Nathalie manages the Blue Phoenix office, and is at the end of the phone for all our clients needs.

Nathalie trained at Arts Educational London, gaining a BA honors in Musical Theatre. Following her training, she worked in the theatre, and was a voice over artist and TV presenter. She then spent a year travelling the world onboard a P&O cruise liner as a singer and dancer, before moving into the Media and Communications industry.

At Blue Phoenix, Nathalie is developing her skills as a facilitator, and will soon be active in facilitating her own workshops, incorporating her experience working in the media with her background in acting and presenting, drawing on professional training in voice and physicality.

Nathalie is passionate about Yoga, and is training to be a Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing at home, and keeps her feet treading the boards by taking part in amateur theatre productions.




We work with a number of external consultants, including:


Caroline Connor

Caroline has over fifteen years’ experience managing teams at a senior level in a corporate environment (including recently Hachette Filipacchi) and now runs her own consultancy in training and performance development. She has designed and delivered programmes for a broad range of sectors including utilities (National Grid Transco) and transport (National Express, Network Rail). Her key areas of expertise include management and leadership, change management, communication and high performance behaviour assessment.

Caroline has a degree in languages and is accredited with distinction in high performance behaviours for the Centre for High Performance Development. She is also a qualified NLP practitioner.


Vanessa Jeffery

Vanessa started her career in Advertising at Guardian Media Group in 1992. From there she set up the northern operation of the Express Newspapers, before heading to London to join the Mail on Sunday's Advertising Department. Vanessa spent 10 yrs at MOS in a Senior Management position, heading up departments including Client Sales and Business Development Teams. She was accountable for the Training Department, and also introduced a new system for performance development reviews.

Since leaving MOS in 2008 Vanessa has set up her own private medical company, and also facilitates coaching workshops for a plethora of major media clients. Drawing on 16 years of experience, Vanessa's areas of expertise lie in Sales, Negotiation, Customer Service, Performance Development, and Creating High Performing Teams. Vanessa works as a consultant for Blue Phoenix to deliver creative and inspiring workshops that can really effect change with concrete results.

In her spare time Vanessa enjoys horse riding, eating out, and spending time with her 3 children.


Karen Swan

Karen has over thirteen years experience working in magazine publishing. She has run advertising sales and sponsorship and promotions teams for IPC magazines in the UK; she also headed the marketing for Tatler magazine in Hong Kong. In addition she has run her own media consultancy representing Business Week in Asia and Europe. Karen’s key area of expertise is sales marketing, and she helps to prepare and run Negotiation and Communication, Leadership and Management training for Blue Phoenix.Karen holds a degree in Communication Studies, CAM certificate and diploma, gaining a distinction in the three areas of Communication, Advertising and Marketing. She has recently completed her Masters degree in Media and Popular Culture.


Lu Corfield

Lu is a working actor (BBC, ITV and theatre) and she coaches for corporate clients with Blue Phoenix specialising in vocal coaching, performance, confidence building, creating personal impact and self expression. She brings analogies from the acting world that are valuable in a corporate environment where personal performance is essential to individual and organisation development.

Lu trained at Rada (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
in London


Steve Hearsum

Steve has worked in media and telecommunications for 20 years in various roles, including business development, operational management and organisational change consulting.
In the past seven years he has worked increasingly in organisational change as a consultant, interim manager and coach. Clients include Bauer (formerly EMAP Plc), Guardian News & Media Ltd, BT Plc, Teachers TV, Brighton & Hove Council and Ealing Council. In the past two years he has expanded his practice to include the delivery of management development training programmes, key areas being management and leadership, facilitating change in organisations and coaching for managers and executives.
Steve is completing an MSc in change agent skills and strategies at Surrey University, and is a visiting lecturer at Brighton University.


Mike Phillips

Mike originally trained as an actor-singer, went on to co-found a charity in Wales, and then worked in senior training roles and as a support worker in a range of small, medium and large organisations in local government, and the non–for-profit sector. Mike’s areas of expertise include presentation and communication skills, time/stress management, diversity and customer care.

He was responsible for staff- and volunteers-training at the Terrence Higgins Trust; oversaw the department’s development schedule at for dementia; delivered a portfolio of internal and external training courses at the Directory of Social Change and worked on training projects with several charities. 

Mike is now a freelance trainer and consultant and joined Blue Phoenix in 2008.







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