Who are we?

We are Gail and Clare. We met some thirty-odd years ago (yes, we really were very young). Having worked in different organisations in a range of HR, Engagement and Learning & Development roles we decided that it was time to work together – to create our own Peopletopia.

Clare PortmanClare Portman

My passion:  Helping people do the things they never thought they could achieve.


  • A love of learning and development – design, delivery and evaluation
  • Coaching – groups and 1:1
  • NLP coach
  • Personal effectiveness coaching
  • Accelerated learning techniques
  • Management development programmes
  • Change Management and Leadership
  • Employee engagement
  • Performance Management


  • Four years in the HR team at Ceridian UK Ltd, specialising in Learning and Development for UK and offshore sites.
  • Four years at 118118, in Call Centre Management and Learning and Development roles.
  • Five years at ACNielsen, Training team management, Client Training Consultancy and software training.
  • A brief spell in the wine trade!

Linkedin http://uk.linkedin.com/in/clareportman

Gail PreeceGail Bennett

My passion:  Ensuring both businesses and employees reach their full potential.


  • Employee engagement – ensuring employees feel a pride and loyalty to the organisation they work for and give their best every day
  • Learning and Development
  • Strategic Business Partnering
  • Qualified MBTI Practitioner – Stage 1 and 2
  • Performance Management
  • Change Management and Leadership
  • 1:1 Coaching
  • Team Facilitation


  • A variety of roles during 10 years at Orange, focusing on process improvement, customer satisfaction, employee engagement and learning and development.
  • Prior to that 3 years at Adecco, in a head office support function before moving to manage an on-site Adecco office in a BT call centre, responsible for recruiting and managing 450 temporary staff.

Linkedin http://uk.linkedin.com/in/gailbennett1