The Chalfont Project was founded by Leandro Herrero and Caroline Tierney to provide professional services on organizational architecture across industries.
As a leading academic put it, the so-called ‘war for talent’ may be a distraction from the real issue: how to host that talent within the company, whether the internal and existing talent, or the external and to be acquired. The Chalfont Project focuses solely on the organizational (structural, functional, operational, etc.) aspects of the company, big or small. We are organization architects.
Since its inception, The Chalfont Project has maintained a strong intellectual and pragmatic linkage with the behavioural-social sciences. This background and human-sciences approach is brought to the table in its engagements, coupled with a very pragmatic, results-driven orientation. It is this combination of pragmatism and thought leadership in the behavioural arena that distinguishes The Chalfont Project from other consulting organizations.
The Chalfont Project is a privately owned, limited company registered in England working internationally.
We help our clients to create the organizational conditions to attract and retain good people. We call these leadership conditions because we conceive leadership as the creation of a lasting environment that binds people together and generates wealth.
We help our clients map the organization’s journey towards its vision and goals. We believe that people travelling together on that journey constitute the organization’s human and social capital – the true capital of any firm, big or small. We believe that a successful journey requires aligned objectives and a set of common maps.
We design and help implement structures and systems where diverse people can work together, structures that work across geographical and cultural borders and that are in themselves an innovation and a source of business advantage.
Leandro Herrero is the ‘Chief Architect’ of projects for our clients. For many years he has been on a quest to create Remarkable Organizations. A clinical psychiatrist and academic by background, Leandro moved into the corporate sector taking up senior leadership positions in several multinational companies both in Europe and the US. His behavioural sciences background is coupled with his hands-on management experience. He co-founded The Chalfont Project Ltd from where he developed innovative solutions to organizational design, culture, leadership and from his large work with corporations he pioneered Viral Change™, the new global standard for large scale, peer to peer behavioural change. Leandro has written five books on leadership and change, is an acclaimed speaker and has a large community of followers of his “Daily Thoughts’ blog.
Co-Founder of The Chalfont Project and Senior Partner of Viral Change™ Global LLP (a sister company of The Chalfont Project), Caroline draws from an international career spanning 16 years within EU and US pharmaceutical companies where she held R&D and commercial roles. Educated in Ireland and the US, with both, scientific and business qualifications, she has consulted for over a decade to international blue chip clients in areas of leadership and change. Having worked abroad all her career, Caroline draws on an in depth understanding of diverse cultures, behaviours and team dynamics and runs Accelerators (Leadership tools to inject new thinking in teams and larger groups) based on the body of work of Leandro Herrero. Caroline leads the Certified Associate Programme for The Chalfont Project’s Accelerators (Disruptive Ideas, Reboot! and InnovACTions) which are available on licence to third party selected practitioners.
Ian Adkins is an Organization Architect with the Leadership Practice of The Chalfont Project Ltd and works with Viral Change Global LLP as well. Ian has extensive knowledge of leading people and managing complex change in demanding environments. Originally a design engineer in the automotive industry, he served in the British Army for 16 years, promoting to Lieutenant Colonel, deploying on four operational tours and serving in strategic policy appointments too. Subsequently he has built up a wealth of experience as a strategy and change consultant over 13 years, working with various UK government departments and agencies as well as engineering, infrastructure, training and support services businesses in UK, UAE and Australia. He has a strong interest in leadership development and the creation of high performance teams.
Ian Garrard oversees all things financial within The Chalfont Project and sister companies where he acts as the company secretary. Whilst remaining very involved in all our business plans and strategic decisions, Ian is Partner of Viral Change™Global L.L.P, part of The Chalfont Project and leads the establishment of Joint Ventures and other partnerships both in The Chalfont Project and Viral Change™ LLP, in which collaborations he takes an active role. Ian is a certified accountant with significant tax experience in working with corporations of many sizes, including those in the City of London. He has been a member of The Chalfont Project leadership since the inception of the company and helped its growth and development through both an advisory and a hands-on role.
A Psychology graduate, Charlotte liaises with clients on behalf of the partners and associates. Often the first port of call with the company, Charlotte helps to establish the needs of clients and direct enquiries to the right members of the team. Central to the smooth running of all projects, Charlotte handles the administrative aspects of the company and applies her practical and cultural experience to a wide variety of fields, from project management to executive assistance of key profile individuals, sales management, procurement, IT administration etc. Charlotte has worked with companies of many sizes, big and small in the private and diplomatic sectors. She has lived in France for several years before returning to the UK.
Simon has a wealth of experience in organizational development, leadership and change management. He has particular expertise in large-group intervention dynamics with corporate groups of many sizes. Simon also has unique skills in helping top teams to (re) formulate their goals, whether for the execution of plans, culture change, or overall leadership development, in ways that they may be achievable and deliverable. Simon has worked with Leandro Herrero for many years in Viral Change™ Programmes, from inception to execution. He also runs The Chalfont Project’s Accelerators . Simon has worked with many companies and sectors, but has an outstanding track record in the Health Care industry
Anett specializes on organization and leadership culture development. She works with senior executive teams on building vision and aligning people around tangible goals. Her own corporate experience is an invaluable asset in this respect. Anett is also a leading practitioner in Viral ChangeÔ and a key member of the client/joint Project Teams in the implementation of these programmes. Anett has more than 20 years of experience in organizational consulting. She is based in Düsseldorf and conducts international consulting assignments. She also has a particular interest in inter-cultural training and development. She works in English as well as in German and speaks conversational Spanish.
Jayne is a Senior Organizational Development practitioner with great experience in large-scale culture change, individual and collective leadership and group coaching. Jayne has worked with Leandro Herrero in Telecoms and other areas and is also leader for The Chalfont Project’s Accelerators, in-company accreditations. Jayne also works specifically in areas such as Employee Engagement, Performance Management, specific (behavioural based) Training/Learning and Development, designs and review of HR policies and procedures. Jayne, an excellent partner with our clients, works across the project spectrum, from evaluation and design to execution.