Naomi has spent the last decade empowering business leaders and entrepreneurs to reach more of their potential. She has built a high impact career enabling clients to achieve positive, transformative changes in their personal lives, their organisations and their communities.
A social entrepreneur at heart, she launched first business whilst studying at university. The 4WD Foundation delivered behavioural change programmes to some of London's most vulnerable young people.
She went on to advise top investment banks on how to attract diverse entry-level talent and build inclusive cultures. Facilitating leadership development and employee engagement initiatives for corporate clients quickly followed. Clients include BP, CBRE, IHG, McDonald’s and Michael Kors.
In 2014 she set up the positive change agency, A Life Less Ordinary Wanted. From FTSE 500 companies in crisis, to individuals at a crossroads in life, Naomi harnesses emotional intelligence as a coach and facilitator to support her clients to become adaptable, compassionate, resilient leaders, building businesses and lives they love.
She graduated from the University of London with BSc Hons in Management. Since graduation has continued learning with WYSE International, Common Purpose and the Coaching Academy.
Naomi volunteers as an ambassador of the Young Women's Trust and is a trustee of the Donald Chesworth Educational Trust. In her spare time she seeks balance by travelling, meditating and running.
Simone Stephen MNCS - Head of Therapy
Head of Therapy
Simone is a qualified & accredited Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist. She has been practising as an integrative therapist for over four years. Simone is passionate about her clients making positive changes to their lives with the support of her humanistic approach.
Simone supports clients facing various personal and professional challenges. Her experience includes addiction & habits, anger management, stress & anxiety, Self-esteem & confidence and Self-defeating behaviours.
Simone uses both Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in her practice. Her approach is both client-centered and goal orientated. This means clients are supported to both achieve their goals & reach a newfound internal equilibrium.
Simone studied Sociology & English at Brunel University, London. She then studied Therapy with Chrysalis. Simone is an accredited member of the National Counselling Society. Simone works with both adults and children and is fully DBS checked.
Emma Unsworth - Head of Operations
Head of Operations
Emma is our Head of Ops and also leads on all Less Ordinary events. She ensures that we operate as effectively and efficiently as possible so that we consistently provide exceptional service to our Less Ordinary clients.Emma is our Head of Ops and also leads on all Less Ordinary events. She ensures that we operate as effectively and efficiently as possible so that we consistently provide exceptional service to our Less Ordinary clients.
Emma is passionate about social enterprise, empowering women and working towards a positive purpose to change the world for the better. This has lead Emma to a career working with startups supporting their business development and operations.
Emma graduated Pearson College Business School with BA (Hons) Business Management with Finance. Completing her industry focused degree in 2 years, in the heart of a FTSE100 company she has worked with a diverse range of corporates such as Direct Line, Unilever and Pearson.
Sandra Miller-Simpson ACC - Associate
Associate Coach & Facilitator
Sandra has spent the last 5 years as an Executive Coach, Facilitator and Consultant, developing people's potential in SMEs and more global organisations. Her focus is on authenticity and how we show up in our lives, whether that be at work or through play.
Through coaching, she works on creating possibilities with people who want to be ‘more’. More self-aware, more authentic, more in tune and more able to do the things that ignite a fire in their belly.
Her background is in both the public sector and private sector. It was after receiving executive coaching and the subsequent offer of a promotion and that Sandra took a leap of faith, declined the role and decided to pursue her own career in coaching.
In coaching, she found her missing piece- a piece that gave her a sense of greater authenticity and connection. It’s a realisation of purpose that she wishes to support others to find in themselves.
Sandra studied at DeMontford University gaining an honours degree and has post-graduate qualifications in Management Studies. She holds a Professional Coaching qualification is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
For fun, she cycles, works out, travels and sculpts. Her driving purpose is to add value to the lives of others and be the best of herself in all that she is and all that she does.
Jaimie Crooks - Associate
Associate Coach & Facilitator
Jaimie believes everyone possesses extraordinary potential. She helps her clients to achieve success on their terms through mind-set optimisation and 360 degree coaching. She is known for her high energy, insatiable drive and infectious positivity.
As a qualified Executive Coach Jaimie has empowered hundreds of CEOs, founders and senior leaders to make transformative holistic changes to their businesses and their personal lives. She has supported leaders in a variety of sectors including media and communications, law, information technology, hospitality and leisure.
By employing a blend of psychometric testing, neuroscience and optional hypnosis, she inspires her clients to develop and enhance their leadership capabilities. With a passion for balance, Jaimie trained and qualified as an Integrative Health Coach to ensure that she is able to support her clients with their health and wellbeing alongside their business and career development.
This desire to champion balance is borne from personal experience. Jaimie spent over a decade climbing the corporate ladder in global HR, marketing and sales for FTSE 100 companies SAP and Thomson Reuters. When based in New York she decided focus on global projects to increase employee engagement and promote wellbeing and then moved into coaching.
Jaimie believes our power lies in our ability to tap into our authentic energy. Her powerful strategies ensure that success and lasting personal fulfilment can be achieved in all areas of life. With Jaimie’s guidance, her clients learn how to both improve their health and build deeper, more vibrant relationships, both personally and professionally.
Jaimie graduated from the University of London with Honours in Psychology. Since graduation she has continued learning with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching in New York City, the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Hyper Island, Landmark Worldwide and Harvard Business School.
Melissa Casares - Associate
Melissa is an experienced qualified and accredited Counsellor. She has over 15 years experience as a leadership development coach and HR consultant in the corporate sector. She has spent over 8 years volunteering with the Samaritans.
Fuelled by her passion to help clients deepen their self awareness and achieve their goals, Melissa decided to consolidate her skills and moved into therapeutic training in 2009. Melissa has a humanistic integrative approach to therapy which means she works with each of her clients as an individual.
Using a variety of approaches such as Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Person Centred Therapy Melissa supports her clients with the challenges they are facing and the goals they have for therapy.
Melissa studied Law & Politics at Exeter University. She later qualified as a counsellor in the Humanistic Integrative Therapy at CPPD Counselling School in North London. Melissa is a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Dr Jasmine Gartner - Associate
Jasmine is a highly experienced trainer, consultant and writer.
She is a social anthropologist, with a focus on work cultures. She has change management experience in the public, private and third sector.
She facilitates training and workshops on employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, and unconscious bias.
As a writer and a researcher, she makes sure that ideas are transformed into sustainable impact for leaders and businesses alike.
She is the author of Employee Engagement: a little book of big ideas and she writes for HRZone.
Ben Leon - Associate
Associate Coach & Facilitator
Ben combines his experience in launching and growing ventures with his passion for developing leaders and has delivered coaching and mentoring programs to thousands of leaders, executives and start up teams across all continents; focusing on leadership, equality diversity & inclusion, growth, motivation, performance, engagement and team dynamics.
From start-ups to blue chip, public and private sector, he works internationally with ambitious and ethical leaders from all backgrounds and continents on leadership development, equality diversity and inclusion, change management, transition planning and growth strategy.
Ben has launched and grown a number of businesses including airlines, international travel organisations, executive jet and cargo companies. Most recently he has launched Oman’s first low cost carrier airline.
In addition, Ben is a Trustee and Board member of a number of charities. He is proactive across all his positions of responsibility to ensure Equality, Diversity and inclusion policies and behaviour and awareness is applied through recruitment and decisions impacting the teams foster equality and good relationships within the respective organisations.
Natalie Aidoo-Davies - Events Assistant
Natalie provides coordination and support for all our events, from formal Less Ordinary Life masterclasses to more social engagements and parties.
Natalie is passionate about event management and her positive energy and warm nature are contagious. She works hard to ensure Less Ordinary guests always feel welcome, comfortable and well fed!
Natalie studied Accounting and Business Economics at Middlesex University and currently works full time in the financial services. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, singing gospel music and enjoying good food.