Founder & CEO
Christina is a cross-cultural workplace consultant, psychosynthesis leadership coach, psychological safety practitioner & mediator.
Over the past 15 years she has worked across branding, advertising, media planning and buying, start-ups, in-house and across financial and corporate communications firms, leading teams and privileged to deliver transformational cross-border projects and transactions, on behalf of FTSE 100s, IBEX 35s, governments and agencies.
Yet, while her focus was on the external facing audience aspects of reputation management, she often found that internal communications and employee concerns were often poorly understood by decision-makers, at great cost.
She founded Workculturati during the pandemic as a place to have enlightened discussions about work culture and human leadership. Her mission is to bridge the communications gap between the C-Suite, HRs and employees through leadership coaching, internal engagement and mediation techniques. Christina is passionate about championing people who don’t fully see their own potential and empowering companies to foster innovative, inclusive and sustainable working environments. A happy employee is the best ambassador for any organisation.
Christina has a PGCert in Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching from The Institute of Psychosynthesis and University of Middlesex. She is an EMCC Accredited Senior Practitioner coach and also a Fearless Organization Scan Practitioner in psychological safety. She is also a certified civil, commercial and workplace mediator from the London School of Mediation and brings an international perspective to her work, having worked extensively in the UK, Spain, Colombia, Australia and most recently, Luxembourg.
Gillian Higgins is an international criminal barrister and mindfulness meditation teacher. In her work as a barrister, over the past 22 years, she has represented leading political figures before the International Criminal Court and the UN international tribunals. She has been involved in some of the leading cases in international criminal law.
As a mindfulness teacher, Gillian is passionate about sharing the benefits of the practice in the workplace. Over the years, she has taught mindfulness to thousands of professionals from different backgrounds including the legal, banking and financial sectors.
Her ‘no-nonsense’, practical approach teaches how cultivating mindfulness in the workplace can improve your focus, reduce anxiety, improve sleep and increase your reliance and ability to pay attention.
Gillian is the author of “Mindfulness at Work and Home” in which she shares the simplicity of mindfulness and her own insights and advice taken from her own practice.
Gillian is also an accredited civil and commercial mediator.
Lily Lapenna MBE
Chloe Wright is a talent and leadership consultant committed to working with individuals and teams in a holistic way to create self-insight and unlock hidden potential for purpose and performance. She is a trusted advisor to numerous FTSE 100 and private companies, building long term relationships and co-creating tailor made solutions for her clients’ needs across their talent agenda.
Before working for herself, Chloe spent 3.5 years with Egon Zehnder, a premier leadership advisory and executive search firm as a principal consultant where she specialised in assessment, development, coaching and leadership training globally. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder she embarked on a “life MBA” year exploring her passions, interests and purpose living and working in startups, charities, social enterprises across Sri Lanka, Laos, Bali, India and London. Whilst back in London, she ran her own consulting firm, which specialised in offering a blend of strategic consulting, coaching and somatics services to start up executive teams in the wellness and food sectors. Chloe started her career with IBM and spent nearly 10 years holding numerous leadership and sales roles in the strategic outsourcing business in both the UK and Singapore.
Chloe holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in International Business from Nottingham University and is a Psychosynthesis Leadership Coach. She has a passion for promoting accessibility and equality in career and leadership education and development and has worked with charities such as Right to Play, SmartWorks and Action Tutoring. Previously she has been a STEM ambassador at the UN Women’s council in Singapore and Co-Director of Bristol University’s Insight into Management course for undergraduates. She is a qualified yoga instructor and passionate mental health awareness advocate.
Lily Lapenna MBE is the founder & Chair of MyBnk. From 2007 to 2016, whilst CEO, MyBnk became the leading financial education provider in the UK. Lily and the MyBnk team created high impact financial education programs that reached over 200,000 young people in schools, prisons, youth groups, homeless communities and supported housing environments. They successfully lobbied government to bring financial education into the school curriculum which now allows 6 million young people to learn about money every year. Lily then advised the UK government on a ten-year financial inclusion strategy for the nation covering all age groups.
The MyBnk program has been replicated in countries across the world from Italy to Turkey and Lily is now working to bring this work to the USA. In 2017, Queen Elizabeth II honoured Lily with an MBE in recognition of her work in financial services and entrepreneurship.
The World Economic Forum appointed her as a Young Global Leader recognising her system change leader ship skills. Ashoka and Aspen made her a fellow in acknowledgment of her global social impact. Lily works as an adviser and coach for government, multinationals, and start-ups. She teaches Business and Social Impact at Occidental University in Los Angeles, USA and is an Industry Adviser at SAID Business School, University of Oxford, UK.
Josie is a journalist and commentator with a particular interest in business, economics, behavioural science and workplace culture. She started her career at Reuters in Germany and Switzerland before working as a financial markets correspondent for The Wall Street Journal in London.
She served as business editor of The Independent between 2017 and 2019. More recently her work has appeared in a host of publications including the Guardian, Telegraph, Huffington Post, Quartz, Fortune and New Statesman.
She's a regular guest on the BBC, ITV and Al Jazeera and has also appeared on CNN and Fox News. She is also a regular contributor to Forbes, with a particular interest in business, economics and the future of work. She grew up in Switzerland and lives in New York with her husband and daughter.
She’s a Knight Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University’s Journalism School and Business School.
Allan is an academic, psychosynthesis leadership coach, clinical hypnotherapist, and integrative mindfulness practitioner who helps leaders and changemakers find flow through greater purpose and clarity. Following a PhD on influence and language at the University of Leeds, he worked in the brand and marketing sector supporting a range of SME and FTSE 100 clients.
While working in Hong Kong his long-held passion for meditation grew and he began to explore how ancient contemplative practices can be utilised in an evidence-based psychospiritual toolkit for supporting values-led work. Upon returning to London, he continued his training at the Institute of Psychosynthesis, University of Middlesex, and UK College of Mindfulness Meditation. He is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) and an ICF-accredited Enneagram coach who facilitates transformative narrative-led Enneagram typing sessions for individuals and teams.
As an academic, his research focuses on contemplative studies and consciousness, and he has presented research at universities across the UK, US, Europe, and Asia. He is the author of three books, including the forthcoming The Sacred Life of Modernist Literature (Bloomsbury, 2022), and has appeared on the BBC and in The Guardian, Times Higher Education, and numerous high-impact academic journals.
Philip has helped teams and organizations worldwide enhance their ability to solve problems and create new possibilities.
He does that through his conviction of and experience with the de Bono Thinking Methods.
Whether he’s facilitating C-suite level executive workshops or training front-line teams, Philip emphasizes what works to bring fundamental changes for the better.
Prior to collaborating with Workculturati, Philip spent 24 years in financial services and information technology having worked extensively in the UK, US, France, India, Singapore and Switzerland.
He is a de Bono authorised and accredited trainer in The Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking systems since 2010.
Laura is a highly experienced individual with a diverse professional background. She started her career in the TV industry, working as a production coordinator on various TV documentaries. During her 12-year tenure at the Irish National broadcaster, RTE, Laura gained valuable expertise in selling TV documentaries and Drama programmes to International Broadcasters.
In 2019, Laura made a career transition and ventured into entrepreneurship by opening her own online stationery company called Fold & Seal. However, after running the business for two years, she recognised that her true passion lay in supporting and promoting female-owned businesses. This realisation led her to shift her focus and join an online business membership for women as a Community Manager.
In her role as a Community Manager, Laura was responsible for fostering engagement and creating a supportive environment within the online business community. Additionally, she was part of the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) team, where she actively contributed to initiatives aimed at promoting diversity, equality, and inclusion among the community's members.
Laura's dedication to championing female-owned businesses prompted her to pursue further education in the field of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion. Currently, she is studying for a Master of Business in EDI, which she is expected to complete this year. This academic pursuit will equip her with advanced knowledge and skills to drive meaningful change and create more inclusive environments within the business community and beyond.