Meet the Team

​Dr Chris Barclay

Founder & Director

Chris is a passionate believer in people and what they can achieve with the right tools & so he created EVOLVE8 COACHING to provide bespoke high impact coaching to strengthen the Capability & Culture of Organisations.

Chris's vision was to create a very different coaching company, who would firstly develop a deep understanding of your company needs & then design and deliver a bespoke training program via a team of multi disciplinary expert coaches from different sectors. Evolve 8 Coaching focuses on developing bespoke coaching which truly makes a positive & sustainable benefit to your company.        

Chris is a globally accomplished R&D manager, who has led innovation and business growth on world leading consumer goods brands including Ariel, Bold, Tide, Fairy, Vidal Sassoon & SKII. Chris has lived and worked in UK and Asia where he built and developed high performance teams. Chris is a strategic thinker who loves to understand opportunities and challenges people and businesses are facing, develop insights & deliver actionable winning coaching strategies.

​Craig Buglass

Craig is a globally acclaimed Creative Director, who has been instrumental in the growth of brands including Nike, Puma, Alfred Dunhill & Sonia Rykiel. Craig has lived and worked in Europe and Asia and has 20+ years of building and leading high performing teams. Craig is a highly skilled coach, problem solver and team builder. Craig is co-founder and Creative Director of Spark, a global network of over 200 talented creatives across the fields of fashion, brand and digital.

​Rob Warner

Rob is an internationally recognised Creative Director, who has delivered innovation and growth of brands including Puma, Umbro, Iconix Brand Group & Lululemon. Rob has lived and worked in Europe and North America and is a highly regarded international manager and expert coach on creative & innovative thinking and process. Rob is co-founder and Creative Director of Spark, a creative design consultancy that joins the dots between consumers, brands and manufacturers.

Dr Angela MacOscar

Angela is a globally accomplished R&D manager, who has innovated and built business value across multiple consumer goods categories. Angela is recognised as a consumer understanding expert who develops deep understanding of how we perceive, interact and value brands. Angela is an exceptionally strong collaborator who works very effectively with teams to identify opportunities, understand and simplify complex challenges and create winning outcomes.

​Keith Chamberlain

Keith is a former senior police commander, who developed and led high performance organisations through strategic focus and a deep understanding of leadership. Keith is a highly experienced resilience coach, who enables organisations to understand the capability required to prepare for and to respond to the market place challenges. Keith has a strong track record helping SMEs and global corporate clients across Europe & Asia strengthen their organisational resilience. 

Prof Roy Sandbach OBE

Roy is an internationally respected expert on innovation and growth, who has led global innovation programs for Procter & Gamble for 30+ years across Europe & Asia. Roy is Professor of Practice in Ageing Science & Innovation at Newcastle University and former Director of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing & chair of the NELEP Innovation Board. Nationally, Roy is president of the Royal Society of Chemistry Industry Council, chairs the National Smart Specialisation Hub & is visiting Professor at Newcastle, Northumbria and Cranfield Universities & Central St. Martin’s College. Roy received an OBE in 2017 for services to science, innovation & skills. 

Dr Faye Harland

Faye is an accomplished creative events manager, who has managed national and international events across the Creative, Cultural, Digital and IT sectors. Faye is passionate about running unique and engaging events, including Creative Fuse North East, which facilitate innovation through relationship building and idea sharing across teams and sectors. Faye's PhD exploring the fusion between literature and the visual arts, enables Faye to bring a unique creative approach. 

Darren Wigg

Darren is a former international swimmer, who represented Great Britain at the World and European Championships. After retiring from sport, Darren studied physiotherapy, then set up his company Newcastle Physiotherapy whilst working as a consultant physiotherapist for British Swimming. Darren is passionate about helping and coaching others and was honoured to be selected as Team GB lead physiotherapist for the marathon swimmers at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

​Andrew Paisley

Andy is a highly regarded elite Golf coach, who coaches elite players on the European professional golf tour as well as the Challenge and Alps Tours. Andy’s passion in life is the development of young golfers into elite players and elite people and he currently coaches some of the country’s leading young amateur golfers & the North of England under 18’s boys team. Andy is also the head coach at Hexham golf club where he loves helping players of all levels develop their skills.

​Glenn Ward

Glenn has 35+ years of experience in Global Research & Development, developing new to the world technology and products for the global consumer goods markets. Glenn is also a highly skilled magician and the current President of the Newcastle magic circle. Glenn specialises in stunning close up magic and innovative bespoke activities which Evolve8 Coaching can build into a unique coaching program to help engage and inspire your organisation.   

Peter Barker

Peter has over thirty year’s experience in architecture and the built environment and was instrumental in transforming Ryder Architecture from traditional to digital working practices in the early 2000s. Peter understands that harnessing the power of new and disruptive technologies requires cultural buy-in from people at all levels of the organisation and has gained deep insights into what differentiates those who succeed.

Dr Graham Kelly

Graham is responsible for leading the strategy and implementation of digital transformation projects specific to a client’s real needs. This goes beyond BIM, it is as much about the people as it is about the technology. The construction industry is on the cusp of dramatic change and Graham is excited to be at the leading edge of this. He has 12 years’ experience in construction and academia, completing a PhD in post-handover feedback in helping architectural practices improve the quality of design.

Soo Darcy

Soo is our specialist in workplace analysis, stakeholder engagement and change management. 

With almost two decades experience designing and conducting bespoke research projects for professional services and public sector clients, she has covered everything from customer and employee engagement to rebranding and restructuring programmes. She collaborates closely with senior management teams to help them understand the impact of decisions on ways of working, efficiency and satisfaction. She often works with clients that have complex research objectives, creating bespoke methodologies and questionnaires based on sound research practice.

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