About Us

About Us

We provide complete solutions which allow companies to resolve major organisational problems and create significant increases in performance by engaging their people effectively.

Our mission with this site is to enable organisations to reach their full potential by developing awareness and emotional intelligence in their individuals and teams.  We want to help build the capability within organisations to implement deep, lasting and sustainable change for themselves.

Our head office is in Birmingham in the UK and most of our business is in Europe and the USA.

We have a very experienced team who have been working for many years in the private and public sector.

Pierre Bester
Pierre Bester
Pierre  is co-founder of Adfen International, and a co-developer of the Adfen E-Scale. Pierre is renowned for his knowledge and expertise on the Enneagram model of human behaviour in his field of work.  He has many years of experience in facilitating leadership and team development courses incorporating the Adfen E-Scale for senior management and offering Adfen E-scale Accreditation Programmes for executive coaches and facilitators. He has vast experience in running both individual executive coaching sessions, as well as coaching circles on a CEO and executive level in the corporate field and is a qualified Integral Coach.  He is currently doing extensive consulting work for The Centre for Coaching (CFC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business (GSB) with whom he has a long, valued relationship.

Currently, he serves as a Faculty Member at UCT’s Executive Education Faculty and co- presents their Strategic Leadership Course (SLC), as well as the Executive Leadership Programme (ELP). He also serves as a panel member of the Professional Coaching Course (PCC) at the Centre for Coaching, UCT GSB. Pierre has consulted on a senior management level in corporate companies throughout Africa (Malawi, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Mauritius) the UK (Birmingham), and the Middle East (Dubai).

He also has many years of experience in the psychometric assessment field starting as an assistant psychologist in the Medical Corps (1989- 1990) and continuing this work at Norwich Life (1991 – 1997).

Pat Knightley

Pat KnightleyWith over 30 years European senior management experiences in Sales, Marketing and Communications & Learning and Development, working for blue-chip organizations such as BT and Digital Equipment – now HP, Pat is doubly accredited Enneagram Teacher from the Trifold School of Enneagram Studies with Helen Palmer and David Daniels, and the Enneagram Institute with Don Riso and Russ Hudson.

She has created, developed and delivered business-led Communication and Relationship programmes for multi-national Corporates as well as for small to medium sized companies.

Her most recent work as been with companies such as 02 in Dublin, Scottish Widows and BT Global Services.  She has appeared on National TV as part of a relationship programme around people’s compatibility with each other, as well as being featured in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour and Good Housekeeping.

Judith Priest

Judith PriestJudith’s background is in teaching, psychology, and guidance. After leaving University with a degree in psychology and a Cert Ed in teaching she went to Africa to live and teach for three years.  On her return to the UK she ran training courses and worked in organisations looking at team structures, interpersonal dynamics, and personal development.

Judith was professionally trained in the Enneagram by Helen Palmer and David Daniels of Enneagram Worldwide and has been using it consistently for the last 10 years.

Her  work with the Enneagram includes teaching and leading workshops, both on  her own and as part of a team.   Judith has taught the Enneagram in open workshops as part of a team and individually, at Emmaus House, Woodbrooke and for Buckinghamshire County Council at Missenden Abbey. She has also worked with trainers, coaches, human resource specialists and consultants, for their own self-development and to bring the insights of the Enneagram to illuminate their own work. She has a certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling and this informs her work with individuals who wish to explore at deeper levels.

Recently she has been working with organisations in the public and private sector using the Enneagram to shed light on interpersonal dynamics and the development of emotional intelligence or board and senior level management.   Judith has worked  in a wide range of business environments including  Science and Technology companies, Local Authorities, Finance & Investment Banking, Building & Construction.  Her clients have included the likes of Cambridgeshire County Council, Azzur Ltd and The Women’s National Commission.

Damien Deighan

Damien DeighanDamien has over 10 years experience in the business to business sector.  He has served clients in many sectors spanning Healthcare, Local & Central Government,  IT & Telecoms, Banking, Leisure, Utilities.  He has worked with the likes of EDS, Vodafone, NHS, British Gas, BT.

Damien is a co founder of Powerful Organisations and has been involved in the field of business development, personal development and emotional Intelligence for the last 10 years.   In June 2009 Damien was named The Birmingham Young Entrepreneur Of The Year at the prestigious BYPY awards ceremony.  This was in recognition of the success he achieved with Altruist which provides Human Resource solutions to the NHS.  Click here for more info: http://www.birminghamyoungprofessional.co.uk/content/entrepreneurial-winner-2009

Damien is a graduate of The University Of Birmingham who started his work career in recruitment with an international IT recruitment PLC.  He left this to set up a training company in the music industry before moving back into HR and recruitment in 2005 as co founder of Altruist.  He has been practicing meditation daily since 2005 and has undertaken significant development work in the arenas of business performance improvement, human potential and self awareness.

Wim Kuit

Wim KuitWim originally qualified as a clinical psychologist and has over 7 years experience in counselling, therapy and psychological coaching. He has worked in both Public and Private Mental Health sectors where he specialized in Solution-focused and Narrative therapy and coaching.

After studying the Enneagram under internationally accredited Enneagram teachers he developed Enneagram-based individual and team Coaching Programmes within the Wealth Management and Broadcast Media sectors. In his practice as a psychological coach he also specializes in Psychometric Assessment including Aptitude, Occupational Interest, and Personality Assessment.

Wim has developed and presented a number of personal and professional development workshops based on the Enneagram. These workshops have empowered couples, school teachers, psychiatric patients, not-for-profit organizations, business teams and many others to break through to greater levels of emotional and relational awareness.

His experience as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist brings a greater level of depth and broad insight to his coaching and consulting work.

Kris Dillard

Kris DillardKris has over 8 years of experience as a personal development trainer, through which he has enabled thousands of people achieve measurable success in business, health and wellness, behavioural growth and happiness, as well as greater personal awareness.

Kris has also developed successful, widely used personal leadership and group training curriculums, in self-study format and live courses.

Over the years, Kris has led many workshops, ranging from several dozen to several hundred. His high personal integrity, adhering purely to the betterment of others and to the integrity of the organisation creates a simple and clear learning experience.

Kris also has prior experience as a software designer, specializing in organisational whole-group and inter-department workflow as well as large event logistics and management.