Meet the team


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Bob Buckley

Bob has a wealth of experience in helping individuals and organisations with personal development. Throughout his life (from Cub Scouts to management consultancy) Bob has combined his passion for continuous learning with his exuberance, sense of fun and competitive spirit. Today, he leads the team at Twelve Scholars with his drive to create the definitive guide to personal development.

For a business to grow, its people need to grow too.”

Bob is a graduate from University of Manchester (BSc Paper Science with Management). He worked in UK paper industry for 10 years specialising in operations management — he was the youngest-ever shift manager at DS Smith Plc (FTSE 100), before rapidly climbing the corporate ladder. Since 2008, Bob has run a management consultancy focused on leadership and design. A catalyst for change, he works with ambitious leaders to execute strategy, improve performance and above all — keep things simple. In 2016, Bob was appointed Operations Director within the aerospace industry — his relentless focus on learning and development was fundamental to achieving a successful business turnaround.

Bob has always been fascinated by how individuals and organisations achieve excellence. In 2005, Bob was awarded his MBA with a research project that studied decision making in world-class organisations. In 2010, he achieved his Diploma in Company Direction (IOD). More recently, Bob completed The Marketing Seminar and The Podcasting Fellowship — two online workshops designed by Seth Godin, both focused on making change happen.

In his downtime, Bob enjoys all sports, especially endurance triathlon, road cycling and snowboarding. He also has a personal library with 1,000+ books!


Grace Lambert-Smith
Grace is our copywriter and responsible for the powerful words that appear on the printed page. She has worked both in-house and agency side, and is now pursuing a freelance career as a writer and marketeer. Having spent much of her working life in the outdoor industry, she’s never too far from a bike, pair of hiking boots or a cup of coffee.

Stephen Seymour
Stephen is a specialist in human resources and talent management. FCIPD with experience in organisational development, employee engagement, recruitment & selection, coaching & mentoring, and change management. Sector experience includes Hospitality & Leisure, Financial & Professional Services, and Education.

Andrew Thorp
Andrew is a business consultant, speaker and trainer. He works in the field of ‘applied storytelling’ — helping individuals and organisations articulate their story and realise their goals.

Louise Fraser
Louise is a specialist in getting things done. At Twelve Scholars, she’s focused on defining goals and overcoming obstacles. Louise is an ex-Olympic and Commonwealth Games athlete (400m hurdles) and therefore knows a thing or two about setting standards, motivation and personal development.



Enna Bartlett
A Manchester-based copywriter and photographer working mainly in the corporate sphere. Currently studying for Masters Degree in Communication at University of Manchester.

Drew Forsyth
A specialist in commercial, dance and portrait photography and video.