WHO ARE WE?
RAMONA DA GAMA
Business Growth Strategy Coach, Mentor & Motivational Speaker
Ramona da Gama is a business and strategy growth coach who helps SMEs accelerate growth, entrepreneurs move from employment to starting their own businesses, and large corporations increase their value through sustainability, employee engagement initiatives and change management. It is Ramona’s first-hand experience of founding and running three businesses – a media sales consultancy, a Kensington-based jazz club, and her coaching practice – as well as being instrumental in large organisations’ business strategies, such as working with Sir Stelios with the launch of EasyJet that qualifies her to coach and train others. She has also worked with Rupert Murdoch at Times Newspapers, Lord Rothermere during the re-launch of The Mail on Sunday, Virgin Atlantic and with the Shirlaws team on The Lloyds Bank/TSB Group merger.
Ramona is passionate about making a difference to businesses and individuals. Her sustainability work sees her assist large organisations with cultural change, which takes the form of establishing and implementing initiatives that invest in the business’s human capital as well as corporate social responsibility. These initiatives ensure the longevity of the business as well sustaining its positive social reputation, staff retention and ultimately making it more attractive for its shareholders and new investors. Ramona speaks regularly on sustainability, working closely with the European Sustainability Academy, as well as other organisations such as the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group.
Ramona works with organisations to develop and train their managers to become leaders, who empower their teams to achieve the overall vision for their organisations. She has qualified and worked with Shirlaws Coaching delivering Business Management Coaching, and Performance Coaching International delivering Leadership and Coaching programmes. She is a mentor and coach for The Debrett’s Foundation.
Ramona also delivers articles on Entrepreneurship and Career Development for The Telegraph and The Guardian.
MICHELLE DE KLERK
Event & Business Development
With extensive experience as a luxury marketer, communications consultant and journalist, Michelle specialises in creating an environment in which brands are empowered to connect directly with high end consumers. She creates intuitive, multi-faceted event experiences that engage handpicked private clients with brands, giving them the opportunity to embark on a long-term relationship with a client they ordinarily may not have been able to reach. Events are further enhanced, in terms of cost-effectiveness and content, by the introduction of brand partnerships and collaborations. Michelle has built up an enviable black book of HNW clients and draws on her network of entrepreneurs, investors, expatriates, concierges, lifestyle management companies, private banks and wealth management firms to fill a client event brief. Michelle also has a particular interest in women and their power as consumers and ambassadors. In 2014 she founded The Women’s Chapter, an invitation-only, networking group and event platform for high impact women. There are now more than 1,400 women in the network, all personally invited or referred, consisting of women business leaders and innovators, senior professionals, entrepreneurs and holders of MBEs and OBEs.
An Art Historian and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Pandora’s career includes over 20 years at Board level in the cultural sector.
Pandora holds a first class degree in the History of Art from Manchester University and an MSt. in Ancient History from Keble College, Oxford and is a member of the Association of Art Historians.
As VP, Global Sales at Artnet, Pandora worked extensively with galleries and auction houses in New York, Paris and London enabling them to promote their works online.
As MD of Bridgeman Art Library she worked closely with Viscountess Bridgeman to bring on board artists, galleries, private collectors, museums and auctions houses to manage copyright, licensing and involvement in art projects. Having worked closely with artists for many years placing their works as part of a digital asset management system, she has researched and created taxonomies and classifications of art together with various artistic themes for designers and publishers of high end fine art prints. Substantial experience in copyright and licensing of art as well as connections with many art historians and consultants relating to different periods.
Widely travelled in the museum world globally, she has also attended academic institutions in France, Germany, South Africa and Italy.
Particular areas of interest are classical Greek & Roman art, 18th century neoclassicism in décor, early 20th century Abstraction, Expressionism and the Surrealists.