Sue and James Macmillan, who are the partners of Sipala, together with a number of associates, have 8 years’ experience of delivering training and development and coaching.

Sipala is a training and coaching venue in Bedfordshire, and we provide facilitation and coaching services to support our clients either at this venue or their offices. Our experience includes clients in public and private sectors across the UK and Europe. We have designed, run and supported Leadership Development and Coaching programmes in Private Businesses, NGO’s, Local Authorities, Health, Charities. 

We have experience in putting together smooth flowing modular development programmes and every design we do is individualised and bespoke to the organisation we are working with. Sue, James and their associates are all experienced in rolling out programmes to organisations, are MBTI and NLP trained and understand the new neuroscience and mindfulness influences that can help you achieve your outcomes.  They all have professional coaching body memberships and receive regular supervision.

Read Sue's biography here

Read James' biography here

Sipala's Associates:

Jacqui Fairbrass

With a background in education and training from a career in the British Army, a passion for the outdoors and a keen sense of adventure, Jacqui has experience of coaching leaders, high performing teams and delivering leadership programmes.  She brings warmth, vitality and attentiveness to all her clients helping them develop the knowledge, capabilities and mind sets to embrace change.  She works with individuals to help them develop their self awareness, increase their emotional intelligence, resilience and confidence in order to play to their greatest strengths.

She has experience working in a range of public and private sectors including NATO, emergency services, armed forces and with blue chips and SMEs in defence, housing, education and communication sectors, and with youth groups.  She is a qualified Master Coach and NLP practitioner, certified to deliver the Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI), Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Step 1 and Step 2 and Clarity 4D. She is also experienced in the use of a range of 360 profile tools.

Before setting up TrafalgarPD in 2004, she had a career in the British Army as an education & training officer working with soldiers and officers as well as multi-national operational service and high profile staff officer roles in the Ministry of Defence.  In her private life, Jacqui brings her desire to help girls and young women develop their confidence and potential by volunteering with Girlguiding.  She is currently the District Commissioner for all Guiding units in her community and also runs her own Senior Section unit for 14-25 year old girls.

John Fairbrass

John has spent more than 30 years in the Royal Navy and in the telecommunications industry as a Programme Director, responsible for delivering some of the biggest, time critical, mobile telecommunication programmes in Western Europe. A qualified Mountain Leader, John has now established his own niche outdoor adventure business, introducing families and groups to the adrenalin and excitement of high mountain, river and lake activities in the Pyrenees.  

He not only brings his vast experience of the complex leadership and operational pressures demanded in today’s corporate environment, and how to deal with the associated extremes of stress and expectation, but also a deep understanding of how to blend life fulfilment with corporate achievment. In both his personal and business life, John has dealt with challenges, failure and success, and believes the best leaders meet all these imposters with the same attributes of resilienceconfidence and humility

John has a challenging coaching style – delivered with an expectation that each individual wants to achieve his or her maximum potential and is prepared to commit to an ambitious, yet achievable, time-bound plan that enhances self belief, stretches horizons and delivers tangible results.

Jane Concar

Jane Concar

Jane is an experienced coach and trainer with an expertise in Youth Coaching. She started her working life as a Pharmacy Technician, then stepped aside for several years to bring up her three boys, working as a child minder at the same time, before returning to work in a large General Practice unit in Leicestershire. She subsequently moved into the training of NHS staff including clinicians on clinical IT systems before becoming the Education Training and Deployment Lead at East Midlands Strategic Health Authority. Since the demise of the SHA’s and on taking early retirement, Jane has been able to pursue her dream to help others by becoming a coach.

As well as offering one to one coaching to all age groups, her specialist interest is listening to Young Adults; helping them achieve their full potential to make confident, carefully considered choices in their lives for themselves.  Jane volunteers on Project Mackenzie; a programme set up by Aragon Housing Association, The Akabusi Charitable Trust and Construction Gateway to help young adults, not in education employment or training, make a positive lasting impact on their futures.

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If you would like more details about our facilitation or coaching services please contact:

James on or 07710 328530 or

Sue on or 07711 417653