Meet our fantastic Productivity Ninjas and the wonderful Think Productive HQ team!

Meet Our Productivity Ninjas

Graham Allcott

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Director and Productivity Ninja

I specialize in personal organizational systems, strategies to deal with the information overload and ‘action management’.

My expertise

I specialize in personal organizational systems, strategies to deal with the information overload and ‘action management’. I am a naturally ‘too strategic to be organized’ person but have trained myself to be productive throughout the development of personal workflow systems and developing the power of good habits.

Why I do it

Forcing myself to develop good workflow habits has been tough – I’m a typical strategic ‘flake’! – so my work gives me the immense satisfaction of telling people that if I can do it, they can too.

My background

My transition from charity chief executive to freelance consultant was what inspired Think Productive. Realising I’d have to manage without a PA and a great team of ‘do-ers’, I began reading about workflow and productivity tools, and developing ways to ensure maximum productivity. I now run 2 companies (the other being social enterprise consultancy, Fruitful Consulting), I’m Chair of international development charity READ International, a trustee of Centrepoint and an acoustic singer songwriter.

Graham’s commitment, enthusiasm and sheer pleasure at seeing his simple advice take effect were catching

Tom Levitt | (MP) House of Commons

3Fun Facts about Me
  • I am a huge Aston Villa fan, travelling a 350 mile round-trip for every home game.
  • I used to be “Hugh Bear”, the giant mascot for Warwickshire County Cricket Club.
  • I am utterly terrible at household DIY. Don’t even let me near a shelf!

Matthew Brown

Productivity Ninja

I have managed, organised and supported people to enhance their own productivity, communication skills and self-confidence.

My expertise

With twenty years experience advising small businesses, I understand the issues that they face, and speak their language. My goal as a Productivity Ninja is to enable entrepreneurs to tackle the multitude of challenges they face in an optimal way, and build valuable, successful companies with the minimum of stress. I am also an incurable iPhone personal productivity geek.

Why I do it

People who do this love to help people, and I am no exception. My personal life was revolutionized when I embraced core personal productivity principles, and being a Productivity Ninja gives me the opportunity to help others to achieve the same high-doing/low-stressing life.

My background

I have worked in investment banking, strategy consulting and business incubation. I also built log cabins in the Canadian wilderness for a while. I have a passion for small businesses, and have been an entrepreneur, adviser and investor in this area for twenty years. I have worked and studied in the US, Madrid and Stockholm but I am now happy in West London.

Not wishing to sound over dramatic but that training has seriously changed my life!

E. Fryc | Unltd

3Fun Facts about Me
  • I haven’t watched television since 1999.
  • I enjoy building dry stone walls.
  • I am a member of The Apostrophe Society.

Russell Caird

Productivity Ninja

I have always been fairly well organized so the “Think Productive Way” is close to my heart.

My expertise

I am an experienced facilitator and trainer with a strong commercial background. This allows me to run Think Productive workshops with a great understanding about the daily pressures participants need to contend with. There is nothing worse than a trainer who hasn’t been there!

Why I do it

I have always been fairly well organized so the “Think Productive Way” is close to my heart. It’s so rewarding to see the difference in people in a matter of hours. Often participants arrive with the world on their shoulders but by the end of the day they are clearly focused and motivated.

My background

My career for the last two decades has been financial services. A large part of my role was to train and develop a team but I then had an opportunity to move solely into training and consultancy which I seized. Working with Think Productive has been a natural extension of what I used to do…..and it really makes a difference.

Russell’s approach to training is a very detailed and engaging one

Kate Brooks | Edenred

the ninja

Productivity Ninja

As a ‘Productivity Ninja’ I work with our clients to deliver and develop our range of workshops and coaching solutions.

My expertise

As a ‘Productivity Ninja’ I work with our clients to deliver and develop our range of workshops and coaching solutions. I combine a strong commercial background with the mindset of an educator, ensuring participants can implement their learning to best effect.

Why I do it

Throughout 13 years working in learning and development, the common thread has always been helping individuals, teams and organizations become the best at what they do with their skills and effort. The work we do at Think Productive delivers, very directly, exactly that.

My background

My journey to Think Productive had 3 elements. My first career in business for over a decade ensures I know what it’s like trying to get stuff done in the ‘real world’. Re-skilling as a qualified teacher and commercial trainer led to extensive L&D work in both public and private sectors. Finally there’s my long time passion for personal productivity. When I saw what Think Productive were up to, joining the team was a “must do”!

Our training experience was everything we had hoped for

Laura Serratrice | University of Bristol

the ninja

Productivity Ninja

Productivity has become nothing short of a passion of mine and the ability to be able to combine this with the opportunity to help others makes this role ideal for me.

My expertise:

Having enjoyed over fifteen years in the corporate workspace as both an IT Manager and Project Manager, I’m very familiar with the on-demand, always-on nature of business and the pressures that come with that. Remembering the day that I looked at my overwhelming To Do list and realizing I needed to do something about it allows me to empathize closely with my delegates. Working as a Productivity Ninja allows me to help others fight those personal battles that plagued me for years.

Why I do it:

Productivity has become nothing short of a passion of mine and the ability to be able to combine this with the opportunity to help others makes this role ideal for me. There is no better professional feeling for me than when I receive a follow-up communication from a delegate expressing their thanks at the reduced level of stress they have in their lives.

My background:

I have worked in the IT industry since 2003 at both a design and management level. Working as a Project Manager has been great as it’s a great opportunity to ‘walk the walk’ and I can talk about relevant real world experiences to my classes with confidence. With a background predominantly in Education, NHS and Transport, I am intimately familiar with pressured roles!

I actually left the session confident that I had tools to be more effective both in and out of work.

| Transport for London

3Fun Facts about Me
  • I am an avid Tottenham Hotspur supporter.
  • I had a speaking part on a TV Programme when I was 10, but never achieved my dream of being on Grange Hill.
  • I’m a total Apple nerd and manage a website dedicated to being more productive with Apple products.

Grace Marshall

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Productivity Ninja

I’ve always been passionate about people and how we work best individually and as part of a team.

My expertise:

I love helping more people live and work with more brilliance and less burnout. As a qualified coach, NLP practitioner and DiSC trainer, I bring both a psychological and a practical perspective to productivity. My clients tell me I have a knack for helping them untangle their ‘brain spaghetti’ and get to the heart of what’s getting in the way.

My first book ’21 Ways to Manage the Stuff that Sucks Up Your Time’ was hailed by readers as the ideal book for people who don’t have time to read a time management book and topped the Amazon UK bestselling ranks for Time Management, Business Management and Small Business Entrepreneurship.

My second book, ‘How to be Really Productive: Achieving clarity and getting results in a world where work never ends’ won The Commuter’s Read category at the CMI 2017 Management Book of the Year Awards, where it was described as ‘a breath of fresh air’.

Why I do it

I’m naturally disorganised. My passion for productivity began when I got fed up of saying “I haven’t got enough time.” Impatience is what drove me to get good at getting things done. I wasn’t willing to put life on hold so I juggle my business, family, community and social life on a daily basis – and not necessarily in that order. Now I absolutely love helping people live the life they want in the time that they have.

My background

From management graduate, marketing executive and mid-life crisis in my mid-twenties, to business owner and award-winning author, raising a young family along the way – it’s definitely not been a straight line! I’m always learning – from authors, speakers, clients, colleagues, children, and my own mistakes – and I love sharing what I discover along the way.

A pleasure to work with, unflappable and delivered a great session that was packed with advice

Kate Collins | Teenage Cancer Trust

3Fun Facts about Me
  • My favourite game is Scrabble, but my husband refuses to play with me as he’s dyslexic.
  • I have been in two pantomimes – once as a fairy and once as Princess Jasmine.
  • At one point or another I have learned to play four instruments and speak four different languages – albeit rather rusty now…

Productivity Ninja

I focus on working with people to adopt solutions, change their working practices and make a difference to their lives.

My expertise

I was originally a delegate on Think Productive’s ‘Getting Your Inbox to Zero’ course in 2010. I was working as a CEO and spent a huge amount of time ‘doing email’. The session really made a big impact on me. It was before Graham wrote his book. I went away and read other books about productivity, a colleague told me about an app I could use and there was no looking back. I have had the experience of implanting the ‘Think Productive Ways’ in an environment that isn’t Think Productive. I have since trained and coached people in all sectors, from small charities, huge charities and multinational businesses.

Why I do it

I love it. It works. Think Productive workshops are about people implementing change there and then. These methods have made a huge difference to my personal and professional life and I enjoy sharing that experience with others. I’ve said good bye to stress and welcomed productivity!

My background

I enjoy helping people to be the best that they can be. With 14 years experience as a trainer I focus on working with people to adopt solutions, change their working practices and make a difference to their lives and those around them.

What my clients say

“Opened up my mind to other ways of working. Practical advise I can use when I leave here and share with my colleagues and friends. Very informative. Timely- I so needed this. Invaluable. “(CIMA London 2016).

Powerful. Positive. Hopeful. Clear and concise. Understanding of our stressful lives.

| CIMA London

3Fun Facts about Me
  • I have an orange belt in kick boxing
  • I love cooking, and am on a mission to learn how to bake bread. All tips welcome!
  • I love dancing!

Meet Our HQ Team

Head of Learning Success

I help people and organizations to make the learning stick and to create long-lasting change through fun, practical and memorable learning experiences, both in the room on the day and online.

My Expertise

I help people and organizations to make the learning stick and to create long-lasting change through fun, practical and memorable learning experiences, both in the room on the day and online.

Why I Do It

One of the reasons I applied for the job at Think Productive was because I knew I needed some of what we do! Working here has changed the way I think and the way I manage my attention. I’m fascinated by how our brains work and how neuroscience is influencing the L&D profession and try to incorporate this into my work.

My Background:

I have a background in business transformation; project and change management. Having taken on a variety of roles within the private, public and voluntary sectors, I can see how any role in any industry would benefit from what we do!

What I love most about working at Think Productive are the people I get to work with.

Cara Delaney |

3Fun Facts about Me
  • I love radio 4.
  • I've recently ditched social media. So far, so much better.
  • Once a month, I make cocktails in care homes.

Head of Business Development

I come from quite an international background, having grown up in South America, Africa and the UK.

My Background

I come from quite an international background, having grown up in South America, Africa and the UK. I have a masters in International Marketing and have previously worked as a waitress, teacher’s assistant,  sales exec and a PA, among other roles. I currently work as the Head of Business Development for Think Productive and also oversee our events.

I have learned so much on the job and learn more every day.

Caitlin Fox |

3Fun Facts about Me
  • I love cats, to the point I wish I was one!
  • I’m fluent in Spanish and Portuguese!
  • If I could eat sushi for every single meal – I would!

Elena Kerrigan

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Managing Director

I believe future generations looking back will struggle to understand how most people accepted the current state of stress and information overload.

My expertise

I’ve worked in a wide range of companies and often I’ve seen the same problems repeated: failure to maintain focus at meetings and to follow up actions; problems with staff motivation and stress; information overload and reinvention of the wheel. I always find myself analyzing why a process isn’t working, how we can document and share lessons learnt or how we can improve the flow of a certain meeting. It’s one thing to be inspired by an impressive chair who keeps everyone on track, or by an innovative management style – it’s quite another to turn that inspiration into something tangible. I enjoy breaking down the elements to make it happen.

Why I do it

I believe future generations looking back will struggle to understand how most people accepted the current state of stress and information overload, long hours and ridiculous expectations, with little or no regard for our health, wellbeing or happiness.

What we do at Think Productive changes people’s lives.  Underpinning all our work is the concept of “making space for what matters”.

I lead the troupes here and still manage to fit it all into a four day working week (which we’ve offered to all our staff since 2011 by the way) and finish most days with an inbox zero.  I leave work on time, then go rest, recover and have a life outside of work.

It’s all about focusing on the high impact work, eliminating distractions and understanding your attention rhythms. We show people ways to get back in control, to protect their boundaries and to accept their limits.

This stuff works. It’s the future of work.

My background

My interest for exploring productivity, motivation and knowledge-sharing began at University where I studied organizations and productivity as part of my Economics degree. As soon as I entered the business world, I saw how the theories functioned in practice. Throughout my career, I have found myself drawn to projects that aim to improve the sharing of information and to help teams “do things smarter”.

At Think Productive your personal life always comes first!

Elena Kerrigan |

3Fun Facts about Me
  • I’m in an improvised comedy troupe.
  • I am a shameless fan of true crime podcasts.
  • I was the Stand-by Costumer for Rhys Ifans on the (surely?) underrated classic, Mr Nice.

Jessica Scott

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Head of Client Happiness

I’ve been working at Think Productive since 2016, and have progressed from an admin assistant in the Logistics department to the Head of Client Happiness.

My Background:

I’ve been working at Think Productive since 2016, and have progressed from an admin assistant in the Logistics department to the Head of Client Happiness. My role does what it says on the tin – I keep all of our clients happy! I also ensure all of our Productivity Ninjas have everything they need to deliver a successful workshop.

My favorite productivity tip is to eat the frog before even opening your email!

Jessica Scott |

3Fun Facts about Me
  • I’m a massive WWE fan.
  • I have a phobia of belly buttons.
  • Cheese is my weakness.

Hannah Urbanek

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Head of Marketing

I lead Think Productive’s Marketing. So, if you’ve seen it on social media, on our website or at an event – it’s probably had my stamp on it.

My Background:

Since completing my Bachelor’s degree in 2014, I have been working within B2B marketing teams across various industries. I have been with Think Productive since 2016 and have worked on tons of exciting projects. Overall, I look after our marketing strategy, our websites, our content and partnerships. If you’ve seen our content on social media, on our website or at an event – it’s probably had my stamp on it.

My favorite productivity tip is to switch your emails to 'work offline' when you're processing emails.

Hannah Urbanek |

3Fun Facts about Me
  • I am originally from Vienna, Austria and am fluent in German.
  • I used to compete in Irish Dancing, including the World Championships and have some European titles under my belt.
  • Food is the way to my heart.