About us

About us

Let's be clear from the outset: we're doing this because we care.

We could simply match jobseekers to employers. The problem is this: the founder of People and Their Brilliance, Darius Norell, can't stop there. He has two decades' of experience of working with young people and employers and a burning desire to use what he knows to help young people create better opportunities for themselves.

Darius started and ran Real World Magazine, co-authored the Recruiters' Guide to Courses and Campuses and then co-founded a non-profit to train unemployed and underemployed young people. Over 5,000 people came through this groundbreaking programme, which became the frontrunner for what is now our Radical Employability training. Not to boast, but it was shortlisted for a European Recruiting Innovation Award and talked about at the Davos World Economic Forum.

At the heart of the programme, and everything we do, is the powerful idea of transforming mindset from 'What can I get?' to 'What can I contribute?' and working with this to create extraordinary value with integrity.

It's not just about getting the young people into the jobs. We've seen first hand how great the mental health challenges are for our young jobseekers, and we want to listen, and to help.

We go the extra mile to work with all our Kickstart applicants on identifying their skills, believing in themselves and feeling confident in what they have to offer–and everyone has something to offer.

Meet the Team

At People and their Brilliance we are a dynamic evolving team. Some of them have come to us through the Kickstart scheme themselves, and we can attest to their brilliance.

Here are the people that will support you from application to your trainees starting...

Darius Norell

Founder and Training Lead

Marie Tasle

Finance and Admin Lead

Cris Cortes

Employer Team

Harry McMullen

Training Team

Alexandra Purpura

Recruitment Team

Meet the Coaches

People and Their Brilliance employ a number of coaches to deliver employability training once the candidates are in role:

Ian King

I have been coaching since 2013, largely for the organisation I am employed by, some external clients in the charitable sector and as a volunteer coach for a bereavement service for young people.

I have recently set myself on a mission to offer affordable coaching to people on low incomes who may otherwise not have access to it through the usual channels such as an employee benefit – a work in progress as it coincided with the onset of the pandemic, and becoming increasingly busier in my full-time job as an adviser to nurses and healthcare workers.

My professional life comprises 25 years of experience of working in client-focused roles, largely with vulnerable adults, people with long-term health conditions and disability, and for the past 13 years with healthcare workers in both the NHS and independent sector. I am an organisational coach for my current employer where I work full-time as an adviser. I am a member of the International Coach Federation and hold an NLP practitioner qualification.

I have studied mindfulness in recent years and completed both a Mindfulness CBT course and more recently, a mindfulness-based compassionate living course, something that has been a brilliant resource during the pandemic, and in life generally. Fundamentally, my profession and my passion is people...When I found the advert for this opportunity, it really spoke to my heart and felt like a wonderful opportunity to work with young people looking to harness and demonstrate their strengths, values and brilliance.

Ceylan Thompson

Ceylan has over 22 years working as an IT Consultant across private, public and charity sector organisations in the IT industry. Having developed a range of transferable skills and experience she has used these to pursue coaching and mentoring as a main career focus and to inform practice.

Ceylan has coached various clients, enabling them to empower themselves, shift mindset and advance in their careers, productivity, and personal performance. She believes all individuals regardless of background have potential for growth and enjoys tremendously being a part of the coaching journey with her clients to improve capability.

Anglie Johns

Professional Qualifications - MSc Management Science (UMIST/ Manchester School of Management), PG Cert Henley Business School, Level A, MBTI, TA101, 16PF Coaching Approach/Philosophy - my coaching philosophy is one that is centred around ownership and challenge. I am passionate about working with individuals and groups to support them to unlock their own potential, or to work on whatever is holding them back.

Together we work on how you set yourself up for success.

Coaching Style - my style is challenging, and is designed to help you uncover what is holding you back and what they would like to achieve. Coaching is transformational if you allow yourself to engage with it. Your coaching experience with me will be about getting comfortable with the uncomfortable.

Personal Passions - my passion is working with people on authenticity, and what being an authentic person really means. Other topics I work with include Imposter Syndrome, taking responsibility for yourself and your success and self belief.

Graham Herbert

I am a Learning and Development specialist within a large corporate. I have followed my passion of coaching for the past 15 years having qualified as a Life Coach through Coaches Training Institute. I have coached many people within the corporate over the years and continue to do so. Recently moving to part time hours has allowed me to focus more on building my own coaching business and providing coaching services to the outside world. I have a great interest in really helping people to understand themselves, what makes them special and what they have to offer. I want people to find their inner spark and to live their values.

Alongside coaching I have a great interest in Unconscious Bias and have led many workshops on this topic. I have led and supported graduate and apprenticeship programmes, working with young people as they begin their careers. I am also involved in a company who specialises in Diversity and Inclusion within businesses. Creating an open and trustful relationship is important in my coaching sessions. I want people to be comfortable in bringing their whole selves to the conversation. I am an empathetic coach and look to support and at the same time challenge my clients to get where they want to be or to overcome their challenges.

Helen Guinness

Nearly four decades of working with individuals and teams have increased my enthusiasm for supporting people and organisations to find the best in themselves.

My purpose is to challenge assumptions as a way of supporting people and businesses to find their own integrity. To find the place where they feel comfortable with themselves and empowered to take the actions that will allow them to go forward with ease.

I remain curious about human behaviour, what informs, motivates and drives it. The power of the human mind is at the core of what calls me to do what I do.

I listen (a lot!), I encourage (a lot!), I facilitate your way forward but the ownership of the process and the outcome belong to you. And, I make it humorous and fun!

Tara Elie

Tara is an accomplished professional with a proven record of generating and building relationships, delivering wellbeing strategies, and coaching individuals to success. Following working at The Coaching Academy she has been coaching young people, women, teachers and senior leaders as a voice coach and confidence coach for over 10 years.

Tara thoroughly enjoys and values the opportunity to work with the individual and their differing backgrounds, values and perspectives on a journey towards meeting their goals and embracing their brilliance.

Antonia Kerr

I have over 25 years of marketing and corporate communications experience within the financial and professional services industry. I have worked across all aspects of the marketing mix including: strategy, branding, advertising, website design, PR, social media, sponsorships, events, promotional material, writing content and budget management. As head of Marketing at Investec Private Bank I successfully launched Investec’s brand in the UK, including introducing the bank’s ‘zebra’ advertising campaign. I have organised high profile events with key thought leaders including Nelson Mandela and acquired £2bn cash deposits during the 2009 financial crisis with a high profile marketing campaign targeted at the mass affluent. More recently I have worked as a marketing consultant - launching brands such as CIL as an international management consultancy.

Throughout my marketing career I have coached and mentored numerous people as well as benefiting from career coaching myself. My coaching style is relaxed, empowering the individual to fulfil their potential. I enjoy coaching people who are keen to pursue a career in marketing or wherever their interests and ambitions lie.

Sarah Atkins

Having spent almost 20 years working in the fashion industry, for well known high street brands such as Topshop & Monsoon, I am now an ICF accredited coach, coach trainer & assessor. Trained in pure coaching methodologies, I am also a qualified DISC profiling practitioner and Quantum Human Design Specialist.

Passionate about supporting my clients to discover who they are meant to BE, I help my clients to embrace their true magnificence, step into their power & create their own success. I believe that everyone is worthy & deserving of achieving everything they want out of this life. Coaching sessions with me have been described as an emotional rollercoaster, diving deep into your subconscious beliefs, I can help you get underneath what is really going on for you. We then work together to create long lasting changes that work for you.

Past & present clients describe me as caring, supportive, challenging, creative, energising & fun to work with. I have a strong, yet easy, coaching presence that helps you to feel safe & keep you focused.