Who are the EnergiseLegal team?

Rachel Brushfield, Founder

Rachel Brushfield is the founder of EnergiseLegal and is  ‘the talent liberator’; a career, talent, learning & development strategist and coach & published author.  She has 30 years’ experience to help the legal profession embrace change and Energise has been established for 20 years (1997). Rachel’s career background is in FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) marketing and brand strategy and integrated communications, both employed and on a consultancy basis for design, advertising and innovation consultancies. Rachel now enjoys a portfolio career; career and executive coaching, marketing, talent management and L&D mentoring and consultancy, events, feature articles and books and content curation and creation. Rachel is also trained in action learning sets (group coaching.)

Entrepreneurial in nature, and incisive, insightful, strategic yet practical and down to earth in approach, she keeps ahead of trends and up to date with best practice, and has focused on the legal profession for over 16 years. Her published material includes a book on ‘Talent management for lawyers: a hands on guide’ (2012, Ark), ‘Professional development for lawyers’ (2012, Ark) and over 18 articles for high quality legal magazines including ‘Managing Partner’ ,’Managing for success’ and ‘Inside out’, as well as the Law Society’s Law Firm management section. Rachel contributed a chapter on ‘Essential skills for the changing legal market’ for the book ‘The Talent management toolkit for law firms’ for Ark (2016), a chapter on ‘Women in law and gender balance’ for the book ‘Managing talent for success’ (2013) for The International Bar Association (IBA)/Globe Law and Business and one on the ‘Impact of mentoring and coaching on life balance issues’ for the book ‘Mentoring and coaching for lawyers’, also for IBA/Globe. (2014) . Rachel Brushfield is shortlisted in the entrepreneur category of the 2017 We are the city ‘Rising star’ awards, one of only 200 women in the UK. These awards are for women who support the female pipeline.

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Rachel has done events for the Association of Women Solicitors (AWS) London and Surrey groups; ‘Personal branding & social media’ and ‘Blowing your own trumpet’, and she initiated, planned and spoke at 2 events on ‘Portfolio careers’ for the women lawyers division (WLD) of The Law Society (2014, 2015). She organised and spoke at The Law Society’s first ever ‘Changing career direction’ event (2015). Other event topics include self-marketing, talent management, personal branding, career planning, portfolio careers and employee engagement.

Rachel has supported The Law Society’s bi-annual ‘Returners course’ on a pro bono basis for over 6 years doing a session on job tips and legal market/work trends and CV clinics. Energise is an official business partner of The Telegraph Media Group, and Rachel created content for LexisNexis on diversity & inclusion and The Law Society with career change case studies, articles for the new careers page, plus a series of career webinars for their Professional Development Centre (PDC)

Inspiring Portfolio Careers for Women Lawyers is a specialism and Rachel is co-founder of the network PWHub – Inspiring Professional Women in Oxfordshire, a network for senior women employed in all sectors.

To download free Rachel’s articles and chapter extracts about the legal profession, click on the link below. Topics include ‘Stuck in the middle’ about the associate surplus, ‘Talent quick sand’ about the career model, ‘Equality for diversity’ about the benefits of D&I for innovation  and ‘Feeling decisions’ about emotional intelligence. Rachel also blogs for The Law Society.

Hannen Beith, Associate  

Hannen Beith is personable, expedient, technologically adept, super-organised and ensures that change management programmes are implemented within “SMART” principles. Hannen has over 45 years’ experience. He experienced change from an early age, and so is comfortable with it and helps others to be too. Hannen’s career foreground is in change management, administration, and project management. He is currently a Senior Consultant for Cognatum Estates Limited, a management company with 60 retirement estates and before that was Membership Secretary for the Legal Education and Training Group (LETG), a membership organisation for learning and development professionals in City law firms. At LETG, he implemented changes to update their systems and processes to remain competitive, ensuring the buy-in of members and advised the Board/Management Committee about new technology and how it could help the organisation

Hannen’s career heritage is the legal profession, beginning with a Law Society Scholarship, then studying at The College of Law London gaining a Distinction in Criminal Law. He has worked in-house for Surrey County Council, as an equity Partner, Head of Litigation and Staff Partner in private practice at a Thames Valley firm, set up his own niche firm, innovative at that time, specialising in helping high net worth clients in ancillary relief claims and defences, Deputy District Judge and (part-time) Master of the High Court, part-time law lecturer for ILEX and full time Adjudicator for The Law Society. Hannen has been interested in employee engagement throughout his career and how little things can make a big difference to people at work. Whilst at The Law Society, Hannen worked on a restructure, resulting in all change objectives being achieved on time, within budget and with all key stakeholders engaged in the change.

Hannen wrote a column on Empathy for Managing Partner magazine and he is one of the career transition case studies being featured on The Law Society‘s new career section of their web site to inspire other lawyers.  Hannen is also an accredited computer coach for AgeUK and enjoys history, gardening, new technology, classical music, travel and gastronomy in his spare time.

Kingsley Weber, Associate

Kingsley is an associate with EnergiseLegal and has over 45 years’ business experience and 20 years’ consultancy experience. His career has included a number of leadership roles in the blue chip commercial world within Supply Chain, Customer Service, International Sales and Marketing, Organisational Change Management, Training & Development and International Business Management.  He has led a number of interventions primarily using experiential learning, designed to unlock the capacity for leadership awareness and need to proactively harness diversity. He is skilled at creating a safe environment to have difficult conversations and to scope out new visions and plans, enabling the scoping and implementation of successful change programmes. Kingsley provides practical, tailored consultancy internationally and in the UK.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM) and is on the Board of two technology and consulting companies.  He has extensive line and consulting experience in Culture & Organisational Change Management, Strategic Planning & Implementation; Strategy Development & Top Team Alignment and Multicultural Leadership & Managing Inclusion through Diversity. Clients include BP, Allergan, Imdex, The Foreign Office, Prince Court Hospital, RIGID and Imdex.

Kingsley is regularly invited to chair and speaks at the international forum on Leadership, Diversity and Engagement, Mentoring and the Impact of Leadership Behaviour on Performance. He is married with four sons and his interests include playing golf and studying cultural and philosophical traditions.

Dr Ian Dodds, Associate

Ian is the winner of the 2017 Lotus Award for Lifetime Achievement in Pioneering Inclusive Cultures. He specialises in: leadership, organisation and people development; equality, diversity and inclusion; engagement; behavioural change. He is a highly successful deliverer of Inclusive Leadership. Inclusive Leadership is a key driver of inclusion and high performance, great customer service, employee engagement, innovation, gender and race equality and the successful delivery of complex change.  Furthermore, he is a regular speaker at international conferences on Inclusive Leadership and other aspects of Diversity and Inclusion.

Before becoming a consultant, Ian was Group Head of Organisation and People Development for ICI, then the largest chemicals company in the world, and a member of its Fine Chemicals Manufacturing Board. His clients have included Allen & Overy, Allianz, Capital Finance Group, Cisco Systems, Coca Cola Enterprises, DLA Piper, DSG International, Fluor, Goldman Sachs, Herbert Smith, JPMorgan Chase, K&LNG, Linklaters, NHS, Pitney Bowes, Philips, Proctor & Gamble, Sainsbury’s, Sodexo, Taylor Wimpey, The Economist Group, Wates Group, Wolseley PLC, Central Government Departments and Local Authorities. Ian is: both a life coach and an executive coach; a qualified counsellor; an elected, faculty member of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioural Science; listed in Who’s Who as a Business Leader of the Millennium. He is a member of the Thought and Action Steering Group of the Engage for Success Movement. Ian holds an MA (Oxon), PhD, Cert Ed (with distinction) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Lindsay Allen MBA (Henley) ChFCIPD, Associate 

Lindsay is an associate with EnergiseLegal, and has over 20 years’ experience working with organisations in the public, private and “recently privatised” sectors. She is a highly experienced former Head of HR/HRD and has previously held senior HR roles with Honda of the UK Manufacturing and the University of Southampton.  More recently, Lindsay moved into management consulting, working as a Senior Consultant with PwC on major change and transformation projects for defence and public sector clients. Lindsay has a down to earth, practical and grounded style and she specialises in helping organisations re-orientate themselves in changing environments.  As an experienced operational manager, she is able to take a holistic view of the organisation and its context, and use this to develop people strategies and change initiatives that deliver results.

She believes in working closely with teams to help them find and implement their own solutions, building confidence and capability along the way. Her approach enables people to feel comfortable and engaged with change. Her professional interests include understanding the leadership skills needed in a complex world, the drivers of employee engagement and the organisational implications of the changing world of work. Lindsay is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD, is an Associate of the IoD and holds an MBA from Henley Business School. She is an active volunteer and soon to be Chair for Thames Valley CIPD Branch and is committing to supporting continuing professional development for all her colleagues. She is a NED and Parent Governor for a leading secondary Academy in Wiltshire, chairing the Curriculum and Staffing committee and is Link Governor for careers and the 6th Form. She is married with two teenage children and her interests include horse-riding, walking, arts and crafts and she is learning to play the harp when she has some spare time.

Lindsay is a law graduate and one of the case studies featured on the new Law Society career pages:

Annemie Ress, Associate

Annemie has wide ranging experience in designing and implementing significant organizational change and transformation in multi-national businesses including: innovation and people, and focusing on future trends as they specifically impact leadership, talent, culture, diversity and complexity. Her groundbreaking work in the field of People Innovation allows Annemie to approach organizational, leadership and strategic challenges from a very different, unique and results driven perspective.  In a highly digital world, successful organizations and leaders, need to adapt at pace to ever increasing levels of complexity. People Innovation can be described as the art through which innovative business and people insights are created, that drive real world actions and sustainable change, that meet the complexity and innovation challenges faced by businesses and leaders today.

Through People Innovation, insights are embedded quickly, and new habits are created that become hard wired leading to better decision making, quality of thinking, and new ways of achieving business results.  Annemie applies a People Innovation approach to all the areas that she has a proven track-record of delivery in.  Annemie’s most recent work includes a focus on the Barriers to Innovation in Organizations. Being passionate about driving sustainable change, this work had led to the creation of 10 new solutions to overcome the Barriers to Innovation. Annemie is also the Founder of PurpleBeach, which brings together business leaders and thinkers to share experiences that transform thinking, change perceptions and ultimately lead to new ways of doing business. ( and an Associate Director of The Energy Project Europe Previous roles include global head of people innovation at eBay, Europe global HR director for PayPal and eBay, and  Skype HR director.

Kim Archer, Associate

Kim Archer provides strategic planning, change management and development support to law firms, enabling them to achieve their goals and further their potential. She is passionate about assisting leaders to define and achieve a vision for their business.

Services centre on flexible consultancy, leadership mentoring, governance, risk and strategic advice to managing partners and senior teams. A non-practising solicitor, Kim is an experienced general manager and management consultant, a Lexcel consultant and member of the Law Society who holds an MBA from London Business School and a Post Graduate Diploma in Law (LPC). She has a practical, common sense approach and uses plain English with minimal bureaucracy.

All Kim’s roles have focused on a major organisational or sector challenge with transformational results and she has worked within the legal sector for over ten years with small to mid-tier (£2-15m turnover) law firms including eight years as Chief Executive of two London law firms plus CEO/Director across commercial, charitable and public sector health organisations. She led a successful pan-London Technology bid for public funds to support the management and exploitation of IP in London’s NHS Trusts and transformed a loss making NHS hospital to a profitable fit for purpose organisation. Kim currently leads 2 networks; the Regulatory & Compliance Forum – London and the Managing Partner Group in Guildford.

Dr. Orit Wolf, Associate 

Orit Wolf has the unconventional combination of being an acclaimed international concert pianist, senior lecturer and expert business consultant on the area of innovative thinking and creative marketing.

By the age of 23 she had already acquired three degrees in distinctions summa cum laude from Tel Aviv University, Boston University, and the Royal Academy of Music, winning numerous international awards such as the Kahn Award for the Arts, Richmond Competition, BBC Radio 3, Hattori Foundation, America Israel Cultural Foundation, and many more.  She has performed in the Alt Opera Hall (Frankfurt), Symphony Hall (Hamburg), Wigmore Hall (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), as well as in various royal palaces. Wolf was recently awarded the ARAM by the Royal Academy for her outstanding achievements and intercultural contribution to the music world.

She was then offered teaching positions at Leeds University, Tel Aviv University and the Shenkar Institute. Wolf has been lecturing in Music and Management, Creative Marketing and Interpersonal Communication- both in Israel and abroad.

Her massive exposure to varied audiences and her unique vitality have made her one of the most sought after lecturers in these fields.  Her projects in Innovation and Creative Marketing have won various prizes for their distinction and originality. Since 1999 she founded Creative Business Solutions, supplying consulting services to a variety of international companies both in developing products and in building innovative marketing systems (selected customers are IBM, ZIM, Master Card, Visa, Motorola, NDS, Cisco, Veraz, HP, Teva, FERRING, ECI, ELY LILLY, EDS, FedEx, Flying Cargo, Verint, Orange, Team, Verint, Matrix, IDI Insurance and Strauss).

In 2010 THE MARKER magazine chose her as one of the most influential personas of the year. Based in Israel, she divides her time between a demanding concert career, conducting Master Classes worldwide, as well as being an active guest lecturer. She is currently writing her book “The Language of the Creative Mind”.