Meet the Team
Director Martyn Barmby is the driving force behind MSB. Passionate about empowering talented professionals, his mission is to tap into a person’s true potential and give them the ability to communicate their brilliance.
A professional actor with 15 years senior executive experience in consultancy and project management, he has an innate understanding of the skills needed for exceptional presentations. Having led consultancy businesses in the UK, US and France, Martyn has also performed around the world as a professional actor. It’s no surprise that he’s skilled in advanced communication techniques and has developed powerful methods and influencing skills from the worlds of acting and business.
Martyn is a respected speaker on all aspects of Communication Skills. He regularly runs events for CFA societies across Europe and for industry bodies such as Women in Banking and Finance.
Head of Coaching
Nicola is an experienced professional performance coach specialising in leadership development. Having previously spent over a decade working in strategic roles within the financial services sector, she understands well the demands and pressures incumbent in the modern workplace.
Nicola’s experience includes both individual and team coaching for large multinational banks and consultancies. She is enormously passionate about helping leaders do the quality thinking required to understand and develop their own leadership style, and how to inspire and bring their team with them. She creates bespoke workshops to encourage creative thinking and help businesses overcome specific challenges, as well as delivering group coaching sessions on essential life and business skills.
Head of Voice
Since training as an actor, Steven has worked in almost every area of theatre, including acting, writing, producing and directing. He also runs a drama school for children and adults, where he teaches drama and public speaking.
As a Voice Coach, Steven works with professionals across a range of industries and at all levels of seniority. Drawing on his theatrical training and experience, Steven teaches vocal and physical techniques to help his clients communicate brilliantly and effectively under pressure, whether they are presenting to large groups or negotiating across the meeting room table.
Steven studied English at Oxford University, where he was also president of the OUDS (the Oxford University Dramatic Society). He has published several successful guides for drama teachers.
Wendy Shearer is a Professional Storyteller and Author of African and Caribbean Folktales, Myths and Legends; and Bedtime Stories: Beautiful Black Tales from the Past. Her background is in writing and producing children’s television programmes for CBBC. Wendy regularly works with schools throughout London and institutions across the arts, including the British Library, the British Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts, whose work she brings to life through storytelling.
“Wendy Shearer is a masterful storyteller, bringing everyone with her imaginatively and playfully at the Just Imagine Festival.”
— Literature & Spoken Word Programmer, SouthBank Centre.
Kristina delivers targeted, personalized business English and accent reduction coaching to MSB Executive’s non-native English-speaking clients.
In addition to 15 years’ business English tuition experience, Kristina has spent 20 years in business-to-business professional services, delivering large-scale corporate seminars and symposia to a global client base, with particular focus on the global financial and energy industries.
Massimo has a great deal of experience in the world of Wealth and Investment Management, with a particular expertise in helping ultra high net worth individuals to manage their assets across multiple countries and different jurisdictions.
Over more than 15 years, Massimo has worked with Investment management firms, banks and insurance companies, where he delivered tailored solutions to Institutional clients and high net worth individuals.
Massimo works with MSB Executive to help clients improve their financial presentations.
Liz Hughes began her career as an economist and was an early mover into the world of compliance. She spent 10 years with several high profile Asset Management firms in compliance advisory roles working across the entire business. She founded and runs an innovative compliance consultancy that leverages agile working and is also a board member for Women in Banking and Finance.
Liz’s varied and senior experience allows her to move swiftly and easily between high-level strategic issues and technical detail. Liz creates a supportive environment where MSB clients can practice their newly acquired skills and provides intelligent, considered and constructive feedback. She empowers individuals to engage more effectively with their clients and senior management.