Meet the Mobile Team Challenge Staff

Barry-BaileyBarry Bailey

The owner of Mobile Team Challenge (Europe) and has 35 years experience in building and leading teams to achieving great success. His expertise in leadership and management have been utilized by companies all over the world ranging from SME’s to International, Blue-Chip empires as well as the RAF, Army, Navy and HMP.

A graduate of Ashridge Management College and London Business School, Barry has successfully “walked the talk” and led International Teams and organisations to peak performance. He worked for global conglomerate 3M for 25 years and as European Vice President of 3M’s Electronics Division he built a $500m business from a base of $12m. It was during this time that Barry’s close relationship with Disney was formed and he was thrilled to get a personal insight into Disney’s Service Excellence principles. Barry is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), a Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (ISMM), a Master NLP Practitioner, Myers Briggs (Type I, II and Team) Practitioner, a member of the British Psychological Society delivering Emotional Intelligence Profiling to individuals and teams, a qualified Life and Business Coach. As a qualified Lean / Six Sigma Practitioner, he is frequently quoted as being “inspirational and fun” in his unique experiential delivery style.

“Unleash the Potential of Your People” is the Mobile Team Challenge strap line and is also Barry’s mission in life!

Lee Layton-Matthews

Learning and Development Director

 Lee is a highly experienced, learning and development facilitation specialist with a wide range of experience in numerous sectors and in a number of countries. After completing military service in South Africa he worked with various NGO’s (Non-governmental organisations) mediating and working with aids orphans and street children in combatting the widespread HIV epidemic.

Lee has also worked on social development projects for NGO’s in Zambia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia. His involvement in these countries ranges from training leadership, entrepreneurial skills and self-development and implementing sustainable community projects.

Lee has also been significantly involved in youth work over the years and has facilitated outdoors activities for the past 10 years and is a qualified Archery, Air Rifle, Climbing, Mountain Boarding and Mountain Biking instructor. His work with young people, especially disaffected young people, helped grow one of the largest youth works in the country. He is a qualified youth worker, has a diploma in theology and he has also recently qualified as a hypnotherapist through the National Hypnotherapy Council.

Lee utilises his vast experience in Leadership and Emotional Intelligence when working within the public and private sectors in the UK. As a Master Practitioner in facilitating training interventions, Lee is currently delivering Leadership, Team Building, Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Resolution, Change Management and many “behavioural and attitudinal change programmes” across all sectors with clients such as the RAF, NHS, BUPA, HMP, Group 4 Security, Siemens and Lotus F1 team to name a few.

Lee has a passion for developing people and helping them realise their true potential.

Christen Forster

Character and Culture Change Specialist

Christen has had a wide and eclectic career covering both commercial and non-profit organisations. Regularly leading leaders and teams of teams made up of both paid and volunteer members, Christen has the breadth of experience to back up his acquired knowledge in social, behavioural and psychological sciences.

Christen’s work with MTC covers coaching, training and consulting on character development, team dynamics, cultural synergies and wellbeing.

During the 1990’s, Christen took the initiative to geo-map UK census data and provide research tools to UK charities and churches to help them better identify and target their activities. This was first time such analysis had ever been done. His work earned him cross-agency and cross-denominational respect, and in 1995, he led the UK delegation to a Global Congress of Aid/Mission agencies hosted in Seoul, South Korea. The gathering brought together Church and NGO leaders from every nation of the world. At 29 years old, Christen was the youngest national co-ordinator to represent any nation.

These experiences both taught and demonstrated to Christen the importance of character and culture to “natural leadership” (as opposed to structural leadership). Over the following years he made this a deliberate part of his research, reading and practice.

In 2004, Christen invited the Psychologist and Executive Coaching team of Stephen and Dr Mara Klemich (https://heartstyles.com/stephen-and-mara-klemich) to the UK to run the first ever training in the character and cultural change tool that they were developing at the time, Heartstyles. Their inspiration and encouragement led Christen to make behaviour, character and cultural change the focus of his own development and training work.

At MTC, Christen heads up our Education and Third Sector work. His work with his old university, Royal Holloway College (University of London) has contributed to national excellence awards for the student teams and individuals he has worked with.

  James Christensen

Business Development Manager

James Christensen is a Leadership Development Professional and Customer Service Expert with over a decade of experience in cross-cultural contexts. James has a proven track record of guiding individuals and teams toward their full potential. His passion lies in empowering people to understand the big picture, identify their role within it, and thrive in every aspect of life.

Armed with a robust set of skills, James excels in workshop facilitation, coaching and fostering effective teamwork.

Having worked for Apple as a Customer Service Specialist, he developed best-in-class Customer Engagement Practices to foster trust, connection, delight and brand loyalty – training new hires around process and culture.

James has developed diverse core leadership teams in NGOs, overseeing people from over 50 countries. Through strengths-based development and a focus on healthy team dynamics, he ensured the successful planning and execution of mission-driven media programs and events.

James has designed and facilitated workshops aimed at Teamwork Development, Emotional Intelligence and Well-being at Work – resulting in improved engagement, and outstanding Service Delivery.

With a passion for developing people and a commitment to excellence, James Christensen continues to make a significant impact in leadership development, bringing his wealth of experience to drive engagement, fulfilment at work and raise the next generation of leaders to step up in the workplace.

Qualifications of Mobile Team Challenge Trainers