Meet the TopHat Associates. We are a diverse group drawing on our backgrounds and experience in providing effective services for long term difference to the lives and work of individuals and teams.  We question your answers to find the assumptions that may hold you back.

Thomas Lewinsky

Thomas Lewinsky is a curious, thoughtful and direct executive coach. He is an advisor and constellation facilitator with over 20 years of humanitarian and broader NGO expertise.

Thomas particularly enjoys the complexity of strategic, organisational and capacity issues.  He likes it when the answers are not always immediately obvious. He can  combine the harder strategic aspects of change with the underlying political choices to be made. For success, Thomas  ensures that people are effectively on board to ensure ownership and collective commitment.

The key values that Thomas brings to coaching are empathy, a safe space for putting the cards on the table, and a deep-felt commitment to help the coachee operate on the basis of an authentic, congruent and dedicated personal foundation.

Jo Kemp

Jo Kemp is quiet, smart, focussed and kind. She has over 14 years experience in the humanitarian and development sector and provides coaching, mentoring and facilitation services. As an economist and a coach Jo works with organisations in the UK and overseas. Her clients include UN Senior Managers, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, Government(s) and international NGOs. Jo uses a range of approaches and tools in her work including resilience coaching, partnership brokering, remote partnering, systemic team coaching and therapeutic coaching.

Jo believes that effective coaching rests on integrity and autonomy.   She is a trustee of Conciliation Resources


Caroline Gavin

Caroline is a passionate, positive, and professional coach.  Her work draws on over 20 years’ experience leading teams and delivering growth within the international corporate FMCG environment. Her focus and passion is to support individuals, teams, and organizations achieve positive change and growth. She actively encourages learning, reflection, and action, to enable her clients to perform at their best through improved self-awareness. She is fluent in Spanish.

In addition to executive coaching, Caroline also offers Coaching-Led Consultancy for strategic growth and has recently co-coached a team with Harriet.

She believes that coaching is a powerful catalyst for positive and lasting change.  With that in mind, Caroline is passionate about making coaching available to a broader, and younger audience through her ‘Empowered-Youth’ coaching programmes and workshops in schools. 

Marwa El-Ansary

Marwa combines deep thoughtfulness and spirituality with a practical approach to getting stuff done. As a senior international development management consultant and coach from Egypt and Canada she is culturally adept and effective. She is strongly motivated by the belief in a strength- based organisational culture; and that all staff will do better and have impact when they are efficiently using their strengths.

Marwa is a certified peer-peer coach and mentor, from OXFAM GB. She also provided in- house mentoring & coaching for the National Council for Lebanses Women (NCLW) staff in Lebanon (2yr EU-funded staff capacity building program). She is bi-lingual in English and Arabic, and has been based out of Cairo since 2015

Marwa’s core values include; motivating and inspiring others for impact, as well creativity and resourcefulness

Katie Freeland

Katie combines a clearsighted business head with patience and a compassionate interest. She is a coach/mentor, a business owner and HR/Talent management specialist. Katie grew up in a family-run business and then managed her own while raising her family. Drawing on this experience of a lifetime, she specialises in supporting business leaders and their employees with her practical knowhow and understanding.  Katie’s coaching support ensures that talent, values and the work experience aligns to deliver success.  Her approach  focusses on the development of self-awareness and behaviour management using NLP techniques, behavioural science and team behaviour assessments.  She has supported her clients through conflicts, complex change and mergers.

Katie’s work is guided by a belief in fairness and curiosity.  In her spare time Katie volunteers at the largest male prison in UK supporting inmates with money management. She says there is plenty for everyone to learn in this experience!

Hannah Neill –

Hannah is smart, professional and calm. She is a communications specialist and a coach who builds on eight years experience in the medical communications and advertising sector. Leading brand revitalisation and comms campaigns as well as a variety of medical education programmes, Hannah’s experience equips her to respond to the needs of individuals and teams working in the high pressure world of agencies.

Hannah’s coaching clients are often working on resilience, confidence and finding work-life balance and her work focusses, in particular, on shifts in mindsets and the ability to reframe our perception and response to circumstances.

The values that Hannah brings to coaching are authenticity, curiosity, and empathy. She creates an honest space where her clients are heard and challenged, have an opportunity to see their story through a different lens and build the power to grow and change. She is actively involved with a local not-for-profit organisation, providing a mix of coaching and comms consultancy for charities on a voluntary basis.