Real-world answers for real-world challenges
Aransa won't tell you how to run your business. But we will help you make it more profitable.
Aransa is a group of exceptionally talented negotiators and mediators. We have spent a long time at the sharp end and have proved many times over that we know how to handle tricky and volatile negotiations. We are also successful at passing our knowledge and skill on to other people. We keep abreast of current best practice through our link to INSEAD, one of the world’s leading business schools.
Our collective expertise and skills stem from successful careers in fields such as:
- Commercial management
- Transnational projects
- Engineering and construction
- Financial services
- HR and internal communications
- Finance, accounting and taxation
Aransa consultants are qualified to help your organisation improve the results it achieves when your people negotiate. Most of our core team are also accredited to mediate in disputes when legal proceedings have already started.
I am sure there is a way
Patrick Esson (Director) is a creative thinker who loves solving puzzles and developing new ideas. He sees possibilities where others see problems and makes connections between elements others assume are unrelated or incompatible. His working style emphasises good communication and involving other people in developing the vision, so they can work effectively to turn it into reality.
Patrick has concluded many high value multi-stakeholder agreements during his years of commercial negotiation, dispute resolution and mediation. He has worked in both private and public sector contexts, in energy, telecoms, professional services and distribution. Since leaving the army, he has set up, run and sold a small business and, at the other extreme, taken a major leadership role as the commercial manager of a very large company.
Yes, it can be done
John Done is a chartered civil engineer with 40 years of construction experience. He has run many multi-million pound construction contracts for private and government clients and achieved successful resolution of some spectacular and acrimonious claims and counter-claims. He qualified as an ADR Group accredited mediator in 2006, specialising in disputes in the construction industry.
For many years, John managed the training of 1,800 staff in Britain and overseas for a major firm of consulting engineers, with particular emphasis on developing senior professionals and managers. He was also company personnel manager for six years, responsible for selection, hiring, training and, when necessary, representing the firm at employment tribunals.
The devil's in the detail
Mari Scholes (Company Secretary) is a senior tax expert, now in private practice, who has been an adviser to three big financial groups and the corporate tax department of a major accounting firm. She qualified as an accountant with Kidsons and, after tax roles with Furness Withy Shipping and Lincoln National, became group tax manager for the Old Mutual Group.
Mari sat on the ABI's tax panel until it was scrapped in 2003 and has chaired the Investment and Life Assurance Group Tax Committee. These key roles involved top-level negotiations between the industry and HMRC, and she is still negotiating tax issues for her clients with her old sparring partners at HMRC. Mari has drafted legislation, addressed parliamentary committees and been an adviser to HM Treasury. She is also a qualified NLP practitioner.
We can sort it out
Leonie Cooke is a shrewd and experienced corporate lawyer who has moved on to spend the last eight years as a commercial and workplace mediator. She founded her own firm in London in 1985 and led it, as managing partner, for twelve years, specialising in providing hard-nosed advice on M&A and fund raising issues.
These days Leonie's busy and successful mediation practice is one of the recognised leaders in the field. She is one of a handful of Mediation Accreditation Assessors for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and she also trains mediators and HR professionals in practical conflict management skills.
This is how we will get it done
Charles Hardeman is a seasoned expert in cross-border and multicultural business management, international project implementation, property and infrastructure development, including Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), project financing, engineering & construction and rapid installation turnkey projects. He holds a Certificate in Company Direction and is an accredited civil and commercial mediator.
Charles is CEO of Santerre Ltd, which provides infrastructure, engineering and construction and project management services. He has held senior positions at Bathgate Group, Tecnoconsult, Kvaerner and IPCO International, where his achievements as MD included taking the Singapore-based global infrastructure development company to a public listing.
Lets work together
Jean McDougall is an HR specialist who started life as a City commodity trader. After changing direction, she spent 18 years as a human resources consultant, advising companies across a wide range of issues. But she has also accumulated broader business experience in sales, marketing and general management. For the last six years, she has been busy as a mediator, resolving commercial, workplace, civil and family disputes.
Jean's career has covered almost every aspect of recruitment, training, personnel management, conflict in the workplace, and relocation services. She has specific experience of HR and office management in banking and financial services and has also been a successful managing director and personnel director in other industry sectors.
Whatever the issue or problem you're facing, the members of our team will have tackled something like it before and will be able to help you find a way through.
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