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Meet Our Team

Jamie Pratt (Director)

Presentation skills, Investor presentation specialist

Estelle Matthews

Media and presentation skills, Investor presentation specialist

Richard Northedge

Media skills, Print media specialist

Melanie Wright

Media skills, Print media specialist

Neal Cooper

Presentation skills

Simon Reed

Sports commentary training

Jamie Pratt

Jamie is the managing director of Marlston and is the company’s principal consultant.
Responsible for Marlston’s presentation skills training, he has built up a wealth of
experience of every industry and all types of spoken communication. He has delivered
one-to-one coaching to senior executives around the world and has run group courses for an incredibly wide range of businesses. These include:

Allianz British Airways BT Group
Deutsche Bank Deutsche Post KPMG
Morgan Stanley Reuters Virgin Group

Over the last few years he has advised many companies, both large and small, in Europe, the US and Asia. His advice, usually delivered at board level, has often related to some of the most significant IPOs, trade sales, de-mergers and particularly the winning of major mandates.

He has worked on over 100 IPOs, including:

Austria Post Bawag Fraport
KazMunaiGas LSR PIK
Postbank Rosneft Sistema
Sistema Hals Telecom Egypt Telenor
Virgin Mobile Wacker Chemie

Estelle Matthews

Estelle is a journalist with twenty five years experience who has been coaching senior management in business communications since 2000.


BBC Radio Eurosport
IMG / Transworld Sport ITN
London News Network Meridian Television
Sky News / Sky TV

High profile interviews for ITN have included:

Rupert Murdoch Ken Livingstone
Michael Schumacher Sir Alan Sugar
Thierry Henry Simon Cowell
Anita Roddick David Beckham
Sir Elton John Harriet Harman
Lawrence Dallaglio Kylie Minogue
Margaret Beckett Madonna
Leonardo di Caprio

Media / Presentation Skills Coaching

Estelle has worked with a wide variety of companies throughout the UK and Europe. In addition to extensive IPO experience, she has also delivered one-to-one presentation coaching at the highest level, group courses, media skills courses and crisis communication courses. Her clients include:

Arsenal FC British Airways
Coca Cola Commerzbank
England Cricket Team England Rugby Team
GE Healthcare GE Real Estate
The Jockey Club KPMG
Land Securities Misys Software
Serco Telenor

Melanie Wright

Melanie is one of Marlston’s Press Training Specialists.

Her background as a national newspaper and broadcast journalist, specialising in personal finance gives her a unique insight into how the media works.

In addition to Melanie’s work with Marlston, she also writes the Money column every week in the Sunday Mirror, the weekly ‘Penny Pincher’ column for the Sunday Telegraph, and contributes every Saturday to The Daily Telegraph ‘Your Money’ section. Melanie is also a regular contributor to:

Daily Mirror Real People
The Observer Daily Telegraph
Sunday Times Times
Independent on Sunday The Journal

In addition to her writing, Melanie appears regularly on television and radio. She is regularly asked to provide coverage and comment on the Budget for Five News, ITV News and GMTV. She has also featured on:

ITV’s Central Lobby Watchdog for BBC Choice
LBC Radio BBC Business Breakfast
ITV News Channel Radio 4’s Today programme

Neal Cooper

Neal is a highly skilled consultant with experience of delivering presentation skills coaching to a wide range of both individuals and groups.

Having lived in France for 17 years and worked extensively in Germany, Neal is fluent in both French and German. He has worked throughout Europe with some of the continent’s most respected companies. These include:

Alstom Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch
AXA Insurance NatWest Bank
AXA Investment Network Rail
Carrefour Royal Bank of Scotland
Euroclear France Société Générale
Euronext UNESCO
HSBC Yahoo!

Neal is also one of the country’s most respected voice and dialogue coaches. He has advised on a number of films and helped a wide range of actors including:

  • Michael Keaton
  • Matthew Modine
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Simon Reed

Over the last thirty years Simon has established himself as one of Britain’s finest sports commentators.

In addition to his work in Sports Media Training at Marlston, Simon is Head of Commentary for both Eurosport and British Eurosport. Simon is a regular commentator for ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC.

Although specialising in tennis, he has covered almost every major sporting event. His voice is familiar to millions of listeners for his coverage of both Winter and Summer Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, and a host of other sporting events around the world. He is also one of the BBC’s principal TV commentators at Wimbledon.

Simon’s involvement with Marlston brings a unique perspective for all our sports clients. His insight into the media world, sports media and commentary in particular is of enormous benefit.

Richard Northedge

Richard Northedge is one of the UK’s most experienced financial journalists. He has held senior editorial positions at some of the UK’s most respected publications. These include:

  • Investors Chronicle – Property Editor
  • London Evening Standard – Property Editor
  • Daily Telegraph – Columnist
  • Daily Telegraph – Personal Finance Editor
  • Daily Telegraph – City Editor
  • Sunday Business – Deputy Editor
  • Sunday Business – Executive Editor

In addition to his broadcast and print media training activities, Richard continues to write a column and other editorial for The Business and contributes to other publications.

He is also a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio, Sky and Bloomberg television and commercial radio.

Richard has coached senior executives from a wide range of companies including:

  • Abbey (Santander Group)
  • Descartes Systems
  • Eurotunnel
  • KPMG
  • Land Securities
  • Norsk Hydro