Who are we?

“Leadership is not an event, but rather a full contact sport practiced on a day-to-day basis with real human beings, not an academic study in theories or models only talked about. True leadership is all about responsibility, influence, service and stewardship.”

Orange and Blue UK provides leadership development programmes, executive coaching and apprenticeships alongside profiling and assessment services to the wider business community. It is the culmination of over 20 years of practical experience, delivery, and customer service experience in the training sector of its two directors, Mark & Nicky Tonks.

Mark spent 20 years working in engineering and surface coating prior to establishing his first training consultancy, alongside Nicky, as part of the global Leadership Management International team, a worldwide business excelling in leadership development. Born out of his passion for seeing people achieve more both personally and professionally Mark quickly established himself as one of the leading regional directors and holds a position within LMI’s global Presidents Honours Club which recognises the most successful LMI directors around the world. Leadership Management International was established in 1966 by Paul J. Meyer and is now active in over 80 countries with programmes translated into 28 languages and over 2 million clients.

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Mark loves sport, especially rugby, football, and cricket, listening to rock and blues music, reading about people in leadership roles, learning more about leadership, motivation, success, life, exercising, hit training, walking, travelling, helping others succeed. A frustrated blues guitarist and golfer.

“Our focus is to always help identify and deliver measurable business and personal improvement results for every client. 94% of our clients have come from introduction and recommendation over, a 20-year period, and by focusing on measurable outcomes around 75% return time and again for additional support. We’re working on the 25% that don't!”

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Nicky enjoys watching most sports and participates in Yoga, Qigong and Pilates, enjoys walking, travelling, films, musical theatre, reading historical novels, life stories, DIY, gardening and is a partner in a successful MLM business.

Having survived a life threatening health scare in 2015 Mark began a self-improvement process as a means to aid his recovery, and in 2016 graduated from the UK College of Personal Development with a Business & Life Coaching Diploma as well as an NLP Practitioner Certificate.

To compliment and improve the overall service provision, Prevue HR profiling, job fit benchmarking and assessments were added to the portfolio in 2016 enabling clients to improve their recruitment, staff development and retention as well as helping with succession planning and company growth.

Responsible for all aspects on business administration Nicky takes care of the important processes behind the scenes that enable the organisation to function smoothly. Having had a career in office administration, sales support, document management, retail and the care sector Nicky also heads up the assessment, job benchmarking and profiling processes within Orange and Blue as well as acting as an “in house” resource for many of Orange and Blue UK’s profiling clients.

“We have used the services of Orange and Blue in the last 12 months to profile potential new staff and the results have been fantastic, there response has always been extremely fast and to date has been extremely accurate. I would highly recommend the profiling service offered by Orange and Blue as we now see it as the final piece of the jigsaw in the recruitment process”

Ed is a highly successful learning & development professional as well as a qualified business coach. Having spent several years building a successful career in high level corporate L&D roles, Ed founded, along with a business partner a successful independent training organisation back in 2005.

He has an extensive track record working with front line team leaders to board level decision makers, is a visible leader who embraces change, challenges the status quo, and devotes time to building relationships based on confidence and trust.

Ed joins Orange and Blue UK as Senior Leadership & Coaching Associate further enhancing the service provision to our most valuable clients.

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Ed loves his cricket as a playing member of both Stourbridge CC and Worcestershire County Seniors Cricket. He likes to think of himself as a bit of a Muso, and will bash out a tune on the piano from time to time. He has a 14 year old daughter that keeps him busy, mainly as a taxi driver, is a Bolton Wanderers Football Club fan and has a huge passion for the outdoors, spending as much time as possible in the Lake District.