Case Studies & Testimonials

It’s all very well us telling you how good we are but it’s much better coming from our clients. Here’s a small selection of written and video testimonials from our fabulous clients sharing just a little on how they benefitted from working with us. We have also compiled a rogues gallery of recent graduates, it’s always rewarding to see so many smiling faces at our final presentation and celebration sessions. If you would like to see more examples or learn more about who we have worked with just ask and we will happily oblige. If you would like to speak to any of these clients about their experience let us know and we’ll hook you up.

“I have worked with Mark Tonks for many years now, and have recommended him to several of my clients. He has a deep knowledge of what makes people tick and there is something in his toolbag to support personal growth for everyone. It can range from some 1 to 1 coaching to support with a specific issue through to a full leadership programme at key career transition stages. Mark is very responsive to individual needs and his motivational style wins trust and respect from the start. Clients come back to him time and again, and that is the very best testimonial there is.”

Sara Abbott MA, MCIPD
Director
HR Dept

“If you want to work with a business professional who really knows his stuff ~ a consumate professional who delivers what he promises, to the highest standard, then look no further than Mark. As a training professional and a professional facilitator - he is of the highest calibre and as a colleague he is a real gentleman. Highly recommended”

Phil Ryan
Experienced Exec & Non Exec Director;
Former Compliance Prof Body CEO;
L&D & Retail Banking Lead

“Mark has the ability to bring out the very best in a person. He has an intense understanding of his subject and has an acute understanding of people. He is extremely approachable. Mark makes you challenge yourself and your approach both at a personal and professional level, but always with the view to making you excel. I highly recommend Mark”

Deborah Leary OBE
Managing Director
Forensic Pathways

“ADP have partnered with Mark Tonks for the last three years to provide leadership mentoring and coaching to our management team, including myself. The service provided has been professional, engaging, motivating and delivered with personal attention to detail. Mark has helped us drive the business forward, by unlocking the potential and confidence within our team to become more goal and purpose driven. During the pandemic Mark continued to mentor and coach members of our team, at no cost, following the end of his formal contract. This demonstrates Mark’s personal investment in everyone’s success”

Craig Cullimore
Chairman
ADP Architects

“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. In the last 12 months we have recruited 4 new members of staff, 3 were profiled and all remain with us to date,1 was not and they did not last very long. 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”

Marc Harries
Director
Southall Harries Insurance

“I was fortunate enough to work with Mark from January 2019 to July 2019, as he guided me through LMI’s Effective Leadership Development programme, thanks to a recommendation from my Sales & Marketing Director. As a relatively inexperienced manager of people in a new role, I was suffering from low self-confidence, a sense of ‘not enough hours in the day’, and was questioning my ability to be an effective leader. In stepped Mark. Over a 7 month period, the effect of Mark’s coaching and guidance, within the structure of the LMI course, was transformative. Working with Mark was a life changing experience for the better. From day one, Mark used his years of experience, knowledge and coaching expertise to help me explore the challenges I was facing, look deep into the reasons behind my existing approach, and uncover ways in which I could become more effective. We explored a range of leadership essentials through the course including time management, vision and goal setting and tracking, people management and delegation, and communication. Mark is incredibly perceptive, with the ability to focus right at the core of the issue and positively challenge your existing way of doing things, enlighten you with an alternative perspective to unlock your thought process, and empower you to discover the solution yourself. Beyond being an inspirational coach and mentor, Mark is genuine, warm, highly professional, impartial, non-judgmental and incredibly supportive, and has had a huge impact on me now, and on my future career. Following completion of the course and my time with Mark, I have a much greater ability to manage my time effectively, a greater sense of purpose and direction with clear goals and objectives for life, vastly improved self-confidence, and as a result, a far better sense of balance. I would highly recommend Mark to anyone who wants to accelerate their professional development by benefitting from a fresh perspective and a new approach to overcome their current challenges.”

Simon Jenkinson
Digital Product Manager

“Mark Tonks is professional, reliable and trustworthy. He facilitates a variety of Leadership programmes that make a real difference. I have worked with Mark on a number of occasions and the programs have been delivered with passion, purpose and dedication. He always supports and encourages you when out of your comfort zone. As a result of completing the Effective Personal Leadership programme with Mark, I was motivated to set up my own Charity, The Buddy Bag Foundation and find my true purpose in life. Absolutely priceless”

Karen Williams OBE
Utility Warehouse Authorised Distributor
Founder of Buddy Bag Foundation

“I first met Mark Tonks 12 years ago when I saw him speak at an event and was immediately drawn to his straight talking and matter-of-fact approach. Coupled with an insurmountable knowledge about leadership and time management, it was a no brainer that I was going to do one of his leadership programmes. The programme gave me a huge amount of information and knowledge but most importantly allowed me some time to really look inwards and reflect on my skills, behaviours, attitudes and leadership style, resulting in some truly positive outcomes and tangible results. Mark has worked with me and my team several times over the last few years. More recently Mark has assisted in our recruitment process. The job fit benchmarking and profiling system Mark introduced us to was truly effective and gave us an additional level of insight into the prospective employee’s skills and attitudes, personality and strengths. The thoroughness of the profiling and assessment meant that we confidently appointed a candidate, who has not only been onboarded quickly and effectively but has fitted into the team and organisations culture seamlessly. I shall be using Mark and Orange and Blue for all recruitment going forward.”

Charly Slater
Managing Director
Urban Heard