Meet the Team

  • Louise Puddifoot

    Founder and Managing Director

    Louise founded Willow & Puddifoot to help scaleups with the significant people challenges that come with rapid transformation, having recognised that these are often the biggest factor holding them back. She is an expert in people, potential and performance, and has led various global learning and development functions throughout her career. Louise is a bit of a geek for anything to do with psychology and workplace performance and is on a mission to share these techniques with the next generation of organisations so that they and their people can reap the benefits.

  • Candice Porter

    Learning and Development Consultant

    Candice has a wealth of experience in building and delivering management and leadership development programmes, and has trained in ILM Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring. Alongside her experience in learning, Candice has a background in customer services and team management, which makes her uniquely talented in the development and upskill of individuals, teams and people managers. Her passion lies in truly understanding people and the differences in what makes them tick, as well as exploring the different ways in which we learn and grow. Candice takes joy in supporting people on their personal journeys and in creating opportunities, and space, to help them grow.

  • Catherine Clinker

    Wellbeing Executive

    Catherine is passionate about helping others achieve the best version of themselves. Her positivity and willingness to help others succeed, combined with experience in designing and facilitating successful wellbeing initiatives, has given her the drive for ensuring the importance of Mental Health and Wellbeing in the workplace is not only recognised, but here to stay! Catherine’s background has been bid project management so she understands the strains and stresses of working in a highly pressured environment whilst maintaining a healthy mindset; encouraging organisations to see the value of wellbeing, she will support them through that journey. Catherine has undertaken many personal courses to develop her knowledge in the Mental Health and Wellbeing sector and is a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

  • Wendy Stickland

    Training Administrator

    Wendy comes with a background in project management, system development and a love for everything creative! Trained in the Prince 2 Principles for delivering large scale projects, she also trained as a florist to satisfy her creative side – both play a part in organising and enjoying the day-to-day functions at Willow and Puddifoot. She is a firm believer that we are capable of anything we put our minds to.

  • Kirsty Mitchell

    Associate HR Specialist

    As a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with thirty years’ experience gained in senior roles within a wide variety of sectors Kirsty brings a breadth of HR experience. She has a great depth of knowledge in all areas of HR and has held senior positions specialising in in employment law, employee relations, employee communications and HR policy. Kirsty loves advising organisations and managers on the best ways of employing and managing staff to get the most from their people while creating great working environments and keeping within the law.

  • Kevin Claus

    Associate Coach and Facilitator

    Kevin has always been someone who enjoys helping others - especially helping people to develop themselves and solve problems. Throughout his career, Kevin has led and worked in global teams of all sizes in many different business areas - operations, product development, learning & development and HR. He is passionate about enabling and supporting leaders, managers, teams and individuals to thrive through experiential learning and supportive coaching.

  • Amanda Howe

    Associate Coach

    Amanda puts people at the heart of everything she does and her true passion in life is coaching. Her aim is to support leaders on their own personal journey to achieve the performance for transformation and growth, realising the success they deserve. Amanda is a qualified coach, a Mental Health First Aider, and a qualified Human Resources Professional with over 17 years’ Commercial HR experience. Amanda has led teams for over 30 years so draws on her own management and leadership experience within private technology/service sector, with a commercial retail background. As a coach, she has worked with individuals from sectors including science, technology, energy, property and building consultancy, hospitality, local authorities, motor trade, sport and retail.

  • Diane Law

    Associate Facilitator

    Diane’s experience in roles, ranging from cognitive research to process improvement to change management in organisations of different sectors and sizes, has given her a unique perspective to leadership development. Diane works closely with her clients to craft the most appropriate and impactful solutions that address the true, underlying issues. She is a great advocate of learning on the job and through peers and subject matter experts. She has been recognised for her approach by winning the UK’s Best Leadership Development Programme in 2018 (Training Journal) and she regularly contributes thought-leadership articles to global publications such as the Association for Talent Development. Diane is a licensed coach.

  • Jerry Kajpust

    Associate Coach

    With more than twenty years as a successful business and non-profit professional, Jerry has extensive management and leadership experience across a diversity of industries and communities. This includes non-profit organization and management, corporate sales, training and leadership development, building government and foundation relationships, and grant management; with experience in travel and hospitality, art, design, and corporation relations. Jerry was Director of External Affairs for the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art and holds an MA in Psychology from Antioch University and a BA in Communications from the University of St. Thomas. He has completed the ICF (International Coaching Federation) coach training and received ACC (Associate Certified Coach) accreditation.

  • David Savage

    Associate Coach

    David is passionate about making work fun, adventurous and meaningful for everyone. As a Chartered Engineer he has held senior leadership roles within BAE SYSTEMS and in smaller manufacturers, where he was responsible for making everything from rocket motors to synthetic diamonds. ​David is a Certified Coach (CPCC) with the Co-Active Training Institute and works with entrepreneurs and leaders to bring out their full potential to create fulfilling and purposeful careers. David is an ambassador for the CIPD’s Engage for Success Volunteer movement and runs a network of cultural change practitioners within manufacturing. ​He lives in Oxfordshire, UK, is a father of four and likes to keep fit running, swimming and cycling.