The Team

About the team

As a business we are super lean! We have very few overheads and do not employ any more than our core staff (shown below). This means we can deliver services to you for a fraction of the cost of many of our competitors. Having said this, we also have the opportunity to scale up very quickly with a large team of trusted and respected associates who we have known for many years. This means we can deliver any size of project (almost!) for you and your business.

Dave (Founder/Owner)

Dave Hider is the Founder/Owner of Mind-Gap. He is an experienced and successful senior business leader who has spent the last 30 years leading transformational change in various social and commercial businesses. 

Dave’s real passion is seeing people’s potential unlocked, whether that is in a personal capacity (Coaching), group capacity (Teams), organisational capacity (Businesses) or geographical capacity (Communities).

For further information on Dave’s career, see here.

Dave has a range of qualifications including an MBA in Leadership & Management (Distinction), ILM Level 5’s in Leadership & Management and Coaching & Mentoring. He holds a range of Assessor, Internal Verification qualifications & Teacher Training quals (at Level 4). Dave is also a Transactional Analysis practitioner (TA101).

Dave’s core skills/strengths are Leadership Theory & Practice, Facilitative Practice, Strategic Planning, High Impact Training and Executive Coaching.

Esme (Head of Psychometrics)

Es is a qualified Thomas International Practitioner and leads on Mind-Gap’s Psychometric  programmes. She also also heads up the Finance and Administration  functions of the business. 

Es moves between the UK and India (somewhere she is passionate about) from where she works online for Mind-Gap.

Es completed her Degree in Outdoor Leadership in 2020 and has recently finished working with one of our Charity Partners, Vennture

Sam (Facilitator & Coach)

Sam Pratley is an Associate of Mind-Gap. He supports Mind-Gap in facilitating groups and delivering Executive Coaching. 

Sam is an experienced and well-respected Leader having worked in a range of sectors over the last 20 years; leading social and charitable businesses. For further information on Sam’s career, see here.

Sam’s core skills/strengths are Organisational and Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, Data, Finance Governance, Innovation and Executive Coaching.

Sam has a degree in Management Sciences from Loughborough University, an enhanced diploma in Professional Studies and completed an Advanced Business Leadership Course with Cranfield University Business School as well as numerous coaching, counselling and supervising qualifications.

Sam has a passion for helping people and organisations reach their full potential. He does this in his professional life but also in his personal life where he is a trustee of Close House and a junior football coach at Westfields Football Club.

Paul (Quality Assurance)

Paul is Head of Quality Assurance at Mind-Gap ensuring that resources and delivery are of a high standard. He also leads our proof-reading offer to businesses and MD/CEO’s.

After gaining an Honours Degree in Education, Paul left a job in Information Technology to volunteer as a teacher-trainer in China. He subsequently spent over 20 years in China, teaching English at Universities, doing curriculum development and providing proof-reading services to Chinese Professors. 

In 2024 he returned to the U.K. (with his Chinese wife and 11 year old son) and now works part-time with Mind-Gap.

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