About Us

We are a team of accredited and experienced workplace psychologists who are passionate about the practical application of psychology in the workplace.

We focus on the intersection of wellbeing, productivity and professional effectiveness. Our mission is to help people move from merely surviving work to thriving at work.

Who we are

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Richard MacKinnon, WorkLifePsych is a team of workplace psychologists who operate at the intersection of wellbeing, productivity and professional effectiveness – three interdependent themes core to personal and organisational success.

We help individuals, teams and organisation to develop in these areas through provision of coaching, training courses and structured development programmes.

Collectively, we have over 80 years of experience as practicing psychologists, gained across a wide range of countries, sectors and organisations. We have coached at all organisational levels, helped organisations identify their top talent, supported teams as they grow and address new challenges and developed cohorts of graduates, managers and aspiring leaders through structured development programmes.

We have internationally mobile team members based all over the UK, plus Australia, giving us an ability to deliver our services to a global audience.

Our Approach

Our approach is to develop people from a whole person perspective, acknowledging that they have lives outside the workplace, multiple roles within their lives and strengths and development areas across all these areas. It’s pointless to ignore who we are outside of work when we’re trying to be our very best when at work.

When it comes to professional effectiveness, we avoid any reference to ‘soft skills’. We focus on the skills that allow professionals to leverage their technical skills and experience and work with greater impact, influence and success.

Given the multiple and sometimes competing demands we face in the modern workplace, we help professionals become productive – that is, ensuring our limited resources are focused on the most important tasks at the right time.

Finally, effectiveness and productivity are both undermined when our wellbeing is threatened by workload, pressure and the unhelpful coping habits we’ve picked up over the years. Our focus on wellbeing emphasises positive and sustainable change that represents an investment in future success.

Recent Projects

We have delivered our coaching, training and development programmes to clients all around the world. Since 2014, we have worked with clients in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the USA, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Mexico.

Recent projects include:

  • Coaching aspiring leaders in a rapidly changing telecoms business
  • Training scientists in personal productivity principles
  • Designing and delivering a management development programme for an analytics startup
  • Designing and delivering an international graduate development programme
  • Training ‘fast track’ managers in basic coaching skills
  • Coaching the leadership team of global media and digital communications firm
  • The design and facilitation of a global leadership development programme for engineering professionals

Our Team

Dr. Richard A. MacKinnon

Chartered Psychologist

The Founder and Managing Director of WorkLifePsych, Richard is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, Registered EuroPsy Psychologist and Registered Coaching Psychologist.

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Claudia Nuttgens

Chartered Psychologist

Based in Brighton, Claudia is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Project Manager, Executive Coach and Business Analyst with 13 years of consultancy, coaching and business development experience.

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Julia Knight

Chartered Psychologist

Based in Brighton, Julia is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist who enjoys applying psychological principles to support individuals, teams and organisations to maximise their potential at work.

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James Beevers

Chartered Psychologist

James is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Registered Coaching Psychologist. Based in London, he has an impressive background in consulting.

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Nicola Tatham

Chartered Psychologist

Based in Derbyshire, Nicola is a chartered psychologist with over 20 years’ experience supporting organisations and individuals.

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Justin McNamara

Practitioner Psychologist

Based in Australia, Justin is an Occupational Psychologist with deep expertise in the creation of bespoke assessment methods for organisations, for use in the selection and development of employees.

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Rosalie Millard-Evans

Chartered Psychologist

Based in London, Rosalie is a Chartered Psychologist who has built a reputation for delivering high quality leadership development, talent management and organisational development solutions.

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Andrew Bridgewater

Chartered Psychologist

Andrew is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and MBA with particular strengths in leadership assessment and development, coaching, training management, design and delivery, business development and project management.

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What Our Clients Say

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“The workshops have been really well received with delegates highly enthused and leaving the sessions qualified to deliver high calibre coaching to colleagues within the organisation. The courses have been delivered by engaging facilitators and have been packed full of really useful tools and information. The feedback from all delegates has been positive.”

Group HR Projects, Spirax Sarco Engineering

“We asked Richard to design and run a team development away day, in preparation for an upcoming organisational change. Richard spent time getting to know and understand our requirements, interviewed key senior team members and demonstrated an empathy for our organisational context. He designed a workshop that ensured everyone contributed, allowed for open and challenging debate and helped us focus on the actionable changes we’d like to make as a team. We found the session to be extremely valuable and I would be very happy to recommend Richard to any organisation looking for a professionally facilitated team workshop.”

Director of Strategy, Planning & Assurance, King’s College

“WorkLifePsych have helped us successfully design from scratch a leadership programme which has been deployed across the Group which is now in its fourth year of delivery. It has been received extremely well, resulting in delegates making measurable change in their approach to leadership in their role and deployment into their teams.”

Head of Learning & Talent, Spirax Sarco Engineering

“Richard brings a combination of intelligence, robust and evidence-based practices and, above all, practical approach to his work. He is an expert in his fields yet he speaks the language of business and is always pragmatic and commercial. He is able to diagnose issues and articulate them clearly and simply along with solutions which are innovative, relevant and understandable. I always feel completely confident in introducing him to the business and I consider him to be very much a trusted business partner.”

Global Head of Human Resources, The Workshop

“I have used Richard MacKinnon to support me on various development and assessment assignments over the last 7 years. What you get with Richard is someone who is sharp, intelligent, reflective, and deeply interested in human motivation, mental wellbeing and new models of talent development, backed up by measurable data. Richard will certainly remain a key strategic supplier of development interventions for years to come.”

Group HR Director at JT Global

“We asked Richard to run a few of his ‘Psychological Flexibility 101’ sessions and 55 of my colleagues signed up for the initial workshops. I was really impressed with their feedback and their comments in the brief online survey we used afterwards illustrated just how keen they were to learn more and start putting this all into practice.”

Group People Director, Dentsu Aegis Network Ireland

“There is a before and an after working with Richard. Once you embark on the coaching journey, be prepared for a tremendous positive change in your daily life. Thanks to his strong experience, focus, kindness and skills, Richard successfully and gently steers you towards personal breakthroughs and discoveries. The impact of having Richard as a coach has influenced me to sign up my leadership team for the same programme.”

Head of Studio, King

“We retained WorkLifePsych to design and deliver workshops on essential coaching skills to the delegates on our “Inspire” leadership development programme. Richard worked closely with us to identify our requirements and ensured that he reflected our company’s culture in the final version of the workshop. Having observed the delivery of one of the workshops, I would say that Richard’s style engaged and challenged the delegates. He responded well to all their questions and provided feedback and support throughout the various practical components of the workshop. He delivered a workshop that met our needs perfectly. I would have no hesitation in recommending WorkLifePsych as a provider of coaching skills and development interventions more generally and I look forward to working with Richard again.”

Learning & Development Manager, Certas Energy

"We asked WorkLifePsych to design and run a bespoke management development programme for us. Richard demonstrated a strong drive to understand our unique needs as a business, and to ensure that what he designed was a good fit for us and our employees. Richard and his team developed four, high-quality and interactive workshops for the programme, supported by one-to-one coaching sessions. We could see improvements in team performance before the programme even finished. Our managers have gained confidence and are more cheerful as they go about their work – despite the day to day challenges of management. We are extremely pleased with the programme and its impact and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Richard and WorkLifePsych. They have exceeded our expectations."

CEO, Real World Analytics

Our Partners

Thrive

Thrive have created the RQi resilience questionnaire, a key component of our coaching and development activities. Emphasising an evidence-based rigour, their RQi questionnaire is an excellent solution suited to a range of organisational and wellbeing.

Freedom Therapy

Freedom Therapy is a counselling and psychotherapy business based in Derbyshire. Counselling is provided by Nicola Tatham, CPsychol AFBPsS, a qualified psychologist and psychotherapist with more than 20 years’ experience in these fields.

Southern Blue

Southern Blue are our Human Resources partner and are redefining HR. Their mission is to end the old, traditional and transactional methods of HR and co-create modern, human centric, Agile People Operations.

OB Consulting

OB Consulting are our OD and organisational change partners. With extensive experience across industries and geographical regions, the OBC team are perfectly placed to support our development activities where change is also a factor.