Our Team

Our Team

Our core values are the threads that weave us tightly together

Paula Tully | Escentia Develop Clear Focused Leaders

Our story


Empowering leaders, teams and organisations to lead with intention. Escentia is a Latin word meaning the process of becoming or being. In the context of leadership growth and development, it’s about standing in our power so that we are being confident and strong, and are ready to lead ourselves, our teams and our organisations in ambiguity.

Paula Tully’s Story


2006 – A global senior leader

As a global senior leader, I had a passion for making a difference to the business and the people within it. I loved my life and career, and I loved Pfizer and the people within it.

2013 – Big Change

A year of significant change for me as I lost my mum who, as a single mum, had been my rock in life. I got quite ill, and in tandem my role changed to UK BU lead and UK board director, and with significant external events unfolding made this an incredibly demanding in role.

2014 – Back to school

After what was the toughest year of my life personally and professionally, I decided that it was time to invest in my leadership and I saved to commence my masters in change with Paris HEC business school and Oxford SAID business school.

2019 – The hard work pays off

This growth journey as a leader accompanied me as I further progressed my career and became responsible for larger European P+Ls and more and more people. In fact, the learnings reshaped my leadership approach and ethos for the next 5 years until 2018, when the opportunity emerged and Escentia was born.

2019 – Founder of Escentia

Inspired by so many amazing leaders in my own journey, who taught me so much about leading in business, leading people and leading in life, I decided to create Escentia – its purpose being to enable individuals, teams and organisations to intentionally be the best they can be.

The Team


Our team draws on a wealth of industry experience, skills and expertise and often works closely with handpicked associates, who are united by a set of core values and a commitment to coaching leaders to realise their full potential.

Paula Tully | Escentia Develop Clear Focused Leaders

Paula Tully


aula is the founder of Escentia Ltd – a company created to help develop clear, focused business leaders and teams that build trust and are highly adaptable in change.

Paula has both a practical and academic background and has an extensive Senior General Management and Business background leading change, as VP of Pfizer Europe and General Manager, Pfizer UK. This enables her to help teams improve individual/ team performance as well as enabling group thinking about the business to ensure clarity of the journey ahead.

She holds a Masters degree in Consulting and Coaching in Change from Oxford University and HEC Business School, Paris. She has obtained a Post Grad Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring from Wolverhampton University and is accredited with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council as a Senior Practitioner, due to her significant years of coaching and mentoring experience.

She accredited in Herrmann Brain, 5 Voices, Heart Math and is a fully qualified Resilience Practitioner. She brings a wealth of leadership experience across many global roles.

Paula works with a small group of hand- picked associates for larger projects within the coaching area as well as when conducting 5 Voices or Resilience projects across multiple teams. She also works with a different group of associates when enabling team ideation and problem solving

Matt Juby Executive Coach | Escentia Empowering Leaders

Matt Juby


att, Director at Escentia, spent over twenty- five years working in the Pharmaceutical corporate environment, at country and international levels. He has extensive experience of large corporations as well as “Start Up” organisations.

Matt holds a BSc in Human Physiology, a Masters degree in International Marketing and is also a fully qualified 5 Voices guide, Resilience Practitioner, Personal Trainer and Nutritional Advisor.

He works with individuals and corporate clients where he uses his experience to take an holistic approach to developing the potential of individuals and teams.

Matt holds a Diploma in Coaching from the Association of executive Coaches and is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).

Natalie Drage | Escentia Empowering Leaders

Natalie Drage


atalie is Escentia’s marketing creative. She has a background in market analysis, graphic design and marketing and has worked within tourism management consultancy, the bespoke wine storage sector and as a freelance graphic designer, specialising in branding and corporate identity for SMEs and startups. Natalie holds a MSc in Tourism Management, with a specialist focus on the environmental impact of tourism.

Harry Threapleton | Escentia Empowering Leaders

Harry Threapleton


arry, is a full time student reading Natural Sciences at Durham university, with passions for writing novels and plays, acting and filmmaking. Harry has benefitted immensely from Escentia’s teachings and is both the part time video editor for the company, as well as book coach and editor.

Our Associates


Escentia Ltd often works closely with hand picked associates to tailor programmes that meet individual client team needs. 

Rosie Tompkins | Escentia Empowering Leaders

Rosie Tomkins


osie has been a successful entrepreneur, consultant, author and sportswoman.

As an executive and leadership coach, she has worked with  with high profile clients ranging from the GB Olympic hockey and England rugby teams, to the NHS and multi-national companies in the airline, engineering and pharmaceutical industries.

For the last 10 years Rosie has worked internationally pioneering a unique leadership development and coaching technique called NQ instinctive intelligence. Rosie’s compassionate and cutting edge approach is known as equine facilitated leadership and involves work with horses. The horses allow us to get out of our heads and literally come to our senses which creates greater opportunities to explore situations in a completely different way, discover insights and brings about exceptional learning. Horses provide a natural leadership simulator that is impossible to achieve in a classroom-based learning situation.

Rosie and Paula hold similar values and aspirations and they partner often to combine their unique skills and experiences to create a memorable day www.n-stinctive.com

Becky Barsellotti | Escentia Empowering Leaders

Becky Barsellotti


ecky is a Managing Director at GIANT London and a specialist at unlocking the potential of people and teams. Working with corporate clients across the world including the UK, North America, South America and South Africa she has a diverse experience of working with teams of all different shapes and sizes to take their performance to the next level. Her current clients include: Endava, Kadence, Department for International Development & the Ministry of Justice.

In addition to this client work, Becky trains elite level leaders to accelerate their influence through understanding the ‘Jedi’ mind tricks of personality. She holds a Masters degree in ‘International Disaster Management’ from the University of Manchester and is trained as a GiANT Consultant. At her core Becky is an adventurer, loves to travel and has recently run her first marathon in Amsterdam.
Julie Greenwood | Escentia Empowering Leaders

Julie Greenwood


ulie has over thirty years’ experience in industry and consulting. She held a variety of senior posts in Pharmaceutical companies in both Sales and Marketing line management before becoming a Director of Tailor Made Solutions, a small HR/OD consulting firm, and now Managing Director of Leadingedj, focusing on Organisational Change, Leadership, Leadership Team Development and Executive Coaching.

Julie has worked with a variety of organisations in Pharma, Biotech, Healthcare and Retail sectors. Her work spans executive coaching, team and leadership development, and strategic business support. Julie has a strong reputation as a highly engaging, experienced, enabling coach and facilitator.

Julie holds an MSc in Organisational Change with a specific focus on Psychology, Coaching and Social Research (Hult / Ashridge Business School.) She is a HBDI and NLP practitioner and is accredited in Personal Resilience Profiling, which focuses on the importance of resilience in leading change and Team Synergy which focuses on Team effectiveness in change.  Further study of Transactional Analysis and Gestalt therapies continues, in support of ensuring a variety of approaches and models can be drawn upon in her work.

Julie & Paula share a passion for developing and inspiring leaders and their teams, to lead with intention. We collaborate on projects drawing upon our diversity and years of practical leadership experience blended with latest leadership & change research.

Ruth Simpson Associate Coach | Escentia Empowering Leaders

Ruth Simpson


uth helps leaders to lead and address material organisational issues. These include exploring and resolving complex and multifaceted problems, responding to operational challenges, establishing new or developing teams, or transitioning into new positions.

Ruth has over 25 years’ experience working with Senior Leaders and at Board Level both individually and in teams. She is an EMCC accredited Coach to Master Practitioner Level, has an MSc in Coaching and Development and is conducting PhD research into Group Coaching for Senior Leaders. Her corporate, consulting and research background means she has an in-depth understanding of the pressures and challenges facing leaders in organisations and the knowledge and skills to help tackle them.

Juliette Knott Associate Coach | Escentia Empowering Leaders

Juliette Knott


uliette brings to Escentia 25 years commercial experience working with Johnson & Johnson, the NHS and global pharmaceutical companies.  Her commercial roles span sales & marketing, commercial strategy and medical communications.

Juliette enjoys creating long-term sustainable behavioural change. She enjoys  combining her coaching skills with her commercial background, creating an empathetic approach to people development, empowering her clients to achieve their full potential. She is 5 voices accredited, holds a Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching accredited by the AC, EMCC and ICF, is DISC and Social Styles accredited and an NLP Practitioner.

Lee Farnsworth Associate Coach | Escentia Empowering Leaders

Lee Farnsworth


ee spent almost twenty years working as a leader in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. He was a marketing director, country manager and regional business head.

But secretly, he always wanted to write. His quirky novel, Odd Bird, was published by Farrago.

For the last ten years, Lee has combined his leadership and writing skills to support his clients. He crafts stories, speeches, videos and presentations that engage, inspire and persuade.

Lee also loves to share what he has learned. He delivers engaging communication training and coaching that helps leaders to speak so that people listen.

Our Programme Guest Experts


The Escentia Unlocking Your Leadership Growth Potential programme is led by a multi-disciplinary panel of guest experts.

Prof. Keith Grint | Escentia Empowering Leaders

Prof. Keith Grint


eith is Professor Emeritus at Warwick University, where he was Professor of Public Leadership until 2018. He spent ten years working in various positions across a number of industry sectors before switching to an academic career. Since becoming an academic, Keith has held Chairs at Cranfield University and Lancaster University and he was Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre. He spent 12 years at Oxford University and was Director of Research at Saïd Business School. Keith has published several seminal books on leadership and management. He is currently writing a book on mutiny. Keith also teaches on the Consulting and Coaching for Change programme and custom programmes for EY.

Prof. Geoff Mead | Escentia Empowering Leaders

Prof. Geoff Mead


eoff is Associate Professor of Narrative Leadership at Hult International Business School, consultant, storyteller and the author of two seminal books on the power of stories and storytelling: Coming Home to Story: Storytelling Beyond Happily Ever After (Vala, 2011) and Telling the Story: The Heart and Soul of Successful Leadership (2014, Jossey-Bass). As an organizational consultant,keynote speaker and workshop leader, he has taken his work on narrative leadership onto the shop floors and into the boardrooms of blue-chip companies, charities, universities and government departments, for the past two decades. Geoff also performs traditional stories at International Festivals and storytelling clubs and runs story-based workshops in the UK and as far afield asSpain, Canada and Japan.

Frank Overtoom | Escentia Empowering Leaders

Frank Overtoom


rank is a Multi-lingual Board level Commercial Finance Leader, who has lived and worked in several countries. He has a successful track record of achieving business growth, strategic goals and performance improvement in both multinational and medium size businesses. His sector experience includes Technology (Solera), Retail (Fenwick, Selfridges Group and Fat Face), Pharmaceutical (Pfizer) and Consumer Goods (Kellogg’s) in listed, privately owned and Private Equity owned businesses. Most recently he was Regional CFO at Private Equity owned Solera Inc., which provides risk management and asset protection software and services to the automotive and property insurance sectors. He was responsible for a number of regions including UK, Africa, Germany, Switzerland and Benelux. He has an engineering degree, qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PwC and has attended a Harvard SeniorExecutive Development programme.

escentia leading with intention


The need for our services is often triggered by change. Our client base ranges from Pharma Healthcare, Retail to Finance.

escentia leading with intention


The need for our services is often triggered by change. Our client base ranges from Pharma Healthcare, Retail to Finance.


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