our people

Meet Our Team

Aka our “partners in crime” and trusted friends we enjoy working with

Timea Kristof

Founder and Chief Disruptor at Gekko Consulting 

Timea is an Executive Coach and Organisation Development Consultant with 23+ years of experience in successfully managing learning & leadership development and various learning portfolios in multi-cultural environments. She brings experience from FMCG, technology, gaming, entertainment, manufacturing, renewable energy, MedTech, banking, investment management, consulting, public & non-profit sectors.

Tímea is an intuitive, relational and systemic executive & team coach. She invites her clients to bring their whole selves to coaching and uses an adaptive style to enable her clients to create transformative change. She uses her intuition and embodied awareness to sense what might be needed, and her approach promotes clients’ self-learning and reflective journey beyond coaching sessions.

Timea’s approach to consulting is conversational, integrative, and systemic. She enjoys co-designing solutions and continuously works on developing her clients’ self- and organisational learning that would serve them beyond agreed outcomes.

Read more on her LinkedIn profile.

Maria Teresa Chietera

Associate Coach, Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher

Maria is a freelance Organisational Coach and Mindfulness Teacher based in London. Her passion lies in providing holistic support to individuals and teams on their journey toward self-awareness while enabling self-sustainable change. She co-founded ‘The Mindful Facilitator,’ a learning journey to empower coaches and leaders with mindfulness tools, and is a faculty member at ‘Coaching Outside The Box’ coaching school.

Before establishing her coaching and mindfulness business in 2022, Maria worked as a Senior Agile Coach at companies such as Snap Inc., eBay Kleinanzeigen, and Adevinta. She brings experience from the Tech, Healthcare, Fashion and Retail industries.

She has a scientific background, holding an MSc in Computer Science specialising in Artificial Intelligence and has a strong foundation in mindfulness and coaching, being certified as an ICF-Associate Certified Coach, Agile Coach, and Yoga Teacher.

Read more on her LinkedIn profile.

Sarah Maliphant

Associate Consultant and Founder of More to Mountain Retreats

Sarah’s professional experience began with 16+ years in Industry, leading change management, strategy development and supporting the development of individuals in their careers.

For the last 20 years, she has specialised in coaching, providing individual space for leaders and entrepreneurs to explore their strengths and how they use them. She is the founder of a Wellbeing coaching retreat in the Brecon Beacons, where environment and coaching combine to create a natural, respectful space for exploration and movement towards objective.

Sarah supports an authentic exploration of what truly matters to each individual she works with, and practical alignment of that to their working environment.

Read more on her LinkedIn profile.

Kathryn Wakefield

Associate Consultant

Kathryn has been a freelance coach and consultant for over 10 years, raising the level of consciousness in the organisations she works with. She has 20+ years of experience in successfully managing business change as a leader or as a coaching and behavioural change specialist. She brings experience from household brands in a diverse range of industries, including FMCG, financial services, retail, professional services and national charities.

Well known for co-creating systemic interventions that nurture individual, group and team insights resulting in learning, engagement and behavioural change. She is an instinctive and solution-focused executive coach and facilitator, who’s passion is illuminate leaders, managers, teams and group’s individual and collective wisdom in every situation, so we can all benefit from healthier futures.

Read more on her LinkedIn profile.

Katherine Ray

Associate Consultant and Founder of Talentology Consulting

Katherine is an experienced management and leadership coach who has worked with clients at all levels from graduates, new managers, senior leaders and Heads of Departments. Having graduated with a BSc Hons in Psychology and Sociology and a MA in Human Resource Management, her career to date spans 17 years. Katherine’s knowledge and experience derives from holding a series of senior HR roles working in dynamic and fast paced FMCG and Media organisations such as Diageo, Warner Bros, BSkyB and Unilever.

Currently Katherine runs her own consultancy called Talentology Ltd helping organisations grow and develop their people. Since setting up Talentology Ltd, Katherine has been working with a number of different organisations across different sectors including financial services on a number of different initiatives ranging from talent management, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, coaching and mentoring.

Read more on her LinkedIn profile.

What our clients say

“Timea helped me work through some things I have been struggling with for years and I really owe her a lot. She was kind and empathetic when needed but also pushed me to challenge myself and be honest with myself. She has helped steer my thoughts and helped me create a plan for the future. I would whole heartedly recommend Timea.”

- Melissa, Senior Leader, Financial services

“2022 was a year of many challenges in the food industry. I was lucky to have Timea as a coach during this time which allowed me to adapt and make changes at pace as well as retaining a focus on my personal development."

- Declan Stack, VP and GM Central Europe, Kerry Group

"Thanks to Timea’s coaching, my toolbox for dealing with life and the many challenges at work are with me for life. For this I am forever grateful."

- Spencer Martin, Business Manager, Medical Devices

"I spent some time working with Timea as I transitioned between jobs and she was really great. She supported me when I had moments of self doubt and really helped me gain clarity and perspective.  I highly recommend working with Timea and really look forward to working with her in the future."

- Nicola Clark, Senior L&D Manager, Retail

"Timea coached me for 12 months, and the shift in my mindset during that time was astonishing. Within 2 sessions, what I thought were my personal goals had been torn up, I formed a new vison and began to picture how I could achieve it! My sessions with Timea provided tangible value, helping me to build a robust plan for my future. I would highly recommend Timea as a coach, she will change your life!" 

- Daniel May, Head of Global Operations, Management Consulting

"As a coach, partner, cheer leader Timea encompasses everything I needed from a coach. The goals we had at the beginning were not met but we surpassed all of them. She’s an incredible coach and more importantly a generous and kind human being. If you are lucky enough to be accepted as a client you will not be disappointed."

- Andrew Adabie, Senior Business Manager, Medical Devices

"Wow! You are so so so skilled, Timea! You always take me to unexpected places to find answers!"

- Teresa, Independent Consultant

"I am so much calmer and happier at work since we've started coaching!"

- John, Senior Manager, Financial Services

“I just resigned from my job in finance after 25 years! I really owe you a lot – so thank you for helping me through this change. I couldn’t have done this without you.”

- Catherine, Senior Manager, Financial Services

“I think that good team coaching blends coaching, teaching, mediation, facilitation and positive psychology and Timea has provided all of these facets with consumate ease during my time with her. Discussions have always been thought provoking and I've come away with actions that have helped the effectiveness of my leadership and strengthen the relationships between myself and the other members of my team. For any individuals looking for team coaching, I highly recommend seeking Timea's services."

- Martyn Thomas, Clinical Innovation Lead for UK and ROI at Specsavers