In the late 1990’s Cheryl accepted a position as a learning and organizational development specialist at BAE Systems – a role that would change her life. It was there that she was introduced to insight principles and went on to implement a curriculum of principles-based leadership development programs. In the 12 years that followed, she shared this understanding with more than a thousand leaders through training, coaching, and team building off-sites.
Cheryl earned a BS from Salem State University and an MS, CAGS, and EdD from Boston University. However, as she often tells her clients – after a quarter century in this field, if I knew something better to share than these principles, that’s what I’d be doing.
She lives in southern NH and two Australian Shepherd dogs – all of whom are spoiled. Her idea of heaven is a long walk in the woods with her pups.
Robin began his career as a chemical engineer with Exxon in 1981, having received his education at Sheffield University in the UK, and eventually led one of Exxon’s international plastics businesses. He joined Arthur D. Little in 1992 first in Europe and ultimately, in Boston, where he led and managed the North American Chemicals Practice.
With a colleague, he left the more classical consulting world and founded Insight Management Partners, to bring an understanding of how the mind works into business. He then met Ken Manning and they joined forces to create Insight Principles.
Robin was born in the UK to French parents and met his Belgian wife Sabine, in Switzerland. They now live in Boston. When time permits, Robin enjoys all things mechanical (cars, wood-working, home projects) and is an avid cinemaphile.
Sandy’s vision is to make the workplace a setting for creative performance as well as the elevation of the human spirit. After graduating from Bates College and the University of New Haven Graduate School, she began her career as a mental health counselor. She founded and served as Executive Director of one the first principle-based programs in the US located in Tampa Florida.
In 2000 she had her first opportunity to take a principle-based understanding of the mind to business. This led her in a new direction and she joined Insight Principles in 2010.
Sandy shares her life with her partner Peter Remick and together they built their net-zero energy home in rural Washington. They get out into the awesome Pacific Northwest wilderness as often as they can sea kayaking, backpacking, and hiking with their dog.
Ken Manning, Ph.D.
Ken has been interested in finding simple solutions to help people be at their best for as long as he can remember. He pursued three degrees in psychology from Brown University, Lesley College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He practiced as a clinical psychologist for 20 years.
In parallel to his career in psychology, Ken also has a strong background in business, including roles in various start-ups as national sales manager, director of marketing, and advisory board member. He co-founded with his son-in-law, a successful software development company, which he still leads.
In 1999 he began innovating ways to bring insight principles into the corporate world and joined with partner Robin Charbit to form their company Insight Principles.
Ken has been married for 30 years, has two stepdaughters, a son and five grandchildren. He plays the piano, loves the outdoors and all kinds of sports and exercise, travel, photography, woodworking and spending time with family and friends.
Nikki has been sharing insight principles with teams and executives for over 10 years. She began her career at BAE Systems in their rotational Leadership Development Program. At BAE, Nikki specialized in coaching, leadership development, and organizational effectiveness, and has carried this focus throughout her career.
With a BS from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor relations, an MBA from Northeastern University, and experience in the automotive, insurance, defense, and outdoor industries, Nikki combines a strong understanding of the human mind and its potential with a sound business background.
Nikki lives in Bellingham, WA, where she skis and bikes year-round with her husband, daughter, and beloved French Brittany dog (the husband and daughter are beloved as well).
Julia has a vision for the people in workplaces to transform society for all. Julia pursued an MBA through the Open University, whilst delivering large scale transformation at Centrica, a FTSE 100 energy company. There she led high profile M&A, transformation and Strategy activities such as the £2.2bn purchase of British Energy and a series of transactions and integrations in North America. Julia also created the first corporate energy impact fund Ignite, investing £10m over 10 years in social energy entrepreneurs that has now been scaled to £100m.
Following this Julia co-founded the Performance Purpose Group, is a Senior Advisor to the Blueprint for Better Business, and has advised the UK government on Mission Led Business and was part of the Cambridge Capitalism on the Edge lecture series. Julia combines her sound business background with an understanding of the science behind the human mind to transform business.
Julia is married to Mark who is Swiss. Together they have a son, Luke, who is an aspiring actor. Julia enjoys running, yoga and walking in the wilderness with their dog Poppy!
Robin has always been curious about where creative ideas come from and how to help people come up with fresh ideas. That’s what eventually brought him to the principles behind how the mind works. He now enjoys sharing this understanding and helping leaders and businesses solve problems in a creative manner.
He worked as a private tutor while studying Metallurgical Engineering at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. After interning for a couple of years in the area, he decided to pivot his career when an opportunity to work with innovation in advertising appeared. Eventually, he became a partner at the agency and head of planning, innovation and creative. Always searching for how to be more creative, he left at an opportune moment when the agency was acquired by an English company.
Robin loves traveling and took a sabbatical year to travel round the world. Almost always having his next trip planned, he hopes to one day explore the only continent he still hasn’t set foot on: Antarctica.