Our key team

Phillip Anthony Cooke, BA (Hons) is managing director of D’Arcy Inspired Ltd. After a short service commission in the Royal Air Force he rejoined the business world and a career in marketing communications, before moving into personal and team development. Phillip has worked extensively in the house building and construction sectors, as well as leading projects throughout the UK, in the USA and across East Europe for a diversified range of clients, including Orange, Birds Eye Foods, Whitbread/Heineken/Stella Artois, London Transport, Dow Chemicals Europe, Dom Developments (Warsaw), Novo Nordisk (East Europe) and Nissan. Phillip is an inspirational speaker and facilitator. As well as being an accredited practitioner in the Inspired Leadership (TM) programme for senior personnel, he is a qualified Executive Coach. He is also an accredited practitioner for the Human Synergistic’s  Leadership WorkStyles 360 profile, the HBDI thinking preferences profile and the TMSDI work preferences model. He works widely with senior personnel in both team and personal development, using both one-to-one and group coaching and facilitation.


Sally Cooke is a founding director of D’Arcy, and brings a strong background of education and practical psychology to the team.  A graduate of Liverpool University, with a BA in Modern Languages, Sally has many years’ experience in analysing and developing communication and interaction skills, specialising in children with special needs, their families and educational settings.  She is an experienced trainer, successfully developing and delivering a range of courses for adults.

Sally is a qualified counsellor, having a post-graduate diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling. She is particularly skilled in one-to-one work, whilst bringing a discreet authority to group and team development. As a qualified Play & Creative Arts Therapist Sally offers a wide range of creative interventions, to both coaching and team programmes; this dimension is highly valued by D’Arcy’s clients. She has been involved in all D’Arcy’s recent client work.


Tim Poole initially trained and worked as a professional actor and has an impressive track record in film, TV and theatre over the last two decades.  Credits include, The Bill, Holby City, The Alchemist and Peer Gynt. After university he formed and ran his own theatre company and toured extensively in the UK. Tim is a natural communicator and facilitator, having excellent leadership and organisational skills with both individuals and groups. He is a qualified Person Centred Counsellor.

Tim has been instrumental in helping D’Arcy to harness the power of drama in personal and team development. Used in both role play and facilitation, drama is a potent force in enabling individuals and teams to develop self awareness and an insightful understanding of both relationships and transactional analysis. Tim is a skilled operator in this medium and has worked widely in the National Health Service and with many D’Arcy clients.


Natasha Kearslake is a fully qualified HR professional (MCIPD) and has in-depth knowledge and applied experience, strategic and operational, across the major HR disciplines; organisation design, talent management, leadership and team building, coaching, employee relations, employee engagement and communication. Natasha has worked for blue chip names, including Tesco, Waterstone’s and David Lloyd Leisure. Delivering a powerful combination of traditional Human Resourcing practices and bespoke developmental and facilitative approaches, she adds value by nurturing growth and maximising potential. She creates safe but challenging spaces in which individuals and teams can engage in creative dialogues which benefit them and their businesses. This pragmatic yet creative approach has enabled and supported many leaders and teams to improve business performance, through enhanced confidence and competence. She is an accredited practitioner for Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a range of SHL products and the Thomas International profiling and ability testing instruments. Natasha has experience in delivering significantly improved results for a client, in the Apprenticeships arena, during their Ofsted accreditation.

Rebecca Deren has worked with D’Arcy since 2007 on business, team and personal development projects with a range of commercial clients. She trained as a professional actor and, during the last 20 years, her television and theatre credits include EastEnders,

Coupling, As You Like It and Robin Hood. Off stage she is the voice for documentary, advertising and corporate projects, and her clients include John Lewis, The National Trust, The Financial Times, GSK and the BBC. Believing passionately in the use of drama as a powerful educational and development tool, Rebecca founded and co-runs a Drama in Education Company, working nationally with school children. She is an accomplished facilitator and workshop leader, teaching communication skills to adults and young people.