CfLP Board


Al Wilson
Managing Director

Al Wilson

Since 1997 Al Wilson worked for Impact International, a global leadership development business based in Windermere. He has been designing and delivering leadership development programmes for the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, RBS, Unilever, Google in the UK and all over the world. For the last ten years Al managed the delivery of people, programmes, quality and service for Impact in the UK. Prior to Impact he managed the Outdoor Education Service for Knowsley Borough Council. Al's background is in education having graduated from Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside, way before it became the University of Cumbria. So he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise about leadership development. Loads of commercial / business experience especially operational and client management. But more importantly a belief that leadership has the potential to make a positive difference to organisations, people and communities. And a passion to help and support people to grow, learn and develop.

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Dr Rebecca Weston CPhys, CEng, FInstP, MBA (Oxon)
Chair of the Board

Rebecca Weston

We are delighted to welcome Dr Rebecca Weston as the new chair of our board at the Centre for Leadership Performance.

Rebecca has been a member of the CfLP board since 2012, and brings the benefit of huge experience gained in senior positions at Sellafield in Operations, Technical and Commercial, across a range of nuclear operations and waste management activities. She recently added an Executive MBA to her professional and technical qualifications.

Rebecca has particular expertise in Special Nuclear Material and the back end of the fuel cycle and is currently a senior manager within the Decommissioning Division. She had also been involved in the integrated change programme at Sellafield, with a specific remit on "improving leadership" with a focus on behaviours.

A Chartered Physicist and Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Rebecca is PhD qualified and a Learned Member of the Nuclear Institute. She has volunteered for some 10 years at branch level, having chaired the Cumbria branch for 3 years until the end of 2013 and also served on the Education and Training Committee for the Institute, again demonstrating her commitment to skills, training and development.

CfLP Management


Sarah Glass
Marketing and Business Development Manager

Sarah Glass

Originally from London, Sarah has made Cumbria her home for the last ten years. Initially the move to the area was to run her own successful hotel and restaurant business whilst latterly raising two young boys. This change in lifestyle followed several years in sales and marketing, predominantly in the travel and property sectors.

"I am very excited about supporting the team at the Centre for Leadership Performance and I'm looking forward to reaching out to local businesses with the great opportunities we have to offer. This effort will be based around our service offerings of Masterclasses, our Short courses and developing tailored leadership solutions. I believe passionately in building and developing local leadership skills which will be key to the continued success of businesses in the area and vital for growing new ones."

Sarah manages the Leadership Masterclasses as well as the Short Courses that follow.

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Sharon Nixon
Project Manager

Sharon Nixon

Sharon was brought up in Dorset and has spent most of her working life in the education sector. She initially worked as a marine geochemist at Southampton University but moved in to academic administration in 2000. She came to Cumbria in 2002 to work at the University of Cumbria (formerly St Martin's College) where her career developed into Enterprise and Outreach work primarily with European-funded projects aimed at supporting local small-to-medium sized enterprises. She has recently returned from a 'gap year for grown-ups' and is keen to resume her career in Cumbria working with local businesses and institutions.

"I am a strong believer in opportunity through education and training and I am thrilled to be able to work with such an innovative and enabling organisation. It's great to be a part of something that can make a real difference to the business people of Cumbria, from sole traders to boardroom executives. I look forward to developing the Centre's supplier base and facilitating the dissemination of quality services and products to the benefit of both the suppliers and the businesses."

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Catherine Eve
Development Consultant

Catherine Eve

After a number of years supporting the Centre for Leadership Performance as an associate trainer, Catherine Eve has now joined the team on a permanent basis. Catherine has worked in learning and development for 15 years and brings a wealth of training experience including leadership development and coaching.

Originally from West Cumbria, Catherine has worked in Reading, London and Newcastle. Living and working back in Cumbria she is delighted to be able to support the work of the Centre in developing Cumbria's leaders, "Effective leadership is key to the success of every organisation. A great leader engages others, harnesses their enthusiasm and talent and helps them do their best work. It is a real privilege to do more of the work I love in Cumbria, the place I grew up, where my friends and family work and my own children are starting out on their own careers."

Catherine will focus on growing bespoke leadership work, designing and delivering tailored leadership programmes to meet the needs of local businesses. She will also be involved in the short course programmes and acclaimed Leader2Leader programme. Catherine has recently completed her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, one of the first people in the country to hold the qualification. Her research into leaders and their impact on the optimism and resilience of their employees will help her to bring the latest knowledge and ideas to the leaders of Cumbria.

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