Roy Hutchins is the Managing Director of Astar Training and Development Ltd. Having led a highly successful career in the Arts Roy began working in the field of management consultancy when approached by organisations who recognised that their training needed to be more relevant and engaging for their target audience. In conjunction with specialist management consultants and clients he wrote and designed original theatre and video based development programmes for several large consultancies before becoming a director and senior consultant for Astar Management Consultants Ltd.
His client list has been extensive - and includes virtually every major government department and their agencies (often at board and senior management level) these include:
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (both in the UK and abroad); The Cabinet Office; HM Customs; ECGD;The DfES; FEFC; DfEE; DETR; DFID; DCMS; DTI; ES; DFCSF; IND senior management only); The Lord Chancellor's Department; The Home Office (all levels) and the Inland Revenue (senior management)and The Government Offices. Police services include: The Met, Essex, Thames Valley, Leicestershire; Avon and Somerset Forces - and the RUC. Other clients include: The Fire Service and The Fire Services College. South West London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust; Chelmsford Borough Council; The Sussex Probation Service; Turning Point; Croydon PCT; Pathfinder; South East London Strategic Health Authority; The Windsor Fellowship; Westminster Explained; Portsmouth Health Care Trust; Edexcel; Herts Magistrates; Oxleas Mental Health Trust; Kensington and Chelsea Tennant Management Association; East Hampshire District Council; London Borough of Lambeth; Tavistock Institute; The Australian High Commission. Private Sector Clients have included: Aviva; IBM;Hewlett Packard; Race for Opportunity; Charles Russell; Linklaters; Salomon Smith Barney; Enron; Exel Logistics; Scholl; The Times Secretarial Show; Lehman Brothers; Littlewoods; Yves St Lauren; Sara Lee International; Philips; GEC; Marconi; BTopenreach; BT; Hays; Shell; Britvic; 02.
Roy's areas of training design have included: conference performances, team performance appraisal programmes, crime/cautioning re-creations, apprenticeship recruitment programmes, retail selling method programmes, stress reduction programmes, organisational publicity, team-building, creating the learning organisation, internal and external customer services, mainstreaming equal opportunity programmes, disability awareness programmes, sexual and racial harassment programmes, bullying in the workplace programmes, discipline and absenteeism interviewing techniques, first contact officer training and positive action training for ethnic minorities.
As a writer, director, performer and producer for theatre, radio and television, Roy has won two Edinburgh Fringe Firsts, has been nominated twice for the Perrier Award and has presented the edition of Omnibus for BBC Television that won the Royal Television Society's Best Arts Documentary Award - and the Genesis Award in the USA. He has also been the winner of the Charrington Best One Person Show Award, and was voted Time Out Performer of the Year. He has written and performed plays on BBC Radio 4 and had his own series on BBC Radio 5. He has also sold television scripts and formats to the BBC, Granada, Channel 5 and Thames TV. He has lectured at the University of Brighton and has worked extensively with school charities, implementing conflict resolution programmes and drama based workshops in London schools and exclusion units. His charity work includes benefit performances for Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.
Dean T Huggins is a Principal Consultant with Astar Training and Development Ltd. He is experienced in providing consultancy and training for voluntary and statutory sector organisations on issues ranging from community development, team building and evaluation through to equality and diversity. He has a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry ( Kent University) and has had training in social research methodology and theory at Leicester University. Dean is an experienced NVQ Assessor, specialising in community development work. Recently, he has worked on the development of training in community engagement for civil servants and on the development of an outcomes-focused performance improvement framework for voluntary and community sector infrastructure organisations as part of ChangeUp.
He is currently involved in the development of a competence framework for workers in local infrastructure organisations. Dean has worked with Nottinghamshire Probation Service on their Anti-Racism Training Programme for all staff, with Sandwell Community Health Council on sickle cell and thalassaemia and with the Federation for Community Development Learning on community development. In addition, he is currently delivering diversity and equality training to managers and staff at the Home Office and to NHS consultants in the Merseyside Deanery on behalf of two national consultancies. Other areas of work have included team building for a variety of organisations, courses for men, counselling and non-line management supervision for senior managers in national organisations.Dean has also been involved in drafting Equality Schemes for Non-Governmental Public Bodies in Northern Ireland and researching the levels of black and minority ethnic community participation of voluntary activity in Northern Ireland.
With the late Fee Ching Leong, Dean wrote a training manual linking anti-racism to sectarianism in 1995. Before becoming a consultant, he worked with Newcastle City Council as Principal Policy Officer (Community Development) and prior to that worked managing Koco Ltd (a community office, training and dining resource) in Coventry and was a member of Leicester African Caribbean Business Association. Dean has also been General Secretary of International Voluntary Service, a volunteer placement organisation which is part of Service Civil International. He is currently chairperson of Ubuntu, the national network of black and minority ethnic community workers and activists organised within Federation for Community Development Learning.
Sameena Zehra is a principal consultant for Astar. She has extensive experience using theatre in training in both the private and the public sector. She has worked with several different management training consultancies in the areas of equal opportunities and diversity, change management, appraisals, managing upwards, leadership capability, finance coaching, sales technique training and leadership excellence. In the private sector she has worked with Hewlett Packard, Glaxo Wellcome, Astra Zeneca, British Airways, Royal Bank of Scotland, Boots, Council for the Protection of Rural England, Hiscox, and Littlewoods. Clients in the public sector includes District Courts, Prison Services, DFiD, DWP, DTI, Customs and Immigration, Inland Revenue, Sussex Probation Services, ECGD, European Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Westminster Council, Home Office, and the Department for Constitutional Affairs.
Sameena is also a writer and facilitator. Although her first language is English, she speaks fluent Hindi and Urdu, and some Kashmiri and Punjabi.
Eddi Piper, an ex-deputy head, is a principal consultant for Astar. She has qualifications and extensive experience in education, counselling and psychology. Eddi specialises in producing both managerial and non-managerial supervision skills training for groups or individuals. Her focus is on encouraging individual development and the maintenance of high standards of work and company integrity through skilled line management and supervision. Major clients include Hampshire County Council, East and West Sussex County Councils, Aberdeen Careers Service, Association for Professionals in Service of Adolescents, Cascade Associates Supervision Training, International School Norway, Botswana Ministry of Education, Zambian Ministry of Education and UNESCO.
David Jarvis is Astar's Director of Theatre. He has worked as a professional actor, voice artist, writer, director, role-player, coach and consultant for the last 22 years. He has worked with leading UK consultancies in the fields of equality & diversity, change management, service delivery and performance management. As an actor and role-player, David's public sector clients include The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Cabinet Office, Home Office, Secret Intelligence Service, Fire Service, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, Dept. for Work and Pensions, Dept. of Trade and Industry, Export Credit Guarantee Dept and National Health Service. His private sector clients include Citigroup, Barclays, NatWest, Nationwide, Royal Bank of Scotland, Warburg Dillon Read, Glaxo Smith Kline, Nike, BSkyB, Microsoft, Virgin Group, Philips, Sara Lee, Hewlett Packard, British Airways, Post Office, AT&T and BT Openreach.
David has written and produced training programmes for the FCO, Cabinet Office, Ascham Homes and Lewisham Council. He has produced DVDs for the FCO and Macmillan Cancer Trust. He has facilitated workshops for the FCO, Cancer Network, Police Federation, Ceridian HR and payroll services and Peugeot Cars. He has also provided one-to-one coaching to managers in the Crown Prosecution Service and at Symantec Ltd.
Pete Durgerian is Astar's video producer. A Harvard graduate from Albany, New York, he began making training videos for East Sussex Social Services department in 1981. Since then he's combined corporate, educational and training video production with freelance work as a cameraman/director. He's also worked for the BBC and Channel 4 as a story editor on 'The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand DeBargos', 'Pallas', 'Screaming Reels' and 'The Almost Complete History of the 20th Century'.
Since 2000, Pete has specialised in video production for the corporate sector, in particular the making of drama for Diversity and Cultural awareness training. His clients have included Brightwave, Helbling Languages/Cambridge University Press, Electric Sky Productions, Language Arts, Thistle Hotels, O2 Mobile, Just Flight Ltd., TK Training, 2as1, Zoe Mode Ltd., The Data Archive and Articulate Marketing.
Gina Gangar has been Astar Theatre's Assistant Producer since March 2002. Her responsibilities include sourcing and running auditions; compiling feedback and quality control; directing; maintaining and updating scripts and running research interviews. Her work with the public and private sector includes: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Diversity both in the UK and abroad); DTI (Diversity); BAMM (customer training live and filmed);HM Customs (Positive Action training);ECGD (diversity); Met, Essex, Thames Valley and Sussex Police (Detective assessment, contact Officer & Diversity training);Home Office (diversity); Forensic Science Service (Leadership); Glaxo (communication / Interviewing skills); Legal Services Commission (Audits and Assessments); The Fire Service (First contact officer, Diversity, New recruitment and Management training); Sussex University (Interviewing Skills); NHS (Improving access, promoting health & Diversity Training); South West London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust; Ealing Borough Council, Chelmsford Borough Council; Portsmouth Housing Association (Leadership and Development);Sussex Probation Service (Diversity); Cadburys (Diversity);BA (customer Relations staff training); Pret (Leadership training);Credit Suisse (Interviewing skills);Citibank (Diversity);Corps Security Group (Team Building);Entertainment UK (harassment investigation training);Aviva (Diversity);Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (interviewing skills);Hewlett Packard (demand management); Race for Opportunity (Diversity); Charles Russell (Diversity); Turning Point (Diversity) Exel (Diversity, management training) Her training films have included work for: Hewlett Packard; Royal Bank of Scotland; Saville & Holdsworth; Hospice Society; Lloyds TSB; AT&T; Family Courts; Cabinet Office; Foreign Office; British Airways; Abbey; Aviva; NHS; National Westminster; Debenhams; Johnson & Johnson; B & Q; National Association of Mediators; Unilever; Portsmouth Borough Council; Citigroup; BT Openreach; Immigration Service; Camelot; Ministry of Defence and Dell.
Mike McKeon is Astar's Educational Consultant. He specialises in Behavioural and Anger Management as well as Assertive Discipline Training. He has delivered programmes on Behaviour Management for clients as diverse as national teaching unions, logistics companies and independent film and TV production companies. With a background in secondary education and the social services, Mike has instigated learning schemes, drafted models and provided advice for schools, colleges and Learning Support Units. He is also a qualified counsellor.
Andy Greenhalgh is Astar's role-play consultant. He has been active in the training field for ten years. Programmes have concerned Performance Management, Managing Change, Personal Impact, Health and Safety, and Challenging Behaviour. Clients have included the FCO, TfL, Kier, BT, Lloyds TSB, Barclays, KPMG, Dairy Crest, BAA and the Open University. He has also worked on a large number of programmes concerned with Diversity and Leadership. Clients have included the NHS, the Home Office, the Probation Service and Aviva. He has facilitated Customer Care programmes for Crawley Council and People 1st Slough.
Andy read English at Cambridge and performed with the Footlights. He then trained at Webber-Douglas Academy and has worked as an actor for over thirty years in film, TV and theatre. During the 1980s he also worked as a stand-up comic.
Anisha Charania is Astar's theatre, role-play and education consultant. She has a degree in English and Drama and has trained as an actress. Since 1994 she has worked predominantly in community theatre and has a strong background in theatre-in-education and theatre-in-training. Before setting up Chinwag Theatre in 2001 with Ben Priest, her theatre-in-education experience included sexual health work; drugs awareness work; anti-bullying projects and work with excluded pupils and young offenders. Interactive training programmes for the public sector have included in-house and external interviewing skills, management skills, customer service skills, managing challenging behaviour and diversity training. All these programmes have involved hot-seating; forum theatre; facilitation and role-playing between the actors and audience/ participants.
Organisations Anisha has provided training for include Office of Fair Trading; Department for Education & Skills; Home Office, London and Liverpool; Employment Service, Sheffield; Learning Skills Council, Bristol; Department of Health; Customs & Excise; Reading Housing Department; B.B.C. Regions; S.S.S.B. London & New York and Barry Callebaut, Switzerland. She also worked with the Commissioner for Race Equality, Trevor Hall, in 1997 to deliver diversity training to ministers.
Danny Charles is a facilitator with established role-play skills. As part of the Astar team he has worked with the Home Office, the Metropolitan Police and the South East London Strategic Health Authority among others. His full CV covers a wide range of clients in both public and private sectors including the Foreign Office, J P Morgan, the MOD and Volkswagen. He has particular experience in facilitating for community and vulnerable groups in workshops such as Interview Skills for Young People and Peer Mentoring for Teenage Pregnancy and STDs.
Dione Inman is Astar's Office Manager. She has project managed Diversity Training, Interview Technique and Management Training for both the DTI & the ECGD. These projects involved theatre production, research & development and script editing as well as sourcing, booking & rehearsing appropriate actors. As a key member of the Astar Theatre Team, Dione worked extensively in the public sector for companies such as the Health Care Trusts, Government Office, Home Office and the FEFC. Private sector companies include Aviva, the Central London Retail Group and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.