Our People

Leadership Team

Stephen Daly BEng (Hons) MSc AIRP – Managing Director 

Project & Programme Management - PPM

Stephen is a highly capable PPM consultant with a significant amount of experience in the management, planning and control of Projects and Programmes up to national infrastructure size. A qualified Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineer with a huge spectrum of industry and sector experience from the nuclear decommissioning, nuclear new build, defence, petro-chemical, manufacturing and energy markets. A specialist in the establishment of project management and controls, planning and control of major projects and programmes, programme delivery, earned value management systems and project controls platforms and tools.

Stephen is experienced in assisting businesses and organisations undertaking business improvement initiatives, PMO development, event recovery actions and major project establishment. An excellent communicator Stephen quickly establishes relationships with Project team members, senior management figures and key stakeholders including regulatory bodies.   


Michael Preston MSc – Director of Training & Compliance

Training, Leadership & PPM

Mike is a highly experienced Training specialist with over 20 years of experience in Military, Security, Nuclear and Engineering sectors. An experienced Project Manager working in and around the major project environment with several UK based clients and tier one contractors since 2014.


A Leadership expert, through 16 years of exemplary military service and several years researching leadership and psychology up to MSc level, with Portsmouth University. Mike also specialises in developing leadership capability at all levels within organisations and possesses a unique ability to explain complex concepts clearly and understandably.

Qualified in coaching/mentoring and a senior trainer Mike can help develop the skills and competence of trainers to enhance the overall learner experience. Vastly experienced working with apprentices, training providers and universities for the entire spectrum of career development, including funding streams such as apprenticeship levy, industrial training levy and LEP funding.


Consulting Team

Vicky Jones BSc MSc MAPM – Senior Consultant

Project & Programme Management - PPM

Vicky is a highly capable Project and Risk Management consultant with over ten years’ experience working on multi-million-pound projects within the UK Nuclear industry. Working as a Project Manager Vicky has enabled successful delivery of critical path items across multiple work streams and supply chain companies. She has facilitated articulation of client requirements to prospective Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors within Bid Invitation Specifications and has developed and embedded contract management arrangements suitable for project execution. Working as a Risk consultant Vicky has provided risk modelling services using quantitative risk assessment techniques for both cost and schedule (QCRA/QSRA) on complex integrated logic-linked cost-loaded project and programme schedules.

Vicky is an exceptional team player and communicator, well versed in working at all levels of delivery organisations, adept at forming, joining and collaborating with delivery teams.


Garry Dixon MAPM – Senior Consultant

Project & Programme Management - PPM

Garry is a enormously capable and experienced Project and Programme Manager with an array of industry experience and a demonstrable track record in successful delivery. Proficient in all aspects of Project and Programme delivery, team leadership, commercial engagement, business management, business development and full profit and loss responsibility. In a career of over 25 years, spanning the commercial construction, nuclear decommissioning and nuclear new build markets, Garry has developed a broad and adaptable skillset.

Garry is experienced in providing support, guidance and strategic direction to businesses and organisations who are developing and delivering projects at all stages of their lifecycle. An excellent communicator, mediator and coach, Garry is adept at managing difficult situations and building solid relationships with stakeholders, team members and management teams.


Sarah Jennings BSc - Consultant

Project & Programme Management - PPM

Sarah is a PRINCE2 qualified, driven and highly capable Project and Programme Management consultant with a variety of experience and a demonstrable track record in successful Project delivery. With a background in IT Projects, successfully planning, implementing and handing over significant IT infrastructure programmes within a Tier 1 Nuclear New Build organisation, coupled with her comprehensive knowledge of Project and Programme management, Sarah is well rounded contributor to any team.


An excellent communicator, team member and coach Sarah quickly establishes positive relationships with team members, stakeholders and senior management figures, delivering value and change in a confident and assured style.


Chris Kinsella BEng (Hons) MSc CEng MIMechE – Senior Consultant

Engineering Design & Substantiation - EDS

Chris is a demonstrably capable and competent Chartered Mechanical Engineer with a enormous amount of experience, particularly in the UK Civil and Defence Nuclear sectors. Chris has held some senior and responsible positions within both major Contractor and Client organisations, including Mechanical Responsible Engineer (RE) for a critical unit within a Tier 1 Nuclear Licensee.

A specialist in Mechanical Design and Substantiation, with a key focus on structural design and analysis of lifting equipment, pipework and pressure vessels, Chris has both the technical ability and experience to manage effective and value driven Engineering solutions - at all stages of the design lifecycle.

An accomplished team player and manager Chris brings a safe pair of hands to technical delivery.  


Phil Ellison BA (Hons) - Business Management Graduate

Consulting & Training Support

Phil joined The Herne Group in early 2020 as a Business Management Graduate undertaking a two-year development programme with the company, aimed at developing his skills and exposing him to all elements of The Herne Group business.

A Business Management graduate from LJMU, with Six Sigma Green and Yellow belt certification, Phil brings a broad spectrum of knowledge in business management and improvement. A driven, enthusiastic and committed individual, Phil supports both our consultancy and training teams in the delivery of our customer scope in addition to undertaking a comprehensive CPD programme via both internal and external training. 


Recruitment Team

Leanne Preston - Principal Recruitment Consultant

Professional Services, Trade & Industrial Recruitment

Leanne is a seasoned recruitment professional with experience of sourcing, screening and delivering candidates at various levels of organisational hierarchy, in both the Public and Private sectors. 

A driven professional, excellent communicator and committed team member Leanne quickly establishes positive relationships with Clients and Candidates alike, delivering an unrivalled service from end-to-end


Lyndsey Daly - Principal Recruitment Consultant

Professional Services, Trade & Industrial Recruitment

Lyndsey has a vast array of experience from healthcare, to planned maintenance/facilities management, to leisure and retail. As a recruiter Lyndsey brings an unparalleled style and personable touch coupled with a disciplined and methodical organisational approach.

Highly motivated, an excellent communicator and team member Lyndsey builds and maintains relationships with Clients and Candidates, going that extra mile when needed to make sure the service she gives is outstanding.



If you are interested in the services we offer please feel free to contact us directly to arrange an initial consultation with one of our Leadership Team. Being a small and personal consultancy business, we're sure we can impress with our understanding of your Business ambitions and requirements, our attention to detail and our absolute dedication to satisfying our Clients.

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