Nicola has long been fascinated by the complexities and patterns of human behaviour. She is a psychotherapist and corporate coach with 20 years of experience working in people development.

She moved from counselling to leading national projects through partnerships with government and the voluntary and private sectors. Her role also included recruiting, screening and training key people for the projects; she then transitioned to consultancy and executive coaching.

Nicola is passionate about doing work with people that creates awareness, growth and results. She does this through creating authentic dialogues and partnership that sets the scene for optimal performance. She uses her knowledge and understanding of both individual and group high-level performance as gained in her M.Sc. in Performance Psychology whilst leveraging her experience around the psychology of success linked to high-level performance in organizations. Nicola also furthered her training with the European Association for Gestalt Leadership and Organisational Development (EAGLOD) and is a Corporate Coach U graduate (CCUG).

She worked in Scotland with senior teams around team effectiveness with global corporates and has coached executives and entrepreneurs based in the U.K, Spain, Turkey, Germany and Africa.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends; she loves reading, music and the performing arts especially modern dance.

Ellie is the founder of Baton&Baton, a global boutique leadership consultancy. More recently, she also co-founded the Mindbeat Coaching Platform, a new to market digital coaching and mentoring platform. Both businesses are inspired by their mission to help people be their best, most fulfilled, productive selves, in and out of work.

Ellie has 17 years’ experience of working with leading FTSE100 companies across a range of industries, including financial services, consulting, telecoms, energy, entertainment and leisure. She also works extensively with entrepreneurial start-ups and SMEs.

Prior to founding Baton&Baton in 2014, she worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Merrill Lynch, and YSC in London. After leading a number of regional assignments in Hong Kong, Ellie moved to Mumbai to found YSC's India business in 2009 where she grew and headed the business for 2 years. She holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Malta, and an M.Sc in Occupational Psychology from the University of London.

Ellie is of Maltese-Swedish origin and grew up in Switzerland. She is a mum to two young children, Lily Rose and Sam. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, reading, travelling and has a big love of cultural heritage.

Farley is an accredited coach working with clients across a number of sectors. He helps them thrive by jointly developing creative ways of addressing opportunities and challenges. His style is dynamic and enterprising, matching his clients' pace and ambitions.

With considerable experience of global management and leadership, Farley is empathetic and pragmatic in his work. He appreciates that executives are important parts of a system of relationships that they influence and are influenced by. Farley’s clients typically find it rewarding to work with him on optimizing their roles in their respective systems.

Farley’s work is informed by his exposure to the challenges of communication and collaboration in ever more complex settings, the relentless pressure to perform, the responsibilities and isolation of leaders, and the implications of succeeding in competitive environments. He has a keen interest in helping executives to better navigate complex situations, and harness their presence and language as part of the leadership toolkit.

Farley has successfully developed and led teams for most of his career. He has substantial experience in sales, marketing, customer service, product and market development, strategy, governance and planning. Since 2001, Farley has held global leadership roles in one of the world’s largest banks, where he systematically coached and mentored a wide range of executives. He was ultimately responsible for a global business line. In 2014, he fulfilled a long standing aspiration to establish his own coaching and leadership advisory practice. As part of this, Farley founded Leaders’ Compact, a peer-advisory group of cross-sector CEOs based in London. He is a Senior Adviser to A Blueprint for a Better Business which works with large companies to stimulate positive behavioural change.

Maggie is an Associate of Baton&Baton, and sits on its Advisory Board.

She is a former KPMG Partner, where she worked for over 30 years in London, Paris and Frankfurt. 

She has extensive experience of working with global, mid-market and privately-owned corporates across a range of sectors, supporting them in their strategic activities.

Maggie is passionate about developing people professionally, particularly at transitional points in their career.  As a career mentor, Maggie draws on and shares her own long-accumulated experiences to help her mentees build their confidence and achieve their full potential as they prepare themselves for leadership roles.  She also helps mentees to navigate the politics of the workplace, whilst staying true to their personal culture and values.

Maggie was born and bred in London, and has also lived, studied and worked in France and Germany, giving her international insight and cross-cultural awareness. Throughout her career, Maggie has been a champion of diversity and inclusion.

Outside of work, Maggie’s interests vary from charitable activities to travelling to following Chelsea football club!

Peggy is a registered Industrial-Organisational Psychologist and organisational development specialist with over 15 years’ experience partnering with clients to design, drive and implement integrated people strategies. She is specialized in executive assessment, leadership development, talent management, executive coaching, assessment & development centres, as well as recruitment & selection.

She has extensive exposure to boards, senior executives, middle management and graduate populations. She has experience of working with global leading FTSE100 companies across a range of industries and sectors, including but not limited to FMCG, oil and gas, financial services, retail, pharmaceutical and airlines. Peggy has strong global benchmarks gained through significant international and cross-cultural experience. She has designed and delivered assessment centres and leadership and development interventions in countries including the UK, China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Taiwan.

Prior to working with Baton&Baton, she worked with YSC and SHL. Peggy was born and grew up in Hong Kong. She worked in YSC’s London and Hong Kong offices for 7 years and SHL for 7 years. She worked in Beijing and Shanghai for 4 years and headed the SHL China Buiness in Shanghai for 2 years. She holds a B.Sc in Psychology from the University of Hong Kong and obtained an M. Phil of Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

Peggy is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Michael is a creative professional interested in anything design, technological and web based, with a passion for developing robust web-based systems.

He has over 7 years of experience in the software design and development world and combines an aptitude for big-picture thinking with serious development chops - honed in his professional practice and through his insatiable desire to experiment with side projects and new technologies.


Instead of solving complex problems, he prefers to spend the time redefining them into simpler ones and applies this thinking in both his approach to writing quality & maintainable software and building great interfaces.


Outside of work, Mike is a keen musician with two albums released and (hopefully) more to come.



Sophie Giles is an experienced business psychologist with commercial savvy.

She has extensive experience working with senior executives across a range of industries – digital media, professional services, financial services, FMCG, engineering, retail – and geographies given her own experiences at a leading investment bank, as an outplacement and change consultant, and latterly over nine years at a premier business psychology consultancy.

Sophie is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, drawing widely on the rich research this professional training, expertise and membership provides. She founded her own consultancy, Mantis Insight, and laterally partners with Baton&Baton on client engagements and thinking in the leadership and talent space.

Cathy is driven by a fascination of people, their behaviour and how they interact with themselves, each other and their environments.

She is an experienced psychotherapist and executive coach who is particularly interested in the dynamic interplay between organisations and their people that results in boosting growth for all.

An effective listener who holds a deep respect for each individual, Cathy takes pleasure in being positive and creative in all that she does.  She is the founder of Qualia Malta and partners with Baton&Baton whose vision and values resonate deeply with her.

Cathy is currently reading for a professional doctorate in Gestalt Psychotherapy and its application within organisations.

Outside of work, Cathy enjoys spending time with her family, reading, connecting with friends and walking.

Matthew is an experienced business advisor with strong multi-industry experience specialising in Management Consultancy, Business Development, Research and Project Management.

Having been worked Senior Consultant for a leading boutique advisory firm and later a Senior Manager with a leading international Advisory firm, Matthew has developed wide ranging experience in the consultancy field by working alongside numerous clients hailing from different industries. Matthew has a passion for learning and analysing different industries and such interest has enabled him to keep abreast with developments in numerous industries and developed particular specialisation in Healthcare, Pharma, IT, iGaming, Education and Automotive. He is also a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Marketing at the University of Malta, where he teaches Marketing Research techniques to marketing undergraduate students. 

Matthew has completed his postgraduate studies in Scotland where he developed a number of international links both in education and other fields, through which he has been able to develop and lead numerous international projects involving partners from across the world.

Outside of work Matthew enjoys travelling to exotic locations and exploring new cultures, reading and diving.

Joanne is the Head of Coaching & Mentoring for Mindbeat. She has 17 years' experience working within the Retail and Food & Beverage Industries with brands such as Starbucks, The Body Shop and Pizza Hut holding various Regional Management roles across multiple countries.

Jo's passion lies in working with individuals and teams to drive excellence. In her early career this was evident from her business results alone but this later matured into an obsession for nurturing the potential in teams and individuals, building the leadership qualities necessary to inspire and stimulate action, developing the incredible teams necessary to drive long term results.

With Baton & Baton, Jo has seized the opportunity to amalgamate her business acumen, leadership and coaching capabilities to add value to organisations by offering customised coaching packages to the individuals at the heart of the organisation. Jo is hugely passionate about the benefit this would have added to her own teams and her own personal development over the years and this challenges Jo to consistently ensure results are aligned with the needs of clients' wider business goals so the benefits of cultivating talent in this way are evident to all.

Jo is from the North of England and has been working Internationally for the past 11 years in The Middle East, US and Europe. She now resides in Malta with her husband and two children and loves the life-style the Mediterranean has to offer. She enjoys travel and loves inspiring positive change in others through her part-time Life Coaching Business.

Since his university days Jonathan has been involved in various start-ups and ventures in various sectors ranging from event management, media, marketing, online portals and retail with the latter including posts of Non-Executive Chairman for the Carrefour Supermarket Franchisees and Managing Director for Tommy Hilfiger and Armani Jeans monobrand stores and operation in Malta.

After turning forty, Jonathan decided to move on from his current business interests, take a long sabbatical, write a book and then develop one of his earlier passions – cognitive behaviour.  He obtained his Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Coaching in London and since then has coached both individuals and teams. Jonathan’s business experience, coaching and personal skills help him add value and ‘achieve breakthrough’ to organisations, shareholders and management. Jonathan has lived and worked in Malta, Sydney and New York and outside of work he maintains a regular training schedule of trail running and swimming since he practices the enduring sport of Swimrun. Jonathan is also the co-founder and producer of Teatru Unplugged, a concert held annually, since 1998, at Malta’s National Theatre, and Designate Chairman on the Board of Trustees for the Richmond Foundation.

When restructuring our management team and strengthening our leadership, we have found the baton& baton approach to be thoroughly professional, structured and insightful. The results have been extremely gratifying and we look forward for further and closer cooperation with Elisa and her team.