Core Team

Damion Wonfor | FOUNDER

I first encountered coaching in the late 1990s whilst I was working in a Financial Services organisation and there was a deep connection and calling to me. Coaching has become my path ever since, enabling me to live my purpose of ‘making a difference’, initially as an internal coach and then leaving my corporate career and joining a coaching consultancy in 2008.

I hold a deep gratitude and respect for all my teachers over the years including Sir John Whitmore, Diana Whitmore, Charles Brook, David Whittaker, Sue Slocombe, Vici Williams, Ed Rowland and Nicola Dunn. 

Setting up Catalyst 14 in 2017 enabled me to pull together all my experiences in training coaches and the strands of my work in Coaching, Supervision and Mindfulness.

I feel blessed to work with an exceptional team and to have the opportunity to support inspiring people across the Private, Public, Third sectors and in elite sport.

Outside of leading Catalyst 14, I live in Kent with my wife and three daughters. I have interests in Eastern Psychology, Yoga and enjoy playing tennis and running.

Damion’s profile can be found on the Coach Training Faculty page

Damion Wonfor
Damion Wonfor

Liz Palmer | Partner

I first trained as a coach in 2011 after a long professional break to raise my two sons. Having spent all of my early career in manufacturing industries working to improve the performance of individuals and teams, coaching was a way of getting back to work that I enjoyed whilst also being able to care for my children.

My youngest son has severe autism which has had a profound impact on my own journey as a coach. My interest in Clean Language and Gestalt approaches in my coaching work come from supporting him to find his own potential and bring that into the world.

I first met Damion in 2013 and we quickly discovered we shared a purpose and set of values around the work we do. I was delighted to join Damion at Catalyst14 in 2019 and, like Damion, feel blessed to work with such an exceptional team, to be able to support people across a wide range of sectors and be a part of an inspiring community of coaches.

I live in Berkshire with my husband and we enjoy regular visits with our two lovely sons. Any spare time I have you will find me rowing on the Thames.

Liz’s profile can be found on the Coach Training Faculty page

Liz Palmer

Vanessa Rogers | Relationships, Communications & Research Lead; Programme Manager

Vanessa Rogers is our Relationships, Communications & Research Lead, and helps with our marketing, the evaluation of our programmes & managing key clients & associates.

Vanessa also looks after logistics, including diary and venue management and production of materials for our public and client programmes.

She has worked in operations and programme management for over 10 years, previously for a global coach training consultancy. Prior to this, she held various L & D roles, as well as running her own training consultancy. Vanessa holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Development.

Having trained in mindfulness, it is something she uses regularly to support her own and her family’s resilience. Vanessa takes pride in providing the best service possible for our clients and is always looking for ways to improve our processes, materials and service to benefit all.

Vanessa is a keen gardener and amateur twitcher so can often be found pottering in her garden with a trowel and a camera. She also volunteers as a speaker for the Woodland Trust.

Vanessa Rogers

Juliette Middleton |Programme Manager

Prior to joining Catalyst 14, Juliette spent 5 years working as a Programme Manager with a global leadership and coaching consultancy. She also has a background in learning and development as well as running her own business providing childcare to families with multiples.

Juliette works alongside Vanessa and Sarah to support all our client and public courses.

Juliette is committed to ensuring that our clients have a seamless experience providing a high level of support as they train with Catalyst14.  Building strong relationships and providing logistical support for our clients is what Juliette enjoys most about her work.

Juliette is an excellent tap dancer and dresses up most weekends when government guidelines allow.

Dodie Noakes | Programme Manager and Accounts Administrator

Dodie Noakes works alongside Vanessa and Juliette as Programme Manager and Accounts Administrator. She oversees the logistics for various in-house programmes including our 1:2:1 Coaching and Supervision clients.

Prior to joining us, Dodie worked in various roles in operations and accounts administration, in a number of different environments.

Sarah Ratcliff| Programme Manager

Sarah Ratcliff works alongside Vanessa, Juliette and Dodie as Programme Manager to support our in-house clients.

Sarah is a trained coach and has also been working as a Covid19 vaccinator.  Before joining Catalyst 14 she had worked in operations and programme management for 10 years at a global leadership and coach training consultancy.  Prior to this she had various roles including as an Exhibition Manager for the food and drink industry and Fundraising Manager for a charity.

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