Founder and associates
For over 30 years Anita has performed internationally as a personal advisor and consultant to global corporate organisations and philanthropic institutions.
She has managed independent and privately held business leaders through some of their most exciting and challenging times.
Her passion and expertise lies in helping familes navigate their way through the tricky challenge of succession and mentoring the next generation to resolving family disputes and getting family members talking again.
Anita works side by side with individuals helping them to overcome their biggest barriers to success and happiness, by giving them the confidence, tools and experience they need to take themselves and their business interests to the next level. Her advice is often sought after a life changing event which has an effect on the status quo. Thus inspiring clients to stretch and challenge how things stand and to realize new ideas and philosophies in a fast changing world.
Anita is an entrepreneur. Through her branding agency, with her experience in marketing and communications she has consulted strategically and creatively with some of the most successful firms around the globe including L’Oreal, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Sony, GE, Boots, Pure Circle, Pret a Manger, Zurich Insurance, Boeringer, and Whatman (formerly a family business) part of the GE Group.
She is Founder and Chairman of Family Business Place a global membership which seeks to nurture family business leaders of the future. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute. She is a former Chairman of The Chief Executives Association of Great Britain, a Magistrate, a former Chairman of the Institute of Directors Kent Family Business Group, qualified teacher.
Anita is a regular speaker at events and chairs round table discussion groups on all things family and business. She facilitates sessions at conferences and seminars on a range of topics. Anita has been interviewed on BBC radio 4’s ‘Today’ as well as local radio and podcasts. She has been voted top 20 most influential business leaders in Kent .She has written articles on family business and their challenges, in both the national and local press. Anita works with two of her daughters Amalia and Olympia at Family Business Place.
Life has a funny way of throwing you lemons ….. Anita makes lemonade. She has faced, survived and thrived through difficult family dynamics, business challenges, separation, and family bereavement. Her philosophy is: to conquer fear all you need is gratitude. Be kind to yourself, ask for help, pay it forward and make a plan.
She is passionate about good giving. She is a fundraiser, volunteer mentor to youngsters who are stuck and finding it hard to lead their best lives. She treks the world for charity.
‘The advice from Anita and her team has been extremely helpful. We had a very long and productive day together yesterday, and made considerable progress. It seems to have been a catalyst in itself, and we have done some unprecedented work in exploring where we want to be, and have arrived at a consensus position (most unexpected). As we enter what will be a long and possibly tortuous process, it’s good to know there is someone to turn to who can help us along the path’.
Arabella 27 recovering from a long chronic illness. Now she has the confidence to move forward in her life knowing she matters.
Anita is undoubtedly one of the kindest, sincerest and professional ladies I have ever met and certainly made a difference in my life; a fantastic difference. Anita understands people, understands families, and understands the challenges we all face throughout our journeys in life. I like to refer to her as my Fairy Godmother. Thank you Anita for being you.
Olivia 53 successor to a 2nd generation global infrastructure business finding her feet and working on her confidence and ready to lead.
I really enjoyed the Saphora Wellbeing Review process. I was nervous to start off but Anita made it so easy for me to open up. She asked questions that sometimes we never sit back and ask ourselves which was very thought provoking for me. I allowed myself to open up and really think about what is important in my life. The most useful part was being able to focus on my aspirations and purpose in life. It was like a lightbulb moment…. I am now clear on my purpose and have a plan for the coming years on how to achieve my dreams.
It’s a very calming experience, my life is chaotic so the sessions gave me much needed thinking space and clarity. Anita’s encouragement and kind questioning made it easy to open up, express my vulnerability and think differently.
DO IT! Without a doubt. For anyone who feels nervous…. don’t be. Anita is calming and harmonious in her coaching and will put you at ease very quickly. I found I could really dig deep into my inner thoughts. I discovered things about myself in every part of the process. I have clear thoughts about future plans. Anita has given me a comprehensive wellbeing review with a follow up plan. I’m looking forward to commencing the next phase which will clarify thoughts and achieve my ultimate goals.
I would recommend Anita in a heartbeat. Her calming questioning and supporting guidance is very reassuring and really thought provoking and I found it very easy to open up and to trust her. She has a lovely gentle and caring manner which put me at ease very quickly.
For ladies that feel anyway out of control or lost with life and feel something is missing, this Saphora Wellbeing Review is perfect. You will grow as a person, finally work out what in life is important, what parts of your life are fulfilled and what areas of your life need a little encouragement and guidance. Once you have completed the process, it’s wonderful to read the final review document, as it captures your thoughts and gives you clarity for your future aspirations. I promise, this is something you won’t regret doing.
4th generation siblings now have a plan for their future lives together and separately.
The advice from Anita and her team has been extremely helpful. We had a very long and productive day together yesterday, and made considerable progress. It seems to have been a catalyst in itself, and we have done some unprecedented work in exploring where we want to be, and have arrived at a consensus position (most unexpected). As we enter what will be a long and possibly tortuous process, it’s good to know there is someone to turn to like who can help us along the path’.