Alan Heckman

Alan is a group facilitator with more than 18 years of experience in designing participatory processes and events in the public and and charitable sectors.

Alan is able to work with your team, group, or organisation to get real engagement, so that everyone is able to contribute their skills and expertise to getting the best decision, and everyone leaves with a strong commitment to real action. Alan’s event design is deeply rooted in ICA methods and values, but is always fresh and completely focused on meeting the aims of the group in a genuine, realistic and engaging way.

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Ann Lukens

Ann Lukens is a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and leadership consultant.  She has a strong practice in team and group conflicts, supporting teams (and the individuals that form them) through organisational change, when changes to work patterns, roles and culture are in place, using Strategic Planning,  Coaching, and Mediation.

She combines training with these interventions to support sustainable working practices.  She is a community and workplace mediator and worked with the Kumi project in the international arena.  As a trainer, Ann has trained 100s in Having Difficult Conversations, Managing Conflict and Mediation, and ICA’s ToP facilitation methods.  She is currently developing her Elder Mediation practice and her work as an Action Learning Set facilitator for Mediators and Facilitators wanting supervision and support. Ann received her MSc in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Birkbeck in 2007. She resides in Wales.

See a recent case study of Ann’s work with Natural England here.

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Martin Gilbraith

I am an independent facilitator, trainer and consultant based in London.  I am a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) of the International Association of Facilitators, former IAF Chair and IAF Europe Director. I am an ICA Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF) and a licensed provider and experienced lead trainer of ICA:UK Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitation training courses.  I am past President of the Institute of Cultural Affairs International (ICAI) and former Chief Executive of ICA:UK, the participation and development charity.  I have been facilitating and training, specialising in ICA’s ToP facilitation methodology, since 1986.

As a Certified Professional Facilitator, my clients are assured that I uphold the IAF Code of Ethics and that I demonstrate the full range of core Facilitator CompetenciesFor more on me and my work, and what others have to say about it, please see about me, how I work, who I work with and recommendations & case studies.

Órla Cronin

Órla is a facilitator, trainer and consultant to NGOs and other civil society organisations. As a research psychologist and ex-academic, with private sector and overseas experience, she loves training and facilitating a wide variety of people and groups. She aims to bring her whole self to training, and receives consistently positive feedback: ‘a brilliant and resourceful trainer’.

Her CV is available at and her company website is She tweets occasionally at @croninorla and @frameworkorg. Órla has used ToP methods in a wide variety of settings, with participants as varied as senior scientists, academics, engineers, young people with learning disabilities, young female footballers, and Welsh Assembly members.

She works globally, via her virtual training and facilitation activities. She trains in English, but can also work in French and Spanish, and is also experienced and comfortable working through interpreters. Órla trains Group Facilitation Methods, Action Planning and Virtual Facilitation Online for ICA:UK and ICA:USA, and also enjoys developing and delivering bespoke training, particularly in the area of virtual facilitation.

Dawn Williams

Dawn is a very experienced creative facilitator, evaluator and trainer and has a particular interest in Arts and Health. Dawn is passionate about the power of arts to transform lives and has been working for over 35 years in and with communities in the North East.

Dawn is a founding member of Riverside Associates and regularly collaborates with two other colleagues to design and facilitate regional and national learning programmes, company away days and workshops. Dawn works for 3 days a week at Sage Gateshead where she is responsible for developing partnerships with health organisations. She is also the company facilitator and SCRUM Master.

Dawn pays attention to setting up the workshop/meeting space. She creates an atmosphere where the focus is on participation, and where everyone is able to bring their own experience, and have their voices heard. ToP Methodology underpins all her work which is why she is delighted to be delivering ICA:UK Group Facilitation Methods Training!

Recent clients include: Great Exhibition of The North – N18 Digital Artist Learning Programme, Navigator North, Northern Stage, Voices Foundation, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Skimstone Arts, Beacon Film Arts, Open Orchestra, Durham Miners Association


Bhavesh S. Patel

Bhav designs and facilitates learning and development for people, organisations, and networks. He believes that in an increasingly uncertain world, there are no off-the-shelf ideal pre-defined solutions. Instead, organisations can find their evolutionary capacity through engaging the hearts and minds of their own people. This leads to work that could be about anything from strategic development, improving organisational processes, to community groups discovering their shared vision. He also works as a trainer delivering workshops that explore skills in self-management, communication, coaching, designing and delivering training and facilitation.
His approach draws on an eclectic combination of complexity science, dialogic participatory practices, and cognitive science. He enjoys working with the natural and often messy ways that humans come together to experiment and innovate. He has a Masters in Management Psychology, and accreditations in Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Technology of Participation, Human Systems Dynamics, and Cognitive Edge. His methods include Open Space Technology, World Café, Appreciative Inquiry, Theory U.

He has worked in Cambodia, South Africa, Australia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, France, Switzerland, Vietnam, Thailand, Sweden, Holland, India, Norway, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, UK, and South Sudan. His clients are a mix of social and corporate and include Shell, Motorola, Deutsche Bank, Malaysia TV3, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Aberdeen Asset Management, Singapore Institute of Management, Lafarge, Fraser & Neave, Zuellig Pharma, Averis, Bangkok Bank, Prudential, Endava, World Wide Fund for Nature, World Health Organisation, Initiatives of Change, Initiative Mittel Und Osteuropa, EcoVisio, Peace Corps, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, UNICEF, Expert-Grup, Mobiasbanca, MitOst, Wikimedia, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

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Miriam O Donoghue

Miriam is an independent facilitator, trainer and consultant based in Dublin, Ireland. Miriam comes with a strong background and experience of working in the Education and Training sector both nationally and internationally and has held senior management roles in Curriculum Development and Education Support Services.

Miriam enjoys designing and facilitating memorable and engaging programmes, processes and professional development activities for groups and networks.

Miriam is a lead trainer for ICA UK and the ToP Group Facilitation Methods; Focused Conversation Method and Consensus Workshop Method. Miriam is an experienced LEGO® Serious Play® Facilitator and is a Trainer of creative LEGO® based methods and approaches. She is also a Tony Buzan licensed Mind Mapping instructor and a Trainer of ZOOMERGISERS, an online energiser programme.

Miriam holds an M.Ed in leadership and management and Post Graduate qualifications in learning and teaching, educational administration and public relations.

Email: LinkedIn: Twitter: @modonoghue11

Megan Evans

Megan is a trainer, facilitator and consultant based in Wales, UK focusing on supporting charities, NGO’s and communities to develop their skills, systems and knowledge to help them meet new challenges. Using a solution focus and consensus building approach her methods and style help bring people together to achieve successful group outcomes.

A qualified teacher and trainer, Megan uses a flexible and participative approach and is comfortable training in both virtual and face to face environments. As an independent consultant she has designed and facilitated numerous large and small workshops and events using a range of methods such as the Technology of Participation, Open Space, Liberating Structures and World Café.

Before becoming an independent consultant, Megan project managed a number of Welsh community development initiatives aimed at supporting and upskilling groups, public sector organisations and communities in a range of facilitative and participative methods. In 2003, whilst looking for examples of engaging and beneficial facilitative methods she came across ICA:UK and ToP methodologies and have been using the methods ever since!

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Jonathan Dudding

Jonathan has been employed by different members of the ICA network in Africa and Europe since 1992, developing skills in consultancy, facilitation and training. In addition to continuing to practice and develop these skills, he acted as the Director of ICA:UK until April 2021.

He has extensive experience in working with a wide range of local, national and international clients, including governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, international NGOs, and national organisations.

Jonathan has worked in around 40 countries, primarily in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, bringing a human-centred, participatory approach to tasks such as strategic planning, organisational development, partnership working and programme/event design. He puts particular emphasis on seeking to enable others to “shine”, supporting the development of their skills as facilitators, as trainers and as champions of the human factor in development.

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Brigitt Altwegg

Brigitt facilitates strategic planning and team building retreats for UN agencies, grant-making foundations and public services and she organises and delivers facilitation training in Switzerland. Believing in the power of bringing together different personalities, experiences and perspectives, she likes to create space for dialogue, learning and action.

Following her MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva and her MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European Peace University, she worked as Assistant to the Director of the human rights organisation TRIAL International (2009-2012), as Programme Manager Trust building for IofC Switzerland (2012-2020) and is currently the Project Officer at the Climate Plan Unit of the Vaud Canton in Switzerland (2020). She is also a professional rock climbing instructor.

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Anna Krebs

Anna Krebs is facilitator and coach and delivers facilitation trainings in Switzerland. Her work aims at awareness-based transformation and focuses on creative and participatory group processes, inclusion and gender. 

Anna holds a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communication and is a certified life coach. Besides ToP, her approach is a mix of different methodologies such as Theory U and Art of Hosting. Through her work she wants to enable ripples of positive change in individuals and organisations.

David Warren

Having worked for many years in Project Management for City Analytical Services and as a dialogue coordinator for The Environment Council, in 2005 David decided to follow his passion for social change by becoming an independent facilitator. Since then he has gained a broad range of experience in facilitation with both public, private and voluntary organisations and embarked on his ICA:UK trainer’s journey. Now, having spent close to a decade training ICA:UK’s courses, David is one of ICA:UK most experienced trainers.

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