Our people have a wealth of expertise, creativity and passion

Find out a little more about the people who make The Resilience Development Company your learning and development experts.

Since we started back in 2013, we have been a company dedicated to helping people live better, work better and feel better.  Our mission is to help people around the world help themselves and others be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in their everyday lives. We believe resilience skills and community resilience are the most effective way of achieving this.

David Ogilvie

David is our CEO with decades of experience in individual, team, and board-level development. He has worked across commercial, public and third sectors with organisations such as NHS, Banks and Government.

His work draws on previous senior leadership roles in the finance industry, non-exec directorships and memberships of groups such as Subject Matter Panels at the Charted Management Institute and Government Mental Health Strategy and Reviews.

Professionally, David specialises in designing leadership programmes, senior team coaching, personal, team and cultural resilience. He’s passionate about positive mental health, building resilience in young people and bringing communities together to tackle systemic issues.

Jon Watkins

Jon is our COO with decades of experience in building, training and leading high-performance teams and people.

His work draws on previous roles in UK Special Forces operating in a high-performance culture, complex, high pressurised & uncertain environments and managing multiple high-priority assignments simultaneously.

Professionally, Jon specialises in designing emerging leadership programmes, team coaching, mindset, and resilience for performance. He’s passionate about positive mental health, supporting veterans transitioning to civilian life and sport. He enjoys busting the myths around how elite performance is achieved and sustained and how attainable it is with the right skillset, habits and behaviours.

Louise Scambler

Lou brings things to life. She is a super talented facilitator, professional coach and prefers to work in community projects. Her top strength is humour and without question is the funniest and most generous person in the office. Fact.   

Louise’s background is predominantly in the film industry followed by training in retail environments so she is used to delivering in high pressure situations. Clients really warm to her genuine interest in people and if we need a creative and engaging way to get a skill across she is the first person we turn to. She is also the one with the most breadth of delivery experience having worked with Princes Trust, schools and vulnerable adults.

Emma Ogilvie

Emma is our Chief Research Officer who ensures things happen when you need them to happen. She also leads the development of our online programmes and community initiatives.

Her work draws on her Psychology and Counselling background, Subject Matter Expert in Resilience and Mental Health and involvement at the Government level in Mental Health Policies, Strategic Reviews and Scrutiny.

As a chartered member of the British Psychological Society,  Emma is passionate about helping people develop a happier, healthier and more productive life, both professionally and personally. She enjoys working with corporate organisations to support school communities build their resilience and positive mental health.