Rewire Consulting was founded by Pooja Sachdev, one of the co-authors of Rewire: A Radical Approach to Tackling Diversity and Difference’ (by Yates and Sachdev).
We have worked with a wide range of organisations over the years – from blooming start-ups to large multi-nationals across different sectors.
What drives us is a passion and a commitment to bring out the best in people, teams and organisations – so we can all fulfill our potential and serve our purpose.
We do this by helping to chip away at the little and big things that stand in the way of that – whether it’s coaching individuals, designing focus groups, or working with policies and processes at a systemic level – to bring about change that is holistic, strategic and sustainable.
Our consultants are based across UK, Europe, USA and Asia and work on both local and global projects. They are specialists with decades of experience in organisational development, employee engagement, employee experience, employer brand, research, coaching, leadership development and process design.
We are currently working on a number of fresh programmes in the area of diversity and inclusion, leadership and behaviour change – aimed at tackling some of the questions that face us today:
can we really shift unconscious bias?
what really works with inclusion and diversity training?
what are the leader and manager behaviours that really matter?
how can we engage the whole organization in the change process?
how can we deal with a difficult topic like harassment in a way that drives honest conversations and real change?
where do we start?
If this interests you and you want to know more, please drop us a line. We would love to talk more!
meet the team
Pooja is an experienced business psychologist, organisational consultant and founder of Rewire Consulting. She has worked across a range of settings over the last two decades from small start-ups, public sector bodies and niche consultancies to multi-nationals in financial services, technology and media.
Pooja is particularly interested in the study of unconscious bias, behaviour change and organisational culture. She is co-author of 'Rewire: A Radical Approach to Tackling Diversity and Difference', which was published by Bloomsbury in 2015 and described by the FT as "the most refreshing approach to diversity I have read" (Nov 4, 2015).
Prior to setting up her own practice, she served as Senior Policy Officer at the (then) Commission for Racial Equality in the UK and as a Consultant in the Human Capital division at Towers Watson. In recent years, she has consulted with organisations such as Microsoft, Caterpillar, HSBC, Annapurna Pictures, Vice Media and Red Bull to help embed inclusive leadership and practices across the employee life cycle.
“Pooja is an intelligent professional who is a delight to work with. She has great judgement and integrity and will get to the heart of the matter efficiently and deliver results of a very high standard.”
– previous client (small start-up)
Pooja brings rigour, commitment and a contagious passion for bringing out the best in people, groups, relationships, and teams in order to achieve positive outcomes for individuals and organisations – beyond profit.
She has worked directly with various segments of the population, from nurses, librarians, teachers and PhD students to lawyers and senior banking executives. She is a qualified counsellor, coach and group moderator.
She has lived in three countries and is raising two feisty and fabulous daughters in London.
“With Pooja’s help, we conducted the biggest piece of qualitative research [we] had ever done, in record time and with excellent, thoughtful results that I presented to the management board. Pooja is a class operator. An expert in her field, she is thoughtful, diligent and considered, with great broader experience, which she brings to whatever she does. On top of her technical ability, she is a total pleasure to work with. I’d work with her again in a heartbeat.”
- Senior Communications manager, large multi-national
“She is extremely reliable and thorough, and very quick at understanding complex concepts and working with them. We have worked closely to put together presentations of survey results for boards and senior leadership teams, and in this work, Pooja's attention to detail and ability to make useful and practical suggestions for improvement have been huge assets.”
- Senior Insight manager, large multi-national
Areas of expertise:
Diversity and Inclusion
Culture and Change
Counselling and Coaching
Employee engagement/ Employee experience
Learning and development
Sarah has over 15 years experience in learning and organization development. She has worked both internally heading up a Learning and Talent department and as a freelance consultant for large, global companies. She started her career as a human performance consultant at Accenture then spent 5 years at Sony Pictures as Learning & Organisational Director, EMEA.
Clients include: Accenture, Sony Pictures, Sony Music, Disney, Giorgio Armani, Haymarket, Matches Fashion, Foster and Partners and DVF.
Sarah studied her Business Management degree at Kings College, University of London.
Additional certifications include:
Korn Ferry Lominger Voices 360 Feedback
Emotional Intelligence EQ2.0 , MBTI and DISC
Coaching with Co-active
NLP Master Practitioner
Non-violent communication and mindfulness
Sarah is passionate about helping her clients to increase their levels self-awareness. Her workshops are pragmatic, engaging and practical. Her emphasis is on the follow through, ensuring that participants are committed to making tangible changes.
Sonia K. Narang is an architect of change - real change for people, for Business and for Good. Sonia has 15+ years of experience in Organization Effectiveness, learning and development and executive coaching in global organizations.
For the past five years Sonia has been consulting to organizations such as Microsoft, Estee Lauder, Annapurna Pictures, Caterpillar, Red Bull, and Vice on culture and change management, performance enhancement, organization design, inclusion & diversity, and building digital capability.
Prior to starting her own practice, Sonia served as an internal Organization Development Consultant for Sony Pictures Entertainment, ABC Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company (EMEA) and American Express. Sonia relishes in the challenge of consulting to different sectors and helping people and organizations on the brink of new chapters in life or work.
Sonia is a graduate of the University of Southern California and has a Masters in Organization Behavior from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Sonia’s “soul” work includes helping refugees and survivors of torture navigate the Western job market and culture. Sonia is an all-around nerd, loves to read, work out, eat food at hole in the walls and is a Bollywood and Hollywood movie enthusiast.
Areas of expertise:
Building leader teacher curriculum
Inclusion and Diversity
Tom served for 27 years at American Express, leading a variety of corporate HRD, quality, engineering and HR business partner functions.
Facing a wave of restructuring efforts in the mid-1990s, Tom helped to form the AXP Global Organization Effectiveness Group as a Center of Excellence for leading strategic organization changes. As leader of this function, he led and oversaw a wide range of strategic organization design, employee engagement, capability building and change management efforts.
As a Senior OE leader at American Express Company, Tom was involved in numerous strategic changes, including corporate restructuring in response to the economic crises following 9/11 and the 2008 credit crisis and providing HR leadership for the creation of the Global Business Travel joint venture.
Tom’s extensive experience working at corporate, divisional, business and functional leadership levels him to launch Leitko Consulting LLC. The company has since worked with financial services, travel services, retail, beauty, entertainment, and pharmaceutical companies operating in US and international markets.
Tom has published articles in Organizational Dynamics, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Work and Occupations and other refereed journals.
Tom holds a PhD in Sociology, with specializations in complex organizations and research methodology, from the University of Delaware
Emma is an accredited Associate Executive Coaching Practitioner, Talent Development Professional and Learning Designer. She has 10 years of experience across a range of industries including, professional services, consulting, tech, media, travel and FMCG. Emma launched her HR career at PwC, and has since worked with individuals, teams and leaders in a variety of settings; ranging from multinational conglomerates to hyper-growth start-ups.
Emma is passionate about the complex relationships between people, performance, potential, and work. She splits her time between workplace coaching and L&D projects; using both channels to facilitate exploration and growth for a diverse, international client base.
As a learning designer, Emma combines her background in people and development with her creative strengths. This approach is enriched by her experience as a coach. She prioritises each learner’s empowerment; creating synergy between the audience, experience, culture and learning objectives. Her style is fresh, experiential and seeks to keep the topic alive for the audience well beyond the initial learning experience– supporting authentic, sustainable change.
“Emma is a seasoned L&D expert who took the time understand my team, culture and needs of my business. She challenged my reasoning and helped me to think differently about the structure I was building. Couple this with Emma's positive attitude and strong business acumen and she's an invaluable business partner across people and L&D. I highly recommend her.”
– COO, Tech
"“Emma has been working with me as a coach for several months now and I'm more than happy with the huge number of positive gains I've made in return for the effort put in with her. To articulate your challenges and successes to a third party brings out such an improved understanding. This is sped up further by Emma's well placed, timely questions and prompts. I value my time greatly, and I'm more than happy with the huge ROI I get back from my coaching sessions with Emma.”
– CEO and Founder, Start-up
Areas of expertise
Learning and Talent Development
Learning and Experience Design
People Engagement and Workplace Happiness
Understanding and engaging young talent
Sophie combines her business knowledge and HR expertise to work with various organisations, businesses and individuals to enhance effectiveness and drive improved long-term performance.
She is versatile and adaptable and has had the opportunity to develop and apply a broad set of skills throughout her career. Sophie designs and delivers leadership, development and change solutions for both large and small organisations from financial services providers to FMCG, Tech, Pharmaceutical and Engineering.
Sophie also undertakes major research and organisational effectiveness projects to help organisations better understand the culture, complexity and demands of their people and organisations. She uses a full range of organisational change methodologies and approaches to develop leaders in organisations and support them in deploying more strategic and effective ways of working with their people.
She brings insight and professionalism to her clients with a pragmatic, balanced, and insightful style. Her aim is to work seamlessly to achieve a consistent and successful approach, to deliver value to her clients and their businesses.
Sophie holds a BA (hons) in Interior Architecture, an MA in HRM Strategy and Change and is licensed to use various personality and psychometric tools such as MBTI, FIRO-b, etc. She has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Brighton business school for undergraduate and post-graduate students on International HRM, and a School Governor for children with special educational needs.
Areas of expertise
Developing and delivering solutions to meet individual and organisational needs.
Identifying connections and patterns, condensing large amounts of information to useful forms and crucially being able to present this information to both individual and organisational audiences to create change or a new direction.
Coaching through introspection, reflection and realisation to achieve change and potential.
Expert observational and listening skills linking behaviours, themes and people to understand why situations and/or practices develop in the workplace and what can be done about them!
The future of the workplace isn’t like anything we’ve seen or worked in before. This future requires a different response; Sophie works with individuals, teams and organisations to help apply the latest thinking and organise effectively.