The Team

Bridget McIntyre

Bridget is the founder of dream on. She is passionate about bringing out the best in people and providing the support and encouragement to others that she has had through her life.

After graduating in business, Bridget trained as an accountant. She spent the first ten years of her career working in many different businesses varying from car manufacturing to book publishing, from radar development to consulting. She gained a broad understanding of business and financial management.

She moved to work at Norwich Union (now known as Aviva) in financial services. She started as finance manager and her career in financial services culminated at RSA where she was UK CEO & a plc director.

Bridget currently holds non-executive roles at Adnams and Saga. She is a governor of the Health Foundation and the balance of her time is spent both coaching, running workshops and developing the dream on business.

Karen Mills is part of the Alitus team

Karen Mills

Karen has lived in Suffolk for much of her life and also enjoyed a stint in our glorious capital city working at the Bank of England. She began her career as an accountant but had always wanted to be a teacher so when her children were small she decided to take a change in direction and get an Open University degree so that she could follow her dream.

Now, several years later her 3 children are grown up and her eldest daughter, Cathryn, has two children of her own. Karen has twins, one of whom lives and works in Dubai as a Chartered Secretary and one of whom works as a nursery nurse and has benefitted from the Blossom programme.

Karen has enjoyed her time in education and is currently working as a Headteacher in a primary school in Ipswich (part time). However her first love remains in supporting the many children who come to her school and their families rather than wrestling with paperwork.

Karen has known Bridget for many years, having worked with her at Willis in Ipswich. At this insurance giant they used to work hard but also got up to a few practical jokes (they will remain a secret!).

When time allows Karen has many things that she likes doing, including writing stories, drawing and playing a few musical instruments (not very well). Like Bridget she plays the recorder but she has never owned a pink one.

Karen has been involved with Dream On from its very early days and is proud to be a part of an enterprise that is essentially so nurturing and encouraging to women - long may its success continue.

Martin Woods

Martin is a skilled facilitator, trainer and coach who brings his many years in corporate life together with his facilitation, coaching and therapy skills. 

He was Head of Leadership Development at Norwich Union and has worked across cultures in France, Germany, Switzerland, Middle East (Dubai), USA, Northern Ireland, Eire and Gibraltar. 

His work centres on the development of businesses through people using organisation development as a prime focus. An accredited coach with the Association for Coaching, Martin's predominant and current fascination is in growing the human potential of individuals, teams and organisations.

Louise Hammond

Louise joined Alitus as a coach during 2014 after meeting Bridget at a make over day to celebrate her move into retirement she was looking for something to give back following a long and rewarding career and the values and special chemistry she experienced at Alitus seemed perfect.

Louise enjoyed a long career in the public sector working for both Suffolk County Council and latterly St Edmundsbury Borough Council leading their Human Resources Team. She pioneered flexible working policies and women’s development programmes. She is passionate about our individual ability to grow and develop given encouragement and support and enjoys working with others in a one to one environment.

Louise is married with 2 girls who are now both pursuing their own careers. Louise volunteers in her local community fund raising for sports and leisure facilities and at a Jobs Club. She is a fitness enthusiast enjoying running and cycling. In her spare time you can find her gardening, reading, entertaining and supporting ITFC.

Elizabeth Harrold

Attracted by Alitus' positive and unique personal philosophy, Elizabeth joined the team back in 2012. With a specific interest in behaviour change and lifestyle management, Elizabeth has recently been awarded her PhD in Psychology and is dedicated to using her applied experience to help others in both professional and personal contexts.

Elizabeth’s passion in coaching comes from wanting to connect with people, take an interest in who they are and believe what they are capable of. She enjoys challenging people to find their passion, reach their full potential and live with purpose. Brought-up to try different things, set goals and challenge herself, she understands what it is like to experience times of disappointment and the importance of managing her own and others expectations. She will work with you to identify your strengths and use them to take action on your hopes, dreams and plans.

Married to a farmer, when she is not working, Elizabeth enjoys pottering about the North Norfolk countryside in her wellie boots with her dog Frank.

Susie Donaldson

Susie is Coaching Supervisor at Alitus and aims  to offer Coaches a strong and professional support system, enabling them to provide the best possible service and experience for their Coachees.  We at Alitus, and Susie, believe that the coaches own supervision, training and therapy are an essential part of their ability to help and develop their clients.

Susie originally qualified as a Dietitian, specialising in supporting patients with chronic life-limiting conditions.  She managed the Suffolk wide Nutrition and Dietetic Service before leaving the NHS to raise her two boys and pursue a new career as a counsellor. Susie has been the Director of Inspire Counselling and Training, in Ipswich, for almost 12 years where she manages the day to day and strategic operation of this growing charity.   She specialises in counselling couples, is  a counselling supervisor and runs a small private practice from home.

Susie is  also the Director of Training Standards for Barnabas Counselling Training, a national counselling training organisation.  She is an experienced trainer and is passionate about educating and equipping those at different stages of their counselling career.  Susie loves to develop new courses, creating relevant and innovative programmes which inspire others.

Outside of work Susie is usually found in the kitchen where she loves to experiment with food and flavours.  Family is incredibly important to Susie and she loves to spend time with her husband, boys, step-daughters and friends.  When time allows they enjoy  escaping home to Scotland where family, mountains and beaches provide a welcome retreat for them and their gorgeous Goldendoodle Bella.

Ken Donaldson

Ken describes himself as having "a rich and broad wealth of life experience”!

With a Scottish heritage and upbringing, Ken moved to England when he was twelve and has worked in senior management positions in four sectors of industry over the last forty years. He has run charities in London and Suffolk and has also been involved in church team leadership. His work took him to East Africa for three years where he says, “the country got under my skin” and he returns as often as he can to work in impoverished communities. He has held trusteeships of several charities.

Ken runs his own private practice from Bothy House in Eye. He is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a qualified counsellor, couples practitioner, Life Purpose coach and clinical supervisor of counsellors. He regularly trains various counselling modules and offers bespoke training to corporates and charities. Ken is also a co-director of a counselling training company and trustee of a counselling and training charity in Suffolk. His passion is to see people grow, develop and to realise their potential. His inclusive and positive approach is attentive and visionary, enabling a collaborative way of finding and working toward people’s goals.

Ken enjoys family time with his wife Susie, two daughters, two step-sons and loves to walk with his Goldendoodle, Bella! He has a passion for birdlife which dovetails nicely with gardening a third of an acre at home. A keen sportsman in his youth, Ken would, given the chance, be on the golf course as much as he could!