“Thora is currently working with me to help me refocus on what’s important to me in terms of my career. I am extremely impressed with the approach Thora has used so far which allows me to prioritise what’s important to me, focus on my key strengths and we have started to set some short/long term goals in a logical and methodical manner.”
Senior Marketing Executive, Royal Mail
“I used the Career Exploration services provided by Thora when unsure about my future career path after completion of a PhD in science. I was impressed with the usefulness of the tools she uses and her genuinely helpful and flexible approach. The programme helped me to re-examine my strengths and needs in a very organised and focussed manner.”
Kasia Bankowska, Pirbright Institute, Surrey
“Thora is one of the most committed team members I have ever had. Passionate about whatever she does and is prepared to put in the time to deliver more than expected.”
Carlos Keener, Director, Beyond the Deal
“Thora has helped me find my direction. As a mature student and having almost completed my degree I was unsure of what I wanted to do next. I have found out more about myself and the program has been both fun and interesting. The ICCS system works very well and as a consultant Thora was great.”
T Vilhjalmsdottir Wright, Reykjavik, Iceland
“We have greatly appreciated Thora’s time and effort. She has helped us by reviewing progress, assessing needs and setting goals. Warm, approachable and resourceful, her skills have helped clients in their goal to return to the workplace.”
Amanda Robinson, Deputy CEO, Oakleaf Enterprises
“I have known Thora as her PhD supervisor, as a colleague and friend. The topic of her thesis, the data collection methodology, and her interpretation of the data made a significant contribution to management theory and practice. Moreover, the project, which was conducted within the context of mergers and acquisitions, filled a large gap in that field. Later, at my invitation, she contributed a chapter based on the findings of her doctoral research to one of my books, entitled International Business Partnerships: Issues and Concerns. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001). Since the completion of her doctoral studies, Thora has pursued a successful professional career.”
Dr Monir Tayeb, PhD supervisor
Published writer in trade and academic journals, including International Business Partnerships: Issues and Concerns.
Bolstered with an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Thora went on to complete her PhD, The Human Element in Business Acquisitions: A Process View of Success. Her success in this led to Thora’s receiving acclaim and notice, prompting an invitation from her PhD supervisor to contribute to a book entitled, International Business Partnerships, published by Palgrave MacMillan. This book has been used extensively by Universities world-wide.
Completing her PhD at Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, and passed by Dr. Desmond Graves of Templeton College, Oxford University, her thesis examines the culture change and individual experiences during the post-merger integration phase, and the impact on the success of the acquisitions. The topic, data methodology and interpretation are considered to have made a significant contribution to management theory and practice.
Thora founded her business in order to offer services around her fullsome personal, professional and academic experience of change. With over 20 years of experience—and armed with extensive diagnostic and assessment experience in a variety of contexts, good interpersonal, analytical and business skills in dealing with colleagues and clients at all levels— Thora’s mission is to help individuals and companies increase satisfaction and improve work adjustment. She has grown a team of specialists to offer a comprehensive M+A Optimisation Service. Please visit the What We Bring page for further details.
Thora has extensive experience in the research sector, conducting research for consultancies, public sector organisations, as well as for a boutique post-merger integration consultancy, Beyond the Deal LLP in London, alongside Thomson Reuters. She has also accrued extensive experience with a range of commercial organisations, such as Bank of America, and several leading market research firms, in Europe and North America, and has worked in recruitment and trained as an ICCS® consultant.
Thora has helped niche boutique and specialist HR/OD consultancies develop diagnostic tools and services to assess various aspects of employee engagement and satisfaction. She has also worked for management schools, conducting research into organisational behaviour, including the University of Surrey Management School. Across several years’ experience leading major accounts in the market research and software sector, most recently for SPSS – MR (now IBM Analytics), Thora equipped herself with exceptional client facing and management skills, and strong relationships with major European clients.
These experiences position Thora, uniquely and powerfully, to offer highly specialised services around diagnostic interviewing and assessments on sensitive matters, and transition facilitation for individuals, aspiring and small business owners and established companies.
Says Professor Michael Arthur, MD and Developer of the ICCS® system, Boston, US: “On all counts, I am deeply impressed by Thora’s professionalism, and I have learned to trust her as an important and dependable ally. Moreover, I am confident that Thora is demonstrating the same high level of professionalism in all of her business relationships.”
Recently, Thora was asked by Imperial College to conduct a webinar for their alumni, describing the framework she uses for services in Joint Venture & Partnerships facilitation and in Career Coaching & Diagnostics. A link to the webinar appears below.
Born in Norway and also of Icelandic origin, Thora was raised on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition, she has worked in several European countries. She is settled in the greater London area of the UK, where she has lived for over 25 years, having previously studied in Edinburgh. In her free time, she enjoys socialising with family and friends, travel and volunteer work. She appreciates the outdoors, stays fit, and belongs to a gym and boat club. As well as the country-side, she also takes in all that London has to offer.