Meet the Mind Tools Team


James Manktelow
Founder and CEO

"We're here to help you learn
the simple, practical skills
that will help you to excel,
whatever you choose to do."

James founded Mind Tools in 1996. Today he leads a global team of experts who, together, help more than 21,000,000 people each year learn "the essential skills for an excellent career."

James has written seven books on leadership, team management, and personal productivity: "WorkLife: Manage Your Time"; "WorkLife: Manage Stress"; "Mind Tools"; "Stress Tools"; "Make Time for Success!" (written with Namita Anand); "How to Lead: Discover the Leader Within You"; and "Team Tools: Build and Lead an Excellent Team" (written with Felix Brodbeck and Namita Anand).

Prior to Mind Tools, James' career spanned marketing, production and project management, business and systems analysis, software development, and consultancy for major clients in many European countries. He has led teams at all corporate levels, and has worked, with others, to build two successful companies.

James earned his MBA at London Business School.

Rachel Thompson
Executive Vice President

Rachel joined the Mind Tools team in 2003, following a successful career in change management consultancy.

In her 16-year consulting career, Rachel worked at Price Waterhouse, Partners for Change, and independently; during which time she advised household-name clients in the United States and Europe. She holds university degrees in engineering and business, and she earned her MBA at the prestigious London Business School.

During her career, Rachel has consulted with hundreds of people whose work lives and careers were deeply affected by organizational change. She embraced the mission of helping these people develop and adapt personally, and successfully take on new challenges.

In addition to leading Mind Tools Corporate Services team, Rachel is involved in strategic development of Mind Tools global services for learners: She continues her personal mission to help Mind Tools users and members around the world develop their business skills and face the changes and challenges in their lives positively and successfully.

Anne Evison
Vice President, Learner Engagement

Prior to joining Mind Tools, Anne worked as a Management Development Manager for British Aerospace (Airbus) Ltd before moving into change management consultancy. She has worked at KPMG, Partners for Change and independently, helping the organizations and their people deliver significant change programmes in the UK, US, Europe, and Australia. Her clients included HSBC, Diageo, Glaxo Wellcome, Cable & Wireless, Training & Enterprise Council (UK), and Royal & SunAlliance.

Anne's focus is to find exciting ways to engage learners in learning, enabling individuals to be the best that they can be, to take on new challenges and to be in control of their own career journey. She holds university degrees in economics and social anthropology. She uses this background and her wealth of practical experience and expertise to support Mind Tools members around the world to develop in their business skills, and to continue to enhance Mind Tools functionality and products to engage and excite learners effectively.

Other Team Members

Other members of the Mind Tools team – subject experts, journalists, engineers, and support people – work hard to help you achieve your objectives, and get the very best from your career.

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