The PCL Team
Geoff Trickey BSc MSc CPsychol AFBPsS FRSA
Geoff is a Chartered Psychologist with a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Educational Psychology from University College London (UCL). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Through roles as Honorary Research Fellow at UCL, European Manager for The Psychological Corporation (San Antonio, USA), followed by a long association with Bob and Joyce Hogan at Hogan Assessment Systems (Tulsa, USA), he has been privileged to work with an exceptionally influential pool of talent and laid the basis for an informed global perspective on psychological practices. Geoff set up PCL in 1992 and has overseen its continuous growth to establish its current global presence. He now devotes much of his time to research-based consultancy and innovative product development.
Gillian Hyde BSc MPhil(Cantab) MSc CPsychol AFBPsS
A Chartered Psychologist with more than 25 years’ experience, Gillian has particular expertise in assessing leadership derailment and creating personality assessments. Her work encompasses in-depth individual assessments, consulting on the management of extreme personality characteristics for individual and team development and researching derailment patterns within organisations. She also designs tailor-made assessment solutions for clients and is an expert trainer on the Hogan Development Survey.
As Chief Psychologist at Psychological Consultancy Ltd, her client work ranges from one-to-one executive coaching to creating and validating bespoke assessment systems. She has worked with a diverse range of organisations including UBS, HBoS, Standard Chartered, VirginMedia, HMRC, The British Council and BMW.
Gillian has a BSc in Psychology from UCL, an MPhil in Criminology from Cambridge and an MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology from Birkbeck College, London. She has served on the Steering Committee for Test Standards for the British Psychological Society and is a founder member of the Association of Business Psychologists.
Bianka Varga MSc
Bianka holds an MSc in Occupational Psychology from City University of London and she is a BPS qualified Psychometric Test User in Occupational Ability and Personality Testing (formerly known as Level A and B). Her professional interests include designing and delivering up-to-date, evidence-based assessment tools and development programmes for organisations. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, reading or visiting her family and friends in Hungary.
At PCL, Bianka is responsible for coordinating our BPS Test User Ability and Personality training as well as supporting our Senior Consultants with assessment centres, consultancy projects, individual assessments and client liaisons.
Simon Toms MSc PhD CPsychol CSci AFBPsS
Principal Research Practitioner
After completing his BSc in Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire, Simon was awarded an MSc and PhD in the discipline of Occupational Psychology. He is a Chartered Member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Scientist of the Science Council, and Principal Practitioner of the Association for Business Psychology. He can also be found on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) and the BPS Directory of Chartered Psychologists.
Simon has researched and written extensively around the subject of temporary employment. He has published a book, written academic papers, and presented his findings at national and international conferences. He was also awarded a place on the 2015/16 British Psychological Society’s ‘Leadership Development Programme’.
During his studies, Simon lectured at Coventry University and at the University of Gloucestershire. He has also worked as an associate with Quest Partnership Ltd and Capp in the area of selection and assessment.
At PCL, Simon has responsibility for research, product development, training and consultancy.
Lee joined PCL in July 2009 after ten years of developing web services for the loyalty/benefit sector. His key role is to develop and integrate new technologies into the psychometric testing platform that PCL operates. Lee is also responsible for the technical management and maintenance of PCL’s websites.
Alex Reid BSc MSc
Assistant Systems Developer
Alex graduated from the University of Bangor with both a BSc and MSc in Computer Science. Before joining PCL Alex spent two years working as a Web Developer in the software industry, creating solutions for the automotive sector.
At PCL he is responsible for assisting in the technical management and maintenance of PCL’s online assessment websites.
Amanda Collins BSc
Amanda returned to PCL in 2018 in the Finance Team, having previously served as Office Manager in 2013.
She obtained her degree in Microbiology with Medical Bioscience from the University of Kent, Canterbury. After leaving university she worked in some of the major pharmaceutical companies within the UK, and spent a year working in Switzerland within the same industry. Her career changed directions when she started working at Sandpiper Accountancy Ltd in 2014, and she is very happy to be back at PCL.
Outside of work, Amanda spends most of her time raising an energetic toddler. However, she has been bitten by the running bug and has somehow found the time to progress from a ‘couch to 5K’ app to running the Cabbagepath 10 miles (twice), and she now runs regularly.
At PCL, Amanda works within the Finance Team to handle invoicing processes and deal with client queries.
Office Manager & Executive Assistant to Managing Director
Melissa joined PCL as Office Manager in 2019. With several years’ experience as an Office Manager, she has also worked as an HR Manager after gaining a Level 5 CIPD in Human Resource Management in 2016. Melissa brings a wealth of experience in operational and commercial awareness. Melissa is also a contemporary collage artist and, as well as art, enjoys writing, reading and interior design.
At PCL, Melissa is responsible for managing the day to day running of the office, operational strategies and assisting clients with queries and technical support.
Marketing & Business Development Manager
Anna graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA in Business Management and holds a Chartered Institute of Marketing Digital Diploma in Professional Marketing. Prior to joining PCL, Anna was the Newstrade Promotions Manager at global publisher, Conde Nast, as well as a freelance Marketing Consultant.
Outside of work, Anna can be found exploring new places with her children, playing netball and dabbling in modern calligraphy.
Preeya Patel MSc
Graduate Business Psychologist
At PCL, Preeya is the first to be hired in our Graduate Development Programme. She moved from the Midlands to Tunbridge Wells after achieving an MSc in Work Psychology and Business at the Aston University Business School, following her BSc Psychology degree.
Preeya is a BPS qualified Test User in Occupational Ability and Personality Testing, and her professional interests include diversity and inclusion and positive psychology.
She gained experiences working internationally and in the UK, most recently working in recruitment and learning and development. Outside of work she enjoys going to comedy stand-up nights, rock climbing and yoga fitness.
Louisa Bulow MSc
Graduate Business Psychologist
Louisa holds a BSc in Psychology from Loughborough University and an MSc in Occupational Psychology from City University of London. She is also a BPS qualified Psychometric Test User in Occupational Ability and Personality Testing (formerly known as Level A and B). In her spare time she enjoys travelling, reading and cross country running. At University she was Head of Charity and enjoyed raising money for Cancer Research UK, the Epilepsy Society, and Battersea Dogs and Cats home to name a few.
At PCL, Louisa is part of our Graduate Development Programme and will be taking up roles within our Marketing, Research and Training & Consultancy departments having completed her time as Training Coordinator.
Elliot Phillips MSc
Graduate Business Psychologist (currently Administrative Assistant)
Elliot gained his BSc in Psychology from the University of East Anglia, and MSc in Occupational Psychology from Goldsmiths University where he also became a BPS qualified Test User in Occupational Ability and Personality Testing.
Since university, Elliot has joined PCL through our Graduate Development Programme, where he currently coordinates our training programmes and provides support to our clients.
Outside of work Elliot can be found creating and performing magic, watching stand-up comedy, or browsing the sales on the high street.
Nicola Shergold BA MSc CPsychol
Associate Consultant Psychologist
Nicola graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Psychology with European Studies (French) in 2000 and went on to obtain her Masters in Occupational Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, the following year. She is now a Chartered Occupational Psychologist.
Nicola has extensive experience in the design, development and running of assessment and development solutions for a wide variety of public and private sector clients. She previously worked for a consultancy specialising in assessment centre design, and further developed her knowledge and expertise working in assessment and development-focused roles at both the BBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland. She has designed, run and validated assessment centres for a wide range of roles including graduate, entry-level and senior roles.
Marie Nordling BSoc.Sci MSc
Associate Consultant Psychologist
Marie completed her MSc in Occupational Psychology through the University of Leicester. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and holds Certificates in Test User Ability and Test User Personality (formerly Level A and Level B).
Previously she worked extensively with a variety of psychometric assessment tools in both South Africa and the UK. In addition, she has a background in training and development, as well as recruitment and selection.
Jackie Barber BSc (Hons), MSc
Associate Consultant Psychologist
Jackie graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc in psychology and gained a distinction in her MSc in Occupational Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She also holds a Certificate in Performance Coaching and British Psychological Society Test User Ability and Test User Personality (formerly Level A and Level B) Certificates.
Before completing her masters and joining PCL, Jackie was Marketing Communications Director at Risk Management Solutions (RMS), part of the DMGT group, with a global team and responsibility for sales and marketing campaigns, corporate communications and investor relations. Prior to that she was PR Manager for the UK and Europe for Mercer, the global HR consultancy.