About Us

We help you develop your leadership skills, emotional intelligence, and resilience.

  • We believe  successful organisations have authentic leaders, people who are engaged and the ability to change.
  • We believe  successful individuals know themselves and have sense the value and worth in what they do.
  • We believe learning and development is best when it is both enjoyable and practical.

Who we are.


Toby Buckle works with organisations across the UK and internationally helping to develop resilient and resourceful and effective leaders.

Toby first became interested in management whilst studying for his BSc Hons in Management Science  at UMIST. Before setting up Hazelbranch in 2007 Toby spent ten highly successful years in management and senior management positions working for Times Top 100 company Badenoch and Clark.

Toby has extensive  experience with a broad range of clients which include high growth SMEs, commercial organisations such as Mediacom and Bidvest, public sector organisations such as the Prison Service, Councils, Universities and the NHS as well as working with the senior teams at charities such as Save the Children, Help Age International and Muscular Dystrophy and with social enterprises such as National Geographic.

Toby sits on the steering group for the Brighton Social Enterprise Network and sits on the board of the Better Brighton Think Tank. Toby has previously been a chair of trustees and donated his time to sit on interview panels for senior appointments at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Toby has a way of helping you see things from a new perspective and looks to the heart of issues in order to produce results. He makes the exploration of emotional intelligence enjoyable and enlightening.


Alistair Duncan creates and delivers distinctive, transformative workshops that bring out the best in individuals, organisations and communities.

Alistair brings a unique perspective to his expertise as a trainer, marrying thirty years of leadership and training experience in both corporate and community sectors with one of the best NLP educations in the UK.

Alistair has 30 years experience working for global financial and technology organisations including IBM, American Express, and Royal & Sun Alliance. He also has 15 years leadership and governance experience in the community and voluntary sector working with marginalized communities in the East Brighton area.

Over 15 years, he co-developed and delivered personal and organisational development and communications training programmes for IBM and American Express in UK, Europe and USA using experiential learning and NLP-based interventions. At IBM he was responsible for a training programme dedicated to the development of their highest calibre technical personnel.

Fran Taylor has extensive experience of managing and in the  development of managers and teams and how to make them resilient and resourceful.

Frances has previously facilitated the scoping and mapping for the setting up of a new UK NGO professional body, and project managed the training of staff across Europe for a large global company.