The Partnership

Kathy Tracey

Founding Partner

Master Systemic Team Coach, Leadership Coach, Facilitator, Trainer and Conference Speaker

 Born in Wellington, Kathy recently returned from a rather extended O.E. based in the UK and Channel Islands - 30 years of O.E. to be precise! 


Over the last 17 years she has been running her own training and development company based in Guernsey which she has now sold in order to focus on Thinking Spaces with her husband Clive.


Kathy is a Master Practitioner of Systemic Team Coaching (AoEC, London) and holds an Advanced Certificate in Executive Coaching at Masters Level from the University of West England. Kathy’s academic qualifications also include a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Massey University; a Masters Degree in Education (Exeter University); a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management (both Portsmouth University).

Kathy is a celebrated Ocean Rower, holding, along with her 3 crewmates, a Guinness World Record for the first ever women’s fours crew to row across any ocean. They were entirely self-sufficient for the duration of the journey across the Atlantic, a gruelling 67 days, 7 hours and 20 minutes. Her Keynote speech  “The ABD to Victory", led to her to be accepted as a Member of the International Federation of Speakers.

Kathy’s background includes working in the public sector as a qualified social worker in Child Protection and family work, working in the manufacturing sector at her father’s clothing factory, and representing New Zealand in the 1986 World Kayak Championships in Montreal, and winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Kayak Regatta the same year.

She has chaired Guernsey Employment and Discrimination Tribunals for a number of years, she is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Member of the Institute of Directors. She was also the first woman to serve as Vice President of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce.

Kathy's first business, The Learning Company,  was hugely successful in building a reputation for exceptionally high quality training, executive and team coaching, and consultancy. Kathy was a highly sought after facilitator and coach working not only in the UK but also in mainland Europe. Her second business "Tools 4 Trainers" produced and sold DVD's around the world. Kathy wrote, directed and acted in 
the educational vignettes of organisational life, demonstrating good and bad management practice.


On a Personal Note:

Kathy is loving being back in Wellington and enjoying the sporting and outdoor recreation activities that are so readily available. She is keen on kayaking and cycling as well as tramping, and is currently working on a long list of tracks and trails for her and Clive to complete. (This is mainly to compensate for the love of NZ food and wine).


Clive Fenner

Founding Partner

Proven Business Leader & Company Director,

Qualified Executive Coach
Born in Malaysia and educated in London, Clive spent 30 years developing his career through a progressive range of business management positions. He was employed in the building materials supply industry with corporate giants such as Travis Perkins Plc and Jewson, as well as with smaller independent organisations in the UK.
In 2004 Clive moved to Guernsey in the Channel Islands to assume the role of Managing Director at the local timber and builders merchants Norman Piette Ltd.  With a team of 100 staff, Clive led the organisation through 10 years of growth and development and is particularly proud of the creation of the Eco Homes Division, bringing ‘modern methods’ of construction to the local industry. Under Clive’s stewardship the business won the Training Award in 2006 at the Guernsey Awards for Achievement, and was shortlisted for Business of the Year in 2014.

Clive was also Managing Director of Jeco Homes in Jersey and of Capital PVC Ltd.  In addition he sat as a Non-Executive Director of Annandale Ltd and Project Hire and Sales Ltd. Due to his  impressive performance and experience on these Boards, and with his passion for developing people he was appointed Chairman of The Learning Company in 2014.

President of the Guernsey Building Trades Employers Association from 2010 until 2014, Clive extended his network and influence, being sought out by local radio and television to comment on issues concerning the trades.  He was also selected to sit on The Industrial Disputes Tribunal during his term in office. He has been a member of the UK Institute of Directors since completing the IOD Company Direction Programme in 2005.

Clive is an experienced and successful business leader with wide ranging skill sets including:

  • Business development – with a strong commercial awareness
  • Team Building – collaboration alongside clear goal orientation
  • Empowering Others – coaching to enable others to succeed
  • Strategic, motivated, & determined

On a Personal Note:

Clive has now emigrated to New Zealand, and is getting great pleasure being able to enjoy the great outdoors more often, already completing the Queen Charlotte Track, the Milford Track and the Tongariro crossing. He is looking forward to the winter when his recently rekindled love of skiing will be able to be exercised. Clive (much to his wife’s delight) also has a passion for cooking great food and discovering NZ wines to match.