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Our global team of psychologists has been built in order to provide a best in class service. Our team use their specialist knowledge, professionalism and communication skills to demonstrate consistent and reliable outcomes.

Dr Rob Archer

Dr Rob Archer

Chartered Psychologist

Dr Rob Archer is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in helping organisations and individuals build resilience, improve mental health and sustain high performance.

Having trained at the University of London and Ashridge Business School, Rob now provides training, coaching and consultancy for a wide range of clients.

He is a sought-after keynote speaker and consultant, with recent clients including PwC, HSBC, Bain & Co, RBC, and a number of law firms. Rob also works extensively in elite sport, working with both athletes and managers in Premiership and league football, cricket, tennis and Formula 1.

A published researcher, Rob’s work focuses on the importance of developing psychological flexibility and High Performance Routines, which research data suggests has a major impact on performance, health and resilience. He has just led the largest research trial of its kind in this area and speaks regularly at international conferences on these topics. Rob is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Chartered member of the Divisions of Occupational and Coaching Psychologists.

Rob lives with his young family on the Olympic Park in London. He is also a former Schools and University cricket international, and fast deteriorating runner.

For more information on Dr Rob Archer please contact us.

Dr Gary Bell

Dr Gary Bell

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Gary Bell is an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist and Executive Coach. He read Oriental Studies followed by Medicine at the University of Queensland. He came to the UK to specialise in psychiatry. He became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1985 and a Fellow in 2000.

His main areas of clinical interest are perinatal mental health, complex anxiety and depressive disorders and ADHD and co-existing physical ill health such as chronic pain and cancer. He is currently the Mental Health Lead for St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy. He was previously a Lecturer at UCH and a Senior Lecturer at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical Schools and an Examiner for the University of London and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has published widely in the fields of medical education and liaison psychiatry.

His work as an Executive Coach draws upon years of clinical experience but focuses on helping individuals identify a greater sense of purpose within and find the motivation to implement the necessary changes in their life to achieve this.

Away from medicine, Gary enjoys rugby (as a spectator!), music, including relearning the piano and spending time with family and friends.

For more information on Dr Gary Bell please contact reception.

Dr Huw Goodwin

Dr Huw Goodwin

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Huw Goodwin is a Clinical Psychologist and was previously the Mental Health Lead at the Royal Ballet School. He has worked in the NHS in a wide range of mental health settings and has combined this with extensive experience in the world of sport performance.

Further to his clinical expertise, Huw has provided education, advice and training to professional (and Olympic) athletes, coaches, sports physicians, physiotherapists, nutritionists, and other support personnel; along with teaching at university and college environments.

Prior to his current career, Huw had been an athlete on a UK Sport Olympic training programme, as well as being a professional rugby league player before that. He is now a qualified coach in Rugby League, Handball, and Football, and is a former Head Coach of a professional player development programme in rugby league.

Special interests
• Anxiety Disorder
• Depression
• Eating Disorder
• Chronic Pain
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Burnout
• Wellbeing and Performance

For more information on Dr Huw Goodwin please contact reception.

Francis Goss

Francis Goss

DE&I Expert

Francis Goss LLB (Hons) is our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Expert Consultant, providing input and advice on topics including DE&I strategy, leadership development, unconscious bias, terminology and legislation.  He also delivers a range of DE&I courses based on a model called New ERA which focuses on the skills of empathy, respect and acceptance. He has delivered DE&I presentations and training to employees at all levels in multiple sectors including investment management, insurance and charity.

Francis has over 20 year’s HR experience and holds a portfolio of roles including Director, People Experience Consulting at Gallagher, Advisory Board Member, Engage for Success (the UK’s employee engagement taskforce), advisory member of the Department of Work and Pensions Dashboard Steering Group and a Non-Executive Director at Exclusive Collection.

Francis was the founding Chairperson of Gallagher Benefit Service’s Diversity and Inclusion team, working with the CEO and Executive Leadership Team on the strategy and delivery of initiatives focused on promoting a culture of inclusion and belonging.  He has addressed audiences including the Reward & Employee Benefits Association Conference and the House of Commons HR team.  Francis is married to Elli with two sons, holds an Honours Degree in Law and a Diploma in Employee Motivation and is a keen rower.

For more information on Francis Goss please contact us.

Dr Richard Heron

Dr Richard Heron

Global Wellbeing Advisor

For over 15 years, as VP Health and CMO Dr Richard Heron led BP’s global health agenda. This included wellbeing, occupational health, industrial hygiene, and public health in over 65 countries. He has held prior health, safety, and risk management leadership roles with AstraZeneca.

Now consulting, Richard is co-chair of IOMSC, an association of 47 National OH Societies, representing 70% of the world’s workers. He is on the NHS Expert Advisory Group for employee health and wellbeing, and the UK National Wellbeing Forum. He has recently joined the Global Wellbeing Advisory Board at Champion Health. He has also worked on expert advisory groups for departments of Health, Work and Pensions, and PHE.

A past-President of both Faculty and Society of Occupational Medicine, he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London and Edinburgh), the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a Senior Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

Richard is an honorary professorial fellow of International Business and Health, University of Nottingham. His specialist interests include leadership, health, work and organisations, and work-related mental health.

For more information on Dr Richard Heron please contact reception.

Dr Phil Hopley

Dr Phil Hopley

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Phil Hopley is a Medical Doctor and Consultant Psychiatrist. After 19 years working with the NHS, he founded Cognacity and is now Managing Director.

Phil’s training in forensic, general and sport psychiatry combined with a career playing Premiership rugby enabled him to develop his passion for the mental health of elite performance in sport and business. In recent years Phil has worked as the mental health advisor to a number of blue chip organisations and sport bodies guiding mental health strategy development and providing coaching / crisis support. Phil is also nationally recognised as an accomplished expert witness in a wide range of medico-legal areas including high profile sport disciplinary matters.

In his downtime, mindful dog walking, watching sport, playing golf and trying to keep up with the next generation of Hopleys helps to keep him balanced.

Specialist Interests

  • Strategic Advisory
  • Board Level Leadership & Performance Coaching
  • Crisis Management


For more information on Dr Phil Hopley please contact reception


Watch Dr Hopley’s talk on Performance Under Pressure

Prof Pieter Kruger

Prof Pieter Kruger

Consultant Psychologist

Prof Pieter Kruger is a HCPC and HPCSA registered consultant psychologist and professor of clinical psychology. He has been working as a psychologist since 2003 in both the public and private sectors and is currently the Director of International Operations. Pieter is also the Director of the Centre for Health & Human Performance (CHHP) at North-West University in South Africa and a visiting professor at the UCL Medical School in London (since 2011).

Pieter is specialising in elite performance (business and sport), as well as anxiety disorders in clinical practice. He has a special interest in the design and implementation of high-performance strategies to optimise wellbeing and performance in high pressure environments on a systemic, team and individual level.

He has been working with various Olympic athletes, elite sports people and elite teams in England, Ireland, Australia and South Africa for over two decades.

Pieter is currently a double Masters national track cycling champion, but is also a keen recreational mountain biker, enjoys playing squash and spending time outdoors with his family.

For more information on this clinician please contact reception.

Dr Marisa Lang

Dr Marisa Lang

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Marisa Lang is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist experienced in Adult Mental Health and Corporate Well-being Programmes.

She obtained her clinical doctorate at University College London and specialised in Cognitive-Behavioural approaches at Oxford University. Drawing on evidence-based practice, her work is characterised by an integrative, client-centred and collaborative approach.

Having worked in the field of stress-management and mental-health awareness for over 20 years, she is part of Cognacity’s Corporate Service team delivering workshops across the UK and Internationally.

Marisa has been pivotal in the development of various training programmes covering topics such as Mental Health and Burnout Awareness, as well as Resilience and Wellbeing promotion. She has considerable delivery experience across professional services firms, helping people in high pressure environments apply evidence-based strategies to optimise performance and wellbeing.


Click here to see a short video of Marisa highlighting Bad Stress – what is your stress signature


For more information on Dr Marisa Lang please contact us.

Jake Lovelock

Jake Lovelock


Jake Lovelock is a British Psychological society (BPS) registered Psychologist and CBT Psychotherapist, who provides training and coaching to a range of Cognacity clients, such as PwC, RBC and the Rugby Players Association, among others. Jake works with professional athletes and individuals in high pressure environments to get the most out of their minds.

Academically, Jake has an undergraduate degree and three postgraduates in psychology from institutions like University of Oxford (Distinction) (BSc, MSc, PGCert and PGDip respectively). In our clinic, he is a BABCP accredited psychologist and conducts psychotherapy (CBT) with clients suffering with mental disorders; and on the road, he works with national sporting teams and organisations across the country to improve elite athlete performance under pressure.

Specializing in performance, mental health and building an individual’s psychological resources; Jake now uses his background to help people achieve sustainable high performance.

In his downtime, Jake is often being dragged around the UK by his Siberian Husky competing in Canicross or Bikejoring dryland dog sports.

MSc (Psychol.), BABCP Accredited, ACBS Accredited, MBPsS, Level A & B BPS Occupational Test User.

For more information on Jake Lovelock please contact reception.

Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi

Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a qualified Mindfulness Teacher. She has a post graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from Oxford University. Cinzia is currently acting as the Clinical Director of the Mindfulness Project and is collaborating both with the clinical and corporate teams at Cognacity.

Cinzia has started her career as researcher at Hertfordshire University where she gained a PhD in the topic of “human factors and patient safety’. Before moving the UK, Cinzia was a professional volleyball player for several years and she still cultivates a passion for sports and healthy eating.

For more information on Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi please contact reception.

Dr Ruairi Robertson

Dr Ruairi Robertson

Nutrition Expert

Dr Ruairi Robertson is an expert in the nutrition of gut health and brain health. He has a undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition and a Ph.D in Microbiology and has conducted research in Harvard University Medical School, University College Cork and currently in Queen Mary University of London.

His research explores the many fascinating ways that your gut and its microbes contribute to your health and disease and how different diets affect these interactions. This research is uncovering new insights into the exciting influence of gut microbes on the human body, from belly to brain. Dr Rauiri is also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Pasteur Institute, Paris.

For more information on Dr Ruairi Robertson please contact us.

Dr Gauri Seth

Dr Gauri Seth

Parenting Expert

Dr Gauri Seth is a mother of three children, and executive parent and emotional intelligence coach, with a background in medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy.

Gauri graduated from the University of Bristol with a first-class honors in Bioethics. She has worked as an NHS doctor and clinical academic, with specialist experience in psychiatry and psychotherapy. Her clinical experience includes working with couples and families in systemic therapy, mothers in perinatal psychiatry, adults in schema therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and cognitive analytical therapy.

Gauri is widely published across peer-reviewed academic journals and has received several awards for her research. She has collaborated and published on Medical Ethics education in medical schools across the UK.

Gauri founded Brain-Based Connection in 2021, a parenting coaching programme to support parents with emotional connection with their children. Gauri is passionate about sustainable mental health, and the importance of the parenting period on transgenerational wellness.

Gauri is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, advises Shawmind, a UK based charity, on supporting parents with emotional connection and is a parent expert for SPARKLE, a clinical trial at Kings College London developing interventions for family wellness.


For more information on Dr Gauri Seth please contact us.

Marco Turrent

Marco Turrent

Financial Expert

Marco Turrent is an FCA approved Financial Advisor and workplace financial education specialist who leads the Cognacity Financial Wellbeing team. He has over 20 years’ experience of advising investors: from individuals to family offices and institutional asset owners.

Marco holds a BA in Psychology (University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) and an MBA (Cambridge University). Marco has a thorough understanding of global financial markets having worked in New York, Mexico City and London from where he developed his deep interest for the intersection between psychology and finance.

Marco has lectured on Finance & Financial Markets at Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and on Derivative Markets at the University of London. When not working, Marco’s time revolves around his young family – usually rocking out with his three daughters but also, on occasion, ideally grabbing a moment of peace with a strong espresso, and a good read like The Economist.

For more information on Marco Turrent please contact us.


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