Meet Our Core Team

Karena Vaughan - Managing DirectorKarena Vaughan, Founder & Principal Consultant

Expert in strategic business development with > 20 years’ sales experience in professional services & technology. As contract sales director with Invest Northern Ireland, played a key role in the transformation of the Northern Ireland Financial & Professional Services sector, securing Augentius Fund Services, Estera, FinTRU, Barclays Supply Chain, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Convergys and Robo-Advisor Moola as key investors.  Additionally, delivered Allen & Overy, Herbert Smith Freehills, Axiom Law, MITIE, Deloitte Data Analytics & Alexander Mann from team sales.

As Sales Director with boutique learning and development company Edge, secured multi-location sales and leadership training programmes from Caterpillar, Thomson Reuters, HP and Coca-Cola. Trained >400 export sales managers for high-growth SMEs.  Early career spent with BT and Xerox (UK) Limited working on complex projects in outsourced managed services and technical support.

  • MBA – Ulster University
  • MA and B.Ed (Hons) – Queens University Belfast
  • Building Business in Emerging Markets – Harvard Business School
  • Prince II Practitioner
  • Member of the Securities & Investment Institute
  • Member of the Strategic Account Management Association


Louise Cook - Senior Consultant

Louise Cook, Senior Consultant Client Delivery

Expert in building client business through event delivery, exhibition & attendance with > 15 years’ experience in professional services & technology. Manages Catalina Consulting’s media watch and lead generation activity. As contract sales manager with Invest Northern Ireland; built the agency’s profile on the West Coast, cultivating an extensive network of senior technology leaders through the delivery of innovative roundtable events. Instrumental in securing investment from 3Par and CyberSource (Visa); built the agency’s profile in the legal sector in London, securing Allen & Overy, Herbert Smith Freehills, Justis Publishing, & Axiom Law.

  • B.Sc. (Hons) Queen’s University Belfast
  • The Global American Economy, Stanford University
  • Start Ups, From Idea to IPO, Stanford University
  • Member of the Strategic Account Management Association



Lyle English, Senior Consultant Learning & Development

Expert in learning and development with > 20 years’ experience in delivering leadership, sales and coaching programmes to companies including Thomson Reuters, HP and Caterpillar.

Master Trainer and skilled in designing and running Train the Trainer programmes.

  • ILM and CMI Accredited