When we started, 10 years ago, we had a simple goal of being the best presentation training company, helping firms improve their pitches, talks and presentations.
That’s what we love doing and we do it with a mix of coaching, training and expert advice.
Over the years we have built a client list of firms we love working with.
We are real experts in improving financial and investor presentations. Much of our work is in financial services and particularly private equity.
We are also exceptionally good at improving presentation skills and public speaking skills. Many clients value our Media training too.
We run both in-house training programmes and individual coaching / advice for specific events. (But not open courses.) For example, we regularly help PE firms prepare compelling investment pitches, we coach teams for capital market days and investor days, and we have coached thousands of senior executives how to present and speak in public persuasively.
Generally our clients come to us with a problem and we help them fix it.
What sets us apart is our pragmatic approach. This means we rapidly get to the heart of any issue – and you see quick results. For example, one hour over Zoom might be all you need to polish a pitch.
Our team stands out because we have relevant backgrounds – having worked in corporate finance, stockbroking, journalism and PR.
Clients tell us they keep using us because they get expert advice, practical help and fast results.
And they tell us that we deliver amazing value for money.
Benjamin Ball Associates won ‘Best for Investor Presentation Coaching – UK’ in the Alternative Investment Awards.
Ben advises business leaders how to present themselves in front of investors, clients and the media. He specialises in investor pitches and leadership talks.
Over the last 10 years Ben has worked with entrepreneurs, senior managers and leaders of major corporations. Clients he has advised include Permira, Statoil, Microsoft, Worldpay, AXA and the FCA as well as many private equity firms. Previously Ben was a corporate financier at dot com specialist Durlacher following senior roles at Pearson, Cable and Wireless and the BBC. He is a regular speaker at financial conferences including Super Return and GAIM.
Paul Farrow is an expert trainer and PR advisor with over 30 years experience. He advises a wide range of companies, focusing on financial services. These include challenger banks Tesco Bank and Paragon Group, private equity firms Actis and HarbourVest, hedge fund Man Group, and banks RBS, HSBC and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities. His work spans companies as different as L’Oreal, Singapore Airlines, Cambridge Nanosystems and Tetrapak.
Paul’s background combines PR (Paul Farrow was MD, Financial Services at Fishburn), financial journalism (Deputy Editor at IFR magazine) and investment banking (Swiss Bank Corp, FG Inversiones Bursatiles and Ahorro Corporacion). He speaks fluent Spanish.
Jane Renton is an experienced media and presentation trainer. She has worked with many international bluechip companies, to train those in the public eye, including senior executives at Swiss Re, BNP Paribas, PwC, Absolut Vodka and CSC. She was a presenter of The Money Programme, BBC2’s economic and business current affairs flagship.
She has also written extensively for national newspapers, including The Sunday Times and Observer, where she was a senior staff writer for seven years. Jane is also the author of the best-selling Economist book, Coaching and Mentoring.
Alexandra has been coaching senior executives of global companies for most of her career. With 27 years of international leadership experience across all disciplines of communications and public affairs, she is a valued mentor, advisor and coach to leaders around the world on strategic communications, reputation building, leadership positioning, and stakeholder management.
Alexandra has spent most of her career with Dow Chemical, most recently as Senior Director of Public Affairs and Government Affairs. Alexandra is based in Switzerland and speaks English, German, and French fluently.
James is an experienced Fund advisor. James’s experience as an investor means he’s evaluated over 1000 fund and company presentations. Recent clients he has supported including Wainbridge, ID Invest, TPRE, MENA IF and European Capital. Previously he was a Director of fund-of-funds Auriga, a credit analyst for Sal Oppenheim & Cie, brand manager for Seagram, and M&A for Downer & Co. He’s a graduate of Wharton and speaks English, French, German and Spanish.
As our Customer Services Director, Louise Angus makes sure our clients get the best from their training programmes.
Formerly Director of Sales for MTV Europe, she has many years experience of working with international brands, helping them achieve their marketing ambitions. Now she helps international companies achieve their communications skills ambitions. Louise can be reached on 07768 882 984
Colette is an experienced graphic designer with over 15 years’ experience in financial services design. Colette’s career includes roles in-house and in creative agencies. She has experience in all aspects of design, from concept through to realisation, layout, artworking, print and digital media. Notable clients include Legal & General, The Abraaj Group, AlpInvest and BP.
As our Operations Manager, Louise ensures the smooth co-ordination of all our courses from the initial booking stage to post-session follow up. She works closely with our trainers, camera people and client contacts. She also manages our accounting and invoicing processes.
She has a background in departmental administration at the University of Oxford.
Call Louise Angus, Client Services Director today to discuss how we can help:
Phone: 020 7018 0922