Mark Hemstedt, Senior Trainer & Business Coach

Mark Hemstedt is responsible for TWP operations in Southeast Asia and developing markets. Mark is a lead trainer and consultant and has conducted programmes in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas for a number of multinational companies, charities and UN groups.

He has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Accounting and Financial Analysis from Warwick University (UK) and is an Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA).

Prior to joining TWP, he worked for over 12 years with the multinational Unilever, most recently as Commercial and Finance Director in Malaysia. Mark has held senior positions with companies in the UK, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and China.

Marcus Marsden, Senior Trainer & Business Coach

Marcus Marsden joined TWP in 2002 following a successful 12-year career with Unilever, where he honed his leadership and management skills in Brand Marketing, Innovation and Change Management.

Marcus is an NLP Master Practitioner and was trained in Creative Thinking and Facilitation Skills by What If, one of the foremost creative agencies in the UK.  Marcus specializes in Leadership Development, Coach development, Creative Thinking and Change Management. Marcus holds an Honours degree in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford University (UK).

Since joining TWP, Marcus has worked with Directors and Senior Managers from a variety of major international businesses throughout Asia and Europe, including ABG, CRISIL, Dell, Unilever, Yahoo, PETRONAS and Imperial Tobacco.

Michelle Beck, Senior Trainer & Executive Coach

Michelle Beck facilitates the Advanced Course and a variety of workshops. She brings a unique blend of management experience and Asian cultural knowledge. Michelle has lived and worked in Asia for over 18 years and is fluent in Mandarin.

Prior to her current work, Michelle was a member of the executive team at Global Sources, one of Asia’s first and most successful B2B internet businesses. She was part of the team that orchestrated the transition from print media to a NASDAQ listed E-Commerce company.As the Vice President of Community Development she led a team of 150 people in seven countries.

She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Augustana College and her Master of Arts in Modern Chinese history from the University of Wisconsin.

Ken Ito, Senior Trainer

Ken Ito is an expert in designing and facilitating indoor and outdoor experiential training programmes.

Ken has 15 years experience working with companies in Asia, the US, and Europe, to increase efficiency, enhance communication, build teamwork, and dramatically improve bottom-line results. Clients include Shell, Phillips, Oracle, JP Morgan Chase, Grand Hyatt, Cathay Pacific and Nike.

Before TWP in 1997, Ken was Managing Director of KKI Associates, Asia, a consulting and training firm specializing in staff development, team building, leadership training and motivational speaking. He was certified to do the Samurai Game® created by Mr. George Leonard.

Ken earned his undergraduate degree in psychology at University of Illinois and his Masters of Education at University of Hawaii.

Gordon Sutton, Senior Trainer & Executive Coach

Gordon Sutton joined the training and coaching profession in 1999, after 15 years in Sales, Marketing and Management in the construction sector including major contracts in the UK, Australia, UAE and Malaysia.

Gordon served for seven years in the British Army Corps of Royal Engineers, where he studied Civil Engineering at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Kent, England and graduated as a Survey Engineer in 1982.

At TWP, Gordon specializes in team building and leadership coaching, and is a certified ropes course outdoor education facilitator.