Management team

GoodCorporation was founded in 2000 by a group of former partners and directors of KPMG Consulting who wanted to create a straight-forward and transparent method to help companies measure the impact of their organisation in a credible way.

Michael Littlechild - Co-Founder and Director

Michael founded GoodCorporation in August 2000 with Leo Martin. He directs the delivery and quality of GoodCorporation’s on-site assessment work and has led teams in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the US. He specialises in the oil and gas sector and in anti-corruption policies and systems.

Formerly a partner at KPMG Consulting, he advises on strategy as well as policy formulation and implementation. He has also designed many government programmes in developed and emerging economies. Michael regularly writes and speaks on business ethics and anti-corruption measures. He is a Trustee of Awards for Young Musicians and speaks German, Italian and French.

Leo Martin - Co-Founder and Director

Leo Martin is a founder and Director of GoodCorporation. He leads GoodCorporation’s client work in the oil & gas, gaming, telecoms and logistics sectors and has led assessment teams in some of the world’s more ethically challenging environments. A recognised authority on corporate responsibility and business ethics, he has worked with the BBC to present the series Good Company, Bad Company and wrote ‘From Principles to Profits’ about putting corporate responsibility into practice. Leo began his career as a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute before joining KPMG, where he worked on economics and strategy for governments and companies worldwide. Leo is a guest lecturer in business ethics and speaks French and Spanish.

Debbie Ramsay - Director

Debbie joined GoodCorporation in 2011. She leads GoodCorporation’s Investing in Integrity programme, the Banknote Ethics Initiative and also our ethics training. She is also responsible for the development of our measuring ethical culture work. Debbie has lead projects on anti-corruption and anti-trust in the construction, finance, cosmetics and logistics sectors. She is also responsible for a four-year ethics training programme that GoodCorporation is running for one of the EU’s largest institutions. She has 30 years' experience in both the commercial and not-for profit sector working for Saatchi and Saatchi, BT, BA, Centrica, VSO and the International Business Leaders Forum. Debbie has a Modern Languages degree from the University of Bristol and a postgraduate qualification from the University of Surrey. She speaks French and German.

Gareth Thomas - Director

Gareth leads GoodCorporation’s work in anti-corruption and data protection. Gareth has led projects in the pharmaceutical, media & publishing, IT, financial, FMCG and extractives sectors. He leads our anti-bribery and corruption work with multi-lateral development banks, other financial institutions and for companies involved in M&A activities. In addition, Gareth heads up our work in data protection. Gareth is a graduate of the London School of Economics and has a PhD in economic geography from Kings College London. Gareth began his career at Logica before joining KPMG in the strategy and economics consulting business. He has also worked as Director of Strategy for Global Trade and Banking Services for NatWest Markets and as Head of Technology Investment Banking, Europe for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Jane Ellis - Director

Jane is an Australian-qualified lawyer who has expertise in competition law, anti-bribery law, corporate governance and business ethics, energy regulation and regulation of utilities. She has undertaken risk assessments and gap analyses, conducted internal investigations, reviewed codes of conduct and compliance programmes and conducted training. Prior to joining GoodCorporation, Jane was the head of the International Bar Association's Legal Policy & Research Unit. In that role she oversaw and conducted projects on a range of issues relevant to the legal profession, such as business and human rights, gender diversity, cybersecurity and whistleblower protection. Jane has written and presented widely on business ethics, business and human rights, anti-corruption and gender diversity. She is the Chair of WaterAid International's Membership and Accreditation Committee

Sally McGeachie - Communications

Sally is responsible for media relations and corporate communications at GoodCorporation and is the first port of call for any media or public speaking enquiry. With over 25 years experience in communications, Sally has worked in both the business-to-business and business-to-consumer sectors. She has represented leading brands and organisations including International Distillers and Vintners (IDV, now Diageo), Pernod Ricard, Allied Breweries, Bell's Scotch Whisky, Boots, The Press Association and Thames Television. A graduate of Edinburgh University, Sally has a degree in French and also speaks Spanish.

Ursula Ferguson - Business development

With over 20 years experience in Business Development and Marketing, Ursula played a significant role in a number of start ups before joining GoodCorporation in 2009. Ursula has carried out assessment work for clients in Gibraltar, Bulgaria, Israel, Norway and the UK and now manages key accounts in sectors as diverse as media, construction, oil & gas, gaming and pharmaceuticals. She also takes a special interest in the development of our safeguarding work. Ursula has a BA (Hons) from University College, London, a Post Graduate in Law and is currently undertaking part time studies in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Ursula has a keen interest in reconciliation and safeguarding and volunteers a lot of her time to these causes.

Judith Kennedy - Events

Judith runs our Business Ethics Debate Series at the House of Lords and our programme of international events. GoodCorporation holds around 6 debates at the House of Lords each year where industry experts and business leaders discuss topical and often challenging aspects of corporate responsibility. Our European debates, in France, Switzerland and Belgium have grown rapidly in popularity over recent years. With a background in project management within the finance sector, Judith previously worked for Thomson Reuters and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She specialised in anti-money laundering before joining GoodCorporation in 2013. Judith has a degree in international business with languages from Heriot-Watt university and is fluent in French and German.

GoodCorporation assessors

In addition, GoodCorporation has a team of assessors worldwide who have conducted work in more than 60 countries.