We were founded in 2001 as a spin-out company of the University of Leeds, UK, by Professor Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe and Dr John Alban-Metcalfe.  Since then, we have grown to support organisations globally from a wide range of sectors.

Juliette Alban-Metcalfe


Juliette has been working with Real World Group for the past 15 years, supporting leadership development with both individuals and groups up to Board level globally. She has a particular passion for a focus on positive psychology and diversity & inclusion in leadership.

Rachel Hannan

Chair of the Board

Rachel is an Entrepreneur and Angel Investor who has founded and successfully grown her own businesses, as well as supporting the growth of many more as a Non Executive Director, Board Advisor and Investor. She has a passion for supporting people and organisations to reach their full potential and believes in the importance of maximising the impact of a business or organisation’s greatest asset, its people.

Professor Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe

Founding Director

Beverly co-founded Real World Group with Dr John Alban-Metcalfe in 2001, and remains Emeritus Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Leeds.

Beverly has spent over 25 years in research and consultancy supporting the leadership development of individuals, and increasing leadership capacity in organisations. She is a Chartered Organisational Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society and has a strong international reputation for her research.

Jim Hopwood

Non-Executive Director

Jim has a wealth of experience in successfully scaling technology companies, as well as international mergers and acquisitions. He has an impressive track record across his career as an Entrepreneur, Executive and Non-Executive Director.

He is helping shape the next phase of Real World Group’s development as we bring our market leading online tools to a broader audience. He has a strong track record in digital publishing as well as growth and scaling companies.