CEO & Founder

Norm Murray, CEO

Norm began his career as a clinical psychologist providing exacting solutions to clients in individual, family and group therapy. He used to run Canada’s most successful and renowned domestic violence group therapy treatment  programme for men and women and an equivalent group therapy programme to help  victims of violence. He also provided the first direct psychological intervention programmes for the Canadian and UK Government’s on treating depression in long-term unemployed built on his premise that “you cannot motivate someone who is depressed“. Norms innovative approaches and methodology led him to the world of business psychology and then consulting for companies experiencing complex challenges. Norm is an acclaimed strategist, coach and culture transformation expert. He is also an inspirational speaker, writer, podcaster and a counsellor to leaders. He is a complex problem solver who has counselled Executive Leaders and Executive Boards worldwide from start-ups to major corporations in the Middle East, Asia, North America and Europe to achieve culture transformation. Norm has also held leadership roles in influential global companies managing multimillion dollar budgets and multibillion-dollar funds, assets and high performing teams.Norm has also built several successful businesses and has worked in varying industries including Oil & Gas, Engineering, Banking & Finance, Health Care, IT, Education, Insurance, Retail and Law, Power, Sports, Shipping, Transport and Government.  Norm has several legacy business and economic projects with companies and governments worldwide and has also achieved pioneering work in Economics, Psychology and Social Change in Canada, the UK and the Middle East. Norm has also often played the role of Super-Integrator in major culture change and EVP projects where he has brought is expertise, know-how and leadership to manage and lead these critical projects for clients which include bringing together in-house teams, in-house leaders and also external consultants to deliver on planned objectives and to ensure consistency and momentum.  Norm has also authored the practical and important playbook to enhance culture, employee value proposition and leadership effectiveness –  “The Employee Psychological Wellbeing Playbook For Leaders.Norm’s authentic nature, energy, enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit and steadfast values are the keys to his professional and personal success as is his passion and dogged determination for helping others succeed.  Trained as an Olympic level basketball player Norm understands the dogged determination, skills and perseverance required to achieve excellence and brings this attitude and mindset to every client project. Norm was formally educated in the UK, USA and Canada.

Diana Mather

Diana Mather
Senior Associate

Diana has years of expertise and experience, is the author of 12 books and a TED speaker on Social Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence with a background at the BBC. Her books include ‘Managing International Relationships Today’ and ‘Speak’ – The Power of Communication. She advises on the art of successful leadership, international business etiquette and public speaking. She has taught and consulted in Saudi Arabia, UAE, China, India, Russia, Iran, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Switzerland, Holland, Brussels and Germany. She has also worked with The Protocol Bureau of The Hague (Netherlands) at The European Central Bank. She was one of the first people to work with the British Members of Parliament (The House of Commons) on how to manage TV and media appearances and has written speeches and advised on leadership matters for Members of the UK Parliament, Kenya, Trinidad and Tobago and Senators in The States of Jersey. She is an Export Champion for The Northern Powerhouse, part of the UK’s Government’s Department of Business and Trade. She is a regular contributor to TV and Radio programmes across the UK speaking about leadership issues and a valued member of the nStratagem team.

Mike Blackburn

Mike Blackburn, OBE
Senior Associate

An award-winning, outcomes-driven business leader and executive with a proven history of success in leading public/private strategic boards that improve economic and community performance across the UK. Mike facilitates large-scale transformation in both start-ups and multi-billion-pound companies across the private and public sector. He is an expert in leadership and corporate governance, strengthening processes and policies, identifying, and mitigating key risks, and pioneering board diversity to improve representation. Both an innovative leader and adept communicator, he builds and mobilises empowered workforces, forges global strategic partnerships with multiple stakeholders and scrutinises performance to outline key areas of improvement. An influential voice in the board room, Mike shapes key decision making, provides strategic oversight and embeds consensus to unite teams under a shared vision and drive overall business growth.

His contribution to UK business was rewarded by the UK Parliament with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) award for his outstanding services to the country and an Honorary DBA from Manchester University. He is also a Board Member of Lancaster University Management School Mike is a valuable contributor to the nStratagem family.

Rachel Jones (240 × 240 px)

Rachel Jones

Rachel has extensive international experience as a senior administrator and professional assistant. She has worked in major projects in supporting our work and is highly gifted in client relations.

Rachel’s energy and enthusiasm is infectious and she is a key member of the nStratagem team.


  • We are based in the UK and work globally (in-person & virtually)
  • We operate a “just-in-time” Team Delivery Model as we don’t believe in the one-team-fits-all-client-needs model
  • Our expert Associates are based all around the world and we hand pick them to serve specific client projects based on the best mix of skills, experience and expertise
  • Our clients choose us for our Experience, Proven Expertise & Creative Applications
  • We are privileged to be involved in complex and discreet client needs and situations so we are mindful of protecting  their confidentiality