At North Face Consulting, we are passionate about helping your people grow, so you can focus on growing your business.

Modern businesses recognise that their people are their most important asset and the key to business success is people who are capable of doing their job, engaged in the business mission and motivated to be their best. Wherever you want your business to go, how you develop and support your people is a critical step in getting there.

Like climbing the North Face, running a successful business is one of life’s greatest challenges and far too frequently ends in failure. This can be damaging financially but also takes its toll physically and mentally and is why we believe in providing a combination of technical and coaching support to help you and your people succeed.

Those who reach the summit are the ones who are not afraid to ask for help. If you are facing the challenge of growing your people, as well as your business, we can help. Please get in touch to discuss how.


Our principal consultant, Paul Cliff, is a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, with 20 years of experience in scientific, HR and senior leadership roles.

A qualified executive coach and mentor, specialising in wellbeing and performance support, Paul brings a unique approach, blending his forensic eye for detail and research, with a passion for developing people and teams to be the best they can be.

Originally qualifying as a Biochemist (BSc, 1996) and Toxicologist (MSc, 1997), Paul worked at St. George’s Hospital Medical School and then Surrey Police, providing scientific support to medical and police investigations, rising to the position of Director of Forensic Services in 2008. In 2011, Paul changed career and took up the role of Head of Learning and Development at Surrey Police and spent the next 8 years in various HR leadership roles, finally as the Head of People Development for both Surrey and Sussex Police, before founding North Face Consulting in March 2019.

During this transition, Paul completed an Executive MBA and his research, focusing on measuring employee engagement, motivation and wellbeing to help businesses understand and meet the needs of their people was awarded a Distinction by the University of Surrey Business School in November 2019. Paul also works as an Associate Growth Champion for the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub and volunteers as an Enterprise Advisor for local schools and colleges, and is a Board Trustee for the Women’s Engineering Society – the first male trustee in the charity’s 101 year history.

We believe that the key to supporting people and business is to meet you where you are, to build sustainable people solutions with you, that enable your people and your business to grow.

North Face Consulting prides itself in providing bespoke solutions to your specific people needs.

“Because Your People, Are Your Business”