Meet the Team

The de Burgh Group Team

Luan de Burgh

Luan de Burgh

Founder of the de Burgh Group, Luan is a recognised business communication expert and has worked with a wide variety of clients in the worlds of business, politics, media, sport and entertainment.

He has an MA in Voice & Speech (University of London, CSSD) and specialises in public speaking, presentation and impact and influence and draws on his extensive experience to deliver speeches in the UK, USA, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Russia and Asia which are engaging, entertaining and informative.

He is a regular commentator in the media on communication, often on the BBC, as well as writing extensively on communication in business and has lectured at BPP, London University and RADA amongst other places.

Luan’s first book on Speaking in Public will be published later this year.

Lis Sammarco

Lis Sammarco

Lis has over 14 years’ experience in Presentation and Impact Training and 1:1 developmental coaching. She has trained and coached teams and individuals at all levels from directors and partners to graduates and trainees and focuses on helping individuals to maximise their potential and to achieve their personal and organisation goals.

Having spent several years as a Learning and Development Consultant, Lis is our lead trainer for the SRA/PSC training suite as well as running various other de Burgh training courses across a broad range of industries.

Tony King

Tony King

A qualified solicitor, Tony taught at The College of Law, London for several years and practiced as a tax lawyer with one of the firms which merged to create Clifford Chance. Tony was involved in education, training and professional development at Clifford Chance from 1988 until he retired as the Director of the Clifford Chance Academy in July 2014. Tony is the Immediate Past Chair of the City of London Law Society‘s Training Committee, a Past Chair of The Law Society of England & Wales’ Education & Training Committee and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Bar Association’s Academic & Professional Development Committee.
He is a Member of the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel and has spoken at public conferences around the world as well having written extensively on professional development topics.

Simon Horton

Simon Horton

Simon runs our Negotiation Mastery training and has over 10 years’ experience as a Negotiation Skills trainer having worked with hostage negotiators, leading law firms, banks and other global businesses. He is a Visiting Lecturer at Imperial College London, a Member of the Association of Business Psychologists, and an author. His first book, Negotiation Mastery, was published in June 2012 and it has been one of the best-selling negotiation books in the UK since. Simon‘s latest book, ’The Leader‘s Guide to Negotiation’ was published in April 2016. Simon is a trustee of AID2, a charity that helps other charities be more efficient and is a mentor on an Oxford University Said Business School programme.

Krista Erickson

Krista Erickson

Krista is a former Canadian television correspondent and host of the prime time program, ‘Canada Live with Krista Erickson’. She spent more than a decade at Canada’s public broadcaster (CBC) covering domestic and international politics and Canada’s courts.

Krista broke major political stories that led to multiple enquiries in Canada’s House of Commons and by parliamentary committees. She has conducted numerous interviews with Canada’s current and former prime ministers.

In 2004, Krista was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category of ‘Best Information Segment’. The Gemini’s recognise excellence in Canadian broadcasting and are the Canadian equivalent of the BAFTA’s.

Krista recently completed her LLB and is currently finishing the LPC at BPP University. She begins her training contract with a London-based media law firm in October 2017.

Helen Cahill

Helen Cahill

Helen is dBg’s Business Coach. Helen delivers coaching focussed on all areas relating to development and performance, with a particular interest in maternity coaching and working with women at all stages of their careers. She also provides training and facilitation for working in teams, communication and leadership.

Helen completed her coaching training with Meyler Campbell and is qualified in the use of psychometric tests including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Sixteen Personality Factor (16PF), Thomas PPA (DISC) as well as other ability tests. She previously worked in L&D at a city law firm for a number of years running a variety of coaching and training delivery for fee earners and business support staff. Prior to that she worked in the professional services sector and has a background in development including involvement in all aspects of development centres, including design, assessment, organisation and facilitation.