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Driving performance through brain science

Global support to leaders, teams and organisations

Supporting teams to innovate, improve and win

Delivering fast, eye-catching results for clients


Thank you for visiting First Ascent!

We provide contemporary leadership, coaching and team development programmes, uniquely designed for each client's challenges and incorporating the latest neuroscience research to maximise performance.

Our approach reflects our values: agile, engaging, provocative and accountable ... or to put it another way ... we listen, question and challenge you .... then we engage your people to deliver seriously impressive ROI for your organisation.

Our service is personal, flexible and responsive ... our unique team all have senior leadership experience ... we understand the challenges that leaders face.

We work with new start-ups and global multinationals. In Europe, India and America. All of our clients are ambitious to improve their performance and to be leaders in their field ... and they describe us as a dynamic and engaging partner.

Your support from First Ascent is available 24 x 365, as we believe in operational reality. We mentor our alumni for life – for free.

If you are looking for a highly committed, effective and trusted partner to help ignite ambition and inspire confidence in your people .... then please contact us for an engaging conversation as a first step towards accelerating your performance!

Latest News...

Monday 26th January 2015
The latest neuroscience knowledge is providing new understanding around how we should be designing learning and development experiences. The research is providing critical insight into how we think and behave, offering support and guidance on how to deliver engaging, brain friendly development experiences that make learning truly effective.

David Sales will be discussing this forward thinking subject at the Learning and Skills Conference 2015 in London, Olympia (Theatre 10, 13:30 - 14:00 on 28th and 29th January)

Tuesday 16th December 2014
Steve Bentley reported on the privilege it was to share the stage this week at the National Grid L&D Academy with Karen Darke. Karen was left paralysed from the chest down after a climbing accident and spent four months staring at hospital ceiling tiles! Despite her horrific injuries she has since conquered the Greenland Ice Cap in a ‘sit ski,’ climbed El Capitan, won Olympic Paracycling Silver in London 2012 and was also world Paratriathlon champion in the same year! read more...

Thursday 4th December 2014
Steve Bentley was invited to speak at the CIPD Central London Event on Neuroscience. His talk on Neuroscience and Change - How One Can Support The Other, was delivered to a capacity audience and was extremely well received.



20th March 2015 15:03pm
"RT @LeadershipCures: As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. @BillGates #leadership"

12th March 2015 11:03am
"Congratulations to both First Ascent clients achieving World Top 100 University rankings! @durham_uni @warwickuni"