AQR International Team

Douglas Strycharczyk - CEO

Doug is the CEO of AQR and for AQR International – Founded in 1989, AQR is now recognised as one of the most innovative (and fast growing) test publishers in the world working in more than 80 countries.

AQR established its reputation initially as a leader in Team Building and leadership development. Doug’s work has been featured on BBC Television where Prof John Adair described the material as “highly effective”

In recent years, Doug has worked with Professor Peter Clough to define mental toughness and to create the world’s leading measure of mental toughness. Doug is now recognised as a leading authority on the application of mental toughness to the worlds of work, education, sport as well as social applications. His expertise is focused on helping organisations develop performance, increase retention and employee engagement and more effectively dealing with issues such as bullying and the impact of change.

Doug has more than 30 years  expertise in a variety of Line, HR & Consultancy roles with a number of blue chip businesses. Doug’s areas of expertise also include Organisational Development, Senior Management/Leadership Development and Top Team Assessment.

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Claudine Rowlands - Commercial Director

Claudine’s  key areas of responsibly include Marketing, Promotion and Financial operations of the company. Her role also embraces the technical and customer support of AQR’s clients, partners and distributors both in the UK and overseas.

Claudine’s areas of expertise include: Application of assessment methodologies and measures with users and clients. Commercial Partnership development, DIgital Marketing and Quality Management

She brings to AQR experience in a number of areas including finance, sales support/customer service, marketing and product management having held roles across a variety of sectors from printing and production through to the leisure industry.

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Monika Czwerenko - Head of Operations

Monika is responsible for systems and IT development within AQR. Her role in the organisation is to make our high quality psychometric tools accessible worldwide. She also takes a major role in promotional and marketing strategy of overseas territories particularly focused around Europe.

She has valuable expertise working in the European Integration Committee during the Polish accession to EU as well as being active member of the university organisation where she was focused on maintenance of cross border contacts.. She speaks English and Polish (native speaker) and is currently developing her Spanish, Dutch and German language skills.

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Steve Oakes – Head of AQR Education

Steve heads up AQR’s educational division and has responsibility for Business and Product development strategy is this sector. He manages product and material development for this sector as well as delivery and account management. Working with schools and colleges to make a positive impacts on key issues such as  transition, attainment, bullying, employability, aspirations, classroom behaviour, peer relationships

Formerly Assistant Director of Sixth Form at Blue Coat School in Oldham where he led a programme since 2012 to embed a mental toughness culture throughout the school.  Blue Coat School has won acclaim for producing one of the best sets of A level results in the UK. Blue Coat is a teaching school. Steve is adding to his practical experience by working on a PhD in Mental Toughness under the supervision of Professor Peter Clough.

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Toni Molyneux - Business Development Executive

Toni is currently working with us on a part-time basis whilst studying for a masters degree in Organisational Psychology at the University of Manchester. Toni first began working with us when she was a a Psychology undergraduate at the University of Chester. She has worked with AQR in a variety of project based roles since 2014. Her role is to support and coordinate business  and product development projects, marketing and promotional activity as well as to provide a full support service to the users of AQR measures.

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Dylan Jones - Project Support Executive
Josephine Wright - Business and Product Development Support Executive
Orla Spencer – Business Development Manager and Psychologist (AQR MENA)

During her time with AQR Orla has worked in the UK office as part of the product development and marketing team for a new Career Management programme and psychometric measure.  Orla now focuses on business development and the design, development and organisation of various training programmes and assessment centres in the Middle East.

Orla has expertise in other areas of business having worked in After Sales for Daimler Middle East and Emirates Airlines in their Crew Service Centre.  She has a keen interest in Occupational Psychology and learning and development.

Maya Mattar – Consultant (AQR MENA)

Maya works with AQR supporting and project managing business development and delivery of programmes. Maya is a highly motivated HR professional with over 8 years’ expertise in the Middle East, and almost 2 years in Southeast Asia.

Maya’s knowledge and expertise has been gained through working in a variety of organisations in the Lebanon and the Gulf region (particularly the UAE).

Maya has excellent change management capabilities, as well as first class people management skills. She has purposefully developed an interest, both academically and professionally, in psychology to enhance her work in this area. As a result she has developed significant expertise in assessment, development and coaching activity.

Sylwia Rybak - Business Development Partner (Poland & Central Europe)

Sylwia heads up AQR’s operations in Poland and Central Europe, She is a seasoned professional who has expertise in a variety of sectors and functions including sales, management and HR.

She specialises in conducting training on AQR’s psychometrics products and development programmes . She also delivers teambuilding and management, leadership, motivation and improving interpersonal skills of managers. She also designs and runs Assessment and Development Centers and consults on HR projects including recruitment and development.

Peter Wortley – Associate Consultant & Senior Partner, AQR Coaching & Mentoring

Peter has more than 30 years experience in business, in a range of sectors including Automotive, FMCG, Food Packaging, and Leisure. Organisations include international blue chips such Magna, Johnson Controls, Michelin and Autoliv STADCO.

In his last major role, as General Manager of a UK Division of Magna (with 600 staff) he turned around a loss making entity to a performing profitable £75M turnover division.

Peter works closely with AQR and has an in-depth knowledge of their tools and expertise in their application in a wide variety of situations. Peter’s main focus is the provision of executive coaching to senior managers.

Pauline Bowe – Associate Consultant

Pauline has more than 26 years  experience in Health, Local Authority, Education and private sector organisations. She delivers a range of licensed product training and development programmes for AQR.  In addition she runs a Business Psychology consultancy and Associate Lecturer at the Management Centre, Bangor Business School and Kaplan Open learning. More recently she has become an associate for the Care Council for Wales. Her varied career has spanned across the domains of business consultancy, coaching/ therapy, stress management, training/ lecturing, and as part of a strategic management team of a local authority.

Cathy Carter – Associate Consultant

Cathy has over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering Leadership, Management and Coaching Programmes for organisations from the public and private sectors including multinationals. Results-driven and commercially focused with a proven track record in successfully designing, marketing and delivering management and professional skills training programmes.

Cathy is a Leadership and Management Adviser, Trainer and Coach with a passion for learning and development  – combining broad ranging training expertise with senior-level business management experience.   Cathy runs most of the AQR Level 5 and Level 3 Coaching and Mentoring programs. In her previous role and in her current role she worked closely with ILM on accredited programs

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