Building the leadership team you need to drive success.


We believe that leadership counts.  It is the key factor that creates or destroys value in businesses.

Leadership is about creating great teams of leaders.

It’s not enough to have one great leader, or even a group of great individuals, it’s about a diverse and complementary group that work towards a common purpose.

At Napoleon Consulting, we help you ensure that you have strong individual leaders, collaborative team working, and an effective organisational model.

Creating the team

  • Team design
  • Assessing individuals for selection and development
  • On-boarding
  • Leadership transitions

Tuning the team

  • Coaching the CEO and team members
  • Coaching the team
  • Investment Committee effectiveness

Rachel Robinson
Founder, Managing Partner
Rachel Robinson is the founder of Napoleon Consulting. She has over 20 years experience in leadership consulting and works with clients globally.  Rachel has worked across business sectors and has significant experience working with both publicly listed businesses and Private Equity. She has an outstanding reputation for her judgement around people, and her capacity to build enduring trusting partnerships with clients at the most senior levels of business. Prior to founding Napoleon, Rachel successfully led YSC Europe, having P&L responsibility for the majority of the YSC’s business. Rachel created YSC’s Private Equity practice in Europe. Rachel is a psychologist by training with a BSc and MSc from the University of London, she is an ICF accredited coach as well as a trained mediator and facilitator.  Rachel is married and lives in South West London.

Joanna Sobkowska
Joanna specialises in partnering with large-cap and mid-cap PE investors and portfolio company management teams to drive value through human capital. Her work includes firm-focused leadership development as well as portfolio development including C-Suite assessment, coaching, and team development. She works across sectors and industries with a real passion for high growth technology businesses. Prior to joining Napoleon Consulting, she was at YSC where she helped build the global PE practice, led the commercial function for Europe and was known for leading large-scale transformational projects. She has a BA in Psychology and Criminology from Ryerson University in Canada and MSc in Research Psychology from University College London (UCL) in England. She is also an AoEC accredited Executive Coach and is certified in various psychometric instruments.

Emma Murphy
Emma specialises in helping senior leaders achieve significant cultural change, particularly in analytical organisations. She also leads our referencing practice, using her personal credibility in analytical contexts to build rapport, demonstrate total trust and contract clearly around confidentiality. Prior to joining Napoleon Consulting, Emma worked for the Bank of England. With over twenty-five years’ experience, she developed and implemented the first strategic plans in the Bank of England’s 325-year history. These focused on how best to manage deeply analytical talent while building a more diverse workforce, transforming rigid ways of working, and bringing internal and external communications into the 21st century.  Emma has coached multiple leaders at the most senior levels on the formation and communication of their key messages and has also advised other central banks around the World, helping adapt lessons learned from the Bank of England’s experience into their differing contexts.  She has particular expertise in meshing cultural change with the people and communications challenges. Emma has a first class BA (Econ) in Economics, and a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics.


“Rachel has supported us by bringing rich insights to our people decisions. Choosing the right executives and building strong, balanced teams are critically important priorities for our firm. Rachel’s professional expertise and judgement have been invaluable in developing greater depth and rigour across our human capital agenda.”
Operating Partner
Private Equity
“Rachel has been a great partner for me in building a fresh new Executive Team. We went through a “crash program” hiring 7-8 key leaders over 3-4 months. Rachel support in assessing the lead candidates has been excellent across the board: not just a deep insight to understand the candidates from the professional and personal angles, but also a very balanced calibration on how each individual would fit into the business and within the leadership team. I have always appreciated her personal judgement and advice. Two years into our transformation journey the team is strong and performing; we would not be where we are without Rachel’s support.”
Paolo Bertoluzzo
Group Chief Executive Officer
“Rachel has been a key partner building out a next generation leadership team for Verisure. She helped us topgrade our team, carefully assessing and advising on raw potential, applicable track record and most importantly the likely fit or otherwise with our culture and team working dynamics. Her talent made us significantly better.”
Austin Lally
Group Chief Executive Officer
“Rachel has become an expert adviser on both individual assessments, and on the wider talent building agenda. She has been able to balance insightful judgement based on a deep understanding of an individual’s drivers and experiences, with a full appreciation of the organisational context into which they must succeed. I have very much appreciated her wise counsel and her thoughtful ideas.”
Robin Mills
Group HR Director
Compass Group PLC
United Kingdom
“Rachel successfully helps us to recruit suitable top executives with a very high success rate to strengthen our team. She convinces with her extensive experience in management assessment and her data- and fact-based approach. We also value Rachel’s support in team and leadership development.”
Robert Hoffman
Chief Executive Officer