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Penelope Tobin - Barrier Breakers. London, United Kingdom, , GB

Penelope Tobin

Founder & Creative Director | Barrier Breakers

London, United Kingdom, UNITED KINGDOM

Author, barrier-breaker, soft skills advocate, and jazz musician





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I'm the founder and CEO of Barrier Breakers, the soft skills training and development consultancy. Drawing on my past experience as a professional jazz pianist and composer, as well as my academic research and business experience, I created BBM, the award-winning approach to soft skills development. BBM is used in all Barrier Breakers' training and consultancy, as well as in the work of Barrier Breakers Foundation with disadvantaged groups. I write books for personal and professional development, the latest being The Jazz of Business: Leadership in a New Groove.

Industry Expertise (3)

Corporate Leadership

Professional Training and Coaching

Training and Development

Areas of Expertise (3)

Leadership Development

Organizational Development

Personal Development

Accomplishments (3)

Author (professional)

I've published 3 books [Barrier Breakers: Be Yourself Brilliantly; The Journal: and The Jazz of Business: Leadership in a New Groove] as well as numerous articles for training, educational, business, and academic magazines and journals.

Founder and CEO of charity (professional)

I'm the founder and CEO of Barrier Breakers Foundation, the foremost soft skills development charity in the UK. Using BBM (Barrier Breakers Methodology for Soft Skills Development & Evaluation) we help disadvantaged young people develop the essential skills for employability and wellbeing.

Jazz pianist, composer, vocalist (personal)

I've run groups in London and New York, including my own sextets and a 17-piece jazz orchestra, and have performed all over the world.

Education (2)

City University London: MA, Leadership & Managing Change

Middlesex University: BA (Hons) Performing Arts

Affiliations (2)

  • FRSA
  • Barrier Breakers Foundation

Testimonials (3)

Brian Rowe, Senior Industry Consultant for International Affairs, Development, Government and Policy at George Washington University | BBM Leadership

I had the pleasure of attending a seminar taught by Penelope. She was by far the most informative, concise, and beneficial presenter. Her work in Human Development is cutting edge. If you have a need for organization consultants or for human capital development, do not hesitate to contact her

Guy Grif­fiths, Dir­ector, GGFit Ltd | BBM Break­sThru

Every­one should attend the BBM Break­sThru day; it’s so worth­while and has so many applic­a­tions in work and per­sonal life. It really helped with my coach­ing tech­niques for oth­ers and my per­sonal busi­ness devel­op­ment as well. Thank you!

Danette O’Hara, Head of Mar­ket­ing, YWCA Cent­ral Club | Break Your Barriers, Build Your Potential

I came away from the work­shop feel­ing inspired – it gave mean­ing and struc­ture to my thoughts. I loved the day! BBM is such a fab thing and Penelope is so inspir­a­tional!!

Sample Talks (1)

The Jazz of Business: Leadership in a New Groove

Based on my book, this lively, provocative keynote talk is for business leaders at every level, and proposes that jazz-leadership is the model of the future. If the traditional leader looked like the conductor of an orchestra, the new one looks like the leader of a jazz group - a jazz-leader. The talk is made even more exciting if I am able to demonstrate points by playing the piano, accompanied by bass, drums, and saxophone.



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training


4000 to 25000