About Us

Olivier Schobbens, Rob Irving and Eva Lauwers

The Talent Alliance assembles a network of highly experienced professionals in Leadership Assessment and Development with strong business acumen.

We operate across Europe and beyond. We are nimble, focused, and highly flexible to meet your needs.

Our Team


Olivier Schobbens

Brussels +32 475 69 48 52


A former HR Executive and experienced leadership psychologist, Olivier focuses on executive assessment, coaching and leadership diagnosis. He co-founded The Talent Alliance in 2011.

He assists a wide diversity of companies at every stage of their leadership pipeline. As an assessor and coach, he engages in in-depth, trusting and insightful dialogue leading to deeper self-awareness. He helps companies design their succession planning strategies and deliver major international talent management projects.

A Licensed Psychologist (U.C.Louvain), he also graduated from the IMP programme at INSEAD. He operates globally and is fluent in French, Dutch and English.

Rob is the co-founder of The Talent Alliance. For over 20 years, he has led executive assessment practices with distinguished firms such as Whitehead Mann and RHR International in London.

Rob has worked closely with global corporate clients, supporting some of the largest M&As in the UK and overseas. He has assisted many organisations to select board talent, build their succession plans and develop a board performance evaluation methodology.

Rob is recognised for his rich experience and deep insights into individual behaviour and leadership effectiveness. He holds a BA in Sociology from York University, an MSc in Organisational Psychology from London University, and obtained his Ph.D. at the Birmingham University.


Sophie Giles

+44 7976 294827

Sophie Giles is an experienced business psychologist with business savvy. She has extensive experience assessing and supporting the development of senior executives. After a first experience at a leading investment bank, she has worked for premier business psychology consultancies across a range of industries.

Sophie graduated in Psychology at the Universities of Bristol (UK) and New South Wales (Australia). She is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.


Flora Mets

+32 493 87 80 30


Flora Mets specializes in in-depth executive assessment, leadership development and succession planning. Prior to joining The Talent Alliance, she has built over the past 15 years a track record of supporting strategy and culture transformations in complex environments and M&A contexts.

The first part of her international career has been with top management advisory firms, spanning finance, performance improvement and strategy consulting. She shows unique commitment and passion for her clients with an authentic, caring yet challenging approach.

Flora holds degrees in Business Administration and Finance & Law from Solvay Business School in ULB (Brussels). She gained additional leadership training at INSEAD and HEC Lausanne. She is fluent in French, English and Rwandese, and has a good mastery of Dutch.

Before becoming an executive coach and assessor, Eva had a fast-moving career in the pharmaceutical industry. During the last 10 years of her corporate career, she has been a BU Director, Marketing Director and HR Director for Pfizer Belgium.

She works for a range of companies, from family businesses to global corporations. Her clients highly appreciate her credibility, supportive yet demanding style, and deep personal values. She is both direct and highly respectful.

She graduated as a licensed Psychologist at the Free University in Brussels. She is trilingual Dutch-French-English.


Gérard Cléry-Melin

+33 1 53 23 92 92

+33 6 21 69 39 31

Gérard has been advising CEOs and Boards of large French, European and global companies for many years. He has extensive experience in the field of corporate governance, succession planning, and executive leadership team assessment and development. He founded TM Partenaires in 2011, joining forces with The Talent Alliance in 2016.

Formerly CEO then Chairman for Europe of the British consulting group Whitehead Mann Plc, Gérard was President of Heidrick & Struggles International Inc for 20 years, leading its development in over 20 countries world-wide. He is a graduate from HEC Business School.

Laura has an extensive experience in organization and people development, and has become a trusted advisor to global and entrepreneurial companies across different industries. She is also active in researching and developing potential assessment, coaching and career development practices and tools to support organization and people development in multinational environments.

She is Master in Organizational Psychology and a graduate from IMD’s General Management Program (Lausanne). She is fluent in Italian and English.


Verena Wecker

A business and leadership psychologist, Verena specializes in executive assessments, individual and team coaching, and intercultural team management. She has among others accumulated experience supporting the international teams in charge of Airbus' A350 XWB, helping them achieve high levels of performance in a complex, high-pressure intercultural environment.

Verena graduated from the Universities of Giessen (Germany) and Toulouse (France). She is trilingual German-French-English.


Emmanuelle Michels

Emmanuelle is a highly professional and impactful leadership consultant. Over the past 8 years, she has focused on Executive Coaching and Assessment. Previously, she led Russell Reynolds Associates’ Asset Management & Private Banking businesses at European level, out of Paris and London. She also led RRA’s Europe-wide Executive Assessment Practice at European level.

Earlier in her career, Emmanuelle worked in the Investment Banking and Project Finance divisions of Barclay’s. She is a graduate from HEC Paris Business School.


Catherine Albert-Roulhac

+33 1 53 23 92 92

+33 6 74 40 41 09

Catherine specializes in the assessment and development of executive leaders. She is also active in board reviews and corporate governance, an area she specialized in during her 15 years’ tenure at Heidrick and Struggles. A Partner at TM Partenaires, she joined forces with The Talent Alliance in 2016.

Catherine is a graduate from the Institute of Political Science (IEP Paris) and has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. She is a former Lecturer at both schools. She published many reports on Management and Supervisory Boards in France and Europe.

Carmen has been working as senior executive coach since 2007, helping foster her clients’ personal success in business, especially in tough times of change and demanding challenges.

Before Carmen reinvented her career, she worked for more than 20 years in senior management roles in marketing, among others at Accenture and Deutsche Bank Wealth Management.

Carmen holds a degree in German and French Philology from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. Her formal training as executive coach was provided by one of the most recognized private institutions in Germany. She speaks German, English and French.

Toye specializes on facilitating lasting change and rapidly accelerating the development and performance of individuals, teams and organizations – from Fortune 500 companies to fast growing start-ups. She brings keen insight into people, systems and group dynamics in her works with C-level executives. She helps them develop more effective and high performing teams, as well as take on more complex leadership roles.

Prior to her management consulting career, Toye was a consulting and clinical psychologist in New York City and California. She has held several academic appointments including positions at Hunter College (CUNY), New School for Social Research and the University of Oregon. She obtained her MS in Counseling Psychology at the University of Oregon and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Adelphi University.

As a Talent Management expert, Brett has more than 20 years' experience under his belt. He works at C-suite and board level to support executive leadership development. Before becoming a consultant, he has accumulated over 10 years of in-house HR experience in Learning & Development and Talent Acquisition functions.

Brett is a business-savvy psychologist with a bias for action and a reputation for developing highly functioning executives and teams. He is a rock-solid, highly trusted advisor with exceptional customer focus. He has worked internationally with multiple Fortune 500 companies.

Brett has obtained his M.Sc. in Psychology at Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. at the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Centre.