Terra Nova training and development

About Terra Nova


Terra Nova was founded in Callander, Scotland 1997. We now work throughout the UK and Internationally.

We won a National Training Award for a long-term Leadership Development programme created for Oki, and gained accreditation for the Scottish Quality Management System, being among the first independent organisations to do so. In 2000, Terra Nova achieved the prestigious IiP (Investors in People) recognition.

In 2001 Philip Roycroft was presented with Motorola's William Weisz Award for his work as a Master Trainer on their "Essentials of Motorola Management" programme. This involved coaching and support for 15 trainers to deliver the programme in 12 countries across Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Our approach is both informal and challenging. We are committed to developing practical solutions which bring about lasting improvements in performance.

Terra Nova has the depth of experience to be able to work in partnership with clients to effect lasting change. Central to this is our ability to build relationships and find creative ways of translating learning into practical outcomes.

Principal Staff:

Phil Roycroft - Phil is the Director of Terra Nova. He has built a reputation for the design and delivery of innovative development programmes across the private, public and voluntary sectors. He is a skilled coach, facilitator and consultant with a creative and positive approach. He has a degree in Fine Art, CIPD membership, and is a 'Solution Focused Counselling' practitioner. Philip won the Willam Weisz Award for training excellence from Motorola, and is a Yacht Master, having recently sailed the Atlantic single handed.

Fran Loots - an associate member of Terra Nova, and independent consultant. Fran has over 20 years experience of working and training in the public, private and voluntary sectors. She provides training and consultancy services, and has published research on women and leadership. She has an MA in Psychology, an MSc in Applied Social Research, a Certificate in Youth and Community Work and a Diploma in Outdoor Education. She is also a qualified NLP practitioner and coach.

Tim Newall-Watson - an associate member of the Terra Nova training team for the past eight years and an independent consultant. Tim has extensive experience in management and recruitment and delivers a range of training programmes across these areas. Tim is a graduate in Social Anthropology and holds a post graduate Diploma in Outdoor Education. Until 1994 he was a Director with the Melville Craig recruitment and selection group.

Valerie Cowie - an associate member of the Terra Nova’s team. Valerie has 7 years experience of personal development training in the public, private and voluntary sectors. She has a degree in Outdoor Education and a post graduate certificate in Community Education. Valerie is a skilled trainer, facilitator and outdoor educator with a wide range of instructor qualifications. Above all she believes in maximising people’s potential. Valerie is a professional yoga teacher and skilled coach.

Willie Grieve - an associate member of Terra Nova’s training team, and an independent consultant. Willie has a wide range of experience in the not-for-profit and statutory public sectors in management, leadership, consultancy and training roles. Until early 2001 he was Chief Executive of Aberlour Child Care Trust, employing 600 staff and running services across Scotland. He holds an M.A. in psychology and the Craighead Institute Diploma in organisational consultancy and facilitation.


Wendy Maltinsky – an associate member of Terra Nova’s team. She has been extensively involved in training and education, with a particular interest in behaviour change methods and techniques which rely heavily on motivational interviewing. She is the lead member responsible for the development of a psychology degree at the University of the Highlands and Islands Millenium Institute.  Wendy is also a (failed) contemporary dancer with a love of the Arts generally.


Our clients include:

Alcatel Optronics
Enable Scotland
Hewl ett Packard, Warsaw
Highland & Island Enterprises
Kanthal Ltd
International Training Services
Neighbourhood Networks
NHS in Scotland
Motorola, EMEA
Partners for Inclusion
Potential Living
Volunteer Centre Falkirk
VivaCell-MTS Armenia
S.O.L. Motherwell
The Thistle Foundation