Core Management Team

The Brooke Consultancy provides Business Advice in the Round. We are a business ourselves and our development, strategy and administration are guided by a Management Team.

Chris Disspain

Chris Disspain

Chris is the TBC Management Team Chair and Director of non-legal services including advice to businesses on strategy, government relations, cybersecurity and crisis management.

Whilst studying for his law degree Chris worked at the law firm where Lynne was the senior partner. He stayed, completed his articles, qualified as a solicitor, became a partner of the firm and ended up moving to Australia where he set up and ran the firm’s branch office. Chris practised as a corporate lawyer in the U.K. and Australia advising on IPOs, venture capital, take-overs, and mergers and acquisitions.

Chris gave up practising in 1996 and co-wrote the book Creating Your Life Map which was developed into a goal setting workshop franchised around the world and then an Internet based business which he and his partners sold in 2000.

In 2000 Chris became the CEO of the independent governing body of the Australian Internet country code and was the founding Chair of the Country Code Names Supporting Organisation a body representing the interests of the world’s Internet country codes in the international policy arena.

Chris has been a member of the Board of The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) since 2011. He has chaired numerous committees and been Vice-Chair of the Board. He will step down in October 2020.

For 7 years Chris was a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Internet Governance Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group.

Chris has now returned to the UK and begun once again working with Lynne.

He is passionate about music and collects books on conjuring and the history of magic.

Contact Chris – chris@thebrookeconsultancy.com

Lynne Brooke

Lynne Brooke

Lynne Brooke is the TBC Management Team Chief Executive Officer and serves as our Compliance Officer for Legal Practice, Finance and Administration and Anti Money Laundering.

Contact Lynne – lynne@thebrookeconsultancy.com

Eva Caletkova

Eva Caletkova

Eva is the TBC Management Team Director of Digital & Marketing and Legal Recruitment Coordinator.

Eva comes from Slovakia and has lived and worked in the UK for over 10 years.

She has a Master’s Degree in International Business from Vienna Business University with a focus on cross border marketing. She speaks five languages, Russian, German, English, Slovak and Czech.

Eva has worked on communication strategies for a wide variety of organisations including accountants, tax advisers, sport event organisers, musicians, pubs and charities. She is experienced in media project management, web design, SEO, and social media strategies.

Eva has also worked with influencers in various sectors such as fashion, car hire, travel and utilities and understands how the Influencer business works

Eva’s main interest is in business strategy and advising entrepreneurs on brand positioning, website design and social media. In 2015 she co-founded Secret Sauce Conferences and a Facebook based platform providing advice and information exchange for entrepreneurs.

Eva has travelled widely and apart from being an avid reader and consumer of information, she is the author of the book ‘Forgiveness and Violets’ which has recently been published.

Contact Eva – eva@thebrookeconsultancy.com

Pat Debens

Pat Debens

Pat is the TBC Management Team Director of Policy, Process and Accounts.

Pat has worked in legal firms for over 30 years, starting as a secretary. In 1986 she crossed over to the management side of law, working with Lynne in his firm and has since been involved and worked in all aspects of the management of legal practice. Her particular skills are understanding solicitors Accounts Rules, dealing with the software applications, preparing policies and procedures and providing management information necessary for compliance and the day to day administration of TBC.

Pat recently moved to Berkshire where she shares a house with 3 others. She has two elderly dogs and loves walking with them and because of her new rural surroundings has more recently become interested in the environment.

Contact Pat – pat@thebrookeconsultancy.com

Collaboration Partners

Our Collaboration Partners work closely with us in a number of business focused areas to ensure that you receive Business Advice in the Round.

Michael Brunker

Michael Brunker

Michael helps our clients develop their resilience to cyber-attacks, and to build compliant GDPR policies and procedures.

Michael’s journey into the world of IT security began in 1997 when he joined Scotland Yard’s Computer Crime Unit as a detective. In 2000 he moved to the private sector and has, since then, gained significant experience of cyber security, business resilience and data protection (GDPR) in the banking world.

In his most recent corporate role, Michael ran the London cyber & data protection team within a global bank, covering its locations across Europe. He now helps small businesses achieve privacy compliance and to mature their operational resilience to cyber incidents.

As the focus of both cyber security and data privacy shifts away from the IT department and towards the boardroom, Michael has become adept at merging the technical security and operational risk worlds and speaking the language of both. He delivers cyber resilience methodologies designed to meet the impact tolerance of the particular client, and constructs GDPR programmes which protect reputations and ensure legal compliance.

Michael is also a voluntary NED to a children’s charity and, away from work, a keen cyclist and crossword fan.

Harinder Lamba

Harinder Lamba

Harinder helps our clients who are struggling to succeed in India and those aspiring to enter that market.

Businesses make the informed choice to bring Harinder on board only after he presents his detailed appraisal of their situation with nothing held back.

Most companies need hands-on help in India – not just letters of advice. Harinder actively cuts through the noise to help identify new realizable opportunities. He helps businesses to choose effective entry strategies, local partners and business models and to deal with local cultural soft risks, such as corruption & bribery, and financial bleed.

There is no point in entering India if you lose more than you earn. Companies without specialist advice can tread water for years, suffering low or no revenues and reputational risks.

Harinder has advised SMEs and larger companies (state-owned and FT 100) in UK, mainland Europe and Australasia working in many sectors including:

  • Biotech & Medical Devices
  • Renewable Energy (hydro, wind & solar)
  • Military Aerospace
  • Mass Transportation
  • Airports & ATC
  • Engineering and Electronics
  • Mining
  • Communications for government agencies and law enforcement

Harinder has previously worked in senior positions at PwC in London and Standard Chartered Bank in India, and spent the bulk of his 32-year career in the field in India, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Born, brought up and educated in India, Harinder lives in London with his family and divides his time between India and Europe.

Usman Sheikh

Usman Sheikh

Usman, through his law firm, Ansar, specialises in helping migrants with issues of immigration, asylum, deportation, detention, nationality and extradition.

Usman trained as a solicitor at Linklaters. He has an LLM with Distinction in International Law from the University of London (SOAS). He also has an MA and a BA from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College). He attended St. Paul’s School. He speaks English, French, Italian, Russian and Urdu. He has written many articles on immigration law.