Our team

Team work makes the dream work

Emerson Scotland

Managing Director 
With a background in tech project management, Emerson has seamlessly taken over the reigns of Magic Maestros.  He was recently invited to join the Help to Grow: Management Alumni - Advisory Panel and is also a certified coach.

Steph Chamberlain

Founder and Group CEO
Steph is the Founder of the Stable Teams group.  She is a Holocracy practitioner, Five Behaviors and Scaled Agile Coach and served for two years as Visiting Industrial Fellow for Aston Business School.

Ned Dedic

Head of Practise
As Head of Practise, Ned's experience spans Delivery, Product and Business Analysis.  Ned has conducted transformations at Ford, the BBC and most recently worked with Elsevier on their product development processes.

Matt Bullock

Group Operations Director
Matt brings his entrepreneurship as an engineer and sustainable energy professional to our Orientation module, having a unique perspective on a "sense of place".   Nowadays though he's just as comfortable with the virtual landscape.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create:
  • Stable
  • Committed
  • High-Performing teams 

wherever we go.
We do this via the Stable Teams® framework which consists of:
  • A guide for establishing mastery and building a culture of learning and curiosity
  • An approach to setting and linking, purpose and strategy together
  • Tools and techniques for group behaviour change
  • Tools to optimise your team's environment
    What's more we offer, "Maestros" who can add capability whilst also embedding change.
We "eat our own dog food"
We pride ourselves on practising what we preach and run Stable Teams as a Holacracy which is a flat-structure with a strict method of governance over policies and roles. We are also very proud of our gorgeous office locations that provide our clients with something special. We try to make working with us feel more like a holiday. Given we are on a mission to change work for the better, we like to start with our clients first and work out from there.
Why  us?

Why Work / Study with us?

We've been delivering tech projects and programmes for the world's most prestigious organisations since the early 2000s.  That's 68 years of combined experience in the senior leadership team alone.  What's even more crucial though, is the Stable Teams framework is based on data over 5 years, working with clients on high profile products to prove that those techniques work across all contexts.  Increasingly, we see our clients getting at least 12% increases in productivity, a measurable uplift in team happiness, reduced restructuring costs and less internal politics.  We are also investing in the next general of technical leaders through the Maestros Academy.  Sound good?  Check out the path of the Liberated Leader as a starting point.
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"Chris explained the concepts really well in detail with good examples. Refreshed my memory and clarified all of my doubts."

Dr Khwaja Moinuddin, 
Continuous improvement Leader, 
PSM Training client
"From the outset Salman fully committed himself to the project diving straight into getting to know the Scrum team, Business Stakeholders and getting into the detail of the project streams of development."

Siobhan Dunne,
Director of Enterprise & Research Applications,
Euromonitor International Ltd,
Magic maestros client
"People are at the heart of everything Magic Milestone does. The partners have integrity and high technical expertise in Project/Delivery/Product Management as well as Business Analysis." 

Anna Bromley,
Maestros and
Stable Teams® Practitioner
23
Qualified Stable Teams practitioners
2007
First Stable Teams business set up
100+
Transformations completed 

Frequently asked questions

Where do I start?

We offer a number of different learning paths, which you are invited to read and choose the one that better meets your needs. You can start from your jouney or you can start from any problems you may be experiencing.  However if you need any advice or clarifications, we are at your disposal at any time.  We suggest you start with the path of the Liberated Leader.  Just search for "leader" in the course section.

Which Coach will I get - do I get to choose?

We have a total of 5 coaches in house – we will suggest someone at the outset that is best suited to your needs.  We also have a group of associate mentors if you need a further specialist.   You will then have a chance to meet and some extent "try out" the coach to see what insights you can gain. 

Is everything you do IR35 compliant?

We have permanent coaches and at times we do draw on our list of suppliers.  Every supplier has to complete an SDS before the assignment begins and the outcome is insured for all parties.

What's a Maestro?

A Maestro is our name for consultants.  People who are either freelance or permanent and provide consultancy services to you via working with us.

What's a Fellower?

The name "fellower" is a combination of the word "follower" and "fellow".  We believe that followers are an out-dated concept and that everyone needs to learn to lead and to follow when required.  As such, we concentrate on the building of both these skills in our courses and coined the term "Fellower" to refer to an individual who is of this mind-set.

What is a Liberated Leader?

Many of you will have heard the phrase "working in the business not on the business" when an entrepreneur or business person complains that they do not have time to work at a strategic level in their business due to all the fire fighting.  Whilst sometimes this situation is externally driven, there are things that a leader can do to become "Liberated" enough to forego the day and to day and let the team take the reigns.  We believe that in doing this not only does the Leader make themselves happier but their direct reports as well.

Where does the concept of a Stable Team come from?

In football and health care the term is often used to denote a team where the core members remain the same.  The opposite of a Stable Team is called "teaming" where a group of people have to gather together at short notice (and with little pleasantries) in order to attend to an emergency or priority.  For instance in a hospital during COVID-19, teaming was rife due to rising numbers of sick staff and the need for others to step in.  Stable Teams are proven to lead to better results due to the fact that team members can "second guess" each other and can be both trusting and also less worried about delivering feedback.  Sport's teams such as the England Women's Football team during Euro 2022 broke the usual protocol by keeping the same 11 players for most games and only substituting when needed.  This was widely regarded as a strategy that won the cup.