Our Story

Act Positive is an award winning company created in 2005 by Katharine Roff and Roger Hancock to deliver real change through drama based training.

The market is saturated with training organisations, there seems to be so much to choose from yet so few deliver tangible measurable change for organisations. We recognise the need for human based training that engages people in a real and meaningful way.

We have created a company that reflects reality through drama and then goes the next step by supporting effective behaviour change through strategies for success and rehearsal for reality. We provide ways for people to develop skills, knowledge, attitude and actions in a safe supportive environment and deliver sustainable behavioural change.





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Katharine Roff

Founding Director (2005 - present)

A Learning and Development Specialist with 15 years' experience working with CEO's, Senior Managers and Personnel in Safety Critical Industries, Social Care and Health Care Sectors, Education and Service Industries in the UK and internationally. Katharine has a firm track record in creating, developing and managing micro business for over 20 years.

Trained in drama, accelerated learning, coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Emotional Intelligence, Katharine focusses on developing communication, emotional intelligence and behavioural strategies to support outstanding performance.

Achievements: winner of the North East Woman entrepreneur of the year awards Best Creative and Cultural Business 2008, finalist in the Equality North East Awards 2010.




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Duncan Urquhart

Consultant & Facilitator

Duncan brings a broad career in HR to the Act Positive team, drawing upon generalist experience as HR officer in manufacturing and HR manager in retail. A strategic move within retail to a training and development role built upon his range of skills leading to a passion for designing, implementing and embedding people development activities that improve organisational performance. 

Duncan adds hands-on business experience from managing his own trading company and also as a partner in a successful HR consultancy firm. 

He is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD and qualified psychometric test practitioner.



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Karen Langdon

Consultant & Facilitator

Karen has worked with managers and leaders internationally - especially in countries with a strong oral tradition. Karen has been a senior tutor at the Small Business Centre at Durham University developing accredited programmes at post graduate level for professional without traditional qualifications, taught on MBAs in Durham, Teeside and Newcastle Universities, designed frameworks for learning and professional institutes and mentored on Masters and undergraduate programmes.

She was part of the senior management team of a key business support organisation in the region for three years. Latterly, she has worked on the strategic development of business support and community regeneration and developing a consultancy specialising in evaluations of public funded projects.



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