NFT Consulting offers impactful HR consultancy and solutions to ambitious tech start-ups and scale-ups.






Bespoke Training





Bespoke strategy creation and business implementation, taking tech start-ups on the journey to scale-up.


  • Audits & plans to evolve current HR approach
  • Robust recruitment strategy & planning
  • Culture definition & growth
  • Career & talent development


People-focused planning and implementation for times of high value, high risk change. Executive consulting to manage change with humanity and sensitivity.

  • Respectful and legal risk managed exits
  • Helping to create newly established leadership teams (individual or multiple new team members) through recruitment, coaching and development

Bespoke Training

Bite size workshops and programmes that develop tech culture and people:

  • High performing teams
  • People leaders
  • Individual contributors


Powerful 1-1 coaching and team programmes that create high-performing leadership teams based on strong foundations of trust.

Addressing common individual challenges of:

  • Imposter syndrome
  • Influencing challenging stakeholders
  • Developing new strategies

And leadership team challenges of:

  • Building trust
  • Removing dysfunctional tensions
  • Growing personal awareness
  • Cultivating “best intentions” mindset

NFT Consulting offers flexible solutions to tech and fast growing businesses through three stages of the scale-up journey:

I manage elite level (high value/ high risk) change with humanity and sensitivity. Working with CEOs and founders, we define the direction of the business and team. I plan for change and am experienced in supporting the implementation:

  • Working with incumbent directors to enable dignified exits (managing legal risk as needed).
  • Engaging new directors to enable passionate and focused starts (engaging with partners as needed).
  • HR policy and process audits and optimisation.
  • Role and headcount expansion (role specification, job evaluation, robust assessment methods i.e. job sample testing, competency interviews, psychometrics).
  • Career and learning development (career mapping, workshops for authentic feedback, becoming the leader of your own career, communication and presentation skills).
  • Culture and employer brand evolution (creating and embedding values and behaviour frameworks; developing Employee Value Proposition strategy and executing plans to drive higher Glassdoor ratings and lower cost per hire.
  • Operations management of people functions.
  • Mentoring of HR Leaders with high potential.

The A List is a bespoke, invitation-only programme of workshops, networking and one-to-one training for high potential Heads of HR. Members can fast track their strategic careers and add value to the organisation through alignment of HR plans with business goals.

Coaching provides invaluable support to businesses in growth mode as executives take on strategic roles for the first time. The practice enables intentional, effective decision-making and behaviour.

The focus is on creating trust and using HR as a strategic tool to drive the success of the business, through combined programmes of 1-1 and group work.

Are you looking to fast track your HR career?

Do you want to start now?

Find out more on how to get on The A List: The HR leaders strategic development journey for fast growth and tech HR leaders.

About Nicola Forbes-Taylor

I have more than 15 years’ experience of developing powerful leaders, creating trust-based and effortless working relationships and high performing cultures.

I have a passion for working in early stage tech and fintech companies. I understand the HR and people pressures facing business leaders who are challenged to grow, return profit, and drive a higher valuation – all while building a motivated and talented team.

I’m commercial, straight-talking and pragmatic. I focus on getting results. My track record outlines headcount growth of 87% in one year, attrition reductions of up to 47% in one year and average tenure extension of 25% in <one year.

I’m accredited and proven:

  • Fellow of the CIPD
  • Executive level Coach
    (Institute of Leadership and Management level 7)

I have personally enabled >80 leaders to be the best they can be through understanding and developing self-awareness and interpersonal power through skill mastery.

I specialise in using psychological insight and comedy (as a stand-up comedian) in bespoke training and development focused on interpersonal connection and interaction.

Brands I’ve worked with


The A List will help me achieve my career goals and support the company to deliver their main goal to drive growth. People drive growth!

Helen Monk, Head of People, Crunch

Following the training, we saw a shift in our team members’ behaviour in that they were more self aware, and adapted their style to have a greater impact in interactions. I was impressed to see the change and look forward to further training!

Paul Kan, Commercial Director, PEX Software

Nicola shaped and developed the strategy for significant restructure and change in my business area. She enabled the change through the great relationships she built with my engineers. She created career paths and supported me to embed performance standards and lead the required change. I appreciate and value her insight and recommend her coaching approach.

Greg De’ath, Service Director @ Leemic

Nicola is a joy to work with. She is highly creative and requires no motivation to make her ideas come to life. Nicola transformed the culture of the organisation through a multitude of initiatives and training sessions she organised and ran. She is very knowledgeable in employment law and more than capable when it comes to public speaking, networking, training and project management. She will be an asset to any company she works with, as she was to us.

Ricki Jordan-Moss, Enterprise Sales Director @Charterhouse Voice & Data PLC

I thoroughly enjoyed my coaching with Nicola. Not only did I learn some specific models and techniques which I’ve found to be highly effective, but I also came away with more insight into myself – and more self-belief. I feel I’ve learned a huge amount. I can’t thank her enough.

Ellie Romer-Lee, VP of People @ Onfido

I came to this coaching at a time in my career when I was really struggling with how I was at work. I was operating at a more strategic level than before and finding things tough. This coaching has allowed me to be much more confident and comfortable with me just being myself.

Programme Manager @ Consulting business

Nicola developed trust and relationships at Nutmeg, developing a great culture that showed in our Glassdoor ratings. Her coaching and workshops on developing leadership enabled our team leads, managers and even directors to feel more confident and step up to be the leaders they wanted to be.

Steve Morrison, Talent Manager @ Nutmeg

What makes Nicola’s style unique is her ability to just ‘get it’- she understands people more than anyone. She is authentic, open and funny but also gets right down to business!

Ciara Stacey, People Manager @ Nutmeg

Nicola supported me and provided guidance and sound counsel when I needed it. She is a very good facilitator, coach and trainer which play, to what I believe to be her strengths, listening and empathy.

Andrew Chang, Assurance Consultant @Fluret Ltd (previously Kelda Group)

Nicola supported me through a complex and challenging employee investigation and disciplinary. I appreciated her coaching and guidance, which enabled us to act fairly and manage risk for the business.

Ed Gairdner, Former Director @Huddle

Nicola created and led workshops on change leadership as we steered Huddle from a founder-led to CEO-led business that enabled us to lead through a critical time and created a common language we could use across the business as we navigated the change.

Ed Gairdner, Former Director @Huddle

Nicola gains a clear understanding of her clients requirements, the company and its’ culture. She is both professional and excellent at communicating and engaging both Senior Management and peers. She is able to work with a short timeframe without compromising quality.

Nina Cooke, HR Director @Megger

I learned so much in Nicola’s workshops: from interviewing to resilience, to dealing with conflict, understanding personalities and motivations to the differences between (and power of) coaching and mentoring … When you put it into perspective, the amount of content that was covered in so little time was amazing. I really liked the content and the format — educational, dynamic and participative.

Adrian Majo Fernandez, Technical Team Lead @Depop

I enjoyed the interactive style of Nicola’s workshops, with different speakers, pair discussions and plenty of opportunities to ask questions. I also developed my networks through connections I wouldn’t normally interact with.

Josh Anderson, Tech Lead @ Burberry

The moment I met Nicola she made me feel that I could do more than what I’d previously believed I could do. She immediately spotted what coaching I needed and talked me through my areas of weaknesses. Nicola has never told me what to do, just coached me to help me to find the best answer for my team, all in all this has made a much better people manager out of me! Nicola’s care and influence will stay with me for a long time.

Gemma Daulby, Head of Customer Success @Nutmeg

Thought Leadership

What are the 3 things you need to scale up (that no one tells you)?

Read on LinkedIn

Dear CEO: 3 things you need to know to find an amazing HR Director (like Wendy)

Read on LinkedIn

Dear HR professional: 10 things I wish I’d known

Read on LinkedIn

Where do we start our leadership journey? Self-awareness

Read on LinkedIn

Are you developing to be the best HR leader you can be?

Read on LinkedIn

Dear Head of HR: Smiling through it all? My Top 5 (for sanity) if you are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted

Read on LinkedIn

To Top
Click Here with An Urgent Need